As a frequent traveler, I relish the chance to visit other parts of the world. However, for black women, there are downsides to travelling to the traditional tourist hotspots in Europe and Asia. In Self Magazine, Zahra Barnes wrote about the realities of being a black woman and travelling abroad to continents of Europe and Asia. She described the “emotional slap in the face that is realizing some people just see you as a color”, “sticking out like a sore thumb” and having to speak for and be a living, walking representation of the entire black race.
While there’s nothing wrong with going to Europe, you don’t have to limit yourself to Spain or France in order to have a good time. Black people should increasingly travel to the many places where black bodies, black skin and black hair and are celebrated. Here are a list of incredible African countries and South American destinations where you’re sure to have the time of your life:
1. Cape Town, South Africa
Black women, it’s time to go where we are celebrated, not merely tolerated. While there are many people all around the world who embrace black women with open arms, there are very few people and places where we can truly escape racist microaggressions and ignorant comments. As expected, most of those places are in Africa, including the popular tourist destination of South Africa where you can blend in completely. Cape Town has some of the world’s lushest hotels, incredible cuisine and incredible views of the ocean and the mountains, as well as beautiful landscapes like the Valley of Desolation.