In recent years, the gap between Caucasian and African-American travelers has lessened, making the African American sector of the U.S. population one of the fastest growing markets in the travel industry, according to the bi-monthly publication Black Meetings and Tourism. Based on surveys, polls andU.S. Travel Association research, Associate Publisher/Editor Gloria Herbert reports African Americans encompass 45% of the $125 billion in total revenues produced by multicultural travel. Not to mention, the economic impact of African-American leisure travelers is $48.3 billion. With the travel uptick among black Americans, as well as the blogger boom, has come a rise in unique voices weighing in on a bevy of travel topics—everything from must-have travel gadgets and sites to frequent to restaurant favorites and non-touristy sites to see. Here are several black travelers worth following on Twitter:–Corvida Raven
Kiratiana Freelon (@kiratiana)
Harvard graduate Kiratiana Freelon is always on the go, racking up passport stamps from all over the globe. Starting her travels back in 2002—when the Chicago native received a $20,000 fellowship—Freelon has ventured to over 25 countries and penned Kiratiana’s Travel Guide to Black Paris: Get Lost and Get Found. The former editor and web content manager for BlackAtlas.com also served as the Travel Channel’s expert on Paris. Freelon freely shares her comprehensive list of travel tips, money-saving tricks, and how-tos for travelers on a budget via Twitter and her blog, Kiratiana Travels.