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10 Travel Memoirs by Novelists of Color and Their Beautiful First Sentences

All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou

Last week I was one of the panelists on Outbounding.com for a discussion on diversity in travel writing. It was a great conversation with many issues raised, some solutions, but mostly it was nice that the conversation was even happening, with input from some of the only professional travel bloggers who even talk about race candidly: Oneika the Traveler and Girl Gone Travel. It was also thoroughly exhausting arguing that we do in fact exist and that institutionalized racism…

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The Importance of Diverse Voices in Travel Writing

Travel workshops and graduate seminars on travel writing, and booklists and syllabi all make it clear that white people created this genre. They defined dystopia, the first science fiction novel was written by a white man, and naturally the travel narrative is filled with white males. Rudyard Kipling. Bill Bryson. Mark Twain. Marco Polo. Jack Kerouac. Peter Hessler. You want books about love, passion, loneliness, on understanding a region – anywhere in Africa, Asia, we have lists filled with…

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The White Travel Blogger Darlings and the Organizers Who Love Them

What we wore to the White House

At the end of 2014, the Holy Grail of travel blogging events took place in December, the White House’s first ever Travel Blogger Summit, where 100 “influential travel bloggers” were invited to take part, some flying in all the way from Australia. That’s us up there in our formal dinner party attire in front of the elaborate White House Christmas decorations. Okay, not really. We were at San Juan airport, on our way back from celebrating Christmas on the beach…

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Ten Awesome Narrative Travel Bloggers of Color To Read in 2015

Diversify your reading by checking out this list of awesome narrative travel blogs by People of Color. These are bloggers on our radar, who write beautifully and viscerally about place, incorporating travel tangentially or significantly. Rather than talk about how fantastic each blog is or who these folks are, I've included an excerpt from one of my favourite posts with a link to read the whole thing on their sites. …

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