There is no greater tragedy than leaving this world without exploring it. Thousands of black women travel every year, but for every one of those thousands, there are thousands more who don’t. Here are four reasons they should.
1. Meet your Sisters from Around the World
What I love about black women is that we come from so many nations and because of this we can learn so much from each other. Though there is a common thread that binds us, we are unique in many ways. Just imagine what history, culture and knowledge you could learn from your fellow sisters in Africa, Europe, South America and the Caribbean.
2. Destroy Stereotypes
Black women are not monolithic—see number one—but this would appear to be true if the only reliable source was westernized media. There are some unfortunate souls who believe all black women are angry, neck rolling, booty popping, twerking individuals.
We have to be our own ambassadors and enlighten these souls by smiting the stereotypes one destination at a time. Let’s show the world we are well read, well traveled and have a right to explore this beautiful earth that god created. Remember, you are beautiful, a citizen of the world first and a color second.
3. You Are Beautiful! Let the World See It
I’ve never felt more beautiful than when I traveled overseas. I was expecting much of the same I found in the states: black women bullying and bashing, a beauty standard that believes light, white and bright is better. The moment my feet touched foreign soil I was adored, chased and treated like royalty. My seats were pulled out for me, my hand was kissed in greeting and my chocolate skin was fawned over by men and women. I couldn’t walk out the house without someone telling me I was beautiful.
Each country, city and destination you travel to will become part of you. The longer you stay, the more of the culture you absorb. You will experience moments that will create memories that are unique and yours. No one will be a derivative of you. You will no longer be the girl from a small village or town, or the city girl who never left; you will be the girl from a small village or town, or the city girl who backpacked through Europe, fell in love in Paris and hiked the Inca Trail in Peru. In short, your fearlessness to explore the world will make you an inspiring, empowering human being that defies what society expects you to become.
It’s time for black women everywhere to get a passport, book a ticket and go.