About Taking Travel Black

Our mission is to build a community of global citizens from across the Black Diaspora by making travel affordable and accessible. 

Taking Travel Black recognizes that Black people face a multitude of obstacles that prevent us from both traveling and studying abroad, so we are committed to making both of these acts affordable and accessible.

What are the facts?

When you support Taking Travel Black, you are not only investing in making travel affordable and accessible for Black travelers of all ages, but also investing in the global economy.


Only 6.1%

of American study abroad participants are Black, despite making up almost 14% of U.S. post-secondary enrollment. The underrepresentation is real.

*Source: NAFSA: Association of International Educators


Over the last 5 years,

1 in 5

new jobs created worldwide were in the travel & tourism industry. In 2018, travel & tourism contributed $8.8 billion to the global economy.

**Source: World Travel & Tourism Council


In 2018, the economic value of Black travelers reached

$63 billion

from $48 billion in 2010. This is a 31% increase in just 8 years and represents an exiting opportunity for many tourism programs to boost their economies and attract new people.

***Source: Mandala Research

Other important data points:

  • Black American travelers face many barriers to travel. Over half are concerned about not having the time (28%) and not being able to afford it (25%.) Others are concerned about racial profiling and not having anyone to travel with.

  • In comparison to the average of four to five leisure trips a year, Black American travelers only take one to two leisure trips per year.

  • Despite making up 13 percent of the American population, Black employees are not well represented in the travel industry.

  • Black travelers mostly take trips within 500 miles of their homes, compared with 800 miles, on average, by the overall leisure market.

  • 92 percent of Black students received some form of financial aid from the government compared to 77 percent of White students, presenting a financial barrier to extracurriculars such as study abroad.

  • Minority Serving Institutions including HBCUs are more likely to educate first-generation and low-income students who face significant financial barriers to studying abroad, as well as other barriers including lack of support from family members for studying abroad, fears of experiencing racism abroad and difficulties finding programs or program locations of interest or relevance to them.

  • Only 1 in 10 Black students studying abroad hail from HBCUs. Only 1 in 5 hail from Minority Serving Institutions.

Why is international travel and study important?

Supporting Taking Travel Black means investing in the next generation of global-minded citizens.