Newsletter – Fall 2018

To see the November 28, 2018 edition of the newsletter, just visit the link below!

Below is an excerpt:

  • Women in Travel Summit is excited to invite dynamic and ambitious speakers to apply to present at WITS ‘19 from May 3-5, 2019 in Portland, Maine! Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm ET on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
  • Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest – Visit the website for complete guidelines. Deadline:  December 31, 2018Entry Fee: $20 Cash Prize: $1,000Website:
  • The Hurston/Wright Foundation seeks an Executive Director with a passion for literature! –
  • Blackandabroad is looking for interns, according to their website. They are a resource for travel related media to inspire the explorer within. Their collective of influencers have come together to share their travel experiences to assist us in showing familiar faces in unfamiliar places.

  • We’re Looking For Video Contributors- Travel Noire is looking to partner with content creators all over the globe to produce original travel inspired shows.
  • Pathfinders Magazine – We are looking for lively, original, well written stories that provide a good sense of place, with useful

    information and fresh ideas about travel and the travel industry.  Please keep in mind that Pathfinders’ main audience is African Americans,

    Respond to:

  • Griots Republic Magazine ( welcomes pitches and story ideas. 2019 Griots Republic is printing a special collector’s Issue “The Elements!” It will include articles about the Fire, Water, Earth, & Air. So pitch your ideas now if you want in. In 2019, they will also be launching an app and new products.  For more info contact:
  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association

    Literary Awards – Visit the website for complete guidelines

    Deadline: December 31, 2018

    4 Cash Prizes: $500

    E-mail address:


  • is a leading media company, connecting a global audience to the African continent and its diaspora through compelling content and high-profile cultural events. “We’re always looking for timely pitches about current events. Please send your pitches to
  • The Verge Magazine Overseas Program Search lets you explore more than 7,000 opportunities to volunteer abroad, teach abroad, work abroad or study abroad.
  • Rick Steve’s has ongoing request for radio interviews subjects and questions.
  • Nomad Magazine always looking for beautiful and interesting stories to publish in NOMADS.  For more info visit:​​​​​​
  • Tastemakers Africa (TSTMKRS) is looking for curators. Its an online marketplace where you can list, discover and bookepic experiences in African cities. We connect curious travelers to local experience curators who serve a well-connected friends in every African city.

Travel Trade and Travel Writing Events

  • African Travel Market have decided to collaborate with US based Africa Diaspora Awards to organize a conference of Africa- Africa Diaspora Tourism Conference, whic will take place on the 23rd of September 2019 as part of the 15th Akwaaba African Travel Market in Lagos.
  • Interested in learning how to become an authorpreneur and vacation with literary agents? Then the Belize Writers’ Conference is for you! Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Memoir – April 6 – 11, 2019 at Jaguar Reef Resort. To learn more go to

or email

  • TPOC 2019 Conference and Trade Show

Travel Professionals of Color’s 17th Annual Conference & Trade Show from MAY 15-19th, 2019 is in MEMPHIS, TN!

  • Women in Travel Summit -WITS ‘19 from May 3-5, 2019 in Portland, Maine!

Travel Media Information

  • Oneika the Traveler is having a fantastic year. She recently won “Best Travel Blog” in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition put on by the Society of American Travel Writers. Kudos!
  • “We Travel In Color” is the FIRST adult travel coloring book. Filled with 25 inspiring illustrations, this book is the perfect way to de-stress, find travel inspiration, and get motivated for your next adventure.
  • Created by Patricia Keller
  • Top 25 Black Travel Blogs and Websites To Follow in 2018
  • Where’s the Travel Writing for Black Women? This article by Sarah Enelow came our several years ago but it is still relevant. It came to my attention again recently and it I thought I would share it.
  • An American Beach for African Americans is a nostalgic folk history of a Florida beach that welcomed generations of vacationing blacks throughout the grim era of segregation and Jim Crow. It also features Abraham Lincoln Lewis, a wealthy black businessman who, in 1935, as president of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, purchased and developed the tract of seashore known as American Beach.

Marsha Dean Phelts, Author University Press of Florida
  • Black Women travelers to follow on instagram
  • 11 Leading Black Women in Travel
  • African travelers to follow on instagram
  • The return of The Negro Motorist Green Book-Author Jan Miles has revived the Jim Crow-era travelers’ guide for black Americans, with a 21st century twist.

Afrocentric Travel News/Info

Check out the new movie “Green Book.” It is about a tour of the Deep South in the 1960s by African-American classical pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), a white Italian-American bouncer who served as Shirley’s driver and security. The film gets its title from The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American roadtrippers, written by Victor Hugo Green. Unfortunately, the Green Book is not given adequate recognition or examination in the film. A lost teachable moment.

If you haven’t done so already, check out this Washington post article by Rhonda Colvin, “TRAVELING WHILE BLACK – Some Americans are afraid to explore their own country, concerns that evoke the Jim Crow-era Green Book”

  • History of Slavery in France’s Wine Capital, Bordeaux
  • Paris train stations named after people of African descent

Travel Writing Tips and Residency Info

  • 101 Publishers that Pay for Travel Writing
  • Press Trip Decisions: Is This Trip Worth It?By Roy Stevenson


  • Ever dream of being a travel writer??? Well here is an website full of tips. –  It also has a travel magazine database.
  • What We See When We Look at Travel Photography –  One of the most thought-provoking perspectives on travel photography and travel writing that I’ve ever come across. –
  • Off Assignment—a home for the tales that writers gather en route to official stories—to prove it. Forged by today’s top journalists, essayists, and travel writers, Off Assignment is a publication dedicated to candid storytelling about moving through space.
  • The Struggle Is Real — The Reality of Travel Writing

Here is an excerpt from it:

Women in Travel Summit is excited to invite dynamic and ambitious speakers to apply to present at WITS ‘19 from May 3-5, 2019 in Portland, Maine!

Check out the new movie, “Green Book,” starring Mahershala Ali.

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