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To honor February’s Black History Month, we’re taking a closer look at some great examples of African-American blogs.
This week, we’ve even got a theme: Travel.
Brooklyn Travel Addict is the blog of Brooklynite Tracey Coleman.
Coleman originally hails from Columbia, SC. Some of her favorite things include: “Food, family, friends, food, music, traveling, my nephew, food, sunshine, blue water, food, boarding passes, natural hair, Brooklyn, my mom’s chicken and dumplings. And food.”
I like Coleman’s blog for several reasons, but it starts with her reason for writing. It’s in how she answers the question: “How was your trip?”
“We get [this question] every time we come back from any destination,” she says on her blog. “At that point we usually just begin with the obligatory, ‘It was nice!’ followed by a quick recap of a few highlights. However, 48 hours into my trip to Ghana in December, I realized that I had come way too far (and paid way too much) to come back to the US, send out a Kodak gallery of photos, and tell folks it was ‘nice.’ Nice would be a travesty of verbal injustice.”
A couple of posts I enjoyed on Brooklyn Travel Addict include The Hustler’s Guide to Budget Travel, where Coleman talks about her upcoming three-week tour that starts in India and concludes in South Africa, and My Amtrak Journey + 5 Tips for an Amazing Ride.
Follow @bktraveladdict on Twitter.
Aviation Queen is written and managed by DC freelance aviation and travel journalist Benét J. Wilson.
Wilson is the Air Travel Expert for About.com and also serves as the eNewsletters/social media editor with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
This is a good blog for a number of reasons. Wilson posts a variety of content, from links to interesting aviation stories, random aviation photos, and round ups of strange but true aviation news. Like this recent strange but true write up from Wilson.
Other notable posts include My 2015 List of Places to Visit and Farewell, SkyMall – But First Let Me Buy a Few Things …
Follow @AvQueenBenet on Twitter.
Globetrotting Mama follows the travel adventures of a family of four: Heather, Ish, Ethan, and Cameron.
“Before June 2011, our days consisted of making school lunches and working and going to school and wondering what to make for dinner and driving from karate practice to swimming practice to soccer practice before collapsing in bed,” the blog says. “And in the moments in between we wondered if there was more to life. We dreamed of seeing the world with our kids. We imagined having more time to do nothing (and everything) together.”
Then they broke it down further: “We aren’t rich. We can’t afford to do this. We couldn’t afford not to. Neither can you.”
You just have to respect that kind of drive. (I know I do.)
Globetrotting Mama is an incredibly fun blog. I liked several posts on there, and it actually was difficult to extract just a few.
But some I found really interesting include Enjoy a Whistler Winter (Even if You Hate the Cold), Globetrotting Mama Road Trips: The Series, and How to Pack Light for Kids: Week Away.
Follow @greenwooddavis on Twitter.
The Travel Guru aims to turn “your vacation into an incredible journey.”
The guru is Roni Faida, a former tour guide and trilingual travel expert who features a very amusing “About me.”
“I’m from Los Angeles, lived in France and Spain and now call Charlotte home,” Faida writes. “I have perfected my y’all.”
I appreciate this blog for a lot of reasons, and it starts with Faida’s travel tips. For example, she writes about a Free Shuttle From Oakland Airport.
Other posts I liked include Hotel Near Madrid Airport (the photography here really is incredible) and 5 Questions Every Traveler Must Ask Before Traveling.
Follow @thetravelguru_ on Twitter.
P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for African-American interest or travel news, let us know. We’re happy to customize that feed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.
Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. She’s in the process of reviewing more African-American blogs to celebrate Black History Month. Check out her selections next week. Follow her @cpcube.