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AFAR: Travel Isn’t Black and White—It’s Better in Color

A new organization is surfacing vibrant stories from BIPOC writers and photographers—

and helping traditional travel media shake off its white gaze.


Consider the latest travel story you read. Was it about a place you were familiar with, or somewhere new? Did you notice the byline? Did anything about the descriptions stand out? Perhaps it was the tale of a coast-to-coast train trip across America where the characters were “Runyonesque,” or a tuk-tuk ride through “dusty, dirty” stretches of Mumbai. Do a quick Google search for “medina Marrakech hectic” and see how often it turns up. There’s a dominant language used in centuries’ worth of travel stories that’s so pervasive, most of us don’t question it.


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