Wanderlust Episode 9: The Power of Representation

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Nathalie at the Batu Caves in Malaysia, in front of colorful pillars and temple

In this episode, I’m joined by Nathalie. She’s a YouTuber with two channels: a beauty channel called Fabulous Nat and a Traveling channel called Traveling Nat. She has a background in dance and non for profits but is probably most well known as an influencer who shared her experiences and life as a Native English Teacher in South Korea. In this episode, she talks about being a Black influencer, her experiences, and the importance of travel within the Black community.

You can listen to the episode on AnchorBreakerGoogle PodcastsOvercastPocket CastsRadio Public, or Spotify.  You can read the transcript for the episode here:

Cool Places Mentioned in this episode:

Bahamas

One of the first places Nathalie traveled to.

Jamaica

Nathalie visits Jamaica to visit family.

England

One of the other places Nathalie traveled to from a young age.

South Korea

United Arab Emirates

Niagara Falls

Tokyo

Hong Kong

Tulum

Thailand

Dream Trip

Maldives-water villas

Northern Lights

Advice

research, research, research!

Black Travel Influencers and Social Media to Follow:

The Black community spends an estimated $63 billion on travel however when you visit popular travel companies the majority of them don’t market towards the Black community. They don’t feature Black travelers or hire them. There is a prevailing myth that Black people don’t travel. Many companies have risen up to try and promote and show that Black people are traveling and showcase them in the hopes of inspiring more people to travel and to prove this myth false. Nathalie is an influencer doing this.

Want to see and support the companies promoting Black travelers? Here’s a collection of a few to check out:

Black Girl Travel aka Globalnista: “is a private travel club for fun-loving travelers.” Not wanting to travel alone? Check out their tours and join a group on a trip or book a private one. Also read the stories for some travel inspo.

Black Travel Alliance: “The mission of the Black Travel Alliance is to support Black content creators around the world and increase their representation in the travel industry, including but not limited to employment, conferences, and media.” Join them or check out their KPI’s (key performance Indices) where they’re keeping a list and evaluating all the companies that promised to be better with #BlackLivesMatter and where they are on their goals. They also post job listings.

Outdoor Afro: “Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature.” Join them on a trip into the outdoors, learn or work on conservation or if you love to be out in the outdoors think about joining as one of their leaders to take people out into the wild to embrace nature.

Travel Noire: “to make international travel more inclusive and representative for explorers of color.” Check out their City Pages, their recommended locations whether it’s places to eat or experiences, join their community, read their tips or check out their deals on travel.

Some Instagrams to inspire you to travel. Not an exhaustive list. Have recommendations? Or your own favorites that inspire you? Let me know.

StellaTravelLLC: a travel company for tours and travel advice. Check out their instagram.

QueerQueensTravel: “A travel collective dedicated to celebrating and inspiring Queer Women of Colour who love to travel”

NomadnessTravelTribe

mytravelcrush

tiatakestheworld

nailahbisou

LUXE LIVE LIBERATE

callmeadventurous

username_phaidreams

mode.ideale

thedallasdiva

HT Journals and travel youtube channel

lintheworld

the_carmensutra

Sonderingwizard

Mylesthegreen

muchalu

87pages

TheSeoulChild

ChyFox and travel youtube channel

MsBlackKoreanLady and travel youtube channel

bostlife_vsg and travel youtube channel

lauren_htxx

You can find and follow Nathalie on Instagram here.

All episodes can be found here: Scroll for the one with the same title of this post: The Power of Representation, to listen. The newest episode is at the top, for this post you are looking for episode nine.  This is the season 1 finale, the new season will be in the spring of 2021. If you have questions or want to reach out, you can reach me on Twitter @Wanderlustpod or via e-mail at wanderlustpod@gmail.com

The Power of Representation Wanderlust

Today we're joined by Nathalie, a Black travel influencer who runs TravelingNat and Fabulous Nat on Instagram and Youtube. Listen to her travel stories, experiences as a solo traveler vs traveling with her family, her advice,  and how she inspired a new wave of native English teachers by putting her experiences and life in Korea on Youtube, as well as her thoughts on the importance of travel within the Black community and Black travel influencers.  You can find Nathalie on Instagram and Youtube.  Wanderlust is on Twitter @Wanderlustpod or available by email at wanderlustpod@gmail.com. The transcript for this episode is available on the blog. This episode is the season 1 finale. New episodes will return in the spring.  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/wayfaringflaneur/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/wayfaringflaneur/support
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