While it’s not realistic for every black woman to quit her job and become a full-time world traveler, we can certainly live vicariously through the black women who are showing us online what it looks like to live your best life. Whether that entails travelling the world, becoming an entrepreneur, or simply engaging in regular self-care, here are a list of influential black women on Instagram who you’ll want to follow right away:
1. Jakiya at @travelingfro
Ever dream of quitting your corporate job, becoming a successful entrepreneur and traveling the world non-stop? 29-year-old Jakiya Brown did just that and her story may just be the inspiration you need to find the courage to live your dreams. After more than six years in corporate America, Jakiya quit her job to travel the world and start her own organization called thetravelingfro. Her Instagram is filled with her envy-inspiring, picturesque photos from her trips to Mexico, Cuba, Morrocco and many more beautiful countries.
2. Francheska at @heyfranhey
Francheska is a part of The Friend Zone podcast—a mental health and wellness podcast that covers everything from physical fitness to pursuing your dreams. She also has a popular YouTube channel Hey Fran Hey, where she gives a number of “how-to” guides for self-care, wellness, and natural living, from natural remedies for menstrual cramps, to tips on how to de-stress before bed.
3. @TheQueenofVacations…a.k.a…Samantha Everette
I could rave on about Samantha Everette, who does both travel writing and shoe designing, but I’ll let her tell you herself in her own words: Becoming a shoe designer has given me the opportunity to circumvent the globe fifty-seven times. I usually take five or six international business trips each year. I've traveled to and from China at least 60 times (which accounts for the majority of my passport stamps)! I like to refer to these business trips as "working vacations." Before, during or after each business trip I squeeze in a little adventure.
4. Oneika Raymond from @oneikatraveller
Oneika Raymond is the voice behind “Oneika the Traveller”, an award-winning travel blog dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and empowering black women to explore more of the world. On her blog she writes, “I seek to demystify travel for oft-marginalized groups in a disarming manner– often using my own experiences as a black female who travels extensively around the world to do so.” Moreover, Oneika’s work has been featured in major publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, The BBC, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, Essence, Ebony, Jet Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Buzzfeed, Vice, Mic, The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and GQ.
5. Lee Litumbe at @spiritedpursuit
Lee Litumbe is a self-taught photographer and the founder of travel and lifestyle website, Spirited Pursuit. After a bad relationship and being tied down to lackluster job left her struggling with depression, Lee decided to combine her passion for travel, photography and writing and created her travel site. The website tells stories the travels of Lee and other travelers. Always wanted to travel to Africa but don’t know where to start? Spirited Pursuit has guidebooks for that. Her Instagram pictures of her travels through countries like Senegal, South Africa, Bermuda, France, Haiti, and different states in the U.S., will inspire you grab some buddies and plan a trip to Thailand!
"Grace is a freelance writer and blogger from Canada. Her work has been featured on HerCampus, 21Ninety, Read Unwritten. She is a voracious reader, a dog-lover and a self-professed pop culture junkie. Her other hobbies include watching sappy romantic comedies, consuming too many strawberry-filled doughnuts and people-watching. Grace currently attends university, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Pre-Law."