When planning a trip, staying safe while visiting a destination is important for all travelers, but it's especially important for Black women traveling alone.
Essence.com spoke with several black travel bloggers, influencers and professionals to find out which destinations they consider less safe and where they feel comfortable and secure.
Beauty editor, travel writer and creative producer
According to her, hostility towards black women can be found everywhere, it is not as widespread, but still occurs in different parts of the world. She personally faced a negative experience in Seville, Spain. There, in one of the beauty salons, she felt disrespected, and then her whole trip was ruined because of the feeling of insecurity.
Freelance travel blogger
"A few places that come to mind where I felt safe are Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Havana, Cuba; New York City; Cleveland, Ohio; and Belize. The only place I didn't feel comfortable as a black woman traveling alone was Lower Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee," she said.
"Unfortunately, during my travels in America, I felt insecure. When I travel abroad, things like staring happen because I'm a foreigner. We can engage in conversation. In the United States, something as simple as my southern accent is often an indication that I'm not from the region and therefore I'm targeted," she said.
DeAnna Taylor, Esq.
Attorney, journalist and content creator
"The only time I felt directly threatened was on a train to Rome when a local man started shouting derogatory words as he took his seat. It got to the point where he started looking at my friend's face, and since we were black foreign women, no one on the train came to our defense," she said.
Digital content creator
"Places where I have felt safe include Iceland, Curacao and South Africa. In Morocco, I felt insecure because men were very aggressive in the markets, so I was afraid to go there alone," she explained.