“Travel can ultimately save your life. The reason why I’m where I am today … the reason why I have the access that I have today, the reason why I’m a better wife, a better mother, a better person, more compassionate, a bigger giver more patient – it’s because travel has saved me.” – Danny Rivers Mitchell
In this episode we hear the fascinating story of how a young girl from an under-served community in Mobile, Alabama became a world traveler who encourages other women of color to do the same through her travel company and online community Black Girls Travel Too. I wanted to share Danny’s story for many reasons. I especially love that she is part of a growing movement that is changing perceptions about women of color and travel – something that is long overdue. I’m not the only one who has appreciated her message – the Black Girls Travel Too Instagram page now has over 113,000 followers. Listen and find out how one life changing moment led Danny to want to travel more – and help other women like her travel more too.
More About Danny
Danny Rivers-Mitchell is a wife, mother and founder & creator of Black Girls Travel Too (BGTT), a social travel network that creates responsible travel experiences globally. Black Girls Travel Too was founded in January 2015 as a statement to women of color that yes, we do travel and yes, we could have many more amazing and empowering experiences if we would only dare to reshape our thinking about not only who we are, but also who we were created to be. BGTT has now matured into curating more specific experiences by creating cultural tours for travelers with locals and local establishments in mind.
Travel has led her to South Korea, where she lived while serving in the United States Army, and to experiences including couch surfing in Australia, wearing saris in India, volunteering in the rural parts of Guatemala, riding 4×4’s in the Dominican Republic, wearing big feathers during Crop Over in Barbados, drinking massive amounts of tea in London, getting lost in France, River Dancing in Ireland, partying in a questionable deeply underground cave in Trinidad, Cuba, enjoying several cups of coffee in Amsterdam, and gracing the South lawn of the White House in 2016 during the presidency of Barrack Obama.
Danny’s journey and passion for travel has led her to her purpose. In the last quarter of 2017, Danny created Serving In Paradise Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists in the redevelopment of overlooked and underserved communities globally. Serving In Paradise Foundation launched their first voluntourism trip to June 2018.
What you’ll learn
- How Danny went from growing up in an underserved community to becoming a travel influencer
- What sparked her to create Black Girls Travel Too (BGTT)
- How BGTT is changing perceptions about African-American people and travel
- What BGTT provides as a travel company
- How Danny and I both feel traveling to places in the world that represent the Africa diaspora as women of color
- How she decides where to go on her BGTT trips, and how she prepares and does her research
- Her vision for her new non-profit foundation dedicated to helping underserved communities around the world
- Some of her tips for traveling more – including where she finds cheap flights
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