The dinosaurs of our childhood aren’t around anymore. So why are the paralyzing stigmas that women of color are uncultured or underserving of a life filled with jet-setting and pages of passport stamps? Today these stigmas very much alive and rampant. There is no validity in that we don’t desire to be represented in international or domestic travel but the dominate story portrayed in the travel industry did not reflect the African diaspora.
All of the aforementioned was enough for our founder, Danny, to begin one Instagram account in Janurary of 2015, that today has amassed to over 100K followers, predominantly melanin rich, experience seekers. Numbers don’t lie, we are ready & deserving to fulfill our callings, explore this beautiful world and change the narrative.
Black Girls Travel Too creates travel experiences that breathe life into Black women and span from the islands of Barbados to the crown cultural jewels of the UK and beyond.
Though cultivating only the best partnerships across the globe, investing in premier quality customer care teams, immersing in education, and vetting the world’s most prized possession, a black woman to take trips of a lifetime with, your life is #goals post a BGTT experience!
Experiencing a BGTT trip silences the noise and offer women the freedom to live up to no one’s expectations of our lives but our OWN! You deserve a seat at this table, and we are saving one just for you. It’s your time, pack your bags and let us take care of everything else!
God created this amazing world and every time we get to see a different part of it, we see more of Him. ~Danny Rivers Mitchell
MEET THE FOUNDER
Growing up in underserved and overlooked communities throughout Mobile, Alabama and no budding aspirations to stray off the beaten path…..yet landed as a pioneer in the black travel movement, a socially engaged businesswoman, wife, mother and mentor to many. When people say, “Started from the bottom now we here”, Black Girls Travel Too (BGTT) founder, Dianelle Rivers- Mitchell (Danny) embodies that defining journey that she was blessed to not become a statistic but a success.
Dedicated to imprinting new jet-setting generational cycles among the black community and particularly with black woman, Danny’s journey began with one woman, Ms. Lugood, from her youth affording her and her peers an opportunity to see more, do more and become more. A single field trip to Washington, DC!
Sure, D.C. may not be a wanderlust destination for some, but perspective check. This was like going to London in early August for a Black, marginalized youth from Mobile, Alabama!
On that single trip from Mobile to Washington, D.C., right before her eyes, it was as if a motion picture evolved from black and white to full vivid color. Danny’s first encounter with travel revealed how the experience + power of traveling can shift your perspective and unveil your purpose.
While impressionable in age, this experience was one that wouldn’t fade into oblivion like many happenings in one’s upbringing. This trip proved to serve her beyond her wildest dreams! After experiencing the monuments, museums, and memorials, Danny was only a shell of the little uninspired, impassioned girl that arrived in DC just days before.
The seed had been planted and as years passed by it was continuously cultivated as she went on to become a wife, a mother, a corporate career woman, and now a business owner. Ultimately, culminating to the bountiful harvest that today is Black Girls Travel Too.
Danny credits that one decision to go beyond her own backyard of Mobile, Alabama to saving her life from mediocrity and vows to offer women that same opportunity to take a journey within themselves to truly find themselves. Although her journey is still “en route”, Danny loves to share how obedience challenges us, but must be prioritized, like our lives depends on it because it does!
Today, if you were to catch Danny in her element behind closed doors you’d likely find her volunteering abroad or at home in her sweatpants eating honey bunches of Oats, binge watching The Blacklist after listening to Eric Thomas or Gary Vaynerchuk! In a perfect world right! But she is a wife to her amazing husband Oliver, and mother to the iconic duo Madison & Liam first! A dancing, cooking, and rapping one at that! She enjoys building the BGTT empire by day and traveling, flourishing, and creating memories with her family by night. A demanding balance for some but say it with me…just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real!