Evita Robinson Is Defying Travel Stereotypes

 "When we're in Pamplona, we're the only black people that you see running with the bulls."

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

France. Japan. Thailand.

Those are just a few of the places Evita Turquoise Robinson has lived. Since she first came down with an incurable case of wanderlust at the age of 21, she's traveled to over 20 countries and has lived on three different continents -- and she's only just getting started.

Evita is the brains behind the Nomadness Travel Tribe, an online community made up of diverse travelers from all around the world looking to connect with like-minded folks. Since its 2011 launch, membership numbers have grown to the tens of thousands, and its growing popularity puts Robinson in the center of the burgeoning black travel movement.

More than anyone, Robinson understands how women of color can feel isolated while traveling, and how crucial it is to have a supportive community. 

"It's interesting being not just a female, but a female of color," Evita says. "When we're in Pamplona, we're the only black people that you see running with the bulls."

[Photo Credit: Pete Monsanto, Fly Life Images]

But before there was the Tribe, there was only Evita - an expatriate in Japan videotaping her life and calling it the NomadnessTV web series.

"It really started out as a way for me to showcase my life being a 20-something, female backpacker," Robinson told Black Enterprise. "I didnt see anything like that in mainstream media so I thought there was a space there to tell that story using my background in TV and freelancing."

Robinson graduated from Iona College in 2006 with a degree in television/video production, and what started out as a humble vlog series about her adventures abroad post-graduation soon grew into an empire. While cultivating a travel community, Robinson joined forces with Youtube star Issa Rae (of Awkward Black Girl fame) last year to launch a new travel web series, The NOMADNESS Project. The series follows Tribe members as they fly around the world and build connections. The second season is set to premiere sometime this year.

Watch NomadnessTV head to India in a three-part web series.


Robinson's empire doesn't end with travel though -- you gotta travel in style, too. In 2015, Nomadness partnered with lifestyle brand Rue 107 to create a line of swimsuits inspired by the Tribe. The "curve-friendly" pieces all bear Nomadness' airplane logo, so the wearer can represent their much-loved Tribe on any beach in the world. 

Learn more about NomadnessTV and Nomadness Merch -- and follow their adventures at @nomadnesstribe!

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