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5 Cities in Europe Where Black Skin Color is Welcomed

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Nice, France

So I’m not here to write another think piece on the recent events affecting the black community in America, because I’ve already said all I needed to say here, which by the 1K+ likes and 500+ shares, I’ll take it as a step in the right direction towards understanding the importance of this much needed dialogue within our divided United States.

But beyond that, I’m aware of the frustration, disgust, and utter numbness that’s getting harder to suppress by my fellow African-Americans when these events make international news.

But it’s extremely important for us to not only bind together in peace, but do what’s necessary to decompress and take a break from the madness if we find it to be consuming the better part of us.

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I’ve heard every argument in the book as to why blacks are killed at a higher rate, with lazy excuses like if only he wasn’t so black reacted slower, put his hands up sooner, or obeyed more ‘obeyier’, implying he was a “yessa massa” away from having his life spared.

And it’s just tiring to hear from Confederate Flag Connor who’s already dead set on his ways.

We could argue and argue and argue, or we could take a break from the exhaustion of tip-toeing around people’s fears for our skin color in a country we helped build, and just go somewhere where we’re tolerated instead.

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Even our beloved Bahamas, of which 90% of the population is black, issued a travel warning for those wanting to visit the U.S. soon. Not the first time either. A sign of the times.

And while travel is an absolute privilege for so many, I want to encourage my fellow black americans who’ve had their passport in hand just waiting for the opportune moment to take off temporarily, that the time is now.

While I’d love to include other continents in the mix, Europe is the one I’ve spent the last 3 years exploring the most. So it’s currently the only continent I can confidently offer suggestions for cities that not only welcome black skin color, but celebrate it as well.

1. Edinburgh, Scotland 

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish people are some of the most hilarious and genuine people you’ll ever meet.

Not only will they feel comfortable opening up to you with their life story within seconds, but they’ll invite you for a beer, banter about how much they don’t consider themselves British (ha), and find a way to make light of any negative situation.

Collectively, they have some of the best senses of humor and while you’ll only catch every third word or so due to their accents (God bless it), their charm, welcoming spirits, and laid back personalities are the exact type of people you need in your life.  

Just don’t go in the winter. Because hashtag, brutal.

2. Berlin, Germany

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Berlin, Germany

Berlin is jokingly known as the “poor but sexy” cousin to Munich, but is always a millennial favorite for digital nomads, gap year students, and others just in between jobs and taking time off to travel.

Germany is a pretty liberal country in general, and whether it’s the crazy house parties, the endless selection of cuisines, nudist parks, or the hipster vibe dripping throughout the streets, it’s a city that has something for everybody.

It’s got an amazing international community, so you’ll be bumping elbows with people from all walks of life on a nightly basis.

It’s also without saying that due to the dark Nazi history of Germany, they really have no room to repeat or harbor negativity towards other cultures, and it seems like they make a deliberate effort not to do so.

3. Nice, France 

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Nice, France

Nice, which sits cozily along the French Riviera, is one of the most colorful, vivacious, and diverse cities in France.

You’re in a melting pot of cultures from around the world, which again means incredibly varied cuisines, and not to mention one of the most beautiful and unique architectural layouts in Europe, because of its mixed Italian and French influence in the past.

Nice is a city I’m always happy to go back to, and if you’re traveling for a longer period of time and you’re short on black hair care products, you’ll have NO problem finding everything you need here.

4. Krakow, Poland

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Krakow, Poland

I don’t know what took me so long to discover Poland, but I finally did (thanks, Busabout!) and loved every single minute.

Not only do the Polish people stop and smile at you as you pass them on the street, but you can can feel their warmth and genuine appreciation for you being there in their expressions.

Though the basic words of the Polish language are a challenge to master, they’ll smile at your attempts and will meet you more than halfway with their very high levels of English.

I mentioned it to a couple Aussies how cute it was when elderly people would see me, do a double-take, and look so amazed. And almost on cue, a lady passed by and did exactly what I described, and my Aussie friend couldn’t stop laughing about it.

A Polish friend told me the other day that she’d only met two black people in her life growing up, but assured me that I wouldn’t ever have a problem with not feeling welcomed, and she was right.

Everywhere I went, every restaurant I walked into alone, all eyes were on me.

But not in a terrifying way, but more so a “Wow, how cool to have a black person in our presence!” kind of way. And it’s both awesome and hilarious, and I think every black person needs to experience this and be spoiled forever, lol.

Also while on a bike tour with Cool Tour Company, our Polish guide ended his spiel with a very resounding speech about how much the Jewish community influenced the current state of Krakow, and how he’s so excited about the potential of the city and welcomes all other cultures to continue coming and contributing to what makes Krakow so great. I was moved by his words. Thanks, Wlodek!

5. Budva, Montenegro

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Budva, Montenegro

Budva is a city that’s on the extreme end of how much black skin can be appreciated abroad — but not as extreme as Italy, which you could read exactly what I’m talking about here, LOL. 

But in Budva, you’re not only welcomed, you’re practically celebrated, as you’re viewed as a celebrity as one restaurant owner confessed they get roughly two black tourists a year, and I’m sure that’s an overstatement, ha.

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As you’re casually mistaken for a famous black celebrity or actress constantly, restaurant owners will invite you to try their main dishes, bar owners will spoil you with drinks on the house, and private beach clubs will let you lounge on their property for as long you’d like. 

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Kotor, Montenegro

The red carpet is truly laid out and whether I was accepting rides on luxury yachts or signing Serena Williams’ autograph by the beach (true story, he was a kid and I couldn’t say no while his parents were watching), then your days are made quite nicely.

In Montenegro, they treat you like royalty, and got damn it, you are. You’re magical, divine, and every bit worthy of being appreciated and not judged prematurely as a threat.

Black people, you are... worthy, divine, appreciated, and more.
Black people, you are… worthy, divine, appreciated, and more.

While these experiences will come with its fair share of people asking for selfies, understand that it’ll still be far more enjoyable, because they’re people who feel honored by your existence, not threatened by it.

And that makes the world of a difference.

Hey 15 minutes of fame, I see you! #MilkinIt
Hey 15 minutes of fame, I see you! #MilkinIt

While I have two younger, but grown brothers back home, and a future family to raise one day, the idea of permanently living abroad is sounding more and more likely.

So I’ll continue scouting as many black-friendly cities as possible, and to the black community back in America, stay strong, stay safe, and stay ready to move, because sometimes, enough is enough.

Black friends, see you on the other side — where we matter, and stuff 😉

P.S. If you’ve never ventured abroad before, I wrote about the best and worst things about being a black traveler here. And if you’re interested in how I’ve been traveling the world non-stop for the last 4 years (45 countries + 5 continents), you can read all about my story and journey in my new book, “From Excuses to Excursions: How I Started Traveling the World“!

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Still need some black travel getaway inspiration? Check out this funny video I made about 5 of the most African-American friendly countries in the world. Almost 300,000 views and I’ll be making a part two soon!

  • Berlin, here I come!

    • Whoop whoop! One day we’ll be roomies there 😉

    • Yo Baby Yo

      Wish I could join you…lol

  • Madeline Potter

    You’re a pioneer! <3 Keep paving paths of inspiration 🙂

  • Halimat Afolabi

    Surely London, England should be on this list. Evidenced by the over 1000 people who turned up just today for the Black Lives Matter protest in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in the states. Also it’s one of the most diverse cities in the world by far, only the likes of New York can compete with it in that aspect. I’m a Londoner so I have my biases, but definitely feel that London is one of the most friendly cities towards any race! 🙂

    • For sure London is a great city for blacks! I think in making this list, I wanted to offer cities that are a bit less cliche. London is often the first city in Europe African-Americans travel to, so I wanted to offer cities that blacks may not have considered otherwise!

      • Halimat Afolabi

        Ok fair enough 🙂 and yes those other cities would have never been on my list but would definitely like to visit them now.

  • I spent the first part of my summer in Berlin and I absolutely loved it and I felt super welcomed. Two weeks ago I was in Nice and it was the same experience! 🙂 looks like I’ll be putting Scotland on my itinerary when I visit the U.K. In two weeks! 🙂

    P.S I just love reading your blog your writing style is amazing and you’re super informative.


    • Thanks so much, Cindy! I’ll be checking yours out too. So glad you echo my sentiments on Berlin and Nice. It’s always encouraging when I hear about fellow POC having equally pleasant experiences!

  • Alison N

    This is soooo refreshing. I’m almost in tears reading it. How amazing would it be to be in a place where you are appreciated and welcomed? It’s almost like a fantasy. I was surprised at Berlin—I heard Germany was dangerously racist. I’m looking forward to traveling abroad in 2017 and if I find a place that I love, I might just stay! Thanks for writing this.

    • Andrea

      I don’t know where you heard that from but I’m pretty certain Germany is actually the LEAST racist country in all of Europe.

    • Thanks for reading Alison! It’s important to remember so many things go into our experiences that ultimately form our opinions of a city. I just had a WOC friend reach out about Berlin sharing some of her negative experiences and I was shocked!

      I can only speak from and write about things I’ve experienced, hoping it can provide some insight. Just remember there will be discrepancies though!

      • Alison N

        You know, I may be thinking of Russia, not Germany as racist. I’m going to put Germany on my short list of places to visit!

    • UdonNo

      As long as you are not too ambitious and know your place–you will be just fine in europe.

    • corneliusdetroit

      What I find in many parts of Europe is that as an American (and in some cases as a black American) you come with a certain amount of privilege. That is not to say that negative things don’t happen, but even those scenarios are extremely different than what you would experience in the States.

  • JustGoPlaces

    London’s friendly! We are very diverse and I love it. My mixed-race kids are not an anomaly in their classes. You know those Scots are just miserable that they are stuck in the cold and dark north and they really wish that Edinburgh was London 🙂

    • Them there’s fighting words!

      • UdonNo


        • Byrdz Ofgrace


        • gibson george

          It that is the case then why do millions of blacks round the world want to emigrate there.

        • Sam

          Are you taking the piss? Wale she maybe but England being one of the most diverse countries in Europe is not racist. There’s racism everywhere, France, Germany, Belgium. America is probably more racist then England by a long way

    • Hahaha! Love London and it would definitely make my top 10 list. It’s inferred that London is a great city for blacks, so I tried to steer from super cliche cities and picked 5 that weren’t the first choices for most African-Americans traveling abroad for the first time.

      • Sam

        I thought this article was about Blacks in general and not African Americans?

  • Reta Mcclinton

    i think i will be looking into traveling into berlin so i will be saving up real soon but i wonder will it be strange living there when all your family is in america

    • They will LOVE you! Haha, I wish I could experience it again with you. Seriously, instant celebrity 😛

      And I talk to my family on a daily basis through our group WhatsApp chat. Miss and love them dearly, and we’re all grown and following our individual paths in life. We’re all pretty spread out across America as well, and then there’s me… halfway across the world, ha 😛

  • Widmarc Dubuisson

    This was the best thing i’ve read in awhile. Subscribing.

    • Haha, you’re too kind! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • RAS

    Thank you for you blog. I now know where to go on vacation next year.

    • Thanks for reading, RAS! Glad to offer some tips!

  • Nikki Dub

    Great article! I need to look into a few of these places. I’d have to agree with Nice, France. We were there last year around this time. Best trip ever!

    • Thanks, Nikki! Nice is amazing and I’m always thinking about how I can squeeze a visit in. Love that city!

  • Claudia

    I’m a little saddened by the fact that this is an article about race… It could have just been an article about ‘cool cities in Europe’, it’s not like other European countries are that unwelcoming or even hostile towards people with non-white skin. Of course there are always incidents, but in general, Europeans are a lot more open to diversity than Americans.
    I get that it’s a cool change that people look at you because you look different than what they normally see, and not because of some prejudice they may have, but I think that is more an attitude thing. If you act friendly, people will be friendly to you. At least that is my opinion whilst traveling in Europe…

  • I am glad you removed the ignorant comment on this post.

    One is either too privileged or has to be living under a rock to be saddened by a post like this and ask “What racism?”

    • Hi Sheena! I haven’t removed any comments, so perhaps the person removed it themselves when they read other people’s comments and understood the intention of the post?

      Either way, I wrote this for a certain audience, and those who don’t get it or have never had to live their lives knowing their skin color will be the first thing someone notices about their appearance, then it can be hard for them to understand.

      I don’t stress about people misinterpreting a message that was never meant for them, lol.

  • Sharee Smith

    Hi Great Article, has anyone had any problems with Malta, Italy I’m due to spend 5 days their in September before heading back to Rome a city that I really love. Thanks for any helpful tips you can provide

    • Thanks for reading, Sharee! You’ll LOVE Malta! I’ve never been but have heard great things from my WOC friends. It’s an incredibly small island, so do expect some uncomfortably long stares every now and then, but that’s really anywhere you go that doesn’t have a large black population.

      Remember some of the people we encounter don’t have the luxury/privilege to travel out of their home country like we do, so it’s an “experience” when they see us for the first time in person. Try not to take offense and instead engage.

      If you’re the only black person they ever meet in their life, at least they’ll remember it as a positive one 🙂

      • nikkiniks

        err..went to Malta two years ago and a guy called me a ‘monkey’…sooo not the best for me. I now dub it the country that shall no longer be named.
        Crete on the other hand was A-MAZING!

      • vetiarvi

        I don’t have a good impression about the maltese, but i’ve never went there or met a maltese in person, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. It’s just what i gathered from commentators and articles about the place.

  • Charrish Ferguson

    Your blog post was shared with travelettes and I am so angry and disgusted by the reactions and comments there. I try to convince myself that inserting myself in groups that are ‘diverse’ is the best way to go but once again am proven wrong.

    I get it, many of the women only have to worry about making everything fit in their carry on bag. Awesome.

    But for many women of color we seriously have to worry about our safety as women and as women who do not have blonde hair and blue eyes. Why should I have to apologize for thinking beyond their level of safety? Especially as a woman who has had instances happen while traveling because of the color of her skin…. I cannot apologize.

    I try to be a member of various travel forums to gain a wider experience but reality always slaps it back at you that everyone wants to kumbayah over the things that affect YOU. As a black woman or POC YOUR voice doesn’t matter, just get on the damn plane.

    Thank you for sharing safe places from your experience because I have yet to meet a POC who doesn’t ask whenever I’ve shared a place I’ve been, what was your experience as a black person/woman.

    • Charrish, I adore you with all my heart. I’ve stopped stressing or trying to convince people about why these conversations and dialogues are necessary and instead let them reach the people they’re intended for and keep it moving.

      It’s unfortunate so many will completely miss the point and/or judge it based on the title alone and not even read the article, but such is [the internet] life! I will sleep A-OK tonight 🙂

  • Maurice

    The entire situation in the united States speaks to a more global systematic issue…an issue that deals with the pinning of black and brown people to the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder in almost every society, and though I appreciate the intent of this…the idea of running to (another) European country isn’t going to solve the issue, in fact, proposing that you should run to a European country for safety has a (surely unintentional, from your part) damaging message and creates a false sense of what the issue and solution really is.

    • Thanks for reading, Maurice! If you browse through my other articles, you’ll see that I tend to write with jest, implying that my experiences should be taken with a grain of salt.

      While I don’t think every African-American will want or need to move to Europe to get away from America’s current police brutality situation, I definitely think it’s worth encouraging them to explore how other countries perceive us.

      It won’t always be a walk in the park, and I’ve even wrote about my negative experiences as a black woman (see my post about Prague), but again, this blog is about entertaining, educating, and empowering, and some of them/us just need a break sometimes 🙂

    • UdonNo

      American Racism stems from the fact that whites have an innate generational guilt of slavery. they know that their privilege comes from over 400 years of free labor,, and that blacks must hate them for it. And Unlike blacks in european countries, where most have strong and active roots in Africa and the West Indies– american blacks feel that they built america and deserve to reap its benefits equally with whites.
      European blacks dont have that sentiment,, for most they can still go home to africa or west Indes if shit hits the fan.

      • ashley watson

        In that case then why don’t white move back to Europe when shits hit the fan; what ever that means.

        • Titterling Langs

          In case of European blacks, many if not most are immigrants with either dual citizenship or children of such immigrants and thus are eligible for citizenship in the African countries. Thus, they can literally ‘go back’. Most countries only allow return up until 3d generation, after that, it’s a no go.

          In case of American whites and Afrikaners, European countries will only give them visas if they are either immigrants or children of immigrants. Sometimes, grand children. After that, it’s also a no go.

          Thus, a white Anglo Saxon from Mississippi will not qualify for a British visa just based on the fact that he is white, speaks English and his name is John Smith. The same with the so called Irish people in Boston. Or a white Afrkaner with a name such as Jan Van Der Wald. European countries just see them as ‘Americans’ and ‘S. Africans’ only. Visas refused. Case closed. America and S. Africa are seen as their countries and native lands.

          The same goes for American blacks. Too many generations away from Africa. Very few African countries will allow them residency. Some programs have been tried but got stuck in a bureaucratic morass. I think one was in Senegal and is not on hold apparently.

          Thus all this shouting of “Go back to Africa!”, “Go back to Europe!”, “Go back to your country blah blah blah!” is often non-realizable. Those places will just declare those people as foreigners and Americans, fine them for overstaying their tourist visas and send their asses back to the USA.

    • corneliusdetroit

      Hey Maurice, as they say, the struggle is real! But as a guy committed to that struggle, I also know that the cultural shift that takes place when traveling abroad can have an extremely rejuvenating effect. The European tribes have fought each other for a few thousand years and yet there have been numerous unions as well. To be seen as “just another nationality”, to be in say, parts of the UK, and be “American” vs “Polish” vs “Italian” or “Japanese” is refreshing. Yes, I’m still foreign, but there’s an equality about that which I can appreciate. I think everyone should have that experience from time to time.

  • Che Santos

    As Black women you will be just about welcomed anywhere in Europe. It is Black men that may find that they are not so welcomed, particularly in Central/Eastern Europe. We latinas also get a lovely reception throughout Europe.

    • My black male traveling friends have had equally and similar experiences as well! It does vary, but I think as long as you go into a country open and receptive to their culture, you can expect the same warmth to be reciprocated. Glad you’ve also had a great experience from a Latina perspective 🙂

      • Titterling Langs

        Openness and being receptive improves your chances of being treated better, but prejudice exists regardless of one’s being open and receptive in the eyes of many people. If we could just cure prejudice by being open and receptive, then we wouldn’t need all these civil rights and human rights, and we could just all live happy lives and sing Kumbaya together. Being nice to others does not guarantee that they will be nice to you in return. But it does increase the number of people who are nice to you, without a doubt.

    • shawn Mc

      i was in germany and had a great time. i never had a problem with europe , i met great people

      • Che Santos

        I was speaking specifically about Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, etc) and Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, etc.). The black american and african guys I met while traveling there have told me horror stories about threats of violence, being called racist epithets etc. I did not experience any of that stuff but some of the men I met were U.S. military so I believe it to be true.

        • Titterling Langs

          This is true. Ukraine now has gotten way better after the revolution. Also, people have gotten used to blacks there. And again, we are talking about men. Black women are not seen as a threat as a rule.

        • Jh Haufiku

          Most of the comments on this rather beautiful and accurate article, are the actual reason the world is such a sad place! And people need ‘ to stop lying about Eastern Earope, I live in Moscow and have lived in Vladivostok- I am treated like a mini celbirity- people want pictures and they are not racist! Ofcourse there Are fascist in every European country but they r hardl heard about these days! An African is no more safer in Europe than he is at home. So please use some common sense before you scare people from living heir dreams!

      • Caydence James

        Was this east or west Germany?

        • shawn Mc

          i was close to frankfurt,darmstadt , i believe heidelberg was about 30 min away

  • UdonNo


    • JazzyJerome

      Yep let a 100, 000 Africans migrate there and the attitudes will change.

      • UdonNo

        not, even.. 1500 would cause them to make policy changes real quick!

        • JazzyJerome

          I was just throwing a number out there but I agree.

      • Andrea

        Um… there are already quite a large number of African (not Middle Eastern) refugees in Europe, definitely more than the numbers quoted here. That said, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t more to be done to help them integrate better

        • JazzyJerome

          And there is backlash about that if you want to be technical about it. The topic is about specific cities let a large migration occur in those cities and attitudes will change.

      • corneliusdetroit

        Well economic concerns are exactly that and you find that across the board. There are many places in Western Europe where Eastern Europeans don’t get the best treatment (to put it lightly). And the best, most recent example is that of Syrian refugees who are facing all kinds of abuse. So that is very different than the racial dynamics you have in the States. Not saying that the impact is any better, but it IS different.

    • Good point and legitimate assumption, although it’d be a lot for them to think about in an instant’s notice when they immediately smile and engage in conversation.

      Remember, this is just a list of recommendations for African-Americans who’d like to experience a different type of reception than they might be used to. This isn’t an exhaustive list nor is it a poll of 100% of their population. All I can do is share my experiences and hope it encourages or enlightens others 🙂

      • Sam

        I thought this article was about Blacks in general and not African Americans??

    • Yo Baby Yo

      Sounds like the same reason we wouldn’t want them coming to the US

  • UdonNo


    • Great idea! I’d be curious to see one as well! Maybe check out MinorityNomad.com. He’s the most well-traveled black man I know 🙂

      • Kerwin McKenzie

        🙂 @UdonNo:disqus . I’ve traveled quite a bit (114 countries/geographic regions) and have had good receptions in many countries. I never fight fire with fire. Some people think I’m Samuel Jackson though :-).

        It has to do with how you treat people and your aura. As humans, we are curious about each other. I’ve not been scared to walk anywhere I’ve traveled and I’ve had my share of “fun” experiences; we all have.

        The same cautions I have at home in the U.S. I use them everywhere I travel. My guard is always up. Listen to your heart it always tells you what’s right or wrong. Most times, we ignore it though.

        When people want to touch my skin or take photos with me or ask me if I comb my hair, I embrace it and talk wth them. It’s only questions. The first time was in China and it was a bit weird, but as I traveled more, I got used to it and realized that people are just curious and want to answer the questions they have and want to see if what they see on TV is true.

        People are people everywhere…

        • I stand corrected! Kerwin, YOU are the most well-traveled black man I know! Me oh my! 114!? SHEESH. And I love your approach as well. I think the longer you travel, the more patient you grow. And you realize it’s more them being amused and intrigued than anything else, and I can handle that in doses 😉

          • Kerwin McKenzie

            It’s all good Glo :). Minority Nomad is quite the traveler himself :).

            Yes, it’s patience. I’m a people person, so I pick up on what people are not saying when I meet them.

            I was in Almaty, Kazakhstan and saw some kids hanging around, they didn’t say it, but they wanted to take photos. So I invited them over we took photos, they were satisfied and off they went.

            Same thing in the trains. My Indian friend who was with me got tired of taking videos and photos for the people who wanted to meet me :). Fun times…

      • ashley watson

        Gloria I need to take notes on how to deal with ignorant people like UdonNo ;because everything that he is saying is ignorant towards black men. He is either jealous , or insecure when comparing himself to black men. Or if he is a black man he might just have a lot of low self esteem. By the way I know German /Russain women that love black men. However , you are handling UndoNo remarks with much class and patience .

        • Hahaha! UdonNo seems to be a notorious troll. His “Disqus” comment account looks like he peruses several articles a day leaving delirious/delusional comments.

          If it pays his bills, more power to him. No stress over here 🙂 Thanks again for chiming in!

        • Titterling Langs

          While ‘some’ Russian women like black men, these are anecdotal exceptions to the rule. Russia is on a sh-t list by the US State dept as a very racist country and highly dangerous. It doesn’t mean ‘every’ person is a racist, but the high frequency incidences of racism there , and the number of murders based on race have caused the State Dept to issue a serious warning for non white travelers into the country.

    • corneliusdetroit

      Without really going into detail, my top 10 European cities would be (in no particular order):

      The Hague

      Each city is cool for different reasons, but I’d say all are worth a visit.

      • MarleyMarx

        Add Copenhagen. Paris can actually be pretty hostile towards Blacks, because French police thinks every Black or Oriental person is a hoodlum or jihadist from the Banlieues.

  • Kitty Bradshaw

    Awesome read. As a black traveler we do have to think twice about places we visit for safety reasons. I do not want to pay to fly somewhere where I will be unwanted…. I could stay home for that. Thank you for this article I am going to share it on my timeline.


      It makes me feel so much more at ease when I can know ahead of time whether a city or country is receptive to African-Americans in advance. You’re able to relax and just enjoy yourself more. Thanks for reading and sharing!

  • badphairy

    I’ll second Nice. Wonderful place, great food, AMAZING museums.

    • Debbie Douglass

      I loved Nice. It’s still calling to me. I attended a semester abroad in France in 2011. A middle-aged, curvy African American woman, I got second glances where I stayed in the tiny city of Aix, but Nice was a 2-hour bus ride away. The beach, diners, and shops were wonderful! I didn’t mind being alone. I even met a Swedish beauty who invited me to a night club for a few hours of salsa and socializing. It was like I’d been there a thousand times. Mind you, I never to clubs in America. And Nice was a 40 minute bus ride from Cannes. I think I left part of my soul in Nice. I hope to go back to live one day. BTW, Venice was awesome too!

  • Kenny Nunn

    BRITISH DOES NOT EQUAL ENGLISH. Scots are British. Welsh are British. Northern Irish are British. This attitude that the English have promoted that they are the “true” Brits while simultaneously conquering and subjugating the BRITISH isles is exactly the reason why Scotland wants to break away.

  • Sam Ajay

    all the places that has been describe in her blog are good beside poland. poland is one of the most racist countries in europe i wouldnt go there for vacation as a black person. germany france england are good for vacation and living.let me add some cities to germany bremen, hamburg, cologn, essen, dusseldorf, dortmund, schalke, hannover, munich, berlin.. and it doesnt end there.sorry for my english but im german and black 🙂

    • Wow! I’m headed to Poland and Ukraine at the end of the month. I’m so curious to see how it will be. I’ve been to Latvia (close by) and it was okay..hope Poland isn’t too bad.
      Out of the countries I have traveled in the Balkans..I was super-impressed by Bosnia and Herzegovina. I felt so welcomed in Mostar and Sarajevo; in comparison to Croatia where a few folk were a little bit cold. 🙁
      My brother studied in Moscow and Kursk for seven years..later the hostility and racism he experienced there, he swore never to step in Europe again.
      I live in the Netherlands, it’s pretty tolerant but you bump into racists from time to time…but what .i hate most is a white guy viewing me as a fetish, and most all, being followed around in supermarkets and stores by sales ladies and security who view me as a potential ‘shoplifter’.

      • Titterling Langs

        Russia is not Europe.

        • Russia may not be a part of the EU, but geographically it is in the European continent.

          • Em

            Nope, Asia.

          • Complete822

            Actually, you’re both right.

      • I went to Poland and Ukraine in the summer. Krakow was a blast..talk about selfies galore…and because I was with my nine-year old it was like a double portion of the positive attention..her cute self was quite overwhelmed with all the little gifts people wanted to give her..and the selfie shots..was flummoxed..Krakow= good for our melanin coated egos..

    • Heikki Jokunen

      Have you actually been to Poland or are you just repeating the German anti-Polish sentiment? A rather dark skinned friend of mine has been to Poland several times and he hasn’t experienced any problems. Another black friend has had not problems there either. Of course there are racists and bigots in Poland, but at least these two have had no problems. As for me, I’m a white European guy from Finland and in Germany, I’m often taken as a Pole because of my looks and accent and the experience is not that nice. Many Germans act rude to me and some say nasty things they think I don’t understand. This has happened almost every time I’ve been there, and I’m not going to Germany any more. That being said, most Germans are OK, but let’s say, a 10% of rude bigots is too much for me. I’m kind of sensitive to these things. Don’t know how I’d deal with racism if I was black.

      • Armonie Reed

        Wow I’m sorry to hear that! I lived in Germany for 4 years. I think it’s important to share this, because most people believe fascism and discrimination is towards only black people.

        • Shaiyla Adams

          Yes it is very important to share. I am black, and until this comment I was unaware of the other discrimination that even people in Europe have to deal with by other Europeans. It gives me a different perspective on how to approach racism.

  • Jeffrey Johnson

    i felt right at home in Paris and in all of France for that matter….Sometimes I felt that people went out of their way to be nice…..

    • AMEN! Such a great feeling isn’t it? Thanks for chiming in!

    • TVJ

      I agree! I’ve been to Paris on three visits since 2008; the last time was in September 2015 and I plan to return two years from now.

      I feel like Paris is my second home–I always rent an apartment and generally act like I live there. 🙂

      • Nikki Bruce

        I did not get the warm fuzzy feeling I expected when I visited Paris in August. I truly enjoyed wandering around to all the famous monuments, museums and landmarks. However, the people (French) seemed cold, rude and not welcoming at all. I thought that maybe my lack of knowledge of the French language was what ticked the locals off, so I will give it another try later in life.

        • TVJ

          They certainly aren’t quite as friendly or open as say, Americans. But it does help to speak the language. I speak French so I think that makes a difference in my experience there.

          If you have time before your next trip, you may want to take a brief “French for travelers” course. Even just knowing “bonjour” and “merci” will help.

  • William T Peters III

    Europe is the BEST! Skip the Rockies & Grand Canyon. Europeans embrace our culture… since the 40’s!

    • Hear, hear! Glad you’ve had good experiences as well, William!

    • Heikki Jokunen

      I’m a white European and coming to US for the first time in November. I’m googling and spying about US things, including how African-Americans feel about Europeans. A lot of nice and heartwarming comments here, especially considering all the xenophobia, racism and bigotry that seems to be on a new rise both in the US and Europe and who knows where. So, I’m glad you feel this way. 🙂

      And yeah, I think African-Americans can get special positive attention here. First of all, Afro-Americans are a dominant cultural group, and dominant groups seem to get admiration, especially because the African-American cultural domination is not forced but voluntary. Second thing is, the avegare European probably knows more about African-Americans than about many European countries or cultures. Let’s say, the Portuguese or Slovaks and probably just a big question mark to most of us. So, you guys are a very well known ethnic group, but rarely seen in real life, so meeting an actual A-A person is like people of a legend showing up in real life. Third, those of us who have met actual African Americans have had very positive experiences. Fourth, this contrasts with white Americans, some of whom can be amazingly arrogant towards us natives. From what I’ve heard, it can sort of work the other way too: Americans can get endless loads of complaints about US policies as if they were the personal fault of the American in question. My gut feeling is that these complaints are directed to whites and African Americans are not seen as a guilty party.

      Of course this stuff could be labeled as hypocritical, as there are many racists here who may act different towards dark skinned people from elsewhere, including the native born ones who are culturally completely the same as their white countrymen. In any case, I wish African Americans continue to have good experiences here, even if it goes to the sugary “people of the legend” level, because why not?

  • Ebele Deji Onwugbufor

    COME HOME TO AFRICA!! OUR BORDERS ARE OPEN!!! JESUS!!! COME-HOME!! you’re just jumping out of the frying pan into the fire!!! you’re trying to escape racism by going to OTHER western countries?! C-O-M-E H-O-M-E!!!!!!!!!!

    • I AM SO READY! I’ll be in Nigeria in December and start working my way around from there!

      • IndigoD

        Where in Nigeria will you be!? Myself and 3 other black American ladies are moving there in 3 weeks to work at an International School. We’d love to link up when you come! We’ll be in Abuja!

      • Ikillgames

        Are you still in Nigeria?

    • Titterling Langs

      Wait! Visas are needed to go to Nigeria. What about jobs?

  • OnwardUpward

    Gloria, thank you for this – very refreshing. It’s a question many of us are too afraid to ask and needs to be addressed so we can enjoy the world. When traveling a few years back, I found that Stockholm was a very warm and friendly city as well, and totally agree with you about Germany – I was in Dusseldorf and Munich on business and had the best time. I wasn’t too keen on Paris, but would be open to giving it another try…Thanks again!

  • Loved this post. Thank you. Take me with you next time!

  • Interesting experiences. I wonder if men would be treated the same way?

    • Gloria Atanmo

      I have a few black american travel industry friends and most can vouch for similar preferential treatment in different areas of Europe. Of course there will be discrepancies, but I recommend you check out their sites and read about it directly — Kerwin at CruisinAltitude.com and Erick at MinorityNomad.com

  • Emme B

    A great list, while im am not American i am black British i really like the list. i visited Berlin in March and was surprised by how easygoing and friendly the people were. I think with recent world events people are wary of others.

  • lala3a

    Hey do you have any thought on the not so far away Canada or even Mexico? Also, two thumbs up from my experience in Nice and that was way back in 2003 (I’m feeling old lol). Finally, I just have to say that you are super awesome and talented in case you haven’t heard it yet today!

  • Charles The First

    I loved reading your blog. I am planning a trip with my 17 year old in just a few weeks.

  • Alicia Allums-Vaca

    I love to travel, and do so extensively. I’m not sure though that I want to go where I’m “tolerated.” Accepted or welcomed perhaps, but tolerated….

  • Titterling Langs

    Now, lets see a list of African/black countries where white men are welcome to visit/ I say Montego Bay is good, then Nairobi, Kenya is good. People say good things about Barbados.

  • Titterling Langs

    The article is about vacation time, not about immigrating or looking for work. Things change radically if you decide to stay in a country, find work and integrate.

    I enjoyed visiting many countries and the people were great. They did
    change into devils when I decided to stay there. I was denied jobs,
    housing, was insulted and not even allowed into stores. And I am not
    even a black person.

    Everyone loves American tourists with dollars. Most people don’t like for you to compete for jobs anywhere. There are many variables.

    Also, those people that say that the way you are received depends on some aura and your attitude: it does play a role and is a factor. But that’s not the only factor. Racial and other prejudice is real and it does not depend on your aura and attitude. Its intensity depends solely on who are are ethnically, agewise,religion-wise, etc. For example, in Japan and Korea, they have signs that say “No Foreigners” or “No Americans”. In China, similar signs. These exist regardless of your aura and/or open attitude.

    Having said all that, if you only visit, have money, do not speak the local language, don’t understand what the people are saying and stay on the main drag, you will be welcome to spend your money and enjoy. You have a great time and go home.

  • Kay

    As a female *African* traveller I loved this article… I’ve been to many of these places and received a similar reaction… I lived in Edinburgh for 4 years, visited Krakow (Where I was treated like a mini celebrity) and Berlin where I was more or less anonymous (which i loved). However, I know all too well how travelling [to certain places] while black can be frustrating, traumatic and sometimes even dangerous.

    I never considered travelling my own continent for the longest time because many of us Africans, living in Africa, with relative privilege, are taught as kids (in our British system schools) that Africa is a wild, empty, savage, dangerous & ironically uninteresting place. Not to mention the prices used to be hiked all the way up for domestic tourist. So we/I left the travelling to the white/ foreign tourists. Better for us to save up and go to “Outside Countries”: UK, US, France, Germany, Ausie etc.

    However, it wasn’t until recently that I began travelling the continent again. Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Seychelles and many more. While admittedly some of these places are dangerous and they may lack the castles and great big clocktowers and monuments of “mighty” Europe… the continent of Africa will surely reaffirm something within you, it has the ability to shape or reshape your very foundation… not in spite of your blackness… but because of it! There is a certain dignity, and resilience and magic that even a thousand castles or clocktowers could never recreate!

    But then again… maybe that’s just me.


    • Yes, yes, yes…welcome to Africa! I’m kenyan and happy to hear you had a lovely time..and all the lovely wild animals in the parks want to be seen in alll their glory! absolute stunners!!

    • Em

      The institutions of colonialism are insidious. The cost of domestic travel within Africa was higher than traveling to the Western world. Efforts to reinforce self hate and distaste for one’s own culture and advantaging the alien culture to support the oppressor. Thanks for the insight.

      • gibson george

        Why don’t African enterpreneurs create their own budget airlines and thereby bring the cost down for travelling between African countries. Talking about reinforces hate sounds like more cultural marxist talk. The Africans kill each other, just like Europeans kill each other.

  • Saundra Abel

    thanks for your blog especially on Germany and Scotland

  • Great article and useful for trips when I just don’t want to deal with the stares, etc. Luckily for me, a few long looks, pointing, or a sharp response are the only negative acts I’ve received during my travels. And, it’s crazy how much excitement you get just for favoring Serena. I wonder if you could take it to the next level by carrying a tennis racket?!

  • Sad that I just read this blog and about Nice and now it’s in the news for all the wrong and sad reasons.

  • Steel Harris

    I’ll pass on being celebrated and spoiled because they’re ignorance. I don’t look anything like Rihanna lol and I wouldn’t care for the assumption about what kind of ppl travel

  • Aaron Sanders

    Would you say that it’s possible that you being physically attractive and a woman helped? I’m asking out of concern for myself, being a black man. I’ve been to Berlin and it seemed to be okay if you made attempts at speaking German, but we were okay. We being my three travel companions: two Hispanic women and a Black British woman. I want to know if I’ll only be treated this nicely in the other four cities by proxy if I have a woman with me, or if you believe that I’ll genuinely be treated nice by most people. I’ll even settle for not treated with animosity. I don’t know if you traveled alone or in groups but I commend you for just getting out there and exploring. I ask this because I just really want to travel more and not have to worry about facing discrimination because black men are portrayed as violent and people with locs all smoke weed. I’m just kind of tired of it. I’ll accept that no matter where I go there will be people like that.

  • I really enjoyed this read and for some reason before opening the post I knew Vienna, Austria where I live would sadly not be on the list, and I was right. I was surprised not to see Amsterdam on my list – but positively surprised to see Montenegro – a place I have been looking forward to visiting for a while. As a black woman living in Vienna this is great insight.

  • Tuckerloves2travel

    Had the pleasure of visiting Krakow years ago. Friendly people, beautiful city, and the best Chinese food I’ve ever had. I still think about it sometimes.

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  • Hi, unfortunately I find your blog and insta just now. So if I would have known that you are in town we could have met for a beer and I could have shown you around. Like your blog posts, pics, videos! Great work! Pls enjoy touring around our beautiful europe! And besides: not only Berlin (which is my birthplace and home town), but Munich is a wonderful city for colored people to live here, too. There are some bars, night clubs where mostly african people and also some bavarians go to as they play nearly only real good african music, especially from the west coast. So next time you are in Munich, check out the Lassavane disco 🙂

  • Gwen Bettycrocker

    Thank you so much for this blog post and for sharing a much needed perspective. It came at a most necessary time for me. I just returned from two months in Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan). The worst part by far was the treatment I received from European travelers on holiday. I have not been to Europe as of yet but have many family members who live there. I was considering not going because of my Asian trip but now I know some cities I can add to my European trip with a certain level of comfort.

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  • Joy EH

    I just wanted to that you for posting this wonderful slice of positivity! It is truly a breath of fresh air.

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  • gibson george

    It would be interested to know which 5 countries in Africa is white skin welcome

    • MarleyMarx

      South Africa and Namibia are full of whites (as you surely know). You will have more trouble being a black man from Zimbabwe, Nigeria or Somalia in South African, than as a white person from Europe.

    • gibson george

      What about crime and the racist murders of white farmers.

  • MarleyMarx

    Some districts of Eastern Berlin are actually pretty risky for people of color: Marzahn, Hellersdorf and Treptow-Oberschöneweide (among others) have a pretty high rate of Neo-Nazis, Hooligans, Pegida bullies and AFD rightwingers. From a Black German – born and raised in Berlin!

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  • Con Van R

    I don’t understand what is the FASCINATION with Europe? I mean I been in almost every country in Europe except one or two. I myself find Africa to be fascinating. I reside temporarily in Kenya and find the culture and scenery beautiful. I stayed in the middle east and find it interesting and cultural, but your fascination with EUROPE is mind boggling !!

  • ‘Love it Gloria, and totally agree!

    I’ve been living abroad as an expat for close to 20 years in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany. ‘Hasn’t been a problem. And yes, treated like a princess wherever I go. I’ll also add Hong Kong, Thailand, Bali, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Vietnam to this mix. In Vietnam, I had local Vietnamese women touching my skin in wonder and admiration. In the Philippines, they couldn’t do enough to guide me. And in Taiwan, everyone was just so pleased to see me, and rushing to help whenever I looked even the slightest bit lost. Oh yeah, and Poland. I’m pretty much a star and the new (sic) Michelle Obama!

    Go for it people and never let anything stand in your way. Male or female.
    p.s. When I took my son to Thailand, the parents all swooned, or asked whether he was Asian! p.s. He was 12 years old at the time and has a sort of Tiger Woods look lol!

  • c.l

    my top five are 1 Oslo 2 berlin 3 prague 4Copenhagen 5 Amsterdam

  • Gregory Chandler

    I must disagree about Black folks going to Germany. Many clubs have a policy against letting Black people in the clubs.

  • Comrade Snow

    Probably cuz they dont like to see their sisters and friends ending up pregnant and along raising a family where daddy ran off.

    Lol, stereotypes aside
    The price of Biggggie goes to the latino Ecuadorians 😉

  • Comrade Snow

    The only problems caused by foreigners is when mass immigration occurs and those people cause problems e.g. By not integrating.
    Just be nice, learn the native tongue, and such.
    And then I (we) will treat you nicely.
    You get what you give
    You come here, you adapt
    Win win,

    • Sam

      I don’t have to learn your native tongue to integrate, fucking speak English! That’s what others do an that’s why English is widely spoken.

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  • Conrad Woodard Mensah

    Excellent blog Gloria and great pictures; thanks for sharing. It’s good to know that not all Europeans are discourteous. I am an African american male, and I have lived in the UK for a little over a month now. The jury is still out regarding my assessment of folks courtesy here; so far, it is on par with the states. For reference, as an American citizen, I have always felt like a second class citizen (or foreigner); possibly has something do with the fact that I am from the south… I realize the blog is about Europe, and I do intend to visit other countries while on business. But I would like to give my 2 cents on folks hospitality towards African-descendants in other countries. Feel free to delete if you don’t think this applies. To give you context, I’ve traveled to the following countries: Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Italy, France, and the UK. Of the few countries I’ve visited, I must say that I have felt the most welcomed in the Middle East/Africa (Jordan, KSA, UAE, Egypt). Other than the Philippines and possibly India, I am not keen to visit Asia. Regardless of all of this, I thank God that I have a job that sends me to these locations to fix problems that couldn’t be fixed by their own countrymen; helping others is fulfilling. I am happy, therefore, folks can think of me however they want; it shows that they have personal problems and I don’t do crazy. I do think that it’s hilarious that people are so worried, preoccupied and fearful about things they cannot control. Their discourtesy and rudeness doesn’t stop me from living my life and turning up. Actually, their discourtesy towards me is a badge of honor. Thanks again for your blog.

  • Sam

    You said that Scottish people have banter about how much they hate the “brits”, has it ever occurred to you that Scotland is in Britain? The Scottish are technically “Brits”

    • BornVillain

      From my impression of Scottish folks, they tend to have a separate identity from mainland Brits, and are very proud of their own culture. I believe that is what she was referring to.

  • mario edwards

    Im a black male that will love to visit outside the USA. Im from St. Louis, Mo and I am completely ignorant to the race facts of different countries. I lived in Anchorage, AK for ten years and I was (slightly) welcomed by some people. Just wondering if people in other countries treated you well because you are a black female and not a black male?

  • Shaiyla Adams

    I love and appreciate this post so much. It makes me want to hurry up and travel knowing these environments exist. Cannot wait to explore the other parts of the world!

  • Rentacar

    I think that you may feel comfortable in each city. However, in every place, there are unfriendly and inhumane people. And if you meet more unkind people, it may seem that the whole city is against tourists.

    • Very true! But I think there’s also a very clear vibe you can sense right away from the overall reception, not just based on a few isolated incidents.

      Thailand, for example, 9 times out of 10, black people will have an amazing time there. As opposed to a country like Russia, for example, where 2 out of 10 people might have a good time.

      There are subconscious perceptions every culture carries about others based on their history and what the media feeds them. Thanks for this comment though, brings up a good point.

  • Carmen Screenwriter Smith

    I’ve visited Europe 4 times since 1999 and while I won’t go so far as to say Europeans welcome Blacks with open arms, they tend in general to be far more pleasant than one’s White fellow Americans. I can’t comment on Montenegro or Poland or Scotland, but I felt rather welcomed in Berlin (though I did see the N word spray-painted on walls and rubble on my way to Sachsenhausen), Prague, and even Salzburg. Racism does exist in Europe – let’s not pretend otherwise. You may be viewed one way as a tourist, but if you lived there it might be a whole nother ball game. Rick Steves has a forum for people of color on his site, and there are tons of posts from people who have had really awful experiences in Europe, Black, Asian, & Latin. I can’t say I’d want to live in Europe permanently, the cost of living is way too high and I’m too used to my American creature comforts.

  • Sam

    I’m black and mine is not a big dong but what I can do with it is amazing!

  • very beautiful places! i like your look with brown hat!

  • Dannimon Coutee

    Im mixed raced so Im hated everywhere on the planet earth even in my own hometown. Im scared to leave my own house.

  • Tone Loz

    are you crazy…they thought you were serena Williams..what does that tell you?