Travel Editor Colleen McShane outlines Travius Levius’ contributions to inclusivity within the travel industry through his lively travel writing and social media influence.
Travis Levius is a freelance travel writer based in London who has documented his exciting travel experiences in well-established publications such as National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Travel Guide, and Condé Nast Traveller. Levius’ journalistic travel writing documents destinations for a wide demographic, from luxury hot-spots like the White Desert in Antarctica to humble isolated safe-zones such as Menjangan Island. Whether you are introverted or extroverted, adventurous or cautious, Travis Levius caters to travellers and tourists of every personality type and all walks of life.
Whether you are introverted or extroverted, adventurous or cautious, Travis Levius caters to travellers and tourists of every personality type and all walks of life.
Levius is a founding member of the Black Travel Alliance (BTA), a ‘professional non-profit organisation, created in 2020 to encourage, educate, equip and excel black travel professionals in education, media, and corporate positions’. The Black Travel Alliance operates under three pillars: alliance, amplification, and accountability. These pillars work together aiming to increase accurate representation of the Black community in the travel industry and ensure diversity within travel branding and marketing. In 2020, Levius wrote that the Black Travel Alliance aim is ‘to communicate and ensure implementation of said plans by destination management organisations (DMOs) and other tourism organisations for a more inclusive industry’ (Levius, Travel Age West). The BTA continued to achieve their goals in 2023 with ongoing networking events for Black travel content creators, which they called Wavelengths, to connect with brands and campaigns to further their careers in content-creating journalism.
Levius’ most recent article with CNN Traveller recounts the first-rate resort Ritz-Carlton Maldives, on the Fari Islands. Levius captures the romantic atmosphere by introducing the newly opened resort as a place for honeymooners and lovers on romantic getaways. He also describes the resort as an accessible destination for people of all walks of life, despite being ‘The Ritz-Carlton’s boldest and most future-forward hotel project yet’ (Levius).
Although his writing is influential and his political activism admirable, Levius has also curated his name on social media through Instagram, where he posts travel content that documents his journeys across the globe. Levius’ Instagram page counts 30.5K followers who not only support his travel content, but watch his humorous reels that depict the idiosyncrasies of travelling.
By offering group trips for solo travellers in 2024, Travis Levius remains on top of his game and quite literally carries the travel community on his back, all while promoting racial inclusivity, diversity, and Black representation in the travel writing genre.