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Meet the adventurous couple behind 'Traveling While Black'

When Anthony and Marlie Love moved to Seattle in 2019, they had many out-of-state family and friends come and visit that summer. But as summer came to an end, and their stream of visitors slowed down, they realized they still wanted to keep exploring their new home.

And so, Traveling While Black was born.

Inspired by The Green Book, a travel guide for Black tourists in the 1930s through the 1960s, TWB provides recommendations and resources for Black folks traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest. In each episode, Anthony and Marlie document their travels to a new place and rate it with three categories: the drive (from Seattle), level of fun, and how comfortable they felt as Black people visiting for the first time.

With over 100 episodes on their YouTube channel, Anthony and Marlie explore well-known, not-so-well-known, urban, rural, and outdoor places throughout the PNW.

Anthony notes, "We want to go to these places where... a lot of times there aren’t a lot of Black faces." He says they like to build bridges as they travel throughout the region.

Originally intended for Black transplants moving to the Seattle area, Anthony and Marlie find that their audience has expanded, including people who have lived in the PNW for years and members of the LGBTQ+ community. While the focus remains on Black travelers, Anthony points out that their show is for "anybody who’s interested in traveling."

Each episode follows a travel experience from start to finish, though they sometimes film a series of episodes around a theme, such as great beaches to visit in the summer. An interactive map on their website shows where they’ve been with a brief description of their experience.

TWB is truly a passion project for Anthony and Marlie. Their goal is for their viewers to get out and enjoy this place that they now call home. (Marlie notes that she’s "obsessed with Seattle!"). And while they’ll remain rooted in Seattle and the PNW, Anthony and Marlie are branching out into documenting their travels throughout the U.S. and abroad. They’ll continue to share general travel tips, as well as their experiences as Black people exploring new experiences and places.

Head over to their YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, or Facebook page to follow Anthony and Marlie as they experience and document their travels. (And feel free to provide travel suggestions - they love to connect with viewers!)



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