From the white beaches of the Bahamas to the historic cities of Europe, travel has been the ultimate dream for millennials. But not all travel experiences are created equal. That’s where Melanin On The Map comes into play. Founded by Ashley McDonough, this company is redefining what travel means for millennials, specifically for people of color.
The Inspiration Behind Melanin On The Map
“Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to work for myself… My passion for travel was just that extra push I needed,” says Ashley McDonough, the visionary behind Melanin On The Map.
Ashley’s vision was not just to create another Instagram page filled with gorgeous travel photos. She wanted to create a community, build real-life experiences, and offer income opportunities. For Ashley, the mission was clear—she wanted to fulfill not just her own dreams but also the dreams of travel lovers worldwide.
Overcoming the Challenges of Entrepreneurship
Starting a travel business just before a global pandemic could be considered bad timing. However, Ashley views it as part of her journey’s testimony.
“Through it all, I would say I learned resilience, I learned about staying the course, and most importantly remaining true to the vision no matter what comes your way,” Ashley recalls.
Ashley’s resolve and her belief in her vision saw Melanin On The Map through one of the most challenging periods for the travel industry. The focus remained on building a brand that provides real value to the community.
The Success Milestones of Melanin On The Map
One of the proudest moments for Ashley was building her Travel Tribe to over 600 travel professionals worldwide. This milestone was not just a testament to the brand’s success but also a fulfillment of its core mission—to open up opportunities for others in the travel industry.
“When I launched this business, it was primarily built on pure passion for travel…I’m happy and grateful Melanin On The Map can be that [guide] for others,” she emphasizes.
What Makes Melanin On The Map Stand Out
Melanin On The Map serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it connects like-minded travelers through its curated group experiences. Secondly, it educates travel lovers on how to monetize from the trillion-dollar travel industry. In essence, it transforms consumers into entrepreneurs.
The Future of Melanin On The Map
The future looks promising. With a growing community and a reach that extends to all 195 countries, Ashley has big plans. She aims to double these numbers as the brand heads into 2024, promising even more exciting group trips and partnerships.
In a sea of generic travel companies, Melanin On The Map stands as a beacon for millennial travelers looking for something more. The company isn’t just about travel; it’s about building a community, fostering entrepreneurship, and, most importantly, fulfilling dreams.
“If you’re ever looking to become more than just a travel lover, need a tribe to travel with, or ready to start your own travelpreneur venture, you know where to find us,” Ashley invites.