“I got tired of going out into the world and feeling like a unicorn.” That was the explanation Darnell Walker began his model Passport Required.
The Charlottesville, Virginia native is not any stranger to journey. As a child, his dad and mom typically put him on a airplane to go to kin round the US. He all the time informed himself that after he made his personal cash, he wished to maintain his momentum for journey going. And that’s precisely what he did.
His first worldwide journey was to the Bahamas. He loved it a lot that he determined to take issues up a notch. He randomly determined to buy a one-way flight to Belgium. What made it life-changing is that with solely a backpack in tow, he challenged himself to journey so far as he may round Europe whereas spending not more than $100.
“During that trip, I ended up getting to five countries by backpacking and hitchhiking,” Darnell informed Journey Noire.
He additionally used the time to create an authentic documentary the place he interviewed Black folks about their cause for leaving the US. As soon as he returned dwelling, he edited the documentary and launched it. It caught the eye of individuals in South Africa and he was later requested to go to. Shortly thereafter, he made South Africa his dwelling.
Darnell spent three years in South Africa earlier than receiving a proposal for his dream job again in NYC.
“The more I traveled, the more I didn’t see people like me. People would also tell me “you travel white people” since there aren’t loads of Black folks into journey journey. I wished to carry extra of us into this house. That is for us too.”
In 2015, Passport Required was created.
Passport Required isn’t your common group journey firm. Darnell plans a visit on his personal after which invitations strangers to come back together with him by merely signing up and paying the listed value. The catch is, journey goers don’t know the vacation spot till 5 days earlier than they’re set to go away and they’re solely allowed to journey with one backpack.
In its brief existence, the model has visited over 40 international locations together with Brazil, Colombia, South Africa, Thailand, and Malaysia. The journeys vary in value from $400 to $1200, which incorporates airfare and lodging and final between 4-7 days.
Darnell has taken as many as 13 folks on a visit however prefers to max it out at 8.
“I love to travel and it’s a way to bring others along with me,” Darnell stated. “While social media is where I announce my trips, I’ve had most people sign up by word of mouth. That’s the best because they know exactly what to expect once they sign up.”
Lots of the journeys do require a keep in a hostel, one thing that many first-timers are initially hesitant about. However, as soon as they expertise it with Darnell’s group they discover that they really get pleasure from it.
“I’ve had people tell me that after one of our trips they decided to book a hostel stay on their own.”
In 2020, the group will journey at the very least as soon as a month. The subsequent open journey is for February. Darnell will add a couple of further perks for future journeys together with journey gear, a touring videographer, in addition to extra excursions.
To be taught extra about Passport Required or to enroll in the following journey, you’ll find them on IG at @passportreq, on Fb at Passport Required, and Twitter. Or, merely head to the web site: www.passportrequired.com.