Want to learn more about the world of African American travel?

Well, you've come to the right place!

Explore Ugogurl.com to learn about:

  • African American travel, travelers and travel writing
  • Elaine Lee: travel journalist and travel consultant
  • Go Girl: The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure

This information and much more is available on this site.

Ugogurl.com, provides a medium to showcase African American travel writing in addition to a network for sharing advice on travel, travel writing and journalistic opportunities. The site is chockfull of fantastic resource links to the African American travel world with website connections to travel websites, travel clubs, lodging as well as women's’ travel sites and travel literary sites.

There is a "frequently asked questions" section that addresses common queries, such as solo travel, travel in Paris, Egypt, Hawaii, San Francisco/Bay Area and my favorite places.

I launched Ugogurl.com in 1996 to serve as the cyber home for my book, "Go Girl". Since then, it has expanded to become “resource central” for African American travelers and travel writers.

It is my hope that this website will enlighten, inspire and empower beginning travelers/travel writers, support and encourage experienced travelers/travel writers as well as assist the travel media community in locating information, services and talent.

Awakening the global heart,

Elaine Lee, Esq.
The Wanderwoman


Bon Voyage

Elaine, once again you move your rhythmic feet to the beat. Never stopping simply continuing to repeat. Traveling the world honoring your dance.

This time to Namibia, Ghana, Berlin, and France. You soar giving us more and more of the freedom you enjoy. Encouraging us to spread our wings and not give up on our beautiful dreams. The journey is not new just buried in our genes because of the slave scene. But that was a physical bondage for our minds have always remained free. How else did our ancestors escape slavery. Their journey up north mostly by feet gave us our legacy of non-defeat. Elaine you are living your life. Despite the worldly strife. Refusing to allow challenges to defer your dreams. Your spirituality and tenacity continues to advance us forward ‘cause this “bug gurl” has wings of courage.

Z. Capeheart




























Go Girl Cover

Go Girl: The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure
is the first travel book by and for African American women, an anthology of 52 riveting traveler's tales by writers such as Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Audre Lorde, Jill Nelson, Alice Walker and Pearl Cleage. It also includes... Go to Travel Writing Section

Elaine Lee's debut appearance as a host of travel show on American Airlines' Blackatlas.com

American Airline's website, Blackatlas.com, launched a video vignette about the dual nation Caribbean island of St. Martin/Sint Marteen featuring my debut appearance as guest host. As a field producer, I I worked with a production team/camera crew from Burrell Communications to create this piece.
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WITS - Women in Travel Summit and Travel Professionals of Color invited Elaine Lee to speak at their annual national conferences, both of which were held near Los Angeles, CA in the spring of 2016. Her presentations were well received.

Interview with Elaine Lee is in the New York Times

Noted journalist and broadcaster, Farai Chideya’s amazing article, "Traveling While Black" was showcased on the front page of the New York Times Travel Section on 1/5/14. I was proud to see that excerpts from her interview of me were prominently featured throughout her story.

It was an honor and privilege to work with Ms. Chideya on this groundbreaking story.

No such thing as a small victory. Elaine Lee

To read the story click here.

Travel Resources

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Travel Writing

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Travel Writing Primer

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Travel Media Sampler

I love to figure out ways to share my passion for travel with the world and here is a sampling of some of my media offerings.

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Elaine Lee was been invited to speak at the annual Nomadness ALTERnative Travel Conference which was held in New York City on September 24, 2016. She was a part of the African American Travel History event entitled "Back to the Future." Nomadness Travel Tribe has over 12,000 members, making it the largest black travel association in the USA.

Sunset Magazine Travel Awards Program

Elaine Lee was invited again by the editor of Sunset Magazine to join the judge's panel for their travel awards program. The results are featured in the 2016 August edition of the magazine.

Sunset Travel Awards 2016 - Sunset