Travel + Leisure's Diversity and Inclusion Pledge

Travel, at its core, is about learning from cultures around the world. We have a responsibility to ensure that respectful curiosity is reflected across our brand. That means carefully considering every article we publish online and in the magazine — and finding the right people to report on and edit those stories. It also means examining what we’ve published in the past, detailing what we’re doing today, and being transparent about how we plan to evolve. On this page, you'll find a snapshot of our staff, contributors, content, and initiatives. Everything here is backed by numbers — some that we’re proud of, others that we’re not. As we continue to grow, we hope to improve upon these efforts and keep you updated every step of the way.

Our People

We strongly believe in hiring a diverse range of creators to contribute to Travel + Leisure’s website, magazine, and social channels — from photographers and illustrators to writers and influencers. We are continuously working to expand our BIPOC writer base and create opportunities (from press trips to special projects) for those contributors. 

Here’s where we are today:

Our full-time staff of 41 people, as of June 30, 2022, is 20% BIPOC and 80% white. In Q2 2022, we sent a Dotdash Meredith demographics survey to our print and digital contributors, including writers, designers, photographers, and social media content creators. As of now, we are not able to share the data because less than 50% of our contributors have completed the survey. Our intent is to continue following up with our contributor base and to report our findings in the coming quarters.

Here’s how we plan to evolve:

We want to prioritize diversity as full-time positions and opportunities for backfilling roles become available — and ensure that we are increasing our BIPOC contributor base for the website and the magazine each month. In the meantime, we are working with Dotdash Meredith’s People Team to find seminars on diverse hiring practices that we can attend as a team.

Our Content

We pledge to cover BIPOC communities around the world through thoughtful reporting. So much of our coverage offers recommendations for where to go, what to see, and what to do, and we want to make sure we appropriately represent the destinations we spotlight. That requires not only including diverse neighborhoods and BIPOC-owned businesses, but also finding diverse sources, contributors, and Travel Advisory Board members to broaden our perspective and ultimately enrich our reporting. 

Further, we are collaborating with Dotdash Meredith’s Anti-bias Review Board to audit 500 of the most popular stories published on T+L’s website in 2021. The goal is to identify any problematic language and update our articles accordingly, as well as use our takeaways from the audit to shift our editorial practices and avoid repeating past mistakes.

Our Community

Our goal is to work with a number of organizations across this industry that celebrate and advocate for diversity in travel and editorial. This summer, print and digital staffers are working with Girls Write Now to mentor young creatives from low-income neighborhoods in the U.S. We’re also committed to finding an organization rooted in equitable travel to partner with long term. Finally, we pledge to ensure that, when we appear on industry panels, the segments we participate in reflect a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds.

Finally, we will update this pledge with our progress, to hold ourselves accountable, and intend to publish the next update at the end of 2022.