Darnell Lamont Walker is the sort of guy who’s used to carrying his biography on his back. His idea of traveling is less about staying up on the most posh resorts, and more about seeking out new corners of strange lands, and he spends the majority of his time doing just that.
Walker picked up a love for backpacking early on, which later turned into his life’s work: now, he runs Passport Required, a travel company that offers a round-trip flight, lodging and spontaneous adventure for less than $900. The company’s website claims it hopes to “make this world smaller, better, and more delicious.” But, Walker has also used it to make the backpacking world more inclusive—a movement that he refers to as “blackpacking.”
I sat down with Walker to discuss Passport Required’s origins, the nuts and bolts of how their trips actually work, and how he’s worked to tear down stigmas related to backpacking in the black community.