Thanks to the Internet and technological boom, travelling is much more safer than what it used to be a decade ago. This sense of safety and security has rushed in a new era of travelers, especially female travelers.
They are able to stay connected to their loved ones. Find the nearest restaurants,medical stores, books flights, do their web check in and most of all use GPS to locate the right location. Everything was just a click away.
This created a new niche. Female travel bloggers who are in search of destinations to travel.
To explore the world and help others to do so, especially other women who are hesitant.
I, Madeline, started blogging after my first solo backpacking trip to Cyprus island. I was always accompanied by friends but this time I went alone. It was scary and fascinating at the same time. I was lost, catcalled,groped and not to forget scammed. This didn’t stop me, as much I hated the fact that I was vulnerable, it made me stronger.
After many such journeys I became stronger, I was now be smarter when I traveled, stand up to perverts and make sure they got what they deserved. Most of all I learnt how to haggle where I could.
With this newly acquired knowledge I started running a blog for other female travelers who in turn started their own blog helping out other travelers. This created an amazing cycle for empowerment.
“It’s a fallacy that, if you’re a woman alone, it’s dangerous,” according to another blogger Oaxaca-based Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads. “As if everywhere isn’t dangerous including your own hometown. I feel more comfortable in Saigon than some places in North America.”
This is very true. Risks are everywhere, sometime you are safer abroad than you are at home.
I started to spend more and more time to help other bloggers create useful and more insightful blogs. Each country required a different prep. There were cultural differences and climate differences. Each needed to be dealt with in the right way. I wouldn’t take winter outfit to a beach nor would I take a swimming outfit for skiing. If I was traveling across a Muslim country I would suggest my female readers and co bloggers to carry a head scarf along with them.
I told my readers and co bloggers to their itinerary to friends and family. Let them know where I was going to be and the best way to get in touch with me.
I didn’t wear flashy jewelry when I was unsure of a place, I only saved them up for trips to really high class places like a function or a party at a five star hotel. Whenever I was unsure of place or felt it I called an Uber regardless of the surge pricing.
I always stayed prepared, I carried pepper spray and a whistle. It was a safe bet because it made me feel safe.Regardless, of where I slept I kept a rubber door stopper on the inside of my door, so that I could keep it closed from the inside incase there was no door knob.
The other obvious things I did ( and advised other female travelers to do ) was to always carry sanitary pads and tampons incase they were hiking or were in any tough location where they couldn’t get access to them.
All this preparation doesn’t mean your trip will be foolproof. “Things don’t always go according to plan. Being able to see opportunity in situations where things go wrong is a huge benefit,” says Tracey Nesbitt of Solo Traveler. “Adapting to changing circumstances, letting go of some plans, and opening yourself up to unexpected options can yield wonderful experiences.”
She was absolutely right. I did my best yet there were a few incident’s that made me feel unsafe. Like stalking and being followed. An American backpacker once got into my bed in a hostel in Laos while I was asleep and started making out with me. It was when I woke up and pushed him away saying, “no” that he left.
A few more of such incidents have been faced by a lot of female travelers but this hasn’t stopped me or them from travelling. Everytime fear takes over the will to do something, the fear wins.
This is a step backwards in female travel and gender equality in the overall scenario.
I urge women to save up and travel more. To find themselves and find out who they are. They need to know what they want in life, the best away to achieve that is by travelling and meeting people.
Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime
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