My Latest for Matador Network: Travel safety is not a gendered issue
I wanted to respond, in my own way, to the recent controversy surrounding the recent death of Sarai Sierra and the influx of women’s travel articles floating around the internet. For a long time, I’ve been fighting within myself on this issue of “safety” while traveling, and why I get so upset when I see articles aimed specifically at women. I am a woman. I want to be safe. But why do we need to justify this concept through gender-specific articles? Why do we need to prove that women are just as capable of traveling on their own, as men? Why can’t we just do it and be happy?
So I wrote this article.
Safety while traveling alone is not, and should not ever be, a gender-specific issue. Travel safety is relevant to us all.
What my article is NOT about: trying to state that women travellers do not encounter any type of danger or unsafe situations while traveling abroad. We do. We absolutely do. And it needs to be talked about.
What my article TRIES TO CONVEY: That women are not the only demographic that needs to practice safe travel abroad, or the only gender that encounters trouble while away. We focus on women because we receive such opposition as travellers, but the world needs to know that it is not our gender that is the issue: safety is something that affects all kinds of people, not just us.
If you are a woman, you know how difficult certain areas of the world can be regarding our sex. The point I try to make however, is that we should never limit our travel experiences based on the kind of person we are. Man. Woman. Gay. Straight. Transgendered. Black. White. Young. Old. If you’ve traveled somewhere and received opposition from locals or other travellers based on your race, sex, age, etc., do you choose not to return because you are a woman, or because you had a bad experience?
Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Would love to hear what fellow travellers think about this issue.