Street Harassment Abroad – an Introduction

Share this piece if you think it matters! Keep traveling. We know the drill of catcalling in our hometowns and countries and possibly have set up our own systems of avoiding the everyday comments and 'compliments' from strangers on our commute. As women or individuals perceived as women – as a collective – we know and even expect this to happen. Once you travel, whether solo or in a group, things become different. Men scream things at you in a foreign language and instinctively you know what it is, but as you don’t understand the exact meaning of the slur, you start doubting yourself as to what it is... Don’t doubt yourself, that was a catcall. You have the right to be pissed off about that. Sexual harassment abroad is a little different, especially as you’ll now feel – presuming you didn’t feel like this before at home – as a minority, or at least someone who can't speak up. Well hello there, new dimension of oppression! In some cultures, catcalling and other… Read more >

A letter of advice to solo female hitchhikers/travelers..

Dear (self-identifying) woman, I usually don’t have solid advice as hitchhiking is very different woman to woman and I don’t think of myself as someone in the position to give you advice, especially the unsolicited kind. While traveling – whether that be by hitchhiking or not – you’ll be in situationsI have never encountered and some of my experiences will never happen to you, despite our general similar experiences of going through life (being perceived) as women. The advice I’ve given you on “only listening to other female solo travelers/hitchhikers” is more about “not listening to men’s advice”; they’ll either tell you it can’t be done as a woman because it’s too dangerous, or they’ll tell you it’s completely safe because they claim to have had this experience – they haven’t. Those *two things men advice you – unsolicited or not – translate very roughly into “don’t leave your front door, you’ll be killed” and “I have no clue what I’m talking about, but go jump from a rooftop, I turned out fine”.… Read more >

So. OH MY GOD. You are my new hero!!!! I am totally excited for you and I can’t wait till I get a minute to read your whole blog. I have actually never tried hitchhiking before but I want to (I normally travel by motorcycle), and I absolutely love how little you plan and such, as I am the same way, I feel like planning too much is pointless when you want adventure. Keep rocking it girl! Ps I will follow you on all social media.

Thank you so much for your message both here and on Facebook! :D I always say I have ideas on my trip, not plans.. and then someone still asks “OK, so, what’s your plan?” ;) I love love love motorbikes by the way Read more >