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 >

Schönbrunn, Vienna

Checking in on Foursquare at Schönbrunn, Vienna. A long, long time ago, I was a full-time student. In the summer of 2013, I joined two friends on a 10-day road trip through Europe. Our route was from Maastricht, through Luxembourg to Strasbourg in France. Then to Zürich in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, München (Munich) in Bavaria, Salzburg Read more >

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Best Travel Apps

I was planning to write about this for a long time, and I’m finally stuck somewhere with WiFi to actually do it, so here we go. Starting with the obvious observation: The last decade has seen some incredible progress regarding technology and so it has affected the way in which we travel. It doesn’t matter whether we go to an all-inclusive resort in Turkey or go backpacking in a crap hostel with bedbugs, We, the (privileged) people who travel have started to expect WiFi and other services everywhere. We bring our own laptop (heavy), tablet (perfect) or smartphone (will barely do the trick) in our leather suitcase or our dirty $22 backpack that’s ripping at the seams. I admit to being really bad at going without WiFi. Depending on the destination, I am usually online at least once every 24-hours - also because I travel alone and have to talk to my “failsafe” every single day. I’d really like to… Read more >