‘The reality is that women of all backgrounds face different challenges navigating the world, whether it’s around the corner or across the globe. Traveling while female means facing a long list of rules about where you can and cannot go and what you can and cannot do.’
In her article for The Guardian, Jill Filipovic had a point. It might be tough, unfair and frustrating, but women should not feel discouraged to travel alone.
Sure, women can be more vulnerable on the road, but the world out there is far less scary than we think. What makes newspaper headlines? The unusual, the scandalous, the dramatic. Not the mundane, everyday life, the easy, nice trips women take solo.
And as worrying and unsettling the potential dangers may be, there is nothing you can do prepare for every bad sacenario; there’s only so much you can do in terms of safety precautions. Fear of what might or might not happen should not stand in the way of exploring the world.
Jill was right: ‘So trust yourself and your instincts; don’t trust your assumptions or your expectations. Go places.’