Q. Your Wanderful bio references your realization that being a solo female traveller is empowering. Can you elaborate on that?
A. I have felt the most empowered as not only a female traveler, but as a solo female traveler. When I was going to Europe alone during spring break, my coworkers at school would ask “Why? Aren’t you scared to go alone?”. I was surprised that highly formally educated women, who were amazingly confident and talented teachers that I hoped to be like one day, asked me this. I answered that no, I wasn’t scared, because I’ve traveled by myself before when I studied abroad. Then, I realized that while women have made strides in the workplace, we still have this idea that we need to be with friends or our boyfriends to keep us safe. I’m working to debunk this myth. I explained to them that I’d also gone to Japan alone without having known the language, and nothing bad every happened to me.
I enjoy traveling alone because I’m empowered to do whatever I want in any given moment.
If I want to eat nothing but Turkish kebab for lunch while I’m in Paris, I can.If I want to stare at a Dali painting for 5 minutes in the Vatican museum, I can. If I want to sit on a park bench and draw a cathedral in a Nicaraguan park, I can.
Why is traveling empowering to you, regardless of your gender identity?