Angelike (pronounced an-juh-leek) was born in the tiny town of Archidona, which you might not have heard of if you have never been to Ecuador. She was born in a town with fewer than 5,000 people and by the time she was 20 years old, she had already left her country to study abroad in France & Canada while studying translation and interpretation. By her mid-twenties she completed her Master’s Degree in Scotland and recently studied abroad in Israel. Angelike wants to see the world, get to know other cultures and get an education. And no, she will not pay for any of this. All of her semesters and years studying abroad were through scholarships. These experiences helped her “find herself”; it’s how she became trilingual; how she learned what it means to bar hop in Europe; and eventually, led her to start her own business. Here is her story and she wants you to know that, yes, you can do it too!
***Trigger Warning: Street/ Sexual Harassment***
A catcall is never flattering. Shouting about a woman’s body and making kissing sounds to her in the middle of the street is unacceptable. Women are interrupted, demeaned and treated as sex objects as they walk to school, head to a bar or explore a tourist spot. They receive catcalls no matter what they’re wearing. Catcalls are not compliments and they are not welcome.
The following are personal stories by female travel bloggers from different parts of the world and the catcalls they have experienced in various countries. The intent behind mentioning countries and cities is not to dissuade anyone from traveling to these locations but it’s there to show that women cannot escape catcalling and street harassment regardless of the country they visit. The message is simple: stop catcalling and speak up when you see others catcall. Make sure you read the bottom for two important lists:
-Ways for Women to Avoid Street Harassment
-Ways to Eliminate The Need of Having a List Called “Ways for Women to Avoid Street Harassment”
I’m a Latina who hikes.
As someone who never hiked in her life until she was in her twenties, how could I have known the importance of hiking shoes? I did not know until one of MY BIG TOENAILS FELL OUT. Ok, too much information, but it’s better to read this happened to someone else than to look down and wonder how long it will take for your big toenail to grow back (approximately three long months). If you’re wondering what gear you need to start hiking, I created this Gear Guide for Beginner Hikers to help you prepare. We all start somewhere, and unless you grew up hiking (which I didn’t), some of us have to learn through trial and error.
People ask me how I take “so many” trips and I can never sum up how I save money to travel because I do so in MANY ways. Here it is, the no BS guide to EXACTLY what I do to save money to travel. Just this year I was able to visit Canada, Cuba, Costa Rica and travel around the US to Florida, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts & more. And yes, I feature some CRAZY ways I save money!