***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”
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!
Have you ever been to a museum exhibition that moved you so much that you started crying and your family started eyeing each other with worried looks on their faces? Ok, probably not. But this is what happened to me at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. It wasn’t my first time there, and I didn’t even research before going this particular time. But the exhibition Artists in Exile, which will be open to the public until December 31, 2017, just got to me at my very core. And I recommend that you visit if you’re ever in New Haven. After all, it is FREE ADMISSION!