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Above all, she will learn to trust that feeling in her gut. This simply isn’t right.” Over the last seven years I’ve travelled through Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and both North and South America, predominantly by myself.
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Depending on the country, I’ve averted my eyes and refrained from ‘upsetting’ the perpetrator, or I’ve stared back sternly, raised my voice and made sure the surrounding people are aware of my discomfort.
Six months in India in 2012 prompted me to write a piece about travelling safely as a solo female – still the highest trafficked article I’ve ever published – which made me think a great deal about how many women are concerned for their safety when travelling alone.
She will have to deal with the resulting fears that may arise. Should she actively alter her behaviour, or her style of dress?
How can she best minimise the impact of a potentially threatening situation?
So after eighteen months travelling through Latin America, I thought it was necessary to address the biggest issue I faced there.
The one and only facet of Latino culture I have still not changed my opinions about, because it tapped straight into a core part of my belief system.In the Colombian coastal city of Santa Marta, I walked back to my hostel with a group of female friends through what can only be described as a gauntlet; men lounging on either side of a narrow street, hands in their pockets while staring, whistling, hissing, and making lewd comments in Spanish at every foreign girl who walked the last few metres to the hostel’s front door.Not just annoying or uncomfortable – it was downright threatening.We are invited into Indian wedding ceremonies and Thai family kitchens, and given privileges that a male stranger could rarely hope to receive.But a female traveller will also face prejudice around the world, in the form of sexism and discrimination, misogyny and objectification.I learnt to grow casually wary of old men, young men, street-cleaners and shopkeepers; all of them strangers, all seemingly unable to let you pass them by without a comment muttered under their breath.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating