My main reason for writing this blog is to encourage other women to travel solo by hitchhiking and hiking, to challenge the patriarchal voices in society that say that women shouldn’t travel alone because it’s too dangerous.
Another reason for writing this blog is to show that there’s so much goodness in the world. Travelling has helped me to regain a trust in humanity that capitalist culture stole from me over the years. Life on the road has also shown me how the most materially rich people can actually be the poorest in the world.
As a woman who grew up in England, I think that I needed to travel to open my eyes and see that our governments and media brainwash us.
Over the last couple of years I have started to become aware of the massive privilege that I have as a white European person travelling around the world.
I’ve also started to become aware of the impacts that I may have on the places that I visit. Although I think that hitchhiking and hiking are far less harmful than package tourism, I am still not immune from causing problems, especially as I am from a colonialist, rich country (Britain).
When I visited South East Asia in 2007, I was completely ignorant of the impacts that backpackers have on the communities that we pass through. Revisiting again a few years later, it was all too horrifyingly clear.
Therefore, when I travel I try to do so with my eyes wide open, to see how I might be affecting a place by my presence. I also attempt to learn about the destruction of nature and the repression of communities by corporations and governments. I try to ask myself how I can stand in solidarity with comrades struggling to keep their lands, and with the orangutans who are losing their forests.
I try to live a freegan lifestyle (there’s more to life than consume, consume, consume). If you want to know more about freeganism, this website has all the info you need.
For sleeping I either wild camp in my tent, or use the BeWelcome website. My money tends to go on food, though I also dumpster dive (see freegan link!), table dive and cook at hosts’ houses. I only do paid work when I really need to (also see the freegan link!!)
Having shaken off the western 9-5 lifestyle, and therefore shaken off western individualism and consumerism (and coldness towards strangers) i have become more open to meeting people. I am always humbled by the kindness of people i meet on the road.
I am an anarchist, believing that all beings are equal. I believe in a beautiful world where we can come to decisions by talking, a world of consensus, a world where no person has more authority than another, a world without hierarchies, a world where we collectively control our workplaces and houses without an owner or manager giving us orders. I believe that no-one has a right to “manage” other people. I believe in a world of smiling. A world where you chat to a stranger on the street. A world where we check whether each other are ok. I think a big attraction of travelling is that people in other countries are more collective, less individualistic. And strangers chat to each other on buses…
Oh, and I believe that all animals have an equal right to live on this planet – human and non-human alike – so I don’t want to contribute to them suffering. I don’t think any non-human animal should have to die for my taste buds.
If you want to contact me, you’re welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
…I hope to see you on the road!