I love traveling! Most people I know do too. ( D is one of the exceptions : ‘traveling’ to the end of the street is far enough for him. 😬 But more about that another time. )
Not everybody likes traveling in the same way. Some prefer slow, immersive or long term travel while others deliberately chose short lived trips packed with organised activities. Regardless of traveling style, I believe that in essence we are all seeking to gain the same thing from our travels. Enlightenment, excitement, growth and healing. I believe that given the opportunity, most humans would chose to travel more.
Unlike the majority of my fellow humans however, I am lucky enough to be straight, cisgender, white with a white partner and moderately wealthy. This makes it possible for me to safely and comfortably travel with my partner and our children to most parts of the globe. From what I gather, given that I’m a woman, there are still areas I’d better not venture through alone. Were I dark skinned or openly LGBT, those areas would widen a lot further.
Had you asked me about travel freedom and safety last week I would have probably been completely oblivious to my great privilege. But after watching the Reggie Yates Outside Man documentary I have been made aware of dangers and issues I had never even considered. The series’ three newest episodes about Russia totally shocked me. I didn’t expect to see what I did..
Being confronted with harsh realities always hits me hard..
I guess I’m still struggling to accept the duality of our reality, where ‘good’ and ‘evil’ coexist within the same individuals, creations or ideals and where beauty and ugliness continuously intertwine.
I still hold hope that the documentary only reflects the views and actions of a small minority of Russians… and my optimistic side says it does! 🤗 What is your experience? Have you been discriminated against while traveling abroad?