Posts tagged “female travel

Vote! WITS Global Ambassador

Posted on 22 July 2015

My dear blog readers! Today it was announced that I’m a finalist in the contest to be the Women in Travel Summit Global Ambassador. The winner is selected by vote, so of course, if you enjoy this blog and think I would be a good ambassador, I would very much appreciate your support! Visit this page, check out my statement and photos, then VOTE for yours truly (Leah) if you’re inclined! And hey, hope to see you at WITS! Where do you think the above contest photo was taken? Hint: I’ve written a post on this location!    

Don’t Be Daunted: On Hitchhiking

Posted on 25 September 2014

It all started when the bus didn’t stop. All through the 90 minute ride, I stared out the window at the unfamiliar landscape, prepared to signal my desire to disembark when we turned off the highway. Proud of myself for recognizing the spot based solely on Google Maps research, I stood up. But the bus driver ignored me, even after I asked him to please stop, and drove on. Way on. By the next stop, I was too far from my destination to walk. I was determined to visit Lahemaa National Park, about an hour’s drive from the capital, Tallinn. I particularly wanted to visit Viru Bog, which looked beautiful from the photos I had scoured through online. The problem is Lahemaa National Park…

I Am Another’s, But Also My Own

Posted on 9 July 2014

“What does your boyfriend think about that?” I usually crack a joke, something like “eh, he’s used to it,” but the constant questioning of how Ben feels about my travels begins to rub the wrong way. Everyone who has asked that question doesn’t even know him, so the motivation behind the question is less “someone I care about might be lonely” and more “wow, your boyfriend lets you travel on your own?” I’ve seen a clear difference in reactions to male friends’ travel plans; there is never any doubt of them being allowed to march where they please. I suppose this is just another thing that solo women travelers often must deal with. Of course, there’s the sexual harassment, which is even harder to navigate…