Whoaaaa, pardon my slight disappearance. I’ve been working on a few things for the blog and one of them is: The Minority Travelers Interview Series. It will be posted monthly every Third Thursday.
What are The Minority Travelers interviews about?
This interview series features those who are a minority in some way– travelers of color, travelers with varied economic backgrounds, travelers with whatever sexuality they please, travelers who think they’re pandas.
My hope is to create a community and forum for minorities worried about traveling abroad for the first time or wondering what it’s like to travel to a certain destination.
What inspired the series
I’ve been teaching at various schools within Austin’s low income community and let me tell you, kids are curious and blunt, especially middle school. They aren’t afraid to tell Ms. G that she looks like sh*t today and looks better in her glasses. Thanks guys!!!
In all seriousness, they’re incredibly curious about their teachers’ lives. I’ve shared my photos, stories, and experiences abroad. For many of them, the dream to travel is simply a dream. Something they may see on their Instagram feed or just a faraway fantasy they may or may never get to. With their backgrounds, it can be discouraging to even think it’s possible.
My students are the ones that inspired me to inspire them. I want to be able to share other travelers’ stories with everyone else. Travel is a privilege. As a frequent traveler, we should never forget that.
Why The Minority Travelers series is important
If I hadn’t lived in Madrid, I don’t know when my mom would have EVER been abroad. She pretty much cried at the sheer beauty of our trip to San Sebastian, and it’s something that she’ll remember forever. (Me too.) But a lot of people will never go overseas, let alone travel to a different city in their own country.
In a 2014 survey by Skift, only 13% of Americans traveled abroad in the last year. (If you don’t know Skift, it’s an awesome platform that tracks global travel trends.) 13% is an incredibly small amount of people traveling abroad. I understand it’s expensive, but there’s also a growing number of resources that help people travel. From budget blogs to free walking tour apps to organizations, like WWOOF that allow you to work while abroad for free food and housing. There’s always tons of information to help you travel when you’re broke. Trust me, I do plenty of research before I go anywhere!
In February 2015, USA Today said only 38% of Americans have a passport. So not only are Americans not traveling that much, but most don’t even have a passport! I hope this series will encourage more and more people to start traveling, at least tinkering with the idea and eventually start planning their next trip.
The first interview series will be posted Thursday, February 18th featuring Danni from Las Morenas de España. Be sure to check them out prior to the first interview!