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From the beginning of this blog, I have shared my opinion on various topics. While it’s not my main focus, I do get political on my travel blog.
This often means that people tell me to mind my own business and not get political on my travel blog.
So Why Do I Get Political on My Travel Blog?
Well, the thing is that travel in itself is political. You travel from one political entity to another, and the process depends heavily on the political situation in your destination. Travel also becomes easier or more difficult based on your country of citizenship (passport privilege).
And as a woman who loves solo trips, I can’t help but notice how political female solo travel is.
Traveling can be a lot of fun, especially if that’s what you focus on. But there are times when it’s more complicated.
I understand that some people save money all year to escape their job for a few weeks. They enjoy the pretty sceneries in their destination because they helps them get their minds off their problems back home.
With travel becoming more accessible there are people with very tough jobs who simply want to escape for a moment. I’d never suggest that it’s wrong to travel for fun.
But that’s not the way I travel. From the moment I was born, as the daughter of a political refugee, my entire existence has been political.
My father has instilled in me an understanding of how every single action is political. As a woman of mixed ethnic heritage and of Muslim background, I simply cannot afford to not have an opinion.
If you think travel writers should stick to more light-hearted topics there are lots of travel blogs who focus on that.
But I owe it to my background to speak out because my family has experienced what happens when people don’t. And I’m not going to apologize for that.
And look: I’m multi-faceted enough to be able to write about heavier subjects as well as delicious vegan food. I am in a privileged position because I can “take some time off” from analyzing everything. That’s why I will continue to focus on vegan restaurants and things to do but will also mention more serious issues like racist street names in Vienna.
Overall, I am an opinionated person, and that is always going to shine through even if it’s not the main focus of my blog.
I hope there are still some of you who are here for exactly that.
Do you think travel writers should share their (political) opinions? Or do you think other platforms are more suited for that? What do you look for on travel blogs?