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Why I Get Political on My Travel Blog Despite the Hate

Last Updated on January 14, 2021 by Nina Ahmedow

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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.

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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 always strive to be honest here.

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?


  • Reply
    Riana Ang-Canning
    October 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Good for you! I hate when big platforms, like some podcasts I listen to, totally clam up whenever anything political is mentioned. And then they say something like, “Oh, this is just for fun. No political talk here!” But you’re right, politics are everywhere, especially in travel. And it is such a place of priviledge to be able to ignore politics and just be able to “have fun.” Good for you for voicing your opinion!

    • Reply
      Nina | Lemons and Luggage
      October 11, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you, Riana! I’m glad to hear people agree.

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    John Poulton
    October 11, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I agree. Politics is part of travel and part of life. Sometimes it’s essential to raise political, religious and moral issues. When you visit a place your blog offers a picture of it, it may be that politics is an essential element of that image. If you miss it out you are distorting the truth.

    • Reply
      Nina | Lemons and Luggage
      October 11, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you, John! Travel and politics cannot really be separated, and I believe pretending that they don’t go together is a very unrealistic way to look at things.

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    Jason Reid
    October 14, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    As Riana said. It’s a privilege / luxury to be able to travel and be able to ignore the political elements of a particular destination.
    I think it’s fine for travelers to offer their input.

    • Reply
      Nina | Lemons and Luggage
      October 14, 2019 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks for the encouraging comment, Jason!

  • Reply
    August 4, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Love this post! Travel is inherently political and that’s why I’ll always talk about it on the blog. Especially as my life abroad in the UK (I’m American) is dependent on politics and immigration policies. Great post!

    • Reply
      Nina Ahmedow
      August 5, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you, Maja! I fully agree and think it’s imperative we discuss these issues.

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