Travelling as a woman is definitely different than travelling as a man, I think we would all agree on that. But being a woman can be an advantage. While many men have told me that I won’t be able to enter or join certain parts of everyday life in certain countries as a woman, they are forgetting that they will never be allowed to join other areas reserved only for women. For example, we were invited to lunch in a typical Afghan house. Of course, only women were present. So we ate together, talked about education and what their life was like under the Taliban and how it, in fact, left a generation of women illiterate due to their 3 years in Mazar-I Sharif. Our new friend told us her story and he dreams while breastfeeding comfortably in her chair surrounded by trinkets from the Afghan past. And then we danced…. together, right there in the living room. Another time we were invited to join a group of women and kids in the Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan – no men would be allowed. Food was shared, laughs were had and we still consider it the highlight of our time there.
Also, we seem to find help anywhere anytime. Our transport has broken down multiple times in Africa, and we were always able to hitch a ride with anyone. Quite frankly, when 2 women in the 30’s approach anyone anywhere in the world – people trust them instantly and are happy to help. I also think that women have great intuition, which helps when travelling. They feel when something is off and might be less reckless in their behaviour. I actually think 2 women travelling together is the best travel combo there is, but of course, I could be biased here. lol