The lack of diversity in the travel industry (this was brought up today by @myleiover ): it’s very rarely addressed.
I’ll say it: Most of the voices of travel media are young white women and men.
Is this a problem? Am I part of the problem? I think so, especially if I remain silent.
I wonder: Why are we traveling if we don’t want to hear from locals? Why are we traveling if we don’t care to meet, hear from, connect with, people different from ourselves?
I truly don’t understand. Is life only lived for bragging rights photos now? My favorite part of travel - and blogging - is connection. It’s making new friends, hearing new perspectives, growing and learning. I truly LOVE people and their places and their stories.
But even if you’re completely self-serving and don’t give an F about diversity, here’s the truth: meeting locals, connecting, and asking for their advice gives you the best travel experience! They live there, for goodness sakes, don’t you think they know a bit more about what’s going on than someone who stopped in to take a photo in front of a graffitied wall? You might actually learn something. If you’re only getting your advice from pineapple photoshoot stopover tourists (who all recommend the same spots), you’re missing out.
The world is a big place and the diversity of culture, beliefs, and lifestyles is incredible… and INTERESTING if you open up.
Personally, I don’t want my Instagram feed to be an endless roll of Daniel Wellington sponsored watches, cute “Wander” hats adding NOTHING to my understanding, or stereotypical, shallow rumors repeated via caption to sound edgy and interesting while perpetuating misinformation (STOP SAYING MEXICO CITY IS DANGEROUS). I’m not judging anyone for their hats or pineapples, I’m just suggesting a more mindfully inclusive travel perspective.
❤️If you think diversity is important BUT your feed is full of people who look/think just like you: there’s a disconnect. What about taking a few minutes and following at 5 new IGers with different perspectives to you? It’s a start.