I'm a solo female world traveler; I've been to 29 countries, most of Europe, also Canada, Mexico, and Morocco. I'm American, so an outlier, having traveled quite a bit for over 20 years.
But I wonder, why is it that so many travel experiences are ruined by men? I get it: it's always about power and control, but what good is that power and control over other people if it ruins people's vacations, and makes them never want to travel there again? if it makes people go online, post bad reviews, warn other people, and ultimately drain money out of the country? where's the power and control then? Is it so worth it in the short term to gain power and control over other people, that they cut their noses off to spite their faces? Just wow. Case in point: I was catcalled multiple times in Morocco, and ignored them so hard I hoped they felt they didn't exist, but just wow. I noticed also that Moroccan women simply don't turn their heads at all, which was weird to me, but it's probably because of men catcalling, being sexist, aggressive, stupid, obnoxious.
I'm wondering what we as women can do to make travel better. I know a lot of it is just keeping on going out in the world and traveling! I'm not going to travel with anyone, so for me personally, that's out. I'm absolutely a solo traveler. I'd love to see the ruins in Egypt and Syria, for example, but that would mean joining a group. That's not my idea of a relaxing vacation if I have to socialize more than I want to, and/or be even more on guard against being SA'd, groped, etc.
I'm posting a link to the Bored Panda thread that made me think of this. Yes, sometimes it's just bad luck: wrong place, wrong time, I get that. But look overall at the overarching theme of this piece: in every single instance, it's a man or group of men doing dishonorable, unethical, immoral crap to other people. I've re-read the article, and I don't see one mention of female scammers, other than people in poverty, which I get; they're trying to survive. But how much easier and better would it be if everyone simply had enough income to be comfortable, not suffer, not go hungry, and have basic needs met? Oh, sorry, I'm being logical again, that's a real problem.
FDS queens, I'd love to hear both positive and negative travel stories. Please do share, thanks.