With these negotiations, I learn about not only the structural problem of patriarchy kept in place through mansplaining, but also about my conditioning that has always told me to listen to men but never respond, to be interrupted but dare not interrupt.
Maybe we’re not entitled to adventure because we’re women, maybe we’re not entitled to travel because we’re women, maybe we’re not entitled to be masters of our own lives because we’re women.
Young women like me are always worried about our safety when we travel to an unknown destination. Yet, despite this, for women, solo travel is a celebration of their freedom
Thinlas Chorol is a trekking guide, social entrepreneur and the founder of Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company (LWTC), a company both owned and operated by women.
My decision to travel literally saved my life and helped me escape the shackles of Brahmanical patriarchy. I will to solo travel until I die.
Personally, I find solo travelling very empowering. However, one should also be prepared for the low points.
Of course, family trips were fun. But then there were few restrictions, based on body stereotypes of society, that I had to follow.
Yes, we as free thinking, strong, feminist women desire that women travelling solo especially for a holiday not be a big thing, but the realities in our country are different.
Girls trips are life events that have a high return on emotional, social, and monetary investment and almost always live up to the hype.
The notion of solitude is necessarily gendered. There is nothing more threatening to the patriarchy than a woman alone.
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