As much as I am not a big fan of the term ‘hijabi’, I cannot deny the fact that in a highly visual world, what I wear plays a big part in how people perceive me. Women (solo) travellers aren’t rare nor hard to find. Women hold an equal stake in the solo travelling/backpacking community today.
A hijab-ed solo traveller though is a whole different matter.
I have often been asked: “Isn’t it hard to be a solo traveller with the hijab?” and “Don’t you face any challenges while travelling around, especially in the West?”
My answer has always been the same: Not really.
Perhaps I’ve not really given it much thought prior to this. Truth be told, I’ve never seen myself as any different from the other women travellers I meet on my travels.
But you know what? I AM different.
It took a while for me to appreciate the…
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