I’m pro gay marriage, I don’t care whether you’re muslim/catholic/atheist, and I give no shits about your gender or ethnic background.
As a white female born into a rich country, I’m fully aware that I’ve been dealt a much better hand than many others. But I know this is not something that I should take for granted. The more I travel, the more I appreciate the power of equality. And in that regard, I’m compiling a different kind of list of inspiring travellers.
I often gravitate towards people that encourage us to challenge our mindsets and think outside of the box, and who may not have had the luxuries of being born into a social majority. The following travellers have inspired and encouraged me and many other to get real and think about equality.
Photo from humansofnewyork.com
brandon, Humans of New York
Humans of New York is in my opinion, one of the most important social movements of recent years. In 2010, Brandon left his job in finance and started a photography project that took the world by storm.
By walking around and documenting the people of New York City (and also Iran for a brief time in 2012), this guy has done way more for his 12 million Facebook followers than just posting a few photos. By adding a short snippet or caption of that person’s life, he’s reminded us that we shouldn’t read a book by its cover and that there is still value in the human story, no matter who is telling it.
Most of all, he’s shown us that anyone can do something amazing. He is just a normal guy with a camera. And what has he achieved? He’s dropped the 9-5 and used his passion to document something amazing, something that no one has done before, and has therefore made himself a huge success. We could all take a leaf from his book.
Photo from globetrottergirls.com
dani, Globetrotter Girls
I haven’t been following Globetrotter Girls for long, but I’m a huge supporter of what Dani has done with the blog. It began in 2010 when Dani and her partner Jess started travelling together full time. They’ve since gone down different paths, but Dani still runs the site and keeps their travel stories alive.
Focussing on independent long-term travel, the blog includes countless articles on the difficulties of travelling as gay couple, and features an entire section on LGBT travel. I can only imagine the challenges of travelling as a LGBT, but Dani has taken it by the horns and proudly shares her experiences with the rest of us.
Photo from curbfreewithcorylee.com
Cory, Curb Free with Cory Lee
I started following Cory Lee on Facebook and Instagram about 6 months ago. As his fairly awesome blog name suggests, he’s wheelchair user and explorer from USA.
Using stories and photos from his travels, he’s confident in letting everyone know that having a disability doesn’t make life any less meaningful. On top of making some fantastic wheelchair puns through blogging, he also rolls up to do some public speaking at major events and has interviewed a bunch of inspiring mobility impaired travellers.
His life goal just happens to be exactly the same as mine (to visit every continent, including Antarctica) and while his choice of travel destinations aren’t always the same as what I would choose, I still find I’m always drawn by his unique view of travel.
Photo from journeywonders.com
raphael, A Journey of Wonders
Raphael’s about page is seriously one of the most inspiring I’ve ever read. Born and raised in Mexico, he tells us what he went through to rise above the inequalities of being born into a poor society, and the unspoken truths behind breaking the chains of depression and embracing empowerment.
I’m honestly able to relate to so much of what he says. He details how travel made him less materialistic and gave him the chance to realise his full potential, as well as revealing his flaws and elaborating on the difficulties of long-term travel. His posts never fail to inspire.
Photo from arianaruth.squarespace.com
nastasia, Dame Traveler
I make a very conscious effort not to have my blog focus towards females travellers only, because I believe that each of us can be a traveller no matter our gender. So Dame Traveler might seem like an odd choice to include in this list.
I’ve been following Nastasia from Dame Traveler on Instagram for ages. She specifically chooses travel photos of young female travellers that will inspire others to feel empowered and independent, and to get out of their comfort zones and to explore every square inch of this planet.
In a world where sexism and ageism is still an issue, I think it can be hard for young females especially to feel as though they have the power to take control of their lives and do what they’re passionate about, rather than choose the paths that society tells them is normal. Nastasia has somehow found a way to overcome this issue through photography and community.
Which travellers have inspired you to think about equality? Share your favourites with us in the comments!
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