302. 7 Lessons I Learnt Travelling Solo as a Hijabi

Reposting this piece I wrote 2 years ago for PinkPangea.com, as I work on new writing for the blog now. (Yes, new writing coming your way!)

2 years on, and still as relevant as ever. ❤

Feel free to share the love to anyone who may need to read this as well! xx

Travel and writing – 2 things I sorely miss, but I shall choose to live in the moment.

The Tudung Traveller

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. 11203688_10152902789507081_8536241123112446633_nWomen (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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