What Is How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch?

How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch is a digital media publication offering content on every aspect of travel.

How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch’s mission is to offer honest travel content to help other travelers feel more confident before they travel, while simultaneously checking privilege and providing a unique platform to learn about important issues from people actually impacting them. I believe that if more people traveled, the more humans would have a mutual respect for each other; making the world more about love and less about hate.

Our Contributors

Our contributors are primary-source journalists. These travelers report on first-hand experiences in order to provide a diverse database of resources. Information on remote working, careers in travel, differing perspectives based on color, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and country of origin are all part of the content generated here. No third-party reporting is allowed if the author never experienced it personally.

We strive to share these experiences in order to walk in someone else’s shoes to create understanding and connect the world through empathy

How It All Started And Finding Purpose

How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch started off as a joke. The domain name was bought after drinking a bottle of wine. The website was not touched again for another six months. After traveling to Cuba, I wrote my first blog post and posted it on my Facebook page. Immediately friends and family started passing it around so much that I was giving advice to people I’ve never met before.

After a few more posts, the website grew to 75,000 readers from 95+ different countries in one year. I couldn’t believe that the blog with 50 Instagram followers had 10,000+ people chiming in and engaging with the conversation within a year.

Finding The Discrepancy In Representation

I started wondering, “why?”, why was it so popular? As I investigated, I realized that all the magazines, blogs, articles written out there were by “freelance” journalists, authors, and writers. These professionals were 9 times out of 10 White. I came to the conclusion that compared to People Of Color, many White authors have the financial freedom and privileged upbringing to have the time and space to pursue a not-always-stable literary career.

However, while those individuals may be excellent writers, with privilege comes gaps in understanding. There was an emptiness in storytelling. They were knowingly or unknowingly crafting their own narrative without a second thought to differing perspectives. And by doing this, they were consequentially defining a country based on their own beliefs, rather than those who actually lived there.

It was then that I realized every time a story is passed from one mouth to another, perspective, bias, and culture taints how experiences are written down.

So as a trained scientific researcher, I knew better than to come to conclusions based on secondary and tertiary sources. I started asking the source. And as I started asking, I decided to make a space for those unheard and washed out voices. By the time the platform reached 100,000 readers, the number of articles being submitted for publication far outnumbered the articles I was writing. Not only that, these writers were so passionate, educated, and far more qualified that it was time to give them the credibility they deserved. So it was then that this “blog” turned into digital publication, and those “guest bloggers” turned into expert contributors.

Here, there’s no retelling, quoting, or interviewing involved. You can be sure to get original information from an authority on every subject.

Also, the definition of a traveling basic is totally different than what you might think. Read the definition here.

7 thoughts on “What Is How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch?

  1. “These professionals were 9 times out of 10 White. I came to the conclusion that… many White authors have the financial freedom and privileged upbringing … with privilege comes gaps in understanding.”

    Is that seriously on your ‘About’ page? Don’t you think that’s a little marginalizing and bigoted? Reverse the roles/races and post that asinine statement anywhere else and you’d be crucified.

    1. -bigoted (adjective) blindly devoted to some creed, opinion, or practice

      She stated that her findings were based on investigating, so it is not a blind statement.

      Additionally, look at data about the wealth income gap across populations. Such as from the Institute for Policy Studies found here https://ips-dc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/The-Ever-Growing-Gap-CFED_IPS-Final-2.pdf

      With findings such as:

      “If average Black family wealth continues to grow at the same pace it has over the past three decades, it would take Black families 228 years to amass the same amount of wealth White families have today. That’s just 17 years shorter than the 245-year span of slavery in this country. For the average Latino family, it would take 84 years to amass the same amount of wealth White families have today—that’s the year 2097.”

      And

      “[When] consumer durable goods are excluded, median wealth for Black and Latino
      families has gone down over the past thirty years from $6,800 and $4,000 in 1983 to $1,700 and $2,000 in 2013, respectively. If current trends continue, Black and Latino families at the median will never reach the level of wealth of White families today”

      Now this study is regarding America and doesn’t cover all populations, so I do acknowledge that.

      But in general, as a whole, yes, “White authors have the financial freedom and privileged upbringing to have the time and space to pursue a not-always-stable literary career.”
      There are always exceptions to the rule, like people with disabilities or other marginalizations, but they will not be systemically discriminated against because of their whiteness. If you have someone in mind to whom that statement doesn’t apply, that doesn’t render it untrue as a whole.

      -marginalize (verb) to relegate to an unimportant or powerless position within a society or group.

      How could she be marginalizing the group that is already in power?
      Reversing the statement would not have the same effect, because POC and other *actual* marginalized groups are by definition, rendered powerless in a multitude of ways in society. Reversing the roles doesn’t work because THEY ARE NOT REVERSED.
      As I see it, that’s kind of the point of the whole statement and article. This is how our society actually is, and those are things POC experience. The point is to listen to them about their own lived experiences. But it seems you’re too busy making “asinine” troll comments online to listen.

      1. I appreciate you taking the time to google well-known definitions and income disparity stats, but you’re missing the point. I’ll break it down for you:

        A) Financial freedom is one of, but FAR from all, the variables that are conducive to a ‘privileged upbringing’. If you don’t consider intellectual stimulation, a safe environment, friendships, good health, effective emotional support systems, establishment of moral standards, etc. to be aspects of a upbringing that not everyone may have, then you are mistaken.

        B) When you deconstruct the adjectives of one definition of a word used in ubiquity and use that diction to change the meaning of the word to make a point, your logic breaks down. Google ‘bigot’ and I think you’ll find a definition that is significantly more in line with the context of our disagreement, and arguably, describes your approach in responding to my comment.

        C) When you say white people will not be ‘systemically discriminated’, you’re making a massive misstep in logic. It seems you are under the impression that blatantly generalizing white people is not a ‘systemic discrimination’ at its fundamental core; and THAT dissonance of thought I do not understand.

        D) Who said anything about ‘power’: the basis of your last statement? Again, I suggest putting down your dictionary and considering adjectives used in other publications. Like ‘insignificant’. Thinking that someone has ‘power’ over you is a poor illusion to cast on yourself, and honestly, it may be good for you to reduce the ‘significance’ of self-imposed racial boundaries on your thought process.

        So, yes, my statement stands that both the original post and your comment are systemically bigoted. If it wasn’t for the original post arbitrarily bifurcating writers based on race (a factor that no one should ever polarize any statement with), we wouldn’t even be having his conversation.

        If you agree with that last sentence, than maybe we can agree on this: the trickle-down, word of mouth philosophy that the writer mentions is heavily tainted by a racial generalization at the forefront of the page. Thus, is there not negative influence imparted to all those reading?

        The overarching point I mentioned in my first sentence is this: I am trying to elucidate how unilateral words and generalizations can offend those they reference. It’s a 2 way street.

      2. Bbono, didn’t I tell your racist ass to move on? Preciate that click tho. Thanks for making me money. Please feel free to leave a reply and get me another.

    2. You should go fuck yourself. You DO NOT own this website. She can put whatever she wants on her page. Freedom of speech kid.

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