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 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.