Hey there! I’m the first part of Zahra Travels, Zahra. I’m a Pakistani-Canadian storyteller based in Toronto. My trips involve everything from volunteering and teaching abroad to visiting friends and family around the world. I created this platform to document and critique mainstream travel culture through words and iPhone videos, but most importantly, to inspire other travelers to practice #WokeTravel.
Woke: a political term of African American origin that refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning social and racial justice.
Traveling is fun and great but we often forget to get past the luxuries of resorts and the privileges of western passports. As a Canadian national, my experience is different from someone who’s passport limits opportunities. Being a woman and that of color also flips the tables often. Zahra Travels has become a place where I feel comfortable challenging the Instagram vacation shots and sharing experiences about meaningful travel.
Fondling Spanish on Duolinguo, working out, practicing salsa moves in the shower, and talking to strangers on the subway are ways I keep sane.
My ultimate goal is to travel 30 countries before I turn 30. So far, I’ve got 19 down!
Check out my Instagram and keep up with where in the world I am now!
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