Hey there! I’m the first part of Zahra Travels, Zahra. I’m currently based in Toronto.
It’s hard to believe now, but not too long ago, I hated the idea of travel. When we moved to Canada from Pakistan, I blamed travel for separating me from my family. I understand now that my parents just wanted me to have the mobility they didn’t get to experience as young people. So far, I’ve had the privilege to live/work on five continents.
My travels are a result of working abroad and visiting friends and family around the world. I created Zahra Travels to document and critique mainstream travel culture and encourage more people to practice mindful travel.
Travelling is fun and all, but some of us often forget to get past the luxuries of resorts and the privileges of western passports. As a Canadian citizen, my experience differs from someone whose passport limits opportunities. Being a woman — and one of colour — also often flips the script. Zahra Travels has become a place where I feel comfortable challenging Instagram vacation shots and sharing experiences about meaningful travel.
Besides that, I’m a journalist and podcast producer who enjoys practising salsa moves in the shower and talking to strangers on the subway.
My travels have so far included cities across:
The Americas & the Caribbean
- The Netherlands
- The UK
- The UAE
Check out my Instagram and keep up with where in the world I am now!
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