Problematic Travel Terms We Should Have Stopped Using Yesterday

I’ve had it with travel being described with lazy, cliché, and most importantly, problematic terms that carry colonialist or patronizing connotations. I’m not writing this so you stop using these terms, I’m writing this so we can think more about word choice and whether the diction we’re using actually means what we’re trying to convey. Not…

An Open Letter To Anti-Black Pakistanis

With all that has been going on in the US lately, from a white woman calling the cops on bird-watcher Christian Cooper, saying, “I’m going to tell them that there is an African-American man threatening my life,” to the chilling murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by police in Minneapolis, many of my…

What I learned in my first week of self-isolation

Before the closure of borders, a total collapse of the global economy and a loose therapy session with a newspaper about being stranded in a pandemic ridden epicentre, I was living my best life. This time last month, I gave my family a tour of London on their visit. The following week, I was in Munich eating…

Going to grad school as a broke ass bitch

It was always clear to me and my sisters that our parents didn’t exactly have a “tuition” plan for their three kids. With that in mind, I started working in high school to prepare to save for a post-secondary loan I hadn’t applied for yet. That’s nothing new, though. Most people in my circle did…

The Best and Worst of Travel in 2018

With a full-time job in the first chunk of the year and grad school for the last bit of it, traveling in 2018 seemed grim. But the universe is a magical system and somehow always finds a way to align you with your goals if want them bad enough. This year I managed to take…

Ideas For Gifts That Travelers Actually Want

Christmas (and my birthday) are around the corner and I’m reminded of it every living breathing minute as a mall girl. Yes, I’ve taken up retail now. What can I say? I’m just a sucker for corporate holidays that I don’t even celebrate. Personalizing gifts for individuals is something really important to me and watching…

Privilege Check: Let’s Stop Saying “Anyone” Can Travel

I often ask myself what it is about travel I love so much. Initially, I thought it was all the new places and experiences. Though this is true, there’s more to it. I’ve only recently put the pieces together. The real reason I love to travel so much is because I get to indulge in…