Guest Post by Sarah Ghanem. Sarah is a keen traveller always eager to discover and rediscover the beauty of the world. Sarah proud stylist and fashion consultant at Modanisa where she happily shares her ideas for diverse modest styles.
How to Enjoy Travelling When You Are a Hijabi Globetrotter
Travelling in a hijab can be a completely different experience as the hijab immediately makes you stand out and reveals your cultural identity to all. And with this identity, come the unwanted stereotypes.
However, travelling as a hijabi can also give you the unique opportunity to break these stereotypes and turn awkward stares into friendly smiles by revealing what a friendly, fun and beautiful person you are! We’re all humans after all, whether we wear a hijab or not.
As we’re all too often asked about the “right way” to travel as a hijabi, here are some basic tips to help you improve your experience before and when on the go.
Check opinions off and online
As soon as you plan your travel, the first thing to do should be to get online and access all information that’s relevant to your trip. I always like to make notes in a small diary that I keep in my handbag. If any of your friends or family members have visited the place recently, do talk to them and ask them for tips.
When it comes to choosing the right place to stay, do your research and choose a spot that has an easy access to the place you want to visit. Most importantly, look for Muslim friendly accommodation, because it gives you a chance to meet other Muslims and may make you feel safer, especially if you’re going solo.
Pack Smartly – Less Is More
It’s not just the travel arrangements you have to plan well in time, but also your outfits and hijabs. Try to keep outfits and hijabs that can be mixed and matched to create a number of combinations. For example, a cute black dress worn with jeans in the daytime can be transformed into a stunning night time outfit when tucked in with a printed maxi skirt.
Alternatively, you could wear a button down shirt over it as you go around exploring the city. There are unlimited possibilities with such versatile pieces so make sure that you pack them. This way you’ll be carrying less stuff and having more fun with getting creative on the way!
Above all, make sure that you don’t carry anything that you don’t really need and the best way to do this of course is to plan what you need to take even weeks in advance.
Respect the Local Rules
We all want to be respected for making our choices, including wearing what we want. But all too often, we forget to respect the choices of others. If you’re advised by the tour guides or the locals to avoid a certain area because of your hijab, listen to them and respect their advice.
If not for any other reason, do it for your own safety. Similarly, if any particular place prohibits people to wear a head covering or burkini, then it’s best to avoid that place.
A hijabi can never be close-minded because, as we discussed earlier, there’s just too much negativity around us and we can neither be part of that, nor can we let that negativity affect our travelling experience. So don’t be shy and open up to others.
If someone seems curious about your hijab, take it easy and initiate a normal conversation with them so that they’re able to see what a great person you are. If someone seems in trouble, help them out as this is usually the simplest way to start a friendship.
Sharing is caring
Travelling is one of the best hobbies in the world and you end up being much more smarter, creative and open-minded after every trip that you make. So make the most of your experiences and always share them with other hijabis as we all appreciate some genuine tips and help.
About The Author
Sarah is a keen traveller always eager to discover and rediscover the beauty of the world. She tries to stay productive wherever she goes. Ever since she turned her passion into a profession, she’s been a proud stylist and fashion consultant at Modanisa where she happily shares her ideas for diverse modest styles.
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