Because: The veracity is dubious to me (100% of female travel writers use Tumblr? I know I am, but…) though I find that breakdown of people in my field, I suppose you could call it, intriguing.
What is a travel writer even, anyway? I self-identify as one and I’m not so sure. Is it anyone who writes about travel? Is it people who have to travel often? Do you have to be close to a bona fide vagabond (I say that lovingly) with a fondness for writing? Be whatever and whoever you want, totally. I am just curious to know how people made the cut for this “expert” sampling, as the infographic says. Because after all this, I am left wondering what makes someone a travel writer.
Women excel as private bankers managing money for the wealthy in Asia, where they outnumber men in the profession by 3 to 2
Because: A good friend of mine is currently churning out a dissertation about whether more were women involved in the US financial sector would have prevented the recent economic collapse. As someone who references Kristof and WuDunn’s Half the Sky regularly, I find studies/research/theories on the subject of women’s involvement in and consequential influence on certain industries and sectors, particularly finance and politics, fascinating.
Because: I think why I gravitate toward travel writing is because when it is done well (and I’m getting aspirational here) it touches on it all: culture, food, history, relationships, the micro and the macro. I think you can swap the words food and travel on either side of that and it holds true.
That is something Anthony Bourdain understands, and it is how he works.
Because: I met Luise Kimme and toured her studio and sculpture garden with her when I was in Tobago this past February, a couple months before she passed. It was a brief meeting but I loved her work and her. She was a tough cookie but decided she liked me, and I totally basked in that.
Because: This is an incredibly powerful campaign that makes these women, and as an extension the rest of us women watching, really look in the mirror. That expression “look in the mirror” almost exclusively carries a negative connotation and implies us being honest and truthful with ourselves, often brutally so and with a negative connotation. It appears to mean for most women — only 4% of women in the world consider themselves beautiful, apparently — that they (we) need to be more positive and loving toward them/ourselves.
And to continue on the note of honesty, this video definitely made me tear up.
Because: This is a beautifully written, raw love story, and one of my good guy friends is a key player. Other than feeling like an insider because I know the subject’s true identity, I love this because I think it so astutely depicts that high school to college relationship that never really starts, never really ends and is rife with “what if’s..?” We all have them.
To this day Floridians keep trying to turn swampland into real estate, then act surprised when they sink in the muck. If we took the trouble to understand the past, we might stop building our lives on top of sinkholes.
Because: Since learning truths outside of the simplified elementary school education on conquest and discovery we get in the US, I’ve found it unsettling to commemorate holidays such as Columbus Day, and even more so when people in Latin America do so. Florida was a big part of all that Spanish vs. native battling and bloodshed, which I also often forget. The Sunshine State after all might be the most fitting representation we have of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the American Dream.
Because: This image, for which credit goes to Robert Wright, is a shot of a building in Buenos Aires. It accompanies one of my latest pieces for BBC Travel, which follows below and is a subject matter about which I care very much.