A Bangladeshi woman's guide to holidaying
This Eid, many of you will have planned trips to your desher bari with your family, but the lucky few of you will have managed to ditch your duties and plan a holiday elsewhere. With quick and cheap local flights, Sylhet and Cox’s Bazaar remain some of the popular destinations at home. Some of the more adventurous of you may have even planned trips to other countries, with India, Nepal and Bhutan being the top destinations nearby, as well as Thailand (especially Bangkok), Malaysia and Indonesia for those wishing to venture out even further.
If you are a woman traveling abroad with friends or family, there are some hilarious (and some not so much) incidents that are bound to happen to you on your travels, especially while traveling in the subcontinent. Here are a list of the few best (or worst) questions/comments of which yours truly has been on the receiving end.
Are you his wife or sister?
Are you a tour guide?
Madame you must try this whitening cream
But you can do the easy one
The truth is, most people just aren’t used to deshi women like us traveling alone or with friends. It can be frustrating to see the surprise you inspire when you order from the menu, sign the bills and call the shots, but that doesn’t mean you should ever hesitate to do just those things. If anything, you can pride yourself in breaking social taboos and setting an example of independence for others. And if you do it with confidence and a big smile, you’ll be amazed at how quickly even the most conservative people will warm up to you. At the end of the day, traveling is the best way to expand your horizons, not just for yourself, but those who surround you as well. Bon voyage!
Shared from : http://www.dhakatribune.com/magazine/weekend-tribune/2016/09/08/travelling-while-deshi/ (Dhaka Tribune)