10 Ways to Turn Your Family Vacation into a Feminist or Rebellious Act

10 ways to turn your family vacation into a feminist act
  1. Feminist Family VacationInstead of a tourist-trap resort experience, find ways to be immersed into the culture. To be a responsible traveler, know what it means to be respectful and disrespectful in a certain culture and teach your kids how to respect other cultures.
  2. Another part of being a responsible traveler is knowing the impact of tourism on a community that you’re heading into. Learn more about responsible tourism.
  3. Avoid the pitfalls of voluntourism, where you volunteer while on vacation. It might seem like the perfect way to be a responsible traveler, but the fad has its issues. Sian, who lives in South Africa explains, “I often see foreign families trying to do voluntourism as some kind of ‘bonding experience’ and it’s so awful – you’re literally using another person’s hardship in order to fix strained relationships and to have something to discuss at the dinner table.”
  4. Instead Sian suggests buying locally produced products,
  5. And “educating others about the place to challenge stereotypes and don’t fetishize or exotify the people in those communities.”
  6. Expose your family to other amazing women, like forest rangers who often work with kids!
  7. Take your family to sites that tell the history of marginalized people or cultures. And if you’re traveling out of the country, teach your kids how your country has affected the one you’re visiting.
  8. Focus on the experiences rather than material items.
  9. Encourage your family to reflect on the trip. One feminist, laurie pea, suggests “having space to reflect during and after the trip; what’s would you share about your home city or town with someone coming to visit? There’s always history at home.”
  10. Provide an example of an empowered woman making her own decisions in new situations, whether you’re traveling alone like Jodi: “I took my seven kids on a 21-day road trip two summers ago through nine states, I think it was. For me, that was very feminist because I was striking out on my own, dealing with RV repairs, tackling every aspect of our travel by myself, not buying into that culture that says we need a man to keep us safe, and modeling real independence for my kids. We stayed in state parks, nice RV resorts, and off the grid. It was epic.” You can read more about her trip at  http://offbeathome.com/traveling-when-you-can/Or with a partner, like Julie who travels with her husband: “We do a working sabbatical each year. We’ve taken our kiddo to SF, France, New Zealand and are off to DC this year.  It’s a feminist activity because my husband and I balance parenting, work, leisure time equally to make the most of the trips whether prepping for them or during them. Our daughter knows an afternoon with dad while mom works is the same as a morning with mom while dad works.” Read their travel blog.

Photo of girl with the airplane courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Jera Brown writes about being a kinky polyamorous Christian on her blog scarletchurch.com and a sex and relationship advice column, Just the Tip, for Rebellious Magazine. Follow her @thejerabrown.

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