Me trying NOT to stand out in India ... #fail#inthespotlightlike 🤷🏾♀️ 😂
If you’re a traveler - especially an independent traveler that breaks away from the typical tourist cities and resort towns - you might know what it’s like to really stand out and have attention drawn towards you more than you ever would in your hometown or country. I’ve gotten stares in Greece and pictures taken in Mexico and a million questions in Singapore and compliments in Denmark and the list continues up until now, being in India, where there’s a wide range of reactions from just walking down the street.
Although I’m familiar with all of this, it is a bit more intense here in India, and perhaps more surprising to me as well (seeing as that my skin color is so similar to many people initiating these interactions)!
This has made me further reflect and recognize that everything I once thought was attention regarding the color of my skin and perhaps sometimes my hair, isn’t necessarily just about skin and hair. It’s curiosity about the similarities and, more so, the variances between different backgrounds and cultures. People naturally want to view, interact with, ask about, and remember someone who not only looks different than them but likely has had a completely different life experience altogether.
SO, for those of you who can relate (or if you haven’t traveled much but plan to start and are worried about overwhelming attention) I’ve written a post about how to deal with some common occurrences as a minority while abroad.
Note: Some people, like myself, have lived all of their life as a minority, while others suddenly become one while they travel. Either way, this post is specifically addressing being a “standout” minority - one in which people around you are not at all used to seeing.
I list 7 things I do to make these experiences (from picture-taking to hair-touching to personal questions...) less annoying, less uncomfortable, potentially humorous, and more positive overall.
Check it out! Link in bio ✌🏾
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