The Freedom Traveller

Fighting barriers to women's mobility

Why International Airports are Like Huge Shopping Malls

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 in Resources

Why International Airports are Like Huge Shopping Malls

It’s a bit of an understatement to say that airports have made people’s lives easy, just like how malls offer a momentary escape through shopping and leisure. For instance, travellers get last-minute gift ideas from the vast collection of stores in Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. Additionally, a landing field such as London Gatwick presents a ton of nearby recreational areas like an F1...

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Travel Journal

Posted on Dec 19, 2015 in Resources, Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Perhaps the best piece of advice I have ever received was to make a travel journal. Take a notebook, and make it your own. I recently made a journal for my friend. I took a plain white journal, and painted the cover and the spine in bright, bleeding colors. I painted the bone dry desert, and pines that would burn your nose like gin; I painted peach sunsets and dirt roads disappearing in ice...

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Couchsurfing 102: Navigating the Site

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 in CouchSurfing, Resources

Couchsurfing 102: Navigating the Site

Remember when I said that Couchsurfing is about more than just finding a place to stay for the night, that is is about companionship, exploring the personality of a city, and making meaningful and lasting friendships? This is an important concept to keep in mind when utilizing the website, as some Couchsurfer hosts might become offended if it seems your singular concern is their couch. They want...

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Couchsurfing 101: Building a Profile

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 in CouchSurfing, Resources

Couchsurfing 101: Building a Profile

Couchsurfing.org, a well-structured website that allows its users to connect with generous couch hosts around the world, is an invaluable resource that I discovered only a few short years ago. The theory behind the concept is more beautiful than meets the eye– not only are travelers able to contact potential hosts in hopes of saving some money (while still sleeping somewhere safe and...

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A Guide to Italian Cuisine

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 in A Guide to Italian Cuisine, Resources

A Guide to Italian Cuisine

Like many Americans, I have an inexplicable infatuation with Italian cuisine. Maybe it is the sophisticated blend of spices, or the balance of robust meat sauce and creamy ricotta; or maybe it is the freshness of the ingredients, the way it makes me feel like I am expensive, like I should be sipping an oaky glass of wine– whatever the cause, the obsession is very real, and it is here to...

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Lightweight Eats

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 in Lightweight Eats, Resources

Lightweight Eats

There are multiple, important elements to consider when packing food for a multi-day backpacking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, or climbing trip. You will need to consider the food’s nutritional value, weight, mass, and self-stability. The foods you pack need to be high in protein, carbohydates (sugars for energy), vitamins, sodium, and calories. While on a backpacking or other outdoor trip, you...

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