Like many of my readers and podcast listeners, I was born pretty lucky – and it’s meant I have access to travel, and even if it’s budget travel, it’s still an enormous privilege. Questions of class and privilege have bothered me in many ways over the years, especially when I’ve been travelling, and it was great to be able to talk about these with the three guests I interview for Episode 149 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast.
Show notes: Episode 149 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast
Class and Privilege When We Travel
We who get to travel the world are a very privileged lot – right? If we’re going to be good, thoughtful travellers, I think that considering issues of class and privilege when we travel is an important part of it. In Episode 149 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I talk with three guests who articulate some really interesting thoughts on this topic and I’m so pleased to bring them to you, and hope they give everyone some food for thought.
First up, I speak with Ella Loeffler, a recently graduated ecologist who has been spending time volunteering on a sea turtle project in Malaysia. She might be young, but she has given this topic a lot of thought already and it was great to hear how she has handled it so far.
I then chat to Nate Hake, a former lawyer who now travels the world as a digital nomad and has written about issues like passport privilege in the past.
Finally, I talk to Chris Haag who actually proposed this whole topic in the first place. Chris is cycling the Americas from north to south and when we spoke, he was in Mexico, a destination which had given him cause to think a lot about class and privilege issues.