Kaila loves travelling in South East Asia, but she has found the travel guides she used were too generic – she writes
It was when I was at a travel gear store stocking up for my big Southeast Asia trip, and the informative (and slightly annoying) sales rep was trying to give me travel tips, that I noticed a problem. You don’t even need to take shampoo or conditioner! He exclaimed, as he held up the itsy bitsy holdall that he was sure could cater to all my toiletry needs. You can just use a body detergent to cleanse your hair, and you’re good to go, he explained. I stared at his shiny astro-turf-like hair, and imagined mine after washing it with body detergent, sans conditioner or blow dryer. There are just some things boys don’t understand.
Kaila discovered that women make up nearly half the visitors to the Southeast Asian region, yet it seems like most of the guidebooks are aimed at a much more “general” (ie. male) audience. In all the travel guides I’ve read, there is just a two or three paragraph section at the end with advice for women travellers. Yet, the information we girls need can be very different from the “general” reader.
So in comes the Blonde Traveller – a blog giving information especially for women travelling in South East Asia.
This is a site for the girl who doesn’t mind getting her feet wet (or muddy or sandy or what have you…) on her travels to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the rest, but who also guiltily wonders if she can cram her Jimmy Choos into her backpack (you can’t).