I’ve connected with some fierce Latina instagrammers through my @latinaslovetravel community, who inspire their audience as digital nomads, solo travellers and photographers. I spoke to them to find out about their experiences as traveling Latinas, their favorite places and where they love to stay.
Ashley is a Mexican-American solo traveller who has been to more than 55 countries.
I identify as Mexican because I grew up speaking Spanish and follow many Mexican customs, however I was born and raised in the United States. People don’t usually identify me as Latina unless I tell them. I find it comforting to know that I can blend into so many diverse communities, especially when I’m traveling alone. It allows me to connect with many people and engage in conversations about my background and ethnicity.
Favorite hostel: Mambembe Hostel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where my siblings and I stayed when we were visiting for our first World Cup. I loved Mambembe because it’s situated in one of the most charming neighbourhoods of Rio, in the hills of Santa Teresa. Waking up to the views of Rio was spectacular.
Evelyn is a Dominican AfroLatinidad who educates her audience about the realities of living and traveling with epilepsy.
People usually assume I’m African American or mixed. Ethnic stereotypes and discrimination are some of the downfalls I’ve experienced traveling as a Latina. Latinas will be better represented when women from every racial group have the same amount of acceptance, recognition, and inclusion. We don’t all look like Sofía Vergara or JL0. We need to give more opportunities to minorities. I enjoy the camaraderie Latinxs share when we recognize each other, Latinxs are always gonna be there to help you if they can. I have some limitations because of my Dominican passport but I love visiting the insanely beautiful beaches and waterfalls of my home.
Favorite hostel: One of the best hostels I’ve stayed in so far was Casa Colibrí in Palomino, Colombia. After a hectic stay in Santa Marta, we needed a couple of relaxing days and we chose this hostel for it. We totally loved it, the food was tasty and fresh, and the environment was calm. The owners were so respectful and diligent. Would recommend 10/10.
Michelle is Cuban-American and features the best of her hometown Miami, Florida on her feed as well as her adventures to exotic locales.
When people learn that I’m Cuban they often tell me it’s on their wish list to visit. I like educating people about Cuban culture, which may erase any stereotypes they might have. I want more people who visit Cuba to talk to the Cuban people to hear what they’ve gone through and support them in any way they can. I also LOVE meeting other Latinas when I travel. It doesn’t matter what country they’re from, a bond forms immediately.
Favorite hostel: One of the most memorable hostel stays I’ve had was in Chiang Mai, Thailand at Absolute House. A young couple and their cute little baby own the place. They were so sweet and helpful the entire time we were there. It was our first stop on our two-week trip through Thailand and our first time in Asia. It was in a great location; we walked to all the markets every day. They also helped us with transportation when we needed it. I loved that we couldn’t wear shoes inside and the whole place was full of other backpackers.
Cristina is just 18 but this Mexican travelista has already been to 39 countries.
I’m loud and proud and take every opportunity I have to engage with others and be an ambassador for the Latino community. It’s important to encourage other Latinas to travel even if is to the country next to where they live. You always get to learn through travel. Knowledge is power and we are powerful.
Vanessa is a Bolivian-Argentinian photographer.
When I look at travel instagram accounts it’s mostly blonde European and American women. Wouldn’t it be great to see curvy brown Latinas traveling as well? It’s important for Latinas to travel to explore their ancestral lands and to keep their cultures alive. Bolivians are underrepresented. South American representation in Latin culture is lacking. I try to make sure we’re not forgotten.
Martha is a Venezuelan-Italian traveler.
Being from Venezuela and living with so many social and political problems, I feel like I’m very independent and can handle any situation when I’m traveling. Latinos are super friendly and so am I, so it’s easy for me to relate to different people around the world. I have Venezuelan and Italian passports, but I normally use the Italian one; without it, my story would be very different.
Ivonne is a Mexican-American voyager who travels the world in style.
I’m a proud Mexican and love my country. I represent the Latina community by showing that we shouldn’t be scared to travel. Our parents are overprotective and traveling solo really worries them. When I first started traveling without my parents they weren’t happy about the idea and it took me a long time to convince them. I’ve told my family that I want to do a solo trip one day and they just think I am crazy.
Favorite hostel: I had the pleasure of staying at Generator Hostel in Paris. It’s super trendy and has a rooftop bar with a killer view. They also have an amazing cafe with delicious meals, a foosball table, and a really chill sitting area. Generator Hostels will definitely be my #1 hostel choice whenever I go back to Europe.
Adriana is a Peruvian nurse who shares the incredible sights of Peru and of her adopted home, Australia.
Traveling as a Latina has benefited me as the people I’ve come across have so much interest in my culture. Peru is a country of so much diversity and beauty. We have Afro, Indigenous, Asian, and white Peruvians and I try to share that with people who may not have known otherwise.
Favorite hostel: I experienced a hostel when I was traveling solo for the first time and stayed at USA Hollywood Hostels in Los Angeles, California. I was a bit anxious to stay in a hostel but from the moment I arrived at USA Hollywood the staff was really friendly and there were so many activities to do. It’s literally around the corner from the Hollywood walk of fame.
Flor is an Argentinian jetsetter sharing insider tips, tricks, and hidden destinations from all the places she’s visited so far including South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand.
Coming from Argentina you’re prepared for everything like things not going your way or people trying to take advantage of tourists; You can manage to overcome any situation. Most of the time when I say I’m from Argentina people either don’t know where that is or they mention Maradona, Messi, or Pope Francis. I like to think of myself as a representative of my country; with time I hope more people realize how amazing Argentina is.
Jeanine Romo is Mexican-American who loves adventure.
One of the benefits of being a Latina traveler is that you can relate to so many people while traveling through Central and South America. A frustration of being a Latina traveler is that you sometimes have to put up with people’s ignorance and misconceptions. Sometimes if I say I’m from the United States I’m still asked “where I’m really from.” I get it, I’m brown and some people may not realize that Latinos are the largest minority in the United States, but I’m just as American as I am Mexican. I’m very proud of being Mexican. As a Latina traveler, I feel that it is my responsibility to set a good example when it comes to ethical tourism, so I like to remind my followers to be environmentally conscious.
Favorite hostel: Puri Garden in Ubud, Bali is one of the best hostels I’ve stayed at. I met the most incredible people there, did early morning yoga, and had a wonderful time hanging out by the pool. I rented a motorbike and my new friends and I went on a waterfall and rice terrace adventure. It was one of the best stays I had in Bali.
Tessa is a Cuban-American explorer who aims to show wanderlusters that they can travel to the most beautiful destinations on any budget.
I didn’t realize how lucky I was to hold an American passport until I began traveling for a living. So many foreign passports have such limitations. It’s something that I will never take for granted. My Spanish isn’t perfect so people are always surprised to learn I’m Cuban-American. Just because I’m not a typical looking Latina doesn’t make me any less Latina. I try to show people that Latinas aren’t just one look. We’re a diverse set of individuals who can look, act, and speak in vastly different ways.
Favorite hostel: One of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed at was Flying Pig in Amsterdam. It was my very first hostel and trip abroad. The fun facilities are what keep me coming back to the same hostel time and time again.
Susy is a Mexican wanderer based in Hong Kong.
When people hear I’m Mexican, they assume that I’m a good salsa dancer. I love dancing and I have good rhythm but in Mexico we are not as great at dancing as those from other Latin American countries. The media portrayal of Mexico doesn’t represent me, my family, my friends, or the place where I live. I’m so proud of my Latino heritage and want to represent my culture in the best way. I want more Latinas to travel and share their experiences.
Favorite hostel: In Siem Reap, I stayed at the wonderful Heaven Angkor Residence. They have a lovely pool and the breakfast was excellent. The staff was so friendly, the first day they arranged a group tour to the temples in Angkor. They made us feel so happy, comfortable, and safe.
Paula is a Chilean travel addict.
I’ve heard so many people saying that before they visited Chile, they thought we barely had cars or internet. This surprises me every time. Latina travelers can show the world that Latin America has amazing landscapes and people. We have a mission to show people that we are independent and strong. Many Latin American countries are still very sexist and think that girls shouldn’t travel alone or with a girlfriend and that you should always travel with a man to be protected from the horrors of the world. We don’t need a man. We can travel on our own.
Cynthia is a Mexican adventurer.
Latin Americans are so friendly and welcoming which is an advantage for us while traveling. Traveling can be so much more relaxing when you’re open to new things. Everywhere I go and I say where I’m from I receive compliments that my country is so beautiful and the food is amazing. This makes me proud. But, sometimes people comment that we’re all criminals or they’re surprised that I’m allowed to travel. Latinas should travel more and see what is out there. We can bring new ideas to our countries and improve things that could make our way of life better.
Stephanie is a Colombian-American venturer.
People automatically link Colombia to Pablo Escobar and that anyone who’s from Colombia is involved in a cartel, does cocaine or had plastic surgery; the list goes on. But I think it’s just plain ignorance and people just react based on what they see on television. Even though my passport says I’m American, I don’t look like what some people expect an American looks like. I’m loud and proud of my Colombian roots and heritage.
Favorite hostel: My first-ever hostel experience was one of the best. I stayed at The Generator in Barcelona, Spain on my first trip to Europe. The Generator has the most amazing decor and ambience. I loved my experience there so much that I looked up other locations where The Generator had hostels in so I could stay there too.
Ambar is a Mexican-American nomad.
I love being able to speak multiple languages to connect with other people as I travel. Being able to speak Spanish and English has really opened up my world. I tend to feel closer to my Mexican heritage. I do my best to educate others on what it’s like to be a Latina and what my experiences have been. In Mexico, women aren’t always taught to be independent or that it’s safe to travel on their own. It’s important that we empower each other and share our experiences so that we can encourage other Latinas to go experience the world for themselves. Latinas need to stick together to raise each other up instead of seeing each other as competition.
Favorite hostel: I had such an incredible time at Hostel Suites DF in Mexico City. It was in the perfect location, the team was incredible, and the people visiting had the best vibes.
Katherine is a Honduran-American with a goal of traveling to at least one new country every year. She’s 24 and has traveled to over 25 countries.
A stereotype that I’ve dealt with is that people think being Latina automatically means you’re Mexican and like spicy food. People are always surprised when I say I’m Honduran and often don’t know where Honduras is or they say what a poor and dangerous country it is. This is why it’s important for Latinas to continue traveling the world so people can become more aware and be informed about what it means to be Latina. We have a beautiful culture and can break stigmas about Latin Americans.
Faby is a Puerto Rican making her way around the Earth with her darling rescue dog, Lazzy.
There aren’t many Latinas in the travel industry. I’ve never met another Latina while traveling. We need more representation. Latinas are hesitant of traveling as our culture influences us not to take risks and to always be safe. I grew up thinking that traveling alone was not an option. I see myself as an example that it’s okay to take a risk. I’ve actually met people in different countries who don’t really know where Puerto Rico is so I have to pull out a map and show them. I have even faced people who think we still live and dress as the native tribes did many years ago. There is one Latina stereotype I kind of love and live to the fullest. Every time I tell someone I’m Latina, they associate that with dancing. Some people even start dancing once I say I’m from Puerto Rico. It always brings a smile to my face and I feel very proud of it.
Favorite hostel: I really enjoyed The Lights Hostel in Malaga, Spain. It’s a very small hostel so it was easy to make friends with other guests. The hostel has a bar with games that made everything way more fun. Staying at this hostel made my experience in Malaga much more memorable.
Sally is Dominican-American viajera showcasing her authentic travel experiences in hopes of encouraging others, especially those from struggling socio-economic backgrounds, to travel more.
I’ve learned my most powerful weapon is education. The magnitude of experiences I’ve personally been through as a minority traveler has made it easier for me to put myself in the shoes of others and understand their perspectives. The more I travel the more I fall in love with my heritage.
Favorite hostel: My stay at NJoy! in Cairns, Australia was one of the best hostel experiences I’ve had to date. The hostel had multiple common areas where travelers were able to meet and chat. They have free tour bookings and at least two activities a week which is great for guests.
About the author
Lola Méndez is a travel writer and full-time traveler sharing her adventures on Miss Filatelista as she adds to her collection of passport stamps. She travels to develop her own worldview and has explored over 50 countries. Passionate about sustainable travel she seeks out ethical experiences that benefit local communities. You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
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