Why Is Traveling Alone Still Considered A Risky, Frivolous Pursuit For Women?

Women around the world have spoken out about their experiences of traveling after two young Argentinian women, María Coni and Marina Menegazzo, were killed while backpacking in Ecuador. In the wake of their deaths, online commenters seemed to blame the women for what had happened, asking why they were “travelling alone”.

But, as Paraguayan student Guadalupe Acosta pointed out in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 730,000 times, there is an enormous double standard in asking questions like this of female travelers.

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