Hi, I’m Jessica. You may have already figured that out. I am collecting countries. Every country. What about North Korea? Yeah, there too, it’s a country. And all those “scary” places in the Middle East? Countries? Yup. How dare she!
There have been several, many in fact, men who have gone around collecting countries. They are badasses in their own right and I’m impressed by each and every one of them. But it is noticeable how few women have attempted such a feat. Why?
Well, some women aren’t into travel. Some countries aren’t into women traveling (see: Saudi Arabia). But I think more often women are, and in many ways should be, more apprehensive about solo travel due to the potential risks in addition to having a higher tendency to want to share experiences with someone. So they wait until they have the right boyfriend or husband or girlfriend or wife to go along with. But once they’ve found that person, they start thinking about the life they want to build, the house they want to build it in, and the children they want to fill it with, and travel becomes a shelved dream, to be dusted off in retirement.
What is How Dare She?
I started How Dare She as the project to collect all these countries, and share those experiences back with the world. I have noticed how few Americans travel and any discussions of upcoming trips are often met with surprise. “You’re going where? By yourself? Aren’t you scared? They have….[insert list of scary things likely perpetuated by media]!! I could never!”
I personally hate extremes like “never” (and especially “impossible”). I hope to challenge people who feel that way about travel to understand what their obstacles are, and how to overcome them. There are a lot of reasons to be apprehensive of travel, especially if you stick to the Fox News cycle, but I see those as considerations to take, not reasons to skip.So How Dare She is not just about me going to every country in the world, but bringing you along with me. I want to explore the challenges (be they financial, health, cultural, and especially gender-based) to see and show how to get around or over them, to reap the benefit all over the world. I want the “I could never“s to turn into “I can’t wait!“s.
Work with How Dare She
You want to contribute? Yes, please!
Buy me a coffee (beer)? Or buy yourself a dare! I did a crowdfund campaign to start the funding for this project. It was successful and I’m very grateful. Several people have asked since if they can still contribute the answer is, of course, a resounding yes. I’ll even honor the rewards of the crowdfunding.