“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world”
– Freya Stark
In order to experience the true spirit of wanderlust, one needs to put on their travel shoes. But the idea of women travelling alone is subjected to a lot of debate. As a result, the scope and liberty for women to travel is few and far in between.
But this mindset is slowly changing and turning towards encouraging women to explore our vast country to the fullest. All of this fell into place for the efforts taken by TripZip, a tour company that strongly endorses women’s travel plans. In fact, their latest program, Women Travelers Campaign 2017 has inspired thousands of women in Bangladesh to make travelling their passion. The two week long campaign was held from March 3-17, which comprised of a closing ceremony held on the final day at the Banquet Hall of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation.
TripZip puts more emphasis on women travellers through organising campaign that intends to encourage females to embrace the spirit of travelling and fulfilling their dreams, giving a credible platform for the existing female travelers to express their stories and get recognised, and also initiating a conversation of the issue surrounding the topic of “Women Travellers.”
Last year, TripZip in collaboration with Bangladesh Tourism Board organised a social media based photo sharing event titled, “Photo Sharing & Review Contest” for the women travelers from 7-15 March. After the overwhelming success of the event, TripZip decided to organise a bigger, better, and bolder event this year.
The panelists at the event included academicians, corporate representatives, students, and avid travellers who talked about the issues being faced by women travellers around the country and suggestions on improving the scenario.
We need to emphasise and encourage in-bound tourism in order to develop tourism industry in its real sense. It’s intriguing and encouraging to find TripZip taking the initiative to make the concept of ‘women travellers’ a reality and not only be limited to be concepts confined to research papers”
Panelist Sayma Rahman, Senior Specialist, Digital Partnership, GrameenPhone said, “Travelling is important to broaden the perspective about life, to learn and embrace differences in the world and to appreciate this beautiful earth where life is ephemeral. As a Bangladeshi female traveler, I had to overcome social stigma attached to solo traveling, exaggerated safety concerns from family, relentless negativity and uninvited opinions from people around me.”
Panelist Sabiha Matin, Lecturer, Dept. of Business Administration, DIU added, “We need to emphasise and encourage in-bound tourism in order to develop tourism industry in its real sense. It’s intriguing and encouraging to find TripZip taking the initiative to make the concept of ‘women travellers’ a reality and not only be limited to be concepts confined to research papers.”
Mahira Habib, Deputy Manager, Sales & Marketing, Royal Tulip Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
“Few years ago, I could not imagine that I would be in the hospitality and tourism industry. I travelled with my female friends to Cox’s Bazar by road. You have to be courageous and make your own decisions. The more we travel and explore beautiful Bangladesh, the more we learn. We, women are the institution for our children and the young generation.
Tasmima Hossain, Acting Editor of the Daily Ittefaq and Editor of Magazine Anannya was also on board with the rest of the guests. “If we renovate the unused government resorts and rejuvenate other facilities and resources, this will definitely help us earn more revenue. Also, through community tourism, we will able to create employment opportunities as well as promote local cuisines.”
TripZip has some exciting upcoming plans involving trips to Birishiri and Tangail, Teenage Girls Summer Camp in April, Summer Camp for teenage boys in July, and Winter Camp for kids in December. So if you have missed the previous ones contact TripZip through their Facebook page ‘TripZip.tours’ and join the travelers’ league!