In the last few years, I’ve often found myself wondering:
Would this experience have been similar, in any country not just Iceland, or would it have happened at all - if the person seeking shelter was LGBTQIA, Black, Brown, Indigenous or Asian? Are all of my friends accepted with the same kindness and lack of suspicion that I usually am, wherever they travel? Is this another example of my own privilege literally opening doors not open to others?
Just as one example, I did some research and found that both Black & Abroad
and Traveling Black Spinster
recommend Iceland to their communities. [I still recommend doing your own research for any destination before you visit
is one of the more responsible countries in terms of how they’re addressing climate issues and it’s partially due to the way they’ve handled tourism that they’ve been able to fund clean energy projects and healthy initiatives. No it’s not perfect. [No place is!
] But when we do get back out there and start traveling again, we can choose to support countries that seek to be good stewards of the environment because as Intersectional Environmentalist
communicates: racial, social and environmental justice are all connected. These are concepts always on my mind but especially now, as it’s Earth Week