Let’s Unpack That is a travel series to process and unpack our baggage of social identities, and understand how they impact our travel experiences. We’ll be covering everything from race and ethnicity, to passport privilege, fetishes, voluntourism, and more. Each post focuses on a topic, concept, or phrase in order to dig deeper and reflect on our travels in our own countries and abroad.
Here is the first installment of the series where we’ll be breaking down the concept “social identities.” By definition, social identities are labels attributed to your sense of self based on membership in a social group. They also affect how you relate to others in society, which can come from your culture and experiences. Whew – it’s time to unpack that y’all!