Inspired by other wanderlust-infusing travel blogs and Instagram profiles, Travel Latina (Instagram: @travel_latina) is a way to feature Latinas on their quests. We feature women of the Latina American and Caribbean diaspora who travel the world. Whether they live in another country, take a business trip, or plan a trip for themselves, we love to feature their beautiful photography.
In addition, we want to empower Latinas (and Latinxs) to travel with posts about trips planned by Latinas, celebrity Latinas, Latina entrepreneurs, news about Latinxs in general, to combat negative stereotypes and machismo, and work on reclaiming the Latina hashtag (similar to this wonderful tumblr Reclaiming the Latina Hashtag). We want to promote positive stereotypes and role models about and for Latinas.
Some of the current news and numbers we are following
Latinxs need more representation in government and in the economy:
“In a country with 53 million Latinos, or 17% of the population and growing, only 34 of the 435 seats in Congress and four of the 100 seats in the Senate are occupied by Latinos. On corporate boards of directors, 4% of all seats are held by Latinos and less than 3% of C-suite level positions in Fortune 500 companies are represented by Hispanic individuals. In my home state of California, in Silicon Valley, the mecca of innovation and prosperity, the major technology companies report only 3.8% of their workforce are Hispanic.”… “The explosive growth of the Latino population means Latinos are projected to make up 26% of the U.S. population by 2050.” (CNN, Monica Lozano, May 11th 2015)
The Latinx population contributes to employment growth (and hopefully Travel Latina will contribute to this too one day):
“The U.S. Hispanic population will account for 40% of employment growth over the next five years and more than 75% from 2020 to 2034, according to a new study.” (The Wall Street Journal, Nick Timiraos, February 24th 2015)
The Latinx population contributes to the economy (therefore, Latinxs will spend more money on airfare, traveling, etc):
“Hispanic adults in the U.S. in 2014 have reported spending more money on a daily basis, on average, than is typical for the U.S. adult population: $96 vs. $90, respectively. These results are based on interviewing conducted as part of 2014 Gallup Daily tracking, which asks Americans how much they spent “yesterday,” excluding normal household bills and major purchases. It provides an indication of discretionary consumer spending.” (Gallup, Rebecca Riffkin, December 11th 2014)