Episode 33: #FakeVanLife
Featuring Karen Ramos
This episode sponsored by Deuter
Karen Ramos has been making a pretty big impact in the outdoor community this year through the conversations she’s been starting in the realm of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in outdoor spaces. And most recently, she went on a pretty inspiring road trip that spawned #fakevanlife.
You might wonder how diversity, equity, and inclusion connects to road travel. Your mind might also jump to a very natural, comforting thought-- that you feel like the community you see and hear about out on the road is incredibly inclusive and supportive. But I also want you to think about every time you search online or meet other road travelers-- do you find a lot of diversity among those who are out there? Do you feel like what you see, or perhaps what you have, is truly accessible to others? We talk a lot on this podcast about how anyone can live or travel on the road-- but we rarely address the inherent privilege in the very statement itself.
Tune in for a fresh perspective on road travel told by someone who uses her voice to open up conversations where outdoors, travel, and DEI intersect.
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In this episode you'll hear:
What inspired Karen to love outdoor adventures and make it a focus of her career
The thoughts that prompted Karen to start #fakevanlife
How she sustained herself on the road with just the essentials
Why Karen decided to share her road travels online, and the result of sharing her stories
The few items Karen purchased or borrowed so she could take her road trip
A few favorite moments from her road trip
Karen shares her thoughts on why traveling is a privilege
The moments Karen felt unsafe while traveling on the road
What Karen learned about herself from taking this road trip
Resources Mentioned in the Episode:
Follow Karen on Instagram - @naturechola
Learn more about Karen’s non-profit - Get Out Stay Out
We put together our own list of 13 Women of Color on the Road to Follow on Instagram
Check out the 2-part series Gale Straub and Liz Song put together for the She Explores podcast on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors here:
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