Are you alone?
Not a day goes by that I’m not asked by a total stranger if I’m single and why am I traveling by myself. These questions come only from Filipinos (or Vietnamese) and everybody from taxi drivers to security guards at the airport feel entitled to ask me.
It usually goes kinda like this:
“Are you alone?”
You mean, if I’m traveling by myself? Yes I am
My friends are too poor/busy to go with me
I prefer to travel by myself
It’s too far from home
This trip is too long
“But where is your husband?”
I’m single (I quickly learned not to use this answer, single men get too excited)
It’s a private question
Why do you ask?
“Because you’re beautiful”
My husband is at the hotel
My husband is tired today
My husband is working
My husband doesn’t like to travel
My husband is back home with our 5 children
(That usually shuts them up)
And it’s not just me. Every single female traveler gets asked that, by men and women. People here are honestly not used to single ladies traveling on their own. Or single ladies in their twenties that are not already married and accompanied everywhere by their husband.
There’s also a common belief here in Asia that single foreign female travelers are all slurs and are here to sleep around. I do not understand how the locals came up with this but it is what it is. That’s why next time I travel (especially to India) I’m wearing a fake wedding ring ;-)