Yasmin Ali (Oh, Yasmin Travels)
A 24-year-old solo traveler and a travel photographer, Yasmin Ali was born in Yemen to Somali parents, and moved to America at the age of five. Yasmin currently works in digital marketing and on the on-going series, "Letters From" as she shares glimpses into her travels with perfect letters to her readers.
Quote: "Even though travel has always been a part of my life, things changed when I made the bold choice to wear the headscarf (hijab) at 20. I noticed the changes immediately. The day after I decided to wear the hijab, I booked a ticket to Minnesota to visit my aunt. The day of my trip, at the airport, I got my first wake-up call. As soon as I got in, and sat down, an older white male walked right past me, mumbled a bunch of profanity, and glared at me as if to tell me I shouldn't be there. On this trip alone, a father stopped playing with his child to stare at me, a woman moved to a different row to glare at me some more, and a family whispered furiously right behind me. I didn't even get to Minnesota yet!"