7 Halal Travel Myths Every Muslim Traveller Should Know About

7 Halal Travel Myths Every Muslim Traveller Should Know About

Get your halal travel facts straight. Here's what every Muslim traveller should know about.

Contributed by Muslim Travel Girl

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Well everyone has different ideas about what is halal travel and how this ‘thing’ works. Muslim companies promote the ‘all halal’ events, and non Muslims think most of the time that it is some case of crazy Muslims travelling. 

Halal travel is referred by some as the fastest growing industry with projected growth to $200 billion by 2020. I prefer the term ‘Muslim friendly’ (you heard it here first folks), since the word halal is mostly referred to permissibility rather than travel. After all, it is permissible and Muslims are encouraged to travel and see the world.

1. You cannot travel to a place where there is no halal food

Oh boy! If that was the case then we would be totally stuck into a small portion of the world. Well, in reality, you can find halal food everywhere since every corner of the earth has at least one Muslim living there. However, even if there is no halal in the country, in terms of food, Muslims can still eat fish and vegetarian food. I know it’s not first choice for many meat-loving Muslims, but it’s possible, trust me.

2. You can only visit Muslim countries 

Well in this case, we only have to live in one too. You can visit every corner of the earth as long as you have a visa and a plane ticket, you are good to go. 

Also read: 5 Amazing Muslim-Focused Destinations You Probably Don’t Know About

3. Women are forbidden to swim

Ha! This makes me smile. If that was true, I would have a very miserable life! I love swimming and it’s totally OKAY to swim as long as you are covered, you can do whatever you like. We see the rise of Muslim friendly resorts with female beach facilities or pools so they can be more comfortable swimming. I also love putting together my own hijab free holidays where I can swim and sun bathe to my heart’s desire. If you are planning a hijab free holiday check out my top tips.

4. Women cannot drive

Totally not true! I actually drive in pretty much any country I visit or at least I try (according to my husband!). They say you can find a lot about one’s culture by the way they drive. Some women in some countries don’t drive; it is not religion but culture and laws. 

5. Women cannot travel alone

Hmm, that will bring some controversy. I know many of my friends will not travel without a husband or brother. In Islam it is said that you should not travel without a male guardian. Considering that it was so dangerous back in the day to travel, I can see why this is part of Islam. However, today it is pretty safe to travel alone, go to work and visit relatives. Of course, people have their own interpretations and I am certainly not an Islamic scholar. 

As a convert to Islam, and especially for many female converts, not travelling alone will be a bigger burden than anything.

6. Muslims are scary

Yes, talk about all these men with beards! Muslims are not scary, 99% are not terrorists and they love what every other human being loves. Their family, their religion, safety and of course, travel. Honestly, being a Muslim should not automatically scare people off. I have met amazing people during my travels with whom I have become friends with. I know many Muslims are apprehensive of travelling because of how they will be welcomed or perceived in the destination country. 

7. No mosque, no travel

Muslims can pray anywhere and they don’t need a mosque to pray. Islam is such an easy religion, you can even shorten and combine your prayers to make it easy for yourself. Talk about mercy. Being a Muslim and having to pray doesn’t stop anyone from travelling. It is easy and I have prayed in airports, malls, bus stations and shops. I can probably just pray on the street too, as long as you are not obstructing walk ways, stairs, etc. 

Also read: 8 Safety Tips Every Solo Muslim Traveller Needs to Know About

There is no excuse not to travel and have fun whether you are Muslim or not. It is fun, it opens your horizons and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Just read some of my money-saving tips.

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Elena Nikolova
Elena Nikolova

Elena is the brains behind MuslimTravelGirl.com, a leading western travel blog for Muslim Millennials. She loves helping Muslim travellers explore the world in style without breaking the bank. She thrives on finding the best deals possible to the most desirable and Muslim friendly destinations.


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