As a nonbinary world traveler, each time I head through US airport security, I brace myself. How many times will I get misgendered? Will they send me back through the body scanner because they guessed my gender wrong?
These fears are mild, though, compared to what a lot of trans and gender-nonconforming people face while traveling. In fact, problems with harassment, issues with documentation, and concerns about hostile environments are often enough to keep trans and gender-nonconforming folks from hitting the road altogether.
However, don’t hang up your backpack just yet. With some extra research, preparation, and patience, traveling while trans is both possible and rewarding.