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Women travelling solo



 

                                  Female travelers seek cyber help 
                                                By Dawn Fallik, The Baltimore Sun
 

As more women take to the skies and roads by themselves, very often their first voyage isn't on any mapped route -- it's on the Internet. 

A recent survey by the Travel Industry of America concluded that almost half of all business travelers are women -- and businesses are taking notice. From women-only travel trips to women-centered safety tips, the Internet offers would-be travelers a chance to learn about their destination of choice and take some advice from those who have walked the path before. 

"At first we were a black-and-white, 20-page newsletter back in 1993," said Evelyn Hannon, founder of Journeywoman.com, one of the most popular travel sites geared toward women travelers. "But our sole purpose was to help in the networking ability of women travelers and we knew we had to get on the Internet." 

In 1995, she started the Web site and now there are more than 50,000 women from 35 countries receiving the online version. 


Web sites for travel-minded women 

Journeywoman:     www.journeywoman.com 

HERmail: 
www.hermail.net 

Women Traveling Together: www.women-traveling.com 

Savvy Traveler: www.savvytraveler.com 

Women's Adventure Guide: www.adventureguide.com/
women/main.html
 

BudgetTravel Women's Guide: www.budgettravel.com/
women.htm
 

Women's Travel Club: www.womenstravelclub.com 

Walking Tours for Women: www.goingplacestours.com 

The site gives tips about the cultures of different countries, safe
places to stay and women-friendly cafes and sites. Through HERmail, a partner Web site, women travelers can connect with other women in a given area. For example, a woman traveling to Madrid can send e-mail through the site to another woman in Madrid. Because the e-mail goes through the Web site, their e-mail addresses are not released. 

"I just think that women are more prone to asking advice," she said. "Women are very interested in reaching out to each other, finding out what their experience has been and moving on from there." 

Often women turn to the Internet to find not only advice, but a travel partner. 

Debra Asberry of Edgewater, Md., had wanted to go whitewater rafting since her teen years. But over the years she couldn't convince her friends, boyfriends or, later on, her husband to go with her. So she put an ad in a now-defunct magazine she published, asking if other women found themselves in the same travel quandary -- looking for adventure but wanting to share the experience with someone. 

"I was inundated with phone calls," she said. 

So six years ago, Asberry started Women Traveling Together, a women-only travel group with a site online. 

Those traveling solo aren't penalized; roommates are found if wanted for any one of the 25 trips from weekenders to New York to weeklong hikes in Yellowstone and walking tours of Ireland. 

"About 80 percent of the women come by themselves, not knowing a soul," Asberry said. 

Maria Chapman, a high school teacher from Arnold, Md., signed up for her first trip with the group almost six years ago. Because her husband only takes two weeks vacation a year, she decided to continue her travel adventures without him. 

"The only rule is that I can't go someplace he's interested in," she said. This week she took a long-weekend trip to Nashville with Women Traveling Together, but she also plans a longer vacation in the Virgin Islands with her family. And as usual, she'll head to the Internet to do a little research first. 

"I go and check out the airfares, and I go to the main city sights to look up places to go, things like that," she said. "Right now, I'm looking to find a sailboat to rent down in the islands." 

Many women use the Internet to get a heads-up on safety issues before traveling abroad. 

Marybeth Bond, author of "Gutsy Women" and the award-winning travel book "A Woman's World," said that too often women let fear keep them from doing what they really want. Her site, www.marybethbond.com, offers common-sense tips on topics such as finding bathrooms and personal safety. 

But she said the most important advice is to talk to someone who knows the area and not to be afraid to ask questions. 

"Find someone your own age, who's going to be looking for the same experience you are and ask them 'Is it safe to walk alone at night here?' " Bond said. "Ask the stewardess on the plane -- 'Do you stay here in London? Where do you stay? Where is it safe for me to go alone at night?'" 

Bond said that women traveling alone are not such an unusual sight anymore, from students hiking with backpacks to older women looking for a new experience. 

"There's a huge bulge in the population of women in their 50s to 60s who are saying, 'It's my turn to do something,' " Bond said. "You didn't see that 10 years ago." 

Peggy Jerman, 67, a retired secretary from Severna Park, Md., is headed off to Nashville with Women Traveling Together. She said she directs many of her friends to the group's Web site for travel ideas. 

"I think sometimes people think it can be dangerous going alone, and really, it's more fun with a bunch of women, anyway," Jerman said. 

"We all act crazy and I don't think the men would like that too much," she said.    End 

 

Women's Travel - Tip: Traveling solo or with other women can be a fantastic journey of self-discovery as well as a potential bonding experience and a chance to make new friends. If you and a group of like-minded women (or just you) would like to make travel an integral part of your lifestyles, a timeshare is great for adventurous females of any age. Available as studio suites or with as many as three bedrooms, these vacation properties provide flexibility, affordability, and the safety of resort accommodations. Another convenient option is to become a member of a vacation club as membership gives you access to thousands of timeshare resort properties at discounted rates.

 

                                                                                              


And now some great links we hope you will find useful and entertaining.  Please send us YOUR favorite travel or women-related links if not already listed.

Explore with Adventurous Wench

Explore with Adventurous Wench – Set your spirit free on one of our high-quality active vacations for women.  Enjoy outdoor activities by day, with superb food and fine hotels at night.  Our walking vacations and multisport itineraries include women's touches like spa visits or a cooking class, and time to shop, too.  Experienced guides make sure you have a vacation to remember.  See more at www.adventurouswench.com.

Women Outbound Worldwide. Join us in a ‘Soft Adventure’ journey of fun, learning and discovery.  Small group travel, quality accommodations and an opportunity to meet other women who share an interest in exploring different cultures. Together we make ‘journeys of the heart’ come true.  wow@victoriatravelshoppe.com or www.travelwow.ca

Well Arranged Travel: Specializing in Small Group Tours and Customized Travel for discerning travelers.  Each escorted tour is limited to 12 to 14 people. Some tours have specific themes. Samples of our themed tours include food and wine expeditions, spa retreats, classical art and architecture tours, couples romantic getaways, etc. The goal of these tours is to target specific interests or hobbies.  Women-Only’ Tours. Ready to travel and no one to go with? Needing a getaway with just the ladies?  Join us.
Gifts for Professionals Gifts for Professionals introduces the newest women’s leather briefcase.  It’s a bag, its a briefcase and it's a carrying case!  This fashionable leather vertical briefcase is available in black or brown.  It has a front flap compartment that features interior organizers, a zipper pocket, along with roomy storage for files or a laptop computer. A hidden side zipper compartment assures keys, phones or pens are stored just where you want them. The full leather back section unzips to accordion folders with three separate sections inside.

Women-on-the-Road. Independent travel and backpacking isn't just for men...Click on this exciting link for advice and resources for women who love to travel on their own.
Women's Travel Club. For women who wish to travel independently but are reluctant to travel alone.
Why Tracks of Vermont? When you think of hiking or cross-country skiing in Vermont, do you wistfully say "I've always wanted to do that"? It is important to satisfy those inner wishes you have been putting off too long. Tracks of Vermont makes it safe, easy and fun to let yourself go...let yourself grow.
Women's Business Center: Dedicated to the development of professional and personal skills. 
Women Welcome Women World Wide
aims to foster international friendship by enabling women of different countries to visit one another. Members are of all backgrounds and come from many parts of the world. Any woman may become a member, regardless of nationality, religion, home circumstances, etc.
More tips when travelling. By Adventure Guide's Editor Doreen Kerby.
Women's achievements in Aviation & Space:
Women on their way: Useful site sponsored by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
AdventureWom
en: Adventures for women over 30
Femina: Search engine for sites for, by and about women.


Three Boats, Three Boys, Three Trips.  

Just a SMALL hint about true-life adventurer, Trish Lambert.   

A Certified SCUBA diver, published author and lecturer, Trish has "been around" in more ways than one!

Whether house or office bound, or free as a bird, we are sure you will enjoy reading about Trish's adventures in her website "Take her sailing."

Trish Lambert . Adventurer & story-teller.

Explorations in Travel: Adventures for women over 40.
Women.com Another search engine just for women. Small Business Quiz for women.
The Travel Doctor Group TMVC has been providing health services to overseas travellers for almost 15 years. It is recognised as a world leader in the discipline of travel medicine.
Women's Travel Club
: "Designed by women for women"
Women Traveling Together: offers escorted, all-inclusive tours for women of all ages who want the companionship and security a small group offers, while having the option to participate in planned activities or strike out on their own.
Travel and Leisure: 50 tips for women traveling alone.
National Association of Women Business Owners.
Journeywoman Online Travel Resource just for women
Travelers' Tales:  Wide selection of books for women
Digital Women: "For women with their modems running." Created for women in business, business women and all women around the globe looking for a place to gather resources.
Tips4Travel:  Your choice of 1,000 tips from which to learn.
Aim Higher: Singles vacation ideas, or searching for a travelling companion?
Jade Magazine: We highlight and showcase the talents and successes of Asian and Asian American women in all arenas.
The Bag Lady: A Celebration of Women - a delightful book & gift shop with an abundance of goodies to affirm, nourish & empower your body & soul!
Adventure Divas: Adventure Divas® is a broad (no pun intended) enterprise that unites adventure travel and modern-day heroines to create fresh new media for television, the Web and someday, print.

All That Women Want: A lively mix of features, fun, resources and best of the web picks.
TravelGrrl: Committed to providing information for the thoughtful and adventurous traveller.
Walking Tours For Women: Going Places! offers a variety of walking tours in the United States, Canada, Europe and the British Isles. 

Planning to visit Vancouver Island, British Columbia? We recommend this beautiful hidden treasure for hikers and/or photographers.  Easily accessible just a few klms north of Campbell River on Vancouver Island, Elk Falls Provincial Park is named for the 25-metre waterfall on the Campbell River that plunges over a rocky precipice into a rock walled canyon below. Visitors are attracted to the park for different reasons. Some come for the beautiful scenery, whilst others fly in for some of the finest year-round salmon fishing in the world.


Advancing Women: News, Networking & Strategy For Women
Places where women made history: Introduces travelers, researchers, historians, preservationists, and anyone interested in American history to the wide range of historic places associated with the many varied aspects of women's history.
Field of Dreams: If you want to learn the internet, find business opportunities, develop a networking contact, form alliances with other women in business or just meet new friends, join us today.
Welcome to Husband Planet where men get expert advice on women, romance, life, career, finances and fitness to improve their marriage and relationship.
iVillage:  Has just about everything.  No wonder it's one of the most popular  sites for women.
Women.com:  Another of the most popular  sites for women with obvious focus on matters sexual. 


WOMEN ONLY VACATIONS

Ela Brasil Tours
Ela Brasil Tours is the first women only Tour Operator, created to provide Cultural/Adventure trips inside Brazil. Each location is carefully picked and explored in detail. We are proud and committed to be an Eco/Environmentaly conscious company.

Safaris Namibia
Namibia Ladies Only Safari. 13 nights/14 days

Big Island Girl Surf Camp
Surf Adventures for women. Daily surfing with a variety of possible activities: yoga/stretching, hiking, boat rides to the lava flow, snorkling amoung Pacific sealife (see dolphins, whales, sea turtles), (spear)fishing, kayak, massage/watsu, steam vents, warm ponds, healthy gourmet foods, local culture, beachfront setting on the Big Island of Hawaii. First-time beginners to advanced surfers welcome. Intimate setting, personalized experience.

Voyage Concepts Ltd
Our Lifestyle trips are specifically designed to kick-start or promote a healthier way of living... with carefully balanced meals to aid weight loss during the trip and various activities including cycling, trekking, yoga and reflexology, you can relax, get fit and feel fantastic on our women-only trips anywhere in the world!

Confluence Expeditions and Training
Rafting in Costa Rica on the Rio Paruare, one of the top five rivers in the world, a stay at a private rain forest resort and a course in "Crucial Conversations". We have chosen an exotic setting to teach this much sought after communications course. The river offers the perfect classroom. The course has defined tools for talking when stakes are high. You will learn that dialogue is a discreet, identifiable and trainable set of skills that will help teams, organizations, and people improve their influence, diversity, relationships, productivity, and teamwork.

Zephyr Adventures Women Only Zephyr Adventures Women Only Learn-to-Skate Camps
Zephyr Adventures runs hiking, biking, inline skating, multisport, and other tours in 15 worldwide locations. Our specialities are Inline Skating Tours and Learn-to-Skate Camps for adults. Join our Women Only Skate Camps on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Our philosophy is to start with the basics so you learn this fantastic sport while having fun at the same time. Meals, lodging, guides, local transportation, non-skating activities, and expert instruction provided. Come see why 95% of our customers rate our tours as Outstanding or Very Good.
 

See also: Tips for women travelling alone.



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