HELLO FROM JOURNEYWOMAN

Good news!

Thank you to each and every one of you who referred our website to a woman you know. Your involvement has certainly brought results. I'm delighted to report that since our last newsletter went out another 400 women have joined our Journeywoman Network. These travellers hail from North America and beyond in Australia, India, Russia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Germany and England. I look forward to their involvement and to sharing the juicy travel tips they'll contribute in the months to come. Welcome everybody!

One picture is worth a 1000 words and in this issue we have thirty-five very special female-centered images for you to enjoy.

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The stunning subjects of our 'Define Womanhood 2018 Photography Exhibit' are the many females that our members met and photographed in their travels around the world. I hope you will enjoy going through them as much as we enjoyed putting this exhibition together.

Now pour yourself a cup of tea or a glass of wine, sit back, relax and enjoy the contents of this latest issue of Journeywoman.com.

Safe journeys, Everybody.

Evenlyn Hannon, Editor, Journeywoman.com


1. EXTRA HOT TRIP PICKS -- Do yourself a favour; be proactive. Check out the following fabulous itineraries and the many other lovely travel opportunities listed for this month. You never, ever know where a simple daydream can lead...

BROAD ESCAPES - TOURS FOR WOMEN -- Join us on these extraordinary customized tours in 2018 and beyond; She Sees Southern France, A Mystical Journey through Thailand, Wonders of Northern India, Ireland, Cycling in France, Uganda Gorilla Trekking and more. All pricing in Canadian dollars! Solos travellers welcome. www.broadescapes.com info@broadescapes.com 1-800-668-0179

SIGHTS AND SOUL TRAVELS -- invites you to join its magical adventure in Golden Burma. Untouched by the outside world for decades, Burma features dream-like landscapes and refreshingly unspoiled culture. From the golden Buddhas in Yangon, sunset over Mandalay, dawn breaking over the temples of Bagan, to the glassy surfaces of Lake Inle, the country glitters with gold. This luxury escape in great company of like-minded women will excite, inspire and intrigue you, and you will find the kind of Asia here that no longer exists in other places. Other adventures available at sightsandsoul.com/tours_calendar / 866-737-9602 / 240-750-0597

TRAVEL PANTIES FROM KIM ALLAN SILK -- 100% Knit Silk, Super easy care while traveling. Can be washed in sink with shampoo and dry overnight. Great for hot and cold weather. Special promotion - choose French Cut or Full Cut regularly $45 on sale for $30 Canadian dollars. Visit Facebook for more specials. Go to www.kimallansilk.com Free Shipping worldwide.

VENUS ADVENTURES -- Escape with the no. 1 women-only travel company! Exciting trips to Morocco, Spain or Italy (walking and eating), Ethiopia, Laos, and lots more etc. We mingle with the locals, partake in great little adventures, indulge and have a lot of fun! Small group, twin share, all-inclusive trips. Your fun, insightful and wonderful trip starts here: www.VenusAdventures.travel "Life is uncertain - eat cake!"

JOIN US ON A 6-DAY CULINARY ESCAPE TO TUSCANY -- We offer daily cooking lessons from the experts -- the local Tuscan women (you can't get more Italian than that!). First class accommodations in the charming medieval hill-top village of Montefollonico; wineries, cheese making, truffle hunting, gourmet restaurants and village visits. "Cook in Tuscany" is a culinary vacation for the traveler who wants to be a local, and not a tourist. Solo traveler? The single supplement (to have your own room) is a very affordable $50 per night. Visit: www.cookintuscany.com Call: 703.895.1395 Email: cookintuscany@gmail.com

SMALL GROUP TOURS FOR ACTIVE WOMEN -- Look at our upcoming tours to Iceland, Peru, Italy, France, Scandinavia, Scotland, Ireland and more. Programs for solo travelers, those with companions, experienced travelers, and newbies. Expert guides, top accommodations, exciting itineraries, great traveling companions. For active adults who want to see and do a lot. See www.travelingprofessor.com Email info@travelingprofessor.com

WOMEN'S JOURNEY TO KENYA -- A joyful, passionate 16-day tour that celebrates women! In one of Africa's safest countries, luxuriate in 4-star comfort while spending time in the beautiful rhythms of daily life with colorful village women and bright, sophisticated visionaries. Enjoy Kenya's magnificent wildlife on 5 safaris all included! You'll be treated like royalty by your tour host, Linda Higdon, who has worked in Kenya for 15 years and by the Kenyans, some of the warmest, kindest people on the planet! Your every detail is attended to. Expect plenty of free time for yourself! Experience Kenya's vibrant art and music culture. Enjoy shopping with local artisans. Relax in complete safety with reputable drivers always there for you. Rest easy knowing English is spoken. We welcome you at Nairobi's airport, then whisk you away to the elegant Fairview Hotel. Limited space for July 2018 and February 2019 small-group tours. Book now! Temperatures are perfect! Contact Linda@Globalheartjourneys.net. Visit www.GlobalHeartJourneys.net

MOROCCO'S TEXTILES, ARTS AND CRAFTS -- Experience immense space, silence, changing light and colour at the Sahara's edge. Meet nomadic tribes and artisans in an unforgettable desert experience. Hands-on workshops, demos, desert treks. Small intimate group, singles welcome. Also: ultimate safari to Botswana/Namibia, Tribal cultures Orissa, Textiles of Gujarat/Kutch, and much more. www.eyhotours.com for enthusiastic reviews or write shila@eyhotours.com

PARIS PERSONALLY CUSTOMIZED TOURS AND SMALL GROUP TRIPS -- Coming to Paris and looking for a Parisian guide to help you discover the City of Light your way? Or maybe you're interested in joining a small group of people for a week in Paris. Either way Gina Hunt, long-time Parisian and owner of Paris Personally, has what you're looking for. Visit: www.paris-personally.com or www.paris-personally.com/small-group-tours

WANDERWOMAN® 2018 TOURS LAST CHANCE TO GRAB YOUR SPOT -- One spot left for Sicily and Egypt. One share left for Ireland. 3 spots available for Malta. Greek Fall and Spring 2018 are sold out but now accepting reservations for 2019. Come celebrate 20 years of WanderWoman Tours. Visit wanderwoman.com and email go@wanderwomantours.com or call 207-236-0110. Live, Laugh, Travel!

OUR WOMEN-ONLY SMALL GROUP TOURS TO INDIA (maximum 10) -- are unique, passionately created adventures escorted in country by Australian women who live in India. No compulsory single supplement and loads of extra inclusions with the surety of an Australian company with 18 years' experience. Experience our India with a local touch from a western perspective. debbie@incredibleindiatours.com www.incredibleindiatours.com

OBERAMMERGAU 2020 -- Experience the Passion Play! This once in a decade cultural performance reenacts the passion of Christ for the 42nd time since 1634. Join Craig Travel on one of 8 itineraries including premium theatre tickets and overnight(s) in Oberammergau. With smaller groups, Group Escorts and $200pp Early Booking Savings call 1-800-387-8890 or visit www.craigtravel.com/journeys/oberammergau. Limited time offer; conditions apply. TICO Reg#1498987

COSTA RICA FOR ACTIVE WOMEN! -- Gorgeous beaches, volcanic mountains and tropical rain forests support a bird and animal kingdom more varied than any country on earth…a perfect destination for adventure travelers! Raft exciting white water, horse ride on a beach, zip line, soak in hot pools, and stay in wonderful haciendas and lodges. Check out all of our active vacations! trips@canyoncalling.com www.canyoncalling.com +1 928-284-8654

VACATIONS WITH PURPOSE FOR WOMEN, FAMILIES, AND ADULTS -- Discover Corps offers three different trip types - nature & wildlife adventures, volunteer vacations, and cultural explorations - and each trip has a unique purpose. Travel responsibly all across the globe! 7-10 day trips, women-only dates offered, families welcome. Request a free catalog on our website: DiscoverCorps.com. Email info@discovercorps.com.

GREECE & THE GREEK ISLANDS -- A Historical, Cultural & Culinary Exploration, September 26 - October 8, 2018: Join us as we explore Athens, Delphi, Meteora and two Greek islands - Mykonos and Santorini. This is a small group, immersive, active trip with a unique itinerary, wonderful experiences and plenty of free time built in - all with a culinary twist! Fully-guided. 4 & 5* hotels. More tour details at www.packafork.com. Contact us at info@packafork.com or 303-652-1535.

INDIA: FABRIC, FOOD & FABULOUS + HOLI -- March 2019 -- A delightfully different 12 day journey that mixes hands on workshops (block printing, tribal art, cooking & more), with sightseeing, a bit of shopping and celebrates Holi, The Festival of Colours. Small Group – max 10. Expertly hosted, lovely accommodation and lots of inclusions. info@indafrica.co.nz website: indafrica.co.nz/listings/india-fabric-food-fabulous-ladies-only-hosted-tour/

BABES IN BALI TOUR OCT 28 - NOV. 11, 2018 -- Want to explore Bali but don't want to deal with big groups that can't deeply experience the magic, people, and unique culture like a small group can? Then you've got to join renowned Bali expert Cathy Gotfried (31 times to Bali!) as she WOWS you while exploring all her favorite and secret places! Culture, spirituality, spas, yummy food, divine shopping, ancient temples, glorious beaches, breathtaking snorkelling and gorgeous hotels are all part of what Cathy has to share with you. babesinbali.com/book-a-tour/ Facebook.com/BabesinBali Tel: 1 403 278 4084. cathy@babesinbali.com

GUTSY WOMEN TRAVEL— TAKE $200 OFF -- For the following land package pricing when depositing by April 30th for Share or Twin accommodation. Japan Cultural Treasures 10/6/18 $4795, Jewels of Bohemia 9/9/18 $3395, Morocco Sahara Odyssey also 10/23/18 $3195. Go to www.gutsywomentravel.com for details or call toll free 866 464 8879. Mention GWJW200

TRAFALGAR -- Stop dreaming, start planning. Book now for up to 15% off selected worldwide trips. From Seville to Savannah, experience The Good Life across the globe. www.trafalgar.com/can/worldsale

GLUTEN FREE RESTAURANT CARDS -- Are you gluten free and worried about eating safely on the road? Food writer and celiac Jodi Ettenberg has created detailed gluten free translation cards that you can download directly to your phone and show to restaurants when eating out around the world. 10 countries so far, including Japan, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and more. Check them out at www.legalnomads.com/gluten-free/

HOW TO REALLY, REALLY FOIL PICKPOCKETS -- The Clever Travel Companion's pick pocket proof travel gear: t-shirts, tank tops, his-and her underwear with integrated, hidden and zippered pockets hide passports, cash and credit cards beautifully. All in soft, comfy cotton mix, with safe, hidden pockets in a variety of colors from www.clevertravelcompanion.com P.S. Check out the unique scarves with two hidden pockets in black or black and white stripes!

THAT HORRID FEELING WHEN YOU REALIZE YOUR BAG HAS NOT ARRIVED -- Airlines misplace around 25 million bags every year. With a Rebound Classic Tag, your bag will be traceable using the most modern technologies in the airline industry - integrating with global baggage handling networks using a system endorsed by IATA (the international airline regulator). Rebound Classic Tag members are updated by email and SMS when their lost bag is found, anywhere in the world. Website: reboundtag.com. A microchip luggage tag costs only USD$29.95. Use the promo code journey20 and you will receive a generous 20% discount on your purchases. Don't lose your luggage, microchip it!

EDITOR'S NOTE: The London Business Travel Show selected Rebound Classic Tag as one of the five most innovative companies in travel worldwide. This is the real deal. If you must check your bag this will definitely help ensure its safety.


2. DON'T MISS OUR TOP TRAVEL TIPS FOR MAY 2018 -- Just when we think we've heard them all, more of your juicy gems land in our IN BOX. Learn why you should take a photo of your stove before leaving on a journey. Find out about a cool coffee shop in Chang Mai, a well-located hotel in Paris, a comfortable travel bra, and lots, lots, more. Click here.

3. HE PLAYS WITH BABIES IN THAILAND -- A sweet travel and volunteer story told from a guy's point of view. Click!

4. WOMAN DEFINED -- Be sure to visit our 2018 Journeywoman Online Photography Exhibit. 35 woman photographers compete for top prize with their stunning female-centered images from all over the world. Click!

5. WOMEN GATHER TO OFFER TIPS ABOUT LONDON, ENGLAND -- 50 practical tips from hotels to shopping to museums and lots of fun things in between. Click!

6. CHECK OUT THESE 75 WAYS TO BE A GOOD TRAVEL PARTNER -- Good bits and pieces to know for when we join another traveller in seeing the world. Click!

7. SHE SLEEPS WELL-SHE TRAVELS WELL -- Helpful advice on how to get the sleep you need as you travel. Click!

NEWS FROM THE JOURNEYWOMAN OFFICE

a) THE WINNER OF OUR 2018 'WOMAN DEFINED' TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION -- The photos this year were outstanding and we thank each and every woman who took part in the exhibit. After much deliberation our judges picked photographer, Kellie Netherwood and her photo titled 'Persistent' as the 2018 First Prize Winner. You can see more of Kellie's beautiful photos by following her instagram account: instagram.com/kellienetherwood/

b) GUESS WHO MADE THE LIST OF THE WORLD'S TOP TRAVEL BLOGS? -- Oh my, what a sweet feeling! It looks like Journeywoman has taken 7th place in a listing of the 'World's Top 600 Travel Blogs.' According to the researcher this list attempts to include both the authority of the website and the authority of the social media accounts attached to the website.' What pleases me about this award is the word, authority. We've been told time and time again that while we may not be glitzy, when readers want reliable information they come to our website.

c) MOST READ ARTICLE FROM LAST ISSUE -- 'Why One Woman's Choice of Travel Souvenirs Changes With Each Decade.' Click!

d) THIS MESSAGE MADE OUR HEART SING AND WE SAY A HUGE THANK YOU! -- Congratulations on 25 years of being THE BEST, down to earth, practical information resource for women travelers in my experience! ... I have used many of your tips ... I credit your Journeywoman initiative with guiding me with the planning, the ideas, the "can do" attitude and the common sense solutions to travel problems... Thank you Evelyn, keep on traveling and sharing!
(Anke, Salt Spring Island, Canada)

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e) JOIN EVELYN HANNON ON INSTAGRAM -- Let us inspire you to travel or to smile via our Instagram thoughts and pix. Last issue we reported 1800 followers. This month we are over the 1900 mark with followers from all over the world. Please join us at @evelynhannon. We'd love that!

f) ONE LAST BIT OF TRAVEL INFO TO KEEP YOU SAVVY -- Reasonable accommodation for London, England. I recommend 63 Bayswater B&B owned and operated by Soroptimists. Open to the general public. For one of the most expensive cities on the planet this place is so reasonable price wise. Safe, quiet, friendly staff, free wifi, great water pressure, elevator, comfortable beds, breakfast, 1/2 block from the Lancaster Tube Station, 10 minute walk to Paddington Train Station and right across the road from the lovely Italian Gardens in Hyde Park. Check pricing, etc at: www.number63.co.uk (Claudia, Los Angeles, USA)

g) FINALLY, WE LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING YOUR TRAVEL TIPS -- Please share one piece of advice that will help other members of our JW Network improve their travel plans - a bed and breakfast you recommend, a female-friendly restaurant, a guide you feel did an excellent job, a bookstore perfect for browsing - each somewhere in our great big world. Send your tips to: editor@journeywoman.com and be sure to add your first name and city so we can give you full credit. Thank you, everybody!

UNTIL OUR NEXT MAILING -- I wish you fun reading, lots of laughter and safe, wonderful, exciting journeys. You definitely deserve it!

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Evelyn Hannon, Editor
Website: http://www.journeywoman.com
E-mail: editor@journeywoman.com
Tel: 416.929.7654