Please step back in time to a Sunday morning in 1992.

The concept of a woman-centered newsletter was slowly developing in my mind.

I was making lists of the myriad items necessary to bring this exciting idea to fruition.

First and foremost I needed a publication name that would immediately identify as female-centered travel.

In a long distance Canada to England phone call I laid out the problem to my daughter, Leslie, who was living in London. Our brainstorming session began with me suggesting appropriate words like ...lady, woman, travel, female, trip, journey

Then we both went on to try combinations of the words ...ladytravel, femaletrip, womantravel

And then Leslie said ... 'JourneyWoman.'

At that moment we both knew without a doubt that we had found the perfect name.

However, what we couldn't possibly have imagined then was that...

Today, 26 years into the future this Anniversary Issue would be heading to a fantastic network that has grown to 60,000 Journey-Women worldwide.

I am grateful, indeed. tiny hearts

Safe journeys, Everybody.

Evenlyn Hannon, Editor, Journeywoman.com

1. EXTRA HOT TRIP PICKS -- Be proactive, ladies. 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..

WRITING, YOGA AND ADVENTURE IN PERU -- Writing, traveling & yoga are transformative experiences that can open your heart, expand your world, & put you in touch with your deepest self. Join 7-time HarperCollins author, Laura Davis, for a relaxing, creative tour of Peru's Sacred Valley. Trip features daily opportunities to explore the natural, cultural, & artistic treasures of Peru, utilizing writing & yoga to integrate the immersion experience. Included: 9 days at a beautiful retreat center, market visits, hiking, visiting archeological sites, rituals with shamans, a trip to a village school, an organic farm, Machu Picchu, Cusco & Pisac, and more. Optional 5-day add-on to the Amazon. Spouses and non-writing friends welcome to join us. lauradavis.net/peru/

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 immersing in the beautiful daily rhythms of colorful village women and bright, sophisticated visionaries. Enjoy Kenya's magnificent wildlife on 5 safaris! 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! Expect reflective and personal time. Experience Kenya's vibrant art and music culture. Enjoy shopping with local artisans. Relax in complete safety with reputable drivers. 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 February 2019 small-group tour. Book now! Temperatures are perfect at this time of the year! Contact: Linda@Globalheartjourneys.net Visit: www.GlobalHeartJourneys.net

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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

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VENUS ADVENTURES -- Escape with the no. 1 women-only travel company! Exciting trips to Morocco, Spain or Italy (walking and eating trips), Cuba, Laos, River Cruises, 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!"

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.

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

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

TEXTILES AND TRIBAL CULTURES OF GUJARAT, INDIA -- The hidden India you never knew! Remote desert villages, exquisite handmade textiles, workshops, and festivals. Also Yoga and Spirituality in north India, culinary tour central India, and Uzbekistan's Silk Route. Owner-led, thoughtful itineraries, small groups of like-minded travellers = friendship incubator...and more excitement than you can shake your suitcase at! Enthusiastic reviews www.eyhotours.com or write shila@eyhotours.com

SAVE $200pp ON SOUTH AMERICA -- with Craig Travel. Costa Rica's Natural Wonders flourish for you. Attend the Grape Harvest Festival on Passions of Chile and Argentina. Colombia Coffee and Culture delights. Learn about the Land of the Incas in Peru. Encounter unique wildlife and fascinating culture in Ecuador and Galapagos. Call 1-800-387-8890 or visit craigtravel.com Limited time offer; conditions apply. TICO Reg#1498987

SMALL GROUP TOURS FOR ACTIVE WOMEN -- Look at our upcoming tours to Croatia, Norway, Peru, Italy and France. 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.

EXPERIENCE GREECE WITH WANDERWOMAN® TOURS! -- Two amazing Greek trips for 2019 you'll love! Travel to some of Greece's most significant sites with an archaeologist as your travel companion and celebrate Easter in Greece or island hop in luxury to Crete, Santorini, and Mykonos. These trips fill quickly, so reserve your spot early! Roommates arranged. Visit: WanderWoman.com Email: go@wanderwomantours.com, Call 207.200.3752

SPRING IN HIDDEN IRELAND MAY 14-24, 2019 -- Join Spiral Journeys founder & Irish native Ann Quinlan for another private unhurried all-inclusive* small group (12) land journey where Ann imbues her guests with the beauty, history, mythology, music, arts, personalized attention & Ireland's welcoming culture. Reservations Ann 207-899-2606 (*air on your own) www.spiraljourneys.com ann@spiraljourneys.com

SIGHTS AND SOUL TRAVELS -- invites you to join a wonderful, small group of women next March, as we discover the green paradise of New Zealand. We'll tour both North and South Islands in-depth and experience the outlandishly beautiful scenery of thundering waterfalls, deep fjords, silent glaciers and the native Maori culture. We'll enjoy special experiences, boutique hotels, fine dining and excellent wines. Other women-only, small group, upscale tours available at: www.sightsandsoul.com or call: 866-737-9602

TRAFALGAR -- Real Connections, Real Ease, Real Joy. Get the real thing without worrying about a thing and live your very own moments to memories across all seven continents of the world. We are Trafalgar, the world's leading and most awarded travel brand, dedicated to bringing to life the unique moments that inspire you to leave with your own stories to tell. Book early discounts.

BROAD ESCAPES - TOURS FOR WOMEN -- Immerse yourself in these extraordinary customized tours designed by women for women; A Mystical Journey through Thailand, Wonders of Northern India, Ireland, Scotland, The Azores, Cycling in France, Uganda Gorilla Trekking, Nepal & Bhutan and more. All pricing in Canadian dollars! Solo travellers welcome. www.broadescapes.com info@broadescapes.com 1-800-265-7022

CHOW FUN TOURS TO CHINA -- Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime! Great Wall! Forbidden City! Rice terraces! Hutongs! Karst peaks! Explore China and see the world through a new lens. Journey to bucket-list sites and off-the-beaten path destinations. Meet, dance and sing with the locals. April 2019 trip: limited spaces available. Contact China travel expert and trip leader Lauren at Chow Fun Tours (860) 833-2106 chowfuntours.com

WHEEL & ANCHOR -- Join a group of ladies heading to one of Europe's top women's medical spas in Gars am Kamp, Austria. This program features 20+ treatments to customize to your needs, as well as all single rooms, both during your 7 day stay at the spa and for your 3 days of shopping and exploring Vienna afterwards. Learn more at re.tc/womens-spa and wheelandanchor.ca

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/

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.

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!

2. DON'T MISS OUR TOP ANNIVERSARY TRAVEL TIPS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 -- Just when we think we've heard them all, more of your juicy gems land in our IN BOX. How about a wonderful guide in Istanbul? A book store in Paris that stocks English titles? There's fun travel tips written in 1889, a gluten-free tea shop on the Isle of Wight, a great spa in Ubud and a mini photography lesson on how to take good portraits as you travel. And much more, including where to find excellent ice cream treats in Amsterdam. Yum! Click!

3. AFGHANISTAN IS A DIFFICULT & DANGEROUS DESTINATION FOR FEMALES -- Read one Journeywoman's recent intense experience. Click!

4. SEVEN AWARD-WINNING NOVELS THAT TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY -- There's Korea, Japan, England, India & much more. Click!

5. WOMEN ARE FLOCKING TO CROATIA IN DROVES -- 15 ideas to help you plan your own journey, solo or with a group. Click!

6. A BARE BONES PACKING GUIDE FOR YOUR NEXT CRUISE -- Not too much or too little. Just the right amount to put in your bag. Click!


YOUR COMMENTS THAT MADE US SMILE THIS YEAR -- Thank you to all who sent us your lovely messages. They are so very much appreciated. Here are just a few sweet excerpts. tiny hearts

- About your photography, Evelyn. You find the light in everyday people.... it's magic what you accomplish with your camera (Georgina, Toronto).

- Congratulations on 25 years of being THE BEST, down to earth, practical information resource for women travelers in my experience! I was in my late fifties when I first discovered an article about you in the travel section of the Globe and Mail, I signed up and shared with friends. Have been an avid reader of your newsletters ever since (Anke, Salt Spring Island).

- You've inspired many of us to step outside our comfort zones and visit unique parts of the world ... (Aleda, Canada)

- I follow JourneyWoman for all my travels. And I do travel a lot. I am from India and that does not stop me from traveling solo (Kati, Mumbai, India).

CHECK OUT OUR WEEKLY FACEBOOK POSTS & CLICK ON THAT FOLLOW BUTTON -- Often Facebook won't advise you when we've posted something new. Don't wait for them; pop by to see for yourself. There's photos, tips, and 20 second travel stories like this tiny one, When Travel Gives You Lemons...Click!

JOIN JOURNEYWOMAN ON INSTAGRAM -- Let us inspire you to travel or to smile via our Instagram thoughts and pix. This month we went over the 1900 mark with followers from all over the world. That's 100 more since our last newsletter. Please come along at @evelynhannon as we report on our activities at home and away. We'd love that!

WOW! -- We're delighted that another 400 women from all over the world have registered to be a part of our Journeywoman Network - from France, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Turkey, Switzerland, U.K., Italy, South Africa, Rwanda, Spain, Ireland, VietNam, India, and of course, Canada and US. We are certainly a mixed bag of goodies. Welcome Everybody!

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DO YOU HAVE ADVICE TO SHARE WITH OUR JW NETWORK? -- We're looking for moderate hotels, solo-friendly restaurants, a great guide, cost-cutting tricks, fun gifts to pick up for friends back home, etc. Please send your tips to editor@journeywoman.com, be sure to include your first name, the city you are writing from and any necessary links. Best tip will earn someone $US25 spending money for their next journey.

ONE LAST BIT OF TRAVEL INFO TO KEEP YOU SAVVY -- If ever you want to thank your male tour guide in Vietnam, never give him a t-shirt with a cow or owl cartoon on it. Both these animals have negative connotations attached to them -- the cow suggests stupidity, the owl, death. A far better cartoon choice would be a spider which promises "much money." He will definitely like that one.!

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


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