Last updated on January 20th, 2022

extending the legacy of journeywoman

We Take the First Step

Welcome, JourneyWoman!

For almost 30 years, JourneyWoman has inspired women to travel safely and well. Founded in 1994, Evelyn Hannon – the Original JourneyWoman – had the courage to take the first step, bringing solo travel into the mainstream at a time when women did not travel alone.  In honour of Evelyn and her major contributions to women’s travel, we’ve created a special page here.

As someone passionate about travel, empowering women and writing, it gives me great joy to continue Evelyn’s legacy, with the support of her family. Like Evelyn, I started travelling solo after my divorce and felt alone and terrified. In many ways, travel saved me from my worst fears about myself and the world. I learned to have faith in people, and trust that the universe would look after me.

I believe that being a JourneyWoman is a mindset. It’s not about age or experience. When we travel, we have a choice – we can look through a window at people’s lives or we can fully engage in the moment.  As JourneyWomen, we take the first step into the future, with curiosity as our compass, seeking authenticity in every experience.

I hope you’ll share your stories here so that we can learn from you and teach others about the joy of self-discovery through travel.

With gratitude,

Carolyn Ray
Publisher + Editor-in-Chief, JourneyWoman
Member, Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)

Photos: Evelyn Hannon, the Original JourneyWoman (right), Carolyn Ray (L) and Evelyn’s daughter, Erica Ehm (R), with Evelyn’s iconic red boots and the original magazine.



“If you welcome the world’s invitation to challenge yourself. If you act with the intention that everything is connected. If you meet others as they are, equals on their own path. If you feel called to courage, curiosity and generosity, and inspired to take action to make our world a better place, you might already be a JourneyWoman.”

Carolyn Ray, CEO + Publisher, JourneyWoman

the journeywoman team

We are passionate about empowering women

We are a small but tightly-knit team, bound together by the desire to strike our own path and create positive change.
Carolyn Ray

Carolyn Ray

Publisher + Editor-in-Chief

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire” – Unknown

Bio: Carolyn started her career in publishing and held leadership positions in brand consulting and PR firms; in 2012 she was ranked among the top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada; she’s also a Co-Active Life Coach and single mom

Passions: My daughter Alyx, history, anything literary/books, margaritas, beaches, music, writing, empowering women

Places I want to return to: Spain, Colombia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Key West, Morocco, New York and Kenya

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Amanda Burgess

Amanda Burgess


“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you.” – Anthony Bourdain

Bio:  Armed with a journalism degree from Ryerson University, Amanda honed her editing and writing skills as a trade journalist in the entertainment industry before pivoting to PR, brand consulting and advertising. She’s a certified Cancer Journey Coach and single mom.

Passions: My daughters, live music (DJs, festivals), travel, writing, books, fitness, oceans, mountains

Places I want to return to: France, Greece, Germany, The Netherlands, Africa, Lebanon, Turkey, Indonesia, New Zealand, Canada

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Stephanie Cerratti

Stephanie Cerratti

Webmistress, JourneyWoman

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us” – J.R.R. Tolkien 

Bio: After graduating with a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Western University, Stephanie took a year abroad in Australia. Wanting to continue a life of work and travel, she went back to school to learn to code and build websites. Now she travels the world and maintains websites along the way.

Passions: Traveling, electronic music, festivals, her dog, Italian food, and warm weather

Places I want to return to: Italy, Berlin, Thailand, Australia, Bali

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Melissa Fox

Melissa Fox


“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

Bio: Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ryerson and has been JourneyWoman’s webmistress for almost 7 years

Passions: My kids, fiber art, the kitchen, sharing stories, working with amazing teams

Places I want to return to: Bermuda, Alberta, England, France

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Tom Zara

Tom Zara

Strategic Partnerships

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

Bio:  Tom has a B.A. from Brown University, has spent over 30 years in consulting; is a published author, keynote speaker and revered mentor to many a fertile mind, still finding time to travel to over 70 countries

Passions: hugs from my grandchildren, Carolyn, warmth of the sun, spicy food, museums, 7-minute planks!

Places I want to return to: Barcelona, Agra, Horseshoe Bay, Bali, Manhattan, Patagonia

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Diana Eden

Diana Eden

Travel Over 80

Las Vegas, Nevada

“Life doesn’t end at 80, neither should travel.”

Bio: Diana started her career as a dancer and actress, transitioning into costume design for TV and film. After retiring she wrote a memoir about her experiences called “Stars in Their Underwear” and continues to write, travel, and teach costume design at UNLV.

Passions: Travel, dance, sewing, swimming in turquoise water, warm weather, writing, dining out with friends

Places I want to return to: Tahiti, Spain, France, Greek Islands

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Rosemary Neave

Rosemary Neave

Travel Over 70

Christchurch, New Zealand

“Travel lightly on the planet.”

Bio: Passionate networker in the area of women and travel, developed as a comprehensive listing of over 600 tours for women around the world.  Married to Cynthia who also pioneered with women’s travel business Bushwise Women. Also writes at and

Passions: New Zealand /Cycling in New Zealand, East coast of Australia, LGBTQ+ travel

Places I want to return to:  New Zealand and Australia!

Sue Janzen

Sue Janzen

Travel Over 50

Toronto, Ontario

“Notice what lights you up and allow it to lead the way” – Mara Glatzel

Bio:  Sue lives in downtown Toronto and works in government communications. Her first solo trip was a week in Paris in 2011. It was uncomfortable and disorienting but ignited a passion for travel. She is drawn to slow travel, loves planning almost as much as taking the trip itself, and looks forward to many years of wandering after she retires.

Passions: Slow travel, researching travel, writing, photography, live music, creating community

Places I want to return to: The Canadian Arctic, Paris, SW France, Barcelona, Portugal, Africa

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We believe in Authentic Travel

From childhood and throughout our adult lives, the allure of travel for self-discovery, for adventure, for work and for pleasure grants us the privileged opportunity to expand our understanding of the world we share.

Travel feeds our imagination, enriches our vocabulary, validates our values and enlists our contribution to protect the physical and emotional benefits that discovery yields.

The mosaic of humanity is the nourishment of our souls.   Multiculturalism fosters tolerance, poverty teaches compassion, innocence incites joy, art expresses history and curiosity emboldens confidence. Any assault on the virtues of travel are incomprehensible to a JourneyWoman. We believe that we have an obligation and responsibility to define and defend our perspective on travel, not as a right but as a solemn privilege.

We embrace three guiding principles:

We seek

We seek real life, not perfection. Significance, not simplicity. We pursue the wisdom of history, the beauty of culture, and the wonder in our world, found in moments both expansively big and surprisingly small. We are aware and accountable for the impact of our decisions on the earth.

We learn

We get off the bus. We walk. We talk. We ask questions. It’s not about counting countries or marks on a map. We’re not tourists—we bring our whole, authentic selves to every encounter. We are teachers, role models and mentors, and we share our stories with intention, seeking to influence positive change.

We teach

We leave the world better than we found it. We learn from and teach one another, respecting the diversity of our human experience. We actively empower women, girls,  and support local  communities through our actions and volunteerism. We accept our responsibility as JourneyWomen to create a better world.

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