These Women Over 60 Are Solo Travel Rock Stars

Last updated on November 20th, 2021

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Solo Travel superstars who inspired Evelyn Hannon

By Evelyn Hannon, Founder,

In 1984 when I first started traveling solo I had no one to mentor me. If there were other women around my age doing what I was doing I had no way of finding them. After all, we hadn’t yet gotten to a point in cyber history where most people had computers in their homes. The terms ‘blog’ and ‘bloggers’ didn’t make their appearance until the late 1990s. By then, was born (circa 1997) and I began reaching out to try and identify other women doing what I was doing. Today, either via my Journeywoman Newsletter or Twitter and Facebook my list of female contemporaries who travel the world solo continues to grow. I refer to them as my ‘rock star wise women.’ It feels good to be surrounded by these interesting ‘sisters’ who are based around the world. Now, I’d like to introduce them to you.

From the Archives: Evelyn’s Legacy Lives On

Women’s words on being 60 Plus …

Positive aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
(Writer, Betty Friedan)

I didn’t want to let women down. One of the stereotypes I see breaking is the idea of aging and older women not being beautiful.
(Photographer, Annie Leibovitz)

Getting older has a wonderful beauty and we need to have respect for that.
(Singer, Eartha Kitt)

Knowing how to age and not being afraid of getting older is very healthy.
(CEO, Evelyn Lauder)

There’s no such thing as aging. I see it as maturing and gaining knowledge. I call that beauty.
(Singer, Celine Dion)

Women older than ourselves will always be our mentors. We gain from their wisdom and experiences. They are our super heroines.
(Travel writer, Evelyn Hannon)

(With some help from

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Our mandate at is (1) to inspire women of all ages and at all stages of their lives to travel safely and well and (2) to connect them with the greater female travel community around the world. Our monthly newsletter is chock full of tips sent to us by female travellers around the globe. Our job is simply to compile this information and to send it out via e-newsletter to our virtual community of 73,500 readers to the north, south, east and west of Planet Earth. Here are some excerpts from readers for our ‘Letters to the Editor.’

illustration of cameraBefore we leave I always read your Journeyman website for any information about the area we are to visit, especially for Paris. We went to places that some locals didn’t know of! The tips for accommodation are the best. Thanks for sharing and letting us dream while we make beds and hang the wash.
Maria, New Zealand

From your newsletter, I just saved for reference a tip on an apartment in Rome submitted by one of your readers, and have passed it along to a friend as well.
Linda, Vancouver, Canada

love Journeywoman! I’m 33. I’ve been a faithful reader for several years and the newsletters, website, and Evelyn Hannon’s story are what inspired me to start traveling around the world three years ago. Since then, I’ve been to France, England, Ireland, Japan, Hawaii, New York City, Seattle, Las Vegas, and more!
Erica, Fort Collins, USA

When I found this website YEARS ago, I considered it a go-to source for my travels. I am 73 years old, still traveling AND still consider it invaluable advice from those who have “been there, done that”. Since my husband and I travel together, this newsletter is NOT only for women.
Shirley, Virginia, USA

I personally have purchased items from the Journeyman advertisers through the years, knowing that there is a great degree of reliability in the items advertised. I also have considered Travel Companies reviewed in the newsletter and using the cultural tips offered is always the first place I go once I have selected a destination.
Margery, Connecticut, USA

Your most recent article about flying business class with Turkish Airlines – the article is absolutely accurate. We travelled business class with Turkish Airlines in 2012.spectacular – excellent…
Diana, Toronto, Canada

Map illustrationWhen I was single I found inspiration from the Journeywoman website to go out, be brave and travel on my own. Specifically, I found some good tips about India when I was planning a trip there. Your newsletters give me something to dream about.
Angela, Oslo, Norway


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Evelyn started Journeywoman in 1994, and unknowingly became the world's first female travel blogger. She inspired a sisterhood of women, a grassroots movement, to inspire women to travel safely and well, and to connect women travellers around the world. She passed away in 2019, but her legacy lives on.



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