Last updated on March 28th, 2023

JourneyWoman in the News

The Original Solo Travel Resource for Women

We provide an expert view on solo travel for women over 50

As the original solo travel resource for women founded in 1994, JourneyWoman is respected and trusted by journalists around the world.


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“As a woman who is passionate about exploring the globe, storytelling and empowering women, my ambition knows no limits for JourneyWoman. I am eager to expand JourneyWoman’s influence and inspire more women of all ages to travel as a means of self-discovery and learning.”

– Carolyn Ray,
CEO and Editor, JourneyWoman

Carolyn on CTV Morning News: Your First Post-Pandemic Trip (March 24, 2022)

About JourneyWoman CEO Carolyn Ray:
Living the Life of Her Dreams

An experienced traveller and writer, Carolyn grew up in Florida and has lived and travelled in more than 60 countries.  In 2018, Carolyn made a radical decision – to rid herself of her worldly possessions and travel the world. She became the downsizing queen and slimmed down from a three-bedroom house to a few boxes and a backpack. Finally, she had achieved her dream – to live where and how she wanted.

In 2019, she was invited to continue founder Evelyn Hannon’s legacy of JourneyWoman by her family. Based in Toronto, Canada, Carolyn is on the board of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC)  and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). Connect with Carolyn on Linkedin here.

Evelyn’s daughter, Erica Ehm, Founder and CEO of Ehm&Co says. “Not only does Carolyn share many of our mother’s values, we believe her passion for travel and her strategic mindset will enhance JourneyWoman’s brand as a trusted source for women. We can’t imagine anyone better suited to extend our mother’s legacy.”

Previously, Carolyn was the CEO of Interbrand Canada, the world’s largest brand consulting firm, which published the “Canada 150: Iconic Canadian Brands Report”. Named one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs on the 2013 PROFIT/ Chatelaine W100 list, she is a Co-Active Coach and supports women entrepreneurs through mentoring, and as a SheEO Activator. She has served on several boards, and most recently was a Director on the Board of Myseum of Toronto, a non-profit dedicated to preserving Toronto’s history.

Solo Travel Statistics + Surveys

We regularly survey our global magazine subscribers and tour operator network to align with their needs and produce relevant editorial and services.

Female Solo Travel 2022 Outlook
(December 2021)

Solo Travel on a Budget
(August 2021)

TravelReady Budget Survey results

Travel Dreams: Once-in-a-Lifetime Travel
(June 2021)

Once in a Lifetime Travel Survey Results

Solo Travel Safety Survey
(April 2021)  

2021 Travel Trends
(March 2021) 

Travel readiness survey results

The Risk and Reward of Travel: Embracing Uncertainty in Post-Pandemic Travel 
(August 2020) 

Take the JourneyWoman Community Survey

Our global readers are made up of mature, active, adventurous women – the world’s most influential travellers


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Most are Gen X and Baby Boomers: 

  • Independent, curious and courageous
  • Women aged 55+ – many were the ”original’ solo travellers
  • Women from over 120 countries
  • Prefer to travel and live solo
  • Enjoy history, art, adventure and active travel experiences
  • Most have been part of the JourneyWoman community for over 10 years 
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We look at travel from a woman’s perspective: 

  • Trends in Travel
  • Travel Safety
  • Travel Readiness
  • First-time Solo Travel Tips
  • Packing Tips
  • Fear and anxiety related to travel
  • Marketing to mature women 

Travel Preferences 

  • Prefer new destinations over tried and true
  • Enjoy Slow Travel, Luxury, Adventure and Wellness 
  • Prefer small boutique hotels, homestays and friends and family
  • Most spend between $3-5,000 per week on travel  and take multiple trips a year


We work closely with women-owned businesses and related organizations that align with our mission to help women travel safely and well. 

Charitable Organizations

We donate proceeds from our activities regularly to non-profits that empower women.

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