Introducing the JourneyWoman 2022 Women’s Travel Advisory Council

by | Mar 1, 2022

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Last updated on December 6th, 2023

Now in its third year, our Women’s Travel Council helps women prepare for post-pandemic travel

by Carolyn Ray, CEO, JourneyWoman

In August 2020, it was clear that our world was about to change forever. I invited a group of dedicated, passionate women to help me create our first Women’s Travel Advisory Council. Designed to help women prepare for post-pandemic travel, this group is comprised of long-time JourneyWoman readers, experienced solo travellers, women’s tour operators, travel agents, and entrepreneurs, all of whom share a mindset of service to other women.

For almost two years, this group of women has met monthlydiscussing ideas, trends, and actions we can take as leaders in women’s travel. They have participated in our editorial, webinars and courses, sharing their expertise in areas such as solo travel safety, animal tourism, health and wellness. They have also provided destination-specific counsel on India, Africa, New Zealand, Europe, the Caribbean, and other markets.

Thank you to our original Council members: Doni Belau, Marillee Carroll, Dr. Mary K. Clark, Nancy Drolet, Joy Fox, Cathy Gotfried, Linda Higdon, Amit Janco, Nora Livingstone, Brenda McCrank, Rosemary Neave, Dr. Nekessa Remy, Shawna Robins and Libby Wildman for your unwavering support and desire to be of service to other women.

There is something very special about a world where women stand ready to support other women. This year, I am thrilled to introduce you to the newest members of our Women’s Travel Advisory CouncilMariellen, Tonya and Aminawho offer you new skills and capabilities, all in service to you, our readers.

Mariellen Ward: Mariellen Ward lives in Rishikesh, India and runs the award-winning travel site Breathedreamgo, inspired by her extensive travels in India and South Asia. She also offers custom tours to India through her company India for Beginners. In 2019, Mariellen received a National Tourism Award for Best Foreign Travel Journalist & Blogger from the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

Tonya Fitzpatrick: An expert in transformational travel, Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq. is the co-Founder of World Footprints, a socially conscious travel media platform that includes the award-winning World Footprints podcast. She is a 3x TEDx and international speaker, lawyer, author and Explorers Club member, and a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

Amina Mohamed: An entrepreneur and photographer, Amina Mohamed is the founder of Triple F Photo Tours, which leads photography tours to Uganda, Tanzania and India. She is also the founder of Cameras for Girls, a charity that empowers females to change the lives of girls and women in Africa through the power of photography.

Meet Mariellen Ward from our Advisory Council on March 11, 10 am ET

More from our Advisory Council

As the CEO and Editor of JourneyWoman, Carolyn is a passionate advocate for women's travel and living the life of your dreams. She leads JourneyWoman's team of writers and chairs the JourneyWoman Women's Advisory Council and Women's Speaker's Bureau. She has been featured in the New York Times, Toronto Star and Zoomer as a solo travel expert, and speaks at women's travel conferences around the world. In March 2023, she was named one of the most influential women in travel by TravelPulse and was the recipient of a SATW travel writing award in September 2023. She is the chair of the Canadian chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC), Women's Travel Leaders and a Herald for the Transformational Travel Council (TTC). Sometimes she sleeps. A bit.


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