Last updated on March 15th, 2023

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JourneyWoman is an accredited member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC), and the North American Travel Journalists Association.  We are an inaugural media member of Travel Unity, the Adventure Travel Trade AssociationThe Wellness Tourism Association, and The Transformational Travel Council.  All of our regular contributors are accomplished and experienced travel writers and authors.

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Carolyn Ray

Editor + CEO

Toronto, Canada

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

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Bio: Carolyn grew up in Florida surrounded by sea and surf. She started her career in publishing and held leadership positions in brand consulting and PR firms, most recently as the CEO of Interbrand Canada. In 2012 she was ranked among the top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada; she’s also a Co-Active Life Coach and single mom. Carolyn sits on the board of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada and the North America Travel Journalists Association.

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

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

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Diana Eden

Contributor, Travel Over 80

Las Vegas, Nevada

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

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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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Karen Gershowitz

Contributor, Quirky Places

New York City, New York

“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
Ibn Battuta

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Bio: Karen has been traveling solo since age seventeen and has traveled to over ninety countries and has visited all fifty states — many of them multiple times.
In her career as a marketing strategist she traveled the world conducting thousands of meetings, focus groups and interviews. Karen’s first book of travel stories, Travel Mania: Stories of Wanderlust, explores the confluence of travel and life events, and how travel has changed her beliefs and life direction.

Passions: Writing, photography, live performances of dance, music and theater, collecting outsider art, and mentoring emerging entrepreneurs.

Places I want to return to: Crete, South Korea, New Zealand

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Leyla Alyanak

Leyla Alyanak

Offbeat Places in France

Le Bugey, France

Just say yes!”

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Bio: Leyla Alyanak is a former foreign correspondent and development worker who has visited 99 countries and speaks 5 languages fluently. She is a senior solo travel expert and launched her latest blog,, at the age of 67. She now lives in rural eastern France.

Passions: Outstanding food, flamenco, French history, writing, nostalgia, my dogs and cats

Places I want to visit: Australia, Azerbaijan, Argentina. Strange how they all begin with A…

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Rosemary Neave

Contributor, Travel Over 70 + LGBTQ+

Christchurch, New Zealand

“Travel lightly on the planet.

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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

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Rupi Mangat

Sustainable Travel + Women in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya

“The world is my oyster”

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Bio:  Rupi is the editor of Komba, a wildlife conservation magazine for Kenyan youth. Based in Nairobi, she writes about sustainable travel, solo women’s travel, wellness travel; wildlife safaris and safaris for the physically challenged.

Passions: Meeting people. I’ve learned so much from people who many a time l had no clue who they were and suddenly realized … wow…they have turned out to be researchers, environmental activists, artists, writers, novelists..and I’ve had the opportunity to write about them in the national newspapers and magazines.

Places I want to visit: Bwindi National Park in Uganda – home of the Mountain gorillas and the hub of Conservation Through Public Health started by the amazing Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

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Accessible Solo Travel

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Sandra Phinney

Contributor, Tales from Atlantic Canada

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”Miriam Beard

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Bio: Sandra lives off-grid in the forest on the edge of the Tusket River in Nova Scotia, Canada. The septuagenarian has had a few former lives including teaching, social work and farming. At age 55 she reinvented herself as a writer. Since then, she’s penned four books, contributed to several travel guides, and her articles have appeared in over 70 publications. Although Sandra has journeyed around the world (and written about her travels) she’s just plain nutty about travelling in Atlantic Canada—four provinces she considers her home turf. She’s excited to be a JourneyWoman contributor, sharing stories from her beloved region.

Passions: Canoeing, Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing), photography, and alone-time with grandkids.

Places I want to return to: The Innu and Inuit communities of Labrador; the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland; Thousand Wild Islands in Nova Scotia; “Down East” Prince Edward Island; and Miscou, New Brunswick.

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Tina Hartas

Founder, TripFiction

London, UK

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Bio: Tina is the founder of TripFiction, where armchair and actual travellers can find novels and books that will bring their chosen location to life. In addition to being our partner in the Journeywoman Book Club, Tina regularly provides articles about books with a strong sense of place.  

Passions: To come.

Places I want to return to: To come

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