Do You Have Solo Travel Wisdom to Share?

by Amanda Burgess, Editor, JourneyWoman

New year, new talk show – aimed at sharing women’s wisdom

At JourneyWoman, our ethos is to Seek, Learn and Teach. It’s a constant cycle that has helped JourneyWoman inspire women for generations to travel safely and well.

Beyond the digital pages of our magazine, which brings you tips, advice and inspiration (now twice monthly), we’re always looking for new ways to tap into the collective wisdom of seasoned solo travellers in our global community?

Over the past few months, we’ve been piloting this idea with our ‘Behind the Scenes’ talk show, which brought you live, interactive discussions with JourneyWomen who have travelled the world for decades. Like that experienced traveller you once sat next to on a plane, train or boat and learned a ton from, our guests will dish on their life lessons, wrong turns, detours, and unforgettable experiences.

Now, we’re expanding that idea into what we hope will create even more opportunities for sharing and wisdom.

You’ll want to pull up a chair and lean into your screen, but you won’t simply be a passive viewer – these sessions are interactive and immersive. Have a question? You’ll have an opportunity to ask it!

Solo Travel Wisdom Talk Show 

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Tell Us What You Want To Know

What topics related to solo travel or travel in general interest you most? What kinds of travellers are you most interested in hearing from? What tips and advice are you looking for?

Email  amanda@journeywoman.com with your suggestions.

ARE YOU AN EXPERIENCED SOLO TRAVELLER?
BE OUR GUEST!

If you have a suitcase full of solo travel stories to tell, we want to hear from you. Pitch your article ideas and talk show topics to amanda@journeywoman.com. You could be the focus of a feature article and a guest on our new show, which we hope will someday become a podcast!

We Opened the Year with our First Show on January 26   

Hosted by JW Editor Amanda Burgess, three incredible women shared their wisdom about Renewal and the healing power of travel. From a walk on the Camino, to climbing Mount Everest, these women shared valuable insights and tips to share for both the seasoned solo traveller and the woman who wants to try solo travel.

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January Solo Wisdom Travel Show: Watch the Show Below

Meet JourneyWoman Andrea Sullivan

Andrea LOVES travel – she’ has built schools in Kenya (with Ms. Carolyn Ray herself!), trekked with gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda, white water rafted in the Futaleufu Class 5 River in Chile, and has made three trips in her ongoing ambition to complete the Camino de Santiago in Spain. She can’t WAIT until she can board a plane to her next destination.

Who or what first inspired her to travel: I lived in Madrid, Spain my junior year of college. I was so taken by the generosity of the people, the culture, the food, the dance with life.

Where she’d LOVE to be right now: Walking on the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Her top travel tip: Talk to everyone you encounter, see what gives flight.

Her favourite travel quote: Less is more.

She is the Chief Marketing Officer for VaynerMedia, a full-service global marketing agency and a board member of the United Nations Association of New York, helping to stake a stand on issues including human trafficking. She is also a board member of the Ad Council, the Miami Ad School, WE.org, and is professor in the Masters in Branding program at the School of Visual Arts.

Meet JourneyWoman Jennifer Haddow 

Jennifer Haddow is the owner of the world’s largest women-only adventure travel company, Wild Women Expeditions, founded in Canada 1991. Following a career in international development working with non-profit organizations including Oxfam, Jennifer became the Director of WWE in 2020, and has developed an adventure program that spans 30 countries around the world, from expeditions in Antarctica to kayak tours in British Columbia and walking the Camino in Spain. Jennifer lives in the Discovery Islands in British Columbia and enjoys kayaking and hiking around her wilderness home. Her favourite travel destinations are Egypt, Bali and Thailand, where she spends part of each year. 

Who or what first inspired her to travel: My first time travelling outside of Canada was when I moved to Egypt after high school, where I volunteered with a women’s community development program. My wanderlust was ignited, and I have since travelled to more than 40 countries!

Where she’d LOVE to be right now: I’d be in Thailand, where I have been living each winter for the past few years. 

Her top travel tip: Allow the grace of being a humble guest in another’s home. The best travel comes from an attitude of gratitude for being hosted and welcomed, not imposing or demanding. 

Her favourite travel quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do. With your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

Meet JourneyWoman Jeanne Flaherty

Jeanne Flaherty is a retired RN and member of Sisters on the Fly; a women-only global community who support one another to get up, get out and become more adventurous. (You can read our interview with SOTF founder Maurrie Sussman about RV safety tips here).

Who or what first inspired Jeanne to travel: I found myself over 50, contemplating divorce, uneducated, two of three children had left home for college, preparing for a difficult life transition while afraid to be home alone, afraid to drive further than 30 minutes from home and terrified of wide-open places. I decided to face down my fears and went on one camping trip with a friend and from there was born Wild Women of the Wilderness Society.

Where she’d love to be right now: Exactly where I am.

Her top travel tip: Do not impose your values and traditions on people of other cultures, or sub-cultures within your home country.

Her favorite travel quote:  By a seminal woman solo traveler who knew the difference between tourist and Traveler, Freya Stark – “One can only really travel if one lets oneself go and takes what every place brings without trying to turn it into a healthy private patten of one’s own and I suppose that is the difference between travel and tourism.”

 

Guests on Previous Shows

Amanda Burgess

Amanda Burgess, a Toronto-based writer and creative strategist whose bags are always packed for her next adventure, is our Editor at JourneyWoman. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), and a Certified Cancer Journey Coach who creates a safe space for cancer patients and caregivers to design their dream lives – while living with cancer, and on the other side of it.

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