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Solo Travel Tips from Readers

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Travel Technology: Should I Use a Prepaid Travel Credit Card Like Wise?

by | Apr 9, 2024 | Budget Travel,Spotlight,Tips,Travel Technology | 0 Comments

Our Travel Technology series looks at the Wise prepaid travel credit card, a cost-effective way to convert currencies and travel with ease.

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30 of the Best Money-Saving Travel Tips from Solo Travellers (March 2024)

by | Apr 9, 2024 | 30 Tips,Budget Travel,Monthly Tips,Tips | 0 Comments

JourneyWoman readers share their best money-saving travel tips from March 2024, from budget accommodations to public transit passes.

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How to Have a Five-Star Beach Vacation in Antigua on a Two-Star Budget

by | Apr 1, 2024 | Antigua,Budget Travel,Diana Eden | 0 Comments

Featured image: Diana shares her tips on how to travel on a budget in Antigua | Photo by SeanPavone on EnvatoCaribbean Bliss in Antigua for Under $3000 a week by Diana...

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Travel Technology: What is an eSIM or Electronic Sim Card for Mobile Phones?

by | Mar 31, 2024 | Budget Travel,Spotlight,Tips,Travel Technology | 0 Comments

Our Travel Technology series starts with a look at eSIMs, a new, cost-effective way for women to save money and stay connected on mobile phones.

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How to Save Money on Travel: Tips From Experienced Solo Travellers

by | May 31, 2023 | Budget Travel,Tips | 0 Comments

Women share their top tips to save money on travel, from finding deals to affordable places to stay, from our April 2023 survey.

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So, You Want Free Travel? Search for Airline Credit Card Deals

by | May 31, 2023 | Budget Travel,Karen Gershowitz,Tips | 0 Comments

Airline credit card deals are one way that solo travellers can tap into travel savings, as writer Karen Gershowitz finds on a recent trip.

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Safe and Affordable Countries for Senior Women to Travel Solo

by | May 29, 2023 | Australia,Budget Travel,Canada,Denmark,Europe,Finland,Japan,New Zealand,Norway,Older Adventuress,Portugal,Safety,Solo Travel,South Korea,Sweden,Switzerland | 4 Comments

We invited experienced female solo travellers over 50 to share their first-hand advice on safe and affordable countries for seniors.

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How Women Can Save Money In Paris

by | Apr 30, 2023 | Budget Travel,Europe,France,Leyla Alyanak,Paris | 5 Comments

Six ways you can reduce costs and save money when visiting Paris, including transportation, accommodation and more.

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My Top Three Travel Hacks for Longer Trips: eSims and More

by | Feb 7, 2023 | Budget Travel,Long Stays,Tips,Travel Technology | 2 Comments

Three travel hacks to save money and make longer trips safer and more enjoyable for women, good anywhere in the world.

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Best Tips From JourneyWoman Readers from January 2023

by | Jan 28, 2023 | Budget Travel,Monthly Tips,Packing Tips,Shopping,Tips,What to Wear | 1 Comment

Our monthly curated list of solo travel trips submitted by JourneyWoman readers, featuring hotels, safety tips, what to pack, and more.

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10 Expert Tips for Women to Find the Perfect Long Stay

by | Mar 17, 2022 | Accessible Travel,Accommodation,Budget Travel,Homestays,Long Stays,Tips | 3 Comments

With longer stays dominating the vacation rental market, these 10 expert tips will help women find safe, cost-effective homestays.

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Travel Advisor Roundtable: Insurance + Trends

by | Feb 6, 2022 | Budget Travel,Features,TravelReady | 0 Comments

Join JourneyWoman’s March 22 Travel Advisor Roundtable with three experienced travel advisors to help women prepare for future travel.

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Surprising Ways Women Splurge and Save on Travel

by | Sep 22, 2021 | Budget Travel,Features | 2 Comments

Learn what savvy women travellers splurge on – and their tips to help you deepen your next travel experience, even when you’re on a budget.

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7 Ways to Save Money on Travel from Budget-Savvy Women

by | Sep 8, 2021 | Budget Travel,Features,Surveys | 8 Comments

Women divulge their top tips to save money on airfare, meals and accommodations – without sacrificing on experience.

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10 Unique Places to Stay for Women on a Budget

by | Jun 8, 2021 | Accessible Travel,Accommodation,Budget Travel,Homestays,Tips | 3 Comments

10 recommended options for women to travel on a budget, including housesitting, hospitality services and accessible hotels.

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2021 Trends in Women’s Travel: How to Travel on a Budget

by | Apr 7, 2021 | Budget Travel | 3 Comments

How to travel on a budget, with advice on downsizing, homestays, hospitality exchanges, house-sitting, and volunteering.

Designing Your Future Travel Lifestyle (Webinar + Transcript)

by | Apr 6, 2021 | Budget Travel,Finances,Midlife Reinvention,TravelReady,Webinars | 0 Comments

In this #TravelReady session, we explore slow travel, finding cost-effective accommodations, plus tips to keep your identity safe with expert Nora Dunn.

Travel Essentials: Insurance, Financial and Legal Essentials for Women (Transcript, January 7, 2021 Webinar)

by | Jan 12, 2021 | Budget Travel,Events,Finances,Health & Wellness | 0 Comments

TravelReady Travel Essentials, Tips from the Experts: This is an edited transcript of our webinar on January 7, 2021.

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Travel Tips: Why Estate Planning Should be Part of Your Pre-Travel Checklist for Solo Travel

by | Jan 3, 2021 | Budget Travel,Midlife Reinvention,Solo Travel | 0 Comments

Willful CEO Erin Bury shares her top 4 reasons to ensure women have an estate plan is in place before you travel, giving you peace of mind that your loved ones are protected in the event of an unexpected emergency.

Women’s Travel Essentials: Get #TravelReady with Tips from the Experts (Webinar)

by | Dec 17, 2020 | Budget Travel,What's New | 0 Comments

We want you to be safe when you travel again. Join us on January 7 as our panel of experts shares updates with you and answers questions to help you get Travel Ready.

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9 Simple Rules For Women to Financially Safeguard your Future Travels

by | Nov 16, 2020 | Budget Travel,Features,Finances,Midlife Reinvention | 0 Comments

Most savvy travellers understand how to save for and fund their travels. Most buy travel insurance. But there are more financial considerations and implications to travel than paying for your trip and purchasing insurance to cover it. Things most of us never truly think about.

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A Cautionary Tale: Women Who Never Leave Home Without Travel Insurance

by | Sep 16, 2020 | Budget Travel,Features | 10 Comments

Why do women buy travel insurance? If the cost of travel insurance gives you heartburn, consider these cautionary tales.

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Get Close to Nature in These 13 Unique Ontario Stays

by | Sep 16, 2020 | Accommodation,Budget Travel,Canada,Homestays,North America,Ontario,Solo Travel at Home | 6 Comments

Thirteen of our most unique Airbnb stays in Ontario, including an Airstream RV, glamping, camping, tiny house, cabin, farm and a hayloft.

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Outside the Box Travel: Budget-Friendly Alternatives for Women

by | May 21, 2020 | Accommodation,Budget Travel,Guest Writer | 1 Comment

Travel will resume in time, and with a few tweaks to our modes and mindset, authentic experiences can be accessible on a budget.

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2020 Travel Trends from the New York Times Travel Show

by | Feb 1, 2020 | Budget Travel,Features,New York | 0 Comments

In January 2020, I spent three days at the New York Times Travel Show, where women’s safety, responsible travel, river cruising and emerging destinations were among the hot trends.

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Car Rental Tips 101

by | Dec 9, 2019 | Budget Travel,Road Trips,Tips,Transportation | 0 Comments

Don Nadeau of hopes these tips will give JourneyWomen the basic information that every rental car customer should know.

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Her Top Five Tube Stops in London: an insider’s report

by | Jan 1, 2019 | Budget Travel,England,Europe,London,Road Trips,Train travel,Transportation,United Kingdom | 0 Comments

Leslie Ehm shares her five favourite tube stops in London, England.

How To Make Grilled Cheese Sandwiches In Your Hotel Room

by | Dec 9, 2017 | Budget Travel,Evelyn Hannon,Tips | 0 Comments

Evelyn’s travel hacks: how to make grilled cheese in your hotel room, a much-loved travel tip from Evelyn Hannon.

Getting Around

Filisur Landwasser Viaduct, one of the iconic sights to see if you travel Switzerland by train

Sustainable Train Travel: A Breathtaking Journey Through the Swiss Alps

by | Jun 6, 2024 | Spotlight,Sustainable Travel,Switzerland,Train travel | 0 Comments

On Trafalgar Travel’s first ‘Swisstainable’ train tour, women can experience Switzerland’s most iconic train journeys and travel sustainably.

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Thinking About Train Travel? Expert Tips from the Man in Seat 61

by | May 23, 2024 | Europe,Spotlight,Switzerland,Train travel,United Kingdom | 0 Comments

Train travel tips and advice from Mark Smith, the Man in Seat 61, to plan and prepare for train travel just about anywhere.

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“I Think I’m Gonna Throw Up”: Cures for Motion Sickness

by | Jul 24, 2023 | Health & Wellness,Road Trips,Tips,Transportation | 0 Comments

Motion sickness can deter women from adventures, but there are a variety of cures available to help you pursue your travel dreams.

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Flying Pet Peeves: Women Share 13 Tips to Improve Airplane Etiquette

by | Mar 27, 2023 | Features,Spotlight,Transportation | 1 Comment

Women share their top pet peeves about flying, including some surprising new additions and ideas on how to be better travellers.

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Five Superb Day Trips from Paris by Train

by | Feb 23, 2023 | Europe,France,Leyla Alyanak,Paris,Sustainable Travel,Train travel | 6 Comments

These five day trips from Paris by train will whisk you away for a day of discovery, each into a different universe.

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Age-Friendly Airports: How Airports Can Be More Accessible for Older Women

by | Feb 8, 2023 | Accessible Travel,Ageism in Travel,Diana Eden,Features,Older Adventuress,Spotlight,Transportation | 8 Comments

Airports need to become more accessible. For most older travellers, the flying experience ranges from uncomfortable to excruciating.

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Flying to Toronto? Consider Toronto’s “Other” Airport: The Island Airport

by | Aug 26, 2022 | Canada,Tips,Toronto,Transportation | 2 Comments

For those travelling to or from Toronto, consider Toronto’s ‘other’ airport, Billy Bishop Airport, located on Toronto Island.

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JourneyWoman Readers Share Their Best Solo Travel Tips From July

by | Aug 4, 2022 | Accommodation,Monthly Tips,Spotlight,Tips,Transportation | 0 Comments

Our monthly roundup of the best travel tips from July from JourneyWoman readers to help you prepare for your next solo journey.

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What to Wear on the Plane: How to Travel in Style

by | Jul 28, 2022 | Diana Eden,Older Adventuress,Tips,Transportation,What to Wear | 7 Comments

Expert tips for women to stay comfortable and stylish on the plane from former costume designer Diana Eden.

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Best Airports (and Hotels) for Layovers, Recommended by Solo Travellers

by | Jan 5, 2022 | Tips,Transportation | 0 Comments

Women share their best airports for layovers, from Amsterdam to Vancouver, including food options, hotels, amenities and testing options.

Margaret’s Travel Treats: 10 of the Best Travel Documentaries to Feed a Curious Mind

by | Jul 7, 2021 | Books,Destinations,Movies,Train travel | 4 Comments

As we look to future travel, here are a fresh selection of films and documentaries shared by JourneyWoman Margaret Byrne in Australia to ease her border blues.

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How to Road Trip with Children – Yours or Your Grandchildren

by | Oct 12, 2020 | Multi-Generational,Older Adventuress,Road Trips,Tips | 0 Comments

JourneyWoman’s own Melissa Fox shares her tips to manage a road trip with small children-your kids or your grandchildren.

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Women travellers on flying in the COVID Era

by | Aug 17, 2020 | COVID,Health & Wellness,Safety,Transportation,What's New | 3 Comments

Air travel isn’t what it used to be. Neither are we as travellers. Read on for a summary of experiences and some confidence-boosting recommendations from seasoned women travellers for airports and airlines.

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Planning a Road Trip? Here’s What to Pack in the COVID Era

by | Jul 31, 2020 | Packing Tips,Road Trips,Solo Travel at Home | 2 Comments

Women-tested packing tips to help you plan and pack for your road trip in the COVID era.

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A Primer on RVs for the Uninitiated

by | Jun 29, 2020 | Guest Writer,Road Trips,Transportation | 0 Comments

In the market for a new (or new to you) motor home? GoRVing Canada has a few suggestions on choosing an RV that suits your tastes and needs.

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Five Road Trips in Ontario, Canada, to Get Off the Grid

by | Jun 27, 2020 | Canada,Northern Ontario,Ontario,Road Trips,Solo Travel at Home,Southern Ontario | 5 Comments

Five road trips in Ontario , Canada, where women can get off-the-grid, from Balaclava to Eganville to Thunder Bay.

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Finding Freedom on the Road: RV Solo Travel Safety Tips from Women

by | Jun 23, 2020 | Guest Writer,Older Adventuress,Road Trips,Transportation | 5 Comments

RV travel is poised to become one of the summer’s fastest-growing trends and is seen by many as a viable option for social distancing. We reached out to women RV owners for their tips to help you stay safe.

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Using Curiosity as Your Compass for Travel: Part 2

by | Jun 14, 2020 | Road Trips | 0 Comments

When Questions Lead to Amazing Travel Experiences Have you ever been somewhere and have a question bubble up in you that cannot be contained and you find yourself...

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The Perfect Oregon Road Trip Itinerary, From a Local

by | May 11, 2020 | Guest Writer,Oregon,Road Trips,United States | 1 Comment

Guest writer Regina Winkle-Bryan helps us plan a road trip in her home state, Oregon.

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Fun on the road: The play-filled moments that make solo travellers feel alive

by | Feb 10, 2020 | Africa,Alaska,Australia,Finland,Germany,Iceland,Italy,Manitoba,New Brunswick,Older Adventuress,Road Trips,Sicily,Solo Travel,Transformational Travel | 0 Comments

Whether you’re traveling solo or with others, there are those moments while traveling where you become fully, viscerally aware of how much fun you’re having.

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Car Rental Tips 101

by | Dec 9, 2019 | Budget Travel,Road Trips,Tips,Transportation | 0 Comments

Don Nadeau of hopes these tips will give JourneyWomen the basic information that every rental car customer should know.

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Travel Ethiopia: Intuition-Led Exploring

by | Oct 3, 2019 | Ethiopia,Features,Older Adventuress,Road Trips | 0 Comments

You know those pivotal moments when you explore a new place and a little voice inside you whispers "go down that alley" or "what is that – go find out"? or "you need to...

Reads on the Road: Books to take on your Travels

by | Sep 26, 2019 | Books,Featured - Books,Features,Guest Writer,Road Trips | 0 Comments

Guest writer Ursula Maxwell Lewis shares some the classic travel books, including suggestions from the JourneyWoman community.

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Three Life Lessons I Learned from Road Trips

by | Sep 5, 2019 | Europe,Features,Greece,Road Trips,Spain | 0 Comments

Whether in Greece, Spain or the US, an unplanned road trip is a perfect opportunity to put your trust in the universe!

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Her Top Five Tube Stops in London: an insider’s report

by | Jan 1, 2019 | Budget Travel,England,Europe,London,Road Trips,Train travel,Transportation,United Kingdom | 0 Comments

Leslie Ehm shares her five favourite tube stops in London, England.

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Stress Management on the Road

by | Aug 22, 2018 | Health & Wellness,Road Trips,Transformational Travel | 0 Comments

Women travellers are likely to be subject to particular stresses whilst travelling, certainly until they’ve reached a certain plateau of self-confidence and familiarity with cultural “rules”.

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It Ain’t Pretty When An Airline Loses Your Bag

by | Apr 6, 2018 | Evelyn Hannon,Tips,Transportation | 0 Comments

Think lost luggage is a new thing? Here are 10 tips to help you get through the process from Evelyn Hannon.

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Seven Golden Rules for Eating Street Food

by | Jan 28, 2018 | Culinary Travel,Road Trips,Tips | 0 Comments

Jodi Ettenberg, lawyer and foodie behind, shares her particular expertise on how to eat street food around the world without getting sick.

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When you are sick on the road…

by | Jan 18, 2018 | Health & Wellness,Road Trips,Tips | 0 Comments

Evelyn shares her top 12 tips for when you’re sick on the road.

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When is The Best Time to Go to the Bathroom on a Plane? A Flight Attendant Tells All

by | Jan 15, 2018 | Guest Writer,Health & Wellness,Transportation | 0 Comments

Tired of standing in long queues for the bathroom on flights? Flight attendant Ruth Wilson says finding a free washroom is all in the timing.

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