In Honor of International Women’s Day….

by Gray Cargill on March 8, 2011

A new friend I met from India while traveling in Puerto Rico

International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated on March 8 every year since the early 1900s. It marks the achievements of, and celebrates, women around the world.  In honor of the day, I wanted to share some resource links with you specifically for female travelers.

  1. Hostelbookers resources for women includes listings of female-friendly hostels as well as advice for women traveling to different regions of the world.
  2. Truly one of the best resources for women travelers is Journeywoman, a travel magazine run by the amazing Evelyn Hannon.
  3. Brooke Schoenman of Brooke vs. the World runs a monthly newsletter for women travelers called The Female Travel Underground which also has advice uniquely tailored to women travelers.
  4. Leyla Giray publishes Women on the Road, for female backpackers,which includes a monthly newsletter with advice to help make your travels a bit easier.
  5. Interested in the idea of meeting other women on the road, and possibly staying with them? Women Welcome Women World Wide is like couchsurfing, but just for women.
  6. Beth Whitman’s Wanderlust and Lipstick is a resource for traveling women and includes group women-only tours.

This is just a small sampling of the women’s travel resources out there on the web. There are also, of course, numerous travel blogs written by women.  The point is, there are inspiring female travelers all around us. The more we women travel, the more opportunities we have for meeting other women from around the world and learning about their cultures from them. For instance, the photo above is of me with Tejas, a woman from India whom I met while we were both traveling in Puerto Rico. We never would have met if we hadn’t both been traveling. We had a great day together.

Is there a woman traveler who inspires you? Mine would have to be Amelia Earhart, of course–an obvious choice, but inspirational, nonetheless.

GRRRL TRAVELER March 18, 2011 at 3:49 am

What a wonderful list to celebrate International Women’s day! Leyla and Women Welcome Women are two I haven’t quite checked out yet, so am excited about checking them out. Although I am traveling solo right now, I’m really still finding my solo-travel-feet and trying to get the hang of it. There’s still fear and worry.

Having resources are helpful.

Gray March 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

Sounds like Women Welcome Women could really be of help to you. Do you use couchsurfing?

Cornelius Aesop March 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Thanks for the link, I’ve been sitting on my part two of women travelers list and didn’t even think about posting it for International Women’s day.

Gray March 10, 2011 at 11:45 pm

It’s never too late, Cornelius!

Jeannie March 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Great post! Can’t believe I missed your blog anniversary! I’ll say it again, just love your new look. 🙂

Gray March 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Well, I think you were a little preoccupied with health issues, so I’ll forgive you. 🙂 Thanks, I love the new look too, but all the credit goes to Aly of HopandJaunt.

Gray March 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Yeah, she’s great. Out there living the adventure.

Brooke vs. the World March 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

Aw thanks for the shout-out for FTU 🙂 I can’t really think of a historical woman that encourages me to travel at the moment, but I’m sure I’m forgetting someone important. Amelia Earhart was pretty cool 😀

Gray March 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Doesn’t have to be historical, could be contemporary. Just any woman who inspires you to travel. Maybe your mom, or an independent aunt?

Alouise March 9, 2011 at 3:52 am

These are some great resources. I really love FTU, and I’ll definitely have to check out the other sites.

Sadly I can’t think of a specific, historical woman traveller. The fictional Carmen San Diego comes to mind though.

Gray March 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I’ll take fictional. 🙂

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