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.
- Hostelbookers resources for women includes listings of female-friendly hostels as well as advice for women traveling to different regions of the world.
- Truly one of the best resources for women travelers is Journeywoman, a travel magazine run by the amazing Evelyn Hannon.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.