This week, we begin a special series exploring some of the places around the world that you have told us are at the top of your list for post-pandemic travel, starting with Europe, the UK and Ireland.
For many women, it's time to set out on long-awaited experiences and discover places we've dreamed of for the past two years! Others may want to explore festivals and once-in-a-lifetime events like Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum
Jubilee. We invite you to visit the travel tips and features by women, for women, in our Women's Travel Guides by country and by region.
For those staying closer to home, we have two new virtual courses, including our "Intuitive Photography Class" on April 27 for advanced photographers using manual mode and a brand new writing workshop on May 3 called "Writing as a Pathway from Uncertainty to Connection and Joy". Our April Book Club meeting on "The Island of Missing Trees" by Elif Shafak is this Wednesday. Join us! You can learn more here.
Curated Women-Friendly Tours
In this special feature, we highlight a curated set of fascinating tours from our Women's Travel Directory that take you to Crete, Cornwall, Tuscany and the South of France -- and offer JourneyWomen special deals and discounts. We invite you to leave a review for a tour company you've travelled with on their listing page and help them improve their service to you. When you travel, we hope that you'll support a woman-owned small business, and look for the "JourneyWoman
Verified" mark, which indicates the tour or retreat company has been reviewed using specific women-friendly criteria.
Laura Davis & The Writer's Journey
Write, Travel, Transform: Writing, Yoga & Cultural Exploration in Magical Tuscany
Join Laura and journey to sun-soaked Tuscany for a ten-day retreat from June 14 to 23 at a 15th century estate seated on the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. Located in central Italy, Tuscany is home to stunning landscapes, world-class food and the historic cities of Florence & Siena. It’s a place of art, local dishes, Chianti wines and charming hilltop
towns. This intimate vacation includes an olive oil making tour, truffle hunting, wine tasting tour, cooking lessons, and a day trip to San Gimignano with its medieval tower houses, encircling walls, and unforgettable view. Spouses and non-writing friends welcome. Only 3 spots left!
Girls' Guide to Paris & Beyond
Founded by CEO Doni Belau in 2009, Girls' Guide curates tours for women who share your appreciation for beauty and spirit of adventure. We travel in style!
Soak Up the Gems of Mythical Crete in May 19-26, 2022: Take $400 off until May 1 #JourneyWomanMarch
Learn about the great goddess and myths of this ancient culture as we soak up the sun in Crete. Crete is in Greece but as the largest island, with the most ancient of all cultures, Crete stands alone with her own customs and culture upholding women as powerful and important dating back to Minoan times.
Experience the charm of “Tea in Cornwall” on June 9 - 15
Mention JourneyWoman and get $150 USD off!
This is a unique, magnificent and women-only luxury trip of glorious English gardens, castles, mansions, ancient cathedrals, quays, rivers, harbors and cragged cliffs in Devon and Cornwall. Only 2 spaces left.
Experience the South of France for 11 Days and Nights from September 16 - 27
Light of France Tours with Ani Moriarty offers you a travel experience with a small group of like-minded, like-hearted women, in a journey made memorable by casual elegance, leisurely paced in cut-above comfort.
Travel to the South of France with us for 11 days & nights. We will take you into the heart of it all. Starting at the edge of the Ariège in the Occitaine, we are instantly immersed in the history of the Cathars; Albi, Carcassonne, Mont Segur … then heading east slowly but surely to Avignon … Arles and the Camargue … with the final
destination of St Maximin Ste Baume, renowned grotto and home to Mary Magdalene the last 30 years of her life, it does bring pause to perspectives.
Raina Stinson Photography
Provence Lifestyle and Travel Photography Wth Raina Stinson from September 1- 7
Discover the hidden treasures of Provence through a slow travel and contemplative photography experience in Gargas, France in the Luberon Valley. Have you ever dreamt of spending time in a centuries-old stone house in the south of France surrounded by vineyards, eating dinners by candelabra after taking in the breathtaking southern
France scenery? Would you like to slow down and experience the beauty and tranquility of the authentic Provençal lifestyle, while learning a new way to experience and document your travels with fresh eyes? Then this tour is for you!
Join American photographer Raina Stinson for an all-inclusive itinerary that includes photography instruction (all levels welcome!) All the while, you will be spending time in serene landscapes, quaint villages, antique markets, artisan’s ateliers, and experiencing delicious french food and wine.
Absolutely Southern France
Absolutely Southern France says it all: IT’S A WOMEN’S WORLD!
September 19 – October 1, 2022
Why do women travel together? 82% Cultural experiences, 69% safety, 69% the beauty of the destination, 58% the country’s reputation. The south of France has it all!
While all of our travellers love the culture and lifestyle of the south of France, women have their own special interests. Girls just want to have fun ! They travel together so they can let their hair down, laugh, empathize, and bond on similar interests. They have the opportunity to travel solo or with a friend, to share past experiences and stories and make new friendships. All the while they create new memories to treasure. Women also like to book their travel with locally owned businesses,
preferably those owned by women, as is mine. Our best seller is MEMORIES YOU PROMISED YOURSELF, created to follow the stories in the bestselling novels of Canadian author Patricia Sands and the popular travel blog posts of American Deborah Bine Barefoot Blogger.
Join us on September 19 – October 1, 2022 (13 days & 12 nights)
We’ve designed this trip not only for solos but also for best friends, mothers & daughters, sisters. Price is important and travelling with a friend is a great way to avoid the single supplement. Benefit from the 150 euro “bring a friend” discount. Twin occupancy: 4450 euros (4890 US Dollars/6855 Cdn dollars * based on currency exchange rate) Single occupancy available with a supplement. *Roommate matching service is provided. Have a look at our website and check out our fun posts and pictures on Absolutely’s Facebook and Instagram.
Go to Europe with the Best: June and September 2022
Get a $150 USD early-booking discount for any 2022 or 2023 tour
European Experiences is a boutique small-group tour company, founded by owner Kathy Wood and her husband Charley in 2006. Solo women travelers will feel welcome on any trip, and there are still openings on some trips later this summer and in the fall, including The Riviera
Hillsides Women’s Week, June 5 – 12, and Inside Paris for Women (four nights), September 20 – 24.
Almost 600 women from around the world have participated in European Experiences trips, many joining multiple trips over the years. (Repeat travelers always get a 10% discount.) Several tours each year are now women-only trips, hosted by Kathy or her business partner Jennifer, an American expat living in Provence. Learn more about
European Experiences and their special trips for women.
A member of the JourneyWoman Advisory Council, Kathy is providing JourneyWomen an early preview of the eight European Experiences trips for women in 2023. She’s also offering JourneyWomen a $150 USD early-booking discount for any 2022 or 2023 booking made before April 24, 2022. Email Kathy to learn more and be sure to identify yourself as a JourneyWoman!