I'm writing to you from the coast of Mexico just a few miles from where Hurricane Agatha came ashore on Monday night. While it was incredibly windy and rainy, I was in a safe place, thanks to the kindness of strangers.
Over the past three weeks in Oaxaca, I've visited natural wonders like the calcified waterfalls at Hierve del Agua, the archaeological site Monte Alban and explored Oaxaca's culinary scene and colourful graffitied streets. I've stayed in some beautiful casitas run by mothers and daughters. However, the most meaningful experiences have been spending time with
women in small villages, like Doña Josafina, who started a women's weaving collective for single mothers, and Doña Juana, who showed me how connected we are to the earth through the cooking class at her farm.
These women remind me how important it is to ask questions about the impact of travel on local communities. As soon as I can catch my breath, I’ll write about Jennifer Furlong, who runs an unconventional tour company called Tyladona. Jennifer's measure of success isn't
profitability — it's about the collaborative, giving relationships she builds with women and communities.
This is an important time for us as women. It has become evident that it's not enough to talk about change. We must lead it. We must find our voices and speak up for the things we believe in. We may not be able to control everything that's happening in our world, but we can take action in a way that is authentic to us. This is what I'm trying to do with
JourneyWoman - to give voice to all women, to highlight those who create meaningful change and to honour and respect the wisdom shared among all women. Together, we all rise.
Take care and be safe,
Carolyn Ray, CEO/Editor-in-Chief, JourneyWoman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Member, Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) + Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC), North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)
The JourneyWoman Award goes to Anna Pollock!
Giving out the second annual JourneyWoman Award for Lifetime Achievement at Wanderful's Women In Travel Summit on March 14 with Bessie Awards host Jessica van Dop DeJesus, from The Dining Traveler. Meet our winner, Anna Pollock, and watch her acceptance video here.
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How This Woman is Making the World Safer for Women by Carolyn Ray: Meet trailblazer Tracey Breeden, Uber's first-ever head of women's safety, now at Match Group, where she's working to prevent sexual assault, hate speech,
discrimination and harassment — online and in real life.
Tips for Women over 80 to Prepare for Iceland's Adventures by Diana Eden: Diana shares her tips on preparing for a trip to Iceland, from packing to staying warm and adjusting to time zones.
How Solo Travellers Can Transform Loneliness Into a Gift by Sue Janzen: Solo traveller Sue Janzen has found a way to use loneliness to her advantage, through planning and mindfulness.
Rockstar Solo Travel Writers Over 50+ by Carolyn Ray: Meet solo travel rockstars over 50 who inspire us to find freedom and confidence in solo travel with their wisdom and humour.
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