I haven’t started my 2013 travels yet, and I still don’t know all the places I’ll be traveling yet. But while I’m waiting to hit the airport again, I enjoy reading books and blogs that focus on women travelers.
So I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. These resources may help you plan your 2013 travels.
Wunderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide to Women Traveling Solo by Beth Whitman – great insider tips for traveling solo and not feeling lonely, including info on the latest technology to use.
Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: Funny Women Write from the Road edited by Jennifer Leo — This book had me ROFLOL with its travel essays full of women’s experiences (including celebs like Ellen) that will make you laugh and warm your heart. I hope to get one of my essays in a future edition.
East Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – I loved this book! It inspires you to travel and find yourself/your spirituality in the process.
Go Girl edited by Elaine Lee – I’m a fan of this book of inspiring essays by black women who have traveled the world. You’ll be inspired to drop your fears and open your mind to diverse cultures.
101 Tips for Women Travelers edited by Harriet R. Lewis – This mini book via http://www.gct.com/ has great tips for women of all ages, including: packing, health, safety, etiquette, shopping, photography and traveling solo. And it easily fits in your purse or luggage.
Blogs & Tour Groups
http://www.womentravelblog.com/ — this site includes articles by women travelers, and info on women’s festivals, women’s tours and volunteer vacations.
http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/ — great resource for women’s travel tours, tips, gear, blogs and books.
http://diwyy.com/ — Though this is aimed toward younger women (18-35) I love that they had a contest called “Friends Don’t Let Friends Not Travel.” Women at 40 can learn a lot from this too!
http://www.soulofamerica.com/ — This site isn’t just for women but it’s a wonderful resource for those who want an insider’s view of African American cultural and historical travel. I’m a contributor and user of this site.
http://www.girlsgetaway.com/getawayideas.php — great weekend trips and package deals. I got great info for a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach from this site.
http://www.girlgetaways.com/ — great package deals to get away with the girls.
So while you’re contemplating your travels for 2013, take a little time to visit these sites or read one of these books to inspire your next trip. And remember, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain
Kalin Thomas is Women at Forty’s Travel & Leisure Editor. She is also Senior Writer/Photographer for SoulOfAmerica. Before starting her own multimedia company, Kalin spent 17 years at CNN where she won several awards for her work as producer/correspondent for CNN’s weekly travel program, CNN TravelNow. She is currently writing a book about her travels. For more information on Kalin, visit www.seetheworldproductions.com.