Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wicked websites for wild, wandering women

It's Wild Wednesday and I can't think of any better way to celebrate than to nominate my favourite websites for wild, wandering women. All started, owned and operated by women, the following eight inspirational sites are the ones I seek out when planning my travels:

Go Galavanting Founded by Katy Quissell and Kim Mance, this online travel magazine and community is for gutsy women who believe there is more to travel than staying in expensive five star resorts and finding the world's perfect facial. Think: experiencing new cultures and going on life changing adventures, but all done with style of course!

Journey Woman Award-winning writer, editor and travelling grandma, Evelyn Hannon, has proved that age and gender are not barriers to travel, creating one of the most respected websites designed especially for women along the way.

Thelma & Louise Club Started by gal pals Christine Davies and Grace Frankel, this exclusive female-only network allows members to meet like-minded women and find travel buddies for their next adventure.

UGoGurl Travel writer and self-confessed media maven, Elaine Lee, offers great advice for African American travellers as well as extensive reports and articles.

Wanderlust & Lipstick Founded by Beth Whitlam – a 22 year wild wandering veteran whose career highlights include having a grenade pulled on her in Cambodia – this is a website for women who are passionate about travelling offering tips and hints from experienced Wanderlusters who, like Beth, have seen it all.

Women on the Road Created by Leyla Giray, Women on the Road is a fantastic website aimed at women who love to travel. Along with practical information on planning, safety and money, the website features interviews with inspirational women travellers who share their experiences and philosophies on travel.

Women Travel Tips Started by National Geographic author and editor Marybeth Bond, this website is an excellent resource for women travellers with practical tips and hints for business, adventure, family and solo travel.

Women Travel the World This website is dedicated to connecting women travellers through female-friendly tour and accommodation listings. There’s also a range of articles covering topics from adventure tourism to food and wine shopping.

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Doreen Pendgracs said...

Terrific idea for a blog post, Kim! Love the links and have added yours to my list of favourites at:

zoe zolbrod said...

What a great round-up. I started solo traveling in the pre-internet days, and I was overjoyed whenever I stumbled onto another woman traveling by herself. They existed in larger numbers than I knew, but it was hard to see that when planning the trip from home or even on the road. How the world has changed!

Anonymous said...

What a nice gift to learn that you included in your fab line-up of 'Wicked websites for wild, wandering woman.' I'm delighted to be included in such 'juicy' company. Thank you very much. I'd like to draw your attention to another site, which is a free International Directory of Women who are willing to mentor other women travelling to their part of the world. It's my personal gift to women, everywhere and it has connected 1000's of women to date.
Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman Editor

Kim Wildman said...

Thanks so much for your comments! I'll look up HERmail immediately - I love the idea of a mentoring for solo women travellers!!

Shannon OD said...

Love these sites - they have been on my radar for a while and def helped me dream and plot out my own travels over the past year :-)

Kim@Galavanting said...

Many thanks for including Galavanting. Great list, love them all!

Miss Footloose said...

What a great list, Kim! I'll enjoy reading through their posts.

The photo at the top of your post is super. Was it taken in Ghana? If so, may I borrow it some time for when I write a story on my blog set in Ghana? With proper credit and links of course.

I lived there twice, for total of 7 years, and loved your stories last summer (not all cheery!). This photo is a classic image of what you see on the road there. Unfortunately I wasn't much of a photographer. So, please, may I?

Kim Wildman said...

Hi Miss Footloose. Good to hear from you! You are certainly welcome to use my photograph. Though, it was actually taken in Togo, not Ghana (I took it on a previous trip I did to West Africa when I updated the Togo & Benin chapters of the Lonely Planet guide). The picture is also orginally a portrait pic - I just cropped it for this post. You can see the full pic on my website ( under photographs/people. Let me know if you still want it.

Leyla Giray said...

Hi Kim, thanks so much for including Women on the Road on your list - and for helping me discover a few sites I didn't know about!

Kim Wildman said...

You're welcome Leyla & Kim!