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JourneyWoman November Newsletter: The Joy of Learning

Published 4 months ago • 4 min read


Dear JourneyWoman,

When I last wrote to you in October, I was in Egypt on an expedition cruise. For the first time in what feels like forever, I am at home in Toronto. The past several weeks have been so far beyond my expectations — with my travels taking me from Cyprus, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and into the Indian Ocean. I am still buzzing with joy. It's not just the joy of having been somewhere new, it's the joy of having learned so much about our world.

If nothing else, this expedition cruise has shown me how important it is to feel joy, even in the midst of so much conflict in our world. Joy is more than a fleeting emotion — joy can sustain us through good times and bad. The opportunity to witness ancient wonders that have existed for thousands of years, meet curious children on a walk on a mountainside community or see blue whales swimming near the ship, are memories that I can pull on for years to come. This feeling of joy is also why we can’t wait to make our dreams happen. Time can pass in the blink of an eye. It’s up to us to make the most of it.

Our November issue looks at how travel helps us learn and discover our world, whether at home or abroad, and whether solo or with our grandchildren. 2023 JourneyWoman Award winner Rue Mapp, CEO of Outdoor Afro writes a love letter to the outdoors in her new book "Nature Swagger". One of our newest writers and longtime friend of JourneyWoman, Kathy Buckworth, shares her tips to travel with grandchildren. For those who love food, Sandra Phillips shares her culinary exploration in Flanders, Belgium. And then there's my trip to Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, which affected me deeply, and my 21-day expedition cruise to the Middle East, which I just returned from. It's hard to believe that I was able to pass the equator twice this year AND go to both the Galapagos Islands of the Indian Ocean (Socotra, Yemen) as well as the actual Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. In visiting these countries, I’m struck by how fortunate we are to live and travel freely and the responsibility that comes with that.

Our last book club meeting of the year is on November 15, and author Lisa See is joining us to talk about her beautiful story of women in "Lady Tan's Circle of Women", which is set in 15th century China. We are also planning a Toronto meetup for November 18 and our annual holiday social is on December 7. In mid-December, I will be in London and would love to meet some JourneyWoman readers there! All of our events, past and present, are listed at the bottom of this email.

As we close in on 2024 and our 30th anniversary, we have lots of exciting news to share. Keep your eyes open for a very special announcement (or two) coming in the next few weeks as we prepare to celebrate three decades of women's travel with you.

I hope you enjoy our monthly newsletter, and there is lots more on our website to discover — our writers would love your feedback.

With gratitude,

Carolyn Ray, Editor/CEO JourneyWoman

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The Galapagos Islands: Protecting Ecuador's
"Living Laboratory of Evolution"

by Carolyn Ray

A small ship expedition to Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands is an opportunity to witness some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife while learning first-hand about evolution and adaptation.

Beer, Chocolate and Fries Anyone? Where and What to Eat in Flanders, Belgium

by Sandra Phillips

Hungry? Discover what to eat in the Flanders region with some of the world’s best beer, chocolate and fries. Dine, slurp and drown in butter, cream and farm-fresh food.

A Brave New World of Expedition Cruising

by Carolyn Ray

Adventures to less-travelled places on a 21-day expedition cruise in the Middle East on Swan Hellenic's luxurious small, sustainable ship.

Kathy Buckworth Explores Travel with Grandkids

by Kathy Buckworth

Grandmother of three Kathy Buckworth explores tips and places for multi-generational travel with grandchildren.

With “Nature Swagger”, Rue Mapp Writes a Love Letter to the Outdoors

by Carolyn Ray

Outdoor Afro Founder and CEO Rue Mapp, winner of the 2023 JourneyWoman Award for lifetime achievement, talks about her hope for the future and her new book, Nature Swagger.

Let's Get Connected!

November 15: JourneyWoman Book Club, 8 pm ET "Lady Tan's Circle of Women" with Author Lisa See. Sign up here!

November 15: JourneyWoman Award nominations are due! Send yours in!

November 18, 10 am: Toronto Meetup at St. Lawrence Market. Sign up here.

December 5, 7 pm ET: Is an Expedition Cruise Right For You? with Swan Hellenic. Sign up here.

December: 7 Online Holiday Social. Sign up here.

mid-December TBD: London UK Meetup - info to come!

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  • Watch: "The Dictionary of Lost Words", set in Oxford, UK (October 20) - click here!
  • Watch: It's Never Too Late to Travel Solo (Sept 28) - click here!
  • Watch: "The Seamstress/ The Time in Between", set in Morocco (Sept 20) - click here!
  • Watch: How to Get Started in Solo Travel: Group Travel Basics (Aug 22) - click here!
  • Watch: September Book Club - "Still Life", set in Florence, Italy (Aug 16) - click here!
  • Watch: Meet our Editorial team (July 27) - click here!


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