JourneyWoman October Newsletter: Slow Travel, Istanbul, France and Menopause

Dear JourneyWoman,

When is the last time you felt the joy of discovery — the feeling of awe and amazement that erupts in your chest when you least expect it? The past 24 hours here in Egypt have been like that for me. For the next two weeks, I'm here as a guest of Swan Hellenic, on my first-ever expedition cruise down the Suez Canal. Swan Hellenic is our founding Small Ships partner in our Women's Travel Directory, which provides you with no single supplement and sustainable ways to travel, including sailing and river cruising. With less than 100 rooms on this ship, I've already met several solo women, and new friendships are being made. I'm sharing my journey every day on our Solo Travel Wisdom group if you'd like to learn more.

I love travel in all its forms and will never take it for granted. Thanks to travel, I've learned how to be curious, independent, brave and responsible for myself. I can't imagine my life without the opportunity and privilege of travel. One of the things I've learned is that travel doesn't have to be far from home to be transformative, so this month we look at travel at home as well as features on France and Istanbul. Have other places you want to learn about? Visit our Destinations section for Women's Guides on 18 other regions and countries.

I also think we, as women, can make the world better through travel. Last week was World Tourism Day, so I asked five women leaders what we can do to create positive change. Some of their ideas might surprise you. I believe women's voices need to be heard, which is why we created the travel industry's first Women's Speaker's Bureau. We're adding new members every day, so please submit an application!

I'd love to know from you - what do you think we can change to make travel better? Send me an email with your thoughts. I hope you enjoy our monthly newsletter — our writers would love your feedback.

Wishing all of our Canadian members a very happy Thanksgiving!

With gratitude,

Carolyn Ray, Editor/CEO JourneyWoman

P.S. Help us grow our mailing list. Share JourneyWoman with a friend who wants to travel solo. Please invite her to join our mailing list here.

Feature Editorial

Did you know you can download and print all of our articles? Just click the printer icon under the photograph on our website.

Can Women Really Make Travel Better? Yes!

by Carolyn Ray

On the occasion of World Tourism Day 2023, we invited five influential women travel leaders from our Women’s Travel Directory to share their thoughts on what needs to change in travel and how women can take action to make a difference, one step at a time.

Accessible Istanbul: A Wheelchair Wanderer's Stopover

by Tanzila Khan

As a solo traveler in a wheelchair, Tanzila Khan discovers that Istanbul is a true testament to inclusivity, with many attractions and public spaces designed to accommodate everyone.

Going Psycho: Slow Travel at Home

by Sandra Phinney

Inspired by the idea of ‘psychogeography', Sandra Phinney discovers extraordinary things close to her home in Nova Scotia, Canada.

10 Travel Tips For Women Over 50 to Feel Fabulous During Menopause

by Carolyn Ray

October is World Menopause Awareness month, so we're sharing 10 of our best tips including mindset, nutrition, sleep, packing and exercise.

A Stroll Through Five Glorious Gardens in France

by Leyla Alyanak

Five spectacular gardens in France are waiting to be explored including Versailles, the Monet Gardens at Giverny, and Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in southern France.

Join us at an Online Event!

October Book Club: Join us on October 18, 8 pm ET for "The Dictionary of Lost Words' by Pip Williams. Sign up here!

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

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

December: Online Holiday Social - stay tuned

We record all of our sessions and upload them to our YouTube channel. Sign up here to get notified.

Watch: How to Get Started in Solo Travel: Group Travel Basics (Aug 22) - click here!

Watch: "The Seamstress/ The Time in Between", set in Morocco (Sept 20) - click here!

Watch: September Book Club - "Still Life", set in Florence, Italy (Aug 16) - click here!

Watch: It's Never Too Late to Travel Solo (Sept 28) - click here!

Watch: Meet our Editorial team (July 27) - click here!


20 Gothic Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6P 1T5
Unsubscribe · Preferences

JourneyWoman Travel for Women Over 50

Founded in 1994, JourneyWoman™ is the world’s first and largest women’s solo travel website and community, inspiring women over 50 to travel safely and well. Led by CEO and Editor Carolyn Ray, we publish a monthly newsletter with first-hand travel tips and destination features written by experienced travel writers, host webinars and events, produce the award-winning Soul of Travel Podcast. By joining our mailing list, you have access to our Things She Loves newsletter with women-recommended travel gear, the JourneyWoman Book Club in partnership with TripFiction and exclusive travel deals and discounts with no single supplement from our partners in our Women’s Travel Directory, which features women-friendly tours, retreats, places to stay and small ships in over 120 countries. Learn more at

Read more from JourneyWoman Travel for Women Over 50

Hi JourneyWoman, Welcome to Things She Loves! This is our place to share and recommend tried and true products and services that we love — no marketing gimmicks, just honest and candid recommendations from women, for women, to make solo travel easier. It has been a while since we last published Things She Loves, but if you'd like to look at our previous issues on packing, menopause, staying safe online or more, just click here! This month, we're focusing on downsizing and decluttering. If...

Dear JourneyWoman, Our 30th Anniversary is cause for celebration, and we can't wait to embark on our 30th Anniversary Expedition Cruise in Africa, hosted by JourneyWoman and Swan Hellenic. If you've been thinking about joining us, this is the time! Of the 96 rooms available on this ship, Swan Hellenic is holding a limited number of rooms for us, but only until the end of April. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, where you'll connect with like-minded women from around the world....

Dear Reader, We've got some great news to share with you today, which includes some exclusive special deals with no single supplement just for JourneyWoman readers! Our Small Ships directory partner, Swan Hellenic have teamed up with Chopra, a leading integrative health company founded by world-renowned pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, to create Explore & Restore - an extraordinary new program of transformative well-being voyages. This is holistic travel at its finest – gently strip away the layers...