JourneyWoman Travel for Women Over 50

Where to Spend the Holidays!

Published 5 months ago • 4 min read

Dear JourneyWoman,

If there's one thing we know, it's that JourneyWomen love to plan ahead. When we asked women in our Facebook group about their holiday plans this year, a surprising array of places were recommended - from Cape Town to Spain. As 2024 draws closer, we want to share our thoughts about places to spend the holidays, from some of our favourite articles and personal experiences. We hope this inspires you to plan ahead and design your very own unforgettable getaways!

Wherever you go, purchase travel insurance before you leave: our Booking Resources page has women-recommended websites to help you book and plan travel.

Several of the companies in our Women's Travel Directory are also offering discounts (see the bottom of this email for special deals for JourneyWoman readers).

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Where have you travelled to over the holiday period? Share your tips to help other JourneyWoman travellers heading there soon! Submit your tip here.


Our Women's Travel Directory has hundreds of women-friendly tours, retreats, small ships and safe places to stay. We invite you to consider women-friendly companies like Adventures in Good Company, Trafalgar Tours, Wild Women Expeditions, Joyride Charters, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and more. Here are some of the special offers for JourneyWoman readers below.


Join Adventures in Good Company for a women-only trip to experience the best of Belize! Kayak through the shallow reef-strewn waters, snorkel to your heart’s content, go to sleep lulled by the sound of ocean waves breaking on the shore, and fill each day with exercise, delicious food and relaxation. This tour starts from January 13 - 22, 2024. Read more here.


The heritage of two ancient kingdoms are traced along this pilgrimage through Thailand and Cambodia. Visit the spiritual centre of Sukhothai and explore the ruins of Angkor Wat with Trafalgar Tours. Tours start from October 2023. Multiple dates available. Save up to $478 USD/$640 CAD on selected dates. Read more here.


Le Monastère des Augustines is a haven of heritage, culture and wellness. This retreat offers a range of holistic activities and services set in a restored and reformed monastery. It's the perfect Holiday season getaway! December and January dates available. Read more here.


At Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine, climb the extraordinary path lined with hundreds of orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains above the city with Trafalgar Tours. Tours start from October 2023. Multiple dates available. Save up to $650 USD/$881 CAD on selected dates. Read more here.


Experience the iconic sights of Iceland as you gasp in awe at the exploding hot springs in Geysir and lose yourself in the Northern Lights dancing overhead in Reykjavik with Insight Vacations. Tours start from October 2023. Multiple dates available. Get a last minute 10% discount on selected 2023-24 dates. Read more here.


Explore the gorgeous British Virgin Islands as they were meant to be explored, by sailboat, and what better way than on a luxury catamaran with Joyride Charters. This tour starts from January 20 - 27, 2024. Read more here.


The holiday season in Belgium is something truly special. Indulge in all of the classic delights of a European Christmas with unique Belgian charm alongside Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Tours start from November 25, 2023. Multiple dates available. Save US$1,500 on this tour when you bundle your cruise and air for a limited time. Read more here. *Join JourneyWoman CEO + Editor, Carolyn Ray on the December 16 - 23, 2023 tour!


Witness the meteoric growth of a brand-new Jewish community in an Arab land and become a part of history. Learn and visit with Emiratis, new Jewish immigrants, and those who lived under the radar for many years establishing what is today Dubai’s Jewish community with Via Sabra. This tour starts from January 8 - 16, 2024. Read more here.


Join Michael Solomonov and Adeena Sussman with Via Sabra on an eight-day feast for all the senses as they take you to meet the people, see the places, taste every dish, and experience the alluring spirit of Israel. This tour starts from November 30 - December 8, 2023. Read more here.

Check Skyscanner for flight costs before you book. Don’t forget to use incognito mode and consider combining a less-expensive flight with train travel where possible. Our Booking Resources page has recommended services from other women and you can share or search women-friendly accommodations and hospitality services in our new Places to Stay section. You can also find solo travel-friendly accommodation options on Expedia and shop all the things we love when we travel on our Amazon page. We also want to remind you how important it is to purchase travel insurance. Check prices on

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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

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