Nellie Bly on Buenos Aires, Argentina

  Nellie Bly, a noted traveler of the world, was an early pioneer for women’s travel.  Thanks to a warp in the time space continuum and the miracle of the internet, she is our advice columnist.   Dear Nellie Bly, I was thinking of traveling with 2 girl friends to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I just wanted to know your opinion on how safe it …

Anxiety, Panic, PTSD, and Travel – Coping Strategies for the Adventurous

It’d be great if we lived in a world that acknowledged that many of us have moments when we feel completely overwhelmed, on the verge of meltdown, and don’t know what to do.  It would help if we admit to ourselves this can happen anywhere, even when we travel. Maybe it’s the unfamiliar, the unexpected, and the occasional dangers, but there’s nothing like having an …

The Best and Worst of North America

Of the only two countries in North America*—Canada and the United States of America (US) —our pick for the best and safest country in North America for women travelers is Canada. According to the Global Peace Index 2017 (GPI), Canada is 8th out of 163 countries ranked. To put that in perspective, it is one of the top ten most stable countries in the world. …

Three and a Half Days in Sydney, NSW

There is a bit of pressure when you have only three and a half days to visit one of the great cities of the world, which is all the time we had to explore Sydney. How to decide what to see? Recently, we met an American woman whose travel philosophy is to see as much as she can squeeze into the allotted time each day, …

Vancouver, BC–Two Views

  In the last six months, we visited Vancouver twice and had vastly different experiences—one we call the Cheery View and the other the Curmudgeon’s. Cheery View of Vancouver Pulling on my sweater and tying the knitted scarf around my neck, I step outside under the autumn leaves glowing in Vancouver’s morning sunshine. The list of places I plan to explore that day include Gastown, …

Brisbane, Coasts, and Hinterlands

This subtropical city is too sophisticated to be considered off the beaten track, but Brisbane is not overrun with hordes of tourists either.  As the third largest city in Australia, it has all the amenities of a major city, but manages to stay relaxed.  The Brisbane River snakes back and forth through the city which helps geographically define the numerous neighborhoods, each with its own …