Travel Archive

Need a Winter Get Away?

Looking for a winter get away? Try the Florida Keys, a 193-km (120-mile) chain of tropical islands off the southern tip of Florida sitting between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The sun is shining, waters are warm, and the reefs are teeming with fish. Bicycling, kayaking, boating, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are a few of the things to do. …

It was the Women in the Mosque

We were walking around and around the enormous parking lot at the Alexandria, Egypt port looking for the guide we had contracted with to take the four of us to Cairo. Our itinerary included seeing the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, visiting a souk, and riding a camel—I know it is embarrassingly touristy and, in retrospect, I fear, riding is bad for the animals. First, …

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, …