What three things should every woman take with her when traveling? What are some of the best places for women to travel? Find out this and much-much more…
@SheNOW_Org held a great #SheNOWCHAT (TwitterCHAT) on Monday (9/17/12) with <strong>Go Girl Magazine (@GoGirlOnline) – who is a fresh new take on the global perspective of adventurous, independent women.
“Go Girl has naturally blossomed into a community of globally engaged women. Some of us travel; others do not. Yet one thing still holds true- wherever we are in the world, our experiences and our perspectives as women are unique.”
They interviewed some super-fabulous females who offered up their Traveling Tips and Experiences. It was a struggle to narrow down the amazing advice so check out #SheNOWCHAT for even more great quotes! Below you will find excerpts from the interview.
Go Girl: What are some of the best places for women to travel? Why?
* Islands, beaches! The ocean is soothing and liberating at times… Great place to unwind and gain restoration. ~ @sheenamarie22
* I found Europe quite liberating, Paris especially. It’s strange but that’s the first place I actually felt like a woman. 🙂 ~ @janineripper
* Sweden: Gender equality, sophisticated cities, incredible nature, clean, safe, fun. ~ @turnipseeds
* #France #Canada #New Zealand. ~ @lilideluxe
* All depends on where you travel. Been to Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Very safe places for women. ~ @MallaHaridat
* Charleston was a great place to visit lots to see loved the relaxed atmosphere. ~ @lorrieloveable
* My vote is for any place where you may be culturally challenged. It’s so refreshing to experience me and different things. ~ @Kthoughts4food
Go Girl: What is one lesson that you’ve learned from traveling?
* Do it now…and do it often. Sometimes later becomes never. ~ @ImBrennaSmith
* Carry a toothbrush in your purse! Recently traveled to Peru and was diverted to El Salvador for 24 hrs sans luggage. Also, try the food first, ask questions second. ~ @Kthoughts4food
* Never trust taxi drivers. ~ @janineripper
* Sometimes you need to unplug. Completely. ~ @JulesTaggart
* To be #openminded & flexible to the possibilities. ~ @lilideluxe
* It’s fun to know at least a few words in a foreign language while traveling in that country. ~ @Kalinder
* My best lesson was taking a trip by myself. It’s liberating and allows you to believe you can do anything. Also, another lesson, when on vacation, don’t be in a rush, let things happen as they happen… and enjoy the moments ~ @JamieGall1930
* Know how to get around before you get there, especially if you don’t speak the language. ~ @GYCGirlYOUCrazy
* The best traveling isn’t about escaping, it’s about finding. ~ @ClickTheCause
* Leave your hotel room, talk to strangers, make friends, try food you can’t pronounce and live it up! ~ @ImBrennaSmith
* Trust your gut, trust your gut, trust your gut – on issues big & small. ~ @turnipseeds
Go Girl: Name three things you can’t go without when you travel.
* Books, laptop & moisturizer. ~ @crazedmom
* My Camera, My GPS( use the walking gps) and my sense of adventure. ~ @lorrieloveable
* My laptop and wifi, a good book and some good recommendations for authentic food. ~ @MallaHaridat
* Open-mindedness, humility, and thankfulness. ~ @ClickTheCause
* A good book or 3, a notebook and a pen. ~ @janineripper
* Underwear & deodorant in my carry-on, laptop and a magazine. ~ @GYCGirlYOUCrazy
* A good read, camera and swimwear! (there has to be some beach time!). ~ @SandySidhu
Go Girl: How is travel different for women than for men?
* Unfortunately women need to deal with the not-so-nice men out there in the world. I think women need to be more aware. ~ @janineripper
* Travel as a solo woman is a lot different. I think we need to be more cautious than men. Keep your wits + street smarts a must. ~ ?@JanetBrent
* Women are more likely to take a “girls trip” than guys are — and girl’s trips are so fun! ~ @JulesTaggart
Go Girl: Have you ever been on a solo trip? Where did you go and what did you do?
* My first solo trip was India!! Flew all by myself from PDX. But I joined a voluntour group. Does that count? ~ @JanetBrent (YES! It counts!)
* My solo trip: year after my divorce. Took myself to Washington DC for 4th of July weekend. Loved every minute. ~ @JamieGall1930
* I moved to Boston solo after graduating from @cal, gotta love going cross-country! ~ @linzlovesyou
* My first solo trip was to an island off the coast of West Africa after graduating college. I was way more adventurous then! ~ @gogirlonline
* For years, my only travel was solo. I lived in England & Ireland, travelled to Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland. ~ @turnipseeds
* I went to NYC, walked all over, went to a health conference and ate sushi with me! ~ @sokokolife
* Most of my foodie travels are “independent” – I NEVER use the words solo travel, because I always make friends wherever I go! ~ ?@foodieintl
* I don’t get to travel solo often, but no matter where I go I try to get in at least a day to myself. ~ @BrandieNic
Go Girl: How do you keep yourself safe in a new place?
* Commonsense, and if your mom would tell you you’re being an idiot, you miiiiight want to think twice. ?~ @linzlovesyou
* Aware of surroundings, follow gut, never stay in uncomfortable situations. ~ ?@foodieintl
* Just ALWAYS be alert. ~ @JamieGall1930
* Listen to your intuition. ~ @JulesTaggart
* Use the same common sense you’d use at home. Be aware of surroundings. ~ @DawnCorleone
* Dress like locals. Hide the bling bling. Follow your intuition. Keep your head up. ~ @JanetBrent
* Stay alert and look confidant. ~ @MelanieReiff
* Orientate myself every time: town hall, bus depot, hotel courtyard, nearest coffee shop. Know landmarks, routes, comfort zones. ~ @turnipseeds
Go Girl: What advice do you have for new female travelers?
* New travelers: don’t be afraid to go for it, even if alone. You’ll meet other female travelers everywhere in the world! ~ @foodieintl
* Travel in groups during the day until you learn the area. ~ @sheenamarie22
* Always carry a charged cell phone. ~ @ShocolaateGirl
* Don’t wave your money (or the goods) around, and don’t get trashed traveling solo. ~ @linzlovesyou
* Avoid drinks from strangers or keep your drink in your hands/eyes at all times so you don’t get drugged. @JanetBrent
* The more you feel like throwing up the night before, the better you will feel the next night after the first day on the road. ~ @turnipseeds
Go Girl: How do you define a “Go Girl”?
* Song in her heart, boots on her feet, wine in her tummy. ~ @turnipseeds
* Fun, Fierce and Free! ~ @sokokolife
* A girl who is comfortable in her own skin! ~ ?@DawnCorleone
* A girl who knows what she wants, how to get it and dares anyone to tell her otherwise. ~ @sheenamarie22
* A go girl …GOES. Wind in her sails, adventure in her heart and a passion to discover everything unknown, including herself. ~ @ImBrennaSmith
* Willing to try anything at least once. ~ @JulesTaggart
* Takes life by the reins and makes things happen! ~ @SandySidhu
* They hear, they go. They smell, they go. They see, they go. They grab life by the hand and just Go, go, go! ~ @JamieGall1930
* The complete opposite of a stopped, paused & discouraged girl! Ready to GO get em’ girl!!! ~ @GYCGirlYOUCrazy