Many women over 60 look forward to traveling, but aren’t sure whether traveling independently is the best option for them. Will it be difficult to meet new people? Stay safe? Stick to a travel budget?
Sometimes the best way to find answers to travel questions is to visit trusted travel websites. Top travel websites offer practical, road-tested travel tips, vacation suggestions and travel health and safety information. Women who want to travel often prefer getting advice from other women who travel in order to plan trips that will be both fulfilling and comfortable. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite travel websites for women over 60:
Evelyn Hannon is the Journeywoman, and she has been traveling the world and writing about her experiences for decades. Her Journeywoman newsletter and website are world-famous; Hannon has been featured here at Sixty and Me, as well as in Time, People, The New York Times and many other publications.
Hannon edits the Journeywoman website, publishes a monthly e-newsletter and still finds time to continue her travels. Women who travel and women who want to start traveling will find an amazing array of travel tips, safety advice, tales from the road and solo travel hints at Journeywoman.com.
Pink Pangea gives women a place to post their travel experiences and read the stories shared by their fellow female travelers. Women of all ages write for Pink Pangaea, and their articles cover a diverse range of topics. You can find out why you should take the Korean Wine Train, how to get around in Kenya and why volunteer tourism has a downside, all from a woman’s perspective.
Women on the Road is designed to empower the solo woman traveler. Journalist Leyla Giray has traveled alone for many years; her solo travel tips can calm your travel fears and inspire you to choose unusual destinations and travel responsibly. Women on the Road also offers advice for women who want to live and work overseas, including job suggestions, reader tips and financial matters.
Beth Whitman and her writing team at Wanderlust and Lipstick, the WanderBloggers, focus on every aspect of women’s travel, from finding the best travel gear to staying healthy in India. You’ll find a travel tips section especially for solo women travelers as well as a wealth of travel stories written by the WanderBloggers.
TravelnLass Dyanne Kruger once owned an adventure travel company. In 2010, she decided to chuck it all and move to somewhere far away. At the wonderful age of 60, Dyanne chose to obtain her Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) in Vietnam; she moved there in 2011 to pursue her studies and find a teaching job. Now she’s living the expat EFL teacher’s life – and sharing her adventures online.
At TravelnLass, Dyanne offers travel tips, solo travel tales and thoughts on life’s adventures as well as country- and city-specific travel advice.
At My Itchy Travel Feet, travel writer Donna L. Hull and her photographer husband, Alan, focus on Baby Boomer travel. They chronicle their own travel adventures and provide road-tested travel tips for Boomers. You can find all kinds of vacation ideas at My Itchy Travel Feet, ranging from luxury cruises to national park road trips; it’s a great place to find travel inspiration.
Have you found a great travel website? Share it in the comments section below!
In this episode of the Sixty and Me Show, I speak with Nancy Parode, an experienced travel expert and writer on the topic of senior travel for About.com. Enjoy the show!