• Why Do Married Women Travel Solo?

    Why Do Married Women Travel Solo?

    phyllistemplePhoto is of Phyllis in Khajurahu, on our India trip.

    Phyllis started The Women’s Travel Group in order to travel. She had 5 weeks vacation in her career as a banker; her husband had 2. She loved travel; he was indifferent. She wanted to see ethnic exotic places; he liked London, Paris.

    There are many reasons why married women travel with The Women’s Travel Group. Some of the obvious ones are like Phyllis’. Less obvious:

    He is not well. We have elderly parents/young children and one parent must stay home.…

     
  • Must Words for Thanksgiving in Italy

    We still have space on our Rome, Naples, Amalfi Coast Thanksgiving extravaganza  Be prepared with some Italian words:

    Turkey Tacchino…. and here is why it tastes better in Italy:

    See recipe linked here.

    Chestnuts Castagna  Chestnuts have a long history in Italy. Homer and Pliny both mentioned them. Chestnuts have bee a staple for both aristocrats and peasants all over Italy where they are still roasted in a ceramic container over the fire.

    Pumpkin  Zucca   Pumpkin is cooked so beautifully in Italy, filling ravioli, risotto, pasta with pumpkin and bacon, gnocchi and even in bread.…

     
  • Are You Scared of Your 1st Solo Trip?

    Today we received a beautiful email from one of the women who went with our group on the AMA cruise to SE Europe in July/August. She was thrilled to find instant friends on board with our group and they apparently connected up with more women for dinners and more. This was Bev’s first trip alone, well alone in our group. She wrote to us that she even made tentative plans to join some of the new friends on another trip in November.

     
  • Is Naples Scary or Scrumptious

    Safety and Mafia are Naples brand to many. But act smart as you would anywhere and enjoy these surprises on our Thanksgiving trip: Rome-Naples-Amalfi Coast.

    Naples is the Holy Grail of pizza. Did you know the Margarita Pizza was designed as the first pizza presented to the Queen of Italy in 1889. Red, white and green are the national colors.

    Naples’ pizza restaurants have a certificate of authenticity approved by an official committee.

    Many carved nativity scenes come from Naples which has been called Christmas all year around.…

     
  • Why Exotic Trips are Easier than Europe

    Why Exotic Trips are Easier than Europe

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    Why exotic travel can be easier than European jaunts?

    Many trips to Europe involve a lot of city walking, stairs and marble museum floors. You are tempted to even when tired to wander the neighborhood of our centrally located hotels for some shopping, snacks or photo ops. Oh, those aching feet. In addition, some of us use the fitness area after a day of sightseeing and airplane rides, without thinking to stretch beforehand. Then finally, to save money, we will carry wine back to our room for in-room parties with the group.…

     
  • What Phyllis Learned on Vacation

    Just returned from my personal vacation, and here is what I learned:

    The world is still traveling. And tourist sites are full of happy, unworried travelers. Airports are as busy, flights fairly full. Families smiling and excited about their vacations.

    You will notice that immigration is slower and more thorough on both ends. There is the obvious, customs employees are also on family vacations. There is the newsworthy, they are being careful and methodical. There is the season, summer is peak which is why our group trips are mainly off season.…

     
  • Travel Bullying

    Facebook comments about solo Holiday Travel. We are especially touched by hospice nurse, Ms. Baha, reminding us life is short. So why are we women travelers allow bulling by others?

    Single women travelers secretly feel we are losers. I know the feeling myself. You look at brochures and see happy couples or groups of friends? You call friends, try to get them to join you, get rejected and find yourself rereading your guidebook.

    Single travelers worry they will alone.  Most of the women who travel with us or other women’s  groups are coming alone but find instant travel companions.…

     
  • Facebook Criticism re: Womens Thanksgiving Trip

    Yesterday we stated that going away for Thanksgiving was good for those of us with no family or uncomfortable  holiday memories. Facebook comments were: You should be with your family. We should not write that some families can be nasty.

    The reality is many women of our age do NOT have family.  That we want to escape the sad memory of lost husbands and friends during Holidays.  Many feel they are a third wheel each year in a friend’s home.

    Lets celebrate in whatever fashion is right for each of us.…

     
  • Why vacation over Thanksgiving?

    The Women’s Travel Group offers both Christmas and Thanksgiving vacations. This year, 2016 we are going to the magnificent Amalfi Coast and Rome for Thanksgiving and Morocco for Christmas.

    Thanksgiving evokes memories of warm families and of nasty families, of lost ones and of distant ones. Being geographically away from your life eases the good and bad memories.

    For many of us, Thanksgiving is the beginning of a string of memories which culminate on Dec 31. Going away cuts that string and opens your mind and heart to new adventures which have no blemishes.…

     
  • "I ve never traveled alone before"

    "I ve never traveled alone before"

    Group in Utah,

    We at The Women’s Travel Group hear this all the time from women in all walks of life, even high level professionals. Many women only traveled with a partner, friend, or family. We are older, we are not wiser when it comes to travel. Here are ways to make your first solo trip stress free:

    Go with a group of only women, those are the travelers who want to make friends.

    Go with a group that arranges the entire tour and most meals, no options, you want to be together all the time on your first solo trip.…

     
 
 
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