Miyuki Baker is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist, she is happiest when working with people who embrace intersectionality. She recently graduated from Swarthmore College, where she was involved in queer Asian activism and making art.
She is the founder of Asian, Gay and Proud and is currently traveling to a dozen countries on The Watson Fellowship to join the movement in creating a worldwide network of queer artists.
Guest Post by Jane V. Blanchard who is author of Women of the Way Embracing the Camino. You can purchase the book on Amazon or the e-book . To view the book trailer or purchase an autographed copy, visit Woman of the Way 2011
I am a 62-year-old modern-day pilgrim. In 2011, I and approximately 300,000 people trekked a network of ancient pilgrimage routes leading to Santiago de Compostela. In 1987, the Council of Europe proclaimed these Ways or Caminos to be the first European Cultural Itinerary.
I hiked 500+ miles across northern Spain on the most popular route, the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago). Many pilgrims start in St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a small French town on the border with Spain, summit the majestic Pyrenees, traverse the high central plateau known as the Meseta, and then proceed westward to the cathedral in Santiago. Read more
Guest post by Zara Chiron, currently interning in Spain as a content writer
With my time spent alive I have observed a few things. There are some whom I consider to be solid and true. I have shared in their experiences all around me.
And gradually, in different parts of the world, I have come to know them.
I do not consider myself welltravelled…. but perhaps a little “welllived” so to speak. I have lived in four different countries that span 3 different continents. And within those countries, I often found myself surrounded by people who came from (aweinspiring) places from all over the world.
I would often observe my girlfriends, intrigued by the way they would view the world. And especially, their expression of their womanhood within their various cultures. Oftentimes, I would find that if I stretched my mind, just so That I would be able to identify, perhaps not with their entire paradigm, but certain parts of it.
Enough to respect and appreciate the women that they were in their own way and in their own right. It is an interesting thing to behold this idea of Womanhood. The meaning, the appearance, the expectations that come along with it based on the culture and the society.
I have found that, no matter the country We women still find ourselves to be the beautiful burden carriers. Much is asked of us, and then some. And we almost always try to raise to the occasion, however, courageously With hearts of Gold.
Women, are Gold.
Every woman, in every country all over the world is Gold. We all carry within us the same strength, the same capacity to love and the same ability to be emotionally broken over and over again only to keep on hoping. To keep opening ourselves up to life and what we truly believe it has to offer.
Women all over the world are Gold.
They come in different shapes, colours and glories; a diverse array of beauty that collectively reflects the purest golden streak of love that is the world’s pulse.
- Assal was gold when she lost her mother and had to keep on fighting to realize her dreams in a country foreign to her.
- Sybilla was gold when she lived everyday for her adorable little girl.
- Claire is gold as her heart is positive.
- Yina was gold with each sacrifice that she made.
- Coralie was gold when she loved with her entire being.
- Adaora is gold when she thrives in a world that would quiet her.
- Souhir is gold as her friendship is true.
- Thi Hien Anh was gold when she demanded nothing but her best with each humble effort.
- Yarimee was gold whenever she would love for free.
- Amina was gold with each artistic creation.
- Chizara is gold because she chooses to believe.
With my years spent in different parts of the world.
Bathing in the experiences of all these women all around me.
Not always so solid, Yet, profound and true.
I have come to know Women are Gold.
Guest post by Lyn Taylor of Lyn Taylor’s Adventure Travel. Lyn is based in Sydney Australia and regularly organises trips in Asia and beyond.
TIBET one of those extraordinary destinations where indeed adventure lurks around every corner! Adventure on the road is never short on the beautiful Trans Himalayan drive, through mountain, passes, promising a panorama of a cultural and scenic diversity unsurpassable anywhere. I have had the privilege of traveling overland from Kathmandu to Tibet and visa versa at least six times, I just wish that blogging was in 18 years ago, as it would have been much easier to document my trips rather than trying to rely on my memory. Read more
Organised by the the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s media websiteIn this contest, articles are to be written on the subject, “WHERE IN THAILAND INSPIRED YOU THE MOST?” By doing so, you have the opportunity to win a cash prize of USD 2,500. Competition open until July 5 2013
They hope that your articles will certainly inspire others to explore and experience the many fascinating aspects of Thailand. We would be very grateful to you if you would also publish this online event in your respected blogs / websites.
Women Travel Blog is happy to support this vemture by offering to post any articles by women, and of interest to women travelers. Send to Rosemary@womentravel.info
A guest post by Mary Hamilton-Smith of AUSTRALIAN WOMENS TRAVEL.
Mary leads regular trips for women to India and Europe – why not join her?
Whist on our recent trip to India, my friend Ashiq’s cousin was getting married in Jodhpur, and so we were invited to attend. February is the wedding season in Jodphur and there were 28 on the night of the wedding we attended! The wedding celebrations go on for 4 or 5 days!! It is full on , and nothing like we are used to here in Australia! We were so lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of this celebration and where treated like celebrities!! Read more
The weather being cold and wet, got us moving to get over the Atlas Mountains in Morocco as soon as possible. We were looking for sunshine but could not forego an opportunity to visit the ‘blue’ mountain village of Chefchaouen along the way. We stayed in the campground high up above the village and I wandered the 600m down a zillion stairs to look for a hotel for next year’s tour. I found a lovely place right in the town with views looking down over the mountains.
Islamic countries are sometimes challenging for Western women to visit because the expectations for dress and behavior are so different. But with a bit of mental adjustment you can enjoy places and experiences that our fellow men just can’t imagine!
Shopping in London? Don’t!
Not unless you know exactly where to go, or unless you love being pushed around, jostled, ignored, exhausted and poor.
I hate shopping at the best of times, and on familiar territory. To even consider shopping in London is the worst of times – it makes me put my travel agent’s number deep down in my desk. Read more
VisitBritain Shop has just launched a blogger competition, where you can win a cash prize of $790 (£500). All you have to do is:
- tell the world what your ideal shopping trip of London would be.
- Include the great sights you’d love to see
- tell us what you think makes travelling in Great Britain so special.
If you’re interested in taking part, visit the VisitBritain Shop website for full details.