Like a virgin, stamped for the very first time! Yes, my official U.S. Passport is losing its virginity this summer as I travel to the Middle East on my first trip ever overseas. I bought my tickets on Friday and am officially headed to Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt and back to Jordan. And it couldn’t come at a better time. I need to get away for awhile.
I want a change of scenery much like the ladies of Sex and the City 2. The girls (Carrie especially) are in weird places in their relationships and when Samantha suggests a once in a lifetime trip to the Middle East, they all say yes.
It’s interesting that the cast of Sex and the City travels for a new story. As women, our travel opportunities are inhibited by many things: jobs, work, family, children, and responsibility—“R” words that men simply are not troubled by.
Why do we travel? I think the answer is different for everyone. For some, it’s to feel relaxed. For others it’s a challenge. And still others it’s the need to find yourself, to sort through feelings, questions or troubled times. But women should and must travel—far and away, alone or with a group of girls. Don’t let the “R” words get in your way. A well traveled woman is a better wife, a better friend, a better daughter and a better mother.
If you want to get away, there are number of resources to help make that trip of a lifetime one you want to repeat again and again.
And sites like Journeywoman.com offer a number of resources including email exchange opportunities with women abroad and “what to wear” tips for the female traveler. That’s especially helpful for someone like me who’s traveling in culturally sensitive countries where women do cover from head to toe in some areas. And wanderwoman.com offers group packages for women too.
The Gutstytraveler.com is also a premiere site for women travelers. Author Marybeth Bond brings years of travel experience and a woman’s voice to the world of female trip taking. From girlfriend getaways to solo trips, the female traveler has a lot of influence on the travel industry as a whole—from improved security for women, better perks like brand toiletries and packages geared toward women travelers.
Get ‘Carried away’ this summer solo or with your gal pals because sometimes, you just have to get away with the girls!