Archive for the 'Women's Travel' Category

Women’s Travel Gold Winner: A Love Song

Monday, July 11th, 2016

By K.M. Churchill
Walking on the edge of myth in Ireland.
Snow rarely fell in Ireland. When it did the dusting was so light it looked like confectionary sugar had been sprinkled all over the green ivy and winter-blooming roses. So I knew our first winter storm in Union Hall, a tiny fishing village on Glandore Bay [...]

Women’s Travel Bronze Winner: Lost and Liberated

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Kimberly Lovato
Preconceived notions and stereotypes melt like a summer ice cream cone.
“I’m lost. I’m late. I’m sorry,” I blurted into the phone, in French.
Silence.
“So, Monsieur Manouvrier, if it’s ok I would still like to meet you today.”
“You are an hour late. Do you think I have nothing better to do? You Americans [...]

Women’s Travel Silver Winner: My Ethiopian Tent

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Carol Beddo
A Young woman encounters the courage of her convictions
Being called in to headquarters was not good, but I refused to be afraid. Back then, 1965, people said I had a lot of confidence. In what? I wonder. Myself? My choices?
I had been called in, but no one had told [...]

Women’s Travel Gold Winner: Down a Stream in Iran and Up a Creek in Spain

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Beebe Bahrami
Getting lost and finding oneself anywhere in the world
As a child born and raised in the Rocky Mountains in the USA, I recall my Iranian grandfather’s advice to me. “If you get lost, go downhill, and follow the stream.” I felt safe with these few words. All would be well, [...]

Bad Trip Bronze Winner: Travels With Emmy

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Elizabeth Creely
A hiking trip turns disastrous for two sisters in California’s Desolation Wilderness.
Last July I went to Desolation Wilderness with my sister Emily to celebrate her fortieth birthday. I woke up at 5 a.m., kissed my husband goodbye, and walked to the nearest BART station with my backpack strapped to me. [...]

Bad Trip Silver Winner: Dreaming of Djurjura Cafe

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Rosalie Justus
Hiking sola in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the author worries about same-species predators and other problems.
I know right away, the Dutch aren’t going. Marlie’s teeth are all purple from the herbs she’s been chewing. They’re a sharp contrast against her pale skin. She’s one of those naturalists that think if it’s [...]

Animal Encounters Bronze Winner: Touched by a Gorilla

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Kim Brown Seely
How Rwanda Reached Out and Grabbed Me.
Charles weighed 400 pounds, stood nearly six feet when fully upright, and was one hundred percent alpha-male.  His massive black head was luxuriantly hairy, and our eyes met daringly as he reclined in a bamboo thicket as big as a Barcalounger.   Charles, I’d [...]

Women’s Travel Silver Winner: The Moustache Brothers of Mandalay

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

by Shauna Sweeney
It takes fifteen minutes to confirm I’m being followed. At first I had my doubts, kept second-, triple-, quadruple-guessing. I thought fear was playing tricks on me, making monsters out of shadows. But we’ve turned too many corners, switched onto too many new streets for coincidence. The car hasn’t left my taxi’s bumper [...]

Women’s Travel Bronze Winner: Design a Vagina

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Johanna Gohmann
One cozy night at home, while enjoying a pizza dinner, I flipped on the television just in time to see a close-up shot of a woman’s labia being “trimmed” by a surgeon.
“Look!” I shrieked at my fiancé, involuntarily crossing my legs. “How can they show that on regular TV?!”
David glanced up from his [...]

Women’s Travel Gold Winner: At Home in Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Diane LeBow
“That’s the Hindu Kush Mountains, the killer of Hindus.” An Afghan man sitting next to me on the Ariana Afghan Airlines flight from Dubai to Kabul leaned over and explained. Outside the window, the flat desert lands of Iran and southern Afghanistan suddenly gave way to barren blue and gray ridgebacks, like waves [...]

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