Perhaps the only thing I love more than traveling the world is connecting with fellow adventurous and driven individuals. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of my best friends through traveling and in the travel industry, and many of the greatest mentors in my life are fellow female travelers and entrepreneurs.
Joining a community of female travelers can help you make connections, gain support for your travel lifestyle and exchange information and resources. The female travel community is brimming with support, inspiration and tales of adventure. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or heading off for your first trip through Europe, Southeast Asia or wherever else your heart desires, it’s nice to feel supported in your journey, and empowering to know there are other women you can turn to for advice and wisdom.
The following are five amazing female travel communities, in no particular order:
If you’re a woman in the travel space, Wanderful is your family. I’ve never felt so welcomed, and so quickly, by a group of adventurous women who are eager to make lasting friendships and help one another. Wanderful is a global community of female travelers and they have both local chapters and an annual Women in Travel Summit (WITS), plus a ton of other great resources and projects, ranging from group trips for their members, an engaged Facebook group, an influencer network and so much more.
WITS is one of my favorite conferences, and it brings together women, brands and businesses as a single tribe to celebrate exploration and the exchange ideas, stories and adventures. Interested in attending this year? Join me! Use this link to purchase tickets for WITS ’17. Use code kelley17 for 10% off your tickets when you purchase before Feb 28th at 11:59 pm CST. (ps: I’ll be speaking!)
Girls Vs. Globe
Not to be confused with Girl vs. Globe (which is, of course, also great) Girls vs. Globe (plural) is an amazing resource and online community for women in the travel space. Whether you’re a blogger or just looking for advice on where to go next, how to book the best flight or are keen to meet up with someone while you’re solo traveling, Girls vs. Globe is for you. It originally launched as a Facebook group by Sabina (the blogger behind Girl vs Globe) and has evolved into an online publication run by contributors from the group. With news and information about travel, fashion, lifestyle, food and more, Girls Vs. Globe is a comprehensive site where you’ll find loads of tips and advice on travel, great storytelling and a network of female travelers to connect with.
Girls LOVE Travel
When you’re just beginning to travel, it can be a bit daunting to book a ticket and take off into The Big Unknown, which is why it’s so important to have close knit communities to offer friendship, support and resources. Girls LOVE Travel is here for you. An international community of 200k+ travel-loving women who strive to empower other women to travel with safety and support, Girls LOVE Travel has all the resources you’ll need to adventure in confidence. Get inspired on their site and then join their Facebook group to stay connected to your new sisterhood of travelers.
"Here I am dancing into the morning at a beautiful beach in Sri Lanka. My partner and I are traveling the world and spending three months here. It’s such sensory overload: the hectic cities and the calm beachside towns, the loud disco music and the animal songs in the jungle, the endless amount of curry and the overwhelming heat that only abates when you can play in the big waves along the southern coast. I hope everyone gets to come here one day. It’s definitely an unforgettable place!" ✨🌏✨ . Thanks to #girlslovetravel member @globaladmirer for making us all want to go to Sri Lanka ⭐️ Who's been? Who's going? ✈️❤️️🌏
Pink Pangea is my favorite resource for thoughtful and informative articles on travel. Founded on the belief that every woman has a story to tell, Pink Pangea is full of inspiring and badass tales of women travelers. The site is full of credible and specific information that you can actually use — it’s about way more than top lists or drinks on the beach — which I love. Through Pink Pangea, you can post your own travel stories, join one of their international writing, yoga and hiking retreats, sharpen your writing skills in their online workshops and connect with a community of extraordinary women. Yes, yes and yes.
Women’s Travel Fest
Another great annual conference that features and connects women in travel is the Women’s Travel Fest. Happening in NOLA this year (March 3-5), the conference is focused on mix of talks to empower female travelers, especially women interested in solo travel. Because let’s be real here — solo travel is an amazing way to experience the world, but it can also be lonely. Joining a community of female travelers can help you make connections, get support for your travel lifestyle, and exchange information and resources. Attending the fest means you’ll mingle with lots of like-minded women who love to explore and share their stories and experience. Looking for even more resources? Check out Go! Girl Guides by the founder of Women’s Travel Fest, which publishes the world’s first series of travel guidebooks for women.
Do you have a favorite community for women in the travel space? Let me know in the comments!
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