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Last weekend I visited the Big Apple for the New York Times Travel Show, where I spoke on a panel about Women Travel; how to get started, save money and stay safe. The moderator of the panel was April Merenda, President of Gutsy Women Travel who talked about organized women’s vacations. I shared tips, specific travel destinations, and money-saving advice from my book 50 Best Girlfriends Getaways in North America.

These interesting statistics were noted: 40% of American women are single. They haven’t met “Mr. Right” or have left “Mr. Right” or are widows and killed “Mr. Right.” Within the past year over 50% of American women have traveled without a spouse or male companion. Today there are over 300 travel companies promoting women travel.

The enthusiasm of the women attending showed that we’re not slowing down. Yes, we’re time deprived, but we’re still hitting the roads, the air and the waterways. We are traveling in different ways; alone, with girlfriends, daughters, mothers, and increasingly on a budget.

Everyone at the show was looking for inspiration and ideas. I left the show with a long list of “must see” places and deals. Even if I can’t travel in the short term, I’m planning the next adventure. What about you?

Happy Travels,