Archive for the 'Women’s Travel' Category

Grand Prize Gold Winner: All the Grains of Sand

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

By Angelique Stevens It was a full moon, which meant from my vantage point, I could see his naked silhouette shining blue as he washed his body behind the big lorry. I was naked too, behind the Land Rover.  The body was so familiar, that wiry frame, those graceful hands, the shaven head and the […]

Women’s Travel Gold Winner: In Search of a Shining Moment

Monday, June 26th, 2017

By Anne Sigmon We all call barbarous anything that is contrary to our own habits. ―Michel de Montaigne, The Compete Essays We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. ― Martin Luther King Jr., speech in St. Louis, March 22, 1964 The front page pictured a lifeless Syrian child, dusty […]

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 […]

Women’s Travel Bronze Winner: Lost and Liberated

Wednesday, March 14th, 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 […]

Women’s Travel Silver Winner: My Ethiopian Tent

Wednesday, March 14th, 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 me […]

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

Wednesday, March 14th, 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, I […]

Bad Trip Bronze Winner: Travels With Emmy

Sunday, March 11th, 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. I […]

Bad Trip Silver Winner: Dreaming of Djurjura Cafe

Sunday, March 11th, 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 not […]

Animal Encounters Bronze Winner: Touched by a Gorilla

Sunday, March 11th, 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 been […]

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 […]

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