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Since publishing the original edition of A Woman’s World in 1995, Travelers’ Tales has been the recognized leader in women’s travel literature, and with the launch of the annual series The Best Travel Writing in 2004, the obvious next step was an annual collection of the best women’s travel writing of the year. This title is the eighth in an annual series—The Best Women’s ...more
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Published August 14th 2012 by Travelers' Tales (first published July 10th 2012)
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Marija I
I started reading this book in order to get inspired... And that's exactly what happened! I am embarking on a four month trip to Canada and parts of Latin America. The plan was to write about my journey. This book has not only given me many writing ideas but it has also opened my mind to different lands and certainly different experiences. In a way, it has made me less afraid of the unknown and keen on trying things I normally wouldn't.

This book presented a real variety of short travel stories.
Meh. Only half the stories were worth the read.
I got this book from First Reads, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it. Obviously, I love lady books and I love travel/adventure, but I wasn't sure if the essay format would be for me. I think when I read any kind of anthology, I assume that the essays will sort of run together after awhile, but these were all fresh and unique. My favorites were any about women who clearly travel with a sense of humor, but I also loved the last story, "Tongues and Arrows," which w ...more
Mary  Mendoza
Wonderful tales about travel written by pros. Loved it.
Was a little disappointed that so many stories focused on random "romantic" encounters. I prefer stories with more meaningful connections and deep, descriptive tales of places, people, things than just quick romps in the hay.
Noney Goes...
This book is full of inspirational stories that make your toes desperate to create your own adventures. I would think this book would be good for people who plan on traveling, or want to live vicariously through some amazing travel writers experiences.
A great collection of stories written by solo women travellers who find themselves in countries flung right around the globe, each with their own personal reason for being there & each getting their own personal rewards for the journey.
I LOVED this book. It's filled with interesting, entertaining stories located all over the world. The cover is appropriate and enticing. It would make a GREAT gift.
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Lavinia Spalding is the author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler (named one of the best travel books of 2009 by the Los Angeles Times), co-author of With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant, and editor of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of The Best Women's Travel Writing. She’s a regular contributor to Yoga Journal, and he ...more
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“There’s something profoundly intense and intoxicating about friendship found en route. It’s the bond that arises from being thrust into uncomfortable circumstances, and the vulnerability of trusting others to navigate those situations. It’s the exhilaration of meeting someone when we are our most alive selves, breathing new air, high on life-altering moments. It’s the discovery of the commonality of the world’s people and the attendant rejection of prejudices. It’s the humbling experience of being suspicious of a stranger who then extends a great kindness. It’s the astonishment of learning from those we set out to teach. It’s the intimacy of sharing small spaces, the recognition of a kindred spirit across the globe.

It’s the travel relationship, and it can only call itself family.”
“I've nursed a lifelong love affair with movement, straying ever farther from those I love most. But somewhere along the way, it dawned on me that I was always traveling with family - because the act of travel, to the extent that it separates us from our relatives, also extends, manifests, multiplies, and completes family.” 2 likes
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