on to twitter.com. Open
an account and put out a call for information. You'll be
amazed at the wealth of knowledge that comes back to you
about women's organizations around the world.
know about HERmail.net? This is a free online directory
of women willing to mentor women as you travel to their
part of the world. Some great travel friendships have been
formed via this website. You can read comments here.
Ed. Note: We
all know that cyberspace is imperfect. Please test any online
relationship before you provide personal information in
your correspondence. If you and your mentor choose to meet
in her city please do so in a busy place like a restaurant,
shopping mall or train station. Good luck with this travel
connection and have fun with it!
a teacher, lawyer or doctor that belongs to a professional
organization at home? Through them you can connect with
professional women's groups around the world. If you're
in town on the right date, try attending one of their monthly
meetings or excursions.
enjoy public speaking? Make yourself available to speak
to women's groups when you are abroad. Don't charge for
your informal talk. It will establish a lot of good will
and new friends in the city you are visiting. For example:
If you'd like to meet and mingle with a whole range of empowered
business women in Tokyo, come along as a guest to one of
the monthly FEW (For Empowered Women) networking events.
You can check their website at: http://www.fewjapan.com/
expatriate websites like Expatwomen.com
and make connections with some of the women there. Ask how
you can meet them, help them. You'll be amazed at the reception
that generally comes your way.
Are you a runner? To get you started here is a SiteJogging jogging tour in Rome. You could join other travelers for fun and exercise when you're away.
Ifyou have a special interest, pursue it at your destination. For example: Are you a bridge player? Google your destination to track down a club that welcomes visitors. For example, check this link in London England.
bulletin boards and websites for the Singles Nights many
of them advertise. This is always a good opportunity to
munch and mingle in good company. Here's some example listings
for singles museum events across North America.
-- I met my friend on a solo rail journey...
years ago I met Soo-Tsu on a train going from Chicago
to Albuquerque. He and his family were from Malaysia;
Soo-Tsu had just graduated from university in the USA.
He was twenty-two then and I was fifty-eight. Despite
our age difference we spoke for three days as the train
crossed the country. I remember how intelligent and gentle
he was then.
time I met Soo-Tsu was when he was travelling through
Canada a few years later. Without hesitation I offered
him accommodation in my home and he was just as pleasant
then as had been during our first encounter. Many years
passed and we kept in touch sporadically. Several years
ago Soo-Tsu, who is now living in Singapore, read about
me in a local magazine. He contacted me via email and
I, in turn, promised to call him if my travels ever took
me to Singapore.
to Singapore last year and we met for breakfast before
I flew back to Penang. Soo-Tsu is now 42 years old, much
more worldly than the young student I first encountered.
He has already earned a bit of gray in his hair; he is
as polite, clever and considerate as I remembered him
to be many years ago. Once again there were no silences
in our conversation.