A survey edited by Evelyn Hannon
ere at the Journeywoman
office we've been receiving a continuous stream of e-mails
from members around the world offering their thoughts on whether
they will travel at this point in time. Here is a sampling
of some of the international news, views, and mini personal
stories that have found their way into our 'in box'. As usual,
we welcome everybody's thoughts on this subject. The more
you tell us, the more we know and can feed back to the JW
Network at large. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
flew to Italy...
Just wanted to say that I left for Italy on Sept.
23 from Vancouver, B.C. It took a little courage to
board the plane with the idea that anything could
happen during the month we planned to be away. I'm
pleased to say we had a fabulous trip. No problems
and it renewed my faith in travel.
a Canadian Journeywoman
an orange ribbon...
am especially appreciative of your last JW newsletter.
Wonderful suggestions, and when I was at Michael's
(a chain of crafts stores) today to buy Halloween/Thanksgiving
decorations, I bought a roll of orange ribbon to
tie onto my travel bags. I hope to see lots of these
ribbons on my trip to Indianapolis for Thanksgiving,
New Zealand at Christmas, and a cruise to Mexico
Fran, a Journeywoman living in California, USA
Ed. note: Thanks,
Fran. We're hoping that JourneyWomen everywhere
will tie an orange ribbon to their backpacks. Displaying
that coloured ribbon means that you're ready to
help any another female traveller as you move around
the world. In this way we can all be a great support
system to each other. My own JW bags are already
live in Israel...
I have been living in Jerusalem, Israel for the past
thirty years and am therefore used to the security
measures necessary before flying and also every time
I enter a public place. It's amazing how soon one
not only gets used to these but, in fact, welcomes
them. In fact, last time I was in New York City, I
received an amazed look from the ticket taker at Lincoln
Center when I automatically opened my purse as I showed
him my ticket!
Naomi, an Israeli Journeywoman
keep a positive attitude...
My travel agent called the other day and sighed, "Well,
do you want to cancel your booking...?" And I replied,
"H-ll, no----I want to go more than ever." I hope
we all have that attitude, because the more the terrorists
have engendered fear and lifestyle alterations, the
more they have accomplished.
Kay, a Journeywoman
from Phoenix, Arizona, USA
was in New Zealand...
I was in New Zealand on 9/11 and although I couldn't
have been with more sympathetic people and felt safer,
many thoughts crossed my mind about what might transpire....If
long term, did I have enough cash, meds, etc. As it
turned out all was well and we returned without a
hitch, other than going through increased security.
Your ideas are certainly important for us all, men
and women alike. I intend to continue to travel, but
enjoyed your comments to make it safer. Thanks!
Mary, an American Journeywoman
listened to a meditation tape...
I was a bit apprehensive when I boarded an airplane
for the first time after the September 11th tragedy.
To take my mind off the terrible images I'd seen over
and over on TV, I treated myself to a copy of the
talking book, 'The Four Agreements'. As soon as I
took my seat, I put my earphones on and listened to
the soothing words of Don Miguel Ruiz. Worked perfectly!
Soon I was engrossed in the teachings of ancient Toltec
wisdom and, once again, flying without any anxiety
Evelyn, a Journeywoman in Toronto,
flew from Britain to Boston...
I e-mailed you a couple of weeks ago from Britain,
to express sympathy with all in the US after the WTC
disasters and to say that we were still planning to
travel to Boston, despite the fact that so many people
all over the world had cancelled their plans. I was
thrilled to get a reply from you - makes Journeywoman
seem so much more personal. Now my 15 year old daughter
and I have just returned from Boston and we had such
a great time. We are so pleased we did not cancel!
We felt safe. Well done Boston, we will be back!
Sue Dennis, a Journeywoman in Britain
went to a spa to de-stress after 9/11...
I travelled to a spa in Utah only a few days after
the September 11th tragedy. Both I and the other
women I met there all agreed it was the perfect
antidote to the stress and strain that everyone
was experiencing. I believe that travelling to a
wondrous place is a great way to reconnect with
yourself and with others, even in times of crisis,
and I refuse to let terrorism stop me from enjoying
Les, a Journeywoman living in Toronto
Anybody else wanting to take this de-stressing
route can check our Journeywoman Spa
Directory listing facilities around the world.
going to India...
I am going to Southern India on November the 29th
flying Heathrow to Kuwait then onto Madras. With the
state of the world at the moment I am going on my
trip with a sense of nervousness but am determined
not to miss a year of saving and planning for my two
month trip.... I love your website and its a comfort
to know that we are all still travelling. Cheers.
Caroline, a Journeywoman in Scotland
was in Poland...
Evelyn, thanks for the last JW issue and your sensitive
remarks. I happened to be in Poland when the tragedy
occurred; it was great to see the support of the people
for the USA. For over 10 days, people would come and
stand in front of the embassy, put down flowers and
light candles. The sidewalk in front of the embassy
was a sea of lights... The flight home a couple of
weeks afterwards was very quiet and solemn - no loud
conversation, laughter; everyone seemed lost in their
thoughts... Thanks, again - will have an orange ribbon
on my backpack.
Barbara, an American Journeywoman
soon to reside in New Zealand
armchair travel for now...
Fellow Journeywoman travelers, until you once again
feel safe to venture far, go to the local library
or book store and find books by women travelers. In
your arm chair, enjoy the beauty and adventures of
the world. I have too many on my book shelves to list
but oh the enjoyment I have found in each.
a Journeywoman in Oceanside, California, USA
travel is the safest form of travel...
There is no way in the world any terrorists are going
to stop me from doing what I intend on doing with
my life. Air travel is mile-by-mile the safest form
of travel and I intend on carrying on with my life
to the fullest. God Bless America.
Japanese women get anti-terrorism
a female-friendly news item we know will make you
A new design for
women's bras to assist with tighter airport security
is to be introduced by a Japanese company. These "Frequent
Flyers" bras will dispense with the usual metal attachments
which trigger airport security alarms.
a Japanese news agency the firm, Triumph International,
will start selling the Frequent
Flyers Bras in December. They will have
non-metallic wires and non-magnetic hooks. The new
design will be available in white, orange and blue.
Together with matching panties the bra will cost around
The company says
these bras will help speed up the "immigration and
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