When I started publishing Journeywoman.com
in 1997, friends and readers would often e-mail asking if I had
female contacts in the places they were travelling to. There were
questions they needed answered, they explained -- issues like finding
safe accommodation for women, proper dress codes, female-friendly
fun things to do, etc. Whenever we could help, we did our best to
connect these women travellers worldwide.
As Journeywoman grew so did
our workload and often these readers' requests fell by the wayside.
Clearly, we could not keep up with this huge demand for womens'
travel information yet we knew how important this type of mentoring
can be. And, that's when the concept of HERmail.net,
a woman's online travel help line, was born.
not harness the helpful energies and wisdom of other travelling
women worldwide, we thought? If they would come forward to
help out via e-mail, our HERmail.net service could be offered
free of charge to all who requested it.
We sent the word out through
our JW newsletter -- introducing the HERmail.net concept and
asking for online volunteers to sign on (women willing to
mentor other women as they travelled to their parts of the
world). My lofty goal was to find at least one volunteer in
every major city or town on the map. The response was immediate!
Wonderfully helpful Journeywomen everywhere began offering
their services at HERmail.net, and the first online travel
directory for women was officially launched in 1998.
there are over 12,000 women
who are ready to act as mentors for other Journeywomen travelling
to their corners of the world. And, the system is working
very well, indeed! Our stats show that over 24,000
connections have been made -- woman to woman and country to
country. Meaningful friendships and important links have been
forged, and the sistering continues! For example, readers
In 2000 I travelled to South Africa to speak
at the Global Summit of Women Conference in Johannesburg.
Prior to my trip I contacted HERmail.net and was put in touch
with a wonderful woman named Marcia. Marcia provided me with
a ton of useful information on her city, answered my questions
concerning personal safety, and even met with me once I was
there and showed me her city from an insider's perspective.
Thank you for providing such a wonderful service. P.S. I have
been a fan ever since I discovered your site several years
ago and am constantly recommending it to my friends and colleagues.
Keep up the great work.
Anne in Toronto, Canada
I'm having lunch with a JW from Hong Kong tomorrow, and
one from Italy will be here in Feb sometime - HERmail is the
catalyst bringing women together around the world!
Teena in Sydney, Australia
Through HERmail I had replied to an American lady regarding
some queries on Bangalore, India and last week I spent 2 days
with her, we went shopping, lunching and sightseeing, it was
a wonderful experience. We exchanged so many notes about American
and Indian culture. It was just great!! This is the second
lady I am meeting through HERmail. Thank you.
Surekha in India
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interesting international connections and the ways that other
women have used the HERmail.net service, please click