Photography by Juliana Broste

We feel every day women should be celebrated around the world, but this past weekend some fearless female travelers upped the ante in honor of International Women’s Day by celebrating the power of connecting travel-loving women all over the world.

Inaugural Women’s Travel Fest in NYC

The inaugural Women’s Travel Fest, presented by Go! Girl Guides, kicked off in New York City at the awe-inspiring Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts building. Kelly Lewis, founder of Go! Girl Guides, created the 1-day event to inspire and empower women to travel through tips from the experts on everything from how to travel through the Middle East to connecting with fellow female travelers.

“There’s just something magical about getting women together to openly address our hopes, our fears and our dreams,” says Lewis. “Women have unique concerns about their health and safety … that’s why I created Go! Girl Guides, and why we needed the Women’s Travel Fest as a community of women.”

Photography by Kathleen Rellihan

Travel Channel’s favorite globetrotting gal, Samantha Brown, was the featured speaker. Other female travel speakers included Sarah Shroud, a journalist held political hostage for 410 days by the Iranian government, and Sonia Gill, founder of the digital language learning company Fluenz and host of award-winning Sonia Travels web series.

High-Altitude Dance Party on Top of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Whoa, talk about women moving mountains! To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, WHOA Travel (Women High on Adventure) led a group of 28 women from 9 different countries, including the US, Estonia, Russia and Tanzania, to climb Mount Kilimanjaro together and summit the roof of Africa to support women’s education. Not only did all 28 women make it to the top of Africa’s highest mountain on International Women’s Day, but they danced their way to the summit and broke out in a full dance party on top of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Photography Courtesy of WHOA Travel

The group was led by Saumu Burhan Msuya, the only local female guide on Kilimanjaro, and 100% of the funds raised from the event will go toward supporting women’s educational programs at the Tembea Girls School in Kajiado, Kenya, and Give a Heart to Africa in Moshi, Tanzania. WHOA adventure trips include hiking (and dancing) the Inca Trail, and all trips give back by connecting with local women to make a positive impact. And, of course, all trips include dance parties.

Jet Airways to Offer Discount for Women’s Day

So now that you’re inspired to conquer the world, you’re ready to book your next plane ticket, right? Good news, Jet Airways is offering a 10% discount on base fare for women in honor of International Women’s Day. And the discount didn’t end on Saturday; the promotion goes until May 8, and is valid on all domestic and international fare.

As part of International Women’s Day, Jet Airways will also support 3 NGOs that support women’s issues by conducting an in-flight fundraising drive on all domestic flights. Jet Airways will contribute the benefits of these in-flight collection proceeds that are collected until March 22 to the following NGOs — Mijwan Welfare Society, Save the Children India’s Women’s Institute for Social Education and Women’s India Trust. All tickets must be booked online on and and will be valid for travel for 11 months.

So, ladies, now’s the time to book that ticket and go!


More Women’s Travel:
Sunrise Yoga and Ginger Shots
Go Diving With the Lost Girls
Paddleboarding with Sonia Gil



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