The Women Who Travel Guide to Getting Back Out There

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When the Women Who Travel team decided last fall to put together a collection of stories about dipping our toes back into travel again, we had no idea what January 2021 would look like. The results of the U.S. presidential election remained a looming anxiety, and the rollout of not one, but two approved COVID-19 vaccines wasn’t yet a reality. As it turns out, pandemic life feels pretty much the same as it did back in the fall, but with the vaccine slowly rolling out we are finally getting to enjoy something new—a glimmer of hope.

While the prospect of a return to travel is a joyous one, it’s also, in many ways, overwhelming. That’s why we wanted the seven stories below to go way beyond your standard packing tips (although we have a whole slew of travel-friendly gear and product recommendations, too). Jessica Poitevien, for example, reports on the impact the pandemic has had on travel anxiety—and speaks to travelers about how they are dealing with it. Megan Spurrell reflects on what the past year has taught her about comfort zones, and Meredith Carey speaks to flight attendants about what it means to come off furlough. Wondering how on earth to meet new people after a year of so much isolation? Well, Alex Erdekian has put together a whole guide dedicated to doing just that.

And for those looking for a little planning inspiration, Priya Krishna taps some of our favorite female chefs for the meals they can’t wait to travel for, and our editors share the places they’re dreaming of getting to right now—everywhere from upstate New York to southern Japan. Because if there’s one thing we can all agree upon in 2021, it’s that a change of scenery will inevitably be the most exciting part. —Lale Arikoglu

Why Saying “No” Can Make Travel More Rewarding

“Last year forced us to be protective of our comfort zones,” writes Megan Spurrell. “This year, I plan to keep it up.”

Travel Products Made for Women That Are Actually Worth Buying

From a hiking backpack that fits to an editor-approved Diva Cup, we’ve rounded up the items that make it easier to be a woman on the road.

The Trips We Want to Take First

Whether far away or close to home, they all have one thing in common—a change of scenery.

For Flight Attendants, Returning From Furlough Is More Complicated Than It Seems

“It isn’t like a switch flips and we can walk back on the job,” says one flight attendant.

What Does Travel Anxiety Look Like in 2021?

Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, travel and anxiety now go hand and hand. Here’s how travelers are dealing with it. 

Chefs on the Meals They Can’t Wait to Travel For

From the perfect sardine in Tokyo to a great roast chicken in San Francisco, we spoke to our favorite female chefs about what they hope to eat this year.

How to Meet New People After a Year of Isolation

We spent most of 2020 avoiding people. At some point we’ll need to get comfortable with strangers again.

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