In honor of Women’s History Month, Travel Belles would like to honor some of the epic women explorers who paved the way for us. These pioneers ventured into unknown territories and broke barriers and conventions for both their gender and travel in general that inspire and motivate women around the world today. Let’s take a … Read more
Since this is a big dream, let’s run with it: She would be host and producer of her own national television show that would not be interrupted by stupid commercials, or ever mistaken for mindless brain rot. Instead her “Katie Couric travels the world on horseback” type show would be shot in stunning High Definition, air on PBS and win Emmy Awards. Viewers would be whisked away to some of the world’s most exciting destinations to experience culture, cuisine, history and adventure.
As the first woman to travel around the world, Jeanne Baret is definitely on the list as a contender for the original Travel Belle. Neil Armstrong. Ferdinand Magellan. Roald Amundsen. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The first men to set foot on the moon, circumnavigate the earth, reach the South Pole and climb Everest are … Read more
Jessica Orquina, former commercial airline pilot Travel Belle Jessica Orquina started flying planes as a teenager. As an adult, she turned her hobby into a profession, working first as a flight instructor and then as a commercial pilot and member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves, where she was the only woman in her squadron. … Read more
A woman who lived under the Tuscan sun in the early 1900s The villa and beautiful gardens at La Foce in Tuscany. An Italian nobleman for a husband. The stuff of dreams for many a Travel Belle. But Iris Origo’s life was no fairy tale. She endured war, loneliness, grief and privation during Italy’s troubled … Read more
In middle age, Travel Belle Judith Works left the suburbs of Portland for life as an expat in Rome and a job with the United Nations. In September, she released Coins in the Fountain, a self-published memoir about her time in Italy’s chaotic capital. Here she tells us about her life as an expat, her … Read more
Let me be honest – I want Samantha Brown’s job. So when I found myself sitting across the table talking with the Travel Channel star, I was a bit intimidated, starstruck, and envious. But, as our conversation continued all these emotions quickly melted away. Samantha is friendly, genuine, and disarming. How could I be envious and plot to steal her job when I really liked her?