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Society of Women Geographers

What do Jane Goodall, Amelia Earhart, and I have in common? Membership in the Society of Women Geographers.

This wonderful group has been around since 1925, but I’m often surprised to find that women who are as passionate about travel, history, and geography as I am have never heard about it.

This is an international organization for women who have accomplished a fairly substantial amount of travel and research — so it’s not a group of kids. The backgrounds vary widely–adventurers, anthropologists, astronauts, food historians, wildlife researchers, Egyptologists, geologists, mountain climbers, archaeologists, and women pursuing pretty much any other area of study related to physical or human geography that you can imagine.

You can’t just join the group–you have to be nominated by two people, you have to document that you meet the membership criteria, and then the board votes on your application. However, if you think you qualify, you can contact the organization and find out if there is a group near you and visit them (most larger groups have monthly meetings). That’s a good way to find someone who might nominate you, if you do qualify.

If you’re interested in knowing what the membership criteria are, you can find them here, on the group’s website: Society of Women Geographers. The site also includes some history of the group and describes a bit more of its purpose.

There are loads of other organizations that pursue geographic interests, if you don’t yet meet the criteria of membership, so you won’t miss all the fun if you aren’t a member. However, if you do meet the criteria, it’s a great place to find people who share your interests.



Filed under Culture, Geography, History, Travel

Travel Discount

I just got a letter from Overseas Adventure Travel asking me to encourage folks to take a trip with them. I’ve traveled with them a number of times (China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan), and I have a very high opinion of their operation. So if you’re looking for a great tour to an exotic location, I can heartily recommend OAT.

To sweeten the deal, they enclosed a card saying that anyone who has never traveled with OAT before who mentions my name and customer number will get $100 per person off their first tour booking.

Be advised, OAT only books travel departures from the U.S., so if you’re reading this in Sydney, it would be kind of out of your way. But if you’re in or near the U.S., that $100 per person might be a nice bonus, encouraging you to try out this outstanding operator. (Not just tourist sites — home-hosted dinners, lectures with experts on local culture, visits to schools, cooking lessons, and lots of other opportunities to help you really get immersed in your destination.) And the groups are small — usually 16 or fewer people. So you can get into places and do things that you can’t do on a bigger tour.

Check out OAT at http://www.oattravel.com/ for more details on available trips.

And don’t forget to mention my name and customer number — Cynthia Clampitt, customer number 000637771A — to get $100 off for each person for your first trip with OAT.

Happy travels!


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