Are There Such Places As “Women Destinations”?: A Response

Friday, January 15, 2010

Susan Van Allen of “100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go” responded to our recent post, “Are There Such Places As ‘Women Destinations’?,” and I wanted to share her response.

Ciao there, from Susan Van Allen, Author of 100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go. Thanks for writing about this topic. It’s true what you say — that traveling is empowering to both men and women — in Italy as well as destinations worldwide. With many great reviews coming in for “100 Places In Italy Every Woman Should Go,” the only gripe is the title — as men are enjoying it too. I don’t want Italy to be labeled as gender specific, I simply felt that this phenomenon of women being so attracted to this country should be explored — and what a joy it has been!

The intent of the post was really just to call into question whether certain travel destinations in it of themselves are more enjoyable to certain classifications of travelers — women, seniors, Icelanders, those suffering from short-term memory loss (although this category of people may be advised to visit Disneyworld).

From Susan’s outlook, it sounds like her book’s title was not so much an attempt to dissuade certain travelers from her suggestions, but rather as a savvy marketing move (I suppose it does catch the eye a little better than “100 Places In Italy Every Man, Woman and Child Should Go”). As Susan says, it sounds like she’s gotten a good response from both men and women alike. As far as the albino Taiwanese segment of travelers — no word yet. Stay tuned.

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