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Welcome to the magazine’s inaugural Women’s Travel Issue. You’ll find a variety of eye-opening features and columns of special interest of women, but men are allowed in, too – at least for a peek.

In this month’s Take Five interview, Debra Asberry discusses challenges she’s faced creating the largest women’s-only tour company in North America, Women Traveling Together. Debra and her team ship nearly 70 tours per year.

The October issue also takes a look at Spotlight Travel Network, the only travel trade show series run exclusively by women, with a recap of Spotlight on the Southeast, a conference recently held in Asheville, North Carolina.

The feature “Helping Women Power the Future” shines a light on Empowered Biofuels, a charity in Costa Rica that champions economic opportunity, human rights and environmental sustainability. It’s a cause near and dear to this magazine as the foundation is headed by Lance Harrell, our Chief Development Officer.

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Lisa Kasanicky, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Girlfriend Getaways, pens our West Region feature on “6 Women’s Retreat Destinations,” a collection of hideaways in Washington State, California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado and Montana. Her column “Women’s Retreats: The New R&R” talks about a retreat that exceeded her expectations.

Historical attractions centered around some of the most famous women in American history are the focus of our East Region feature, “Remember the Ladies.” Included are places like the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park.

Other women’s-interest features spotlight packaging ladies golf trips, big-city shopping in the Midwest (Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Columbus and the Twin Cities) and Gulf Shores/Orange Beach girlfriend getaways, part of the “Alabama Adventures” special section.

Also in the October issue, readers will find some California itinerary ideas (how about whale-watching?), get a feel for Oklahoma’s cultural diversity and discover the tour possibilities on Oregon’s Covered Wagons to Covered Bridges route.