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Living the Adventuress Life: Sailing, Copan Ruinas, best countries in the world for women.
July 28, 2016
Dear VIA (Very Important Adventuress)

Welcome to another edition of Living the Adventuress Life, the e-zine from In this issue, we want to tell you about Lord Howe Island Sailing, the Lure of Copan Ruinas, a great Puerto Vallarta dining experience & the best countries in the world for women.

True Tales

Two great new features have been published since you last received Living the Adventuress Life.

Sailing woman Christine Couch sails her yacht Levitation across the Tasman Sea where she stops at Lord Howe Island, part of the Australian state of New South Wales, to pass through customs.

To read all about it, CLICK HERE for Christine’s feature article, complete with colorful photography.

Archeologist, author and lecturer Janice Van Cleve braves Honduras’ questionable safety to visit the village of Copan Ruinas.

She writes, “I admit I had my doubts. I had been to Central America many times as a tourist, an archeologist, and a guest lecturer on tours.”

To learn how Janice overcame her doubts to visit one more time, CLICK HERE

Best French garden dining

When Cafe Des Artistes opened over twenty-five years ago in a Spanish Colonial mansion in Puerto Vallarta, it offered exclusive seating for just forty people.

Today, this bistro gourmet restaurant with separate rooms featuring different illumination, a private outdoor cocktail area, and garden dining can seat five times that many. CLICK HERE to read more about this yummy dining experience.

What countries are ranked best for women?

The World Economic Forum’s 2015 annual GLOBAL GENDER GAP REPORT has ranked the economies of 145 countries in terms of gender equality in the areas of education, health, and business opportunities.

This report focusses on the disparity between genders rather than the overall quality of life. The top three countries in the world ranked best for women are 1) Iceland 2) Norway and 3) Finland.

Interesting that in the past ten years, the United States has fallen from #20 to #28. Even so, my adopted country, Ecuador, scores lower than the US at #33.

You might think African countries would score low, but African countries overall scored higher than any middle-eastern country except United Arab Emirates.

What countries are at the bottom of the list (143, 144 & 145 respectively)? Syria, Pakistan and Yemen. What a surprise.

Though the report shows a narrowing in the gender gap over the last decade, it also projects that at the current rate of progress the worldwide economic gap between men and women will take 118 years to close.

What is she doing now?

Gypsy Nester Veronica James and her husband David are currently cruising the Baltic and beyond.

You can chase them through an eye-opening jaunt through Berlin, a hippy colony in Copenhagen, the quaint, wooden towns of Stavanger and Bergen and a ride in the fjords of Norway that she says “you just won’t believe.” CLICK HERE to follow their live reports. You’ll love their colorful photos.

Travel Quote of the month

“Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.” – Charles Kuralt

Have you had a memorable adventure you’d like to share?

We welcome your travel stories from home and around the world.

You don’t have to be a "professional writer" to submit a story. A breezy, letter-home-to-your-best-friend approach suits us just fine, with a few facts thrown in, of course. 

We like your personal observations, how you felt about the place, what you ate, your most embarrassing moment, etc. CLICK HERE to learn more about the perfect length of your essay, and how to submit photos along with it.

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—Carolyn V. Hamilton, Editor and Chief Adventuress

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