Welcome to "Travels With the Diva", a newsletter for women who love to travel!

In this issue, we'll talk about escaping the cold this winter, or planning your summer vacation - it's not too early!

I'll also tell you a little bit about Great Women's Vacations and TripDiva Travel, and give you a chance to participate in the website by adding your travel stories or trip reviews.

Two New Tours Added to Great Women's Vacations

I've added two new tours to existing pages of Great Women's Vacations, and I'm pretty excited about both of them.

In the Food and Wine area, on the European Cuisine page, I've added tours to Poland that explore Polish heritage and cooking. The link to the supplier has a video of one of their recent tours - with the polka music in the background, you can't help but smile. It sounds like great fun!

And if you book a 2009 trip by the end of January, you'll save $250 per couple.

This would be a great summer vacation - if you're of Polish heritage, go with your sisters or take your mom!

The other new tour is a walking safari in Kenya for women only. Ontdek Kenya's Adventure Travel has many safaris to choose from, but I am especially impressed with their tours for women. These are "soft walks" in groups of 4 - 10 people - not a huge crowd!

Scroll down the page to the "Africa" section and check it out!

The Whole Country is Freezing!

This has been a tough winter - and it's only mid-January!

There have been record cold temperatures throughout the country - even in the South! - and tons of snow.

If you're ready to go someplace warm, take a look at these current specials:

One of the new pages on Great Women's Vacations has Caribbean cooking classes and vacations.

Look to Funjet for the Best Deals to Jamaica
Find the best deals on complete vacation packages from your city and travel to tropical Jamaica.
flights and hotel from St. Louis start at $600!

Of course, Funjet has good deals to other Caribbean destinations, too.

Best Deals to the Caribbean

Of course you can also get great deals on All-Inclusive Caribbean Vacations from CheapCaribbean.com. Look for airfare and 3 nights at an Iberostar resort in Riviera Maya starting at $759 - a fabulous price for Iberostar!

Many resorts in the Caribbean (and elsewhere) have great spas - and what takes away the chill better than a hot stone massage???

Treat yourself or someone else with a spa gift certificate from SpaFinder.

You'll get free shipping on orders over $100 during January - get a spa kit to indulge at home, too!

Deals from American Express

If you have an American Express card, you can get deals from several vacation providers and cruise lines.

Uniworld Grand River Cruises and Silversea Cruises are offering $100 Shipboard credits for booking with an AMEX card. Viking River Cruises will give you $250 Shipboard credit for China cruises in 2009.

Funjet Vacations has Exclusive travel offers for American Express(R) Cardmembers! There are spa and dining credits or room upgrades on trips to Mexico and the Caribbean, just in time for a winter getaway!

Some of these deals can be combined with early booking discounts, too - check with the supplier to be sure.

If you don't already have an AMEX card, this is a good reason to get one. Their Blue Sky card offers travel rewards for every dollar charged to the card. Say good-bye to travel reward restrictions with Blue Sky from American Express®.

Contact me for more information on any of these offers.

Write a Review or Tell us Your Story and get a T-shirt!

Have a great travel story, or know of a good restaurant somewhere that you want to tell everyone about?

Send it to us using our contact me page.

You can tell us about a great experience, funny story, fascinating destination, or whatever you want to share.

Tell us about your last trip - where did you go, what did you do, what was great about it, what would you avoid next time?

If your story or review is published, we'll send you a TripDiva T-shirt or mug with the Hula Girl logo.

This doesn't have to be professional quality writing - just share your experiences! We want to hear them!

Until next time - Happy Travels!

About TripDiva Travel

TripDiva Travel is a home-based travel agency, associated with Dugan's Travels (a nation-wide group of over 500 agents). TripDiva specializes in great vacations for women (hence the website domain, www.great-womens-vacations.com).

Some of the vacations we talk about are for women only; most are not (so if you see something you would like to explore with your husband or significant other, you can do that, too).

But women's vacations tend to be a bit different than most couples or family vacations. They're a bit "smaller" in scale, allowing for interaction and connections with your fellow travelers and companions. It can be hard to get to know people on a large cruise ship; there are just so many of them! On a small ship cruise, there are no more than 200 people on board and you can make many new friends, or have a nice conversation with your travel companions without shouting over the crowds!

The vacations we look for are focused on experiences, not destinations (although there are a lot of great destinations, too). Would you like to learn to paint or speak Italian, join a cooking class or just learn to enjoy fine wine, take a tour that lets you get close and interact with the locals instead of just passing by an historical site while riding a bus? Those are great women's vacations.

At www.great-womens-vacations.com (or www.tripdivatravel.com - it will get you to the same place), we try to give you the tools to find great vacation experiences and contact information to book your trip. We will be adding a booking engine (via Travelocity), so you can book air and hotels, if needed; or you can simply contact us and we'll help you arrange your trip.


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