All my adult life has been spent at a desk and as I near age 50, I decided I wanted to travel, to learn about the world, to learn from different cultures and people, to hear and learn various languages, and mostly to experience life not simply live it.
And, in doing so, I found a passion for travel and a knack for creating memorable, out-of-the-ordinary experiences for myself as well as for others. Thus began my adventure into creating Virago Journeys. Virago is a word I discovered nine years ago, on my first journey abroad, in Italy. Its meaning changed through the centuries, but its archaic essence, in Latin, is a “heroic woman.” A famous example would be Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, who lived in the 12th century and ruled her country—many fascinating books and movies have been made of her and her progeny. And while the middle centuries may not have been kind to the term, it is currently experiencing a rebirth, much like Europe experienced a rebirth in the 14-–1500s, much like I experienced a rebirth as I re-awakened to the world around me after my son was secure on his own path. As a single mother, he came first. Now I feel it’s my turn. A new path beckons, and I step on it willingly.
In 2014, Republican Senator Rand Paul said of then-President Obama’s approach to job creation “that nine out of 10 businesses fail.” I simply love the Washington Post for their analysis of facts, calling Paul’s statement “nonsense.” No matter the statistics, I see myself as a heroic woman, a virago braving the odds with curiosity and zest. I want to learn and grown and soar among the heavens.
So I invite you to join me on my journeys, grab some friends (or family) and make your own (with our help), or be “heroic” and travel independently (we shall make sure you do not lose your way). Our staff here at Virago Journeys will care for you like a beloved family member—that is our essence, a guest’s desires are heard and executed to the utmost of our abilities. And though I am female, and the company is composed mainly of females, travel is also for men—look only to the Latin “vir,” which means man, for inclusion in our moniker. I also believe travel is great with a significant someone, and you can read the reasons why here.
According to Solo Traveler, “72% of American women are taking solo journeys.” It is a known fact that women, across the globe, outlive men. I won’t go into the social or environmental factors of why—though it would make stirring conversation on a journey—I state simply that at Virago Journeys we can enrich your solo travel. Please allow us to customize a journey for you or come along on one of our specially prepared itineraries.
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W. Anne Jones
A curious explorer, learning and growing. Join me as I travel the world one day at a time.