Women have been writing about the world for generations but until 2005 never had a book been published that celebrated the best women's travel writing. This is the seventh volume in the series that was long-awaited by readers of women's travel literature. Since publishing the original edition of "A Woman's World in 1995", "Travelers' Tales" has been the recognised leader in women's travel literature, and with the launch of the annual series "The Best Travel Writing" in 2004, the obvious next step was an annual collection of the best women's travel writing of the year. This title is the seventh in an annual series - "The Best Women's Travel Writing" - that presents stimulating, inspiring, and uplifting adventures from women who have traveled to the ends of the earth to discover new places, peoples, and facets of themselves. The common threads connecting these stories are a woman's perspective and fresh, compelling storytelling to make the reader laugh, weep, wish she were there, or be glad she wasn't. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes are as eclectic as in all of our books, including stories that encompass spiritual growth, hilarity and misadventure, high adventure, romance, solo journeys, stories of service to humanity, family travel, and encounters with exotic cuisine.