March is National Women’s Month, and at Jennifer’s Journey that calls for celebration! Here are five inspirational ladies we celebrate this month:

Marie Antoinette : At age 14, she boldly moved from her native Austria to the very foreign world of the French courts, all to marry a
man she’d never met. Luckily
there were dresses and shoes
aplenty. Unluckily, there were also guillotines.

Annie Peck Smith: An avid
mountain climber and promoter of women’s rights, Annie was 58 when she became the first person
to climb Peru's highest peak. Traveling and climbing into her 80s, Annie proved that aging gracefully isn't as exciting as aging
vivaciously.

Rigoberta Menchú: A native
Guatemalan who endured a long civil war, Rigoberta has been courageously fighting against injustice and human rights violations with a woman’s strength, resilience, and determination for over 30 years. With drive like that, it’s no wonder she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.

Clara Barton: She was the head of hospitals at the front during the American Civil War. President Lincoln put her in charge of locating all the missing Union soldiers. And she organized the American Red Cross. She also campaigned for women’s suffrage with Susan B. Anthony, and for equal rights with Frederick Douglas. Whew!

Helen Thayer: This New
Zealander became the first woman to travel alone to the magnetic North Pole in 1988. Not impressed? Well... she was 50 years old, she walked there, and she dragged her own sled the whole way.

Check out our featured Journeys for this month on Jennifer's Journey.com:

          Provence    •    Belize    •    Yoga    •    Renewal    •    California Bliss    •    Italy 

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J’adore Provence

There’s no place like Provence, the region of France that inspires writers (Peter Mayle), artists (Vincent Van Gogh), and visitors (you!) See the lavender fields, colorful markets, Roman ruins, charming hilltop villages, vineyard after vineyard, and did we mention the food? Experience it all in a group of eight women with your friendly guide from French Escapade. Will you love Provence? You’ll be saying “Oui, Oui, Oui!” all the way home!

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Beautiful Belize, Diving in Exotic Luxury
An all-inclusive, boutique resort on a tropical island? Yes, please! St. George’s Caye Resort in Belize is only twenty minutes from the shores of Belize City, but it's like another world, free of cars and worries. Stay in lovely cabanas, enjoy fresh, gourmet meals, and learn to scuba dive– all while enjoying first class service. You can also sail, snorkel, kayak, cave tube, visit the spa or tour Mayan ruins. A true escape to relax and refresh.

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Yoga under a Big Sky
Ring in the spring with a yoga retreat. Big Sky Yoga Retreats offers springtime women’s getaways that include daily yoga, gourmet meals, majestic accommodations, and outdoor activities that feature Montana’s stunning landscape. Yogis of all levels are welcome at a variety of spring hiking and yoga retreats, including a “Mother’s Day Yoga Weekend” and an “Eat, Pray, Love Yoga Weekend.” Let Montana’s wildflowers inspire you to bloom, and the big sky encourage you to stretch, grow, and transform. 

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Renewal at Rio Caliente

Explore the beauty of Mexico and your own beauty as well. The experts at Women’s Quest offer a remarkable renewing adventure this April at Rio Caliente, a renowned nature resort and hot springs. Days in this paradise feature hiking, yoga and detoxifying massages and mud wraps. Wake to parrots’ calls, hike to jungle waterfalls, and eat healthy meals with new friends. Shed winter’s chill and allow the warm, volcanic waters to work wonders on your body, mind and spirit. Begin this spring feeling vibrant.

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This is Bliss

The year isn’t even half over, but some of us already need a break. Be nurtured, meet kindred spirits, reflect and relax during an Aziza Healing Adventure. Aziza retreats promote personal growth with a combination of holistic activities and inspiring natural surroundings. The California Bliss Wellness Journey, located at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, features pampering spa treatments, private hot tub soaks, gourmet meals, creativity, Pilates, yoga, and coastal walks. Follow your bliss with Aziza. 

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Enchanting Italy

Four women rent an Italian villa and it changes their lives.  Sound familiar?  It’s the plot of the 1992 film “Enchanted April.”  If you’re lusting after such a villa, come to Tuscany for an enchanted April of your own at Villa Vergaia, surrounded by vineyards and manicured gardens.  An authentic former convent, the large villa’s deluxe renovations include a home theater, a pool with sweeping views and an adjoining pergola containing a bar, sound system, large table and couches. At Villa Vergaia, la vita è bella! 

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