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Celebrating the “30 greatest female trailblazers who have shaped and inspired the travel world”, Condé Nast Traveller’s list features women from around the globe. Women from a selection of backgrounds, from pilots to journalists, have made the cut. Unsurprisingly, a royal is also included – royals around the globe undertake tours as part of their official duties. So, which female royal was given the honour? It was not, in fact, the Queen, Princess Anne – famed for her work ethic, or even Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The lucky royal is in fact Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Queen Consort of Jordan.

Conde Nast Traveller noted the glamorous royal “has redefined the modern monarch during her world tours of duty”.

Hollywood royalty was also included, with Angelina Jolie name-checked thanks to her UN work.

The title commented that Jolie is “known to cover all her costs on missions” with the UN, which has taken her to more than 40 countries.

Readers can read more about each female traveller and vote online for the woman they think has had the most impact on travel via the Condé Nast Traveller website.

Condé Nast Traveller World’s Most Influental Woman Travellers Full List

Angelina Jolie – Special Envoy for the UN and Hollywood actress

Dame Jane Goodall – English Primatologist

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah – Queen Consort of Jordan & founder of her charity Jordan River Foundation

Karen Blixen – Author

Cheryl Strayed – Author

Maureen Wheeler – Intrepid traveller and the co-founder of Lonely Planet

Eve Arnold – Photojournalist

Bessie Coleman – Pilot

Laura Dekker – Sailor

Amelia Earhart – Pilot

Marie Colvin – Frontline Correspondent and American Journalist

Kris Tompkins – Conservationist and ex-CEO of outdoor clothing company Patagonia

Nyaruach – Musician

Anisa Kamadoli Costa – Tiffany & Co Sustainability Officer.

Valentina Tereshkove – Cosmonaut

Martha Gellhorn – War Correspondent

Robyn Davidson – Intrepid Adventurer and writer

Dervla Murphy – Touring cyclist and author

Harriet Chalmers Adams – Photojournalist and one of the founders of the Society of Women Geographers

Junko Tabei – Mountaineer and explorer

Hanli Prinsloo – World-breaking free diver

Dian Fossey – Primatologist, conservationist and author of Gorillas in the Mist

Jeanne Baret – Explorer

Gertrude Bell – Political officer, administrator, and archaeologist, traveller and writer

Sarah Marquis – Explorer

Freya Stark – Explorer and travel writer

Noo Saro-Wiwa – Author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria

Cristina Mitermeier – Award-winning photographer and established the International League of Conservation Photographers

Jan Morris – Author and travel writer

Annie Smith Peck – Mountaineer and adventurer

See the full list online at, and a curated list in the January/February issue of Condé Nast Traveller, available on digital download and newsstands now.


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American woman faces $2,800 parking bill after leaving car in Toronto during pandemic





Parking in the city can be costly, but one American woman is learning just how bad it can be after being unable to retrieve her car for nearly a year.

Detroit resident Kim Richardson left her 2004 Honda Element at the Park2Sky lot by Pearson airport in March 2020 before flying out to Europe for a medical procedure. She originally planned to retrieve it within two weeks but partway through her trip, the Canada-US border got closed due to COVID-19 precautions.

Richardson’s return flight was rerouted to Detroit and she’s been unable to return to Toronto since.

What was originally a $100 bill has now inflated to $2,800 as the lot’s owner says he has a business to operate and is owed payment for 11 months of storage. However, Richardson believes she’s being extorted for an issue beyond her control.

Park2Sky personnel claim that several Americans who found themselves in similar predicaments have had their cars shipped home.

“I don’t understand, I don’t know what’s going on here. Business is down, I’m not making any money at all. People who leave their car are paid. She’s the only one that hasn’t paid,” said the owner to CBC News this week.

The stalemate is expected to last a while longer as travel restrictions remain in place and Ontario Provincial Police have said they won’t get involved in a civil matter.

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All systems are go for St. Lawrence Cruise Lines in 2021





KINGSTON — Despite Canada’s newly extended cruise ship ban, Canadians still have a small-ship cruising alternative in 2021 with St. Lawrence Cruise Lines.

The small-ship operator, which sails on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, has confirmed operations for 2021, with overnight cruises on both rivers from May 20 to Oct. 24. A variety of cruises ranging from four to seven nights will depart from Kingston, Ottawa and Quebec City, sailing exclusively in domestic waters with stops at select ports in Ontario and Quebec.

On Feb. 4, Canada’s Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra announced that Canada’s cruise ship ban will be extended until Feb. 28, 2022. This measure, which effectively prohibits cruise vessels carrying more than 100 passengers from operating in Canadian waters, does not impact the small-ship operations of St. Lawrence Cruise Lines and its 32-stateroom CANADIAN EMPRESS.

“We are excited to offer travellers a small ship option for the 2021 season,” said President Jason Clark. “Our overnight cruises stay close to shore in Canadian waters and our COVID-19 Health and Safety program has been recognized for its high standards.”

This past December, the cruise line was awarded the Safe Travels Stamp by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) for adherence to global standards of health and hygiene. The program includes a wide range of safety measures, including reduced passenger loads, masking, physical distancing and hospital-grade electrostatic disinfecting for both private staterooms and shared spaces. Plus, all staterooms have access to fresh air, climate controls and views of the river.

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Here’s How Canada’s ‘Screening Officers’ Will Check On Travellers During Quarantine





The federal government is reminding all travellers in Canada that “Screening Officers” may pay them a visit post-arrival.

In a statement about the country’s latest travel restrictions, Transport Canada confirmed that newly-trained officials would be tasked with checking up on travellers during their two-week quarantine period.

The role of the Screening Officers will be to visit travellers’ quarantine locations to “establish contact, confirm identify and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada.”

This is to make sure individuals are complying with Canada’s mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement.

The checks will be conducted across 35 Canadian cities, having already started in Montreal and Toronto back in January.

The officials will provide “compliance education” and will be able to issue verbal warnings, but stronger enforcement action will be referred to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and then law enforcement for follow-up checks. 

Failing to comply with the Quarantine Act or with Screening Officers’ instructions could result in fines of up to $750,000 or even jail time.

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