Created by a Brazilian who has visited more than 100 countries, event in São Paulo brings together women travelers in two days of lectures and debates 

Women are increasingly conquering their space in the world – and traveling through it too. With the aim of bringing together women who have a passion for travel in common, the II Brazilian Meeting of Traveling Women takes place in São Paulo on March 7th and 8th, at Teatro Santo Agostinho, in Bairro da Liberdade.

Conceived by journalist and tourism specialist Gilsimara Caresia, the proposal is to encourage the debate of women with the most diverse profiles of travelers to break barriers – and borders. “Traveling is a tool for transformation, it's not something consumerist: it's something to collaborate, to get you out of your comfort zone. That's what we want to convey with the event”, he explained. 

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The journalist knows this very well because she felt this transformation in her own story. After passing a public contest at the age of 18, Gilsimara found the opportunity to make her first trips – and in them a passion. “I used to sell food stamps to be able to plan new adventures,” he said. 

It was then that, after 17 years dedicated to the financial market, he took a two-year sabbatical to travel the world in search of learning and self-knowledge. The experience made him accumulate more than 100 visited countries, most of them alone. “When I got back, the ladies started asking me how I did it, so I created the Women who Travel and Backpackers on Facebook to contribute in some way”, explained the traveler. 

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However, talking to women only through social media was no longer enough. Gilsimara then began to hold face-to-face meetings, which always attracted more fans than expected. “I realized that it was necessary to take these women off the internet and put them in real life, to provide this exchange in practice”, he said. 


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With the need to create something bigger, she gave life to the Brazilian Meeting of Women Travelers, which had its first edition last year. At the time, all tickets for the event were sold out, attracting more than 400 women from 16 Brazilian states. “The event caters to all different profiles of female travelers: young, mature, single, married, with children, backpackers and even luxury travelers. This is the intention, to show anyone that you can travel, if you want to”, he concluded. 

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There will be several lectures over the two days of the event in São Paulo, bringing together different profiles and experiences of women travelers – in addition to the lecture by Gilsimara Caresia, who will also give her inspiring statement. Check out some of the highlights of the participants:

Ayesha Zangaro – At just 23 years old, she is considered the youngest Brazilian to climb Everest.

Dina Barile – The only Brazilian woman to travel to the stratosphere and who, at 63, is a source of inspiration for many women.

Lala Rebelo – A travel influencer and pregnant with her second child, she maintained her travel routine even after becoming a mother. Under two years old, her first child has flown 56 times.

Lídia Prado – At just 28 years old and about to enter the Guinness Book for her adventures, Lídia Prado accumulates the mark of 188 traveled countries and will share valuable information with the public.

Prudence Kalambay – Congo refugee, mother of 5 children and an example of struggle for all women who want to change their perspectives in life.


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II Brazilian Meeting of Traveling Women
When: March 7th and 8th, 2020
Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Teatro Santo Agostinho (Rua Apeninos, 118 – Liberdade) – São Paulo
Tickets: from R$197 for the two-day event (Silver Category) 

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