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Featured Smart Women Traveler: Dari Dyrness-Olsen

Why are you on the road and how often do you travel?

I travel for work about once a month because I am a college speaker on Safe Dating.

Where else do you like to visit and do you use any travel websites to help you?

I LOVE to travel, especially to beautiful warm places, like the Greek Islands, California, the Caribbean, Mexico, and anywhere with warm sunny weather and a beautiful beach. I have done so much traveling in my lifetime that I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel all over the world. Before I usually go to a destination that I have never been before, I will research the area to find out sightseeing spots, restaurants, hotels and read about other people’s experiences.

What are some of your travel challenges you would like to reduce?

My main travel challenge is the fact that I travel alone for business. As a woman and a date rape counselor & speaker, it makes me very nervous to go out alone in a strange place, even if it is just to have a nice dinner. It is a shame that we have to worry about that risk, but it is a real life fear that women deal with every single day.

What are some Pearls of Travel Wisdom you would like to share with other women travelers?

After traveling for so many years, I have made friendships in all parts of the world. When I know that I will be in a specific place, I will connect with people I have met over the years and enjoy a great meal and some good conversation. I feel that is much safer than going out alone.  My motto is to be better safe than sorry!

– Dari Dyrness-Olsen

Succasunna, NJ

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