About Pink Pangea

Pink Pangea is the place where you can get authentic travel information from women just like you who want to see the world and are already doing it. Post your travel stories; join one of our international writing, yoga, and hiking retreats; sharpen your writing skills in our online workshops; and connect with a community of extraordinary women.

As international travelers, we became frustrated by the lack of credible information about travel for women. At the time, existing travel sites presented—at best—a paragraph that dealt with women’s concerns and others were filled with non-specific information. We set out to create a platform where women could share their unique stories throughout the world. And in July 2009, Pink Pangea was born!

We invite you to join women from around the world in sharing the obstacles you came across,  the challenges you overcame, the solutions you found, and of course, all of the amazing places you saw and people you met! Meet us at one of our retreats and experience the rejuvenation that comes from spending a week doing something good for the soul in a stunning destination. Or join an online workshop and connect with women who love to travel all over the world.

We believe that every woman has a story to tell. That includes you. We want to hear yours–whether you’ve trekked the Himalayas or road tripped to a nearby town. Interested in getting involved? Get in touch here!

Our Founders

about Pink Pangea Jaclyn Mishal

Jaclyn Mishal

Jaclyn Mishal is a co-founder of Pink Pangea.  Since 2006, Jaclyn has worked in the travel industry, connecting thousands of individuals with international academic, volunteer, and internship opportunities. In addition to her work devoted to making the “gap year” mainstream, Jaclyn played an integral role in developing international service learning programs.

An entrepreneur, writing teacher and an inspirational public speaker, Jaclyn’s speciality is guiding people to express themselves fully. Her creative guided writing activities help even the most seasoned writers break out of their habits and expand their abilities. Jaclyn has led writing and Fearless Living workshops internationally in partnership with colleges and companies, including Google, Barnard College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Wellesley College, Wagner College, REI, Global Yoga Journeys and Hostelling International. According to Jaclyn, writing enables us to access parts of ourselves that we may have trouble expressing otherwise.

Jaclyn is a certified yoga instructor, whose travels have taken her through the Middle East, Europe, North America and Central America.  She holds a B.S. from Binghamton University.

Jaclyn’s maternal grandmother survived the Holocaust and her paternal grandmother fled Baghdad, Iraq. To them, Jaclyn dedicates her work to providing a space for women to share their stories.

Get in touch at jaclyn@pinkpangea.com

about Pink Pangea Rachel Sales

Rachel Sales

A traveler and writer, Rachel Sales’s two loves meet in Pink Pangea. Before launching Pink Pangea, Rachel worked in tourism, helping to connect young adults to meaningful volunteer and internship opportunities abroad. Rachel has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Europe, and is constantly searching for flights to countries in Eastern Europe that haven’t become hot travel destinations—yet.

Rachel has worked with writers from all over the world, helping them to express their diverse travels in a multitude of formats, including creative nonfiction, listicles, how-to guides, poetry, and more. Having worked with thousands of women, she loves guiding writers in capturing exactly what was so meaningful about their journeys. Rachel has led writing workshops in Italy, Israel and the USA. Each day, Rachel is inspired by the women she meets through Pink Pangea, who set out to see the world, armed with a love of adventure, curiosity, and passion.

Rachel holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She currently lives 20 minutes from the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel with her husband, Ben and son, Dov.

Get in touch at rachel@pinkpangea.com

Elen Turner, Editor


Elen Turner is a writer and editor who has just re-relocated to Kathmandu, Nepal. She has led previous lives in the US, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Czech Republic and the UK. She completed a PhD at the Australian National University in 2012, which examined the contemporary Indian feminist publishing industry, and her biggest travel dilemma is figuring out how to see all parts of South Asia that she hasn’t already visited while not neglecting the rest of the world. She blogs about her travels at Wilderness Metropolis.  Read Elen’s past articles on Pink Pangea here.

Sharon Zelnick, Outreach Coordinator

sharon zelnick

Sharon Zelnick, an inveterate traveler, has currently put down roots in Tel Aviv to study Literature at Tel Aviv University. Prior to deciding to pursue a more academic path, Sharon worked in photography both on a freelance basis, as well as for a number of world renowned photographers as an assistant and as an international outreach coordinator. When she is not wandering the world with her camera, Sharon can be found practicing yoga or reading on the beach.

Gabrielle Lang, Project Manager

Gabrielle Lang

Gabrielle Lang has worked in both the public and private sectors. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and an M.S. in Publishing.  She joins Pink Pangea with a commitment to help encourage other travel writers to write about their passions, their experiences, and their motivations.  Gabrielle has a thirst for discovering new places and meeting new people.  With her passion for travel and learning, she hopes to help young people all over the world pursue an education and serve their communities.

Morgan in Venice - copy 2“I’m producing content I feel good about more regularly than I have in years and feeling more secure in who I am and where I’m going.

The women I met on the retreat were so talented and inspiring – I love keeping in touch with them and seeing what they’re pursuing after our shared retreat experiences. I recommend the Pink Pangea travel writing retreat to any woman of any age who has a penchant for exploration and a willingness to try something new!”

– Morgan Fletcher, Travel Writing Retreat in Venice

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