Without you, there is no WanderDivas PERIOD. Over the course of my 30 years experience as a travel consultant, I have worked with and befriended hundreds of women just like you; women that have a passion for travel. Overtime I began noticing a common theme. Many ladies had the resources to travel, the ability to travel, and desire to travel but not able to due to not having a travel companion. Are you one of these ladies?
As I dug deeper I noticed some commonalities in their stories. Women who dreamt of exploring far away lands since they were little girls, women who dreamed of becoming flight attendants with the excitement of waking up in a new city everyday. Women who read every National Geographic magazine they could get their hands on. I even heard of women who watched every episode of Fantasy Island; remember this is before DVR(Tevo). Regardless, they made promises to themselves that they would one day pursue their dream and travel the world. The truth is unfortunate, they never made good on that promise. Did you travel as much as you wanted when you made yourself those promises years ago?
Fast forward decades later. These women, like you, got married or remained single, raised kids and/or created careers for themselves, volunteered their time helping others, dealt with family emergencies, supported friends in need, etc. You get the point. You put everyone else first be it your spouse, kids, friends, family, bosses, businesses, the list goes on and on. It's not to say you regret any of that but now may find yourself retired, without kids or pets in the house, not a lot of responsibilities, with friends/family demanding less of you. You can finally breathe again. You can finally move yourself to the front burner and so you do. Have you started to put yourself first again?
So here you are. You now have resources, the time and ability to travel but no travel partner in sight. Some of you are married but your significant other doesn't want to leave the house and if they do, the golf course is the only option. Perhaps your significant other has traveled all their life for work and lacks the desire to do so now. Another common scenario is you don't want to travel with your partner. Sometimes it can be less complicated due to differences in interests, and you don't want to worry if your partner is having a good time. Perhaps you have relatives or friends that would love to join but their schedules or budget just don't align with yours. Maybe you lost your spouse which is so difficult and paralyzing. It's hard to move forward after losing someone. No matter the reason, not having a travel partner will put the brake on all, if not most, of your travel dreams. For many, traveling alone is just not option and this is why WanderDivas was created.
WanderDivas was created for you to meet other like-minded women in similar situations who are ready to fulfill those dreams of long ago. It was built with the intention of helping connect travel companions based on similar personality traits and travel interests. A community where life long travel friendships can be established and travel experiences can be shared. It exists to provide you all the relevant information needed for safe travel around the world and give you an insight that only 30 years in the travel industry can provide.
Being involved with the travel industry since 1984, I’ve seen a lot of changes throughout the years. As an agency owner in Miami, Florida, I worked closely with the airlines, cruise lines and tour companies, as well as with my own clients. Planning simple trips or those more complicated, I enjoyed being a travel advisor and seeing the difference that taking vacations made in my clients. Of course, the traveling was good for me too as Miami is truly a gateway to the world. It gave me the opportunity to visit many of the Caribbean islands via cruise and airline, and travel to several countries in Europe, as well as Canada and Hawaii.
When I made the move to Central Florida, I began working with Odyssey Travel, a Virtuoso associate travel agency. I’ve been affiliated with Odyssey since 2007. Since that time, I’ve traveled to Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Croatia, the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand, up and down the West Coast of the USA as well as the National Parks of the West. I’ve also cruised on many cruise lines and traveled with several well-known tour companies.
One issue that repeatedly came up with my clients is a need for single women to find travel companions. They asked if I knew anyone who they could travel with, so I started a travel club for single women in 2011. Today, WanderDivas meets monthly for luncheons. It’s at these luncheons that members meet other women interested in finding travel companions. It’s also where they learn about exciting destinations, tour companies and cruise lines, and pick up travel tips on everything from how to pack to what to do when they get home.
As a group, Wander Divas has traveled to Ireland, Switzerland, Germany and Bavaria, Savannah, The Canyonlands of the West, as well as to the Food and Wine Festival and the International Flower Festival at Epcot. Some members have met travel companions and traveled on the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Calgary, while others have traveled to Italy and the Mediterranean, the British Isles, Alaska and Denali park and many other fascinating places. Our next group trips are Costa Rica in December 2019, and Italy in May 2020.
Join me and WanderDivas and give yourself the gift of travel. It is one gift that truly keeps on giving through a lifetime of memories that enhance your awareness of the world around you.