Wild Women Expeditions

The World’s Largest Women-Only Adventure Travel Company

Website: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com

About

Wild Women Expeditions offers more travel departures for women only than any other company in the world. And it brings women-only travelers to more countries than any other women-only travel company. In 2018 it will have programs in 26 separate countries. The company website clarifies that the objective of its tours is not primarily cultural immersion, but baptism by wilderness experience.

Wild Women Expeditions is founded on the beliefs that:

  • Women need opportunities to just be themselves, together;
  • The wilderness helps women connect with elements of their psyche that may be lost in the daily hustle and bustle;
  • Pairing women and wilderness often encourages women beyond their comfort zones, leading to increased confidence;
  • These ingredients can be transformational, perhaps leading to answers to the question that Poet Mary Oliver poses: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Roots

The company was created in 1991. Its initial focus was on canoe paddling on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became Canadian experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. Now as then, women carry their accommodations (tents) on their backs, as well as food and personal belongings, into remote wilderness where come night, a campfire and the stars overhead provide the only light. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada than any other company in the world.

Expansion

By early 2000, women who had experienced the magic of these canoe trips began asking for other kinds of women-only, wilderness adventures. The company began hosting multi-sport, hiking and horse riding programs and expanded beyond Ontario into Newfoundland and British Columbia.

Ownership

In 2010, its 20th anniversary year, ownership of the company passed from Beth Mayers to its current owner Jennifer Haddow, who brought with her a global perspective, having worked on international development, social justice and environmental concerns for, among others, Oxfam and the Canadian foreign ministry. By 2013 global expansion was in full swing, supported by a repeat customer base eager to expand their own horizons. Today the company has programs throughout the world while still retaining its Canadian heritage and roots.

Clients

Typical clients are often novices when it comes to wilderness experiences.  Or they may be women who haven’t actively pursued a physical adventure for years or who may be looking for a renaissance. Perhaps they haven’t ridden a horse, paddled a kayak or summited a mountain peak for 20 years. The brand focuses on being beginner friendly and accessible. The average age of a client is between 40 and 60.

Activities

Wild women Expeditions has the world’s most extensive roster of women-only horseback riding trips. In addition, on various programs women canoe, cycle, kayak, raft, sail, stand up paddleboard, surf and engage in wellness and yoga.

Current Trip Destinations

Signatures

Two signatures stamp Wild Women Expeditions. These are horseback riding trips numbering nine unique itineraries in six countries, the most of any women’s only program in the world; and backcountry camping that occurs on 70 percent of its trips, a higher percentage than any other women-only company offers.

Customized Tours

Wild Women Expeditions can organize private trips that might be, among others, a sailing trip in Greece, or kayaking in Baja or Georgian Bay, or touring Newfoundland or Kauai. The minimum group size is five.

Retreats

Learning and bonding experiences that lead to the acquisition of new skills and the possibility of personal transformation. Current retreats include:

Thesis

Working with owner, Jennifer Haddow, some Wild Women Expeditions’ clients agreed to assist a graduate student on research for the student’s thesis presented to Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) professors in spring 2017. Fifteen clients shared their stories of planting themselves in the wilderness with only women present. Reviewed were “their definition of wilderness, the role the wilderness played in their experience, any therapeutic or health related benefits, the impact of these benefits and whether there were any distinctive aspects of participating in a woman-only immersive wilderness experience.” Interestingly, major themes emerged which related more so to the activity, than the synergy between human and the wild elements. Major themes included activities, women only wilderness experiences and the qualities of wilderness as a setting, which included elements of escape and an altered state of being.

Vision

Women engaging with Wild Women Expeditions in the near future will have opportunities to engage in conservation efforts through partnerships the company is exploring with wildlife conservation charities. “I’m trying to move us strongly toward positioning this business as a vehicle for engaging in conservation work,” says Jennifer Haddow.

Magazine

Jane Goodall is featured on the cover of the company’s second issue of Wild Woman Magazine that goes to clients and is also available for purchase online. To obtain a copy: http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/magazine/

About Jennifer Haddow

Jennifer grew up in Newfoundland on the edge of Gros Morne National Park.  Adventures in their own backyards might seem commonplace to some children, but not for Jennifer. As an adult she came to a crossroads. She was living and working in Toronto in an office job. In 2005 “I got really sick. I attribute part of that to not having enough activity and nature in my life and to being in an unsustainable lifestyle in many ways. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.”

Smoking and other toxic contributions perhaps contributed to this condition. “I had an epiphany. I didn’t want to die or be in wheelchair. I started asking questions of myself. How do live? I already had an interest in alternative healing and powers of nature. I decided I wanted to challenge myself to not end up in a worst scenario. Someone suggested I go with them on hiking trip to Mount Everest base camp.  I probably laughed out loud. I was having disability (at this stage she could not lift her arms above her head) and was on heavy meds. I set a goal that I am going to get myself to Mount Everest. I will hike to base camp!

“This became a beacon to me, an aspirational driving force. If I did this, I would be ok. I clung to it in my mind. Several months later I did it. I went to Nepal, spent a month trekking in the mountains and got to the base camp. I am not a poor, pathetic, weak person waiting to decline; I can do more than I thought I can do. This was a transformative experience. I came back from that mountain and vowed I would be as healthy as I can be. I was going to get stronger and higher and better.”

The good news,“everything started to change. I bought the company. I felt fierce about the value of having these adventures for people -- for women, to provide the connection between outdoor adventure and deep wilderness immersion. For us to be able to put ourselves in such a nourishing environment as some of these wild places, we feel aliveness, we challenge ourselves to do things.”

“This was 12 years ago. I have changed my lifestyle radically. I focus on self-care. I am in great health. MS is a non-issue. I am not sick. This story is so important. Outdoor adventure can change the whole idea of your life. Women alone together share their personal stories of healing, their stories of transformation. I think that’s part of the women’s community, the connections we can make. Theirs are heart-centered, vulnerable stories. Women tend to be more vulnerable and expressive and when in that healing space (wilderness) that can be created, a lot of women are encouraged to see themselves on Mount Everest.”

As part of her own healing, Jennifer became a certified yoga instructor. Because of her own personal interest in health and wellness and yoga, she said that many Wild Women Expeditions programs integrate yoga and meditation into the natural outdoor setting. The result? A wild yoga type of experience!

Contact Information

Jennifer Haddow           Owner/Director
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Wild Women Expeditions’ Women-Only Adventures This Winter Range from Everest to Iceland, Baja to Thailand

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, Sept 5, 2018 – Wild Women Expeditions is helping move Old Man Winter along with active adventures for women-only from November 2018 through into March 2019.

A potpourri of destinations runs the gamut from Mount Everest Basecamp to the jungles of Costa Rica and Thailand. Opportunities abound to meet challenges in each destination, from horseback riding in Patagonia to kayaking with whales in Baja. Laced into each itinerary is Wild Women Expeditions’ commitment to the natural world with spotlights shed on, among others, elephant rescue in Thailand and preserving tiger populations in India. 

Here’s a chronological lineup of just a few of the most popular winter trip itineraries:

Nepal -Trek to Everest Base Camp, Nov. 18- Dec. 5, 2018Women spend 16 of 18 high-altitude days trekking in one of the world’s headiest environs to and from Everest Base Camp. The $3,295 rate includes airport transfers; ground transportation; 3-4 nights in Kathmandu; 12-13 nights in Nepalese mountain lodges; all meals with hot drinks, bottled water on the trek; an experienced English-speaking female trek guide and city tour guide plus two male assistant guides; one male porter per every two women (rate includes porters’ daily wages, insurance, equipment, food and lodging); Sagarmatha National Park permit and TIMS fees; domestic airfare Kathmandu-Lukla return; and a Wild Women Expeditions Trek Duffel Bag. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/trek-to-everest-base-camp/

Thailand - Elephants, Treks & Temples Tour; Dec. 21-Dec. 31, 2018; Jan. 4-24 & Feb. 12-22, 2019This is an 11-day immersion in the culture and landscape of northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai region on bicycles and while trekking and coursing down rivers on bamboo rafts. Women help to bathe, feed and walk elephants at both an elephant rescue center and in a Karen tribal village in the jungle. The $2,695 rate includes accommodation (including a home stay); most meals; services of an English-speaking, certified female guide and assistant guides; drinking water and snacks; activity-related equipment; travel, including airport transfers, in private air-conditioned vans; sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees, flight confirmations and luggage transfers. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/thailand-elephants/

Mexico’s Baja - Kayak and Whale Adventure, Jan. 11-19, Jan.19-27, Feb. 9-17 & March 2-10, 2019For nine days in the “Galapagos of Mexico” women cavort with whale sharks, manta rays, sea lions with pups and whales with calves. This adventure that begins with a night of canyon camping near a natural hot spring is followed by a kayak voyage around Espiritu Santo Island. The $2,295 per person rate includes entrance to Espiritu Santo Island National Park; whale watching, swimming with sea lions and whale sharks; 4 days of sea kayaking; Santa Rita Canyon Hot Springs camping and hiking; 8 nights of shared accommodations in hotels and tents on the beach; all hearty Mexican-influenced meals; services of professional, bilingual, female guides; group camping gear; sea kayaks and all paddling safety equipment; ground transportation. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/baja/

Argentina - Patagonian Cordillera Riding Adventure, Jan. 20-30 & Feb. 14-24, 2019:This 11-day horseback riding immersion allows women to experience the exhilaration of the gaucho life and a taste of Estancia hospitality before embarking on a week-long pack trip in the rugged heart of the Andes, the cordillera chain of mountain ranges. The $3,895 rate includes horses, pack mules and riding gear; professional female wrangler guides; 10 nights of shared  accommodations (4 nights in an off-grid lodge and 6 nights tent camping; camping equipment; all meals, home-made; laundry (available post pack trip); round-trip ground transportation from Neuquen Airport (NQN) to Buta Mallin (trailhead to the Estancia).  (Another itinerary in Patagonia is Chile/Patagonia Torres del Paine Multisport Adventure Feb. 3-12 & March 17-26, 2019.) See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/patagonia-horse-adventure/

India – Jungles and Jewels Adventure, Feb. 7-17, Feb 21-March 3 & March 7-17, 2019This 11-day itinerary plunges women mindfully into India’s wild world where tigers waiver precariously on and off the endangered species list. Guide Dimple Bhati is intimately connected to Project Tiger, an early tiger conservation initiative in India. Guests may expect to see elephants, cloven-hooved animals and birds aplenty. The $4,495 rate includes luxury lodge accommodations; all meals; sightseeing in and entry fees to national parks with escort by a naturalist guide in air-conditioned private coaches and 4x4 vehicles; the company of a safari specialist; an English-speaking female tour leader; guided canoe outing; applicable lodge taxes and gratuities and complimentary water and snacks. (Also available are Agra & Veranasi Extensions. Adifferent itinerary in India isGoddesses, Queens & Heroines: Nov 17-28, 2018, and March 7-18, 2019.) See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/india-jungles-and-jewels-adventure/

Icelandic Aurora Adventure, Feb 23 - Mar 2 & March 9-16, 2019This eight-day journey isemblazoned by the Northern Lights that wrap around invigorating days on snowshoes and nights coinciding with prime viewing of the Aurora Borealis. The $5,495 rate includes local female guides; seven nights shared accommodation (a private upgrade is $425) in guest houses and mountain huts; meals, activities-related gear and equipment including snowshoes and poles; ground transportation and drop-off at airport in Reykjavik; and all local taxes. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/icelandic-aurora-adventure/

Costa Rica - Pura Vida Adventure Retreat March 1-8, 2019: Guided hiking and nature walks, daily yoga, kayaking and snorkeling in Ballena Marine National Park and a to-be-announced community service project over eight days introduce women to an ecosystem laced with reefs, mountains and rainforests that defines Costa Rica. The $2,795 rate includes lodge accommodation, including Chalcra Eco-Lodge; services of an English-speaking, local female guide plus specialist guides; all meals; and equipment for excursions. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/pura-vida-adventure-retreat/

For details, availability and reservations for these and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became Canadian experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Wild Women Expeditions’ Jennifer Haddow Addresses Changing Priorities of Women-Only Travel Clients

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, Aug. 23, 2018– The company that is blazing new trails for women-only travel keeps a close eye on the changing priorities of its female clientele.

“Their priorities increasingly are value-based,” observes Jennifer Haddow, owner of Wild Women Expeditions (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/). “Women want more meaningful adventures and are more conscious of how and where they spend their vacation time and money. Yes, they still want to enjoy precious time away from their routines to impact themselves, but their concerns extend to a broader community.”

Following are trends Haddow has witnessed over the past few years.

Shaking things up: transformational travel. Says Haddow: “When women sign up for one of our trips ‘transformation’ isn’t on the tips of their tongues. But to choose to spend a week kayaking, hiking and no-frills camping usually means they’re on a quest of some kind, whether they know it or not. On a daily basis they test their own comfort zones by meeting one challenge after another. They learn to listen to and trust each other, creating community. Community – that many lack in their lives – becomes the gateway to learning new skills that can lead to empowerment and transformation.”  

Inner healing journeys: wilderness therapy. Says Haddow: “With few exceptions, Wild Women Expeditions’ itineraries place women in wilderness settings with only occasional brushes with society and culture. There are are abundant studies on the benefits of forest therapy. One of our programs takes women back in time to spaces inside themselves they’ve never before inhabited. Under the guidance of First Nation female leaders, they hear stories of women as fire carriers, medicine women and knowledge keepers and for a short while immerse themselves in traditional plant medicine, archery, equestrian skills, sacred earth walks and indigenous living skills. Another program honors Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit as only a bare-bones wilderness immersion can accomplish.”

Yoga-themed vacations: out-of-the-box yoga. Says Haddow: “Yoga is a cultural force spilling out of yoga studios and into yoga-themed vacations where practitioners can carry on in exotic settings at luxury retreat centers. We take yoga one step further than a terrace or beachfront vista and integrate yoga with other activities for truly immersive experiences. On our yoga themed wilderness trips, we take yoga out of the box and let women feel the elements as they discover their own power and wellbeing.”

Comfort in the wilderness: going glamping. Says Haddow: Women may have a desire to go glamping -- but with conditions. We meet women half way. Some don’t have the physical ability to do a multi-day backpacking and camping experience. In Patagonia our version of glamping for women with back issues is to give them proper beds but still with enough exposure to the elements so they feel part of the wilderness experience. Our journeys are not survival trips but rather about women warming up to their own inherent connection in and with nature. We want to help them make one journey a life-long adventure, helping them make that connection and following their bliss into the wild. We’re all about women taking little steps to feel confident in their journeys.”

Asking more questions: conservation matters. Says Haddow: “We’re seeing a growing enthusiasm for tourism to be a force for conservation and the protection of wildlife.  There’s more support for changing the perceptions of what animals mean to the world.  We feel we are helping make a difference by supporting tiger reserves and parks in India and assisting in Indonesia (Borneo) to protect the critically endangered Bornean orangutan. In Thailand a decade ago there was low awareness of the damage done to the elephant population in this country because of tourism, requiring that elephants become beasts of burden under the physical weight of one tourist after another riding on them. Villagers are re-appreciating elephants in new ways, in part because of the attention and support they receive from our guests. There’s a movement of women asking the right questions when it comes to their travel opportunities. For example: Are the protocols of developing and executing itineraries ethical in terms of impacts on wildlife and benefits to local communities? Plus, there’s the added value of engaging female guides from these countries to lead our women-only trips. Our clients care that local women get more of the benefits of tourism.”

Fordetails, availability and reservations for any of Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping, hiking, paddling and horseback adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Wild Women Expeditions Hosts Women-Only Adventure Sailing In Greece, The Bahamas and British Columbia

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, August 2, 2018– The pioneer of women-only travel sets sights on sailing adventures in Greece, British Columbia and the Bahamas where its Wild Women Expeditions’ guests can learn to hoist sails and drop anchor while exploring sun-drenched islands.

Wild Women Expeditions will host 2019 departures for up to six guests each on a six-night Greek Goddess Sailing Adventure from June 8-14 and from Sept. 14-20. The per person rate is $3,495 including six nights aboard Lucky Dice, a 50-foot, air-conditioned Cyclades sailing yacht; the services of a fully licensed female skipper and Grecian first mate; welcome snacks and daily breakfasts and lunches catered on board; on-board shared accommodation with the option (space available) of a private upgrade at $480. The yacht has five cabins, two bathrooms, galley, salon and a navigation center. On-own, on-shore dinners at tavernas offer opportunities for guests to charge electronic devices while dining.

The adventure begins and ends in Athens harbor. Enroute women learn to manage the sails along the goddess trail rife with archaeological sites, palm-fringed, white-sand beaches and temptations for hiking to volcanoes, wandering on cobbled, Byzantine footpaths, snorkeling with dolphins and sea turtles and cycling in mysterious forests. In Poros guests can rent scooters, visit a maritime academy and shop; on Hydra, donkey rides may be the preferred conveyance to the mountain top before joining a nightly sunset party with cocktails and classical music on the side of the cliffs. The small fishing village of Vathi offers a choice of a hike to Kameni Volcano or visiting a spa. The Temple of Aphaia on Aigina, the island of pistachios and Octopus, is one of the finest Doric Temples remaining throughout the islands. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/greece/

Wild Women Expeditions will host two 2018 departures of the six-night Bahamas Sail the Exuma Islands Dec. 1-7 (Nassau to Staniel Cay) and Dec. 8-14 (Staniel Cay to Nassau). Each departure accommodates up to six guests. The per person double rate of $3,995 includes use of a 45-foot, fully equipped catamaran, mooring fees, fuel, water and charter insurance; the services of a female captain and first mate/cook who offers local knowledge of the islands; breakfasts, lunches and welcome snacks on board as well as up to three on-island dinners (other dinners are on-own); the use of two double kayaks and two stand up paddleboards; and the option (space available) to upgrade to a single private berth at $495.

The charter base at Palm Cay Marina is a short ride from Nassau airport and a world away from tourist hotels and the bustle of downtown. Then come the diverse worlds of Exuma Islands, uncrowded and pristine, with hospitable locals who are gracious and genuinely friendly. Guests may anticipate snorkeling, exploring patches of coral, swimming, hiking, doing yoga on the beach, kayaking and standup paddle boarding. The Northern Exuma Islands include Crescent Beach on Highbourne Cay, recognized as one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. On Warderick Wells, the crown jewel of the Exuma Islands, guests explore 20 marked hiking trails and some of the most pristine coral gardens in the Caribbean. A grotto named after the 1965 James Bond spy film, “Thunderball,” is an underwater cave system for snorkeling, diving, and wading. It is teeming with exotic marine life and a kaleidoscope of brilliantly colored coral reefs and fish, like yellow-tail snappers, Angel fish, Sergeant Majors and the like. The grotto’s mystique is heightened by the small, almost hidden entrance. Nearby is a deserted island accessed by dinghy to see the spectacle of swimming wild pigs who greet the boat. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/sail-the-exuma-islands/

In British Columbia Wild Women will run an exclusive departure for a Desolation Sound Sailing Adventure on April 26, May 4, 2019, at $3,895CAD that includes eight nights accommodation for up to eight guests; all meals, snacks and beverages (including wine and beer); all shore trips with access to national and provincial parks and protected areas, guiding permits and fees. (Wine pairing will be suggested evenings with freshly prepared, coastal-inspired cuisine.)A92-foot schooner with a crew of up to five women features four double occupancy sleeping areas, an above-deck wheelhouse lounge and a galley and dining lounge with library. Guests share two bathrooms. An expansive deck offers secluded areas for sightseeing and reading. The vessel that is home-based in Sydney is Canada’s prestigious classic schooner, The Maple Leaf. In addition to gaining seamanship skills, guests will be surrounded by opportunities to watch for seabirds in nutrient-rich waters and by Zodiac explore shorelines for wildlife. This region is favored by boaters for its white-capped mountains, fjords and islands and opportunities for hiking and kayaking. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/desolation-sound-sailing-adventure/

Wild Women Expeditions offers more globe-spanning, active- travel departures for women than any other tour operator in the world. For details, availability and reservations for any of Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping, hiking, paddling and horseback adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Wild Women Expeditions Debuts Icelandic Aurora Adventures In Winter of 2019 – Just for the Girls

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, July 17 -- The trail blazer of women-only travel will lead ladies in late winter 2019 on eight-day Icelandic Aurora Adventures emblazoned by the Northern Lights.

Departures for this brand-new Wild Women Expeditions’ foray into the land of ice and snow are Feb. 23-March 2 and March 9-16, 2019. These dates coincide with prime viewing conditions for the Aurora Borealis. The per person rate of $5,495 includes local female guides, seven nights shared accommodation (a private upgrade is $425) in guest houses and mountain huts, meals, activities-related gear and equipment including snowshoes and poles, ground transportation and drop-off at airport in Reykjavik and all local taxes. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/icelandic-aurora-adventure/

This time of year the light from a low-lying sun sheds a warm glow for a short eight hours, time enough to strap on snow shoes to stride (hikes average 10km) through volcanic valleys where steaming mud pots, hot rivers and frozen waterfalls await. Over on a glacier, crampon-clad women will explore an ice cave and tunnels with an accomplished glacier guide. One mountain region along the sea displays a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs, beaches of sand and pebbles popular among horsemen and rock skimmers, and remnants and relics scattered here and there of times and ways of life long past. Iceland’s unique geology and cultural history come into focus when visiting Thingvellir National Park, home of the country’s seat of power from the 10th to 18th centuries.

Guests meet up in Reykjavik where a walking tour and thermal soak demonstrate how Icelanders enjoy themselves. The itinerary offers daily opportunities to soak in water warmed from the belly of the earth. While lodging in mountain huts, guests help prepare Icelandic meals. But there’s no lingering at the dinner table here, as throughout the day anticipation mounts for the spectacle du jour, the Northern Lights, witnessed in off-the-beaten-track locales where otherwise dark skies preside.

The sojourn calls for people-to-people meet-ups too. At Ullarselið, a center for displaying and selling, staff will show the group the importance that wool plays in this cold clime. In 1994, 50 women from nearby villages worked for 18 days (432 hours) to make the biggest sweater in the world! It is knitted with handspun wool; 179 pieces are sewn together with black thread. The sweater has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. (Icelandic sheep, breeding here over 1,000 years, yield white and shades of gray, brown and black wool. The prolific breed carries a gene that can produce sextuplets.)

On a western peninsula where fishing and tourism rule the economy, guests spend time withtwo female entrepreneurs who set up a slow travel company in the town of Stykkisholmur. They will share first-hand insights into the way of life - yesterday and today, including how and why Icelanders are said to be some of the most well-read people on the planet.

For details, availability and reservations for trips in Iceland as well as all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became Canadian experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Follow Wild Women Expeditions on Social Media:

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Media Contact:        Widness & Wiggins PR

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Coming in 2019 - Wild Women Expeditions Brings Critically Endangered Bornean Orangutan and Bali’s Delights to Female Travelers

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, June 13, 2018– Wild Women Expeditions (WWE) will host five departures in 2019 for women-only to the Indonesian Archipelago to explore international efforts to preserve the critically endangered Bornean orangutan.

The 14-day itinerary, Untamed Indonesia, delves into one of the world’s oldest (140 million years) rainforests located on the world’s third largest island, Borneo. This is the traditional home of a great ape native to Asia and whose numbers are dwindling apace with habitat slashed and burned for paper pulp and to clear land for palm oil production.

Departures in 2019 are April 4-17, May 2-15, June 20-July 3, Oct. 3-16 and Oct. 31-Nov. 13. Included in the $4,995 per person rate are transportation throughout the trip including all domestic flights and vehicles; 13 nights shared accommodation; services of a female trip leader; all meals; all equipment for activities including snorkeling, kayaking, biking; tips for drivers, restaurant staff and local nature guides; optional single room upgrade at $1,295. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/indonesia/.

“Indonesia is home to one of the last habitats for orangutans and time is running out to save them from extinction. Our tour will bring awareness to the need to protect endangered species and help fund local conservation programs to rescue and rehabilitate orangutans in Borneo,” said Jennifer Haddow, owner of Wild Women Expeditions, pioneer of worldwide women-only travel.

The island of Borneo is politically three countries: Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, the latter representing 73 percent of the island and where this adventure concentrates over three days before moving on to other Indonesian islands including Flores, home of the endangered Komodo Dragon, and finally, Bali.

Guests meet in Jakarta for a flight to Palangkaraya, the capital of the Indonesian section of Borneo. Here begins an immersion into the wild, along with snatches of village culture that reveal customs (“dayak sandungs” or burial boxes), food, handicrafts (rattan weavers), homes (stilted and floating houses) and history. Accommodation for three nights is on a houseboat. 

Guests paddle long wooden canoes into the Bornean freshwater swamp, home to proboscis monkeys, hornbills, Brahmini kites and orangutans. Enroute they visit a site where the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation makes it possible for orangutans birthed in captivity, rescued or domesticated to be resocialized into the wild.

The group will visit the orangutans in their protected island “forest school”, where they are supported to be rehabilitated and released back into the wild, staffed by local women who act as “babysitters” for the often orphaned orangutans, a program that WWE supports financially.

The tour will continue on to Flores Island, inhabited by some 2,000 of the Earth’s largest lizard (3m long, 65kg), the dinosaur-like Komodo dragon that can run 13 miles an hour and swim from island to island. Here a three-night cruise and hikes reveal Komodos that eat birds, invertebrates and mammals. Here, too, are wild boar, deer and buffalo, plus cockatoos, gosong birds and giant pigeons. The cruise visits an island with a mangrove forest, home of nesting bats that at dusk do fly-overs in search of fruits. On another island stop, snorkelers share the waters with giant manta rays.

Moving attention from creatures in the wild to the Wild Women themselves, Bali adds a spiritual and human lens to this adventure as visitors don sarongs for a village meet-up with a Balinese healer called ‘Balian’ who lives at a temple and practices traditional medicine. In another village a Balinese family prepares traditional dishes for their guests. The head of this family is Eka, the Wild Women representative for Indonesia. Later comes a walk through the moonscape of an active volcano that from 1963 to 1999 erupted more than 12 times. The guide prepares a meal heated in one of the “volcano ovens” created from steam vents that will pressure-cook a meal. On a cooler note, the floating Hindo Shivaite water temple, Ulun Danu, emerges from the mists of the 17th century after guests paddle traditional outrigger canoes across a lake.

While trekking through an ancient rainforest. an expert explains the uses of traditional herbal medicines gleaned from the forest. Bicycling through the rice paddies of Ubud is a reminder of scenes from the movie Eat, Pray, Love. The organic restaurant in the middle of a paddy becomes a lunch stop. Jati Village is the last stop on what’s known as the “Island of God” with time enough for a dip in a secluded river pool, a farewell BBQ and a Balinese dance performance before catching flights from Denpasar Airport.

Wild Women Expeditions (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/) offers more globe-spanning, active- travel departures for women than any other tour operator in the world.

Fordetails, availability and reservations for any of Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping, hiking, paddling and horseback adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Pioneer of Women-Only Travel Stages Canada’s Largest Women’s Paddling Event in June 2018 on Ontario’s Lake Huron

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, May 16, 2018– Wild Women Expeditions, the leader and trailblazer of women-only travel, will host one of the world’s largest women-only paddling events again this summer near Toronto, Canada.

The 5th annual Women on the Water Festival is expected to draw upwards of 120 women June 8-10, 2018, to the shores of Lake Huron on Georgian Bay for a weekend focused on learning water-concentrated skills while bonding with other women.

Along with co-sponsor, the Ontario Sea Kayak Center, Wild Women Expeditions (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/) is assembling some of Canada’s finest female kayak, canoe and standup paddle board coaches to instruct and guide women from beginner to advanced levels of paddling sports.

For two days, women will focus on developing and honing paddling and rolling skills that lead to lifelong pursuits and personal empowerment. Among the celebrated coaches well-known in the Ontario paddling scene slated to be instructors is Dympna Hayes, co-owner of the Ontario Sea Kayak Center and a Paddle Canada Level Two Instructor.

The per person rate of $395 CAD includes Friday and Saturday night bunkhouse accommodation at a summer camp (Camp Tapawingo) on Parry Sound (approximately a 2 ½-hour drive from the Toronto Airport), all meals and snacks, use of boats/boards and paddling gear, two days of paddling sessions, additional workshops and activities, and support to arrange carpools with other participants. Guests supply their own sleeping bags and pillow.

On Saturday women choose a paddling discipline and level best representing interests and skill sets and then work on learning or upgrading skills. Workshops include beginner and intermediate kayaking, canoeing and introductory and intermediate standup paddle boarding. On Sunday are paddle sport tours, instruction with video feedback and a program called “Navigation and Weather in the Wild,” a dryland session on piloting, aiming off, shooting a bearing, dead reckoning and when to make judgement calls. For details see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/women-on-water-paddling-festival/.

This festival weekend is just one of Wild Women Expeditions’ retreats and itineraries that help women create and build skills by focusing on specific activities in the outdoors.

“We are dedicated to helping women build the skills and confidence to venture out into the wilderness because many women want to learn how to paddle but are intimidated to get started,” said WWE Director Jennifer Haddow. “We provide a fun, empowering space for women to learn how to handle themselves with a paddle and know how to be safe on their wilderness adventures.”

A three-day Women’s Paddling Skills Retreat Aug. 3-6, 2018 includes three days of paddling instruction, meals, three nights indoor lodge accommodation, river access fee, a ½-hour massage, wine and cheese tasting, use of yoga pavilion and sauna and boat and paddling equipment. The per person rate is $1,080 CAD. Instruction focuses on whitewater canoeing and kayaking and calm-water kayaking. The location is a wilderness resort built for paddlers (Madawaska Kanu Centre) on the Middle Madawaska River in eastern Ontario. For more details see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/whitewater-retreat-at-mkc/.

West Coast Kayaking Skills and Paddling Adventure June 25-29, 2018, is $1,280 CAD for a five-day paddling adventure including two days of comprehensive sea kayaking and camp craft instruction in a kayakers’ paradise, the over 100 small islands and islets called Broken Group Islands on Vancouver Island’s Barkley Sound. This trip is suitable for beginners and experienced kayakers who want to hone skills. Wild Women Expeditions is teamed with Adventuress Sea Kayaking for this program.  

Along with likely sightings of whales, seals, sea lions and porpoises, participants will observe fish traps and other artifacts of aboriginal habitation. The rate includes five days of kayaking and camping off the shores of the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, hearty and healthy meals; professional female guides; two days of intensive skills courses to introduce women to kayaking and camping in the wilderness; the Paddle Canada Certified Course for Beginners (nationally recognized certification comes with successful completion), instruction in seawomanship and trip planning (reading weather/marine forecasts, chart reading, tides and currents, navigation and trip planning); use of fiberglass kayaks and all camping equipment (except sleeping bags available for rent), dry bags for personal gear and launch and camping fees. For details see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/kayak-skills-and-backcountry-adventure/.

For details, availability and reservations for all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs worldwide, call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping, hiking, paddling and horseback adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day, Wild Women Expeditions Suggests Moms and Daughters Bond with Horses and Canoes

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, April 24, 2018– With Mother’s Day in mind, horses and canoes can help strengthen bonds between mothers and daughters, believes the pioneer of women-only travel.

Wild Women Expeditions’ (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/) globe-spanning roster of women-only itineraries also beckons adventurous mothers to join their daughters on journeys into the wilderness that can re-cement relationships. One adventure just for moms and girls ages 10 to 16 is on horseback in Iceland. The other for moms and daughters ages 8 to 13 is closer to home in canoes on a lake in Canada.

In Iceland the 7-day Women & Girls Gold Circle Riding Adventure is offered July 19-25, 2018, at $2,295 per person inclusive of five days of horseback riding (horses and appropriate gear included), services of female professional horse guides, six nights mountain hut and guest house accommodation, homemade meals, park and other entry fees and transfer from Reykjavik, the gateway city. Guests should bring some experience riding English-saddle style before mounting their small Icelandic horses for riding lessons and before jaunts of up to six miles a day past the volcanos, geysers, waterfalls, mountains and lakes of southern Iceland. The riding strategy is to trot or tölt whenever the terrain allows since this pace is the perfect balance of speed and rider comfort. (The tölt is an extremely smooth, four beat gait, much like a running walk or rack, and it offers a virtually bounce-free ride at speeds of up to 32 kph.)  For trip details see: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/women-girls-golden-circle-riding-adventure/

A four- day Women and Girls Canoe Trip in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park departs Aug. 2-5, 2018. The per person rate of $795 includes group camping and paddling equipment and gear, all meals, shuttle from lodge to canoe put-in, professional female guides, a night at Northern Edge Algonquin Nature Retreat, sauna and shower at trip’s end. The park, synonymous with backcountry canoe tripping, offers over 2,000km of canoe trails through a 7,630 square kilometer area of wilderness. In addition to 2.5 hours daily of paddling, guests learn such tripping skills as how to pack and set up camp, read maps, tie knots, start a fire, and spot signs of wildlife. This adventure also includes one night at Northern Edge Algonquin, an off-grid ecolodge offering exceptional cuisine and comfy accommodations. For trip details see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/women-and-girls-algonquin-canoe/

When it comes to older mothers and their grown-up daughters, the benefits of traveling together in the wilderness are often transformational, said Jennifer Haddow, company visionary and owner of the company that pioneered women-only travel.

“At a certain point we daughters may feel we have nothing in common with our parents anymore. Adventure travel is a great way for us to redefine our relationship with our mother,” she said. Wild Women Expeditions empowers daughters to help older mothers get a new and healthier lease on life. To accomplish this Haddow suggested a six-day Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit Retreat in British Columbia’s West Kootenays.

“This retreat is all about savoring the beauty of the land that surrounds us, each other’s company and our own inner wilderness,” Haddow explained. “We offer a space to do that creatively, allowing you to indulge in what it is that you need: restoration, physical activity or stillness, self-expression or exploration, connecting with other spirited women, learning new skills, pursuing an old or new passion.”

Local organic cuisine, kayaking and hiking outings, plus restorative yoga and creative movement sessions are the planned elements of this guided journey to awaken the inner wild woman through sacred ceremony, meditation and nature awareness activities.

This retreat is offered in 2018 as follows: July 3-8, July 27-Aug. 1 and Aug. 29-Sept. 3. The per person rate is $1,695 CAD. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/wild-women-in-the-west-kootneys-retreat/

Fordetails, availability and reservations for any of Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping, hiking, paddling and horseback adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Two Wild Women Expeditions Itineraries Showcase the Canadian Wilderness of Newfoundland

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, April 5, 2018– The trail blazer of women-only travel has created two itineraries where few travel. On five departures in 2018, Wild Women Expeditions immerses women in the physically challenging, poignantly stunning landscape of Newfoundland in the remote northeastern corner of Canada.

Two distinct, week-long adventures engage guests on Newfoundland’s western shore, separated from Quebec by the Gulf of St. Lawrence that eventually pours into the North Atlantic.

This is home turf for Wild Women Expeditions that offers more active travel departures for women only than any other tour operator in the world. The company was founded in Newfoundland and maintains its headquarters here. Owner Jennifer Haddow grew up near Gros Morne National Park where many of the itineraries’ activities take place.

“This is a place of stark ancient beauty, where the ground beneath your feet tells the story of Earth’s geological history. It’s also a place where icebergs stroll up and down coastal waters and where fjords claw their way into the interior,” explained Haddow, noting that few other adventure travel companies offer tours here.

Indigenous peoples predated the Vikings who arrived some 1000 years ago. England first raised a flag on the North American continent in the late 16th century in what came to be called Newfoundland. Fishermen soon discovered some of the Atlantic’s most productive waters here. The park’s Long Range Mountains testify to this once geologically charged world rife with volcanos and glaciers. These mountains are part of the Appalachian chain rising from Georgia through Maine.

“Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is as important to Plate Tectonics Theory as Ecuador’s Galapagos Archipelago is to the Theory of Evolution,” Haddow added. “The challenges of this environment become metaphors for the challenges faced by the women who choose to travel with us.”

Hiking first through a barren landscape, women discover where the peridotite ends and ancient oceanic crust begins. They hike through a boreal forest to the rugged coastline where pillow lava and sea stacks dominate the shore. They move to the rich marine wonderland of Bonne Bay and a landlocked lake before summiting Gros Morne Mountain in a hike of up to 10 hours.

Following are two 2018 Wild Women Expeditions’ itineraries in Newfoundland. Daily challenges reflect the company’s philosophy that women can discover and build on their own inner strengths by mastering hurdles in the safe company of other women.

Newfoundland Gros Morne Multi-Sport Adventure is a seven-day hiking and kayaking expedition in one of the wildest places in Canada. In 2018 there are three departures: July 21-27, Aug. 11-17 and Sept. 8-14. The $2,695 CAD per person rate includes professional local female guides, all meals, six nights shared accommodation in oceanside cabins, fully outfitted sea kayak day trip on Bonne Bay, guided hikes, ground transportation, park pass and Western Brook Pond Fjord boat tour.

Guests walk on rugged trails over the Earth’s mantle that supports little to no vegetation, explore fossil remains, visit an artsy village, kayak in a sheltered fjord, witness Minke whales, eagles, terns, and kingfishers in the bay and on land; caribou, Rock ptarmigan and Arctic hare. There’s also time to relax on a boat tour of a land-locked fjord accessed through bogs and limestone ridges. For trip details see http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/newfoundland-multisport/.

Icebergs and Arts Adventure is an eight-day wilderness immersion with a hefty dollop of culture on two departures in 2018: June 3-10 and July 6-13. The per person rate of $2,695 CAD includes professional female guides; all meals; seven nights shared accommodation in an authentic house and suites, a wilderness lodge and seaside cabins; guided and fully outfitted sea kayak day; guided hikes and interpretive walks in Gros Morne National Park and along the Great Northern Peninsula; Western Brook Pond Fjord boat tour and iceberg and whale watching boat tour; interpretive tour and lunch at the French Shore Museum in Conche; and a visit to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Viking history comes alive.

At Port aux Choix National Historic Site guests hike to Philips Garden to explore the ancient remains of one of the largest Dorset Paleoeskimo settlements in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. They also visit the Myra Bennett Heritage House, the home of a nurse known along the 200 miles of coast simply as “the nurse.” This remarkable woman brought her life-saving skills to what was then an isolated, rugged Great Northern Peninsula. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/newfoundland/

“Canada is a country designed for adventurers. For women who want it all, Canada delivers the goods,” said Haddow. “We’ve been trailblazing outdoor adventures in Canada for over a quarter of a century. Increasingly women want to feel the freedom of connecting with wild space in its finest form. In Canada are some of the wildest and grandest natural treasures on the planet.”

Wild Women Expeditions’ Canadian programs are prototypes for the baptism-by-wilderness experiences that Haddow’s team arranges in 26 countries this year. These journeys reflect that…

  • Women need opportunities to just be themselves, together;
  • The wilderness helps women connect with elements of their psyche that may be lost in the daily hustle and bustle;
  • Pairing women and wilderness often encourages women beyond their comfort zones, leading to increased confidence;
  • These ingredients can be transformational, perhaps leading to answers to the question that Poet Mary Oliver poses: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

For details, availability and reservations for these and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became Canadian experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Wild Women Expeditions Hosts Women-Only Kayak Odyssey In Spiritually Profound Region of British Columbia

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, March 12, 2018– The company that pioneered and now leads the world in women-only adventure travel will introduce its female guests this summer to a spiritually profound region of British Columbia accessed by kayak on a fully supported back country expedition.

Wild Women Expeditions’ Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Adventure scheduled July 10-17, 2018, is a professionally outfitted, eight-day wilderness immersion expressing what it truly means to be wild. Days are structured only by the slant of the sun’s rays and how far guests manage to glide their way down the crystalline waters of the Great Bear Rainforest. Here the only sounds for miles may be the call of a raven and the gentle splash of a paddle blade breaking the surface.

The per person rate of $2,995 CAD includes all activity and camping gear (kayaks, skirts, paddles, PFD’s, paddling jackets, dry bags and all safety gear, tents sleeping bags, liners, camp kitchen and bathroom kit); all meals; return flight from Port Hardy to Bella Bella; water taxi from Dallas Island to Bella Bella; and the services of two certified female kayak guides.See https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/great-bear-british-columbia/

The setting is a temperate rainforest of 1,000-year-old Western red cedar and Sitka spruce that spans the Pacific Coast of British Columbia and part of the world’s largest remaining, pristine coastal temperate rainforest. Here, too, are the traditional (since 7190 BCE) territories of the Heiltsuk First Nation. The forest teems with life, including the “spirit (Kermode) bear,” a white (thanks to a recessive gene) relative of the American black bear that also resides here, along with cougars and wolves. In the surrounding water are flitting dolphins and the blowing mists of humpback whales.

On this nomadic tour, guests cast their tents nightly on a new shore on beaches dotted with pebbles and shells. Weather, tide and sea conditions determine the itinerary on any given day in a maze of islands and channels waiting to be explored after guests fly from Port McNeill (a former logging camp on the North Island region of Vancouver Island) to Bella Bella, the main Heiltsuk community and once home of the Hudson Bay Company that engaged in the fur trade with this First Nations people.

"Our adventure in the Great Bear Rainforest celebrates the spirit of the international campaign to bring attention to this endangered coastline and its iconic wildlife. If we want to see precious places like this protected, we need to go there and enjoy them and show the world their tremendous value,” said Jennifer Haddow, Wild Women Expeditions’ owner and guiding director. “We support the end to the trophy bear hunt and making sure that threatened species such as sea wolves are targeted in a positive way by tourism."

This kayak odyssey is one of nine women-only itineraries that Wild Women Expeditions hosts in British Columbia. All rates are quoted in Canadian Dollars.

Additional sea kayak programs are offered worldwide. For a full list please see: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/activity/all/kayaking/.

Wild Women Expeditions is founded on the beliefs that:

  • Women need opportunities to just be themselves, together;
  • The wilderness helps women connect with elements of their psyche that may be lost in the daily hustle and bustle;
  • Pairing women and wilderness often encourages women beyond their comfort zones, leading to increased confidence;
  • These ingredients can be transformational, perhaps leading to answers to the question that Poet Mary Oliver poses: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Women carry their accommodations (tents) in their kayaks, as well as food and personal belongings, into remote wilderness where come night, a campfire and the stars overhead provide the only light. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada and across the globe than any other company in the world.

For details, availability and reservations for this and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping, hiking, paddling and horseback adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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Wild Women Expeditions Introduces Egypt and Her Goddesses on New 12-Day Journey

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, Feb. 13, 2018– Stories of women who hold wealth and power are fascinating. For example, one binge-viewing favorite is “The Crown” that depicts the life of Elizabeth II.

Push the time machine back five millennia, circa 3000 BC. Who were Elizabeth’s female counterparts? The answer lies in Egypt.

A new 12-day Goddesses, Queens and Heroines Tour circumscribes recorded history, thanks to the insights of a female Egyptologist guide assigned by Wild Women Expeditions to this Nov. 1-12, 2018, program for women only. The per person rate is $4,795 inclusive of all meals, 11 nights accommodation in 4/5 star hotels and on a luxurious Dahabiya cruise boat, all in-country travel (including return train/flight Cairo-Luxor) airport transfers and all entry fees to museums/temples and activities. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/egypt/.

Five thousand years ago ancient peoples were burbling, some cultures already leaving markers for posterity. Among the most significant displays were those attached to oases along the Nile (think Pyramids) as the Egyptians burst forth. Over several millennia until the Greeks tilted through these desert kingdoms the sands shifted, rulers came and went, belief systems became monotheistic and peoples were captured and enslaved.

Guide Yassmin Fekry’s challenge is to help her guests understand an ancient world where powerful women were elevated to the status of goddess, ruling alongside their god pharaohs and sometimes themselves becoming goddess pharaohs.

Yassmin graduated from the faculty of Hotels and Tourism (Guiding Section) in 2003. Since then she has been fulfilling her childhood dream – to be a tour guide in Egypt. As an Egyptologist, she interprets the stories of ancient Egypt, from important sites and museums including the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with over 10,000 pieces from every period of Egyptian history, including the many treasures from the wondrous tomb of Tutankhamun. Along the way she sheds light onto contemporary life in Egypt by arranging meet-ups at a food and camel market, a family farm and at small family-run businesses. And she welcomes questions about what life is like for a woman today in her world.

“It is such a unique experience to be in a group of all women, travelling in this ancient land where Isis and Cleopatra reined, where Hatshepsut and Hathor were the Divine feminine powers. This place vibrates with history and with ‘her story’. You can feel a woman’s power here in a way you’ve never quite experienced before,” says Jennifer Haddow, company visionary and owner.

Guests view, among many others,

  • the world’s first large-scale, cut-stone structure, the step-like Pyramid of Djoser;
  • the pyramids of Giza;
  • the awe-inspiring Sphinx;
  • a desert that was once an ocean, Wadi Al-Hitan or Valley of the Whales, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the history of whale skeletal development is displayed by hundreds of fossilized whale skeletons along with mangrove roots and crab tunnels found in the sand.

At Wadi El Rayan National Park flora and fauna reveal the miracle that water is to the desert. Here is also one of the few remaining populations of the slender-horned gazelle, an endangered species. Then come the spine-tingling splendors of

  • the Temple of Luxor and its towering obelisks,
  • the Temples of Karnak, Egypt’s greatest compound of temples;
  • the tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and the tombs of the princes and queens in the Valley of the Queens;
  • the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a reminder of the power women held in the Ancient Kingdom;
  • the massive, unbelievable Colossi of Memnon.

The exploration continues for four days from the vantage of the Nile aboard a dahabiya, a motorized boat with sails traditionally used for river touring since the 19th century. The destination is Cairo, with stops enroute to

  • indulge in Egyptian cooking lessons and learn about the unique food culture;
  • visit the sandstone quarries of Silsila and the sandstone temple of Kom Ombo;
  • tour local villages and markets, meeting women who live in the countryside along the river;
  • steep the senses in Aswan during a visit to a spice market, with time for adorning the hands with intricate Henna designs and meeting female artisans displaying their treasures;
  • overnight in an eco-lodge in the Nubian countryside with a visit to one of the grandest temples of ancient Egypt, Abu Simbel, dedicated to Ramesses II.

“Women who travel with us to Egypt say how warmly welcomed and surprising safe they feel here, despite all the media hype” adds Haddow. “This is a new day for tourism in Egypt and we are honored to support more women to discover the wonders of this magnificent place in an empowering adventure.”

For the detailed itinerary please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/egypt/ For details, availability and reservations for this and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

About Wild Women Expeditions

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. The company now hosts guests all over the world, offering more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping, hiking, paddling and horseback adventures than any other women’s travel company in the world.

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