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

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Wild Women Expeditions Joins Jane Goodall In Earth Day 2019 Plea: Protect Our Species

CORNER BROOK, NL, Canada, April 2, 2019– The cri du couer for Earth Day 2019 on April 22 is Protect Our Species.

This pledge is built into the DNA of the largest women’s travel company in the world, Wild Women Expeditions, as they launch a global campaign to help protect endangered species.

“Respecting the special connection between women and wildlife is the heart of our Wild Womenkind campaign to make the world a kinder place for animals. On Earth Day we are raising the call to protect threatened wildlife in the precious places we explore on our adventure tours around the world,” said Jennifer Haddow, owner and director of Wild Women Expeditions (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/). “Empowering women to become leaders and change agents is critical to sustaining the conservation movement worldwide.”

An example of a woman who inspires as she leads is Jane Goodall. “She embodies the kindness and devotion that is so needed in the world if we hope to avoid the extinction of many endangered species and decimation of our wilderness habitats. Our partnerships with the Jane Goodall Institute, the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation and other community based organizations are central to our WildWomenkind campaign, as we raise funds and awareness of critical wildlife issues in communities where we travel,” Haddow added.

Wild Women Expeditions will honor Jane Goodall’s 85th birthday on April 3, 2019, by joining the Jane Goodall Institute Forever Wild campaign and donating 100 percent of the profits from Wild Women’s Tanzania Trek and Safari adventure program in 2019 in support of their campaigns to stop wildlife trafficking. See: https://janegoodall.ca/join-us/campaign/foreverwild/

Other Wild Women Expeditions’ commitments directed to protecting species include:

Orangutans

A new trip for 2019, 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. Wild Women Expeditions actively supports the work of BOS, the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. See: http://orangutan.or.id/

Tortoises

Galapagos Islands Multisport Adventure brings Wild Women Expeditions’ guests in close proximity to restore tortoise populations to their historical distribution and numbers across the Galapagos. They are under threat of extinction here, as are Waved Albatross whose only breeding site is on Española Island in the Galapagos. Also facing endangered status here are Green Sea Turtles and Land Iguana. Haddow’s company is a member of the Galapagos Conservancy that conducts projects with the Galapagos National Park Directorate to halt the extinction of these species. See: https://www.galapagos.org/conservation/our-work/tortoise-restoration/

Elephants

On its Elephants, Treks, and Temples Tour, Wild Women Expeditions supports an elephant project run by the Karen Hill Tribe women to protect elephants that had been abused in an exploitative riding camp. Haddow’s company helps fund the first elephant hospital in Thailand and it supports the campaign of the Asian Captive Elephant Working group, a leading coalition of elephant experts and conservationists. For an informative video please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl-AxWDkniU&t=1s.

Tigers

Wild Women Expeditions’ India: Jungles and Jewels Adventure invites women to see how tourism is one of the last hopes for tigers to escape the critically endangered species list. By using women-only guides on all company itineraries, Haddow hopes to empower these guides to become leaders in adventure travel and conservation efforts in their home countries. In India, Wild Women Expeditions is part of the TOFT tigers program and helps fund a community program to stop poaching. See: http://toftigers.org/TOFT/village-wildlife-guardians

Climate

Important to Wild Women Expeditions’ commitment to supporting wildlife is helping to sustain and restore wilderness regions where endangered species abound. The Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Adventure showcases the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Here the company’s focus is on climate justice. It is investing in a conservation economy through a planned contribution of $10,000 to this valuable resource in 2019 by purchasing carbon offsets. The company will donate offsets on all of its domestic flights on all trips including staff travel. The primary recipient will be the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project. Clients are invited to donate to Offsetters.

For itineraries, 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 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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Media Contact:        Widness & Wiggins PR

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Wild Women Expeditions Asks Women to Help Protect Planet; Launches Wild Womenkind Campaign

New Initiative is in Honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, Feb. 28, 2019– Wild Women Expeditions is launching a new campaign, Wild Womenkind (www.wildwomenexpeditions.com/wild-womenkind/), in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019.

This company that pioneered women-only adventure travel today offers more international itineraries than any of its competitors in the women-only sector.

But to Jennifer Haddow, owner and guiding director, more important than the size of her company is its on-going, two-fold mission wrapped around the word kind: to support climate justice and to support women to take their place as leaders in the world of outdoor adventure travel.

Climate Justice

Wild Womenkind’s initial campaign focuses on the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Wild Women Expeditions will invest in a conservation economy through a planned contribution of $10,000 to this valuable resource and by purchasing carbon offsets. The company will donate offsets on all of its domestic flights on all trips including staff travel. It will invite clients to offset and make a donation to Offsetters.

The primary recipient will be the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project. 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 is 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. (For details see Great Bear Rainforest Kayak Adventure, an eight-day kayaking and camping journey with July 8 and July 15 departures in 2019.See https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/great-bear-british-columbia/

"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 Haddow. “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."

The campaign also celebrates a new IMAX film, “Great Bear Rainforest: Land of the Spirit Bear.” This 41-minute film debuted on Feb. 15, 2019. 

Women Rising

In such diverse countries as Morocco and Thailand, Wild Women Expeditions’ outreach to women – as guests on trips, as guides on these trips, as workers in their communities – is making a difference in the lives of the women themselves.

The key is empowerment that can lead women to taking on leadership positions. For example, two itineraries being introduced this year focus on the Berber culture of the women of Morocco. Morocco is known for being one of the most progressive states in the Middle East and North because of its support for women’s rights. Despite these advancements, women’s education in Morocco still lags behind and over 80% of women are illiterate. By casting Moroccan women as, among others, drivers and guides for these trips, Haddow hopes that both guests and locals will be empowered.

“On our Morocco tour we put the stories of women in the spotlight while empowering them with opportunities to benefit from tourism and play a leading role,” she said.

Wild Women Expeditions tours in Morocco will help empower women by:

  • Working with a female Berber entrepreneur who owns the transportation company for these tours and who hires female drivers;
  • Engaging Berber Moroccan women as tour leaders are hiring female guides;
  • Supporting trek guide training for Moroccan women;
  • Visiting women's cooperatives where locally made items are sold;
  • Basing in a riad in Marrakech that employs women trained by the Amal Centre for disadvantaged women (http://amalnonprofit.org/);
  • Conversing over a women-hosted dinner in Casablanca through Al Hidn, an association that empowers illiterate widow women in rebuilding their lives through a series of educational programs as well as providing them with financial and educational support to keep their kids in school;
  • Supporting the Henna Café, asocial enterprise project for women in Marrakech;
  • Using accommodations that reflect the company’s commitment to women's empowerment, such as the Kasbah Toubkhal that co-founded the Education for All program for girls’ education (an additional 5% of the revenue from a group stay here is donated to this local project);
  • Donating to the Education for All campaign as a project partner;
  • Being mindful of the environment – through women – with an overnight at an eco lodge owned by a local woman and part of an ecotourism initiative focused on empowering local women in the Riff: See: http://www.gitetalassemtane.com/en/qui-sommes-nous/

For details on two itineraries being offered see:

https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/medinas-to-mountains-northern-morocco/

and https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/mosiac-of-wild-morocco/

Wild Womenkind extends a hand to both women and wildlife. On Elephants, Treks, and Temples Tour (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/thailand-elephants/) Wild Women Expeditions supports an elephant project run by the Karen Hill Tribe women to protect elephants that had been abused in an exploitative riding camp. The company is a funder of the first elephant hospital in Thailand and it supports the campaign of the Asian Captive Elephant Working group, a leading coalition of elephant experts and conservationists. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl-AxWDkniU&t=1s

“Our company is about heart. We want to change how women perceive leadership and empowerment, to value connection and compassion more than competition. Women are rising in the adventure travel industry and approaching each other and our environment with kindness is the key.” Haddow added.

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.

Follow Wild Women Expeditions on Social Media:

Facebook                  https://www.facebook.com/WildWomenExpeditions/

Twitter                        https://twitter.com/wild_women

Instagram                  https://www.instagram.com/wildwomenexpeditions/

Media Contact:        Widness & Wiggins PR

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dave Wiggins / 720-301-3822 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wild Women Expeditions Introduces Croatia’s Nature and Culture in Two Distinct Itineraries for 2019

CORNER BROOK, NL, Canada, Jan. 17, 2019– Across the Adriatic Sea from Italy is a sun-splashed shoreline that marks Croatia, sometimes known as Dalmatia. Here in 2019,Wild Women Expeditions will host multiple departures of two new, distinct itineraries that embrace the blue waters and high-altitude wilderness of this secret Riviera.

Kaleidoscopic Croatian Multisport is a 13-day active immersion in nature and culture that promises up to six hours of hiking or four hours each of paddling and cycling most days. Departures in 2019 are May 23, Sept. 1, Sept 22 and Oct.13. The per person (double occupancy) rateof$4,695 includes:

  • 12 nights shared accommodations in locally owned hotels and guesthouses
  • All breakfasts and lunches and some dinners
  • Ground transportation from Zagreb to Dubrovnik
  • Airport transfers on Day 13
  • All equipment required for activities outlined in the itinerary
  • All national park or entrance fees required to deliver the activities
  • English-speaking female lead guide plus support staff

This itinerary begins in Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb, before departing for Kopački Rit Nature Park on the Croatian-Serbian border. During a homestay,guests will prepare dinner and perhaps hear stories about the history of what life was like in Tito’s Yugoslavia before the Balkan states erupted into being in the early 1990s.

Croatia’s pride and joy are its national and nature parks. Kopački Rit Nature Park on the Danube floodplainis dubbed the European Amazon for its rich biodiversity and abundance of bird and wildlife. After exploring this wildest side of Croatia, the itinerary weaves through the mountains, tracing vestiges of Celtic and Roman civilizations en routeto Dubrovnik. After hiking in Papuk Nature Park, guests will finish the day by arriving in Samobor to enjoy dinner and kremsnite, a puff pastry with custard cream unique to these high altitudes. Guests will further explore the Sambor Highlands before embarking on a hiking tour the following day through Plitvice Lakes National Park, home to over 16 lakes that cascade from one to the next.

Leaving mountains behind, guests arrive in Split, a 1700-year-old city with the palace of a Roman emperor, Diocletian, dating from 4th century AD. Guests roll up their sleeves to play with clay, making souvenirs with natural elements and tools. Swimming, snorkelingand kayaking follow an overnight on Hvar, one of the countless islands in this region. Guests will then sail to Vis, an island that until 25 years ago housed the largest military base in the former Yugoslavia alongside traditional Dalmatian stone villages, many abandoned.

Before touring Dubrovnik comes a day on bicycles past vineyards, farms and dwellings scarred by war from 1991-1995. A local family hosts a dinner with homemade breadand cheeses, local wines and prosek. They’llprobably embroider stories of the war for independence in the conversation, embroidery that replaces the colorfulhand-stitched garments once worn here and that underscores the fragile cultures and customs.Dubrovnik residents in the early 1990s survived for six months on just bread and water as houses and shops were shelled inside 14th-centurywalls. Today’s Dubrovnik is a high-energy destination. For more details on this itinerary please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/kaleidoscopic-croatian-multisport/

Kornati Islands Kayak Adventure is a 10-night itinerary offered in 2019 on June 12 and Sept.12 departures. The per person rate is $4,495 USD for:

  • 10-nightaccommodations in small hotels, fisherman guest houses, self-catering apartment and on sailboats
  • All meals
  • Single or double sea kayaks, the use of skirts, paddles PFD’s, paddling jackets, dry bags and all safety gear
  • Ground and sea transportation from Zadar to Split
  • English-speaking female certified sea kayak guide(s);
  • All national park or entrance fees

The adventure begins in Zadar on the Dalmatian coast between Split (north) and Dubrovnik (south). This ancient center combines 8th-century religious art with Roman artifacts and Sea Organ, an installation that captures the music of the waves.

One of the least accessible places in Croatia is Kornati National Park that exposes a jagged coastline with a rich submarine eco-system, natural beauty and interesting geomorphology. Guests paddle by bottlenose dolphins and slow-but-lovable loggerhead sea turtles through a labyrinth of small islands, reefs and islets that make up 12 percent of all the islands in the Croatian Adriatic. Cliffs drop steeply to the sea that supports families of fisherfolk who offer hospitality over home-made meals. Written documents from the 10th century confirm one island’s fishing tradition of 1000 years.

In the Šibenik archipelago, a sailboat lends support for an open-sea crossing to a community of 249 islands, of which only six are inhabited. An undiscovered jewel on this archipelago is Zlarin, where, since the 14th century, islanders have been diving for colorful sea corals. A sea paddle to Krka National Park reveals a karst phenomenon with seven travertine waterfalls, numerous endemic endangered species, and over 1000 plant and 225 bird species. Speleology lovers are drawn to some 40 grottoes and pits; others to medieval fortresses, harbingers of the bustle of civilization that lies ahead in the farewell city of Split. For details please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/kornati-islands-kayak-adventure/.

For itineraries, 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 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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Follow Wild Women Expeditions on Social Media:

Facebook                  https://www.facebook.com/WildWomenExpeditions/

Twitter                        https://twitter.com/wild_women

Instagram                  https://www.instagram.com/wildwomenexpeditions/

Media Contact:        Widness & Wiggins PR

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dave Wiggins / 720-301-3822 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wild Women Expeditions Designs Two Women-Only Itineraries to Morocco to Help Empower Berber Women

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, Dec. 13, 2018 -- Wild Women Expeditions, the leader in women-only adventures, takes immersive travel to another level with new-for-2019 itineraries of 10 and 15 days that delve into the Berber culture of the women of Morocco.

Some 30 percent of Moroccans speak Berber; the national language is Arabic. The Berber culture originated along the Nile, spreading into today’s North Africa that includes Morocco. Morocco is known for being one of the most progressive states in the Middle East and North because of its support for women’s rights. Despite these advancements, women’s education in Morocco still lags behind and over 80% of women are illiterate.

Berber women of Morocco will help to unravel their story and culture on women-only trips across Morocco, enroute sharing such secrets as how to maneuver the labyrinth of a medina (old city), find their way into the wilderness of the Rif mountain range and learn the art of making tagine.

By casting Moroccan women as, among others, drivers and guides for these trips, Jennifer Haddow hopes that both guests and locals will be empowered. She is the owner of Wild Women Expeditions that pioneered worldwide women-only travel.

“Wild Women Expeditions gives our guests the opportunity to empower themselves amongst other women, connect with the natural world and make a positive impact in the communities we explore,” says Haddow.

She notes that Berber women in Morocco, as are women in many other cultures, are too often cast as the memory keepers. “As travelers we love when they share their traditions in colorful ways. But this sharing can be a double-edged sword for women who may be left out of leadership opportunities in the tourism industry,” said Haddow. “On our Morocco tour we put the stories of women in the spotlight while empowering them with opportunities to benefit from tourism and play a leading role.”

Wild Women Expeditions tours in Morocco will help dull this sword and empower women by...

  • Working with a female Berber entrepreneur who owns the transportation company for these tours and who hires female drivers;
  • Engaging Berber Moroccan women as tour leaders are hiring female guides;
  • Supporting trek guide training for Moroccan women;
  • Visiting women's cooperatives where locally made items are sold;
  • Basing in a riad in Marrakech that employs women trained by the Amal Centre for disadvantaged women (http://amalnonprofit.org/);
  • Conversing over a women-hosted dinner in Casablanca through Al Hidn, an association that empowers illiterate widow women in rebuilding their lives through a series of educational programs as well as providing them with financial and educational support to keep their kids in school;
  • Supporting the Henna Café, asocial enterprise project for women in Marrakech;
  • Using accommodations that reflect the company’s commitment to women's empowerment, such as the Kasbah Toubkhal that co-founded the Education for All program for girls’ education (an additional 5% of the revenue from a group stay here is donated to this local project);
  • Being mindful of the environment – through women – with an overnight at an eco lodge owned by a local woman and part of an ecotourism initiative focused on empowering local women in the Riff: http://www.gitetalassemtane.com/en/qui-sommes-nous/;

The 10-day itinerary, Medina to Mountains of Northern Morocco, begins with a welcome dinner at Rick’s Café (from the movie Casablanca). The days that follow blend mosques, medinas, handicraft workshops, horseback riding and hiking in the Rif Mountains, a hammam (spa) and a world-famous botanical garden. The $3,495 rate includes accommodation for nine nights, all meals, private vehicle, driver, English-speaking guide and local guides, airport transfers. For more information see: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/medinas-to-mountains-northern-morocco/

The 15-day program, Mosaic of Wild Morocco, focuses on Morocco’s wild beauty from the dunes of the Sahara to the Atlas Mountains and on to the beaches of the Atlantic. Trekking by camel, dining with nomads, sleeping under a canopy of stars in Sahara luxury dune camp, draping the body with flowers of henna, chattering with Barbary macaque and indulging in a hammam are just a few of the many experiences in store. The nearly all-inclusive rate of $3,995 includes guided horseback riding, cycling and trekking, plus in-home meals with Berber families and cooking demonstrations. For more information see: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/mosiac-of-wild-morocco/

For details, trip dates, availability and reservations for these new trips in Morocco 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 Wild Women Expeditions

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Wild Women Expeditions Introduces Women-Only Canoe Expeditions On Epic Routes in Canada’s Northwest Territories

CORNER BROOK, NL, CANADA, Oct. 15, 2018 – In 2019 Wild Women Expeditions will host two canoe expeditions on rivers in Canada’s Northwest Territories that figure among the most epic paddling routes in the world.

The rivers are the Keele and Nahanni in the remote Northwest Territories that has a population of just over 42,000 and occupies 519,000 square miles due north of Alberta, Saskatchewan and the northeast corner of British Columbia. A jagged coastline favored by migrating and nesting birds juts into the Arctic Ocean, sandwiched between Yukon Territory on the west and Nunavit to the east.

Wild Women Expeditions’ 12-day Keele River Canoe Trip, designed for experienced backcountry canoeists who also have beginner whitewater skills, explores some 300 km (186 miles) of the Keele River, part of a river system that eventually flows into the Mackenzie River and out to the Arctic Ocean. The route through the Mackenzie Mountains (a northern extension of the Rockies) and onto the Mackenzie River passes caribou, moose, grizzly, Dall’s sheep, wolves, wolverine and fox. Eagles, hawks and a variety of song and shore birds hover over Arctic Grayling and Dolly Varden navigating the currents of the river.

Custom-covered canoes make light work of Class I and II rapids and chutes, eventually dropping 122 feet into ever-lusher lowlands. The Keele River area is the traditional lands of the Mountain Dene (a First Nations people) who hunted, fished and over time traded furs at Fort Norman before walking back into the mountains where they spent their winter together in small family bands. The Dene name for the Keele River was ‘Bacotyeh’, meaning “meat drying river.” Early European river travelers dubbed this Gravel River enroute to the Yukon during the Gold Rush of the late 1800’s. Today, there are no year-round residents in the Keele watershed as most have moved into villages along the Mackenzie.

This adventure is July 18-29, 2019. The per person rate of $5,995 CAD includes the services of female guides (5:1 ratio); 10 nights camping, one hotel night; all meals and snacks; canoeing gear and equipment including custom 17’ ABS expedition canoes with spray decks, paddles, PFDs, throw bags, knee pads, paddling helmets, and safety equipment; camping gear including tents (free standing custom expedition dome tents) and camp kitchen equipment; communications equipment (satellite phone); and roundtrip ground and charter float plane transportation between Norman Wells and Keele on Days 1 and 11. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/keele-river-canoe-trip/.

The 15-day Nahanni River Canoe Adventure reveals the largest mountains, deepest canyons and grandest waterfalls in the Northwest Territories. Part of the Nahanni watershed is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The South Nahanni River is Canada’s premier wilderness river, so remote that as few as 250 people annually paddle here. This itinerary is for experienced backcountry canoeists with some (intermediate) whitewater canoeing skills.

This adventure is Aug. 2-16, 2019. The per person rate of $6,995 CAD includes the services of professional female guides; 12 nights camping plus guest house accommodation on the first and last nights; all meals; canoeing equipment (custom 17’ ABS expedition canoes with spray decks and knee pads, paddles, PFD’s, throw bags, paddling helmets and paddling (dry) suits); camping equipment, free standing custom expedition dome tents (including private tent upgrade option for $60 CAD), kitchen with tarp, firebox, cooking stoves and utensils. Personal equipment including canoe barrel, sleeping bag and sleeping pad are available upon request. Also included are safety equipment (first aid, safety, river rescue, repair kits, satellite phone); $200 National Park fee; roundtrip ground transfers to/from Fort Simpson Airport; charter float plane flight from Fort Simpson to Rabbitkettle Lake, and shuttle from Lindberg Landing back to Fort Simpson. See: https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/nahanni-river-canoe-adventure/.

After meandering through a broad U-shaped valley, paddlers set up camp at Virginia Falls, twice the height of Niagara, with inviting hikes to the summit of nearby Sunblood Mountain on the other side of the river, and a challenging portage around the falls to come. Below the falls the river squeezes into a series of steep-walled canyons, with opportunities for day hikes, fishing, photography and exploring a Dene (Slavey) village before showers and home cooked meals at a nearby homestead. The Dene represent people who migrated across the Bering land bridge from Asia at the end of the last ice age about 12,000 years ago. The modern Slavey First Nation people who call themselves Dene likely arrived in the Mackenzie valley in the 18th century. Contact with Europeans came with the fur trade; the Dene traded furs for guns, knives, tents and portable stoves.

For details, availability and reservations for these trips and all the worldwide programs offered by Wild Women Expeditions please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

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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/.

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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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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.

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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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