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About me.

Kia Ora,

I’m Gina – the founder of Wanderlust Solo Women Tours.

I am passionate about ensuring our tours and retreats are a wealth of information, while building connections, new friendships and making sure you have a good laugh along the way!

 

How it all began:

I was nearly 40. Yes, 40 years old. Where did the time go?! Wasn’t I supposed to have figured it all out by now?

I had a house, I had a job, I had my own business, yet I wasn’t happy or fulfilled. I felt the lack of what I “should” have in my life.

Then it all changed over night. A bad long term relationship breakdown left me reassessing everything, wondering why I had all the material things yet felt so empty. I had worked hard and made sacrifices. I had the dream house and a good business, but a huge mountain of debt after the separation and a lot of unresolved emotions. This left me craving for more.

A whirlwind romance saw me visit Thailand for the first time where I fell in love – with travel. This trip was a catalyst for me – travel was what made my heart beat faster, travel inspired me, travel made me feel alive! Most of all it re-built my confidence.

I sold up, downsized and booked a one-way trip to Paris with barely any money, plenty of nerves, and loads of determination.

That dreaded 40th birthday was amazing! I celebrated in France with newfound friends and lots of wine. My fortieth year was spent wandering through bazaars in Turkey, sampling tagines in Morocco, cathedral-gazing across Europe, and wandering quaint cobbled English lanes. It wasn’t all holidays and cocktails – I worked and volunteered my way around Europe, as I had very little money. But this enabled me to really get beyond just the tourist attractions, form lasting friendships, and truly absorb the atmosphere and culture of these new locations.

Not only did I experience a plethora of scents, textures and tastes, see wonders of the world and nature, and meet amazing people, but I also learnt so much more about myself, and my approach to life. I learnt that improving my life wasn’t only about changing my location, but also how I approached things. As I discovered my own happiness and the world, I appreciated where I came from and what I had at home.

I learnt that my life wasn’t stagnant, or over at 40 just because I hadn’t followed the same path as others. I didn’t need to settle for something I didn’t want.

It’s been a few years since that first trip to Thailand, and since then I’ve explored, holidayed, worked and volunteered in more than 23 countries, and have no intention of stopping. I realized how to turn my passion into a living – by founding Wanderlust Solo Women’s Tours, with the aim of encouraging any and all women to find confidence, and friendships through travel and experiences. I knew I wasn’t alone in feeling the way I had, and my goal is to empower women to live their lives to the fullest.

 

The last thing I learnt?

Nothing is certain. We don’t know what will happen next week or next year. So with that philosophy in mind, I try to live in the moment, or at least try to! Whilst keeping my eye on long-term goals, making sure I have someone to love – and yes, sometimes that is myself! – something to do, and something to aim for.

Dream big ladies!

 

WANDERLUST SOLO WOMEN TOURS
Gina

Gina

Your Host & Founder

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“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

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>I’ve always loved travel, but didn’t really start doing a lot of travel till I was 39.
>I ran away to Paris for my 40th birthday.
>I owned an upholsterery business for 9 years and worked at a saddlery when I was 19
>I used to eat Gingernut Biscuits for breakfast as a kid
>I’m half Croatian
>I don’t use my full first name!

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My prayers are with Bali.
This never ending pandemic is hitting hard in Indonesia and Bali is in the throes of a lockdown.

The Balinese people are resilient, but without clear support, people are suffering.

If you love Bali and can’t wait to get back to enjoy the holidays and retreats you enjoy there, don’t forget them too in their time of need.

Over the course of the pandemic WSWT has donated to trusted people on the ground in Bali to support local villages and people.

If you want to help out in some small way and have retreated in Bali with me before, here is who I have donated to:
@letshelpbali
@baliturtles
@lilylanevillas
@bawabali_official

Also sending thoughts to our Pacific cousins in Fiji and to one of my most favourite countries, Cuba 🇨🇺
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Luckily you will find a balance of rest, relaxation and activities on one of my Escape Weekend Retreats.
Spots are filling up fast for the next available date in October. Registration and booking info can be found in bio or please reach out if you have any questions.
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Beautiful words from some of my retreat guests.
Remembering my “WHY” and going back to read these reviews makes my heart sing.

Giving women a safe and fun space to be themselves, relax and reconnect: whether that’s with nature, their creative side or themselves is so important to me.

We sometimes get lost in the hustle n bustle of life and it’s very easy to lose ourselves. And feel guilty to take time for just for you.

My message today……Don’t feel guilty!

#wellbeing #wellbeingjourney #wellbeinglifestyle #wellbeingtips #wellbeingquotes #timeoutforyou #womeninspiration #womenstrong #girlsupportinggirls #womenofimpact #sheinspiresme #mindfullboss #wellpreneur #worklifebalance
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“When you’re stressed out, exhausted or struggling through a crisis of some sort, it doesn’t always help to be ripped from your sleep before dawn, persuaded to push your body to the max, and deprived of your favourite foods and drinks. When I’m feeling fragile, I like to know wine and chocolate are there for me if I need them.

It is with sweet relief then that I arrive at a remote Waihī log cabin for Wanderlust Solo Women Tours’ weekend retreat to find my fellow guests drinking wine and beer in the spa. A steaming pot of mulled wine is on the stove. The ingredients for the pizzas we will make for dinner are laid out on the kitchen bench. The chocolate brownies and truffles we’ll treat ourselves to afterwards are in the fridge. Suddenly the typically busy week that was seems like it happened in a parallel dimension.”

Thank you to @stufftravelnz - Stuff Wellness for this beautiful article, in which this is a snippet of the magic experience you will have on retreat.
Read more on the link in comments.

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Come and say HELLO
I’d love to know where my followers are from.

It’s always great to connect with new people and that’s one thing my retreats provide.
A great place to meet new people, have engaging conversations and a few laughs with a magic group of like-minded sisters.
Come say hello 👋🏻
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𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲!

🙋‍♀️ New date has just been released for the Spring Escape Retreat-October!
If you only have a few days to ESCAPE your busy life and want to snuggle down in a rustic log cabin by the fire, soak in the hot tub and enjoy mulled-🍷, engage in some cool activities with a awesome small group of like-minded women, all while you get to put your feet up and not organise anything but getting your lovely self there, then the Spring Escape Retreats are for you!

And October 29th date has literally just been released x5 spots available

Location: Waitawheta Valley-near Waihi and Paeroa.
For more info please pop a comment below, or DM me.
It’ll be lovely to have you take some timeout for just for YOU and join us.
A space to just be YOU.

With @laughingpottery
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