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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!




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This time last year we were supposed to be heading to India. We then rescheduled to this September.
Now as our departure date looms we had to make the sad decision to cancel again a few months ago.
So many people are now having to postpone/cancel trips they had rescheduled from last year in the hope 2021 was the year travel would kick off again. Yet here we are.
Thanks to @i.deepal for this reminder of the beautiful sights we would have got to experience.

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#doyoutravel #womenwhoexplore #femmetravel #girlsthatwander #roamingwomen #wearetravelgirls #femaletravel #sheisnotlost #sheexplores #letsgosomewhere #lifeofadventure #liveauthentic

𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹
Repost from @cckneykiwi
She gets out and explores all that beautiful Aotearoa has to offer, like here at Rakaia Gorge.
Where was the last place you explored locally?

#travellocal #destinationnz #dosomethingnewnz #roadtrippers #exploremore #travellikealocal #staycations

RESILIENCE is what we all need right now!
I was so blessed the last retreat I held marked 1 year since my first Escape Weekend Retreat and I was starting to get some great momentum.

As this current lockdown puts a big PAUSE on all events, this doesn’t mean I won’t be back or that I’m not here for you NOW.
All retreats in Oct, and Nov are still confirmed, with an update on September’s date coming on Friday. Book with confidence, as you receive a 100% booking credit due to any changes due to travel restrictions.

Our WANDERLUST SOLO TRAVEL TRIBE FB group is still here for you for support and so am I.

I am still planning our fun DAY RETREAT, as we will all need a bit of light-hearted fun back in our lives.
I also appreciate the lovely messages of support during this time and your continued engagement. 🙏🏻
Stay strong-Kia kaha

#customerreview #womensupportingwomen #supportsmallbusiness

We all need to get pampered or treated to something special every now and then. And you know what?

💕𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 💕
Thank you for these beautiful reviews of the last ESCAPE WEEKEND RETREAT. This one especially made my heart sing and meant so much.

To know you all had this beautiful feeling and transformation makes me truly grateful.

Though we are all on PAUSE right now, we will come through this together.
And if you feel like you need to top up your batteries, reconnect and have fabulous new experiences once we move into a safe travel level get in touch.

G x

Well, yep we are back in lockdown after nearly 17 months of experiencing our first one.
What are some positive things you can take out of this experience?

Maybe pop in and have a virtual cuppa or wine with your bestie. Or that friend you haven’t caught up with in ages.
Check-in with family.
Treat yourself to all the stuff you are normally time-poor to do.
Pour yourself a fancy drink (mock-tails count too!) Do that facial. Learn to meditate 🧘‍♀️ Go for that walk you've been meaning to start.

These are stressful times, but if we can take a little positive out of it or develop one new healthy habit at least then this special time is not wasted 🙏🏻

Sometimes all we need is to find pleasure in the simplest of things.
Like strolling the beach collecting shells 🐚

I still find myself stopping and taking in all the beautiful things Mother Nature has given to us.
The way light falls on the hills, rainbows in the clouds, a stunning sunset, birds flying in unison or the amazing structure of a shell off the beach.

All these things cost nothing, all you need to do is take in your surroundings. Put down that phone for a moment, go outside of your office for a break, pull your car over at the next lookout.
The world around us is truly a beautiful place, all we need to do is take notice.

𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗘𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗽𝗲 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗘𝗧𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘂𝘀?
I’m squeezing in one more retreat at the gorgeous log cabin before Christmas, and what a great idea it’ll be to ESCAPE and get some RnR before the crazy season hits!
Spots are filling up and my retreats for September and October have already sold out.
Take some well deserved time out for YOU.
Try something different and make some magic new connections.
Get in touch or pop a comment below if you would love to join us-very limited spaces available.
November 26th
x2 nights

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