Our mission and vision
Building confidence and friendships through travel.
MISSION & VISION
Are YOU dreaming of travel or a life change?
MISSION: Our aim
Many women find themselves with the following issues.
- Don’t know where to start in your travel plans?
- Nervous about traveling alone?
- No friends that can commit to traveling with you?
- Your partner just doesn’t have the travel bug?
- Tired of living vicariously through travel bloggers and IG feeds?
- Time for a change and a much-needed break?
- Tired of not “fitting in” to an age bracket?
- Want a new wanderlust women tribe?
But that’s Ok and I can help you with your journey.
You also don’t have to be single to join us, just have a passion for travel, an open mind and we will take care of the rest.
Welcome to Wanderlust Solo Women Tours.
Empowering women to build confidence and friendships through travel.
Founded here in New Zealand by Gina, who wanted to share her passion for travel and meeting people.
After traveling the world solo later in life she knew how this changed her, built confidence and life long friendships. She noticed how some women wanted to travel but just didn’t know where to start, either because they had no one to travel with or just lacked the confidence to do so, and that’s where WANDERLUST SOLO WOMEN TOURS was born.
Empowering Women through travel: this can be a life changing experience for some. Getting out of your comfort zone, testing boundaries, reconnecting with self and just having time to be the TRUE YOU!
Fun, flexible, bespoke small group women’s tours and retreats. We aim to assist you to expand your horizons, build confidence, form enduring friendships and have a fabulous time doing so! Women from of all walks of life are warmly welcomed and encouraged to join our tours and retreats while enjoying taking time out for themselves.
Take the road less traveled with us and travel like a local, not a tourist!
You’ll enjoy beautiful sights whilst tasting delicious locally produced food and discovering some great secrets only the locals know. We incorporate all things good, with fun and engaging activities, cultural connection, yoga and meditation, a little bit of pampering, as well as optional extras with plenty of laughs along the way. Where possible we also support a “give back to the community day” with emphasis on Environmental and Social projects. There is something for everyone! Treating your Mind, Body and Soul.
Our intimate groups allow for strong friendships and connections to be made as well as allowing for flexibility.
Come and relax in Rarotonga, bliss out in Bali and reconnect in the Coromandel, NZ and Beyond!
We believe in giving back – to the earth and to individuals and communities, and practicing sustainability in order to love and respect the beautiful earth we are privileged to be enjoying.
We give back by ensuring that a percentage of our profits go to local communities. We try and insure that those who we support earn a living wage, and are treated fairly and in accordance with not only the law but our values. For example, Ikurangi Resort in Rarotonga work with local families to source the resort food and materials, and provide professional training and development for their staff. As well as Lily Lane Villas in Ubud who work with the local village of Penestanan.
Sustainability is a buzzword that is thrown around lightly – but a concept I take seriously. I ensure that all tours, retreats and the companies we work with have a similar approach.
I strive to support business’s and operators that incorporate initiatives that place the planet and people first. Like using chemical free, plant based cleaning products and guest toiletries, recycling water, composting initiatives, recycling and more. Anything that helps minimize the impact on the earth.
Associations we support include Bali for Life Foundation, a small charity supporting the less advantaged with hope, dignity and purpose andSolemen Indonesia, a non-profit focusing on helping the disadvantaged in Bali. Bricks for Bali, helping to re-build much needed facilities like Rumah Sehat for the community in eastern Bali and the Lily Lane foundation in the village we stay at in Ubud. Te Ipukarea Society in Rarotonga focuses on protecting, restoring and regenerating land and marine resources to ensure their beauty is preserved for future generations. Bali Turtle Conservation Farm, educating and protecting the Olive Ridley turtle eggs from nearby beaches, reburying them in especially prepared sandpits so that they can hatch safely. The newly formed Pet Refuge, providing women escaping domestic abuse a safe place to take their animals, as this is one reason that holds many women back from leaving abusive situations.
If you’d like to offer your support, we are always grateful! You can donate to the organizations we support while on one of our tours or retreats. We also support the The Creative Centre in Rarotonga with art supplies and Cook Islands SPCA in Rarotanga and BAWA in Bali. As well as The Lily Lane Education Foundation, a project to establish a community education center in the local village we stay at in Bali. Any donations or support from you is greatly appreciated, and we are always happy to arrange a visit for you.
VISION: Our ethos
Here at Wanderlust Solo Women Tours we are believers in love in all forms, including that for the earth. As such, we run a conscious business, with eco, ethical and community efforts to make sure that we are treating everyone fairly and giving back to our planet.
We are also proud supporters of Sustainable Tourism New Zealand
We want to promote all things good about conscious travel where importance is put on environmental and ethical tourism. As such we are also proud supporters of Sustainable Tourism New Zealand.
As so we promote these values;
The guardianship and protection of our natural, built and cultural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.
Showing respect, hospitality, generosity and care for others.
A relationship through shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging.
We strongly believe in these values, and hope you share this throughout your travels, here in New Zealand and also apply them when traveling to any of our destinations.
To find out more check out; http://www.sustainabletourism.nz/
THE TIAKI PROMISE
Travelers to New Zealand are also invited to care for New Zealand through the Tiaki Promise;
CARE FOR LAND, SEA AND NATURE, TREADING LIGHTLY AND LEAVING NO TRACE
TRAVEL SAFELY, SHOWING CARE AND CONSIDERATION FOR ALL
RESPECT CULTURE, TRAVELLING WITH AN OPEN HEART AND MIND
By following the TIAKI PROMISE you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To know more and share go to; https://tiakinewzealand.com/
#CONSCIOUSTRAVEL #ETHICALTRAVEL #ECOTRAVEL
Kia ora, I’m Gina – the founder of Wanderlust Solo Tours.
I am passionate about ensuring my tours and retreats are a balance of activates and relaxation, 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. READ MORE ABOUT ME AND HOW TRAVEL HELPED ME CHANGE MY LIFE.
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