Our Team at Sisterhood Womens Travel
Our wonderful team of experienced tour hostesses share your passion for travel and can't wait to welcome you to your next adventure! No matter who you are lucky enough to have hostess your group, you'll find us all warm, friendly, nurturing and supportive. Life is all about getting out of your comfort zone and what better way to discover the world than under the guidance and encouragement of a friendly professional in an amazing small group environment! When the time is right for you to take the plunge - don't worry we're here to catch you!
Founder / Hostess / Travel Designer
As the founder of Sisterhood Womens Travel and owner of an award winning travel agency - “I’ve been in travel for over 17 years and identified the need for a touring company to provide fully inclusive, interesting tours just for women". Fifteen years on and with over 2000 travellers Sisterhood Womens Travel has become one of Australia's most successful women's tour companies and the first women only tour company to have been granted an exemption from the Equal Opportunity Act 1995.
If you do what you love - your passion will rub off on other people. Two things I love to do: one is to travel and I’ve been lucky enough to experience many places in the world both independently and within a group environment. The second thing I love to do is bring like minded women together to share travel experiences giving them the opportunity to make new friends in the process, not just whilst on tour but beyond. I've travelled to Russia, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Canada, Alaska, Sri Lanka, Bali, Fiji, Vanuatu, Thailand, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, United Kingdom, River Cruising in Europe, France, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Sabah, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Taiwan, India, Turkey,the USA including Hawaii, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and I can’t wait to see more with you for company…!
One of the things I love about travelling with a group of inspiring women is that we are all brought together to share a passion for travel and to see our amazing world in the company of friends, what better way to travel! To share experiences, to share stories, to have a laugh at the end of the day and to immerse ourselves in our wonderful surrounds, I am truly privileged to have this amazing opportunity and I look forward to you joining me!
2IC - SWT Central / Hostess
Travelling is in my blood. I've been in the Travel Industry for over 28 years. I've been lucky enough to travel to USA, including New York, San Franciso, Las Vegas and Mexico. I've enjoyed Fiji, Vanuatu, Noumea, Tahiti, Bali, New Zealand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Croatia, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. I've sailed and railed throughout Europe but also love travelling in my back yard including exploring Central Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales and both Kangaroo and Lord Howe Islands. In 2018 I travelled to South Africa and competed in the Cape Town marathon (my other love!) and I was also lucky enough to visit Uganda on our Sisters in the Mist tour. In 2019, I've just returned from walking the famous Camino de Compostella with a bunch of 'Sisters" and am about to travel again to Uganda. I look forward to meeting you either at Sisterhood Central or on my next tour!
SWT Central / Hostess
Born in Australia but immigrated to Israel with my family at a young age, I grew up there, finished my studies, and spent 3 years in the navy as an intelligence officer. My first taste of travelling was at 18 joining a camping tour in Europe and since then I have been infected by that famous travel bug.
I married a lovely Israeli and moved back to Australia where we had our two beautiful daughters. Throughout the years I kept travelling back to Israel to reconnect and visit family and friends and on each trip I’d explore another destination to tick off my bucket list. I’ve been lucky to visit many European countries, such as Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, UK, Scotland, the Netherlands, as well as a trip to the US, Morocco, Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, New Zealand, Fiji, Bali, Malaysia, Vanuatu, Egypt, Jordan and of course Israel.
At Sisterhood Womens Travel I love the passion of women on the move and the many inspiring itineraries whilst offering a social networking and the opportunity to explore and make travel dreams come true and I look forward to seeing you on tour very soon!
SWT Central Admin
I was born in Sydney, lived there until I was 12, then moved to Melbourne.
My husband Mark and I married (eloped!) 18 years ago on beautiful Mana Island, Fiji. Soon after, we spent a year living and travelling all over Queensland, but missed the diversity of Melbourne and returned to where we now live in the stunning Yarra Valley. We have 3 beautiful boys aged 26, 15 & 9 all at different stages of life, keeping our life very busy with sport, hobbies, school, and mates!
I am in love with the Australian Outback and all the history and culture it holds. I have climbed Uluru and Kata Tjuta, camped underground in Coober Pedy and spent time living within the culture and lifestyle of the aboriginal settlement Yuendumu, along with many other treasures of our stunning outback. I love road trips, caravanning and camping, hiking, and have enjoyed time in many of the quirky, quaint and historic towns all over our incredible country.
I am incredibly excited to be welcomed into the ‘Sisterhood’ and experience all the excitement it offers our travellers. I really look forward to being a part of the continual growth of what I believe is, a wonderful & unique concept for women…..to experience the world of travel and all the magic that brings, along with making and sharing these amazing tours and events with new friends, created through a mutual love of travel. Our planet is a gift to humanity and having the opportunity and privilege to travel anywhere in the world with friends for company is truly a blessing.
My feet first began to itch when I escorted coach tours for Contiki through Europe in 1980. Since then I’ve enjoyed a very varied and respected career in the travel industry servicing retail, corporate, group and conference clients.
I have travelled to all corners of the globe and taken many groups with me along the way. I enjoy 'getting down and dirty' with the locals and my knowledge of all things off the beaten track is exceptional.
I love weaving my magic over groups of 'Sisters' to amazing destinations including Morocco, India, Borneo and most recently Kamalaya Wellness Retreat in Koh Samui .
I am passionate about travel and like nothing more than to share new and wonderful experiences with my fabulous travelling companions.
I am and always have been an absolute travel enthusiast. My love of travel began when my Dad returned home to Ireland from a business trip to Germany in the late 60’s and wowed the family with his experiences and his few words of German. Before embarking on my Travel Career, I studied and worked in Europe where I gained first hand knowledge of Mainland Europe and its diverse cultures and people.
I fell head over heels in love with France after living there for 6 months- and I have never recovered! I then spent 7 years in working in Germany while travelling all around Europe at weekends and during my holidays and then moved to London for a further 7 years. My husband, 2 children and I moved to Melbourne in 2000 and I have never looked back.
I have been working in Travel since 1986 and have travelled extensively but have many places yet to tick off yet. I have visited the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Morocco, Tunisia, Sweden, Finland, Italy, USA, Caribbean Islands of Saint Lucia and Jamaica, South Africa, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, The Philippines, Singapore and New Zealand and hopefully this is just the beginning! I am very excited to be involved with Sisterhood Womens Travel and look forward to our new adventures together.
Do you have 'itchy feet' too? (Luckily I have a very understanding & supportive husband!).
There is something special about travel that makes it so intoxicating and I love experiencing new sights, religions and cultures (the good, the bad & the ugly) and, of course, the food!
I have worked as a tour leader for several years and am a qualified paramedic. It is my job is to ensure your travel experience is joyous and memorable. I have found group travel to be so much fun with surprising and serendipitous moments.
I am delighted and excited to be part of the Sisterhood team, and can’t wait to meet you on our next 'feet scratching' adventure. Ciao!
My first overseas trip was at the tender age of 19 (yes of course it was to Bali) and once I was bitten by the travel bug, there was no stopping me!
My next trip began as a two-month visit to family in Canada, Greece and Italy. However, it developed into an 18-month adventure through Europe and eventually coming home overland. Yes, it was the 70s, and I embarked on the “hippie trail” through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand and Indonesia.
Needless to say, upon my return to Melbourne, I did not complete my social work course, and enrolled into a Diploma of Travel and Tourism. This started my career in travel which now spans close to 30 years. Over this time, I have escorted many groups to Europe, and my aim has always been to impart my love of travel, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. Working in travel has also allowed me to maintain connections with my family in Greece and my husband’s Italian heritage and enjoy many overseas adventures with my family.
I look forward to bringing my passion for travel and people to Sisterhood Womens Travel!
Mum / Public Relations
As Hayley's Mum I have been with Sisterhood since its inception 14 years ago...first as a tour hostess and now as an office support and public relations contributor. My hostessing during fifteen tours introduced me to many wonderful women on their individual journeys and I was priveledged to share many life changing adventures with them. To see women depart, often as strangers, and return with new found friendships, supports the wonderful concept of women only travel, and I am proud of Hayleys achievements.
I was born in New Zealand and like most Kiwis, travelling is a rite of passage. I crossed the ditch in the mid 70s and after four years in Melbourne took off for the UK. After surviving temp work in bars, restaurants, offices and in teaching, I decided tour guiding was the ideal way to experience the Continent. I have been involved in the travel industry ever since, in sales marketing, as a travel agent, & as a TAFE tourism & tour guiding teacher. At last I feel it is time to get back on the road again. I'm excited about joining Sisterhood Women’s Travel and I'm really looking forward to sharing new adventures with like-minded women.
Born in Australia, my travel bug bit me in 1979 when my beautiful Dutch dad decided to take us all over to Europe to meet his family and see ‘the world’.
Since then, I have been back to Europe on a number of occasions; the second time being with my two besties, where we bought a combi van and toured 20 plus countries in twelve months (as you did then) including the Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Hungary, Czech Republic, Egypt, Israel, Croatia and France.
Whilst over there I worked as a tour guide and based in England, but travelling all around the UK, I was both driver and guide for groups of students and/or adults with special interests including British literature, architecture, history, churches, sport and gardening. Such a hoot!
When I returned back to Oz, I went straight back out on the road for another two years hostessing both camping and accommodated tours throughout the outback and eastern states. What a remarkable country we live in.
Other travel destinations have included Malaysia (Borneo), Singapore, Philippines, China, Thailand and Indonesia.
Sounds a lot doesn’t it.….and yet I feel like there is still so much world out there yet to explore.
Now with Sisterhood Womens Travel I’m looking to sharing my passion for travel, culture and adventure, and introducing more women to this wonderful world we live in.
My name is Silvana and I am delighted to join the Sisterhood Womens Travel Team.
The travel bug has been a slow burning fascination buried beneath my duties as a mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. No doubt many of you can relate – we’re good at putting others first!
I love meeting “sisters” united in their desire to see more of the world and to find adventure in whatever form it takes.
Helping to provide an opportunity for other women to feel a sense of accomplishment or satisfaction in ticking off those bucketlist items, in a supportive environment, gives me great satisfaction!
I have been extremely lucky in my life to have travelled to many countries over the years with my family and friends. With a customer service background I look forward to assisting 'Sisters' to have an unforgettable travel experience.