I was Shirley Valentine!
I booked my first trip in 2012 and didn’t tell my husband until I was about to walk out the door. With my bags packed. I said to him “I’m going away for three weeks” and he said “see you when you get back”. I had done the Shirley Valentine thing! I envied him going away on boys trips hence my decision to start travelling with new friends. Fast forward to 2018 and I’ve been with Sisterhood seven times now. Make a decision and take the plunge and you will never regret it.
How I found Sisterhood Womens Travel 2018
I was running my shop in Knoxfield Victoria where I designed and made bras and lingerie. Whilst fitting a lady she told me about Sisterhood Womens Travel, I had no intention of retiring at that stage but wrote it in my book of dreams. After I announced that I was closing the business and retiring, I took to asking my customers for ideas about what I could do in retirement. Sisterhood Women’s Travel came up a number of times. As I am on my own and didn’t have anyone to travel with I thought it sounded perfect for me. I spoke to Hayley about a European river cruise with Paris, Prague, and Italy extension. She was very easy to talk to and was so knowledgeable about the destinations that I felt safe and decided to give it a go. It was a trip of a lifetime and was great to have someone to inspire you with suggestions of things you could do on the leisure days and make everything as easy and pleasurable as possible. I have enjoyed the get togethers she arranges for the sisters, ie: Xmas in July, Xmas party, smartphone photography workshop, and monthly morning teas. The Stoney Creek Races mini break was fun. I am booked to do the French pop up tour this year and am looking at another trip later in the year. I am 73 and find travelling with Sisterhood makes me feel safe and more adventurous. Thanks Hayley and Sim, Denise, and Donna I have no hesitation in recommending Sisterhood Womens Travel to any woman thinking of travelling.
Finding Sisterhood Womens Travel 2018
I didn’t ‘find’ Sisterhood, it found me, at a point in my life when parts of me were imploding and I needed something… a girlfriend at work said she’d booked to go to Italy and my husband said “Go!”What I got was an incredible opportunity to meet dynamic and amazing women who were all choosing to embrace travel and the chance that presented to see a glimpse of another world, another lifestyle and celebrate life. Accompanying me were dreamers, photographers, explorers, hikers, historians and connoisseurs of life. They loved wine, a cup of tea, food, shopping, sunrises and sunsets. Did I say shopping? We were a group of women that each sought something different from their adventure and we all found it together. And along the way we found friends and acquaintances who I have fondly tucked inside my heart and make me smile when I recall a part of my Sisterhood adventure. Our guide was dynamic, knew the language, spent the evening before planning, troubleshooting, even walking to the next day’s meeting points so she had the lay of the land and ensuring we all got out of our city every bucket list dream we carried. But she was so much more, she worked out our nuances and gave us each what we needed. I was fortunate to meet Hayley. Sisterhood founder and facilitator of amazing adventures who delights in helping make all her girls’ dreams come true. She has helped give so many women their wings. And for me, a little piece of the world that I’d only dreamed of. Thanks again Hayley,
My Journey with Sisterhood 2018
I had been travelling solo and with other tour companies for a number of years but found that some tours could be quite difficult socially if I was the only single woman when the other travellers were all married couples. Could be quite isolating at times. I decided to look for a women only tour company and found an advertisement in the over 50 magazine. Have had trips to Morocco, Japan, Cook Islands, and just loved the itineraries and enjoyed the company of many different women. Sisterhood has been an excellent travel company and would recommend to all women.
What’s Stopping You?
Sisterhood gave me the opportunity I thought I’d never have - to travel to my dream destination of Morocco. I had a try-out trip interstate, then my"practice” overseas trip to Norfolk Island, then it was “lookout world…...I’m coming”, starting with Morocco. Ten years ago I never would have dreamt I’d get to see the places I’ve been to, and as a solo traveller, I couldn’t and wouldn’t have been able to do this without Sisterhood. If you haven’t booked a trip yet, in the words from my son that got me going .....“what’s stopping you?”
Cook Islands 2017
This is my 7th trip with Sisterhood Womens Travel. Women Only is the way to go! New friends made and all ladies were courteous and mindful of each other. Sim our hostess - where do I start? From the airports, planes, meals, accommodation, arranging extra activities, Sim was always there, checking, caring and working very hard.
Europe Rivers and Italy 2017
I have had the best holiday anyone could ever wish for and would love to do another trip sometime. I would not hesitate in recommending Sisterhood to other travellers.
Spectacular European River Cruise & Italy Add On
Both tours were an amazing experience seamlessly orchestrated and a celebration of life under the expert and passionate guidance of Hayley Morris. I enjoyed the variation in activities, choice of accommodation and restaurants, commitment of service providers (local guides, driver of vehicle, cruise boat, food etc), knowledge, commitment and general demeanor of our travel guide. There is nothing that I didn’t enjoy… (Except for the steps in Paris) In my experience the best holiday I have been on…Very good value for money…Everything happened on time, as planned and seemingly without any effort at all (although obviously a lot of work went into assuring that). We had an excellent group of women, we felt like a group of friends enjoying the vast expanses of Europe and Italy with lots of positive energy. Hayley is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate, professional, kind, accommodating, gracious - everything one could ever wish for in a travel guide and I would say now a friend.
Loved our Cook Island Tour August 2017
Our break in the Cook Islands has left me feeling both relaxed and rested. Cook Island time surely helps you to slow down! I really
enjoyed the tour with a wonderful group of women. Sim was fantastic negotiating the very flexible itinerary for us. Will look forward to the next tour… the big decision is ‘where to’ ...
South Africa Tour 17
I have done 4 Sisterhood tours, each one of them was truly fabulous. (New York to New Orleans, Canada and Alaska, Croatia and Italy and now Southern Africa). Southern Africa was THE most amazing tour. We saw all the Big 5 - more than once and so many more animals than this. Victoria Falls was incredible and Cape Town was so picturesque. The accommodation was all perfect with Sabi Sabi an absolute highlight. It was pure luxury and the people so friendly and welcoming. As a vegetarian I had such lovely meals in all places ( I even sampled a worm at our Boma dinner) Denise was the most amazing hostess - she kept us together as a tight group. In our free time she arranged museum tours or markets or whatever was going, For our free meals she booked a restaurant and arranged a taxi there and back. It was so wonderful not to be on our own. You could join in or have the time at leisure - your choice. The tour was very well put together and needs very few improvements. You should pat yourself on the back for such a first class tour. It was all so perfect and I want to keep on repeating my past experiences every year. Keep up the good work - You are on to such a winner with both the Southern African tour and SISTERHOOD.
Thank you so much
South Africa 2017
Had a wonderful time on the holiday to Africa. Denise was fabulous making sure we stayed as a group With just the right amount of free time not too much but those that wanted a rest could get one If anyone had something they were interested in Denise did her best to arrange it Everyone got on well together and joined in with enthusiasm My favourite part was going on safari the guides and scouts were top rate. All hotels were excellent the food delicious. Had a great holiday Thanking you Marian Clark
Cambodia & Vietnam Memories
Our Tour Hostess Sim was just wonderful! Very helpful and caring and great fun. I loved Vietnam - another tick off my bucket list.
Cambodia & Vietnam 2017
I absolutely loved my tour and commend Sisterhood on such a wonderful service
What I Love About Sisterhood Womens Travel
There is so much to love about Sisterhood Women’s Travel. I have been to many overseas locations I could previously only dream about, including the Greek Islands, Japan, China, Bali, and Canada/Alaska. I felt safe and encouraged with the expert arrangements and the support of the wonderful hostesses. I have made many new friends on these trips and on the exciting and varied mini-breaks, and the many enjoyable social occasions.
Thankyou Hayley and staff for a fabulous service bringing women together while sharing exciting adventures.
Cambodia Memories 2014
Fun. Excitement. Adventure. Wow Cambodia as I’d never known it. Hayley, her mother, daughter and US all went to Cambodia. Fabulous time with a group of women. Never bored either. Food delicious. Bargaining for beautiful silks. Hayley is organised and flexible with ideas too. I have the photos to prove it
Sisterhood Sydney Cruise February 2017
Just wanted to thank you for the great trip I had away with Sisterhood, I enjoyed the cruise and loved Aladdin, Such a lovely group of ladies, I am looking forward to my next trip away.
Pacific Jewel Cruise Feb 2017
Thank you for a wonderful few days away. Jenny and I both enjoyed ourselves. Wonderful bunch of girls, still laughing to myself!
Thank you Sim! Outback Rock & Rail Tour 2016
I just wanted to pass on what a wonderful time I had on the recent Outback R&R tour. Thank you for offering such a wonderful trip through Sisterhood Womens Travel. It really was memorable; the itinerary was varied and interesting and in particular the efforts and energy of Sim as our tour guide made the experience really extra special. Sim set the benchmark very high for all tour guides that may come my way. (this is my third escorted tour). Sim demonstrated patience, care, generosity of spirit, empathy for those less physically able, intelligence and good humour throughout the trip. She really went the extra mile in terms of service delivery. Sim’s positive sense of inclusivity,set the tone for the development of a strongly shared sense of care and community within the group. Her strong organisational skills, adaptability, and ability to think on her feet whilst always remaining calm made the difference between a good holiday and a really great one. Thanks again to both you and Sim. I am looking forward to another Sisterhood tour in the near future.
Japan Tour 2016
Our tour of Japan was just fabulous, our experience of the Japanese way of life both modern and traditional was great, we were lucky to experience the hot spring baths, staying in a traditional guest house and most of all the beauty of the Cherry Blossom everywhere. Our Stay in Singapore was fun also. Thank you for a great tour Sisterhood.
Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2016
This tour was well organised and gave a wonderful mix of experiences. Every day was fabulous and included something exceptional. The accommodation was outstanding. I would definitely choose Sisterhood Womens Travel again and am already looking forward to my next trip.
Cherry Blossoms of Japan
A great experience! I enjoyed the flower arranging and etiquette lesson, silk dyeing class, meeting a Geisha, the Hakone Air Museum and all the beautiful gardens.
Christmas Markets 2015 Tour
A well planned tour. I really appreciated the thought that went into making my birthday such a joy! It is certainly one I will never forget. Thank you Hayley. Our travelling environment was a lot more enjoyable compared to other group travel experiences. A lot more relaxed, friendly and flexible.
Outstanding, Empowering Experience!
I was a very apprehensive first time solo traveller this year on a Sisterhood Womens Travel tour of Croatia and Italy. My friends and family were unable to travel with me and although I have the confidence to travel overseas by myself, I wanted to be able to share great destinations, amazing food and conversation with others. Travelling solo as a middle-aged female (I still feel 21, although not sure about my knees!) is not a future I look forward to, so I decided to join a Sisterhood Womens Travel tour. Well, I was impressed! This is a well organised and impressive tour company which provided me with an amazing holiday experience.
The tour arrangements are all taken care of, including airfares, outstanding accommodation, delicious meals, entrance fees into attractions and knowledgeable and passionate local guides. There is even a pre-tour meet and greet which is a marvellous introduction to your travelling companions. My hostess, Tania, was a treasure who had the ability to make everyone feel at ease and ensure that we had fun with lots of laughs. Tania facilitated flexibility into our tour through listening to us and offering extras such as a time to buy Italian leather shoes and bags (what I consider ‘a must do activity’) and skip one more cathedral to find a lovely bar or café in a secluded location or visit a small hilltop village away from the main tourist trail.
Previous experience had shown me that being a solo female traveller can be a lonely experience even on a group tour with clicky groups, families and couples. Sisterhood Womens Travel provided a small group tour of thirteen like-minded women and allowed us to immerse ourselves into different cultures. We explored beautiful and exotic cities and small towns, sometimes as a group or as small friendship groupings and occasionally, through my own choice, by myself. I found this flexibility to be outstanding as there were things on free days that I just wanted to visit by myself, such as sitting in a church cemetery on the top of a hill in Croatia admiring the outstanding views and taking photos of local architecture. I always knew that the group would meet at the end of the day and share great food, wine, stories, laughs and photos in a restaurant or café in a perfect setting. I always felt safe and knew that I was not alone.
My holiday with Sisterhood has been an outstanding empowering experience that I will certainly enjoy again in the near future. The one drawback is the amazing choice of tours around the world that SWT offers annually. Thank you Sisterhood Womens Travel.
My big dilemma…where to next?
Tropical Reef & Rainforest Tour
Pam our tour hostess was amazing, kind and considerate and always there. The experiences and I spent with these amazing women are to be treasured!
I loved the Queensland Reef and Rain Adventure - September 2015
The convenience of not needing to organise anything - all things included! I never felt lonely and always enjoyed chatting, laughing and the companionship of the other ladies.
Noelene Vietnam 2011
The thing I enjoyed the most was not having to organise anything. Fiona was scrupulous in her duties and very kind and caring in her attitude. A very good first time experience. A relaxing and lovely holiday in enchanting locations.
Sally Norfolk 2010
Well I discovered that dreams do come true. I googled SWT and was very impressed with their informative website set-up by their founder Hayley Morris. I was even more impressed by the trips offered; a mixture of weekend getaways and International holidays. I started with ‘baby steps’ and did a weekend away to Echuca, followed by a wonderful 8 Day holiday to Norfolk Island.