Wanderlust – A great desire to travel and rove about.

Wanderlust Women – The women of Perth who have that great desire to travel and rove about, and intend to do something about it.

A couple of days ago I was thrilled to be able to meet up with a group of women who just get it – travel that is, and the addiction that it can become.

The girls at my local travel agency, Brice & Turner, have spent the last twelve months trying to make this come together and on Friday night it did. Shelley, Jen and their crew put on a fun night where those of us women who, for whatever reason, find ourselves having to travel solo, were able to meet up, chat, compare travel stories and travel wish lists and indulge in a glass of wine (or two) and a few nibbles.

With the girls from Brice & Turner - Jen, Monika, Charlotte & Shelley [must remember to wear my heels next time :-)]

With the girls from Brice & Turner – Jen, Monika, Charlotte & Shelley [must remember to wear my heels next time :-)]

The group we have become has a name, we are the Wanderlust Women (have a look for our Facebook page) and our aim is simple – to connect, share our passion for travel and make things happen.

The night was informal and we generally chatted amongst ourselves and got to find out about each other’s versions of travel. I was asked to share my experiences as a solo traveller, particularly when it came to trekking to Everest Base Camp last year, and I must say it was great to be able to share my experiences and hope it helped others to realise that, yes, they can do whatever they set their mind to.

Brit from G Adventures gave us a run down on the possibilities that her company provides for solo travellers and the broad range of trips they have available. With G Adventures whatever you would like to do, you can. And the lucky Keri won the door prize for the night – a 6 day Thai Local Living trip run by G Adventures.

Lucky prize winner Keri with Brit from G Adventures

Lucky prize winner Keri with Brit from G Adventures

The night was a huge success and a credit to the organisational skills of the girls at Brice & Turner; we had fun, we met new people and made new friends and realised that although we may travel solo we don’t have to travel alone.

This group intends to go places!

We don’t all have the same travel dreams, some of the girls want to head to European cities or Greek islands and take cooking lessons or learn the local language, some yearn to take a cruise or travel by train through mountain scenery. Some of us want to get physical, to climb mountains, cycle through different cultures or take to the water in kayaks or rafts and there are those who want to volunteer on projects in countries less developed than our own.

Helen & Shanntelle enjoying the evening

Helen & Shanntelle enjoying the evening

This group of women will make it happen. We’ll get together, we’ll plan and we’ll organise and we’ll make those dreams come true.

So often when it comes to our dreams, travel or otherwise, we come up with a list of reasons as to why we can’t; we don’t have enough money, we’ve got children, we don’t have time, we have to work etc. etc. We need to stop making those excuses, because that’s what they are, they’re excuses not reasons, and we just need to get on with it.

If I’d stopped to think about things I wouldn’t be where I am now. I wouldn’t have done the amazing things that I have and I wouldn’t have met the people I have along the way. If my then husband and I had stopped to think about it, when we sold up and moved to the UK for five years when the girls were teenagers, we probably wouldn’t have done it and then there would be so many people we wouldn’t have met and so many places we wouldn’t have seen. The journeys we took made us who we are today and I like who I am today and who my daughters have become.

So, if you’re a woman who travels solo and lives in Perth, and want to connect with a group of crazy women whose addiction is travel and whose motto is ‘let’s do it,’ then you simply have to join us. There is no option (head tor the Wanderlust Women Facebook page and like us).

If you’re in other parts of the world then follow our lead and start your own group or simply get together with a friend or two and plan your next adventure.

Go on – do it – I dare you!

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