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Fur Rondy Festival, Alaska!

5W members from across the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia and South Africa are meeting up today to enjoy a winter experience at the Festival.  Mushing with champion women mushers, the Eskimo blanket toss, winter carnival and much more.  Look out for photos and news over the coming week!

Our Australian members are busy planning a variety of exciting Gatherings in 2018/19!

Members are invited to the Blue Mountains, Victoria, Tasmania and Perth.

Let the fun begin!

Members from Germany, Ireland, Australia, Finland, USA, Russia, Canada and the UK meeting up for the latest Gathering taking place in Beverley, UK.  They will be exploring arts & culture on offer as part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017.  A visit to the Hull Freedom Festival and an opportunity to explore beautiful and interesting areas of England that are not on the main tourist trail.

5W on Safari!

Members enjoying an amazing tour of Kenya, saying hello from their safari camp. And 5W would-be Masai on a cold morning on safari.

Welcome to the new Chair of the Women Welcome Women World Wide Board of Trustees – Elinor Warkentin of Vancouver, Canada!

Elinor’s appointment to this important role marks a new chapter in the fascinating story of this unique organisation, whose focus is empowering women to travel the world. Elinor says, “It is an honour to accept this role, and I look forward to cooperating with members in steering 5W in new and exciting directions. In my time with 5W, I’ve been able to bring international guests to Vancouver, and connect with members worldwide. I’ve taken them to march in our local salmon festival parade, shared a tailgate picnic in a farmer’s field overlooking Stonehenge, prepared clams for my host’s community clam-bake in Connecticut and enjoyed a Swiss fondue on a Swiss mountaintop. I never know what new experience 5W will bring, but I always leave wishing I could stay longer. Now I can put my skills and experience to use growing an organisation that benefits women by encouraging fellowship and independence through travel.”

Travelling Solo through Australia with 5W!

A UK member recently returned from an amazing first time trip to Australia.  Although travelling on her own, she stayed with 21 of our wonderful members along the way – which is what 5W is all about!  She says “The Red Centre, the North, South, East and West edges of the vast continent of Australia, plus Tasmania!  She says  – I saw them all on my recent fantastic 5 month trip. Many of my hostesses shared my interest in art, the environment and family history.  Through them I learned so much about Australia – history, geography, Aboriginal art and culture and flora and fauna. A special thank you also to the many 5W husbands and other family members for their kindness and hospitality. This was my first time in Australia and I could not have done it without 5W.  I am so grateful to all those members who helped to make an exciting trip into a truly memorable one.”

International friendship!

5W members meet up in many different ways. A member in Canada recently posted her plans to walk the whole 150 kms of the Pieterpad Trail in The Netherlands. A UK member answered her request and that is exactly what they have done – enjoying amazing hospitality, nature at its best and most natural and meeting some fascinating people along the way. As they say “the friendship we have found together we hope will endure into the future and is an example of the potential for international friendship, which we believe to be the underlying ethos of this fantastic organisation.”

Is it the warm sunshine or the warm 5W friendship, that has so many of our members visiting Australia!

Comment from one member from the UK “coming to the end of my wonderful time in Sydney hosted by the kindest, most generous “young” ladies.”  Another says, I cannot believe how kind and welcoming you all are”.  So muich so, that one of our 5W Trustees has been travelling around Australia since September 2016!

A group of 5W members were recently on a wonderful London gathering.  Having an amazing and interesting week. Here are a few photos to share with you …

In Australia, 5W member Marina, spent 3 days with UK Trustee, Sue… “We enjoyed a meal and conversation with the newly formed Blue Mountains 5W group, visited Norman Lindsey’s gallery then spent an evening country dancing. A member from Pitt town invited us for day in the Hawkesbury Valley, where we looked at a church designed by a convict architect, stopped at an observatory, toured the art gallery and went wine tasting at Tizzana winery at Ebeneza. Then we sauntered through the small village of Laura, ate a Japanese lunch, introduced Sue to the three sisters at Echo point, watched a pictorial presentation of the Blue Mountains at the cultural centre, took afternoon tea at the Art Deco Carrington hotel while listening to bagpipes, inspected some aboriginal rock carvings then spend the evening at a literary function listening to an author of Dark Emu a controversial book about aboriginal agriculture before white settlement which was very thought provoking. Busy day!

US members offer a warm welcome

to 5W member, Martine, from Belgium!

When planning her visit to Chicago, a group of 5W members helped her to organise a fantastic trip.  Offering accommodation and guiding her around the area, showing her sights she might not have enjoyed on an organised tour.  A highlight was her trip to Shipshewana in Amish County and Mishawaka, a place where many Belgian emigrants settled in around 1840 and later on after the World War in 1918.  Martine says it was an amazing discovery to see several Flemish names on windows and graves in the church.  A real experience of 5W friendship!

5W Membership brings your travel dreams to life!

Two intrepid Australian members recently returned home after 3 wonderful months travelling around Europe, meeting up and staying with local members along the way.  As one said, ” in the words of Arnie, I will be back”.  Meeting wonderful 5W women who were happy to show them the sights not normally experienced by tourists, added to the adventure.

 

5W Experiences!

Spending time in Rome with a local member, being taken to some lovely secret places that foreign tourist don’t generally know about. That’s what 5W is all about, local knowledge and friendly women getting together.

Moving on to visit other members in Transylvania!  My 5W host in Gilau, a small village in Transylvania, braids my hair and dresses me up in one of her heritage National costumes

5W Receives VIP Treatment in Manchester!

International Group of 5W members from Australia, Belgium, USA, New Zealand and the UK meeting for a wonderful week exploring historic Chester and the surrounding area.  One very memorable visit to Manchester, where participants were delighted to meet the Lord Mayor, Councillor Carl Austin-Behan and treated to a tour of the Town Hall and a delicious afternoon tea.  5W VIPs for the day!

It’s a Small World with 5W!

The power of this 5W group is amazing. At a tiny village on the East Coast of Iceland in a local /pub café, a 5W member visiting from Australia, met up by chance with a UK member who was travelling with her husband in a caravan convoy around Iceland. They first met on the 5W Alaskan Gathering  over 8 years ago and recognized each other immediately!  The 5W world of friendship is a very special experience!

5W International Gathering in France!

Five 5W members were guests of honour at Tours Town Hall in the Loire Valley.  The Director of International Relations welcomed us all and gave each woman a gift from the Mayor’s Office.  Then the Guild of ‘Veritable Nougat de Tours’ invited Debbie from South Africa and Angela from Germany to become honorary Guild members and to spread the Guild’s principle of friendship and sharing – much like 5W.  We finished the evening with a photo in front of a statue of Marianne, the national symbol of France, then toasted each other with champagne.

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5W member, Morgan, gave a heartfelt speech of thanks, which is translated here in English -

“We are very honoured to be here with you today.  We thank the people that we have met in Tours and Touraine for the warmth and friendship they have shown us.  We, the women of 5W, travel to improve relationships between people, in whatever modest way we can.
Despite the terrible floods you have suffered and, of course, the strikes, your beautiful region has enchanted us with your pretty villages, splendid chateaux, lively and picturesque markets and your delicious cuisine.  Our visit to Chateau Valmer was an unforgettable experience.  When we return hone, we will look at our gardens in a new way.  We have learned much about your famous women: Anne of Brittany at Longais, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis at Chenonceau.  At Loches, of course, Agnes Sorel and your national heroine, Jean d’Arc.
Many thanks to the community of La Grande Bretèche for their hospitality and to everyone who contributed to our marvellous memories of this visit to Touraine.  It has been too brief.  We will return with our families and friends.  Thank you very much.”

A delightful afternoon was spent with gentle goats, who give their milk for the famous St Maure de Touraine cylindrical goats’ cheese.  Finishing in the village of Chedigny, where the mayor planted 600 roses ten years ago.

Despite torrential rain, train strikes and delayed planes, nothing stops 5W members getting together to enjoy 6 days taking just a peek at all the wonders of the UNESCO site of the Loire Valley in Central France.  Along came the sun too!

5W Meets Snow Monkeys in Japan!

Follow the link to hear all about the amazing Japanese Gathering

Celebrating 30 Years of 5W Friendship in Australia!

Meeting up in Newcastle, Australia for a tour of all this beautiful area has to offer.

Making beautiful 5W memories in Japan!

The amazing trip to Western Japan with over forty 5W members from seven countries was an awesome experience!

Himeji castle
with cherry blossoms

The World Heritage
Itsukushima shrine

A beautiful memory
with beautiful people

Origami class at the hotel

Previous 5W Adventures

Cowboys & Cajuns!

5W members recently enjoyed an exciting gathering in San Antonio, USA.  Treated as honoured guests in the small town of Blanco, enjoying a Chuck Wagon lunch with cowboys entertaining them with tales of their lives as cowboys and actors. They attended the San Antonio Rodeo, where our Australian members cheered loudly for the Aussie competitor!  More fun followed at Lafayette, cheering floats and bands at Mardi Gras, covered in ‘bling’.  So much laughter, so many experiences, all shared with 5W friends!

Read The Latest Press Articles On 5W:-

Inspiring Women For 30 Years

Women Welcome Women World Wide (5W) proudly celebrates 30 years of promoting friendship and understanding around the world. This global organisation, not only encourages friendships between its members, but also offers a safer and more enjoyable way to travel the world. The words of… Read More

Biorama, Austria

Vor fast 20 Jahren steckte eine Frau namens Frances Alexander in einer kleinen Stadt etwa 50 Kilometer westlich von London eine Liste mit Frauennamen in ein Kuvert. Es war die erste Mitgliederliste des Reisenetzwerkes Women Welcome Women World Wide (5W), die sie verschickte. Mit ihrer neu… Read More

Orcadian, Scotland

Open houses and a warm welcome. Eday woman urges Orkney ladies to get involved in 5W organisation. Travelling and making new friends is probably something that most of us say we want to do more of at some point in our lives. Moira Byers, from Eday, certainly did and, 20 years ago, she joined an… Read More

 

5W Archives:-

25th Anniversary Commemorative Newsletter

Celebrating 25 years of friendship! Thanks for the memories… Back in 1983 when Frances uttered those magical words, “I have an idea!”, who could have imagines that we would today be celebrating 25 wonderful years. What better way to commemorate this very special anniversary than with a look back… Read More

25th Anniversary Celebration Lunch

Women’s Global Network Celebrates 25 Years of Friendship! Over 100 women from all over the world congregated in High Wycombe on Sunday 24 May to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of a unique travel and friendship network. Travelling from Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, USA, Sweden, Finland… Read More

Celebrating 25 Years Of Friendship

Worldwide web of international friendship celebrates a quarter of a century! Women Welcome Women World Wide (5W) the international friendship and travel network for women has reached its 25th birthday, a remarkable achievement for an organisation based on the simple concept of… Read More

The Year The Wall Came Down

Celebrating Freedom! Women Welcome Women World Wide (5W) has been promoting friendship and understanding amongst women around the world for 25 years! Our Founder, Frances Alexander, visited 5W members in East Berlin just before the Wall came down and remembers the emotions… Read More

Friendship & Travel – with 5W life can be an adventure!