Welcome To The 5W World of Friendship & Travel
Women Welcome Women World Wide has so much to offer to members from around the world – our aims are simple, but the rewards are great.
Travel to far-flung places or enjoy having guests in your home. Make new friends in foreign lands or just around the corner. Travelling with 5W is a safer way. Imagine having a network of friends wherever you go – having another woman to meet you at the airport when you arrive in a new country, for example, is reassuring in a land far from home. In the words of one of our members “Every wonderful woman has a story to tell, cultural differences to share and each one feels like a long-term friend from the very first meeting.”
As another of our members explains “With 5W we enjoy a commonality based on openness and a trust that, despite whatever else is happening in the world, there are those to whom we can open our doors, share bits of our lives and become part of a larger, more enriched whole.” Any woman can become a member, regardless of nationality, religion or home circumstances and members are of all backgrounds and ages, from all around the world.
“If you are interested in solo travelling, this is the organisation for you. It can be lonely travelling on your own, especially if you see something fantastic and want to turn around and say “hey, look at that” but there is no one there. Well, if you join 5W, those days are over” - Read more …
Share more of our members’ experiences for a real taste of 5W:
Travelling Solo with 5W!
Read an article from one of our members who enjoyed a 9 week trip around Europe and North America https://solotravelerworld.com/women-welcoming-women/
Plus, 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 envi…ronment 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.”
Listen to the stories from a member in Australia https://soundcloud.com/1233newcastle/story-box-1269-norma-from-gorokan
Plus, read how members enjoy meeting up and welcoming 5W visitors Getting Together
Of course, 5W isn’t just about international travel!
When a Canadian member from Vancouver was making arrangements for a business trip in Ottawa, she contacted a 5W member there to see if they could meet up. This resulted in her staying overnight and spending a fun 24 hours together before her meetings began. 5W brought them together in the most pleasant way, even though they both lived in the same country – but almost 5,000 km apart.
5W Local Groups arrange get-togethers to welcome visiting members. This is a photo of some of the Hobart, Tasmania, 5W group who had lunch at the Duchess Restaurant in Sandy Bay Road, to welcome a visiting member from Queensland.
Plus. a quote from one of our members “I live in Los Angeles. A few years ago I took a road trip to Northern California where I visited a 5W member in a little coastal community, Elk. I was in my own state and looked at the same ocean that I saw at home. But it was like I was in a world away from my home. One doesn’t have to go very far from home to have a fantastic experience with 5W!”
The World is Waiting!
Our members join for many different reasons and these are the words of a new member from Australia “Traveling with my aunt, who is also a trustee in Australia, I had the wonderful privilege of meeting members and also the trustees of 5W as they gathered for their annul ATM in Hasselt Belgium. I was absolutely inspired by this group with their knowledge and traveling experiences, that if combined, would result in circumnavigating the globe a dozen times and more. These women inspired me and taught me that age is a number, adventure never dies, they can dance the feet off anyone half their ages and “if you can’t travel the world, then bring the world to you.
This is an amazing not for profit organization and if the trustees are an indicator of other members, they are a group that welcomes all and are happy to share their homes and culture with you.
I have registered as a day hostess to share Tasmania with others. If you have heard of 5W and have hesitated about joining; hesitate no more as the world is waiting for you.”
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!
A message from 5W Trustee, Sharon Giese -
“Division, separation, discord. Threats from a rogue nation. Anger in the streets for too many reasons. Unprecedented weather.
I think we can all feel very small, very helpless and not in control in times like these. I hope that 5W can be a small island in a sea of world turmoil.
I want to remind you of the 5W ethos:
With 5W we enjoy a commonality based on openness and a trust that, despite whatever else is happening in the world, there are those to whom we can open our doors, share bits of our lives and become part of a larger, more enriched whole. Any woman can become a member, regardless of nationality, religion or home circumstances.”
Let us not forget what 5W is about as we hear those who would try to divide. Let us live our lives in the 5W ethos and welcome our members with open arms and open minds.
I hope your travels will be safe ones, that your problems will be few and that we will see quieter, gentler times sooner than later.” Sharon
Read about the 5W Gathering in Frankfurt, featured in Meins magazine
Listen to Elinor Warkentin explain what she loves about being a member of 5W in an inspiring interview on CBC radio North By Northwest show – click the link to listen http://www.cbc.ca/1.4021858
WOW Festival, London