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.”
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!
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.
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!”
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.”
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