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.

While travel to far-flung places or enjoying having guests in your home may be on hold for a while, you can still make new friends in foreign lands or just around the corner.  Imagine having a network of like minded friends to talk to and share your experiences and hopes for the future.  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.”  Although you may not be able to meet in person for a while, this is such a wonderful opportunity to make those new friends now and plan for the future.

Map Of Our Members

As soon as you join, you will have access to the full list of our members around the world – you choose who you might like to contact, whether you want to plan a visit or welcome someone to stay in your home.  However you choose to use your membership, you can be assured of being part of a unique global friendship network.

5W Enables Our Members To Have Rewarding Experiences

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:

Victoria, Australia February 2019

Devils Down Under, Australia March/April 2019

Mekong Musings 2019


Of Course, 5W Is Not 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!”

The World is Waiting!

“I joined 5W after reading about it in Gang of Four by Liz Byrski – wondering if such a wonderful organisation could really exist and deliver on expectations.  This was when we wrote paper letters to each other.  And before the commercial organisations that people sometimes mistakenly confuse with our wonderful 5W.  It has delivered in spades, as they say.

I have made some very good local friends I’ll keep forever, as well as friends and acquaintances from all over the world.  While it isn’t possible to keep up with everyone you meet, the memories with the assistance of many photos are there for each of us.  And you don’t have to go far!  This year I made two trips up and down the east coast of Australia.

What wonderful people I met, and so very hospitable!  We all have wonderful life experiences to share and varying interests, with our common goal of interacting with others and sharing a little of each other.  In Australia, the city and country people often have very different priorities, and my visits provided a fabulous opportunity to come together and improve our understanding of each other.

I’ve also had some reciprocal stays – and very happy with that.  As well, my trip motivated me to get back in the surf – and I’m loving it!  I also have to make a special mention of my Japanese hosts over 2 trips.  Such very special memories.  Can’t wait to go again.”  5W Member from Australia


Keeping friendship alive around the world!

5W was founded in 1984 as a friendship and travel network, encouraging women to make new contacts around the world and spread the spirit of cultural understanding. We may have had to put our travels on hold, but the friendship is now more important than ever. We are so happy to see our members reaching out to each other by email and post (yes that wonderful experience of receiving a letter from a friend)!

Explore your Local area with 5W friends

We have Local Groups around the work, which are the perfect way for our members to arrange to meet up for lunches or trips to local attractions.  Now that we need to think ‘locally’ for a while, this is the perfect opportunity to make new friends in your corner of the world and do some local exploration of the beautiful areas where you live.  

Read an extract from our latest newsletter to find out how our members are enjoying their membership 

Positive thoughts from Corina, 5W Trustee in Switzerland. “There are lots and lots of memories, lots of experiences/resources within us thanks to 5W and I am grateful for all I have lived up until now and will be in the future. Travelling has been a part of my life since the 90s. I have also had my share of being a hostess and being part of so many places/homes with 5w friends.
Do we not see/feel what a wonderful “family we are”, do we walk away from our nearest/closest friends when they are ill? Do we give up on hope for better times, while fires are out there in far away countries, where floods destroy homes? No and again No we go out there and bundle up all our powers for the common cause!So lets get positive looking back and looking forward! “

Tokyo, Japan


Luang Prang, Laos

Whistler, Canada

Shark Bay, Perth

Blue Mountains, Australia