For over eight years ladies from the Hunter have been exploring what this beautiful world has to offer through unique, exclusively escorted premium tours from Newcastle. These ladies have walked the Great Wall of China, experienced the Witch markets of La Paz, have taken helicopter flights over the Canadian Rockies and picked leaves at the tea plantations in Sri Lanka.
So why are these tours becoming more and more popular each year? Jayes Travel Women (JTW) tours include the “must-dos”, but they also like to get off the beaten track and experience each destination at its best. They are about meeting the locals and embracing a new culture.
“I came on the trip hoping to “fit-in” with other women who were all strangers,” said Marilyn, who travelled with a group to the Northern Territory.
“I was delighted with the friendly group and the wonderful tour hosts. I couldn’t fault the planning or the lovely JTW representative,” she said.
The variety of experiences is extensive. The women have met the Ama women of the sea in Japan (the pearl diving mermaids), they have cruised along the river Ganges in Varanasi and watched Aarti ceremonies, they’ve danced with the Masaai women of Kenya, and they’ve had great laughs along the way!
JTW’s main focus is the number of inclusions that they have in their itineraries. Jayes Travel Women include everything from return airport transfers from your home address in the Hunter, 4 stars and above accommodation, economy class flights (with the option to upgrade), at least two meals a day, all tipping and taxes, a JTW representative with you from start to finish, local guides throughout and plenty of included sightseeing.
Pictured: JTW in action!
Head of Groups, Chelsea Badger, said that having these inclusions already factored into the tour price leaves you not reaching into your pockets for unexpected costs.
“This is especially important when it comes to the somewhat uncomfortable process of ‘tipping’. In the USA by the time you consider your luggage being taken to the rooms, tipping your day tour guides and at meals, this can be upwards of $50 per day! With JTW it’s done for you and included in the cost, so no nasty surprises or extra expenses along the way,” said Chelsea.
“There won’t be many times you need to put your hand in your pocket on these tours (except for the shopping of course!). In New York JTW already include a Broadway show. They include a water blessing by a Lama in Nepal, a Russian Doll painting class in Russia and the famous Flam Railway in Norway. In Mexico, they celebrate the “Day of the Dead” in a local village and spend overnight on the iconic Blue Train in South Africa. All of these experiences are making memories to last a lifetime, and they even include a pre-tour meal before you leave, to give you the opportunity to meet your fellow travel companions,” she said.
“These women came together (most not knowing each other), and from the experiences shared has come lifelong friendships. With regular catch up’s to reminisce about past adventures, the hardest question is ‘where to next’?”
Of course, travelling in this way offers women an added sense of security and camaraderie.
“My trip was with a terrific group of ladies who I hope to see on future tours. I would recommend it to any single lady who is hesitant to travel on her own, ” said Valda who took the Christmas Markets of Europe tour.
To get a taste of Jayes Travel Women’s journeys and ignite your own travel bug check out their social media pages on Facebook (/jayestravelwomen) or Instagram (@jayestravel_women).