Wild Women Expeditions’ events are for women who love the outdoors, have an adventurous spirit and enjoy the company of other women. WWE attracts women from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, lifestyles, life circumstances and ages. Exploring the differences between women who come to WWE is as much of the experience as discovering the similarities.
Women between the ages of 8-86 have come on canoe trips with us, and most trips and events enjoy an age spread. Other than our Women and Girls Canoe trips, which includes girls ages 8-14, the minimum age to join our regular trips is 15. Most women who attend are between 35-55. Some have an extensive background in whatever the activity is, though they may be a bit rusty, while for other women, it may be their first experience with this activity be it a canoe trip or kayaking or cycling. We offer a selection of vacations to accommodate the interests and needs of women in these two categories and those of us in between.
Yes, most women who come on a WWE are travelling solo, though we usually have a couple or pair of friends on most trips. You’ll make friends fast! Accommodation is usually in a shared room or cabin. If you want your own room, we can likely work it out for you at a nominal extra fee.
WWE aims to create a space on all of our trips where all women in the group feel safe and empowered physically, spiritually, and emotionally. We would like to request that all group members participate in the orientation discussion about photo and video, sharing if they are ok with their picture being taken or not. We recognize that some people will not want their photo taken or to be in any video and we want to honour their option to not be photographed or recorded. This also applies to locals we meet on trip or the stranger walking down the street, it’s just respectful to ask first.
WWE trips are in wild and beautiful places, which you may wish to document using photos or video, but let’s all please respect the technology free, unplugged space that most of our trips provide and not over do it on the selfies or live “up to the minute” updates on social media. We are all on this trip to BE here.
We understand that drone imagery is becoming very popular and some group members may wish to bring their drone on trip. WWE doesn’t have a firm policy saying “no drones” but we do feel it takes away from the ‘wildness’ of the trip location and can make group members feel uncomfortable and for these reasons, we ask you to consider not using a drone on the WWE trip. Should you decide to bring a drone, you must advise the group and ensure members who opt out of photo are always notified when you will be flying and do so away from where the group is. You must also check with your local guides to ensure there are no safety issues or company policies (e.g. drones may frighten horses or other wildlife) or local regulations (e.g. no drones allowed in Galapagos) and abide by their directions.You are responsible for learning the local regulations or laws around drone operations for the the trip destination.
All of our trips that take place in Canada are priced in CAD. Trips in all other countries are priced in USD, as this the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in in countries internationally. This helps us account for currency fluctuation, so we can keep our tour prices as low and consistent as possible for all our guests, who come from Canada, the United States and all over the world.
Travel Medical Insurance for is compulsory for all WWE trips if you are travelling outside of your country or province of residence. You will be required to submit this info on your Travel Details Form (to be sent via email) about 60 days before the trip.
Travel Medical Insurance must include adequate coverage for:
- Coverage for your transport to the nearest, appropriate medical facility in the event of injury. Where most of our trips take place in remote locations, coverage should include helicopter evacuation/air ambulance etc. and coverage for your medical repatriation to your home country for further treatment or returning your body home.
- Cover emergency overseas medical treatment including treatment in a clinic or hospital, plus medicines as prescribed by your treating doctor to get you well and keep you travelling.
- We recommend coverage for $200,000 CAD or more
WWE also highly recommends that you obtain adequate coverage for cancellation and curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Your deposit and final trip balance can then be recovered via a claim to your insurance provider in the event you must cancel your adventure due to unforeseen circumstances.
We recommend Manulife for cancellation insurance – if you book insurance within 72 hours of paying the deposit on your trip, you can get their premium protection plan which has excellent flexibility if you need to cancel for almost any reason!
Firstly, see above section: you can choose a trip for beginners if you are a beginner! But “holding others back” is the most common concern women voice to us before signing up for a WWE trip. But you know what: we DON’T THINK that way! We figure that every woman who signs up has a unique set of contributions to the group atmosphere. So, someone may be very fit and physically competent and you have a bum shoulder. Well, I have this bum knee and another gal has a weak ankle: but hey it sure isn’t time to vote me or anyone else off the island because we possess other skills not jocular. Like someone is a fantastic nurturer (okay on women’s trips: that’s often a given), someone else is an amazing story teller, another gal can read the weather and maps like no one’s business. So, we aren’t all super athletic but we have somehow- through the goddess or serendipity- amassed the finest team of awesome dames on the planet, and wow what an adventure will be unleashed.
THAT, my friends, is the magic of an all-women outdoor adventure: good company; more than a shot of collective wisdom; respect for everyone’s contribution; and an openness to the wonder of life we most closely comprehend when we travel in the wilds.
Many of our trips attract, and can successfully accommodate, women of varying abilities or women seeking different challenge levels. This is accomplished by offering a lot of choices WITHIN the adventure itself. For example, on a Multi-sport adventure such as we have in Newfoundland, often a particular day hike will have an easier or more strenuous option and we break into two separate groups. For other trips, because of the nature of group travel we have geared (and this is clear from the trip description) whether the trip is geared towards beginners, novices, intermediate or those with a high level of ability seeking a physical challenge. Having said that, I feel the need to reiterate that on WWE trips we aren’t out to prove anything, the atmosphere is supportive not competitive, offering choices within an adventure is a part of our unique style… AND lets face it women: while men tend to overestimate their skill level, women tend to underestimate.
We keep the group size as small as possible, between 6-14 women, depending on trip destination. An average group size is 8 women. The exception to this ‘rule of thumb’ is our Galapagos Eco Yacht Adventures as it can take 19 women.
The minimum age to join a WWE trip solo is 18, due to liability and insurance requirements. However, girls aged 15-17 are welcome on any of our trips if accompanied by an adult/guardian.
Well, “fit” is a relative term isn’t it? You may be active and fit for a 30 year old or a 60 year old. Can we all have fun and do this trip together: you betcha! We don’t approach paddling, cycling, or hiking as a domain of elite athletics, nor are our trips “push” trips where the focus is on getting somewhere and never really being anywhere! Hey, we’re way over that! The beauty of a wilderness trip is being somewhere and, yes, we do need to get somewhere most days, but Wild Women Expedition trips seek a balance between these competing ways of being in the outdoors.
Or maybe you aren’t very fit or active these days (and never have been) but an adventure holiday really appeals to you. Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of a wilderness trip because of feeling out of shape. Having presented our laid-back, non-competitive philosophy on you, if your life has become rather sedate and sedentary an outdoor adventure will get you going, for sure! Preparing physically and mentally for a wilderness adventure or active holiday is very important BECAUSE if you have conditioned before your trip, you will be more comfortable and be able to get more out of it while in the experience. Wild Women trips aren’t about “proving” something to anyone (except maybe to yourself) and they sure aren’t about barely surviving: our approach is to see time to be in the wilderness as a celebration, a reconnecting with aspects of ourselves we may have become distanced from (due to life circumstances or choices.) So we really don’t want you to attempt an trip which sounds way over your head physically or psychologically. We do want to help you select the Wild Women trip which will be perfect for you now, and not push all your panic buttons like “this is way too scary!”
Our travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our adventures and it is not possible to include airfare in our prices.
You can connect with our Travel Specialists at Flight Centre to help with your WWE travel plans.
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There is no obligation to tip your guides but many participants do. We are often asked what is an appropriate amount. In the past, participants who provide a gratuity for their guides have each tipped in the range of $5 – $12 per day. The guides share the gratuity although some people prefer to offer a separate amount to each guide.