Traveling With A Purpose

Just two weeks after graduating high school, I jumped on a plane and traveled (solo) across the globe from Minnesota to Thailand. This was before email and the casual use of the internet was even a thing. My correspondence with the family I was going to stay with was all done by snail-mail. Remember that? It took almost a year to plan.

 

Traveling Abroad and Making New Friends

 

In Bangkok, I stayed with friends of my family who were missionaries and shared a living space with three Thai girls who were attending Bible college. It was such an amazing time – I highly recommend traveling and living abroad for any young person.

We went from the most northern part of Thailand, to the most southern tip, presenting a beautiful program for school age children with puppets, clowns, and music. Children were the primary focus of our being there.

 

People Buying People – That’s A Thing

 

I recall one day while walking down the touristy streets of Pattaya with one of the missionaries, a bunch of American and Australian men with young Thai women. As naive as I was, I assumed they were dating or married, and mentioned this to one of the missionaries I was with. He stopped me, and with a very somber expression, told me those girls were not their wives or girlfriends; they had bought them for their time there. Days or weeks, depending on how long they were vacationing.

I was STUNNED.

My eyes were opened, and saddened. I would never forget that moment.

 

Rescuing Children From Slavery

 

The overt mission of the missionaries was to work with churches and help create a life-affirming message to children and families. Covertly, the missionaries were doing something even bigger. They were intercepting children, as young as 3 & 4 years old, from being sold into prostitution (I believe this was uncovered and ultimately got them kicked out of Thailand). Learning from experience, they could not give them back to the families because they would just sell them again. They worked with local ministries to help these children find a safe place to be. Most kids were not so lucky.

We would drive down streets in Bangkok and look in storefront windows of young men and women who were available for purchase. Some buildings even had their photos framed on the outside.

 

Memories of Thailand & Human Trafficking

 

It has been over 25 years since I left Thailand. So many beautiful and amazing memories were made, and lasting friendships – thanks to social media. But there has always been that sad, burning, desire to help rescue those young men and women who were sold into human trafficking. Slavery.

 

Travel With A Purpose

 

It is time for me to do something about human trafficking, and this is what I am going to do. As founder and CEO of Ladies Only Travel, I am committed to seeking out local organizations that are helping to rescue women (and men) from human trafficking. It is our overt mission to give for the education and rehabilitation of these PEOPLE who have been rescued out of human trafficking.

Yes, Ladies Only Travel will create some of the most exclusive travel opportunities and experiences all over the globe. That is what we do. But that is not all. We will TRAVEL with a PURPOSE.

 

Our Mission

 

LOT(un)ravel.

About Ladies Only Travel

We Seek to Inspire Trust

Along these exclusive trips, our hope is to provide ladies with the opportunity to build solid, long-lasting relationships. Travel can be seen as a sacred journey, as many people use this time to relax, unwind, let loose, find themselves, etc. We believe there is really no better way to experience new places, than alongside new faces that want to be there with you.

Additionally, as you form bonds and create new friendships, we understand that as women, our safety is always at the forefront of our minds. When out and about in different travel areas, touristy or not, we know that not everyone has our best interests in mind. We take the safety of ourselves and our new friends very seriously and heavily prioritize that during your trips with us. We here at Ladies Only Travel know there is safety in numbers. You can feel confident traveling knowing that your safety is our top priority, and we advocate and encourage looking out for your fellow sisters along these trips as well.

As one of our steps to ensure your safety during these travels, we only work with experienced, reputable travel partners who offer high-level service. These quality accommodations are implemented because our only wish is that you have an amazing time and feel pampered, prioritized, and valued. Working with trustworthy companies, hotels, and accommodation services allows us to put our best foot forward in demonstrating how much we prioritize your travel experience with us.

 

Tell Visitors What They Want to Know

The main mission of Ladies Only Travel is to provide women with the opportunity to travel with purpose. Regardless of your personal purpose for traveling, our goals still remain true – we want to help other women and experience new things alongside women who share the same passions. Prioritizing women is at the forefront of our business, and providing a positive outlet for women to feel valued, important, and beautiful is what keeps us going.

As you travel with us, we do all of the work. Not only will you find an immense ease as you travel with us – being that the boring things like planning, calling, and setting up excursions are out of the way – but, we also offer a variety of different travel experiences. Each trip will be different and unique, as activities will pertain to the destination, as well as the overall tone of the trip. You have the opportunity to participate in relaxing spa experiences, thrilling adventures, wild road trips, fun-packed weekends, low-key retreats, and much more!

In efforts to really drive home our mission statement of bringing women together, inspiring them to be themselves, and encouraging unapologetic fun, we produce all of this through common interests. If you are currently reading this, we have something in common – we both love to travel, we’re both women, and we both want to live an extraordinarily fun life. As you travel with us, you will meet other like-minded women who feel the exact same way as you do, and want to build friendships atop those shared interests. Its a win-win!

Now, to get into the nitty-gritty. We here at Ladies Only Travel believe that specifics are better than bold claims, and we strive to be as transparent as possible with our new friends. As it is clear to see, this traveling group is called “Ladies Only Travel”. There are no men on these trips, nor are they invited or allowed to participate. In the interest of respecting everyone’s vacation, we ask that you leave your men at home and deep-dive into a women-focused trip.

Lastly, our most important consideration is FUN. Good, ol’ fashioned fun! Our hope is that you pack your bags, leave your worries behind, and step foot off that plane feeling like a million dollars.

 

The Birth of Ladies Only Travel

As this business has flourished, we have received many questions on why Jodi, our founder, started this. Initially, it seemed insane to grow a business during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this business persisted and grew right before her eyes. Jodi quickly realized that there were other women, just like her, who were yearning for this sense of adventure. She found that creating Ladies Only Travel would give women  the chance to see new places, meet new people, and live an adventurous life, but in a safe group setting where friendships could grow and fun could take place on their terms.

It is no secret that women travel differently than men. In efforts to not stereotype or shame women or men, or how they behave on vacations, but there are oftentimes obvious discrepancies. In discussions with other women, and through my own personal experiences as well, sometimes men simply don’t want to do what you want to do, and/or vice versa. Perhaps your man wants to stay in the hotel tonight, but you would rather go to dinner, grab a drink or two, and let down your hair. One person will have to sacrifice, and that doesn’t always make for the best trip. During a female-only traveling experience, you get to do what you want to do, and the excursions we host fall in line with that message.

Our founder, Jodi, alongside the many fabulous women who brought this dream to life, want women to feel pampered, safe, and beautiful. There is an overwhelming amount of societal pressure placed on women in today’s world, and we as women wear many hats. Additionally, there are undoubtedly many life stressors that occur in women’s lives that they won’t bring themselves to discuss. Regardless of circumstance or stage of life, we understand the need for self-care and pure enjoyment. Ladies Only Travel provides you a pocket of time away from life, where you can reconnect with yourself, shed those stressful layers off your back, and simply put – give yourself a break!

 

Our Values

The driving force behind Ladies Only Travel is to give back to other women. We acknowledge the necessity for bliss, adventure, and belly-aching-laughter! Ladies Only Travel was created, constructed, and produced by women, for women, with women as the center focus. Our goal is to give back to women by offering them the respect and  helping-hand they may need, whenever they need it. By showing women a good time and valuing their uniqueness, you reinforce that there is friendship and love behind unopened doors – and we conduct business with this in mind.

Additionally, one of our ever-important values was to construct a way for women to travel with a purpose. Many seek out traveling to reconnect, or connect, with themselves again, or make new friends, or step away from life for a while – the list can go on forever. With Ladies Only Travel, you can travel with all of these goals in mind, but in a group setting! Group settings allow you to travel to new places, stay safe, build bonds with new friends, experience adventure, and much more.

In today’s COVID world, it is vital, now more than ever, to help women create long-lasting memories and relationships with other people. This time can be incredibly isolating and scary, and the love for traveling truly glues us all together. Ladies Only Travel allows you to take a chance, do something wild, and create memories that you’ll fondly reflect on in the years to come. Not only will you have those memories, but you will also have new friends! As Ladies Only Travel travels to various destinations with various different groups of women, you will always have the opportunity to make new, lasting friendships and bonds with women that you perhaps would have never met.

Inadvertently, experiences like these can heavily impact the way you feel about yourself. It is so easy to get caught up in the mundaneness of life and feel as though you will only ever be who you are today. Although it may be hard to believe, traveling can open up new worlds for you on your road to self-discovery, and allow you to build your self-worth. You can try new foods, do crazy things, participate in wild excursions, and truly prove to yourself that you are whoever you want to be whenever you want to be it. We are our hardest critics, and traveling can open our eyes to appreciate ourselves more and value ourselves for who we are as humans. As you travel with us, our hope is that you see how important you are to the world and to other women, and elevate your opinions about yourself.

Top Luxury Travel Spots by Travel Group for Ladies Only

If you have ever dreamed of participating in a traveling experience that prioritizes fun, adventure, and leisure, then you have come to the right place. As many of us have experienced in our lifetimes, traveling can be stressful, especially with mixed company. Not everyone wants to participate in the activities we want to do, or even want to do anything fun whilst on vacation. If you have ever felt this way, consider joining us on a ladies-only, fun-focused trip!

 

Women-Only Traveling Group

In efforts to help you decide on whether or not you’d be interested enough to join a women-only traveling group, here is a lot of some of the top luxury travel spots, produced by a travel agency, that prioritizes the experiences of us ladies.

1. Sedona, AZ

Contrary to popular belief, Sedona is a pretty cool place. Not only is there magnificent sightseeing, but there are also fun, adventure-based excursions like biking or hiking.

2. Puerto Vallarta, MX

This one isn’t much of a hard sell. Mexico is an incredibly beautiful place that offers sun, sand, and drinks. Take a plunge in the pool, or tan by the amazing beaches, and take this time to relax and unwind from the stressors of life. It also doesn’t hurt to have a tropical drink in your hand.

3. Naples, Florida

It is no secret that Florida is a beautiful state, nonetheless the Sunshine State! Naples offers rich history from its historic Naples pier, but also fabulous beaches toffee the sand between your toes. You may also spot some dolphins in the vast Florida oceans! Naples is comprised of great restaurants, incredible nature, and calming seas. There isn’t much to not like, here.

4. Nashville, TN

In recent years, Nashville has become a booming city with amazing restaurants and great nightlife. The hot weather makes it optimal for cold drinks and fun activities. Nashville is also rich in history, with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. There is always tons to do in Nashville and you won’t want to miss out!

5. Greece

Again, this isn’t much of a hard sell. Greece is a magical place that is rich in history with beautiful oceanside landscapes. Greece radiates with historic white villas and an abundance of stray cats. Get uberly tan, eat amazing food, drink great drinks, swim in Grecian oceans, and have the time of your life. This Mediterranean trip isn’t one to miss!

 

Join Us on a Luxury Travel Experience

Choosing an all-women travel group for your luxury travel experiences will create exciting, bonding, once in a lifetime experiences that you will treasure forever. Not only do you get to make new friends and participate in activities with like-minded women, but you will also see new places with new faces and make the most out of your trip! Additionally, traveling in a large group of all women can also make sure your safety is prioritized. We can all look out for one another and ensure that everyone gets home safely! Take a chance and travel with some amazing women to some amazing places. If you are interested in booking a trip with us, visit our website at www.ladiesonlytravel.com and join!

Do You Think I’m Crazy For Launching a Travel Business During a Pandemic?

Do You Think I’m Crazy For Launching a Travel Business During a Pandemic? Well, I didn’t ask for it, but it found me. Let me tell you how it all started…

 

Vision Board

At the tail end of December 2019, I hosted a vision board party, where I made my first vision board. I noticed that over 1/4 of my vision board was dedicated to travel. Part of my vision was to travel more with family, friends, girlfriends, and my boyfriend. It didn’t matter to me if they are day trips, weekends, or the BIG birthday trip that I take each year to Las Vegas.

 

Facebook Group

On January 1st, I created a “Ladies Only Travel” Facebook group and invited 20 of my girlfriend that I had either traveled with previously, or presumed would be fun on future trips. As a tagline, I encouraged them to invite other ladies that love to travel, as well.

One of my girlfriends invited over 130 women to the group in span of a couple weeks. My initial reaction was, “Hey, wait! This group is for people we know, and I don’t know all of these women.” The more I thought about it, the more I realized how exciting it would be to meet a bunch of ladies who want to do ladies trips just like me! I also thought about all of the new friends I would be making, and that solidified it for me. As a self-proclaimed painfully extroverted person, this made me very happy.

By the end of January, there were around 1,000 women in the group and by the end of February, there were 2,000. Today, there are nearly 3,200 women from over 42 countries. When I say this found me, I mean it. I wasn’t looking to start anything, let alone start a traveling business in the middle of a global pandemic. Nevertheless, here we are!

By nature, I have always had a heart to serve others. This group has provided me with an outlet to do what I love the most. This experience has also shown me that I am not the only one who loves traveling with other women, and it is a common thread between all 3,200 of us. Ladies, you know we travel differently when a man is around. Oftentimes, we want to go somewhere specific or do something fun, but then won’t bring it up because we know that:

A. He will say no, or make its sound like a bad idea.

B. Will do it, but secretly doesn’t really want to.

As a result, we usually give up and miss out on the experiences that we really wanted to participate in while we travel.

So, why would I start a travel business during COVID-19 when traveling nearly stopped dead in it’s tracks? Opportunity and hope. The growth of this women’s only traveling Facebook group happened despite the pandemic, and the connections were still being made. This led me to understand two things about women:

1. They WANT To travel.

2. They WANT to travel together.

The reason why this group has been so successful in its member growth is due to the fact that I thoughtfully work through a concept and found the right team players. The intention of this business is to offer hope for women travelers that we’ll all be back to doing what we love soon enough!

 

Thank you to everyone who has supported me!

I must give a shout out to all of my girlfriends, and especially those who helped in creating this amazing adventure. A special acknowledgment to my friend, Holly, as well as my mom, my aunt, my friends who provided prizes for our giveaways and helped with our parties. In addition, I’d like to thank our amazing photographers who clearly saw my vision and brought it to life. To my outstanding business coach, Kinsey, for steering me in the right direction and helping me believe in my gut-instinct. Also, a special thanks to my outstanding web designer who saved my life! Additionally, my four beautiful daughters who believed in me and encouraged me to develop this growing business in order to create a legacy for them and other women. To my ever-giving boyfriend who cheered me on the entire time and inspired me to dream bigger. And, most importantly, God, for the inspiration.

In close, pack your bag ladies, we are going places!

The Benefits of Traveling in Groups for Ladies

For many, traveling can be one of the greatest joys of life. Experiencing new things, new people, and new places is truly an exciting way to experience the world. Although traveling can be a ton of fun, the company you choose to travel with can make the biggest difference!

 

Traveling Alone is Not Always Easy

As women, traveling alone can sound like a wonderful idea. Not only do you get to go where you want to go, but you also get to do whatever you want to do. Oftentimes, mixed company on trips won’t always want to participate in the same activities that you might, and that only makes traveling solo sound more appealing. However, the reality of traveling alone as a woman isn’t always this easy. Traveling alone has the potential to breed some loneliness as you travel the world without any companionship, and there are also very real safety issues to consider as well. As you ponder the idea of traveling alone, perhaps consider the idea of traveling in an all-women traveling group!

 

Traveling in a Group Can Be Exciting

Traveling in a group can be very exciting. You would be traveling alongside likeminded people who want to travel and want to partake in activities, same as you. You also have the capability to be a solo traveler on these group trips, and break away from the bunch for a while, but always know that you have companionship if you need it. Traveling in a group setting, especially with all women, provides a bonding experience that will allow you to make new friends, see new places, and experience new things with people who are looking to have fun alongside you. Depending on the size of the group, you also have the capability to break off into smaller groups to participate in other activities, that way everyone can do what they want to do and make the most out of their trip.

 

Safety in Numbers, Especially for Ladies

One of the best benefits of traveling in a group, for ladies, is that there is safety in numbers. As many of us know, the idea of traveling solo can be great, but the reality is – our safety is at risk if we were to travel alone, or even travel in a very small group of 2-3 ladies. New places and new faces won’t always have our best interest in mind, and for many ladies, it can be beneficial to travel in larger groups in order to shrink the targets on our backs. The more ladies that are present, the more we can look out for one another and ensure the safety of everyone there.

 

Experience Group Events with Ladies Only Travel

Lastly, another great benefit of traveling in groups is that you can experience group events. Group events are tons of fun when you’re traveling to new places, and experiencing new things with a large group of fun-loving, eager travelers. You can partake in specific group events like wine tasting or sight-seeing excursions, and have the opportunity to meet new people and build new friendships.

If an all-ladies traveling group sounds as good to you as it does to us, consider joining us to our next destination! We here at Ladies Only Travel comprise trips with a comprehensive budget breakdown, as well as a list of the excursions you will partake in. In order to join, visit our website at www.ladiesonlytravel.com and pack your bags!