ABOUT US; ABOUT YOU
What to expect from our small-group tours?
About Us: Our goal is to provide an intimate, immersive travel experience that connects you to new places & new people. Our tours are filled with immersive excursions, a little adventure and fantastic opportunities to spend time with interesting and likeminded women.
Women of all ages can sign up for a Mai Journeys trip, but generally our Guests are from mid-40’s to late 70’s. We have even had women in their early 80’s travel with us! They are single, married, widowed, retired, professionals, home-makers – whomever! – who join for an adventure with people who share a common interest in travel, learning and culture.
The groups are mainly New Zealanders & Australians, but we have also had people join us from the UK, Europe & Canada. Such diversity of ages and origins makes for a truly enriching experience and gives you the opportunity to meet inspiring new women.
Every Mai Journeys tour varies and is custom created by us to uncover, immerse, and stretch your cultural imaginations. Every day is different, nothing is set in stone. There is ample time for you to relax and enjoy your own company if you wish, and of course plenty of time for good food, good wine, good shopping, and great company!
But most importantly, on a Mai Journeys tour, you will be nurtured from start to end. We are there to make sure you feel like you are travelling with a group of friends as opposed to a group of strangers. We want your journey with us to be one you will remember forever.
ABOUT US: MEET US
I grew up in Australia, and after graduating from the Sydney College of Fine Arts (many moons ago!), I started to jump on planes and never really stopped. Through a lifetime of utterly amazing travel, I have been able to nurture my longstanding love of photography, art, food, textiles, and architecture. I really do have to pinch myself sometimes.
I have been traveling ever since I was a child. I circumnavigated Australia with my family in a caravan when I was young, re-did most of that journey in my late teens as a backpacker, travelled Europe & bought a one-way ticket to America. From New York to New Orleans, I hopped a plane for Mexico. It was after traveling through Mexico, Central America & Cuba that I decided I wanted to work in the Travel Industry. Somehow, someway. I started as a Guide in Latin America then moved to England where I worked for two specialist tour operators over many years in an Operations capacity. Whilst living in London, whenever a spare moment presented itself, I packed my bags and explored a new corner of the world: Southern, Eastern and Northern Africa, South America, the Galapagos Islands, East & Western Europe, Asia and the Middle East. I have worked for some of the biggest, some of the smallest, and some of the best Operators and Agencies out there. And every experience was one that I learnt from and grew from.
I travel a little differently these days. I still love a day full of surprises and fabulous experiences, but my nights? Well, I do love a good hotel I must say! I like comfort, good food and good wine. And that is what I inject in my tours. Busy days, and fabulously comfortable nights. I have an absolute belief in traveling well – but also traveling within the realms of what is ‘right for you’, and that is different for everyone. I love encouraging experiential travel and am passionate about cultural exploration. I am an avid believer in being a traveller, and not a tourist and I think the world is now turning in that same direction.