Talking Travel

Meet Gaelle De Friendt a passionate solo traveller and self-confessed travel addict. She left her job in the automotive sector to develop ‘Girls on Travel’ after realising that platforms for women-only travel groups were nearly non-existent. Through this platform, Gaelle enables every woman, no matter what age, to live her passion for solo travel with like-minded people. She wants women to connect and feel empowered through incredible discoveries and people. Here she tells us a bit more about her mission, her values and her travel style.

Tell us a little about yourself and what’s your mission?

My name is Gaëlle, founder of Girls on Travel, connecting and empowering women with incredible trips. The company organises the whole programme with fixed travel dates. As a solo woman you can book the trip, and from the moment 3 other women booked it the trip is confirmed and you meet your fellow travellers at the destination country. Groups are maximum 12 people to keep it cosy. Programmes always include a mix of activities and free time to explore further. Hotels are 3-4* category. All women are welcome but we focus on 30-60+.

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Talking Travel

Meet Janet Mactavish, a passionate solo traveller who’s now using her knowledge and experience to design luxury personalised travel services for her clients. Here she tells us a little about how she got started, why she always packs a door wedge and why we should all think about a certain poem. Read on to find out why.

Tell us a little about yourself and your mission?

At the grand age of 23, I jacked in my job in the City (London) and moved to Bahrain to become a flight attendant with Gulf Air. The plan (as I told my then boyfriend), was to go for 6 months but, I loved the experience, the freedom, and the lifestyle so much that I stayed, for 12 years! From Bahrain, I moved to Saudi Arabia and worked for a Saudi family on their Private Jet, which was an incredible experience and I met some interesting people, including Hassan Bin Laden. Sadly though, it did not end well and I ran away in the middle of the night… a story for another day I think!

I am now a Private Travel Designer and the owner of Travel Magellan, which I set up in early 2012 to provide a truly personalised travel service.

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Talking Travel

Meet Julie Lovegrove, a professional photographer with a passion for travel and a mission to combine them both to help us improve our photographic skills. Here Julie shares how volunteering in Africa sparked her love of solo travel, her top tips for solo woman travellers starting out in mid-life and her own solo travel style. 

Tell us a little about yourself and what’s your mission?

I’m a 58-year-old professional photographer who specialises in photographing women and babies. That’s the day job. However, my passion is travelling abroad and recording those travels with my camera. My mission is to expand on this to do two or three trips a year and take others with me. The main emphasis of those trips would be to concentrate on improving their photographic skills as we go, with some dedicated ‘classroom’ sessions followed by plenty of practical practice.

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