We're so incredibly proud of our latest crew of Kilimanjaro climbers. While most people were sleeping in or nursing a champagne hangover, these 14 adventurous women were enjoying their first moments of 2017 standing on top of Africa's tallest mountain. This was our fiercest Kilimanjaro summit to date (snow, hail, rain...this mountain always keeps us on our toes), but together this group's strength and determination shined through!Read More
WHOA Travel is so pleased to welcome Claudio Shio on our 2016 New Years Eve Kilimanjaro Adventure! We’re so excited to have such a driven, diverse and inspiring group coming together to reach the summit. Sharing this epic journey with such an international group is one of the many things that will makes WHOA Kilimanjaro climbs extra special! Get to know more about this awesome lady here:Read More
When people ask us what makes traveling with WHOA different, one thing comes to mind immediately: OUR PARTNERS. Because empowering and connecting women through adventure is at the heart of everything we do, we hold a strong commitment to social responsibility with every single journey we take. It’s extremely important to us that our partners and our work are both ethical and sustainable. That's why we partner with amazing organizations doing positive grassroots work in each of our destinations, and we work closely with each organization to address their greatest needs. Working together and sharing experiences is what makes our adventures extra special for everyone involved! We are so grateful for each and every one of them and want to share a little more about them with all of you.Read More
If you’re a seasoned traveler, you probably have somewhat of a trip routine set up: choose destination, book flights, find a hotel, plan activities, etc. And, while traveling to any new place will certainly be an exciting adventure, there are ways to make your next trip even more out there.
In fact, there’s an entire genre of getaways known as “adventure travel,” in which participants explore unexpected places and sign up for adrenaline-pumping activities. Whether you end up spelunking into an ancient, dark cave; swimming with sharks; or cycling the French Alps; you’ll be on an adventurous trek that you’re not soon to forget.
Need a bit more coaxing to make your next vacation into a heart-pumping, life-changing escape? Here are six more reasons why adventure travel is the way to go.Read More
It's 7:45pm on November 9th and I am about to board a flight from Ahmedabad, India to Mumbai. Everyone around me is mingling with their loved ones donning bright smiles and sharing laughs. Children are chasing each other, giggling, and spirits generally are high.
It's almost my turn to board so I reach for my passport and boarding pass, as I have done one thousand times before, and notice myself placing my left palm over the front cover of my passport bearing the Great Seal of the United States with "United States of America" embossed in gold lettering, shielding it so no one can see. My eyes start to well up and I try to hold back tears, but a few find a way to trickle down my cheek. This feeling is so foreign and uncomfortable and I become paralyzed with emotion, but I continue my walk down the gangway, ashamed and confused.
Imagine the open road. An endless stretch of highway just waiting to be traversed. You don’t know where you’re going. But, you don’t really mind. Adventure is your middle name, and you’re open to travel anywhere. Whether it’s another state, another country or just a neighboring county, you’re willing to have new experiences. This describes the life of a traveler. You know what other word would describe a traveler? Happy.
Happiness is a fleeting feeling in society. With 7 out of 10 people reporting physical or emotional symptoms of stress, it seems as if happiness isn’t within reach. We all want to be happy. And it seems travelers are some of the happiest people on the planet. But, why? Why are the ones who constantly change their surroundings and embark on adventures the happiest? Before we can answer that question, we first have to understand what causes the unhappiness.
Stress is a major factor in building up unhappiness. It’s one of those things that is ever present in our lives and never seems to go away. So, if it’s so bad, how do you get rid of it? Technically, you can never get rid of stress. It’s always going to be there. However, there are ways in which you can manage it. And, once you learn how to deal with stress, you’ll realize that the people who can handle unfortunate events and stressful situations are generally happier people. So, with all that in mind, let’s delve into why travelers seem to have the distant treasure of happiness that most people desperately seek.Read More
AND IT'S NOT WHAT YOU'D EXPECT!
This year's Oktoberfest + Bavaria adventure was beyond words. The group, the weather, the adventures...There's enough goodness to talk about for days! Instead of reminiscing in full detail, we thought you'd like to hear three of the best things we learned from this year's Oktoberfest!Read More
Six Secrets about Machu Picchu and the Legacy of the Incas, find out now!Read More
Creating your own business requires a unique idea, sincere passion, and a clear vision to making that dream a reality. However, this can not be achieved alone, as our WHOA co-founders Danielle Thornton and Allison Fleece have figured out themselves. This dynamic duo met on Kilimanjaro and turned their dream to travel the world into a career. Together, they created a strong network of incredible adventurers that continue to support and encourage women to travel the world and reach their highest aspirations.Read More
IT ALL STARTED THREE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK......with two girls and a crazy dream. 3 years and 13 adventures later, WHOA has become an unstoppable community of over 200 kick ass women from around the world who are changing what it means to travel!Read More
This may be a more difficult task than you expected. The Seven Summits are a highly debated topic in the world of mountaineering, considering there are actually two lists. The first was created by Richard Bass in 1978, who determined the highest peak of mainland Australia to be Mount Kosciuszko. In 1985, Reinhold Messner replaced Mount Kosciuszko with Indonesia's Puncak Jaya, concluding that the seventh continent was Australia's entire tectonic plate. As of June 2016, 409 people have climbed seven of the eight peaks on either of the two lists, the youngest being 15, and the oldest 75. Here are Messner's Seven Summits, from lowest to highest:Read More
Welcome Elizabeth (aka "Mama Sherpa") to our WHOA Peru Crew! We are so stoked to announce that Elizabeth will be our lead mountain guide for both of our 2017 Salkantay Treks to the lost city of Machu Picchu. After falling in love with this gal on our last visit to Peru, we knew we had to make her a permanent part of our team. She's a local Peruvian who's been hiking through the Andes her whole life, and her wild, wondrous spirit and extensive knowledge of the region will bring so much to each of our adventures. Get to know Mama Sherpa...Read More
At WHOA, we want to spread this message and encourage the success of all the women who aspire to be guides on Kilimanjaro because we believe the best way for sustainable change is to have a positive impact on local women and their communities. This is why our Kilimanjaro climb is so important to us, because we see first hand the empowerment of women, both from WHOA group and the local community, grow both physically and mentally, on and off the mountain.Read More
Mountain girl or city chick? Beach or snow? So many options, but which season will I even go!? Choosing an adventure that is right for you can be a bit difficult at times when all you want to do is travel. There’s a whole world out there - places to explore, foods to try, mountains to climb. So how do I pick my next trip? Let us be your guide! Here are some critical questions to consider when deciding what makes the top of your travel list.Read More
At WHOA, we want you to have the adventure of your lifetime, while staying safe, smart, and spontaneous while doing so! When we travel, we like to feel organized and on top of things as much as possible to get the most out of our trip. But we also know that a few of those finer details are sometimes best left up in the air, or rather, until the moment the plane touches ground! Even the most experienced globetrotters could use an app or two. Apps like Uber and AirBnB have revolutionized transportation and hospitality, and they’re just getting better. Currency Converters and Language translators are a must have for any trip abroad. Now here’s a list we've made of eight innovative, awesome, and cutting edge travel apps that will make your next adventure as smooth as possible! Grab your hiking boots, download a few of these apps, and we promise - you’ll have the world at your fingertips!Read More
Get out your winter wardrobes, and summer too! It is said that to climb up Kilimanjaro is to walk through all four seasons in just five days. With five distinct climate zones ranging from the lush green rainforest to the dry and rocky desert, with a final ascent to the snowy, ice capped summit, Kilimanjaro is truly a natural phenomenon. The variety of vibrant flora and fauna and diverse landscapes can be attributed to the mountain’s tremendous height and its unique location, bordering both the equator and the Indian Ocean. The variations in climate zones and temperature from the top to the bottom of the mountain create the ideal conditions for an expedition like nowhere else in the world. Here are the five different climate zones you will experience as you hike Africa's tallest peak!Read More
How to deal with your period while traveling, and empower women, too!
While travelling around India last year, through cities and villages, by plane, by train, by rickshaw, and by foot, things became increasingly difficult when I realized I had gotten my period...And of course, the one thing I forgot to pack was my tampons! Here are two simple solutions to your period on the go, and what companies are doing to address the lack of access to sanitary products around the world.Read More
Know before you climb: fun, fast, and interesting facts about Africa's tallest peak.Read More
The highs, lows, and the bliss of the unknown - WHOA Peruvian Adventure 2016
It was the end of a long day of hiking in the Andes and our group was physically exhausted, yet surprisingly energetic after our first day on the trails. Eleven hours of overcoming the altitude and engaging with strangers may seem tiring, but it was the never-ending support from a group of twelve incredible women and the desire to conquer the unknown that kept us moving forward, one foot in front of the other, until we reached our destination.
Elizabeth Gathoni is former student of Tembea Girls School in Kajiado, Kenya. Tembea is apart of Beads for Education whose mission is to improve the status of women in Kenya through girls' education and women's business development. WHOA travel is proud to be friends and long-standing partners with this wonderful organization, and to provide life changing adventure opportunities to these amazing women! Since 2014, we've summited Mount Kilimanjaro with 4 women from the school, and in March 2016, Elizabeth and Siodi will be the 5th and 6th Tembea woman to reach the summit of Kili with us...and on International Women's Day no less! Read, in Elizabeth's own words, what climbing to the highest mountain in Africa means to her.
Elizabeth, we're so honored to get to share this experience with you - see you in Tanzania!Read More