FREQUENTLY ASKED Qs
WHAT MAKES TRAVELING WITH WHOA DIFFERENT?
When you travel like WHOA, you’re getting a life changing travel experience. You can count on taking on things that will push you outside of your comfort zone, but we’re also all about combining our passion for adventure with compassion. We do this by connecting with local women and their causes everywhere we go.
Bottom line, sharing adventure with women from around the world makes it more fun! Not only that, we know the power of women coming together creates an energy that’s unstoppable -- something that is invaluable when you’re taking on an epic trek like Kilimanjaro or paragliding over the Bavarian alps! You’ll find that after a WHOA adventure, you’ll have a new sense of self, new perspectives on the world, and new life-long friends.
We take lots of care to ensure that wherever we are in the world we are offering a safe and authentic experience. So when you travel with WHOA, you can rest easy knowing that our itineraries and partners have been vetted and have the WHOA seal of approval, and that our local guides are passionate, knowledgeable and deeply connected to the region. You’ll get to see and understand where you are with an insider’s POV, while also being a responsible traveller and supporting the local community.
I LOVE THAT THERE’S GIVING BACK BUILT IN TO EVERY ADVENTURE! WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO?
“The best way for us to cultivate fearlessness in our daughters and other young women is by example. If they see their mothers and other women in their lives going forward despite fear, they’ll know it’s possible.” - Gloria Steinem
We’re proud to be a company by women for women and feel lucky to live in a country and come from families where we are able to pursue our passions and dreams. The sad truth is that in many parts of the world, women are denied the most basic rights like education and control over their bodies. As global citizens, this is a problem all of us need to take on, and one that we can collectively overcome.
That’s why at WHOA travel, it’s part of our mission. On every adventure that we do, we work closely with local women and their causes to do something that is meaningful and sustainable for them and their families. The specifics of each project vary from location to location and situation to situation, but we like to focus on something we call experiential giving back. We believe that actively taking on challenges and adventure is a powerful agent for personal growth and building leadership, that’s why we include local women in the adventures that we take on. No matter your background or day-to-day struggles, when you’re white water rafting or trekking to a mountain summit, you have to dig deep and you begin to discover all that you are truly capable of achieving. The gift of adventure gives local women access to a powerful shared experience that they might not have had otherwise. It creates an opportunity for women from all corners of the world to spend quality time together, get a better understanding of the world, and to ultimately be empowered by each others strength.
WHAT HAS BEEN WHOA'S IMPACT?
To date, WHOA has adventured together with over one hundred women. WHOA has sponsored twenty local women in Tanzania, Kenya, and Peru to share in adventures together from hiking Mount Kilimanjaro to white water rafting on the Urubamba River in Peru.
WHOA has raised over $15,000 for women's initiatives and educational programs, including the funding of a sports field for the Tembea Girls High School in Kajiado, Kenya. The Tembea Girls School, a division of Beads for Education, is one of WHOA's main nonprofit partners in East Africa. In Peru, WHOA partners with Peruvian Promise, an NGO dedicated to empowering young women and enabling them to reach their full potential through enhanced educational opportunities along with mentorship and participation in service and structured empowerment classes. This model provides the knowledge and skills necessary for these young women to rise up and break the cycle of poverty.
WHOA is also a continued supporter of the Stella Maris Hotel, where all participants stay before and after the flagship Kilimanjaro adventures. The Stella Maris is a non-profit hotel where all funds are donated to the Mailista Foundation, a registered 501c3, dedicated to funding and sponsoring the education of the primary school children of the Stella Maris School. It is important to note that WHOA is not an NGO or 501c3, nor do we claim to be. WHOA is a social enterprise that partners with NGO's, like Tembea Girls School and the Stella Maris, and values sustainable travel at the core of what we do. WHOA's approach to sustainable travel, through sharing adventure experiences, has proven to be incredibly powerful and transformational for all the women involved with WHOA.
NOTE: Depending on the adventure location, as well as current social issues and the needs of organizations we partner with, the giving back project varies from adventure to adventure.
ALL WOMEN?! WHY?
Why not!? The energy and support system that is created when we’re together is incredibly unique and powerful. You know how great and recharged you feel after a night out with your girlfriends? The silliness, the laughter, the dance parties, the empathy and the heart-to-heart conversations? Well, that’s the vibe you can expect on a WHOA adventure.
CAN I Go By MYSELF?
Of course! In fact, most of our adventures are a spilt of solo travelers and small groups of friends. WHOA adventures are a great way to meet other awesome like-minded women! We’ll match you up with another solo adventurer to share a room, or if you prefer to stay on your own, we can work something out too. Just let us know ahead of time.
WHAT TYPES OF WOMEN GO ON WHOA ADVENTURES?
Single ladies, wives, mothers, sisters, photographers, writers, doctors, students, body builders, empty-nesters, bartenders, surfers, yogis, east coasters, west coasters…you get the idea, right? We’re less of a specific demographic and more of a mindset. We’re the type of women that don’t fit into a specific box -- we’re an eclectic group of strong, curious and adventurous women!
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A WHOA ADVENTURE?
A WHOA adventure is incredibly unique and special. We pride ourselves on the built in camaraderie you feel from the moment you start the adventure. We all quickly become friends, and that friendship is what we believe make our journeys so successful! You can bet that the bonds and friendships formed on a WHOA adventure will continue to flourish and grow long after the adventure itself. After a WHOA adventure, our community sticks together, thanks to technology and social media, it's easy to stay in touch, share photos, memories, and plan future travel together. Also, we are very proud to say that many don't stop with one WHOA adventure, we see repeat customers on almost every trip we take, which is also the perfect way to reconnect with WHOA friends you met before! As Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says, "The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better." See you on the next adventure!
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON EACH WHOA ADVENTURE?
It totally depends on the adventure. There's a sweet spot in group travel depending on the itinerary and location, and we pride ourselves on offering adventures that have the right size to create an intimate group dynamic for the challenge at hand. For example, we cap our Kilimanjaro International Women’s Day at 30 and Bavaria & Oktoberfest at 8.
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE ADVENTURES?
Yes! A WHOA adventure is a great way to getaway with your family and friends. Whether it's a milestone birthday, corporate retreat or just because, we can help you arrange an amazing adventure in any of our locations. Send us a note HERE about what you’re looking for and and we can get started planning your adventure of a lifetime ASAP.
WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER DONE AN "ADVENTURE TRIP" BEFORE?
There’s no time better than the present to step out of your comfort zone! We love taking women on their maiden adventure and we can work with you to make sure you are comfortable and prepared for whatever you take on. Our only caution is that you will get hooked!
WHAT ALL IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE? IS AIRFARE?
Airfare is not included in the price, BUT under most circumstances all your ground transfers upon arrival are on us. All other inclusions/exclusions are outlined on the adventure booking pages. We design our itineraries to give you the right balance of authentic, must-do experiences, while also giving you the freedom to explore independently. We encourage you to take advantage of the location and take a few days before or after our adventure to travel the region on your own. You may even want to explore with your new friends from the trip! We can help you extend your stay at a local hotel and give recommendations of things to see nearby, just let us know and we’ll help you out!
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
We require it. Better safe than sorry. Get your's HERE.
WHAT DOES WHOA STAND FOR ANYWAY?
Women High On Adventure. (But we’ve also heard Women High On Awesomeness, Women Hooked On Adventure...which I guess works too!)