1st in Australian Women’s Travel
Having commenced operations in 2007 we are the most experienced women’s travel specialists in Australia. Rather than offering you a package tour off the shelf, our women only tours are tailor made with you in mind. Our professionalism and expertise is your guarantee of an amazing experience when you travel with us.
Women’s Own Adventure is the result of a passion for travel and adventure, as well as the belief that life is too short and great experiences should be shared. Our adventures are especially designed by women for women across the globe, with small group sizes in mind. We organise every detail of your trip while you enjoy the adventure. Our trips are designed with respect for the environment and cultural sensitivity.
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Meet Our Team
Marika is of Hungarian heritage. She started Women’s Own Adventure from an idea that great travel experiences should be shared with like minded people. With a love for the great outdoors, experiencing different cultures and making new friends, she is also passionate about making a difference in peoples lives. Marika is an accomplished paraglider pilot with over 10 years of free flight experience. She thrives on that element of personal achievement when you have moved out of your comfort zone and succeeded. Her caring, dedicated approach coupled with creativity equals outstanding results for her clients.
Erika holds a degree in both International Studies and Visual Communication and is fluent in English and Spanish. She loves the outdoors, is an accomplished mountain climber and avid hiker.
Erika has a real gift for creativity and handles all things creative including itinerary building and liaising with our destination partners and guides.
Ang (Himalayan born) is our lead guide in Nepal. A NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) graduate and WFR (Wilderness First Responder) certified. He has been guiding in Nepal, Tibet and Indian Himalaya for over 20 years. He also trained in the Tetons, WY with Jenny Lake Rescue rangers at the Grand Teton National Park, US. Voluntered as a Climbing Ranger, SAR (Search and Rescue) at Mt. Rainier National Park, WA. US and Denali National Park (Mc Kinley) Alaska. The passion for the mountains, people and diverse culture made him leave his engineering career and take guiding as his profession. Apart from guiding Ang is also a member of the “Khumbu Climbing Center”.
Nimdoma Sherpa comes from Dolakha district of Nepal. She is part of the Seven Summit Women team in Nepal. She has already climbed Mt Everest (at the age of 17 making her the youngest female) Elbrus, Kozusko and Kilimanjaro. Her mission is to spread the importance of education, empowerment and environment to other women. Apart form the seven summits she has also climbed many mountains at home as well as Mt. Rainier in the United States. Nimdoma also works as an LO (Liaison Officer) for big mountain expeditions. Her hobby is running and rock climbing.
Etis is fluent in English, Italian, French, Albanian, a little Deutch and Spanish. Etis has a penchant on positivity, she will field the best activities and manage the details from beginning to end. Her unique way of turning each day into a journey of its own coupled with her enthusiasm sets her apart as a tour guide. She knows the area like the back of her hand and always has lots of local knowledge to share with our clients.
Carlo and Marco are our beloved drivers and Tuscan through and through. They know how to turn on the special Italian charm.
Josefina was born in the Asturias region of Spain. She has taught Spanish to students in Japan and the UK as well as worked as a translator / interpreter. After marrying an Englishman in Tokyo they eventually moved to Spain where their daughter was born. Josi has been leading groups of different nationalities along the Pilgrim´s Way to Santiago de Compostela for over 12 years. “A great deal of my inner strength comes from connecting myself to the ground while I walk in nature. I try to keep open all my senses. I enjoy very much being aware as I smell, listen, see, hear, touch, taste and feel what the surroundings offer us. I have learned a great deal from being in touch with people of many cultures, listening to them, understanding them, feeling happy with them”.
Linda has been hiking Ireland’s hills since she was six. Introduced to the wonders of Ireland by her father, she came to realize how just how special Ireland is and just how little “tourists” were seeing. Hiking and documenting hikes in winter is followed by her love of showing people the “real” Ireland in the summer. Linda is knowledgeable about history, culture, geography and the people in Ireland. As she puts it “I just love showing everyone the Ireland that I grew up into and now feel privileged to know so well. By taking people into the hills it really gives a tremendous experience and feel for the country.”
Ani graduated from Sofia University proficient in English and Spanish and has now worked as a mountain guide for over 10 years. Her greatest pleasure comes from making others smile.