Kiama's Carole Medcalf is using her business brain for pleasure

Kiama's Carole Medcalfe, a social and environmental activist and former executive officer of the NSW Greens, has started a new company - Wandering Women. It's a travel company for women who'd like to travel overseas but are 'a bit nervous' about doing it on their own. Picture: Sylvia Liber
Kiama's Carole Medcalfe, a social and environmental activist and former executive officer of the NSW Greens, has started a new company - Wandering Women. It's a travel company for women who'd like to travel overseas but are 'a bit nervous' about doing it on their own. Picture: Sylvia Liber

A Kiama business-woman has launched a company for women who may be “a bit nervous” about travelling the globe on their own.

Travel website Wandering Women connects like-minded females keen to for tours of Cuba and the Caribbean, Europe, the UK, USA and Australia.

“There are a number of women in Australia – but also internationally - who are on their own, who’d like to travel and who are sometimes a bit nervous,” founder Carole Medcalf told the Mercury.

“It’s a bit of a difference for women who would probably like to spend more time in the company of other women doing sorts of things that women like to do rather than what couples like to do in their travel.

“When I saw and heard from a number of women who would say things like ‘oh I couldn’t do that on my own’ it just seemed to be the right time [to launch the company].”

Cuba and the Carribean is the “signature tour”, according to Medcalf, and runs for 26 nights and stops at destinations including Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad – the next departing in July 2019.

The tours are suited for mature women as opposed to those who would prefer a Contiki Tour. So web enquiries have come from around the country but also women abroad who are keen to experience what Australia has to offer.

An old photo of Carole Medcalfe during travels in Italy. Picture: Supplied

An old photo of Carole Medcalfe during travels in Italy. Picture: Supplied

Ms Medcalfe, a social and environmental activist, has been enjoying solo travel since she was 16. Over the years she said she has became fascinated with how people lived and the way people all got along so sought to travel to places far and wide.

Her vision for Wandering Women is to become more of a “club” that just a tour operator, where life-long friendships can be formed.

“I have been a CEO of five different organisations [in local government and public sector] and thought it was about time to put some of that expertise to good use,” she said.

Current tours are scheduled for 2019. For more information or to join the club, visit: www.wanderingwomen.com.au