If you’re looking to be inspired to go on a trip, Wander Woman is here to help.
For most women living in the sub-continent, wanting to travel the world is, more often than not, met with the very familiar, but oh-so-infuriating, statement – “Biyer pore jamai er shathe jeyo”. And most women, reluctantly, have spent a majority of their lives believing that that would be the best thing to do, for their own safety. But then, as the ray of hope we all needed to make our travel dreams a reality, came Wander Woman.
Sabira Mehrin – a DU-IBA graduate currently working in Malaysia as the country manager of BASE Technologies Limited, and a travel enthusiast – would only consult her close friends, colleagues and family before going on a trip. She realized, then, that the information she received was limited. Especially since she preferred to travel alone, there was rarely anyone she could talk to about the how-tos. That was when she decided to open a women-only Facebook group. With only a few hand-picked members, Wander Woman commenced, and within hours, women started doing exactly what Sabira had wanted – sharing their travel stories.
Sabira runs the group of like-minded women who share the same love for travelling as them, along with her two team mates – Suzana Kamal, a third year student of North South University, and Joshita Sharlin Khan, an engineering graduate of Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, who is currently working at UCBL. From sharing details of their trips to different parts of the world, to helping out other members with information about travel expenses, accommodation and destinations worth visiting, this group has been booming. Wander Woman also arranges trips for interested members of the group, and are even known to partner up with travel agencies and businesses to sponsor some trips, domestic as well as international. These trips usually comprise of women who hardly know each other, but that is rarely a matter of concern for any of them. As Suzana says, “We go as strangers, but we come back as friends.”
Wander Woman is not, by any means, a travel agency. They solely act as a platform that not only helps inform women about different travel opportunities, but also facilitates these plans being put to action. With the emergence of this group, more women have found the inspiration – and to some extent, the courage – to travel alone, or with strangers. Solo trips seem to have become something more and more women are considering, as the advice from fellow wander women guides them through it. Joshita says that she was inspired to go on her first solo trip to India after she heard of the other members’ experiences.
The members of the group are always highly supportive of, and open to, whatever is being posted, which is a rarity in most social media groups nowadays. The team emphasized on how proud they are of the individuals in the group, as they seldom have to deal with any kind of negativity.
This month, members of Wander Woman are set to go on their first international trip of the year to Thailand. Within a few hours of opening registrations for these trips, the seats fill up. A lot of women also adjust their schedules according to the tentative dates for these trips, and their enthusiasm and excitement is truly heart-warming.
In regards to their future plans for the group, Sabira says that they want to expand on a global level. They also want to start a digital travel magazine, which women can use as their travel blog. An official website is also in the works, which is what Sabira had initially intended to do, before she created the group. Furthermore, they’re offering a package for a mother-daughter trip to Bhutan in May, to commemorate Mother’s Day, along with other trips and tours throughout the year. They aim to deliver more than the members’ expectations.
Through Wander Woman, a lot of women have found a group of friends; it has become a community of women with similar mentalities, and with the same passion for travelling. Members can also apply for membership cards, called the Tribe Card, which comes with perks and discounts for loyal members of the group. With all these facilities available, many women now rely on Wander Woman for all kinds of information about the trips they have planned, or for that little push they need to plan one. It is a hub where women have come together, and broken through the age-old belief that it is unrealistic, or unsafe, for women to want to travel without family. So if you’re looking to be inspired to go on a trip, Wander Woman is here to help.