It’s not always easy to coordinate travel with a companion. Womens Travel Network was founded to help others experience the fascination of travel, the exploration, the connection, the growth, the sense of accomplishment, and the joy.
Our guests are women between the ages of 40 to 60, though some are younger or older. They are single, widowed, divorced or married but enjoy a separate vacation from their spouse. Many women come on their own – instead of solo travel, these women enjoy the camaraderie and security of being with a group. Other guests come with a friend, some with a group of friends, some with a relative – you may meet sisters, or a mother and daughter. Guests tend to share common interests, and are open to new people and ideas. Friendships that develop on a trip may last for years.
What makes our women’s tours so special?
- Expertly designed by women for women- single or married
- Dedicated escort from Canada PLUS local tour guides
- 4-5* Accommodations in the heart of the destination
- Small groups of 10 – 16 ladies per tour
- Itineraries include unique activities for women, spa visits, cooking classes
- Unique cultural activities specific to the destination
- Roommate match program for the solo traveller
- Repeat guest reward
- Inclusive of all activities, entrance fees
The world is such an incredible place, so step out of ordinary into extraordinary on the journey of your dreams.
Our tour leaders are knowledgeable, professional, and experienced. They take care of the myriad of trip details, making sure everything runs smoothly, so our guests can focus on spontaneously living in the moment, not just being on a vacation.
About the Founder
Debbie Ross, founder of Womens Travel Network has been providing travel services to her customers for over 35 years. With this experience she has realized the need for women to have an opportunity to travel without the single supplements or hassle of finding a travel partner.
Debbie graduated from Travel Career school with honours and received her CIT status in the travel industry, with top honours in Ontario. She has owned and operated her own travel agency and now owns and operates her own successful travel consulting service. Her travel around the globe has been extensive. Be it relaxing holidays, trekking or sports related, she has first hand knowledge of many varied travel experiences. As a woman, wife, mother, daughter and sister she understands women’s travel needs. In our hectic world of family and work life it is not always possible to coordinate travel with a companion. Out of a need of her own to find a group or organization catering to women with the same travel desires, Womens Travel Network was created. In doing so she hopes this network of women travelers and women tour companies will fulfill that need. Debbie and her team of professional consultants can help you find that special trip to suit your travel needs and desires. Their goal is to provide you with excellent customer service while answering all of your questions and give you the information you need, to make sure you pick the right trip. This trip should excite you and meet all of your expectations. They will make sure you are completely prepared for your trip. Debbie and her team look forward to helping you in making your travel dreams come true.
About our Tour Leaders
Nanette Snel is a seasoned and passionate traveler. Born in Venezuela, raised in Holland with ties to Portugal, Brazil and South Africa, travel is in her blood. Nanette enjoys a successful career as an Interior Decorator and runs her own business, but she loves to take time out to see the world.
She has traveled as a guest on many tours. This has given her insight as to what it takes to be a good tour leader and she understands what it takes to make trips extra special. Nanette has excellent people skills and she is a very well organized. Her positive attitude and love of fun and laughter make her a great tour leader. She will make sure your tour is memorable and that every need is taken care of – with a smile.
Lori Dalton is an enthusiastic leader, personal life coach and gifted speaker and she has a desire to help others live their lives to the fullest. Lori believes that traveling is one of the best learning opportunities that one can have. She is a well traveled individual and as a tour leader with WTN she uses her excellent people skills to ensure everyone is enjoying, learning and growing while on tour with her. Lori’s exceptional leadership and communications skills, positive attitude and joie de vive make every journey with her fun filled and stress free. Lori enjoys new experiences and friendships and we guarantee she will make you feel welcome and ensure that you are having the time of your life.
Bonnie Steinberg is a popular art instructor who has conducted workshops and classes in Canada and the United States. A recipient of many awards, Bonnie has participated in numerous solo and group shows. Known for her flamboyant and dramatic use of colour, her work has gained wide recognition. She is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Society of Canadian Artists and is a signature member of the Toronto Watercolour Society. Her paintings may be found in public and private collections. Bonnie’s painting classes are a wonderful addition to our tours.
Corey McCusker is a Mental Performance Coach, Motivational Speaker and Author. She founded Your Mind Matters, a unique private coaching and training company that helps adults take control of their lives by harnessing the power of their minds. Corey has assisted many people in supercharging their lives, be it their health, wealth, career, relationships or sports performance. She is also a contributing author of the book “The Power of Women United”, a Canadian best seller which focuses on how to build strong personal and professional relationships. Corey now wants to help women supercharge their travel experience. Her positive outlook, great leadership, communication skills and her passion to help people create and live their desired life is a guarantee you’ll have a memorable trip and enjoy each and every moment.
Carolyn Whitaker is a seasoned tour leader with Women’s Travel Network. She uses her corporate leadership and organizational skills to ensure that each tour experience is worry free. Her sense of humour and passion for travel will make your tour fun and eventful. Carolyn believes that the exciting sites we visit and the new friends we make are equally important. We will remember the beautiful, historical sites and reminisce about the funny shared moment with new friends and travel companions. Carolyn’s energy, positive attitude and attention to detail will help to make your trip carefree and memorable.
Ruthi Segal was born in South Africa and has lived in Toronto for over 35 years. She has a passion for travel and has traveled extensively all her life. She has a joie de vivre and is a fun loving, caring person. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to be able to be the catalyst to help others fulfill their dreams, while developing new friendships and sharing memorable experiences.
Being a ‘people person’, her positive attitude, sense of humor and infectious spirit of adventure, combined with strong organizational and communication skills honed during years spent in the corporate environment, ensures your trip experience will be exceptional and beyond your expectations.
Sandy Girvan is an avid traveller and has always infused her sense of humour with a responsible side wherever she goes. She has travelled widely and lived abroad for short periods. Sandy has often gone on solo travels and has had to be aware of every detail to make sure the adventure was calculated. A love of cooking has taken Sandy to numerous spots and given her the wherewithal to provide cooking lessons in her home when not travelling. She has been a guest of WTN and knows the quality of service provided to you and is keen to keep that standard ongoing.
Sandy is a people person and strives to make sure your experience with WTN is unforgettable. She can’t wait to share your next travel adventure with you.
Patricia Sands passions are Family, writing and travel … okay, and chocolate … and she’s seldom without a camera. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Her debut novel, The Bridge Club, was published through iUniverse in August 2010 and her second novel, The Promise Of Provence, was released in early 2013. Patricia’s is looking forward to sharing her photography and writing skills with you as you travel to some of her favourite destinations.
Susan Sommers is a “Fitness over 45” Motivational Speaker and Strategist and co-author of Power Source for Women. At age 57 jogging, walking, and weight training became Susan’s passion. From 2002 to 2010 she trained for, and completed, ten 5k runs, three 10ks, 10 half-marathons and completed two full marathons at 61 and 63. Since 2003, Susan has completed 30 races, and she continues to participate in 5k’s, 10k’s, and half marathons – all walking. Susan is looking forward to showing us how we can get fit by walking 10,000 steps a day while enjoying the magnificent scenery and ancient hill top towns of Provence.
Sue Wright has traveled extensively to international destinations with her late husband, Bill. Before retiring in 2006, Sue was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization which provided community support services. As part of her role, Sue escorted many bus trips for the organization’s fundraising efforts. In her retirement, Sue enjoys traveling, community volunteering, acrylic painting, and has a special passion for shelter animals, having sat on the Board of her local Humane Society for six years. Sue also enjoys life at her summer cottage with her friends and family, including her first grandchild, Noah. Sue’s philosophy is “Let’s have fun and travel!”
Laureen Morris has always had a passion for travel and her first trip with WTN was to Greece in 2006 and since then has taken many trips to explore the world. Laureen believes the world is there for us to see and share together and each person’s adventure should be a memorable and positive experience. Laureen is an avid photographer and enjoys documenting and sharing her wonderful travel experiences. She has a passion for politics at all levels and in June 2014 worked on her 27th election campaign. When not on the move, her grandchildren and family take up her spare time. Laureen’s extensive career in the corporate world and as an advocate for the public in an M.P.s office brings a wealth of knowledge and skill in helping people make the most of their travel experience. Laureen embraces life with great enthusiasm and enjoys meeting new people.
Shannon Violo has been with the Womens Travel Network since it’s inception. Mother of 16yr old twin girls and a grand passion for travel, culture, photography and cooking have inspired her to become a tour leader with the WTN. Shannon has spent most of her career as an executive assistant then chose to go back to school successfully completing her bar exam and obtaining her license to practice law as a paralegal. Although she still practices law her true passion for travel has motivated her to lead tours and enrich other women’s lives by offering them a safe, intuitive, confident leader to accompany them on the trip of their dreams. She has been to 10 countries, living as a local for 2 months in Venezuela and 4 months in central Italy. Prior to her stay in Italy she taught herself how to speak, read and write in Italian allowing her to fully experience all that Italy had to offer. She has a natural ability when dealing with clients, offering a warm energy that most people feel drawn to. Shannon is looking forward to building relationships with all of our beautiful travellers!
Elizabeth Kerr is a gifted marketing & communications consultant and publisher, specializing in project management within corporate, magazine, book and not-for-profit environments. After 12 years as publisher of Canadian Yachting, Elizabeth left the family business to hone her skills as a travel writer focussing on sailing, golf, culture, architecture and cuisine. As such, she has travelled with groups around the world and truly appreciates the importance of creating a safe, inclusive environment while meeting and exceeding everyone’s expectations with flare and fun. Elizabeth brings her passion about making a difference and delighting the customer whether it’s in a board room or on a bus to everything she touches. When not discovering her next favourite destination, Elizabeth has volunteered as a mentor for the Coady International Institute and Covenant House and is currently the President of the Travel Media Association of Canada
Deb Kozlowski is the founder and owner of Deb K Fitness, which helps men and women over the age of 60 reach (and surpass) their health and wellness goals. She has been involved in the fitness industry as a professional since 1996. Deb is committed to working closely with her clients, so that they remain functional as they age. Making a difference in people’s lives is very important to Deb. She does it in her practice and now will have the ability to maintain it as a trip leader for WTN.
Rowena Lamy was born in Guyana, South America. At age 20, she migrated to pursue Undergraduate studies and has since made Canada her home. She is an experienced, enthusiastic International traveller for both business and pleasure.
A long and successful Information Technology (IT) career including roles as a Management Consultant, and Corporate Director, has afforded her the opportunity to work in multiple cities in Canada, and internationally in the U.S.A, the U.K., Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. Rowena’s IT career created her rich tapestry of skills and capabilities which equip her to be an effective WTN Tour leader. She is a natural organizer and problem solver with a calm and easy-going demeanor, who creates the perfect ambiance for her WTN customers to enjoy their vacation. Her enthusiasm for travel along with her passion for collaboration and integration, means that no client will be left behind AND a memorable experience will be had by all!
The Womens Travel Network was founded by Debbie Ross, who provides the inspiration for women only small group trips as well as some mixed company trips. The WTN is affiliated with Worldwide Quest, a TICO Travel Agency, that provides all of the trip logistics, trip designs and details, and also looks after the entire booking process and client care before, during and after your travels.
For Reservations, To Request a Detailed Itinerary or to Discuss the Trip details
Call: 416-633-5888 or 1-800-387-1483
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kerry@worldwidequest.com
TICO Reg #: 2667946