Women are becoming more and more financially and intellectually independent. They spend more on experiences and travel than ever before, and there are an increasing number of women who travel solo and/or move to foreign countries for work as well as leisure, though often find themselves with no connections besides perhaps some work colleagues.
And while solo female travel is increasing by +30% year after year, sometimes it just comes down to the fact that you don’t want to travel alone. So the Pinktrotters network was born; a social network which allows women to build relationships with other like- minded women, head out on group trips, join events, and find out where the best hairdresser/spa/bar/restaurant in any given town is. Solo female travel don’t want to travel alone.
Most other social networks are mixed gender and are sometimes used as a dating platform by men, often looking for something more than just a friendship. Though a women only network ensures a platform which offers a fun and entertaining way for women to get together and enjoy their time out of the office wherever they are, sharing their passions in fashion, wellness, food, travel and arts! Find women to travel with.
I this week spoke to Eliana Salvi, the founder of Pinktrotters, about her fantastic network. There’s also a fabulous group called Solo Female Travelers on Facebook for connecting with other women too.
Introducing Pinktrotters: A Social Network for Women Who Don’t Want to Travel Alone
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Also check out She Roams Solo – like Pinktrotters, this is another great community and forum for women who travel solo.
Interview with Eliana Salvi
What do you love the most about travelling?
I love being able to get to know new people and cultures, feeling lost in places I don’t know. But, what I actually enjoy the most, is connecting with women everywhere I go, that’s the reason why Pinktrotters exists, isn’t it?
What inspired you to start travelling?
I’ve been traveling since I was a little child but I also spent my study years and the first 6 years of my work life living in different parts of the world, most of the time relocating from one country to another. Female travel partner
What is Pinktrotters all about? Tell us about your mission & the types of events you run.
Pinktrotters is a global lifestyle social network for women, the safe and trusted place to go to for events, trips and female-only privileges. Our mission is to connect women who are always on the move, because of their job or for pleasure. We offer them points of reference everywhere they go, events to attend, tips, recommended locations and privileges.
The events are organized by us at Pinktrotters, or by the Pinktrotters Ambassadors. The events can be in any of the following interests: fashion, food, arts and wellness. We want to give our ambassadors visibility on what they love to do the most and enhance their connections.
Why did you start a global lifestyle network for women?
I experienced what it means to feel lonely whilst travelling and how difficult it can be for a woman to be alone abroad. I’ve been working hard with my team to bring to life a new way of connecting women on the move, everywhere around the world, and the solution is called Pinktrotters.
How can women who travel benefit from being involved?
First of all, by signing up on our website, pinktrotters.com! But also by following us on our social media channels, and in the near future, by downloading our useful mobile app! Travel with other girls
The Pinktrotters world will be at our fingertips!
Joining and becoming a member of Pinktrotters is free. There are charges for joining events and trips however, and those can vary a lot. The average price for a weekend away is £500, while the average event price is £30. In 2016 we will introduce a VIP membership fee that during the crowdfunding campaign will be given for free, do not miss the opportunity to get it!
What are the benefits of solo travel for women?
A woman traveling solo is often perceived as a lonely person, but this is not the case. Sometimes women prefer to travel by themselves because they need to go push their limits and go out of their comfort zone.
It’s a totally different way of travelling, it allows you to dive into new cultures as never before. Why shouldn’t you discover new places if your friends or partner aren’t available? Women travel groups I can join
Are you comfortable travelling alone?
Yes I am! I love it for the reasons mentioned above.
How do you deal with feeling lonely if you are travelling solo?
I use the Pinktrotters network, checking out who’s going to be in town, asking them to meet up. It’s extremely useful! Female travel group
Do you think travel is different for women than it is for men?
Not necessary. Maybe it is in certain countries, where women don’t have the rights they would deserve. Find girls to travel with
Which do you prefer? Solo travel or travelling with a group?
I prefer travelling in a group!
You are not alone, you always have someone to rely on. You can talk, laugh and share beautiful memories. How to meet women in my town
What advice would you give to encourage more women to travel?
Explore more, join our global community, we’ll help you to feel at home everywhere you go! The world will seem smaller than you thought!
What’s next for Pinktrotters?
Our super helpful mobile app, that’s for sure! You’ll have the chance to use geolocation and find out the Ambassadors, events, city spots and privileges (discounts, freebies etc) near you! Female travel alone
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