Wanderful is a global community for women who travel. Our mission is to make travel easier for women by connecting them to their biggest asset — each other.
With nearly 40,000 members worldwide, Wanderful connects travelers through events in 46 global cities, group trips, global events like the Women in Travel Summit and Wanderfest, and an international, woman-to-woman homesharing network.
We believe that travel is the key to global understanding and we hold tightly to our values of passionate world citizenship and empowered sisterhood.
Why This Matters
Women’s travel is experiencing explosive growth:
Women make 80% of travel decisions.
2 out of 3 travelers are women.
The number of women-only travel companies has increased 230% in the past 6 years.
But more specifically, more women than ever before are traveling the world alone.
11% of industry is solo women.
$800B spent by solo women on their travels.
72% of American women are interested in traveling solo in the next year.
We’re creating a powerful network of women that are helping one another travel the world through a three-pronged approach:
Sparking connection online: Travelers use our online community to network while sharing their advice and experiences abroad.
Creating shared experiences: We facilitate in-person events through group trips, local chapters and meet-ups, and our annual Women in Travel Summit.
Activating our community: Our identity-verified homesharing platform helps female travelers stay with local hostesses wherever they are deepening our community!
“We are not a niche. We are not even an exception to the rule. We are the rule. Women are traveling more than ever before. We are making the decisions; we are spending money. Yet the world has never been designed for women.
But it can be. That’s why Wanderful exists.” – Beth Santos, Founder + CEO
What We Do
Our online content and Facebook group provide ways for women to have honest, helpful dialogue about issues central to their experiences as travelers across diverse ages and backgrounds. This content is then amplified by our amazing network of creators and influencers. Say hello to our community.
Spread across 46+ cities across the globe, our chapters act as welcoming hubs to connect women travelers through impactful, in-person interactions both at home and abroad. Find your local chapter.
The first identity-verified travel platform to help female travelers stay with local hostesses, our homesharing network provides a sense of safety and security for solo travelers! Take a peek at our unique platform.
Women In Travel Summit (WITS)
WITS is the premier event for travel influencers, creators, and industry, bringing together some of travel’s top talent to discuss future innovations, build dynamic collaborations, and change the travel industry worldwide. Join us this year!
Wanderfest is an annual weekend retreat and an opportunity for inspired women from around the world to gather together, share stories, and build community in the spirit of adventure, sisterhood, and travel. Learn more.
The Creator Collective is a community of travel innovators, influencers, business owners and industry marketers who want to build powerful relationships, hone their craft, grow as professionals and help move the travel industry forward. Get to know our collective.
“That’s what the foundation of the Wanderful organization is all about – connecting like-minded travel-addicted women with each other in fun, safe, and welcome clubs, networks, and new homes.” – Andi Fisher, Wanderful community member
Our community is made up of diverse women.
We have members coming from 110 countries all around the world.
18-24 years old
25-34 years old
35-44 years old
45+ years old
“Wanderful unites women in their past, previous, and future endeavours as women, wanderers, and warriors.” – Jobey Wills, Wanderful community member
Beth Santos, founder and CEO of Wanderful, which specializes in empowering women to travel the world, talks about the focus on the perils of traveling solo for women, and why it’s important to move away from this talking point.
In a recent interview with Unearth Women’s Elise Fitzsimmons, Beth shares more about the inception of Wanderful, the challenges she faced in building her own travel empire, and what her best advice is to aspiring female entrepreneurs.
Meet Beth Santos. Beth is the CEO and Founder of Wanderful, an international community of women who love to travel and want to help other women explore the world. In this episode, Beth shares why she started Wanderful, what it offers women travelers, and the challenges and best parts of her entrepreneurial journey as she’s grown her business.
Are you planning a bachelorette party, mother-daughter weekend, or a getaway for your girl crew? Don’t stop short at the spa. With women-only travel on the rise, countless companies are designing itineraries meant to get women climbing mountains, setting sail and long-distance cycling. So grab your best gal packs — here are 19 of the best adventures exclusively for women.
Meet Beth Santos, Founder & CEO of Wanderful, the startup that’s created an inclusive and collaborative community of women travelers! GH: What is Wanderful? We are a community of over 40,000 women who love to travel the world. We host two annual global conferences to connect women travelers to the resources they need, run more than 30 local Wanderful chapters to inspire sisterhood across the globe, create content that dives right into the issues women travelers face, lead trips for women […]
Seeking out a sympathetic community allows women to speak without fear of judgment or worry that some topics may be taboo. “There’s this desire to connect with a broader cause and with women that you can trust,” says Beth Santos, founder of Wanderful, an online community for women who travel. “There’s a comfort in ‘let’s talk about women’s issues,’” she adds. “The fact that these experiences are so shared, there really is that feeling of sisterhood.” Originally Santos founded Wanderful as […]
In 2008, Beth Santos was traveling in São Tomé and Príncipe off the coast of Africa following her Wellesley graduation. “It was the time when I came to understand what it means to be a woman who travels and what it means to be treated as a woman in a different place,” she remembered. “It made me think about how safety and your biology affects things when you travel.” She started a blog called Wanderful, documenting her experiences abroad, and […]
How much do you travel? Once upon a time, the world felt like a much larger place, as people were limited by distance with how far they could go. As travel-related technology has improved, the amount of time spent in transit has grown shorter, enabling far more people to experience the world than ever before. Globehopping is no longer exclusive to wealthy jet-setting businessmen, yet despite all the advances in technology, travel still has its difficulties for women who wish […]
Women make the bulk of travel decisions—80 percent, according to a Forbes report—and more and more are opting for solo adventures. It makes sense, then, that adventure travel brands are witnessing major growth in female clientele, while travel bloggers are finding new swathes of followers for their globe-trotting escapades. Whether they choose all-inclusive retreats or the cheapest one-way tickets, women are the world’s new adventure aficionados. Continue on to A Woman’s Thing to read the entire article.
Beth Santos is the Founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global network for adventurous, independent women travelers. She has created an international community of over 15,000 empowered women who strive to conquer the world on foot, while supporting and learning from one another at the same time. We talk about the origins of Wanderful, Beth’s passion for travel, and what it’s like being a ‘mompreneur’. Continue on to She Geeks Out to listen to the entire interview.
Contrary to popular belief, the average adventure traveler is a 47-year-old woman. In fact, The Travel Industry Association of America reports that 20- to 70-year-old women make up three-quarters of those embarking on nature, adventure and cultural journeys. And, according to a 2014 Booking.com study, 72 percent of American women are interested in solo travel and those who pursue it are doing so more adventurously. It makes sense, then, that adventure travel brands are witnessing a serious surge in female clientele. By now you understand PTO and the […]
Wanderful announced that Quebec will be the first international destination for the Women in Travel Summit (WITS). From May 4 to 6, 2018 , the Old Capital will host more than 400 participants in the fifth edition of the WITS, which will bring together influential members and women from the travel industry from North America and beyond. Wanderful, the international WITS traveler community , made the announcement on April 23, the last day of WITS 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Continue on to Tourism Express to read the entire article.
Earlier last month, in commemoration of International Women’s Month, Airbnb released a 37-page report called “Women Hosts and Airbnb: Building a Global Community.” In the report, the homesharing marketplace revealed a number of facts and figures meant to demonstrate how the company has helped economically empower women around the world, helping them earn some $10 billion since the company’s inception in 2008. The company said that today, some one million women host on Airbnb, accounting for 55 percent of its global host community. Last year, […]
Beth Santos, a New Hampshire native and Wellesley College grad, says she’s been “sucking the marrow out of the Boston experience” since returning to the area after 10 years away. That’s because when Santos moved from Chicago last June, she brought her woman-focused travel business Wanderful with her. Since relocating to Boston, Wanderful has started offering memberships to its web-based community of women who love to travel. And, it recently launched an Airbnb-inspired home-sharing service just for women. Continue on […]
Jess Ainlay: Hi Beth, thank you for being here. How did you first get started as a traveler? Beth Santos: I studied abroad in Portugal in 2006. I am Portuguese-American, so I was interested in getting to know my roots, master the language, and feel like a local. I lived with family members for the first two months. I started off feeling very, very foreign and had a real culture clash. They would have these raucous dinners, drinking wine and laughing and […]
Beth Santos is the founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global membership community of over 15,000 independent, adventurous women travelers. She is also the creator of the Women in Travel Summit, an annual summit for female travel influencers and industry members. Beth joins us to discuss how she became a travel entrepreneur, why she created a women-centered network of travelers, and offers tips on making your own travel-centric business come true. Find out how Wanderful can help you in your own travel […]
In addition to hosting travel-themed summits and networking events, the startup just launched a home-sharing network for its female members. Continue on to Boston Business Journal to read the entire article.
Wanderful just launched a home sharing network Wanderful, a Chicago-based online community for women travelers around the world, just launched a home sharing network exclusively for its members. Founder Beth Santos told Chicago Inno that the idea came about from an internal survey showing that many of the platform’s users prefer hotels to apartment rentals when traveling alone, with many citing safety concerns as a reason. Santos said the survey found that 74 percent of surveyed users said they were […]
Imagine a world where women can travel the world – and feel comfortable doing so. This is the mission women’s’ travel company Wanderful set out in 2009 when they started creating articles and meetups to encourage women to travel more. In the days before solo female travel was a hashtag on Instagram, Wanderful was encouraging women to support one another ‘on the journey,’ as it were. Continue on to Lonely Planet to read the entire article.
“Why is my self-worth being so dependent on this other outside activity? Why am I letting someone else decide if I am a great entrepreneur or not. ” ~Beth Santos, on handling rejection In this episode, I talk with Beth Santos, Founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global network for women who travel about: traveling domestically vs internationally and how she almost bought a house in New Orleans without ever going there! whether or not to get an MBA before starting […]
Two times, Dena Roche realized boyfriends were going to become breakups while traveling. The first time, her plus-one got jealous when someone pulled her onto the dance floor in Belize, revealing an insecure side “I hadn’t seen before,” she said. Next, during a Hawaii vacation, a man took advantage of an all-you-can-eat situation to a repulsive degree. “I actually faked being sick on this trip to avoid him touching me,” said Roche, who lives in Phoenix and writes The Travel Diet. […]
After graduating college with a degree in art history in 2008, Beth Santos was invited to volunteer on Sao Tome and Principe, an island country off the coast of Gabon in sub-Saharan Africa. As she prepared for her stay on the isolated islands with a tiny population of just under 200,000, she tried to Google tips for women traveling to off the beaten path destinations. The search results, at the time, weren’t exactly helpful. “You look up women in travel, […]
Ever more women are choosing to explore the world solo, something once deemed daring and dangerous. A recent Yahoo poll found 72 per cent of women prefer to wander abroad alone than with a companion and, in the past six years, the number of companies catering to solo woman travellers has risen more than threefold as the tourism trade looks to cater to this growing market. Beth Santos, founder and CEO of female travel network Wanderful, puts the increase down to modern women […]
I feel like I won the lottery to spend a weekend with a celebrity – Beth Santos, Founder of Wanderful, a women travel blogger community, came to Irvine to check out the scene before her Women in Travel Summit happens in March next year – WITS 2016. She was so totally adorable, I would make a suggestion on where to go next, and Beth would say, “Sounds good to me, I’m in” and off we would go to explore all that Destination Irvine has […]
Today’s guest is the founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global network for adventurous, independent women travelers. Her goal is to encourage women to travel, to get involved in the world around them and to live globally. She has created an international community of over 10,000 empowered women who strive to conquer the world on foot, while supporting and learning from one another. She is the founder of the Women in Travel Summit, an annual summit for female travelers, bloggers, […]
We were thrilled when Beth Santos, founder and CEO of Wanderful, agreed to share her insight on how traveling not only shapes us as people, but how it is an invaluable education for our professional development. Through Beth’s travels abroad, she has gained experience to help foster her entrepreneurial spirit and create an incredible online community of women travelers through sheswanderful.com. We can’t think of a better proponent of travel for personal and professional growth! Read on for Beth’s advice on using travel to […]
Beth Santos is a dynamic, creative leader with a passion for international development, multiculturalism and community building. She is the founder and CEO of Wanderful (formally Go Girl Travel Network), a resource and community for women travelers. In this edition of Sun Talks, Beth discusses the inspiration the sparked her business, her journey to building an international brand, and the tools entrepreneurs need to launch their own business. Continue on to Starting Up Now to read the entire article.
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown and accept whatever comes.” When Freya Stark penned these words, it was 1932. She was in her late 30s and had just finished a four-year […]
Lost luggage is one of the biggest buzzkills when traveling abroad. But did you know there’s an app to help track it down? Come trade other tech travel tips with us at @MashLifestyle as we join the Go Girl Travel Network this Monday, June 17 at 2 p.m. ET. Under the hashtag #girlstravel, we’ll discuss restaurant discovery apps, high-tech hotels and strategies to unplug completely. Even though the chat will cover female-centric travel, we invite all to contribute their own stories and advice. Continue on to Mashable to read the […]
Travel Fashion Girl may offer you practical and stylish travel gear but I don’t cover all the bases. If an item doesn’t meet both requirements I choose not to talk about it because there are other websites out there that do a much better job specializing on these topics. Since I only cover Travel as it relates to Fashion, Beauty, and Packing, I thought I’d share other female oriented websites that provide you with alternate packing lists, travel advice, and […]