FAQ’s on Events
How are Women Who Explore getaways different from others?
The number one goal is to introduce you to other kick-ass, adventurous women. It’s all about building tribes! Our second goal is to introduce you to the outdoors. It’s quite the thing to witness, putting a group of women who are passionate about the outdoors in an epic location. We know it’s a cliche thing to say… but it’s where the magic happens.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
All of our trips require that you have medical travel insurance which includes at least USD$200,000 worth of emergency evacuation and repatriation coverage. Two weeks before departure we will ask you for proof of coverage. Cancellation insurance is recommended but not mandatory.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE AT THESE EVENTS?
Our group sizes vary, but never exceed more than 20 people. This gives us the chance to really connect with one another and to make sure each individual has the best time possible.
ARE THESE TECH FREE EVENTS?
Nope! We happen to love social media and sharing what are doing with others. We find it so inspiring! You can choose to be tech-free, but we encourage you to share your experiences digitally if you feel like it.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It varies from event to event, so you’ll need to look at each getaway for more information. However, we try hard to keep them affordable. This is something we have thought long and hard about! It’s our mission to get as many women experiencing the outdoors as we can! Getaways are inclusive of your lodging, some food and some of the experiences (all getaways list specifically what’s included). You’d be hard-pressed to find another company that offers prices as competitive as we do.
WHAT AGES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS?
19+ for all events in Canada. 21+ for all events in the USA.
DO I HAVE TO JOIN ALL THE ACTIVITIES?
You can still join us on the getaway, the ticket price remains the same. You are not required to join in on all the activities. You do you!
IS THERE A STRICT ITINERARY?
There is an itinerary for each getaway, but we realize everyone has their own needs. When you purchase a getaway, you will join a private Facebook Group to work out all the details. We will help facilitate to the best of our ability!
WHAT IF THE WEATHER DOESN’T COOPERATE?
Let’s be honest, Mother Nature never cooperates. That’s why we love her. Keep an eye on the forecast and pack accordingly. We never let uncooperative weather ruin our fun!
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
Due to the nature of the Women Who Explore getaways, we don’t offer refunds. We do, however, offer transfers. You are responsible for finding someone to transfer your ticket to and arranging the exchange of funds for your ticket. If you can no longer make the event, please get in touch to discuss transferring your ticket.
In the event Women Who Explore cancels the event due to a lack of participants, registered participants will be notified and refunded two weeks before the event is due to take place.
FAQ’S ON US
WHAT ARE YOU EXACTLY? ARE YOU A COMMUNITY OR A TRAVEL COMPANY?
The short answer… both… kinda? Women Who Explore is a community of women dedicated to encouraging other women to get into the outdoors. Easy peasy. You can join the community through our various Facebook Groups, whether they be local to you or the wider group. We want to encourage involvement and you can do this in many ways: local meetups, applying to be an Ambassador, submitting photos for our Instagram page, or writing posts for our blog!As for the travel part… yes, we offer getaways all around North America and beyond. It’s part of our mission, so we offer them at a low cost. Not every getaway is able to meet every budget, but we’re hoping that there’s something for everyone! Everything is planned out for you, but you are not required to adhere to the itinerary. You can check the Getaway FAQ for more info on that!
HOW DO I KNOW IF THERE IS A GROUP NEAR ME?
Take a look at your area under local groups to see if something has already been started and request to join its Facebook Group. If there isn’t one already started… maybe you would like to consider becoming an Ambassador? If so, click HERE.
I AM A PART OF SO MANY FACEBOOK GROUPS, WHY ARE YOURS ANY DIFFERENT?
We believe in both online and in-person relationships! Getting to know each other in the group is a good launching point to meet in person! The Ambassadors for the groups will host monthly gatherings that you are welcome to, and encouraged to participate in. We’re hoping that through these meetups and getting to know each other online, that you’ll create your own local tribe of ladies to explore with.
I AM SUPER SHY OR I PREFER TO LURK IN THE FACEBOOK GROUP. DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE?
The only person required to go to meetups and be active in the group is the Ambassador. You do you. If you’re a lurker, than lurk away!
I AM A PART OF MY LOCAL GROUP BUT AM TRAVELING TO ANOTHER AREA, CAN I JOIN THAT LOCAL GROUP TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON?
Yes, though the easiest way to get to know what’s going on is checking our calendar of events. This will list all the activities that are happening everywhere. We also have one big ginormous group that is for everyone and not location-specific. We encourage you to join this group HERE and post your questions and travel dates/plans!
I WANT TO PARTICIPATE, BUT I DON’T HAVE THE GEAR/HAVE NEVER TRIED THAT ACTIVITY, WHAT DO I DO?
Easy answer? Just ask! We have all been there and most of us are still there! None of us started out with the perfect gear and all the experience. We want you to try new things, so reach out to the group and more often than not, you’ll find there are many other ladies in the same boat, or you’ll get a ton of encouragement and offers to loan you gear. Never let the fear of not being good or experienced enough stop you!
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THE TEAM?
We have over 165 ambassadors behind the scenes at Women Who Explore. We have many contributors who submit stories as well. We also have two founders, Lindsay and Jenny, an editor, a merchandise designer, and an ambassadors manager!
HOW CAN WE JOIN WOMEN WHO EXPLORE?
We have two membership options. One is our Insider Membership. This membership includes a monthly brand discount with a partner brand, a free giveaway contest to our members once a month, Travel Recommendations from our Ambassadors, wallpapers and playlists! For only $25 a year!
Our second membership level is our Summit Membership. With a Summit Membership you get all that, and more! It is the ultimate membership package!
GET ALL THE MEMBER GOODIES…
WHAT DOES OUR MEMBERSHIP FEE GO TOWARDS?
Women Who Explores, and Summit Within wants to offer you the best adventures possible. In order to do so we need to put deposits down on some of our adventures. Joining through the membership will help Summit Within put deposits down on expenses such as accommodation for your adventures!
WHAT DOES “EARN A FREE LONG WEEKEND RETREAT” MEAN?
Members can earn a FREE long weekend retreat with our sister company The Lady Alliance! As you register for events you will add points to your membership. Once you have joined enough adventures, and you have earned 10 points, you will have earned a FREE long weekend retreat! You earn points through purchasing swag, joining both The Lady Alliance and Women Who Explore’s events, and referring other members!Trips over $1000 = 4 pointsTrips under $1000 = 3 points
Trips under $500 = 2 pointsTrips under $100 = 1 pointSwag (T-shirts and Hoodies only) – 1 point (maximum 5 points with swag)
Member Referral = 1 point
ARE CONTRIBUTORS PAID?
Contributions to the stories and social images are all voluntary. All images corresponding with stories are property of the listed author, with permission to share with credit on summitwithin.com through Women Who Explore’s Stellar Stories.
HOW OFTEN DOES WOMEN WHO EXPLORE HAVE ADVENTURES?
Our events are not guaranteed to be annual. Each event is custom created by our team. There is no set schedule or rotation. If you are interested in an event – don’t hesitate! It might not be repeated next year!
WHO ARE WOMEN WHO EXPLORE’S PARTNERS?
Women Who Explore’s sister company is The Lady Alliance. If you are looking for empowerment, head to their website at www.theladyalliance.com. Our parent company is Summit Within. Women Who Explore also partners with Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) and other companies to provide you the best (and safest) courses, retreats and empowerment events!
HOW CAN I PARTNER WITH WOMEN WHO EXPLORE?
Do you have a product that can help us build our group events? Do you have an event that encourages or educates through outdoor adventure? Do you share our values and are you looking for increased exposure? We would love to partner with you. We would ensure your brand or organization is associated with our programs, as well as offer promotional marketing material in return. To find out more about opportunities with Women Who Explore or to receive our media kit, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOES WOMEN WHO EXPLORE HAVE AN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM?
You might be exactly who we’re looking for as a Women Who Explore Ambassador. We are on the hunt for passionate women who want to spread the excitement globally and in their communities. Our Ambassadors truly embrace and live the #Explore lifestyle.
what’s being an ambassador all about?
- Creating and running a local Facebook Group in your community. This involves knowledge of Facebook and an open mind on how to reach new women in your community.
- Planning and executing a minimum of one meetup per month in your local community. This involves creating a facebook event, inviting members, running the event and more. Meetups can be anything from hiking to paddling to pub nights to axe throwing to painting to beach days.
- Open to be trained to run Women Who Explore Getaways. We run around 40-50 getaways a year, ranging from 2 nights to 7 nights. Our ambassadors are paid hosts for these getaways. You will be open to attending a training session to learn how to host these weekends.
- Locally Connected: You’re open to, or already connected to other women in your area. If you are not connected already, you must have ideas on how to reach women in your area. Running your local Women Who Explore Instagram page (optional).
what’s in it for you?
- The opportunity to create a community of like-minded women in you local area
- Paid opportunities to run Women Who Explore getaways
- Leadership training from the Women Who Explore founders at training sessions and ambassador only weekends
- Discounts to all Women Who Explore Getaways
- Ongoing support from our Ambassador Manager
- Ongoing support from other ambassadors and founders Jenny and Lindsay through Slack
- Opportunities to write for the blog, collaborate on projects, and more