There are many travel groups available, why should I choose Femscape Sojourns?
We treat you as our guests. We take you to our destinations in exotic locations around the world and give you time to observe and absorb the culture. On most of our trips we focus on discovering one city and the surrounding areas. We want you to come away from traveling with us feeling that you are rested, relaxed and that your cultural perspective has been expanded and enhanced. We keep our size small so that you don’t feel overwhelmed or lost in the crowd and we offer the opportunity to meet and interact with local women.
How much does each trip cost?
The trip prices vary depending on the location and the type of trip. Please see specific trip details for prices.
Who are our hosts for the trip?
Tami or Latifah (and often both) will be your hosts for the trips.
Are all of your trips the same?
No, we offer three types of trips. We offer mother-daughter trips, trips for women 'of a certain age' (in their 40s and up), and trips for women in their 20s and 30s. We use the term 'women of a certain age' as a sign of respect and awe at women who are often much more confident and active as they age than they were when they were young! The age categories are guidelines - the choice is yours. You are by no means restricted to traveling in your age category!
The mother-daughter trips are trips that focus on mothers and their adult daughters bonding and spending quality time together while exploring the culture. Grandmothers and granddaughters as well as aunts and nieces are welcome as well. The daughters, granddaughters and nieces must be 18 years or older. The trips for women around 40 and older are hosted by Tami (sometimes Latifah joins us) and focus on slowing down and absorbing the culture with mornings that begin with yoga or meditation and continue at a relaxed pace. On most of Tami’s trips you will spend time exploring cultural landmarks, quality restaurants, shopping, relaxing with yoga, meditation and/or spa treatments. Latifah offers trips for women in their twenties and thirties who want more adventure and to explore the edgier side of life. The common theme on all our trips is that we try to invite a local woman who is making a difference in her community to dine with us or we go to locations where women and girls are engaged in various activities.
How old do the daughters, granddaughters and nieces have to be to join your trips?
They have to be at least 18 years old to travel with us.
Do I have to be in that age range to go on specific trips?
No, but the trips really are quite different. However, if you are thirty something and would prefer to join the slightly older group, you are welcome to do that and if you are in your forties but still thirty at heart, you can join the younger group. The choice is yours!
What is the size of your groups?
We like to keep the group size small ranging from 8-16 women on each trip.
I am social but I also like time to myself. Do I always have to attend the group activities?
No, the choice is yours. The group activities are included in the price of the trip but if there are times when you would just prefer to be alone or you don’t want to join in a particular activity, the choice is yours. Besides group activities, we also build time into every schedule for you to wander and explore the city on your own. We offer you maps and suggestions for activities on the afternoons when you are on your own.
Are we going to have to go on long boring tours with guides telling us the history of old buildings?
No. We do hire local guides, but they have been screened by us for their language abilities and the
narratives that they offer about the sites. We focus on shorter tours that highlight the interesting aspects of an area.
What type of accommodations will we be staying in?
We select accommodations that we would choose if we were traveling alone, usually boutique hotels. We love boutique hotels that offer a flavor of the surroundings. Sometimes the hotel will have a modern, edgy vibe and at other times a minimalist feel or a decadent lush interior. It depends on the country and the type of trip we are offering.
I see that you offer yoga in the mornings. I am a beginner. What level are the classes?
The yoga classes are for all levels. Our main purpose is for you to stretch and begin your day in a relaxing way. The focus of these classes is on stretching not advanced yoga moves. The instructor will cater the activity to the groups' needs.
I only speak English. Will that be a problem?
No, not at all. In most of our destinations, people speak some English and when we get stuck, Latifah speaks English, Spanish and Arabic so she can translate. Also, we always recommend that you learn a few words of the language. Just saying hello in a person's language and smiling opens many doors!
Can I drink alcohol on your trips?
Yes, you are free to purchase alcohol at any time.
I have food intolerance to certain foods. Will the restaurants we visit be able to offer me something that I can eat?
Please let us know in advance if you have food allergies and we will do our best to work with the restaurants to ensure that they have selections for you.
I am a vegetarian. Will there be options for me to eat?
Yes, at every restaurant we have asked for a vegetarian option to be provided.
I don’t know if there are specific types of clothes that I need to bring on the trip.
We will send you a complete packing list and information about guidelines for certain cultures.
I noticed that on the Buenos Aires trips you are offering a tango class, watching a stage tango performance and going to one or two milongas. Do I need to be a tango dancer to join this group?
No, not at all. We believe that tango is such an integral part of the Argentine culture that it is important to experience the dance. We therefore offer a tango lesson just for you to understand the dance and we watch a 'stage' tango event which is a choreographed performance. However, the true tango that is danced is Argentina is found in the local milongas. This is where individuals who have often spent their lives dancing go to dance. This dance is more personal, less dramatic and more passionate. We would like for you to watch, and if you want, participate in this type of tango experience. If you want more than one tango lesson, we can arrange that for you for an extra fee. Just let us know your level. If you want to participate in the local dancing, we recommend that you take lessons before the trip.
I am worried about traveling to Marrakesh due to the political climate in the Middle East and the language barrier.
We have traveled to Marrakesh many times and have never encountered any problems. Latifah speaks Arabic (and Spanish) and she is able to translate for us when we are bargaining with people in souks or when we are in areas where no one speaks English. They also speak French in Marrakesh so if you speak French you will be able to converse.
What is included in the price of a trip with Femscape Sojourns?
- eights days and seven nights’ accommodations (Some trips will be scheduled for ten days. On these trips, 10 nights’ accommodations is included in the trip price.);
- breakfast every morning and some additional meals. Please see specific trips for details;
- all transportation to and from the scheduled group activities;
- all guides for the scheduled group activities;
- all scheduled group activities such as dance classes, watching dance performances, cooking classes, balloon rides, camel riding, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, yoga classes, meditation classes, horseback riding, shopping trips and spa trips;
- beach chair and umbrella on our scheduled group beach days;
- at some locations, meeting with local women. Please see specific trips for details;
- all group scheduled cultural tours such as visiting museums or historical sites;
- sales tax for the Femscape Sojourns booking.
What isn't included in the price of a trip with Femscape Sojourns?
- airfare to and from the retreat location;
- transportation to and from the airport and hotel.(There are some trips where we do provide transportation upon arrival. Please check each trip.) We will provide you information on transportation options;
- activities that you choose to do on your own during the free afternoons;
- additional spa treatments;
- wine, champagne or any type of alcoholic beverages. This is an option that you are welcome to pursue at your own expense;
- optional gratuities for hotel staff, tour guides, spa employees, or other guides or instructors;
- any item not specifically listed as included.