Robyn Matra writes about how she started Travels Together …
in 2008, after a lot of solo traveling and a lot of conversations with female friends and women I met while traveling who all wanted the same thing – to travel with age-appropriate and like-minded women.
Gone were the days of wanting to party all night. They wanted real, genuine experiences to untouched and undiscovered destinations with local, knowledgeable guides, and most especially – with travelers like themselves.
So, I decided to incorporate my over 30 years of traveling experience and over 75 countries visited into providing women those experiences they (and I) were seeking.
My mission became finding off-the-beaten-path trips, where solo travelers could enjoy experiences with fellow like-minded travelers, instead of crowds of tourists, at affordable prices. Unique and affordable travel is a core part of what I look for in the small local companies and guides I seek out. I feel that experiencing the world shouldn’t have to cost your life’s savings and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort for it either.
I work only with independent, small, family-owned companies that offer small group trips run by local guides. These local guides and companies are handpicked and personally tested. We don’t just sell trips, we live them too. We want our clients to have the best trip possible and give them peace of mind when traveling.
An advantage I find when I personally travel is that service tends to be friendlier, more flexible and caring, when traveling with a small company because they are personally invested in the success of their business. There is a direct interest in the well-being of their clients. They are also knowledgeable because they “work” where they “live”. They know the history, they know the language, they know where to take us to have a genuine experience with local people and they know the hidden gems.
I believe strongly in sustainable travel. This is another reason I support small, local companies and their cultures. I don’t sell “bulk ‘trips”, I sell unique trips from independently-owned companies.
Some of the traveler feedback I have received through the years has indicated a love of the small groups, the helpfulness and knowledge of the guides, the friendly people they met, the locals they interacted with, dining in local restaurants, staying in unique accommodations, the good value of the trips, and a welcoming inclusive atmosphere.