‘Girls Who Travel’ Meet Up in Soho, London
A few months back my fellow travel-loving friend Hannah added me into a closed facebook group called Girls Who Travel and I’ve been hooked ever since! The group offers a space for female travellers (in all their varying forms ) to share anything from articles and tips to fears and questions all with some rather beautiful pictures thrown in for good measure.
It doesn’t really matter whether you’re yet to take your first trip or, if you’re like me and taking a weekend drive 45 minutes in the opposite direction to your house still counts as a mini adventure (that can actually get you quite far in England); all types of wandering females are welcome in the group and it’s a great melting pot of voices and experiences.
Sunday just gone, those of us based in and around England’s capital city were treated to the opportunity to meet up with like-minded-ladies from the group. Hannah, being the Queen of great deals that she is, sorted the two of us out with some bargain train tickets (we actually live 2 hours out of London) and two-for-one entry to select London attractions so that we could make full use of our tourist time in the big city.
The day began, after our initial train journey, with a trip to the Tower of London. Although I have plenty of friends and family that live in London that I get to visit I have somehow missed the Tower of London off of my tourist list and so was actually quite excited to explore this one.
It was a glorious day for being out and about in London, the sky was completely clear, the stonework of the tower walls were gleaming and the Thames was twinkling in the background behind us. After exploring as many of the corners of the Tower’s site as we could squeeze into our day we hot-footed it over to Covent Garden for a quick meal and then wended our way up to Soho where the GWT meet up was happening.
The rest of the ladies were already assembled in the Sacred Cafe which was perfect for sitting around and getting to know each other over some extremely large pots of tea (I was too busy talking to take any pictures at this point!). It was really great to hear all the different angles on everyone’s individual travelling experiences (studying, work, leisure, pleasure etc) and, like with many of the articles and posts that I read on the facebook group, it made me feel that little bit more inspired and brave to have even more of my own adventures.
It can often be a bit terrifying throwing yourself into a completely unknown situation and meeting total strangers but my experience of meeting the girls in person was just like that of the facebook group, everyone was, of course, really warm and friendly (plus Hannah always has a hilarious travel story up her sleeve that can break the thickest of ice) overall I came away feeling richer for the whole experience.
I’m happy to say that I ticked some cultural and social boxes this weekend; adventure achieved!
If you’re a fellow wanderlust woman then join in with Girls Who Travel at:
@GirlsWhoTravel for Twitter and Instagram