We believe that travel should be safe, liberating and exciting

Our Story

Carolyn PearsonIt was on a lonely business trip to LA that Maiden Voyage's founder, Carolyn Pearson, decided to create a network for professional women business travellers.  Passionate about travel, Carolyn was hugely disappointed at having missed the opportunity to get out and explore one of the world’s most vibrant cities and having returned to her native England she conducted market research to understand if other women felt the same way.  Encouragement to bring the site to life came from scores of other business women who had spent many lonely evenings in their hotel rooms, often working, usually eating room service to avoid the embarrassment of dining alone in a restaurant or being the subject of unwanted attention.

Carolyn launched maiden-voyage.com in 2008 and it was soon to be widely covered by the global press including the New York Times, the Guardian, CNN and BBC.

Shortly after launching, one of our members asked for a recommendation for a safe hotel in Beijing and that was the catalyst for the maiden-voyage.com brand standard for certified ‘Female-Friendly Hotels’.

Today maiden-voyage.com has members from all walks of professional life, from over 80 countries and is a reliable and trusted brand.

We’re here to support you

Whether you travel once in a  blue moon or you are an ardent road warrior we want to help you to get the most out of your business trip and especially when your working day has come to an end.  We believe that staying in with room-service or a supermarket takeaway is a missed opportunity, all the downside of a business trip and none of the benefits of company-funded travel.

We want to liberate you, to awaken your passion for travel, to encourage you to get out and explore a new city safely.

Connect with other like-minded professional and inspiring women for an evening, perhaps giving you the confidence to try a nice restaurant, see a show or just enjoy some great conversation over a relaxing glass of wine.

Our team of global ambassadors share their personal top tips so that you can have maximum enjoyment in your limited free time.  Their little black books extend to where you can grab a good manicure, great shopping or a good hairdresser and they will also tell you about the local business etiquette and dress codes.

We take your safety seriously

We work with safety organisations and the transport and emergency services to provide you with travel safety tips and advice.

Every week we inspect hotels in the world’s top business cities to provide you with up to date recommendations for female-friendly hotels so that you can rest assured we’ve checked for double locking doors, 24x7 manned reception and discretion when communicating your room number.  Of course well-lit make-up mirrors, good quality branded toiletries and salon standard hairdryers also form part of our inspection criteria.

When you register with us we will call you to give you a personal welcome to our services but more importantly to ensure that maiden-voyage.com membership remains strictly female.

We invite you to join us, sign up to enjoy:

  • Free membership for you as an individual (ask us about corporate and group membership too)
  • Secure networking with other professional women around the world
  • Access to a network of international ambassadors who can give you inside information about their home cities, recommend places to stay or even meet or assist you on your travels
  • Travel safety tips and advice
  • 10% discount on our Female Traveller Safety eLearning Courses
  • Exclusive benefits at our female friendly hotels, including upgrades, welcome cocktails or spa treatments.
  • 10% discount on luxury ground transportation with Carey International bookings
  • Opportunity for you to become a hotel inspector
  • Exclusive competitions and member offers
  • 10% Discount on Airport Parking, Hotel and Airport Hotel and Parking Package and Executive Style Airport Lounges from APH

Register for free and expand your global professional network at www.maiden-voyage.com

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