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One Year On! Past, Present And Future!

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Past ..

It is a little hard to believe that we launched this website a year ago. Since its launch we have had over 600 people follow the blog section of the site via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and other bloggers. We have received thousands of visitors from over 67 countries. We have also managed to post 81 posts .. which while not a huge number shows that we are steadily letting you know what we are all up to!

We have managed get away three of our four initial groups, which we feel is fantastic and we love the feedback we have had from our travellers. We have also managed to get away several matched ladies to individual trips and destinations thanks to the Classifieds section all of which have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We have also hosted several events from informational evenings, race days, expos .. all of which had huge turn outs.

So to all our followers, members and other interested parties – we would like to thank you for your support. It has been fantastic and given us a great first year!

Present …

As we head into our 2nd year we are having yet another invitational evening where we as well as some of our industry partners will take a few hours to let you know about the scheduled group departures for 2015, the proposed departures for 2016 and what the plans are for all aspects of Shoalhaven Solo Sisters going into 2015 and onwards. Should you wish to come we will be hosting this at Nowra RSL from 5pm on the 20th October 2014, and would ask that if you intend to come you let us know beforehand so that we can ensure we have enough seating arranged!

For those whom have booked aboard our Dolphin and Whale watching cruise this weekend – if you haven’t been advised the cruise departure time as Huskisson, please be aware that you should be there for boarding between noon and half past twelve, this is slightly amended from the original boarding time due to the tides.

Future..

Just as a teaser of what we will be going over next Monday here is one of our New Programmes for 2015 .. a local Getaway to Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, 8 days travelling to Adelaide by the Indian-Pacific then several days touring Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley before we fly back to Sydney. Full details will be unveiled at our Informational Evening but as a proud reader we will let you know that prices will start at AU$2781 per person in share twin

So from all the team at My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters – our thanks for your past and continuing support!

My Hong Kong Experience – A Quick Visual Review!

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From Left to Right: Jan Chappelow, Dorothy Spratt, Stenia McDonnell, Gail Grady, Leonie Clay, Margaret Jones, Nancy Fitzpatrick, Kay Gibbs and Win Mulligan

On the 6th September 2014, our Hong Kong Experience (formerly called the Hong Kong Shopping Tour) set off from Sydney to Explore Hong Kong – one of the gateways to Asia. We had 8  intrepid ladies along with our escort (Leonie Clay) spend a fascinating 9 days getting over to Hong Kong and then taking in some of its best sights and Experiences

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General Update From The Shoalhaven Solo Sisters

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We have a few updates for everyone in regards to our group departures, as well as our classifieds where single travellers have requested we seek out companions for them for specific trips. To start with though let me announce that we have still got a few limited spaces on our 2015 Golfing Tour of New Zealand .. if you were looking to travel you can find details here but spaces are limited so if you want to go contact Julie now on (02) 4421 5577 to secure your Space

​Updated Group Departures Notices

Hong Kong Experience:  SOLD OUT!

We have come to a point where we have to close sales on this trip, it looks to be a fantastic departure and those signed up are incredibly excited – keep an eye on our website towards the end of September and we may post up a happy snap or two from the trip.

Hunter Valley Weekender:  CANCELLED!
We have sadly not made the numbers for our Hunter Getaway. To that end we are cancelling it – for those that have paid deposits we shall be in touch shortly to talk about refunds and alternatives.

Murray River Weekender:  From AU$777 Per Person Share Twin*
At this stage we are still short numbers to confirm this departure – if you have ever wanted to experience a traditional Paddle Steamer this is your chance. Let us know now if you want to come along!

Canada & Alaska: from AU$11,422.50 per person share twin before discounts, subject to Availability.*
We have just passed our 12 Month Early payment special. We do still have a few other special options available and for those booking in August we can still offer our AU$250 early deposit discount. For full payments in August to October we can offer an AU$200 per person early payment discount, or AU$100 per person for payments made between November and January. At this stage you can still have the per person share twin price discounted down to a price starting at AU$10,972.50 per person – so if you want to go this is the time to confirm.  New Flyer Available Here!

Spectacular Europe River Cruise: from AU$10,275 per person share twin before discounts, subject to availability.*
For those wanting to take advantage of the AU$400 per person early payment discount, then now is the time to book as this expires on 30 August.  We are also down to 1 cabin left in Category E – meaning once that goes any cabin price will  start in Category D, an extra AU$295 per person. New Flyer Available Here!

*Terms and Conditions Apply

​Updated Classified Notices

Wild West, Cowboys and Buffalos: Lady Seeking Travel Companion 2014/2015 Tour

We have a lady seeking a travel companion for a trip taking in the Wild West of the USA on a Trafalgar experiences programme! Experience a program filled with scenes of the Old West. Experience the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park and get a taste of exciting ranch life at The Ranch at Ucross. Saddle up for a horseback ride and rub shoulders with true wranglers as you discover the unique wildlife of Bear County USA and the majesty of the iconic Mount Rushmore on this Wild West holiday. Please contact us for more details if this sounds like something of interest for you!

China 2015: Lady Seeking Travel Companion, May 2015

We have a lady that is travelling to China and doesn’t mind sharing – so if you would like to go and meet a room-mate before travelling this may be the option for you! 21 Days from Sydney to Sydney, visiting Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, the Yangtze River, Yuangshao, Guilin, Kunming and Lijiang. Covering the best highlights of China from the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors to the Three Gorges and the Stone Forest. A fantastic exploration of this destination. If you are interested in possibly doing this please do not hesitate to contact us!

European River Cruise: Lady Seeking Companion, September 2015

We have a lady joining our European Splendours Cruise who is looking to extend and do the Rhone from Paris to Nice taking in the highlights of Southern France including Beaune, Chalon-Sur-Saone, Tournus, Macon, Lyon, Vienne, Tournon, Vivers, Avignon and Arles enroute. The option is there to join for both cruises, or just on the Rhone. If you are interested please contact us for further details!

Red Hatters Cruise: Lady Seeking Companion, February 2015

For those that have been considering joining the Red Hatters Cruise to Moreton Island we do have a single Lady looking to travel with someone – so if you were wary of a single cabin cost this is your opportunity to save! Just contact us for more details!

Spaces Still Available For Hong Kong!!

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Still considering joining us in Hong Kong on the 6th September 2014?

We can still offer spaces from AU$3393.00
per person share twin, subject to Availability.
So if you would like to join let us know now!

Includes:
Return Airfares with Qantas, All prepayable taxes and surcharges on tickets,
7 Nights at the 4 Star Hotel with breakfast daily,
3 Full Days of Touring, Night Out At Happy Valley Racecourse,
Fully Escorted Ex-Sydney

Experience Hong Kong, Shenzen & Macau

Quick Post – Thanks & Offers

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The Staff from Shoalhaven Solo Sisters and My Travel Expert would like to thank those ladies who came out and joined us at the “Ladies Day Out” Race day on the 25th, it was a great day and we all hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did. Our Congratulations again to Margaret and Kelly for placing in the Best In Field competitions. For those that were not there you can get a taste of what happened over in our gallery!

Now on for some great news ..

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Our sale price of AU$3393 has ended, if you haven’t already booked or spoken with us about the trip though there is some good news – we can still have some spaces, but the price may rage up to our non-discounted price of AU$3969 per person in twin or more, based on individual rather than group airfare prices. So if you want to come to Hong Kong to shop, get a taste of China, visit the national parks, or get a taste of Disneyland even, then the time to book is now while decent priced airfares are still available.

Shoalhaven Solo Sisters Six-Month Shennanigens!

It also came tour our notice today that the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters has now been operating and matching ladies up for six months, while not a huge milestone we take whatever chance we can to enjoy ourselves, and with the half a dozen events we have run, the fantastic tours we have gotten away and with a fantastic growing membership of ladies, we believe that we have more than enough reason to celebrate. So you don’t feel left out of our celebratory mood we will be offering a 50% reduced deposit on all bookings for our Hunter Valley Wine Weekend or our Murray River Weekender for the next month, so if you book a place between now and the end of June we will only want AU$100 per person to secure your spot.

So our thanks for joining us at the races, and for making the last 6 months an enjoyable ride .. it is a great start.

 

 

Update: Race Day, P&O, Hong Kong, Canada & Indulgence

 

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Just a quick update on a few Upcoming Events and Group Departures

SSS Race Day: Join us at Shoalhaven Turf Club for a fantastic day at the races, it is a fantastic opportunity to mix and mingle with other Solo Sisters and our staff. A perfect chance to meet up with some of those who may be amenable to travelling with you. If you want to come please let us know before the 23rd May at the latest as we only have limited tickets for giveaway!

P&O Walkaround: We have an extremely limited number of spaces left on our 12 June P&O Ship inspection. At $55 for the day including lunch, transport from Nowra and the Ship Inspection it’s a great value for a fantastic day out. If you would like to come call us on 02 4421 5577 immediately.

Hong Kong Experience: At AU$3393.00 per person our upcoming Hong Tour is a fantastic offer, although billeted as a Shopping Tour the tour is not just for shoppers and most of the shopping is during our non-scheduled time. So if you want to see Hong Kong for any reason this is a great chance to do so.  This trips sales period ends though on 31 May, so get in now if you would like to join

Canada & Alaska: Our presale on the May 2015 Canada and Alaska Group has sadly closed – those lucky to have booked will be hearing from us soon. Departing 16 May 2015 we still have space available at AU$10,295 per person share twin. We also have a partners fly free special available at the moment so it is a great idea to look at booking now while seats are available. Please feel free to check out our programme HERE!

Relax, Rewind, Revive:  We recently promoted an upcoming indulgence trip we are running in 2015. This trips is all about truly relaxing. Enjoy a laugh on a comedy cruise, knock back a few samples as we visit some of the best wineries near Auckland, and relax to a great massage in Rotorua. Well we now have the full itinerary up and available here! This programme will run on a minimum of 10 travellers and a maximum of 16, so if you are interested in going you should put your name down now!

Hong Kong – A Shopping Tour, Not Just for the Ladies

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Now, we realise that we have often (and repeatedly) stressed that the main focus of all our trips and tours are for the single ladies who wish to travel but who don’t have anyone to travel with. This is, in essence, totally true. This is not though, wholly whom our market is. All our group departures, Hong Kong, Europe, Canada, Norfolk .. wherever, are built not just for us to match single travellers up, but for couples, or friends who are looking to get away in good company.

Now our upcoming Tour to Hong Kong (labelled as a shopping tour) is indeed focused towards the shopaholic, in part, we have left plenty of free time for shopping, and our day tours to Macau and Shenzen will spend some time taking in the best shopping in those areas. There are though a number of inclusions and things to do for those whom shopping holds no thrall.

Our first major day in Hong Kong after arrival for example we don’t spend shopping, we spend the day taking in the Highlights of Hong Kong, followed by an evening Junk Cruise and a fantastic traditional dinner. Later in the Week we take you our for a night at the Happy Valley Racecourse, and even the trips to Shenzen and Macau take in a number of cultural and historic sites before our “shopping visits”.

Now, whilst many of the travellers may end up visiting the shopping malls and retail centres during the free days, there is plenty for those not interested in shopping to do. There are any number of cultural and historic sights visited not in the day tours, there are Art, Maritime and Heritage Museums, there is always Disneyland for the adventurous, and a number of parks and reserves, Golf Courses, walking trails, scuba diving and more.

Hong Kong is a perfect introductory stop for those who are thinking or a longer tour through China, or for those who are considering a trip to somewhere in Asia but want a smoother introduction than a few weeks in Nepal, India or Cambodia.

Right now we can offer our package at AU$3397 per person share twin, which is a discount of AU$572 from the published rate you will see if you go to the tour page. So if an introduction to the Orient interests you, be you a single looking for someone to travel with, a pair of mates, or a couple looking for an easy going getaway .. then get in touch with us today.

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Hong Kong Shopping Tour – Limited Time Discount!! Save over $500

Wow, usually when we put together a group price the only changes are generally upwards when currencies fluctuate, to be able to turn to everyone and say hey we can give you the tour cheaper (even if only for a limited time) is unusual, and definitely satisfying!

What am I talking about? We have been given a limited time offer on our Hong Kong Shopping Tour by one of the suppliers. For those already booked, and those that wish to book  simply get in touch with us in the next two weeks, pay your tour deposit and receive a discount of AU$576.00 on your trip. That is  right, instead of paying AU$3969 per person in share twin you will only be paying AU$3393 per person

So if you enjoy shopping and would like to see the best markets, outlets and warehouses of Hong Kong, Shenzen and Macau, if you think you would enjoy a night at the races, a traditional dinner, a harbour cruise and a full day of sightseeing in Hong Kong then get in touch now and reserve your place.

Just remember for any bookings and deposits made between 17th March 2014 and the 31st March 2014 you will receive the AU$576 discount . Full details of the tour available here – otherwise call us to book or for more information!

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A First Look At Our 2014 Group Departures

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For our first Introductory programme we will be taking in some fantastic areas and great programmes.  In March we head up to Norfolk Island to explore the local Heritage and Culture, June we head to Inland Australia to Explore Lake Eyre and Uluru, in September we head off to explore Hong Kong and its commercial byways, then finally in November we head of for a cruise around New Zealand. Full details available in our Upcoming Tours section.