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Australia is calling …

Kimberly Coast

From cruising the Kimberly Coast, braving the the Bungle Bungles, touring Tasmania, seeing the Swan River, discovering Darwin and more .. there is always something to encounter within Australia. That is why we are having one of the Experts come down to give a presentation on some of the best ways to see the land down under!

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If you have been considering a journey through Australia (or New Zealand) and would like to get some ideas from the experts then this is your opportunity. On the 18th November 2015 from 5:30pm for a 6pm start we will have at our offices a representative from AAT Kings to give us a lecture and film presentation on the Kimberly’s, Australia, New Zealand and what there is to see, do and experience across the region.

So, if you would like to join us on the 18th November 2015, just register on the below link!

Discover Australia with the Experts

Kimberly Falls

While Australia may not be populated with Ancient Cities, Monumental Buildings of a different age, or food and culture that we are not used to, there is an incredible array of sights, sounds, tastes. There are natural landscapes that are unique, pristine and untouched, Cultural Sites of local tribal history dating back over 40,000 years, and more.

From the forested Hinterlands of Tasmania, the panoramic glory of the Kimberleys to the bustle of Sydney and the action of the Gold Coast, there is something in Australia to attract all sorts of visitors .. and sometimes a trip to somewhere in your ‘own backyard’ is just what is needed rather than a trip to a foreign shore.

One of the Tour Operators that can help you either explore a region in-depth going from site to site as you journey through a region (like Tasmania or the Kimberleys), or that can help you case yourself in one locale and then see all that is within an easy journey of that point (such as Cairns or Adelaide) is AAT Kings, one of Australia’s longest running Tour Operators. For AAT King’s Australia (and New Zealand) offers endless fascination and they have a fantastic array of programmes and offers they always have at hand, and are continually expanding their product options.

If you have been considering a journey through Australia (or New Zealand) and would like to get some ideas from the experts then this is your opportunity. On the 18th November 2015 from 5:30pm for a 6pm start we will have at our offices a representative from AAT Kings to give us a lecture and film presentation on the Kimberly’s, Australia, New Zealand and what there is to see, do and experience across the region.

So, if you would like to join us on the 18th November 2015, just register on the below link!

A Taste of Europe and North America with Travelmarvel

With our APT & Travelmarvel information evening running this evening we thought this was the perfect time to remind everyone of a few set group departures we have running in conjunction with these fantastic companies.

Drachenburg Castle

Rhine & Rhone River Cruise.

This 21 day programme  takes a fantastic trip starting with a few days in Paris before travelling up to Amsterdam where we board our first cruise boat and sail down the Rhine over the course of several days until we hit Basel, where we disembark for a short overland trip to Lyon where we join our second cruise vessel and then cruise down the Rhone to Nice, where we disembark and head for Monte Carlo where we spend a last few nights before heading home.


With almost 20 locations visited in a 21 day period this tour is a fantastic way to visit one of the more picturesque areas or France, Germany and Switzerland as you cruise through the famed regions of Alsasc and Lorraine, the Black Forest, the edges of the Swiss Alps and into the Cote de Azur.


Currently available from AU$11,790 per person including varying fly free deals, with the end of the year creeping up on us now is the time to book in your space aboard this departure to ensure that you get the best offers available.


Canada & Alaska.

Nearly everyone has at some point seen on TV, or on posters, newspaper adverts and other media the scenic lakes and soaring mountains of the Canadian Rocky Mountains .. like Banff which is pictured above. As well as the frozen Glaciers, Grizzly Bears, Pioneer Towns, Modern Cities and unspoilt wilderness that is part of most Canada and Alaska advertisements. For good reason, these places area s truly incredible as the adverts make them seem, and in some cases are even more inspiring when you actually get there!


Our 21 Day departure leaving in August starts on the Island of Victoria seeing the sights of this incredible region before hopping aboard our tour bus and traversing the highlights of the Rocky Mountains before returning to Vancouver aboard the renown Rocky Mountaineer, where we then board a cruise ship and explore the frontier towns, native american culture, wildlife and scenery of the Inside passage before returning once again to Vancouver where our journey ends.


This tour has a little something for everybody, and can be enhanced by adding in those little tours that not everyone wants to do – such as Whale Watching, Dog Sledding, Glacier Walks and Rafting on the Mountain Lakes. This programme visits over a dozen location during the tour and has time in every location to really get a feel for the place you are visiting.

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Currently available from AU$9895 per person in share twin, now is the time to book while all the early bird and flight specials are still in full swing.

You can look up more information on our Rhone & Rhine Departure and our Canada & Alaska Departure on our website, or if you want the information straight from the source join us for tonight’s informational session – limited spaces are still available

A World Of Opportunities With APT & Travelmarvel

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Join us on the 28th of October to discover a world of Travel Possibilities with our guest speaker from APT and Travelmarvel. Launching in the 1920’s APT is one of the worlds longest running tour operators and these days in conjunction wit their 5 star product (APT) run an inclusive 4 star service (Travelmarvel) to places across the globe. With these companies you can Climb the Great Wall of China, Sail the Mekong, Visit the Volga, Ascend the Eiffel Tower, Witness the Great Migration, Walk upon Athabasca Glacier, Raft in Lake Louise, Tango in Buenos Aires and More! Do it with Style, do it with comfort – come and join us and see how, with APT and Travelmarvel. Spaces are limited so register today!


Seeking Dubai ..


In the last few decades Dubai has become more than a stopover port on the way to other European or Middle Eastern Destinations. Dubai and the surrounding UAE including Abu Dhabi has become a thriving tourist destination in its own right with an incredible mixture of modern marvels and ancient sights, a destination of culture, history, shopping, sports and recreation –  a destination for travellers of all ages.

Which brings me to the point of todays short post. Hot off the press of our classifieds section, we have notice that we are seeking a female traveller to join one of our members on a trip to Dubai in February 2016. Our young traveller is heading out from Sydney and looking to spend some time in some quality company (which we hope one of you can provide) while exploring the fascinating sights, sounds and tastes of the United Arab Emirates and Dubai in particular.

So if a trip to the gateway to the Middle East sounds of interest, then why not contact us today and see if you may be a suitable companion for our Dubai bound traveller.


Africa, Asia, America, Europe – Discover the World with Evergreen and Scenic


If you have a desire to cruise the Mekong, encounter a lion on the Serengeti, see the glaciers move in Alaska, or listen to the Mulluhs call for the faithful as the sun sets over Istanbul then perhaps you should consider coming along to our film night. There are few companies that explore the world in quite the same was as Scenic and Evergreen Tours, and like their past travellers will tell you their service is exceptional. Whether cruising the Danube from Budapest to Prague or taking in the Rocky Mountains, they have a quality of service that stands out amongst their competitors. From walking the flower lined streets of Ho Chi Minh City over TET or watching Hippos from your Chobe River Cruise, these suppliers ensure that every trip, every stop is a memorable experience that will leave you desiring to travel again, and again, and again. So come along and join us on the 9th of September and see what we are talking about!


Opening at 5:30 pm for a 6 pm start on the 9th September, My Travel Expert along with our industry partners Evergreen Tours and Scenic will take you on a virtual whirlwind tour as we discover just why they are such popular tour suppliers, what they truly do that sets them apart and why we believe you should consider travelling with them!  Even more exciting we will be unveiling for the first time our 2017 South American Group Departure, so if you have dreamed of seeing Machu Picchu or the falls of Iguasu, then this is an event that you wont want to miss.

With only a handful of spaces left we suggest you register for the night by clicking on the below green button, or giving us at call on (02) 4421 5577


We are , Sold Out, and sadly have no more seating room for this event! Should you still be interested in the events contents or in putting your name on waitlist please let us know on (02) 4421 5577

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.


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!

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



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!

March Travel Expo Deals

Good Morning Friends,

Wow, what a turn out for the Travel Expo last night, a fantastic evening. We do have a number of specials that are available only for the next 7 days or so for those that attended (or wanted to but were prevented by inclement weather) and I will run down those specials in a moment, full details are available on contacting our office for all of them.

Before I do that though just a brief update on the Pre-sale and Discount offers on our Tours please note that:

  • European River Cruise, if you book and pay the $250 per person deposit today (28th March) you will still get the Pre-sale price. From Saturday Morning the price jumps by AU$1130 per person in share twin
  • The Canada and Alaska pre-sale is still ongoing but we do advise that anyone interested make a deposit payment and book in as soon as they can to avoid trying to do so at the last minute when the end of the pre-sale is announced
  • We are extending our discount on the Hong Kong Shopping Tour (AU$576) for another two weeks until April 21, so if you want to book in on this tour we recommend doing so soon.


Now, for all our Travel Expo deals please review the list below this following image ..





We have a number of specials available from our recent Travel Expo for those that attended, and those that wished to but were unable due to inclement weather. These are for limited duration and applicable mostly until the 3rd April, special terms and conditions apply for each and full details can be given by the staff at My Travel Expert.

Scenic Tours

Save $500 per couple,on 2014 European River Cruises and Tours, Russia River Cruises and Tours, France River Cruises and Tours, Canada, Alaska, USA, Africa, South America Tours and 2015 Antarctica Tours

Save $300 per couple, on any 2014 China and Jordan Tours, and any 2014/2015 Burma, Cambodia, India, Japan, Laos and Vietnam Tours

Save $200 per couple, on any 2014 Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania & New Zealand Tours over 11 days duration.

APT Tours

Save AU$400 per couple,  on any APT or Travelmarvel Tour or Cruise of 7 days or More.


Save AU$100 per couple,on any 2014 Globus or Cosmos Tour, Monograms Independent City Stay or 2014 Avalon Waterways European River Cruise.

Insight Vacations:

Save up to AU$200 per couple,on any tour of 14 days of less departing in 2014 from any Insight Brochure

Save AU$400 per couple, on any tour of 14 days or over departing in 2014 from any Insight Brochure.

Azamara Club Cruises

Select from 85 voyages in 2014-15 and choose 1 of these 3 offers:

  •          Choice 1: US$1,000 onboard credit per stateroom
  •          Choice 2: AU$1,000 Air Credit per couple
  •          Choice 3: Free Upgrade, Interior to Oceanview or Oceanview to Verandah

Captain Cook Cruise

Save 25% on Selected Departure Dates

4 Night Outback Heritage Cruise, Outside Cabin from AU$1069.25 per person

Normally AU$1645 per person. Departing Monday 1630 from Mannum, South Australia, disembarking  Friday 0900

Selected Dates: 14 April 2014, 05 May 2014, 12 May 2014, 19 May 2014, 26 May 2014

Includes: All meals, An exciting selection of shore-side tours, guided nature walks and eco-excursions, onboard presentations, use of Spa & Sauna & Gym, Captain’s Dinner & Cocktail Party, Live Entertainment, 24 hour self-service tea and coffee bar, complimentary scenic coach transfers in Adelaide or car parking in Mannum.

Celebrity Cruises:

Book and Oceanview Stateroom or above on one of our ex-Australia voyages and receive one of the following four amazing perks:

  •          Free Classic Beverage Package for Two
  •          Up to US$300 onboard Credit
  •          Free Gratuities for two
  •          Up to AU$600 Air Savings

Princess Cruises

Receive a 50% reduced deposit and bonus onboard credit for bookings made on any Princess Cruise before 03 April.

AAT Kings:

Limited time Early Bird Specials for New Zealand bookings paid in full by the 28th April 2014 including the Best of New Zealand, New Zealand Vista, Northern Discovery and Southern Spotlight

Bench International

5% off Holidays to South Africa,as featured in the Bench International 2014 Africa Brochure for Travel between March and October 2014.

Essentially South Africa,16 Days from AU$1945 per person share twin, for departures 18 May, 15 Jun , 13 July and 17 August. Full details available from My Travel Expert


Save up to AU$100 per booking, on any bookings made with Contiki for Europe, Asia, Latin America, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Driveaway Holidays

Save 10%, on any bookings made by the 3rd April


Save 10% on the Intrepid Group Tours including:

  •          Vietnam Express Northbound, was AU$937 per person, now AU$844
  •          Best of Morocco, was AU$1046 per person, now AU$942
  •          Sacred Land Of The Incas, was AU42695, now AU$2426

For all brochure departures until 30 November 2014.


Save 10%on any Peregrine tour by booking and paying a deposit by 4 April


For Further information contact:

My Travel Expert
129-131 Junction Street, Nowra, NSW 2541  Telephone: 02 4421 5577 e-mail: