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Women with Wings

Having been in the travel industry for almost 40 years it was time for a new adventure. In 2006 "Women with Wings" was borne, soft adventure, educational travel for women. Under the umbrella of Advantage Wings Travel I began developing 'Made to Measure' tours for women. In 2006 & 2007 we travelled to China, in 2008 Machu Picchu & Peru, 2009 Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam in 2011 and today we are off to Bali & Hong Kong. I sincerely hope that you enjoy our adventure and encourage you to pass this Bog on to your family and friends.
Enjoy! Barbara Campbell - Kitimat, B.C., Canada



Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa November 12th 2012

Welcome to the world of Bali. Approximately 13 years ago I was very fortunate to visit this beautiful Island. Much has changed.......Starbucks at the Denpasar Airport, A&W, Kentucky Fried Chicken, paved roads, tons of vendors and 5star hotels dotted along the coast. What hasn't changed is the people, they are still a very gracious, hospitable and welcoming. Our group of 15 ladies are staying at the beautiful Grand Mirage Hotel in Benoa. The Badung Strait offers a gentle breeze, lots of sun and tons of walking vendors. The majority of the Balinese are Hindu, with a Muslim and Christian minority. The spirits are honoured almost everywhere with offerings made of flowers, incense, fruit and many other items. These offerings are found in Balinese public temples (pura), places of business, restaurants and on the streets. Thousands of ... read more
Pura Taman Ayun Temple
Pura Taman Ayun Temple
Tenah Lot Temple

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Dua November 7th 2012

Good Morning !!! It is November 8th @ approximately 6:30AM here is Bali, the sun is shinning, the birds are singing and I can hear the sound of the surf. Yes, and Marika is up and about, making coffee. Our plan is to take a walk on the beach before breakfast. Today will be a relaxing day with an afternoon tour to Tabanan. My net book says that it is November 7th back home at 2:55PM, which means that those in BC are still at work. Our journey from Vancouver was very long, however we arrived well rested and most didn't turn in until around 10PM. I don't think it will take us long to adjust to the time difference. I will attempt to keep you updated on a daily basis. Cheers!... read more
Flying over the Pacific Ocean

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kitimat November 4th 2012

Good Morning: Thank goodness we rolled the clocks back last night because I am still packing, charging batteries and checking my list for the very last time. The weather in Kitimat is overcast and raining like crazy. Many of us leave for Vancouver today. Our journey is long, 15 hours to Hong Kong and an additional 5 hours to Bali. Next stop Bali................ read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kitimat March 20th 2011

Halong Bay (Halong Heritage Resort) On March 2nd we travelled from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Halong Bay is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers approximately 580 square miles, with more than 2000 pinnacle shaped limestone and dolomite outcrops. According to legend the bay was formed when a gigantic dragon (ha long means descending dragon) plunged into the Gulf of Tonkin and created the islets by lashing its tail. We visited Hang Thien Cung or Celestial Palace Grotto which features sparkling stalactites and stalagmites. Like Hang Dau Go it is softly illuminated with coloured lights. Upon returning to the ship we were served a wonderful Vietnamese lunch and enjoyed the sights of the many islands and grotos. Now everyone needs to have an opportunity to sell their product. We not only had vendors come on ... read more
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Marble Mountain

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver March 14th 2011

Our journey home on Sunday, March 13th was very long and for some exhausting. Sunday, March 13th was our last day in Vietnam and I was up at he crack of dawn with the hopes of making the last entry to our travel blog. The business centre at the Windsor Hotel was very kind in letting me use a desk so that I could sit in comfort to write my thoughts. The internet cafe (wireless internet access) just outside the hotel knew exactly what I wanted to drink while I added some photos and published our blog. A few of the ladies headed for the market to do a bit of last minute shopping while Susan had breakfast with Stacey Smith a long time Kitimat family friend. (Stacey is teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City ... read more
Siem Reap
Siem Reap
Siem Reap

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast March 13th 2011

Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City was late in the afternoon on March 10th. Temperature 35 degrees. Before checking into the Windsor Hotel in zone 5 (near China Town and very close to zone 1) we had a delicious lunch at the offering sea food with more spice than we have tasted over the past weeks. Canadian geoduck was also on the menu. Established as a Khmer trading post more than 300 years ago, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of nine million people. In the second half of the 19th century control over the city passed to the French. There was a lot of change including the architectural development when Saigon earned the name “Paris of the Orient”. In 1954 the city was proclaimed the capital of ... read more
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An March 8th 2011

Yesterday was March 8th and it was International Women's Day. This special day is celebrated in a wonderful way, whereby special greetings are expressed to all women everywhere you go. Street vendors, vegetable sellers, merchants, hotel clerks, gardeners and even "Women with Wings". Our tour guide greeted us with flowers first thing in the morning. Flowers are exchanged and special meals are prepared, some of the shops in Hoi An even closed their doors early in order to celebrate the contributions women have made in the world. In celebration of this special day we boarded our touring bikes (in great need of a tune up) for a trip through the country. I didn't even get by butt on the seat before I was flat on the ground. Some hadn't been on a bike for 50 years ... read more
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast March 7th 2011

March 6, 2011 Temperature 29 degrees – sunny This morning we woke up in paradise, the birds were singing and there was a soft breeze blowing past our bungalow. In the distance we could hear the roar of the Gulf of Tonkin. The Palm Garden Resort is rated as 5 star with all the necessary amenities, located just south of China Beach and 30 kilometers from Danang. Now, let’s back up a couple of days. Our last morning in Hanoi was spent in the centre of the city, Hanoi’s Old Quarter. And of course the best way to explore it is on foot. The motor bike and bicycle traffic is absolutely insane and the horn honking and beeping was enough to drive you crazy. We managed to pop into a few of the unique shops and ... read more
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast March 3rd 2011

Hello everyone!! We have done a lot of travelling these past two day with our journey to Halong Bay. The journey took over 3 hours with a stopover at an arts & crafts shop supporting peoples with disabilities. Temperature about 18 degrees and overcast. A World Heritage Site, Halong Bay covers almost 600 sq. miles with more than 2000 pinnacle shaped limestone and dolomite outcrops scattered through out the area. According to legend, he was formed when a gigantic dragon - ba log meaning descending dragon plunged into the Gulf of Tonkin and created the myriad islets by lashing its tail. So this morning we boarded the Baithru 36, a wooden junket approximately 80 feet in length. Interesting that Halong Bay services about 4000 people per day with 1200 taking overnight sailings. There are 460 vessels ... read more
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast March 1st 2011

Before I give you the low down on the city of Hanoi or "City wthin the River's Bend" I will update you on our last day in Cambodia. Our morning tour was a boat trip on the Great Lake Tonle Sap and fishing village. Well....if Phnom Penh didn't give us a wake up call, this certainly did. We boarded a wooden 10 passenger boat complete with life jackets attached to our bamboo chairs, the captain was a young man in his late teens (he hoped that this job would afford him the education to become a school teacher) I did a quick inspection of the floor boards and it didn't appear to be taking on too much water. The surrounding area was dry mud, filthy water and garbage everywhere. The smell of raw sewage, boat fumes ... read more
Great Lake of Tonle Sap
Great Lake of Tonle Sap
Great Lake of Tonle Sap




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