My women-only* travel groups are a little different from the usual — smaller, more intimate, sometimes a little rough around the edges. We’re not just looking at the world, we’re squishing it between our toes. My travelers and I have two mottos: That’s why this isn’t the princess tour and It’s all part of the adventure™
* Nonbinary and women-identifying people welcome!
- Topkapi Palace, from the harem chambers to the collection of jewel-encrusted gifts
- The iconic Blue Mosque,
- Hagia Sophia, a historic gem of Christianity
- Turkish Delight, Baklava, and other mouthwatering treats
- Boat ride on the Bosphorus
- Cooking class, dance class, and more!
Rustic glamping + ancient world, where you can fire up your creativity to work on any project you like
April/May: Working retreat in Southern Turkey
We’ll be in rustic accommodations (think cabin, yurt, tepee) near the beach. Our days will include yoga, meditation, lots of free time to work on individual projects, and an optional works-in-progress share each evening. We’ll also visit some ancient ruins and magical places mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey.
Details coming by the end of August, 2019.
June 2020: Granada, Spain (with Morocco add-on)
- The breathtaking Alhambra Palace
- Tapas Tour
- Flamenco Performance
- The Moorish neighborhood
- Luxurious Hammam baths
- Flamenco class
- Hiking in the mountain villages
- Snorkeling in the sea
- Optional trip to Morocco!
- Hiking among Incan ruins
- Llamas, weavers, and markets
- Walking in the sky at Machu Picchu
- Optional Andean homestay
- Andean ceremony to honor the Earth Mother
August 2020: Building Your Next Act in Peru
A workshop for women in transition, in the life-changing Sacred Valley
Dr. Deborah Ballard-Reisch of Propel Consulting and I will be hosting a 10-day transformative workshop for women in the beautiful Sacred Valley, Peru. Join us for yoga, workshops, ceremonies, hikes in nature, and Machu Picchu! Meanwhile, through individual, group, and one-on-one work this workshop will allow you to think expansively about your future, identify your desires, and plan your next move.
Details coming by the end of August, 2019. Details coming by the end of August, 2019. Sign up for the e-mail list to stay up to date as this trip develops.
Hi, I’m Lauren Haas, the founder of Indie Travel Guru. In May of 2013 I sold everything I owned and started traveling the world with all my possessions in a backpack. It’s been an incredible journey, and now I’m beginning to share my journey with small groups of women who want to see it the way I do. I love to walk, hike, take local transportation, get involved in local life, and learn about cultures from the inside out, through a region’s people, arts, food, music, dance, and culture. Come join me for an unforgettable adventure! Message me if you have questions: Guru@indietravel.guru
It’s all part of the adventure™
Seeing all the sights is just the beginning. On my Women’s Adventure Tours, you’ll taste, cook, dance, hike, and hang out with locals as we dig deep into the culture. For example, past trips have included a ceremony with a shaman, sleeping on a riverboat in Borneo, and riding camels into the Sahara Desert to spend a night in a Bedouin camp.
My travel style can be a little rough & rugged. Hot water can be questionable, towels aren’t fluffy, and we all pitch in on chores to keep costs down. There’s no one to carry your bag or make your bed. We take local transportation at times, and we get dirty. My guests wouldn’t have it any other way, and neither would I!
If you want to travel the world without the insulation of a chain hotel or tour bus, these trips are for you!
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Lauren was a fantastic host —wonderful, full of life, giving, trustworthy and a ton of fun! Even though the stay was only a week long, we got such a beautiful, well-rounded immersion in the culture…
What this is not: your standard trip. We saved money along the way and got a fantastic cultural voyage. I can wholeheartedly recommend this experience and I will most definitely be joining Lauren again in the near future. Read more “A well-rounded immersion in culture”
Lauren made me feel comfortable and safe traveling to a part of the world I had never been to previously. The personal experiences she shares regarding being a smart traveler and her cultural knowledge are valuable.
She is friendly, a good problem solver, respectful of personal space/time, and fun. I would definitely travel with her again. Read more “Safe, comfortable, and fun!”
Lauren, our host, was a charming ambassador for Morocco; I don’t see how anyone could provide a better experience than she did for our group consisting of eight strangers (soon to become friends).
Thank you, Lauren, for planning such a wonderful trip and sharing so many fabulous experiences. Looking forward to your future retreats. Read more “I don’t see how anyone could provide a better experience”