The Seven Women of Kathmandu

The Seven Women of Kathmandu

Words by James Shackell | Photos by Ben McNamara Our taxi pulls up outside some rusty wrought iron gates. Inside is one of Nepal’s philanthropic success stories: a tiny business that’s slowly changing the lives of local women. It’s called Seven Women, and it began in 2006 as a grassroots...

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Meet: Mahsa, our local expert in Seville

Meet: Mahsa, our local expert in Seville

Most of us would assume that a motorcycle accident that left you with two broken legs would destroy any chances of you ever again wanting to climb atop a bike. But for Mahsa Homayounfar, an Urban Adventures partner operating in Seville, Spain, it made her want to hop back on...

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Meet: Olga, our local expert in Moscow

Meet: Olga, our local expert in Moscow

Olga Sitnik is the owner of Moscow Urban Adventures, as well as the director and co-founder of ExploRussia. Despite running two tourism businesses, she actually doesn’t have a background in the tourism industry — which is the way she likes it, instead viewing travel from the traveller’s perspective. Her business...

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Making a new home in Istanbul

Making a new home in Istanbul

The future of Syria may be uncertain, but the future of Syrian students and families doesn’t have to be. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Shannon Kay is the co-director of Small Projects Istanbul (SPI), grassroots NGO with a mission to provide access to formal and supplemental education for Syrian newcomers to...

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Lighting up lives in India

Lighting up lives in India

Pollinate Energy is a social business dedicated to improving the lives of India’s urban poor. With a focus on sustainable solutions such as solar lights, Pollinate Energy helps families living in India’s tent slums to reduce indoor pollution from kerosene and wood stoves, enjoy better quality light, and save money. They...

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Our Local Expert: Summer in Los Angeles

Our Local Expert: Summer in Los Angeles

To honour International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’re talking travel with some of our female guides around the world. Last, but by no means least, here is Summer in Los Angeles! What is your best travel memory? There are so many amazing memories and experiences, but the one to...

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Our Local Expert: Amaia in San Sebastian

Our Local Expert: Amaia in San Sebastian

To honour International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’re talking travel to some of our female guides around the world. Next up, Amaia in San Sebastian! What is your best travel memory? Russia, of course. I’ve always loved that country. Without Russia I would not have met Tomasz  (my husband...

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Our Local Expert: Eniko in Budapest

Our Local Expert: Eniko in Budapest

For International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’re talking travel to some of our female guides around the world. Today we’re having a chat to Eniko in Budapest! What is your best travel memory? It’s always my last travel experience that seems to be the best, so I have to...

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Our Local Expert: Sandra in Houston

Our Local Expert: Sandra in Houston

For International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’re talking travel to some of our female guides around the world. Give it up for Sandra in Houston! What is your best travel memory? Seeing a tiny Roman bridge under a Welsh bridge. It put history into perspective! Why did you start...

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Our Local Expert: Livia in Budapest

Our Local Expert: Livia in Budapest

For International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’re talking travel with some of our female guides around the world. Next up, Livia in Budapest!  What is your best travel memory? Watching the sun set over the Greek Islands from Santorini, dancing salsa with the locals in South America, and meeting...

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