Hands up who likes to travel? Of course, the Coronavirus has put many travel plans on hold but that won’t be forever. I am always excited to read or listen to Women Over 50 who are going out there and making their dreams a reality. It inspires me to follow my dreams and I’m delighted to introduce my guest today, Sue-Anne from SisterStay . Sue-Anne tells us about how her business SisterStay was born and how you can become involved. I love the tagline “A Welcome Home wherever you Travel”.
Fun, easy and affordable travel for 50+ Women
It goes without saying that we all want to live as healthy a life as possible. And as we approach our fifties – that milestone decade – we start to think, more than ever, about how we can continue to live well as we grow older.
We know the familiar checklist:
Eat the right foods. Tick. And not too much of them. Tick.
No smoking and easy on the alcohol. Tick.
But it turns out that one of the key factors to aging well – and just as important one as all of the above – is to engage in regular social interaction.
And not just with friends and family. Belonging to groups and communities has been proven to be really beneficial to our health. Research shows that maintaining a broad network of social connections actually builds up our resilience to cope with changes in life and ward off depression.
I’m a member of a reading group, a Pilates group and a games group. But as I hit my fifties and started to watch my kids growing wings and exploring the world, I realised the time had come for me to do the same. I needed a travel group! I’m not looking for singles holidays – I don’t want to meet a new partner – and I’m not looking for expensive single-supplement cruise-type holidays either. I just want to be able to nip off for a few days at a time, stay somewhere warm and welcoming and explore somewhere new. Maybe take in a local course or event.
Although I’m married, my husband is resolutely a stay-at-home-and-potter kind of guy, whereas I love the buzz of getting out and doing stuff. I want to remain young and active for as long as possible. For me, that means staying interested and involved in new things, enjoying new experiences, and meeting new people. And there is nothing like the company of other midlife and older women who have experienced life’s ups and downs and have the commensurate understanding, insight and character that that brings, and are also determined to make the most of life.
And so, SisterStay was born.
SisterStay is simply a friendly community of women over 50 opening their homes to one another. Unlike other accommodation organisations, it costs the same overnight fee* wherever you go, because we are, first and foremost, a genuine community. In addition, we verify the identity of everyone who joins with an official documentation check together with a “live” chat. We do our very best to make this the safest and most enjoyable travel experience for women everywhere.
Although SisterStay started in the UK in 2019, in response to enthusiastic enquiries from further afield, we were just dipping our toes into international water when coronavirus hit, seemingly scuppering any travel plans any of us might have for the foreseeable future. But on closer reflection, this is, in fact, the perfect time to build a network within each country. Since we can’t currently leave to travel overseas, why not support each other at home? It’s just staying with a friend we’ve not yet met.
Maybe you’ve thought of hosting on Airbnb, but weren’t quite sure who’d be coming through the door. Similarly, you’d like to travel more, but are wary about going on your own. SisterStay is the solution to both these dilemmas.
We all know how frustrating it can be to have to wait on the availability of travelling companions and compromise on where you want to go. But travelling on your own can feel empowering. SisterStay allows you to plan your solo travel the easy way. Once you’ve joined our welcoming community, you can look through the listings of other members on our website, to see where you’d like to go, whose interests look most compatible with your own, and, depending on what inspires you – what courses, events and attractions are happening nearby.
You can sign up as a Host, a Guest or both. You can also choose one of three levels of Host depending on how much time you have available for Guests. Guests can find their perfect Host by selecting from a list of considerations, such as travelling with a pet or any specific dietary requirements. You can search by location or interest or keywords of particular importance to you. You can even search by membership of other groups such as book, walking or gardening clubs.
Although we’re only just getting started in Australia, we’re all on the same journey to make the next chapter the best chapter. If you decide to join us now you’ll become part of a growing global community and when travel opens up again, you’ll have a head start on everyone else. We’d love you to be part of that. Why not sign up and see for yourself how much fun it is to belong to something so positive and life-affirming?
*GBP 36 / night is the equivalent of AUD 65 or USD 45. And most of this charge goes directly to the Host.
Sue-Anne Mayne was born in Brisbane, Australia and moved to the UK with her British husband more than 30 years ago. Although she’s made her home in Europe, a big part of her heart remains firmly tied to Australia which she usually visits once a year. Having also spent a number of years in Japan, she dreams of one day creating a sisterhood of midlife friends all over the world.