Mai Journeys is passionate about crafting authentic journeys to remarkable places for Women. We specialize in unique travel options that span the globe – from Ushuaia to Auckland. We design journeys for small groups, individuals, families and friends.
We are a small company comprised of a group of incredibly passionate people who draw on a huge collective global experience. We offer a way of traveling that is mindful and engaging, providing amazing opportunities to connect with incredibly diverse places, cultures and people. We want you to immerse yourself in ancient cultures, local communities and customs, and develop appreciation, mutual respect and understanding.
We truly believe that enriching travel experiences come from an understanding of place; a personal experience rewarded in a single moment that you would otherwise never have.
We work with people who share the same travel ethos – to offer amazing journeys and experiences to those who seek them out. We set out to be distinctive and innovative, so with our partners – top experiential operators and destination experts – we will continue to offer inspiring destinations, craft authentic journeys and tailor new ways for you to discover the world. This website reflects decades of our own first hand travel experiences and brings together extraordinary adventures, unique & boutique accommodation and some of the best retreats available.
I have been traveling ever since I was a child. I circumnavigated Australia with my family in a caravan when I was young, re-did most of that journey in my late teens as a backpacker, traveled Europe, settled enough to study Fine Arts at a Sydney Art School, then bought a one way ticket to America. From New York to New Orleans, I then hopped a plane for Mexico. It was after traveling through Mexico, Central America and Cuba that I decided I wanted to work in the Travel Industry. Somehow, someway. I started as a Guide in Latin America then moved to England where I worked for two specialist tour operators over many years in an Operations capacity. Whilst living in London, whenever a spare moment presented itself, I packed my bags and explored a new corner of the world: Southern, Eastern and Northern Africa, South America, the Galapagos Islands, East & Western Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
I have always wanted to be a Travel Specialist in the truest sense of the word. After all my (continuous) travels and years working at all levels of the Industry, I am confident in my expertise and my recommendations. I give insights based on my own experiences, and offer advice based on my encounters. I have a love of art, architecture, photography, food and market shopping; and an absolute belief in traveling well – and traveling within the realms of what is ‘right for you’. I absolutely love encouraging experiential travel and am passionate about cultural exploration, adventure and the exotic. Travel has changed me. It has educated me. It has humbled me.
Katrina’s travel journey began at the tender age of 10, on a family trip to Fiji, when she had the exhilaration of her first experience flying in a DC10! This was followed 6 years later, with an opportunity to live in Canada for a year and travelling extensively throughout Canada and the northern USA. The obligatory OE followed 5 years later, which covered working and travelling in the UK & Europe. Being so passionate about travel, it was a natural progression for her to seek employment in the industry. Katrina’s first role in the travel industry began in 1997 and over 20 years later she continues in a field that she loves. Her travels to date have spanned six of the seven continents, including over 55 countries. Always a sucker for anywhere with wildlife or mountains, history and observing local traditions follow closely as a drawcard to explore a new destination.
Katrina is based in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Sarah’s passion for globetrotting began early, traveling with her parents who instilled in her a spirit of adventure. On graduating from college with a degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism she winged her way to India and on to Africa where she spent 7 months traversing the continent, followed by a stint backpacking through Europe. When the money ran out she returned to Australia and joined the team at The Classic Safari Company in Australia, becoming a Director in 2002. Together with founding director Julie McIntosh, Sarah built a formidable company that creates exceptional itineraries for discerning travelers. Over the years Sarah has traveled to all seven continents, visited over 58 countries and has honed her haggling skills to perfection around the world.
She is happiest when she is shopping in an Indian bazaar and sharing her vast knowledge and fervent love of exotic destinations with clients. Sarah has spent years traveling to incredible India and looks forward to sharing this extraordinary destination with you.
For Andrea, a truly wonderful travel industry career that has spanned over 30 years has led to a life-long passion for travel which has never abated.
Many happy years have been spent exploring the 4 corners of the earth and she still finds there is not enough time to see it all. She loves sharing her passion for travel with her guests and clients whenever and wherever she can. Her commitment is to Escort high-quality and stylish tours that give women the opportunity to discover new places or maybe some old favourites; meet new friends or reconnect with old friends; and provide the space to indulge in some much needed ‘you’ time. Whether travelling with girlfriends, family or solo, Andrea provides an environment that takes care of everything and allows you to experience, rejuvenate and connect. (And she also makes sure there is plenty of time for a glass of bubbles and a cocktail or 3 throughout……..). Andrea, a true Travelling Diva, is based in Brisbane, Australia.
Natasha fell in love with India as a child. On her bookshelf was a beautiful copy of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’, bound in royal blue leather, with the cover and spine embossed in gold and delicate pages filled. This book is now over 100 years old and she is still enchanted by the exotic stories of India.
Her travels in India are ongoing (and she is not sure they will ever stop) and to date she has journeyed across Northern India, been blessed in Varanasi and still thinks that there is nothing quite like enjoying freshly squeezed pineapple juice while relaxing on the backwaters of Kerala. For 10 years Natasha has been helping travellers experience travel that is unique and meaningful and for the last two this has been at the helm of her own wholesale travel company which specialises in the Indian Subcontinent. Natasha is based in Cromwell, Central Otago.