Molly, are you free in April? Sabina, I’d love to come for a weekend to finally see New York City. Ethel, London is calling – will you be there?
Broads Abroad is answering these calls on their female-only social network. A travel community for women by women, Broads Abroad members tend to stay for a period of three days, free of charge, with like-minded women around the world.
Here’s how it works. Founder, Aussie Mandy Rowe, and her trusted cohorts vet out fellow members (rigorous security checks) enabling you to host, or stay with, a fellow broad who will give you the local dirt, neighborhood juice, and most importantly, a place to lay your head; but for no more than three days.
It’s that easy: like having your sister stay.
There are broad hosts in big cities and off the beaten track locations, including Cambodia, India, USA, South Africa, Morocco, and Australia. Perhaps you’ll stay with Cathy Bulam in her Tasmanian chalet, Karen Ormiston’s Vietnamese expat haven, or be shown around Vancouver by Anne Delage.
We caught up with Mandy and asked why the emphasis on three days? It’s based on the ancient Bedouin cultures in North Africa, of offering unconditional hospitality to desert travellers for a maximum of three days, she says. Because as desert wanderers, one day you too may find yourself in need of food, water and shelter.
Asked what she wants female travelers to know about her concept of hosting: “It’s fabulous to be given a bed by someone, but it’s up to you to keep yourself busy during the day and possibly the evening. If your host offers to cook dinner one night, that’s a bonus. It’s about being respectful and mindful of each other. For me, it’s like having my sister stay, that’s how easy it can be.”
We’ve likened it to a really great international sleepover and the “three days and you’re out” rule is a great deal for everyone. Everyone likes a giggle in pajamas but don’t overstay your welcome.
Would you stay with a broad abroad?