About Kindred Women Travelers
KWT is not a tour company, nor is it a travel agency. We are trip planners with the goal of bringing together like-minded women who share the same values and who love to travel, who enjoy exploring from a local's point of view, and who love the wonderful traditions and cuisines that are part of every culture.
All trips are organized for small groups with a max of 6-10 women. This allows for flexibility in customizing itineraries to meet the interests of the group. We always travel with the group so you don't have to worry about a thing! Once in-country, tours are provided by local guides who are licensed and insured in their area. We stay at homes or villas, which offer the opportunity to just chill out if you need a break from sightseeing. Our trips are meant to be educational, as well as an escape from our everyday lives. We'll take in the sights, learn about the land, the people and the culture. At the same time, we will slow down a bit, not rush out the door at 7am and take the time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. We care about the impact our travel has on the environment and strive to be responsible travelers. Read about our commitment to sustainable tourism.
My name is Maryann O'Connor, founder of KWT. Let's see...what can I tell you about myself. I'm from a large Irish/Italian family, so wonderful Italian food was a given. Somewhere along the way, I became interested in ethnic foods, developing a taste for Vietnamese, Thai, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian, Mexican and, my favorite, Indian food! My love of these cuisines has certainly enhanced my desire to travel and visit the places from which they originated. While I have not yet been to India, my travels to Vietnam and Thailand were an absolute joy to my taste buds!
I am happy as a clam when I am organizing trips or events. In my younger days, I organized music festivals. After I became the adoptive mother of two Vietnamese children, I organized a large cultural event for "Families with Children from Vietnam," attracting adoptive families from up and down the east coast. And now I enjoy planning trips and exploring foreign lands. Hope you can join us!
Lisa Spagnuolo joined KWT this year and leads trips when she's available. Lisa is a special ed teacher in Massachusetts and an avid traveler. Lisa loves exploring and sharing her adventures with other travelers. As a teacher, she enjoys learning about different places and cultures and brings her knowledge back to her classroom
If there's a music festival in town, Lisa is sure to be there! Or even if it's not in town. She'll travel to get there. The daughter of a musician, Lisa has music in her blood. Her bright and cheerful personality ensures that anyone in her presence is bound to have a good time.