Updated on November 25th, 2021
I’m Kathy Wood, passionate European traveler and the owner and co-founder of European Experiences. I’ve been traveling in Europe for 30 years, including a life-changing 14-month family sabbatical. My travels have taken me to 17 European countries, with a focus on France, Italy and England. Since 2006 I’ve organized and led small group, slow tours in my favorite places.
“The concept of “slow travel” seems to resonate strongly with women, who value connections with people and places. Basing for one week in one place enables our travelers to focus on “experiencing” a place. They’re not just a sightseeing tourist passing through. With the luxury of time, our travelers can explore the side streets, find a favorite café, take an afternoon walk, get to know local residents, and enjoy some down time. This type of travel experience is empowering and often life changing.”
About European Experiences
My husband Charley and I started European Experiences in 2006, designed around the concept of “slow travel.” Most of our groups base for one week (seven nights) in one place. I love the great cities of Europe, but I’m most drawn to the countryside and smaller villages… the special places we visit on our European Experiences trips. Because we return to the same locations over many years, we form friendships with local people who extend a warm welcome to our groups. As we share unique activities, experiences, and meals, our trips feel like traveling with friends.
Charley has retired from co-leading most of our trips, but I have a new partnership with Jennifer Dugdale, an American expat in Provence with many years of tourism experience. We’ve worked together to design several new trips that Jennifer will lead. Either Jennifer or I lead all our trips; we love sharing our special places and creating unique experiences and lasting memories. I personally handle all our marketing and communications. I want to get to know our travelers and be sure a trip is the right fit. I’m always happy to answer questions or offer travel advice.
We host trips in several areas of France, Italy and England including our award-winning Luberon Experience week in Provence. In 2022 we’re offering several trips for women only. Learn more about our special European Experiences for Women. But women are always welcome and will feel comfortable on any of our trips. Our groups are small, usually 10 – 14 people, and 65% of our travelers are women.
Founding member – Slow Travel Tours, an informal affiliation of small-group tour operators who offer personalized trips in Italy, France, England and other European countries.