As someone who loves clicking aesthetically pleasing pictures for her Instagram, the initial thought of going camping with over 100 girls (none of them I knew before) left me with mixed feelings.
“Should I go?”
“What if I don’t get along with them?”
“But I always wanted to try ziplining”
A bunch of these questions were running through my head.
However, when I first saw the announcement of Joya Sanitary Napkin presents Escapade 2019 on Wander Woman’s page on Facebook, I knew this was an experience I need to have!
With no idea of what a fantastic day was waiting for me ahead, on the morning of 6th December, I started my journey to Neo campers in Gazipur with faces that I have never seen before.
After a 2 hour long journey and a surprising realization that I still remember all the lyrics to ‘Ei poth jodi na sesh hoy’, our bus reached Neo campers.
And as I entered the gates of the camp, the beautifully decorated camp made me feel like I’m here for a destination wedding. The organizers from Wander Women left no stone unturned to make this an experience to remember for years to come.
From goodie bags filled with coupons and membership cards from the sponsors of the event like Joya sanitary napkins, Foodpanda, chologhuri.com, Weddingberries.com and many more, to exciting games and activities, they had everything to make this day memorable.
Activities like zip lining, relay race, bigfoot, pottery making kept the girls on their feet (literally) the entire day. And don’t think it was just a friendly race where we just ran and went to have lunch afterwards.
It was a full-on competition. We were divided into groups of four, where we competed with our paired group.
And let me tell you one thing about me, I am probably the most competitive person you would meet. On top of that, when Sabira Mehrin (The founder of Wander Woman) announced the participant who gets the most social media engagement with hashtag would get one night stay at Dusai resort, I already started planning what will I have at the breakfast buffet there.
There were prizes for the best performers as well during the games. After different rounds of activities, I realized, “okay, maybe I overestimated myself.”
Even though our team didn’t make the final cut, but boy oh boy, did we have fun!
Just after finishing our lunch, when I thought there might not be any other activity left, Sabira Mehrin and other organizers surprised us with the best possible way possible.
We didn’t realize that we were accompanied by one of the most inspirational female travellers in the country, Eliza Binte Elahi.
A session with her where she shared her travel stories made me notice how much more I have to explore.
The mental health seminar hosted by the M2H (Mission to Health) gave the girls the courage to talk about mental health openly without any fear. I was surprised to see how so many girls opened up about their mental health issues in front of strangers they just met that morning.
While coming back home after an incredible day with the girls in the woods, I couldn’t stop but think how refreshing it is to spend a day like this. And this would not have been possible without the beautiful members of Wander Woman.
I came to know about this group Wonder Woman last fall when one of my friends went on a trip with them. I didn’t know there is a community of amazingly inspiring women who are taking on the world with their adventure.
The idea of girls going on a trip by themselves has a lot of taboo attached to it. However, wander women is here to shatter all these narratives and inspire women travellers around the country.
Until the next trip, take a bow Wander Woman!