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Meet Emily Power and Jill Smith of Lois & Claire Travel in The South Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Power and Jill Smith.

Emily and Jill, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Lois and Claire began in 2017 over coffee (well, flat whites…). We started talking about how we wanted more and wished we could just connect with that part of ourselves that used to travel and have new experiences, as two moms with seven kids between us we also realized that like so many busy women, we lost a part of who we were. We longed for the feeling of serendipity you get with travel…where you never know who you’re going to meet and where life will take you. We thought, “What if we could inspire more women to travel, and make it fun with the camaraderie of a small group” and just like that, Lois and Claire Travel was born. We truly can not believe how lucky we are to get to travel to truly inspirational destinations with incredible women.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We have been so fortunate that many of our ladies have been on several trips with us, we had two incredible trips coming up one to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and the other to Sardinia, Italy. Obviously, right now we are not able to travel, to say we miss it is an understatement. We dedicated our time in quarantine to developing a deeper relationship with our community, although not what we had planned, it gave us time to really focus on how we want to grow and what we can do better. We are hoping we can offer a Lois & Claire Summer Camp close to LA. We envision this being a super fun weekend where our travelers can safely get away, laugh a ton, enjoy some throwback summer camp activities and leave the weight of the world at home. Now more than ever, we are focused on how we can take the hassle out of travel so the women that travel with us can just relax and enjoy the experience we create for them.

Lois & Claire Travel – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Lois & Claire Travel specializes in extraordinary small group travel for women. We’ve done the prep work—scouting, meeting, and testing—on unique experiences with incredible hosts. With Lois & Claire, you’ll make hats with a milliner in Paris who works with Chanel; attend a cocktail party at Christie’s auction house in Paris; truffle hunt in Tuscany with the most delightful dogs and experience the northern lights in Iceland from your cottage straight out of Dwell magazine. Book your flight and we’ll do the rest. We hope that our passion and love for sharing the experiences we create shines through from the moment you meet us. We wholeheartedly believe that travel is transformative and that our trips bring out the best in the women who come along with us. Our goal is for our travelers to return home more fulfilled, happier and have a greater gratitude for the world we live in.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For us, our success is defined by the feedback we get from our travelers. All of our business is word of mouth so having satisfied and happy travelers who come home and tell others about their travel with us is how we measure our success. We have also been so fortunate to have more than 70% of our ladies be repeat customers. We live for creating experiences for them to cherish!

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