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About Us

Woman's Odyssey is a travel company exclusively for women. With over 50 years of travel experience combined, partners Jeff Pychel and Hanya Vujcuf are committed to helping woman create unforgettable travel memories to last a lifetime.

Jeff Pychel

President and Founder

Jeff PychelMy affection for travel began early during a rail journey across Canada at age 12.

Being from Niagara Falls played a major part in my love for travel, as did working at local attractions as a teenager. Meeting and interacting with visitors from around the world certainly made me dream about traveling to faraway places one day. After high-school, I continued to work in hospitality, holding various positions in the hotel, restaurant and cruise industries.

It wasn't until May 2008 that I decided to pursue a career in travel and obtained my TICO (The Travel Industry Council of Ontario) certification and began to work as a travel consultant and tour coordinator. I focused mainly on women's travel, developing and leading small group programs to Asia, Europe and Africa for a small tour company called Canadian Woman Traveller.

A childhood dream of traveling to the Arctic would became a reality in 2010, while working with Cruise North Expeditions. That summer I traveled extensively throughout the Canadian Arctic and Greenland, with a major highlight being the historic voyage through the fabled "Northwest Passage".  That was followed up with my first African safari tour to Tanzania in February 2013 and a polar expedition to Antarctica in March 2015. Both experiences would forever change my life and path in travel.

In January 2016 a new chapter began when I introduced Woman's Odyssey, my concept for women's travel to Hanya Vujcuf, owner and founder of Design Travel Ltd.

Hanya Vujcuf

VP and Managing Director

Hanya VujcufMy love for travel started in 1958 during a family vacation to Australia.

After travel school in the late 70’s, my first job was with Majestic Travel & Tours organizing tailor-made travel for corporate executives. Destinations included the Middle East, Europe and Scandinavia. I also arranged fishing and ski packages to Canada, USA, Europe, Chile and Argentina.

In 1980 with a business partner, I decided to open a Travel & Wholesale company called Avalon Travel & Savoy Tours. We marketed tailor-made packages to Latin America and Cuba throughout North America. I also introduced diving to the Galapagos Islands.

In 1983 I opened my own agency Design Travel and continued to offer packages to the Middle East, Scandinavia, Latin America and Cuba. I would also book worldwide diving packages, corporate travel and arrange worldwide conferences and incentives.

A few years later I opened up an agency in both Panama and Cuba (for 25 years) specializing in customized cultural, historical, eco-friendly, sports and adventure vacation packages.

Over the years I have been recognized and referred to as the “Latina Specialist", "International Dive Expert" and the “Cuba Queen”.

In December 2015 when contemplating retirement, Jeff Pychel approached me with his concept for women's travel. Offering travel options exclusively for women intrigued me enough to halt my retirement plans and continue in the industry that I love so much.