By Erika Hueneke
These itineraries empower and unite women worldwide.
It’s no secret that women traveling alone is on-the-rise. According to research from online-booking software provider TrekkSoft, the search term “solo female travel” grew by 52 percent between 2016 and 2017, while a majority of travel agents noted more women take solo trips than men, according to a poll conducted by Travel Guard.
“Women aren’t waiting until the kids are grown – they’re working and need that time away,” says Judi Glass, a Virtuoso travel advisor. Solo trips allow the female traveler to pursue her own interests without worrying about anyone else. And the right getaway can literally be life-changing, Glass says: “Exercise, nutritional eating, and meeting and connecting with new people – women just do not have time for these things in their busy daily lives.”
Convinced you’re ready to strike out on your own? Read on for four great getaways, no boys allowed.
In 2018, Intrepid Travel launched a new collection of female-only expeditions, with destinations ranging from Kenya to Nepal. To tour a UNESCO World Heritage site, see Greco-Roman ruins, and peek inside the real everyday lives of Arabic women, book the Jordan Women’s Expedition, which stops in Amman, Wadi Rum, and Petra. In addition to bucket-list experiences such as floating in the Dead Sea and touring the ancient Rose City, the itinerary also includes opportunities to learn the art of henna from traditional Bedouin ladies, laze on a women-only beach, and milk goats with a local female shepherd. Departures throughout 2020.
The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
Like an all-female traveler reboot of City Slickers, Montana’s premier luxury resort is once again hosting its Cowgirl Spring Roundup for female cowpokes, drovers, and buckaroos. For four days, ladies forge friendships and refine horsewomanship during trail rides, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops led by iconic Cowgirl Hall of Famers. Gourmet cuisine, nightly campfires and log-cabin luxury round out the experience. April 23–26, 2020.
Grand Velas Los Cabos, Mexico
Bring up to three girlfriends on Grand Velas Los Cabos’ Alpha Female Adventure Getaway – or fly solo. The five-night package is designed with high-achievers in mind: Participants hike through the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, soak in a hot spring, bike along the beach, and snorkel and paddle board during a private three-hour yachting excursion. After all the exertion, settle in for an 80-minute four-hands massage incorporating Mexican tequila, also included. Working hard and playing hard never felt better.
ME to WE
Girls and women ages 15 to 20 years old have the chance to expand their worldview on ME to WE’s India Women’s Empowerment Trip, which offers meaningful connections, hyper-immersion and volunteer opportunities. Spend time in a mother- and child-care center, get to know a local female leader, help out at a women’s goat-breeding coop, cook a traditional meal, and hear about gender inequality from high-school students. The goal is to change lives – but don’t be surprised if it’s you who’s transformed. August 10-26, 2020.