This article was updated on August 8, 2020. 

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 advisors 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 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 three great getaways, no boys allowed.

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Solo travel through Petra is full of archaeological wonder.

Intrepid Travel’s Female-Only Expeditions
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.

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The sun sets over Lookout Rock at the Resort at Paws Up.

The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
Like an all-female traveler reboot of City Slickers, Montana’s premier luxury resort hosts annual Cowgirl Roundups 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. Contact your travel advisor for future dates and details. 

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At Grand Velas Los Cabos, adventure is around every corner.

Grand Velas Los Cabos, Mexico
Bring up to three girlfriends on Grand Velas Los Cabos’ Alpha Female Adventure Getaway – or fly solo. The six-day 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. Contact your travel advisor for details. – Erika Hueneke

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