A significant number of women are travelling with other women and leaving the guys at home. They are travelling to more exotic locations like South America, Asia and India, no longer content with the typical London, Rome and Paris destinations.
There has been a phenomenal increase in women-only travel companies over the past six years and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. This is being driven by all age groups and categories of women. They may be young and single, married, widowed, divorced or seniors. They have one thing in common. They want to travel and aren’t waiting around for partners to take that trip they’ve dreamed of. Women’s trips are increasing in frequency, duration and distance.
There are several reasons for the rise of women’s travel. Women have more discretionary spending power than ever before. Their spouses may no longer wish to travel or they may not be interested in the same destinations. They may no longer have a partner but want to travel and they can’t mesh holiday schedules with a family member or friends. Some women opt to travel alone but the majority want to share the experience. Sometimes a couple of women want to travel together but within a small group. Others will opt to head off alone. The huge rise in small group travel tells us that more and more women are wanting to travel in this way.
Women travellers seek educational and cultural immersion experiences. They are drawn to places of great natural beauty where they can experience authentic local culture, art, history and cuisine. The safety and camaraderie of small group travel is appealing to women travellers.
The first thing women travellers discover after doing a little research is that ‘tours’ have come a long way. Many of us think of busloads of people doing ten cities in ten days when we hear the word. They likely still exist but they sure aren’t the typical organized adventure anymore.
Today’s organized adventures are designed for participation not for passive observation. Most tour operators will rate the level of fitness required to participate on each tour. If you have to get into shape before the tour allow yourself the time to do so. There’s also something for every travel budget.
The beauty of an organized adventure is that all the details are taken care of. You don’t have to spend precious vacation time figuring out how you’re going to get from here to there, where you’ll sleep or where the best places to eat are. If there’s a medical emergency, you’ll get help immediately. You’ll like take more risks and have plenty of opportunity to learn new skills. Most importantly, you’ll have heaps of fun and make new friends.
If you want to check out some of the fabulous, small group adventures out there, a great place to start your research is: http://www.frommers.com/trip-ideas/women/women-travelers-a-compendium-of-trip-planning-resources
We’d love to hear about your small group travel experiences.