I love my girlfriends and my sisters just as much as anyone. They’re beautiful, smart and funny women and I love spending time with them. Despite this, I have always shied away from the thought of a girls’ only trip. They conjure of visions of healing sessions with crystals and in-depth discussions of ovaries and fallopian tubes over a campfire while sipping chamomile tea. At some point, someone will cry. It’s a given with my lady group.
Despite my wariness, I’ve been discovering more and more about travel companies and tour operators that specialize in trips and adventures for women, by women. Many of these trips offer once in a lifetime experiences in a safe, comfortable, female-only environment. Destinations and activities vary widely, from rustic camping trips to luxury spa getaways. Whether you’re traveling with your group of girls, or thinking about joining a group of other female solo travelers, there is a trip that is bound to appeal to everyone. Here’s are some of the trips that are most popular in this genre of travel.
A trip to Africa for wildlife viewing is on the bucket lists of most travelers, male and female. However, ladies only African safari trips are becoming more and more popular, and more widely available. Tanzania and Kenya are the usual destinations, and either country is perfect for the safari journey of a lifetime. Accommodations vary from simple huts or homestays to luxury tents complete with a classically trained chef to prepare the meals. Aside from the typical Jeep transportation, other options for transport exist, such as wildlife viewing from the air in a hot air balloon or helicopter. However you choose to see the creatures, this type of trip is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
While certainly not for everyone, a girl-group hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a great option for active women. Typically starting with tours in and around Cusco to allow for acclimation to the high altitude, these hikes are long and strenuous. However, local Inca guides and homestays with Incan families make these types of trips a very authentic archaeological and cultural experience. Since these trips are often five days or longer in duration they require a significant commitment, but the reward is a wonderful and moving experience to share with the ladies you love.
Captain Your Own Ship
Sailing schools are located all over the world, from the Greek Isles in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea to the lush, tropical Caribbean Sea and everywhere in between, and many of these schools are actively catering to groups of women. Experienced, and often female, skippers are eager to share their knowledge with would-be sailors, and provide an amazing vacation at the same time. Snorkelling, SCUBA diving, and island hopping are the added bonuses to this type of journey, as well. Plus, after you and your friends have completed the sailing course, you’re able to charter boats on your own, which will undoubtedly lead to more great sailing adventures.
No matter your taste, women only adventures have definitely made their mark on the travel market. Why not plan your next adventure around you and the amazing women in your life? Memories will be made, laughter will be had, and you’ll likely be planning your next trip before you’re even done with the first.