The future of travel is female. That’s the word from experts, who say that women-only ventures are skyrocketing. These ﬁve getaways offer exploration, relaxation, and a strong sense of community.
"Meet your new best friend on one of these vacations."
Women are hitting the road, skis, and seas more than ever, but we’re also increasingly looking to vacation with other females. “The number of women travelling with us increased about 65 per cent from 2010 to 2016, and bookings for women-only trips are up 160 per cent in 2019,” says Megan Behrbaum, manager of Experiences Strategic Communications at REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.).
At the heart of the appeal is the bonding experience the getaways provide. “There’s a unique vibe,” Megan says. “The environment becomes more about community; there’s no sense of competition or conﬂict.” The result? A more restorative, rejuvenating trip – and a chance to walk away with some new friends.
Many outﬁtters are offering trips to cater to the growing demand. These ﬁve girl getaways run the gamut from thrilling outdoor adventures to immersive cultural experiences.
These three-day retreats are set in breathtaking spots like Lake Tahoe or the White Mountains, and you can customise the experience. Camp, glamp, or stay in a lodge, and opt for outdoor classes, guided adventures (like rock climbing), or creative workshops. Half the women come solo, so it’s a great place to meet new friends. (Retreats start at US$899 for three days, not including lodging, www.outessa.com.)
WILD WOMEN EXPEDITIONS
The activity outﬁtter has been taking women across the globe for nearly three decades. Pick a trip by destination (Greece, New Zealand, Argentina, Arizona) or activity (horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, yoga). WWE works hard to create an inclusive, conﬁdence-boosting experience for all travellers. The Italian biking-and hiking adventure includes wine tastings, cooking classes, and gelato sampling between the beautiful rides and walks. (Trips start at US$1,495 for ﬁve days, www.wildwomenexpeditions.com.)
BIG SKY YOGA RETREATS
Try the Culinary Cowgirl Yoga getaway in California, where you’ll practise downward dog with nine other women on a 65 ha working organic farm and sit in on private food and wine tastings. Or sign up for yoga and meditative catch-and-release ﬂy-ﬁshing in Montana. At all the retreats, you’ll stay in luxe accommodations, eat delicious food, and enjoy ﬁne wine. (Trips start at US$2,195 for four days, www.bigskyyogaretreats.com.)
This company recently created expeditions to help female travellers get a more authentic experience in conservative countries like Morocco, Iran, and Jordan, offering experiences that would not be possible in a mixed-gender group. On the Women’s Expedition in Morocco, for instance, you’ll visit a traditional hammam bath and dine in residents’ homes. In Jordan, you’ll pick up cooking tips and spend time with a female shepherd. (Trips from US$1,035 for eight days, www.intrepidtravel.com.)
This tour operator’s getaways combine professional-growth opportunities with all the ﬁxings of a dream vacation. Take its Islands & Identity trip to Hawaii, where you’ll get workshops with a life coach to start taking proactive steps towards your dreams – in between surf lessons, shaved-ice treats, and R&R sessions on the beach. (Trips start at US$1,850 for three days, www.damesly.com.)
ADVENTURE YOUR WAY
Top left: Pick up cooking tips from locals on an Intrepid Travel tour. Top right: Damesly hosts trips to the canyons in Arizona. Right: Big Sky offers horseback trail riding on its Culinary Cowgirl Yoga retreat.
“These trips have a unique vibe. Women get to really connect with one another.”
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