Women’s travel groups, like those pioneered by Beth Whitman of WanderTours, Marianne Southall of Women’s Travel Club, and Erja Lipponen of WanderWoman, have created a “sisterhood of travelers,” writes Katherine Rodeghier in her inspiring and informative article on women travel groups, “Sisterhood of travelers develops an independent streak,” that appeared in this weekend’s Chicago Tribune.
Women today are celebrating their independence, spirit, and resourcefulness by hitting the road, if not by themselves, then together.
We first got involved in women’s travel when we kept hearing from women clients that despite having the desire to travel, and the money to pay for it, they hadn’t scheduled a trip because they didn’t have anyone to go with.
“Their husbands are busy, or their friends are not interested or (don’t) have the money to travel,” said Marianne Southall, a founder of the Women’s Travel Club, quoted in the Chicago Tribune article.
And that didn’t sit well with us. Our whole philosophy is helping clients – both men and women – make good financial choices so they can live a rich, satisfying and stress-free life.
To encourage a little wanderlust, we’ve hosted periodic get-togethers in our office, some inviting local travel experts, to inspire clients to get out there and explore the world, whether solo, or in family, coed or women-only groups.
It’s no surprise that the number of women-only tour companies has tripled over the last six years. Now, women “own the idea that this is my money and I’m going to spend it how I want to spend it,” said Debra C. Asberry, president of Women Traveling Together.
Women have “had their careers, they’ve had their families. They are ready to travel. It’s a generational trend,” explains Emilie Cortes, president of Call of the Wild, interviewed by Rodeghier.
Cortes says 75 percent of women joining tours offered by her group are traveling by themselves.
Friends and clients know that I love to travel, and I’ve gone on my own, with family and friends, as well as with co-ed and women’s groups. Over the last few years, I’ve squeezed in trips to France’s Provence and Dordogne, Thailand and Cambodia with kids, a culinary trip to New Orleans, a gorgeous spring week in Malta, and I’m gearing up for fall in Crete, Mykonos and Santorini. How can a working woman get it all done? Have laptop, will travel!
Does this inspire you to hit the road? If so, happy travels! Here are some examples of women’s-only trips in 2016, pulled together by Katherine Rodeghier and our office.
Adventure Women — Cuba: A People-to-People Cultural Experience, price to be determined. http://www.adventurewomen.com
Call of the Wild — Yosemite Valley Hiking, $635; Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater , $2,295. http://www.callwild.com
The Women’s Travel Group — Colors of South India, from $3,895. http://www.thewomenstravelgroup.com
WanderTours —Bhutan Cultural and Yoga Tour, $5,300; Vietnam and Cambodia, $3,920. http://www.wandertours.com/types/women-only
Women’s Travel Club — Morocco Beauty Tour, from $2,103; Bali Eat, Pray, Love Tour, from $2,241. http://www.womens-travel-club.com
Women Traveling Together — Santa Fe and Taos $1,856; England’s Castles and Gardens, price to be determined. http://www.women-traveling.com
WanderWoman— Easter in Crete, Greece, price to be determined; Women’s Vitality Retreat in Maine, $1,499. http://wanderwoman.com/