Why is Women-Only Travel So Popular?

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Women travel the world

After decades of being stuck in kitchens and confined to dreary office cubicles, it's no surprise that women travel more than any other group of people. How else can they keep their sanity? Shopping? Even that gets old, and the "feeling" only lasts an hour or two at best.

Women of all kinds -- tall, short, young, old, married, divorced, widowed, and single -- are leaving dirty dishes in the sink and saying "Adios" to cranky coworkers. These travelers want to see the world, try new things, and live a more exciting life -- if only for a week.

Women's travel has really taken off since the early 1990s and continues to grow as stressed-out women everywhere scream, "I'm sick and tired of this and I'm not going to take it anymore" (Well, at least not for 7 to fourteen days!) There are all kinds of women-only travel options to choose from that might help revive your spirit: horseback riding on the open range; sky walking in Costa Rica; meditation camp at an Ashram; or even cooking in France or Italy. True, some people just can't cut the kitchen chord, sigh... But at least the kitchen is staffed with French chefs!

Why take a women-only vacation?

For one thing, it's a great way to get your groove back, especially if you didn't know it was missing. Getting away from the everyday, be it a bitchy boss, hyper-active children, a needy husband, or the same four beige walls (you've been meaning to paint, but who has the time?), can help put the wiggle back in your walk.

A women-only trip can also provide a much needed change of scenery, a venue to meet (and make) new friends, some time to reconnect with yourself, and opportunities to learn new skills. And no, "women-only travel" is not secret code for "lesbian outing." It's a not-so-secret code for "women only", and all women are welcome.

Why without the men?

What's wrong with men? Nothing in general -- men can be great! However, when it comes to vacations, especially those that take place in the great outdoors, men tend to dominate the fun stuff. When traveling together, women and men tend to behave in a predictable manner. Men do the physical stuff, like playing games and building fires, and women cook and chit chat. When the men stay home, women are more apt to challenge themselves both mentally and physically.

Many women, especially those that grew up before women's sports became popular, feel less intimidated trying new things (think kayaking, snorkeling, or rock climbing) with other women. They acquire new skills and gain confidence in a nurturing, rather than competitive, environment. That doesn't mean the ladies can't be competitive. Everyone likes to be a winner sometimes, just not in burping contests.

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Sailing in the BVI. Photo by Yacht Promenade.
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Top of the canyon. Photo by Adventurous Wench

Women-only travel tours

Women's travel tours also offer security and companionship. Of course you still want to pay attention to women's travel safety tips, but it's a whole lot safer with a group than going on your own. And it's usually more fun, too! If you're a novice traveler, or you want to travel but your friends don't have the same schedule, agenda or cash reserves, a women-only trip solves those problems by providing a safe environment, knowledgeable tour guides, and ready-made camaraderie. As any woman will tell you, women can enjoy the company of other women whether they've known them for 24 years or 24 hours. Plus, the tour company makes all the arrangements and you only need to show up, ready and willing for your big adventure. What can be easier than that?

Finally, women's travel is good for what ails you, be it over-scheduled days, sleepless nights, your thighs, or life in general. Travel inspires and excites all the senses, and makes you feel alive. It provides time for self-reflection, self-discovery and self-expression. When you travel you not only discover new places, you discover a new you -- a more complete you, renewed, rejuvenated, wiser and more worldly.

Think you'll feel guilty taking a little time for yourself? Don't give it a second thought, as the men will be sure to lay it on thick when you return. And that could have you thinking about your next women-only trip sooner than you planned!


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Great follow-up to your "Cool Trips for Women", happy! I'm sure the reasons you mention for women being travelers nowadays are perfectly spot on, I think there is another reason, though: There are quite a few professional, single, childless women out there now, with the financial means to simply treat themselves :-)


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happyexplorer 7 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Elena - Thanks for stopping by! You're absolutely right -- there are a lot of single women out there now, and some of them see travel as an important part of their lives. (And can afford to do something about that!) In fact, recently the number of single adult women in the US passed the number of married adult women, for the first time ever. That's a lot of single women! (-:


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Minilady 7 years ago

I've always travelled with my husband and children and have wanted to do a women only vacation for a long time. Now with the younger one off to college next term and encouraging hubs like this I think I'll finaly do it!


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happyexplorer 7 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi minilady - Traveling with your husband and kids is great too. It's just a totally different type of experience. If YOU want to be the one who's taking it easy & taken care of (for a change, after all those years of taking care of the family??), then it could be that a women's trip is in your future. (-:


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BetsyIckes 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

After almost 30 years of marriage, my daughter and I took a vacation together. It was wonderful! Great Hub!


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Each variety of travel companionship has its advantages and the focus of trips can vary with each. We've chosen to do different things (for instance) when traveling with my husband verses traveling with my mother and niece. Leaving it all up to other planners and simply showing up and enjoying new companionship could be a lot of fun.


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happyexplorer 7 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Betsyickes - Isn't it fun doing a mother-daughter trip? I've done a few of those with my mom, and it was terrific. (-:


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

I want to plan a trip with my daughter, granddaughter and another grandma, for our all women travel experience. I doubt the men will agree. But i do have women friends who enjoy this, and they golf around the world. I enjoyed this hub very much.


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happyexplorer 6 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

IslandVoice - That sounds like a great idea! The multi-generational women's trip you're planning is bound to be a very special and memorable experience. Have fun!


Beatrice 5 years ago

It's nice to spend time without worrying and taking care of kids and husbands once in a while - plus a handful of other giggly and witty women... it's a sure promise of fun!


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Hi Beatrice,

I'm glad you agreed. And yes, it sure is fun spending time and traveling with girl/women friends! Thank you for dropping by.


Julie Paterson 5 years ago

...One more good thing about women-only travel - no blokes to compete WITH and no blokes to compete FOR. You can just be yourself! I love women let go and bloom on a women-only trip. Travel in general gives you the freedom to truly be yourself...leave all your roles at home, find the real YOU again!


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere Author

Well said Julie! I appreciate the comment and thank you for dropping by.

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