Some interesting statistics provided by Marybeth Bond, author of Gutsy Women travel books:
The average adventure traveler is a 47-year-old female
Last year, women spent $55 billion in active wear gear
Women-only tour operators has increased 230% in the past six years!
As women are setting out on their own more often, more travel agencies and companies are specializing in women-only trips. There are so many resources that it is difficult to narrow it down to just a few, but these are good starting places:
To find specialty travel, check out www.infohub.com. Enter “women-only trips” in the search box and all kinds of trips will appear. Or you can click on “trip ideas” and a list of states and countries pop up. Click on the state or country you’re interested in to get lots of useful information. Additionally, travel tips, deals, and articles are listed.
The best advice is to carefully consider what kind of travel you’re interested in. Is it active? Is it learning? Is it spiritual discovery? Do you want to travel domestically only or to the fartherest corners of the world? Do you like short getaways or lengthy vacations? You want to make sure you have the right experience.
Next, think about how much money you can or want to spend. Obviously, there is no point in considering trips that are out of your budget. Do you want a roommate and possibly a new friend or would you feel more comfortable paying a single supplement to have your own room? Some companies do not allow this because they are encouraging bonding on their trips through their “guaranteed share program.”
Check out all possible resources. Read message boards. Subscribe to e-newsletters. Make a list of questions to ask. Find out what to expect. What is the age range of travelers? There are companies that specialize in over 50 travel or under 30. Be sure you know what to pack. You may need special clothing/gear for certain active trips or there may be outings that require formal clothes.
Have a positive attitude. Be ready to meet new people and enjoy new experiences! Jump right in by introducing yourself and becoming part of the group. The great thing about women and fellow travelers is that they are outgoing. I have met two of my best friends during trips where I was on my own—but not for long! Women usually bond fast when shopping, dining, exploring, and battling Class III rapids!
*This information is compiled from The Encyclopedia of Cheap Travel by author Terrance Zepke (available on www.amazon.com) Another good resource is www.tripadvisor.com To find clothing and gear that is stylish and packs well, check out www.utbanoutfitters.com