Girls — as in grandmothers, mothers, daughters, aunts and nieces — just want to have fun and explore together. That, according to multiple research reports that indicate an increasing number of women are seeking new adventures at home and abroad. Here are five to consider:
1. Intrepid Travel
This global adventure travel company has recently launched a series of women-only expeditions in Morocco, Iran and Jordan, encouraging female empowerment and showcasing the traditions and routines of local women in each destination. The itineraries, guided by female tour leaders, are designed to break the barriers of traditional tourism in these locations, offering a deeper understanding of female culture in each of the three Middle Eastern nations. For example, travelers will have the option to visit a traditional hammam with local women in Morocco, spend time with a female shepherd in Jordan and experience the nomadic life of rural people in Iran.
2. Country Walkers
As boomers check destinations and experiences off bucket lists, they are often eager to include other family members in their adventures. This, in part, has contributed to the significant rise in multigenerational travel. At active travel companies such as Country Walkers, more women are joining their well-curated trips, often in the company of sisters, daughters and nieces. Immersive guided and self-guided walking and hiking adventures are possible in destinations from Iceland and Ireland to Zambia and New Zealand. The Travel Together program means a helpful consultant will coordinate the various needs, interests and requirements of family members. You’ll also garner savings when six or more join a guided walking adventure.
3. Exodus Travels
In response to a significant increase in women booking their trips as well as requests for more cycling, walking, trekking and responsible wildlife tours, the 40-year-old company has added itineraries they believe will help women of all ages and interests to push their own personal boundaries. Consider trips to China, Myanmar, Iran, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and beyond. The departures, which will include four to 16 travelers, will be led by local female guides, creating more career opportunities for women across the globe.
4. Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague, Maine
For those family members eager to reconnect or celebrate a special life event, a getaway to this island inn might fit the bill. It will be easy to unplug and focus on good conversation around a beach bonfire or while sipping a glass of wine aboard a classic schooner as your group sets sail in Casco Bay. Dine on fresh seafood and local ingredients harvested from the island farm or the garden behind the inn. Take in a yoga class on the lawn, ride bikes to the General Store for lunch or set out on island trails for a breath of fresh air.
5. Cowgirls Convene
Recent research revealed that when planning a trip, adventure outweighed luxury by 20 percent among the women surveyed. So why not dust off your boots, channel your inner cowgirl, and gather the gals for a ranch-style getaway. From horseback riding and hiking to fly fishing and cattle rustling, a trip into wide open spaces is sure to inspire the wild hearts in your group. Savor a cocktail on the porch, dine family style, and then share stories around the campfire. If rustic isn’t right up your alley, there are plenty of ranch destinations where gourmet meals, yoga and spa treatments, as well as luxury accommodations are on the menu.