Contrary to popular belief, the average adventure traveler is a 47-year-old woman.
In fact, The Travel Industry Association of America reports that 20- to 70-year-old women make up three-quarters of those embarking on nature, adventure and cultural journeys. And, according to a 2014 Booking.com study, 72 percent of American women are interested in solo travel and those who pursue it are doing so more adventurously. It makes sense, then, that adventure travel brands are witnessing a serious surge in female clientele.
By now you understand PTO and the wealth of benefits that come with taking time to travel — but where do you start when it comes to planning that time off? If solo travel sounds enticing but you’re not entirely sold on traveling without a partner, consider the following adventure travel companies that offer intimate tours designed for groups of likeminded women. Travel solo, but not alone.
1. REI Adventures: The number of women traveling with REI Adventures has grown 60 percent since 2010 — last year, women made up 58 percent of their guests. And, in 2017, the recreational equipment and apparel company launched a new line of women’s programs because of the year-over-year increase in female participation. REI Adventures introduced 19 “Women’s Adventures,” ranging from safari tours in South Africa to hiking treks through New Zealand’s Southern Alps and up Machu Picchu, to kayaking expeditions around the islands of Greece to cycling journeys around Canada’s Whistler Mountain. Each package is ranked from one to five on activity level, from relaxed to strenuous, and range from about $750 to about $8,500 in price dependent upon location and their itineraries.