Solo travel for women is increasingly rising in popularity. More and more women are stepping out of their comfort zone and heading off on a solo vacation. An estimated 32 million American women travel alone every year, according to the Travel Industry Association. The travel industry is aware of this trend and is working to expand their offerings to meet the demand. Certain companies specialize in trips for solo female travelers and may offer special single discounts and even offer to match you with a suitable roommate.
To help you narrow down endless options and destinations, we’ve identified current travel trends and scoured the internet for companies making travel a pleasure for females going solo.
Offering a wide array of itineraries on every continent, G Adventures caters to the solo female traveler. No matter whether in small groups or exploring on your own, they help you plan an exciting, safe adventure. If desired, they will pair you with a same-sex roommate. Intrepid Travel is another great option, offering world-wide small group trips for solo travelers.
Increasing in popularity, culinary vacations are a great way to experience the authentic culture of a region. Whether wine tasting in Tuscany or learning how to make fresh pasta in Sicily, Best Single Travel offers a variety of small group culinary vacations for solo women. For award-winning secret food tours all over the globe, check out Secret Food Tours.
From Japan to Alaska, the desire for adventure travel is on the rise. With more than 35 years of experience, Adventure Women is a pioneer for adventure travel for female travelers. Offering adventures all over the world and catering especially to women over 30, they craft their travel specifically for women. Explorer Chick and REI Co-Op Adventures are other great options for women-only adventure travel.
For a rejuvenating escape that caters to physical and emotional health as well as relaxation; female travelers are increasingly choosing a wellness vacation. Often these destinations include yoga, nature hikes and spa services that help you truly relax. From luxe wellness resorts in Costa Rica to secluded eco-friendly beaches of Mexico, check out Smarter Travel’s list of 9 Remote Spa Getaways for more inspiration.
Ocean and River Cruises
A growing number of cruise lines are catering to solo travelers. From exploring castles along the Rhine to discovering Budapest to Amsterdam, Uniworld has won awards for their luxury river cruises. For the top ocean cruise lines that actually help solo travelers (rather than make them pay more), check out Cruise Critic’s 7 Best Cruise Lines for Solo Travelers.
Learning, History and National Park Tours
From exploring the medieval castles and Cliffs of Moher in Ireland to adventures in South America, Women Traveling Together offers ready-made trip solutions catering to the needs of solo female travel. With a seasoned travel veteran for every small group trip, their 40+ years of experience gives you a balance between individual and group time.
Gone are the days when traveling solo meant a risky adventure. In today’s travel market, there are plenty of destinations to explore and companies ready to help make your solo travel dreams a reality.
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