With an increasing number of women traveling alone or with their female friends, Ladies-only holidays are taking off at a rate never seen before.
In the last 12 months, 46% of women have holidayed alone, according to the latest survey by lastminute.com.au and there’s a 53% rise in room nights booked by single female occupants, reports the Small Luxury Hotels group.
The director of Cherry Picked Travel, a boutique agency, Bridget McDonald said that they have seen, for the past few years that women-only travel is an emerging trend.
She said that women are getting more confident about travelling in groups and alone, and many women prefer travelling with other women. By travelling with other females, rather than catering to the differing tastes of men, females are allowed to see and do things that suit them.
Some of the activities women like include dining out, shopping, cocktail hours, massages, yoga and cooking classes, said Ms McDonald.
Goldman Travel Corporation’s joint managing director, David Goldman, said that often in Europe, women like travelling as mother/daughter or taking up cooking classes, and relaxing at resort areas in Mt Fiji and Thailand. He said women also like going to retreats in Australia like Gwinganna (Gold Coast hinterland), Golden Door (Hunter Valley and Gold Coast hinterland) and Gaia (Byron Bay).
Flight Centre offshoot Travel Associates’ consultant, Catherine Baker, specializes in women-only travel, and she said that many women are also taking the adventure trail.
She said that these days, women-only travel is popular and involves everything from going to Africa, hiking and walking in Nepal, lovely holidays in Europe to do culinary tours and one-day walks and going on the Inca Trail.
She added that sometimes it is a travel including multi-generations, like daughters and mothers going for trips together, or sometimes 3-generations that will travel to do something really amazing and spend some quality time together.
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