Women’s Day special: Planning vacations exclusively for women| Last Updated: March 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM
Why should only boys have all the fun? If you think the complaint is shared by other women, then you couldn’t be more wrong. Girls, like boys, are increasingly travelling with their buddies, going on treks in the Himalayas, skydiving and bungee jumping; frankly, everything that men do on holidays.
The concept of women-only travel is fast catching on. Women now believe in taking time out and pampering themselves too. The financial independence that many women enjoy today has played a crucial part in empowering them to exercise their free will.
Why women’s only group? Well the answer is simple. It allows women to be their true self while giving them the feeling of security in numbers. While travelling in an all girls group, women are saved from prying eyes and inappropriate company. Opting for a tour operator, saves them the hassles of travel planning.
New Business Model: The demand for women’s only travel has encouraged several women entrepreneurs to cash in on this trend. With the number of women having high disposable incomes increasing exponentially, the demand for women’s only tours have also increased. So much so that existing tour operators have also jumped into the bandwagon in addition to the niche tour operators.
This Women’s Day, Travel.india.com lists four tour operators who cater exclusively for females.
Femmes en Voyage (FEV) aspires to help women to tour on their own with safety, fun and freedom. Based out of Namma Bengaluru, FEV wants women too to have fun like men “hunting, fishing and golfing with their buddies”. Began in 2007, Femmes En Voyage – French for Women on Travel – targets women travellers over 20.
WOW is not a travel company or agency, it is an exclusive travel club for women. It organizes all-women trips the world over and is preferred by women who want to travel, but do not like the idea of traveling alone.
Started by Sumitra Senapaty, who has an addiction for getting off the beaten path. Sumitra has travelled almost all over the globe. Her desire to share her treasure of travel experiences led her to start the WWO Club, Women on Wanderlust. If the testimonials on the website are anything to go by, then Wow is certainly leaving the women wowed. “WOW is astute thinking – a boon for the ladies… “, writes one WOW club member.
Exclusively for women, Women on Clouds offers travel solutions and holiday experiences for women travelers who are traveling alone. Focus is on each client’s personal preferences and safety. Women on Clouds organizes river valley tours, trips to Ladakh and even activity holidays centred around yoga and relaxation.
It encourages women to travel irrespective of the reason and even if you don’t have a reason. As singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles said, Hit the Road Jack or in this case Jane.
It is for “women who wish to travel with their mothers, sisters, girl friends and /or in the company of other women instead of traveling alone”. GOTG tours allow you to live out your fantasies. The USP of GOTG tours is to bring out the adventurous in you.
First Published: March 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM