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The 8 Best Women-Only Trips to Take in 2022

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A women-only trip has a totally different vibe from regular group trips. Whether you’re looking to make new friends, gain access to female-only spaces, or learn from women leaders, these trips can offer a safe space for women travelers. 

Intrepid Travel: India: Women’s Expedition

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Intrepid

When Intrepid Travel launched women-only tours in 2018, the trips quickly became some of the company’s most popular journeys. After putting the Women’s Expeditions tour range on hiatus during COVID-19, the company has reintroduced the adventures, with a focus on countries that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Each Women’s Expedition trip is guided by local female tour leaders and offers unique opportunities to engage with women at the destination. On Intrepid Travel’s India: Women’s Expedition, guests will ride in female-only carriages on the metro, visit female artisans, and watch a special Kalbeliya dance performed by local women at a desert camp 

Natural Habitat Adventures: Churchill Polar Bear Tours

A collage of images of women taking part in the Natural Habitat Adventures: Churchill Polar Bear Tours
Natural Habitat Adventures

Although they look cute and cuddly, the massive polar bear is not an animal you want to get up close and personal with—unless you’re riding in one of Natural Habitat Adventures’ custom tundra vehicles on their Churchill Polar Bear Tours. These specialized polar rovers feature oversized windows along with see-through steel grate flooring, so you can observe the polar bears even as they are literally underneath you.

Natural Habitat Adventures runs women-only departures for this tour on select dates, which feature a female expedition leader and a women driver. These unique trips will offer an insight into women’s history in the Canadian Arctic, stories of women in Arctic exploration and science, and meetings with the women who run Arctic expeditions. 

Wilderness Scotland: Road Cycling Scotland’s National Parks

A collage of images of women taking part in the Wilderness Scotland: Road Cycling Scotland’s National Parks trip
Wilderness Scotland

Wilderness Scotland’s line of women-only trips were designed to encourage more women to take part in historically-male dominated activities like cycling and kayaking. See the best of Scotland on the Road Cycling Scotland’s National Parks tour, where you’ll journey between some of the most beautiful spots in the country via quiet roads.  

With an itinerary involving riding up to 54 miles per day, the focus on local cuisine at every stop will be a welcomed one. 

Walking Women: Portugal’s Hidden Wilderness

Three images of locations around Portugal included in the Walking Women: Portugal’s Hidden Wilderness
Walking Women

Run by a pair of sisters, Walking Women tour company aims to create hiking adventures that give clients time to connect with nature and themselves. The company ranks their tours on a scale of one (easy) to four (challenging walks of up to 10 hours per day) goats in order to give an idea of what level of physical fitness is required.

Their Portugal’s Hidden Wilderness trip is a “three goat” adventure, with walks through the stunning Peneda-Geres National Park of up to 11 miles per day.

Wild Terrains: Mexico City

A collage of images of women taking part in the Wild Terrains: Mexico City trip
Wild Terrains

Wild Terrains trips not only focus on women travelers, but prioritize women-owned businesses. On their five day journey through Mexico City, groups will sleep in women-owned hotels, dine at  restaurants with female chefs, and connect with local women artists.

Of course, this trip highlights the amazing cuisine Mexico City is known for, with a female-led cooking class, market food crawl (focusing on female vendors), and a tortilla-making demonstration. 

Adventures in Good Company: Exploring the Galapagos Islands

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Adventures in Good Company

Explore the Galapagos Islands from land and sea on Adventures’ in Good Company’s Galapagos tour. On this multisport trip guests will swim, kayak, snorkel, and hike across three different islands.

Founded in 1999, Adventures in Good Company has been running women-only trips for more than 20 years, with a mission to offer “fun, supportive and challenging trips where women of all shapes, sizes and expertise are celebrated.”

Wild Women Expeditions: Marvels of Mongolia

A collage of images of women taking part in Wild Women Expeditions: Marvels of Mongolia trip
Wild Women Expeditions

Wild Women Expeditions is not only female founded and owned, but also employs women in every role in the company, from tour leaders to local guides. 

Experience this empowering environment on their Marvels of Mongolia tour which includes a traditional Mongolian show, nights in a yurt, guided hikes, horse riding and more. 

Road Scholar: Rejuvenation Retreat for Women

Three women meditating outside (top) and a small cottage surrounded by vegetation (bottom)
Road Scholar

In need of a break? Sign up for Road Scholar’s Rejuvenation Retreat for Women at the Land of Medicine Buddha retreat center. This trip offers a total reset with a focus on wellness—including healthy, low-fat vegetarian eats at every meal. Guests will learn massage techniques, aromatherapy, and self-acupressure.

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