Keen to travel but don’t want to do it on your own, or get stuck on group tour with a bunch of married couples? You’re not alone.
With growing demand for small group tours for solo female travellers leading to a boom in Australian companies offering trips. Women-only tours provide comfort and security, as well as the chance to share experiences and perhaps even make lifelong friends.
Whether you want to party in Las Vegas, trek to Everest Base Camp or partake in cultural experiences like cooking classes, you’re sure to find a trip to suit.
Listen: Lydia Lassila didn’t quite travel solo… she brought a little baby with her.
Women’s Own Adventure.
Marika Martinez founded Women’s Own Adventure nine years ago to offer soft adventure tours for women who want to travel off-the-beaten track with like-minded solo female travellers. Sydney-based Martinez now offers tours to 20 destinations including Tanzania, Sri Lanka and India for groups of two to 12 women, mostly aged in their 50s and 60s.
She regularly adds trips to emerging destinations, with new tours to Mongolia in July and Macedonia and Albania in August. The trips are designed specifically for women, with itineraries featuring authentic activities such as cooking classes and learning arts and crafts with women in local villages.
Lyn Taylor’s Adventures
A former personal trainer and gym instructor, Sydney-based Lyn Taylor started taking clients from the fitness industry on a trek to Nepal in 1993, before starting her company Lyn Taylor’s Adventures. She began specialising in women’s tours in 2006 and has since expanded to include active holidays in around 20 countries, including Tibet, Slovenia, Peru and Vietnam. Guests on the tours, for groups of two to 16, usually range in age from their 40s to their 70s. “I love to see women shine when they achieve something that in the past seemed out of reach to them,” Taylor said.