Travel agencies across the globe are offering specialised group tours for women travellers. Byond Travel, Women On Wanderlust (WOW) Club, Gutsy Women Travel, etc are some of the few that cater to the women-only groups. There are many reasons for their increasing popularity:
When you travel in a group, the accommodation is usually on twin-sharing basis which is a lot cheaper than single occupancy. Also, the agents can avail of heavy discounts on air fares because it is a group booking, and this advantage is passed on to the tourist. Also, most hotels offer discounted rates for agencies that give them regular business. You can therefore get better hotel accommodation at affordable rates.
Relax! You don’t need to spend a lot of time on Google searching for the best cheapest air fares and rooms. The tour operators are constantly looking for competitive prices in travel and hotel accommodation. They organise the travel from your city to the holiday destination, airport pick-ups and drops, accommodation, local sightseeing, and ensure that you have fun. The guide knows which restaurants serve the best local cuisine at the cheapest rates. Also, you are not at a loss because you don’t know the language.
Let’s say you are on a 10-day vacation with a group of women, going around Europe. During the course of that time you get to meet many other women. You will make new friends and share memorable experiences. The number of selfies you have clicked will show you how many new friends you have made.
This is one of the biggest advantages of group tours for women. There is definitely safety in numbers. When you are a group of 50 or more women with a tour guide, there is no worry that you might miss a connecting. Also, they know which parts of a city are safe for tourist and which are not.
Tour operators will tell you a short history of the place; which you would have been compelled to research on your own as a solo traveller. The guide has already visited the cities and attractions many times with other groups and can give you a lot of inside information about the place. There are some places that have unusual operating hours but the guide will make sure that you don’t miss any sightseeing.
Of course you want to shop for souvenirs! Besides the pictures you have clicked during your holiday, you also want to bring back a memento, a speciality of the place. When you are a solo traveller, you are at a disadvantage. The package tour guide knows all the bargain shops and best prices available. You can bring back small items like coasters, pen stands, key chains, satchels, scarves, stoles, etc that typical of that region.
When you travel alone, it doesn’t mean that you do not gain knowledge or experience. But with group tours for women you not only learn about the holiday destination, you also learn something about the women of different cities and ethnicity. You gain knowledge of their way of life. The trip becomes a learning process and you have a lot of fun too.