A question that we are often asked is what are the benefits of travelling as part of a small group that is focused on women only travellers? Possibly the number one reason is that women enjoy the camaraderie of an all-female group trip. But there are actually lots more reasons and we will cover just a few in this blog post…..
Travel is one of the most pleasurable, exciting, memorable things you can do in your life. It is a rich, rewarding, expansive way to spend your time. But if you don’t think it’s an accomplishment, think again. Look at what you went through to get there; organising your time and finances in order to travel, planning and researching, juggling finances, booking your trip, packing and departing. All of this and you haven’t even left the house yet! For some of our solo female travellers this will be the first trip they have booked themselves – so it is a huge personal accomplishment and one that provides them with the chance to see that solo travel within a small group is not as scary as they thought.
Personal Safety and Security
Not everyone is happy to pack their suitcase and disappear on the next one-way flight available at the airport. For some of our female travellers they enjoy the safety and security of being able to relax as part of a small group without feeling like they need to look over their shoulder. It can make walking home after a leisurely dinner with the group more enjoyable or the ease to buddy up with a fellow traveller to enjoy leisure time outside of the program itinerary.
Meeting Like-Minded Gal Pals
Maybe it will be a hobby or past time that you are into like photography, tennis or hiking that will cement a bond with a new friend. Or perhaps it is vocation being a corporate Lawyer, emergency room Nurse or retail store owner. It could even be something that you didn’t see on the horizon like you both grew up in the same small town or you both have five sons. Any which way, there is bound to be new female friends to be made and you never know you may just go travelling with them again in the future. We often hear about friendships that started out as being part of a small group tour and end up being so much more.
Bring Your Group Together
Whether you have a social group, a workplace or business group, sporting group or even a group of family members that would like to travel together what better way to bond or celebrate than organising a girls-only adventure. Make new memories, reminisce about old ones, see new sights, try new food and take some time to R&R together as a group.
At Crooked Compass we have two fantastic women only tours: Remarkable Rwanda and Exclusive Nepal. Or alternatively if you have a small group that would like to travel together then please get in contact with us and we can turn any destination into an experience of a lifetime for you and your group. If you would like moe information then we would love to hear from you, contact us today.
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This category of tours involves light trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or kayaking for a few hours each day with a small amount of inclines and declines. You will require a reasonable level of fitness and good health to participate. It is important to note that due to the nature of some of our trips, they may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and can involve long travelling days on various modes of transport.
Suggested preparation : At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake aerobic exercise (this may include jogging, cycling or fast walking) for 30 minutes, three times a week. It is also advised to walk on variable terrain and in variable weather conditions. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week is recommended and for adventures which involve paddling and kayaking, it is important to gain confidence and rhythm rather than speed prior to departure.
This category of tours involve trekking, kayaking and cycling for period of 6 to 8 hours a day at a fairly consistent pace. Ideal for people looking to slightly increase the heart rate. For our moderately rated tours, you must have a good level of fitness and also be in good health. It is also important to be prepared for variable weather conditions. Altitude may also come into play. This category of tours may involve visiting remote areas where facilities can be quite basic. Accommodation may also involve camping, homestays or basic accommodation where facilities may not be considered of western standards. To enjoy this style of travel, it is suggested for travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness and health, a positive attitude, as well as a fairly active lifestyle. An open mind is also required.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake 45mins – 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week. Some potential exercises that could be beneficial include hill walking with a backpack on over variable terrain and weather conditions, as well as running and cycling dependent on the activity you plan on undertaking.
This category of tours involves trekking, kayaking, cycling or other adventure activities in remote areas for up to 8 to 10 hours a day. It is important to note that with the remoteness of some regions comes a variety of other challenges such as variable weather conditions, accommodation as well as facilities. You must have an excellent level of fitness and good health to be able to partake in this category of tour. You must have confidence in your own ability and be in good physical condition. Includes extended periods of endurance.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 to 4 months of strenuous exercise, four times a week. When preparing for treks it would be beneficial to participate in hill walks with a weighted day pack (approximately 5-8 kg) once a week for aerobic fitness and strengthening of leg muscles. It is also important to do this on variable terrain to prepare for challenging adventures. When preparing for cycling adventures, regular bike riding (at least 4 to 5 times a week for 1-4 hours is essential). It is also important to cycle on uneven surfaces or even participate in other aerobic exercises such as running or swimming to build up strength and stamina. Altitude may also be a factor in these tours.
This category of tour often involves extreme trekking, cycling or other extreme adventure activities. It is important to expect remote and poorly defined tracks and to be prepared for variable weather conditions for 10 to 12 hours per day (may sometimes be more depending on weather and altitude). These adventures are suitable for travellers who have prior experience in strenuous travel and activities, are extremely fit and have excellent health. It is also important to note that some of the terrain on these adventures will involve trekking in snow, at high attitude levels and may require technical equipment.
Suggested preparation: It is important to note that physical fitness should be an ongoing activity, commencing around 5-6 months prior to departure, or even before if you have no prior fitness. Exercise should focus on building maximum endurance and stamina. Four to five hard sessions of 40-60 mins per week should be completed and can include exercises such as going to the gym, running, swimming or cycling to focus on building aerobic stamina. It could also be beneficial to prepare by hiking on rough terrain, in extreme weather conditions or partake in altitude training.