With 32 million trips taken last year, U.S. women — young, old, single, married, divorced, widowed, mothers, daughters and sisters — have become a driving force in the travel industry. Estimates are that women will spend some $125 billion on travel in the next year. Read more
March 2010 Dianne is no longer offering this service, but is offering some great personalised tours in India. find out more
New Zealander Dianne Sharma-Winter is a poet, a peregrine (pilgrim), and a practitioner of the healing arts. She was a late starter as a traveller, but it is now in her blood, and one of her passions in India. Combining a passion and a business, Dianne has set up a small business welcoming women to New Delhi. Read more
Venus Adventures have had a request by a client to put on a trip to India in November this year. Julie writes:
India is such a treasure-trove of affordable and beautiful handicrafts, for all your shopaholics out there, it would be a great Xmas-shopping trip! But who needs an excuse to shop, that just comes naturally to us women. India is also historically and culturally very interesting – and we all know that Indian food is just the best!
If you are interested please Venus know asap so – they need a minimum of 5 clients for it to run. See the 16 day India trip on the website for February 2010, we would use the same itinerary.
Through a comment on this blog, I have just been introduced to another great women’s tour company called Women on Tour.
This UK based company is for women and run by women – the have some great trips to Barcelona, Istanbul – meditation workshops, creative writing and drawing, walking in Spain and more. They are also looking always for new travel guides – perhaps that is you?
Our all-female company was set up to offer you the possibility of exploring new avenues in friendly and safe company. It is our experience that when choosing to travel alone – because of incompatible diaries with our friends or the need of independent travel or the simple freedom of not having to fall in with other people’s preferences – we’ve felt at times pulled between the need for adventure and exploration and the need for security and companionship.
As women travelling alone, we found that the prospect of having to wine and dine in the hotel every night of our stay or of feeling at times uncomfortable in unfamiliar circumstances could eventually dampen our plans.
It was these observations that first inspired us to facilitate a safe and relaxed environment for women to enjoy new experiences, to explore, whether it is outwards or inwards, whether they are travelling alone or accompanied.
Today, Women On Tour is an on-going project that follows a simple premise: to provide the opportunity of bringing together women from a wide spectrum to exchange knowledge and expand their horizons.
Ceridwyn Parr writes in NZ Business about the setting up of Women Travel the World as an international website based in the small rural town of Waipu in Northland New Zealand:
The tiny Northland village of Waipu may seem an unlikely base for a global travel website, but Rosemary Neave has not let that hold her back. Ceridwyn Parr reports. Read more
Then look no further!!!
Venus Adventures has some GREAT fun trips for women coming up in September, October, November 2009, and now is the time to start thinking about them. There are lots of great air fare specials coming out, so now is also the time to book! Read more
Women’s Travel stories are a growing genre, and there are some great online and printed versions. One great local NZ book is Going the distance: Women outdoors in New Zealand which traces both current women walking and the stories of women who have walked the way before. Lucy comes up with 6 feisty women to celebrate in this great article: Read more
Julie Paterson takes women where they have not been before…. She has steadily added new destinations to the Venus Adventures adventure trips for women, but her particular passion is northern Africa. She has added Mali as a new destination to the Calendar after her exploration there. Over New Year join Julie on a challenging African adventure to Timbuktu infamous Festival au Desert, the highlight of our journey. This trip is definitely for the more adventurous – African travel is not always convenient and not always as planned – but very real, very different and very rewarding.
Sunshine in the morning let us explore the fabled colours and cleverness of the Cinque Terre. From Manarola we took a walk along Lover’s Lane, or Via dell’Amore- a paved, gentle walk for twenty minutes to the next village, Riomaggiore. Far below the sea promised excellent kayaking and snorkelling on its emerald water, fringing the rocks with clean white foam. The walkway had seats to admire the view, a couple of cafes in the summer and some picnic spots. Apparently it is so crowded in the season that the ticket numbers are limited. Read more