“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”- Helen Keller
Traveling with family, friends and partners could be enjoyable, one truly explored adventures and oneself while traveling alone. More women are seeking empowerment through self-love clubbed with traveling. With movements like #MeToo, we are witnessing a cultural shift and making more safe and comfortable travel options available for women travelers. Unlike the risk which solo women travelers have to take up, women travel groups to allow them the space of being vulnerable, offering support to each other and enjoying womanhood in its true sense.
Women travel groups often consist of strangers who are eager to create a bond, travel together, and make memories. The below women travel groups in India are one of the best examples of women empowerment and women supporting women.
Women on Wanderlust (WOW)
WOW was founded in 2005 by Sumitra Senapati, an experienced traveler, and a writer. WOW does over a hundred domestic and international trips every year to 50 destinations. During her journeys, Sumitra realized that not all women have the confidence and the knowledge to travel by themselves. She then decided to start a Club that would encourage women to travel solo, along with the security that group travel provides. The WOW trips are known for being offbeat, unusual and of course memorable.
Jugni, in Hindi means female firefly and symbolizes the spirit of life. This women-only travel portal was founded by young entrepreneur Nitesh Chauhan and Rohit Khattar from Himalayan Explorers Club. Their principle has been to advance personalized, safe, and best travel experiences to solo women travelers around the world. In India, personal decision-making related to travel remains a collective function of an entire household. The founders of Jugni wanted women to reclaim that agency and decide for themselves when they want to embark on the best solo trip of their lifetime and when they want to be a part of a solo female travel group. Their upcoming trips include celebrating the new year in Udaipur, visiting the mesmerizing Andaman, an 8 days trip to Ladakh inclusive of flight fares, and much more.
Wonder Womaniya was founded to ensure that women should explore every nook and corner of the world. They offer meticulously planned solo trips with accommodation in semi-luxurious, boutique hotels, campsites and homestays. We don't agree that your gender shall decide where you should travel. What makes them stand out is that they pay special attention to women's hygiene too by providing eco-friendly sanitary napkins and pee funnels.
Chindi in Hindi means cheap and Safar stands for travel. As the name suggests, this women's travel group aims at providing budget-friendly trips for its members. They also have an option to pay later, a carefully-curated menu and certified trekking guides, female staff support, and promote eco-friendly traveling practices. Their hand-picked destinations are Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Kerala, Rajasthan, and more.
Wovoyage is a travel tech platform created for women to travel easier and better. They aim at allowing women to travel safer by providing women-friendly accommodation, transportation, group departures, guided, or private tours. The concept is to empower solo female travelers and to bring together female guides, drivers, and entrepreneurs. Apart from domestic and international excursions, Wovoyage also offers one day, long weekend, and trek tours. No excuses for not holidaying!
With the tours getting sold out quickly at these agencies, it only shows how more women are opting to let go to better their mental health. Besides, these tours are providing jobs to other women as well. It's a win-win situation for all. So unleash the wanderlust in you and get traveling.
(Edited by Neha Baid)