Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe, and this year’s theme is #BalanceForBetter. In honor of this important day, the travel industry is increasingly developing female-focused trips that can have a life-changing impact not only on you, but on other women around the world. Besides that, it’s a good excuse to take a solo trip, a girlfriend’s getaway or a trip with other inspiring women. With 2019’s International Women’s Day just around the corner, here are a handful of trips to put on your radar, from far-flung expeditions to cool experiences that are close to home.
Wild Terrains in Mexico City
One of the few travel companies leading women-only group trips to Mexico City, Wild Terrains supports local, female-owned businesses on its creative itineraries. The upcoming “International Women’s Day Trip” (March 6-10) gives travelers a chance to connect with like-minded women in Mexico City. Guests stay at Ignacia Guest House in Colonia Roma and experience a private pop-up dinner curated by chef Norma Listman of Masala y Maiz. Highlights of the trip include a private tour of Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul led by a female art historian; a street food crawl visiting female-run food stalls and restaurants; and a shopping experience with the women behind textile company Colorindio. The group will also take part in Mexico City’s International Women’s Day parade. Rates start at $1,850 per person, based on double occupancy, and include accommodations, most meals, transportation and all activities. The company will donate 1% of profits from each trip to a local organization supporting creative and entrepreneurial women.
Women around the world are joining together for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to summit Africa’s highest freestanding mountain in celebration of International Women’s Day. Some trips with companies like WHOA Travel are already sold out (though there’s a waiting list), but you can still find a spot with Eco-Africa Climbing, a sustainable travel company in Tanzania that specializes in ethical mountain climbing. Rates start at $2,650 per person, which includes seven days of trekking, three nights of hotel, two nights before the climb and one night after the climb.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Copper Mountain is hosting the first-ever “Ladies’ Snow Day” on March 8 in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Copper Mountain will welcome women and girls of all ages for a day of learning and empowerment with engaging programming led by women. Adventure activities include a women’s ski school clinic, skiing and snowboarding with discounted lift tickets, beginner sessions led by a female coach and a group session of uphill skinning. Besides that, there’s a 90-minute screening of No Man’s Land Women’s Adventure from the Colorado-based all-women film festival, plus a panel discussion featuring local women and female athletes. And don’t miss the best part of the day: a mother/daughter après ski happy hour.
Backpacking Adventures in Arizona
REI Adventures is catering to its increasing clientele of women travelers with its Women’s Adventures program. Over this year’s International Women’s Day, the company is hosting the four-day “Superstition Mountains Women’s Backpacking” in Arizona. The trip is for women who want to see the Sonoran Desert and learn about wilderness backpacking. You’ll take hikes led by expert female guides, learn about the area’s history, mythology, geology and wildlife, use the desert as a classroom and sleep in tents under a blanket of stars. Rates start at $849 for members and $949 for non-members and include some meals, professional guide services, transportation to/from the host hotel and trailheads and two nights of tent accommodations (some are shared).
On March 8, Banyan Tree Bangkok is holding an event called “Women In Gastronomy,” which will gather many of the leading female chefs from award-winning restaurants in Thailand and around the world, including Michelin-starred locations and others gracing global listings such as the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Events range from a Women In Gastronomy Conference, a lunch of Bangkok street food, an Italian Wine Tasting with Women In Wine and a Four Hands Michelin Dinner at Vertigo restaurant with views overlooking the skyline of Bangkok. The package starts at $740 per person, based on double occupancy, including a four-night stay in a Serenity Club Room with transfer on arrival from March 6-10.
In 2018, Intrepid Travel — a small group adventure travel company — developed a line of women-only expeditions in Morocco, Iran and Jordan that encourage female empowerment and connect travelers with local women, showcasing their traditions, food and culture. This year, women can travel over International Women’s Day to Iran on a female-only, female-led 12-day expedition that departs on March 2. On the trip, you’ll attend a local cooking school in Tehran and learn age-old secret recipes from local women, enjoy a picnic in one of Iran’s increasingly prevalent women’s-only parks (one of the few places women can enjoy the sunshine without a hijab) and more.
At the annual “Women’s Weekend of Wellness” (March 7-9), The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs celebrates women’s achievements and future possibilities. This year’s retreat is focusing on discovering the infinite possibilities that occur when you break out of your comfort zone. Guests will also learn how to increase productivity and be more efficient and more effective. The event’s keynote speakers, Kaley Warner Klemp and Jackie Insinger, are the cofounders of Enjoy Success, a company dedicated to accelerating the growth of women leaders in business. The price for the Women’s Weekend of Wellness starts at $925 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes accommodations for three nights, small group discussions, guided exercises, a special welcome reception, group breakfasts and lunches and a 25% discount on suite upgrades.
The Finger Lakes region — site of the first Women’s Rights Convention of 1848 in Seneca Falls and the location of the first Women’s Rights Convention (now a national park) — has been experiencing a boom in women-focused travel. In honor of International Women’s Day, travelers are visiting the homes of pioneers like Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman and participating in female-focused programming such as women-only carpentry classes at the Hammerstone School. The region also has a growing female foodie scene, thanks to culinary experts like Susie Atvell (Kindred Fare) and Sarah Barden (Ithaca is Foodies), as well as beverage mavens like Autumn Stoscheck (Eve’s Cidery), Melissa Madden (Finger Lakes Cider House) and Jennifer Newman (Young Lion Brewing Company). You’ll also find all-women-winemakers menus at places like Vento Wood Fired Pizza Pasta and the women-owned Via Girasole. Another highlight coming in 2019: To anticipate 100 years of the 19th Amendment, the 50-year-old National Women’s Hall of Fame will start moving into its new space at the historic Seneca Knitting Mill, an 1844 Seneca Falls landmark laced with the history of women who worked there throughout the years.
Festa della Donna in Rome
International Women’s Day, or Festa della Donna, is marked across Italy on March 8. The traditional gift to women on Festa della Donna in Italy is a mimosa, a bright flower that has become the Italian symbol of the day. On March 8, streets across Italy — and especially, Rome — are taken over by yellow blossomed mimosas, as the flower represents appreciation and solidarity for women. This year, the oldest family-owned hotel group in Italy, Bettoja Hotels Collection, is offering a special “Festa della Donna” promotion in Rome in celebration of International Women’s Day. Women can enjoy 15% off the a la carte menu at Hotel Mediterraneo’s Roof Garden Restaurant Bar located on the 10th floor of the Art Deco hotel. And any women who dine at the restaurant will also receive a complimentary mimosa welcome drink.
Eat Like a Local in Mexico City
On its insider tours of Mexico City with Eat Like a Local, the company‘s locally born founder Rocio Vazquez Landeta takes travelers through the streets of her vibrant city to taste, explore and connect with the food scene, markets, restaurants and people. The company recently announced three new food tours for 2019, including the Mexico City Foodie Immersion tour ($99 per person), a 4.5-hour trip where travelers learn about coffee culture, visit street food stands, explore a traditional market and more. In support of International Women’s Day, 10% of all Eat Like a Local tours booked in March will help fund a series of financial workshops for women who work at various food markets in Mexico City.