Intrepid Travel has expanded its range of Women Expeditions, giving female travellers the chance to learn about the everyday lives and challenges facing women around the world
Intrepid Travel has announced it has launched four new women-only tours. The Women’s Expeditions, launched to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8th March, will be led by female guides and provide a unique insight into the lives of women in Kenya, India, Nepal and Turkey. From Becky, the first female overland truck driver in East Africa, to Syrian refugees forging a new life in Istanbul, travellers will meet people from all walks of life and hear their inspiring stories on tours of between 11 and 13 days.
Intrepid’s global product manager Jenny Gray said the tours will give female travellers an opportunity to learn about the everyday lives and challenges facing women around the world. “This year we’ve discovered even more extraordinary stories of female empowerment. These remarkable new Expeditions give travellers the chance to hear from people from all walks of life about their personal and collective struggles and triumphs in achieving gender equality. They allow travellers to enter private spaces and foster conversations that would be impossible in mixed gender groups,” she said.
These trips include experiences that would otherwise be off-limits on regular departures, such as swimming on a female-only beach in Antalya or celebrating the female-only Gangur Festival in Rajasthan.
The new tours build on the success of the original Women’s Expeditions in the Middle East, launched on International Women’s Day 2018. The range has proven one of the most popular in Intrepid’s 30-year history, growing from just four departures to 36 in the space of a few months.
“These new tours follow an incredible response to the launch of our first three Women’s Expeditions. The #MeToo era is making its mark on travel – our female travellers want to hear the stories and struggles of women around the globe,” Gray said.
In 2017 Intrepid committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the business and set the goal of doubling its number of female tour leaders globally by 2020. Thanks to the work of Intrepid’s local teams in destinations including India, Morocco and Indonesia, the company has increased its number of female leaders by 70% and is on track to meet its target next year.
For details on the women only tours available in Kenya, Turkey, Nepal and India visit intrepidtravel.com/au/.