March 12 2012 by Bryson Forbes
One of the fastest growing segments that we are seeing in travel and tourism today is "Girls Getaways". In fact, according to the Canadian Tourism Commission female bonding vacations in North America have spiked by 230% over the last 6 years! No longer considered a niche, travel providers are starting to take notice and cater to this powerful group's wants and needs.
Here are just a few examples of neat ideas as spring draws near that you can hopefully use as inspiration to begin to plan a well-deserved escape.
According to Beth Mairs, founder and director of Ontario-based Wild Women Expeditions, more than 70% of Canadians who book adventure tours are women. She makes a great point that adventure travel doesn't mean you need to be a "Xena Princess Warrior": in fact, the average age of her clientele is 47 and a size 12.
One example could be a golf trip. Although they have typically been dominated by men courses are now catering more and more to women. Grab a foursome or two, find a course and the nearest Best Western, and have a blast.
Another growing trend specifically within the female travel segment are food and wine based tours. Don't think run-of-the-mill cooking classes here either - many of these trips are inspired by region. Instead, picture a Tuscan-based food and wine weekend where women are eating and drinking popular food and wine from the region. Sounds pretty appealing to me.
One of the best I have heard of combines wine with a cycling tour. In fact, in both the Niagara region in Ontario and Okanagan Valley in BC you can cycle from winery to winery and sample some award winning wine!
Lastly, a little more traditional and still a staple are wellness retreats that can combine the spa, with education, and even self-improvement seminars. One popular focus that combines all three elements has become yoga travel.
A spa-based weekend with daily yoga sessions and spirituality are a great way to recharge the batteries and really get some time for you. A great destination to check out in Canada is Orangeville, ON. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Orangeville Inn and Suites provides a great home base and they have a first class spa right in the hotel.
Whatever it is you like to do, get your girlfriends organized and join the growing number of female-only groups out exploring and ultimately having fun. Tell us about some of your ideas and upcoming plans with the girls.