Women’s travel has been happening for a long time, but in the last few years more companies have started coming out to offer their own brands of women’s only programs. This year Intrepid introduced a range of programs for women called Women’s Expeditions.
To understand why Intrepid started this, the company has always been at the forefront of human rights and ethical travel. One of the pillars of Intrepid’s operating policies is gender equality. They state,
Diversity and inclusion has always been at the forefront of everything we do. Here at Intrepid Travel, we know our strength comes through our differences and the freedom everyone has to be themselves – locals, leaders and travellers alike.Intrepid Travel
Around 65% of Intrepid travellers are female, and 60% of our staff around the world are women, but in 2017 only 22% of our leaders were female. This is something we have been working to change.
Our goal is to double the number of female leaders globally by 2020. While this may not be a difficult target in many countries, in traditional societies such as India recruiting women is a much greater challenge. When we first set our goal in 2017 we only had 156 female leaders around the world, but by the end of 2018 this number had increased to 266 female leaders.
There’s still a long way to go, but we’re continuing to promote women’s financial independence and fostering greater understanding by offering trips such as our Women’s Expeditions.
Asked on the FAQ’s how are the women’s expeditions are different from regular tours?
These are certainly off-track trips, but what sets them apart is cultural, not geographical. In traditionally conservative countries or places where women are not viewed as equal, certain traditions and customs can make genuine cultural interaction difficult. Travelling in an all-female group means women can connect more directly with each other, and travellers can learn more about Middle Eastern women and their day-to-day lives. What these trips are not about is replicating run-of-the-mill itineraries for women-only ‘girls clubs’ which fuel gender stereotypes and exclusivity.Intrepid Travel
For the present the tours range mainly in the middle east.
Interested in Africa? Like to try something a little experimental? Intrepid is offering a first time trip to Kenya:
Make your way through the heart of East Africa and meet local Kenyan women and men from all walks of life, who will share their stories and triumphs in the struggle for gender equality. Hear inspiring stories from our all-female crew including your local leader and driver, Becky, who was the very first female overland truck driver in East Africa. You’ll also have the chance to meet a range of local women – from entrepreneurs, female park rangers and Maasai villagers.
Beginning and ending in Nairobi, you’ll visit women’s only villages, join a cooking class with local women, go on safaris in the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Samburu National Reserve and meet a local women’s only support group striving to improve gender equality.
This trip has never been done before and so you have the chance to be a part of a new tour in the making. Although meticulously planned, the nature of this tour makes the chances of the unexpected happening very likely.
If this kind of leading edge concept appeals to you, contact me for more information. I will honour any outstanding discount vouchers you may have from me and add an additional $25 off to try this trip out. Departs Oct 12, 2019.
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