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Ageing Traveller Series

The Ageing Traveller series is written by Rose Howell, who has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club. Her passion for travel is documented on her website www.ageing-hipsters-travel.com.

Click here to find out more about Rose.

Women who travel without a partner

Why do women want to travel without their male partners?

Many women I know that travel alone do so because they are either single, widowed, divorced or they have a partner who hates to travel. Plus if you are like me, it would be nice sometimes to hit the shops without having to drag hubby in with me. He will often stand outside or wander off and then I spend most of my shopping time trying to find him.

A couple of my girlfriends are on a weekend trip interstate as I am writing this and according to Facebook they are having a shopping great time.

Women only holidays are becoming a lot more popular with options ranging from women only tours either within their own country or overseas.

More and more women, particularly the over-50s, are keen to keep exploring the world, while their husbands or partners prefer to stay home.

In Australia, a survey by lastminute.com.au of nearly 5000 women found 46 per cent have holidayed alone.

Half of those surveyed said they thought solo travel sounded adventurous and rewarding, while about a quarter said they would be too scared to try it and the rest thought it sounded lonely.

So what kind of holidays are women looking for?

Many women who have become suddenly single embark on women only trips such as, shopping, spa resorts, luxury hotels, cruises etc. The more adventurous want to go on women only trips such as an African adventure, glamping (up market camping) in the outback of Australia or a women only walking tour in Britain, Europe and Africa.

What is the most popular holiday?

An obvious area of demand for women over 50’s holidays is spas and health retreats, often combining yoga and spa treatments and some women want to try active sports such as hiking, biking, swimming and one of the latest crazes (which I want to try) paddle boarding. I have some female friends who are also learning how to surf at 50-60 years of age and they love it.

Where I live we have some of the best wines in the world so wine tasting and gourmet food are popular with many women joining ‘women only’ getaway tours on the weekend.

There are surfing packages in Bali and Australia that focus on either surfing or yoga, combined with massage and cooking workshops, to give women a week-long rest or a healthy kick-start.

At the Bliss Sanctuary for Women in Bali, women can plan their own holiday, rather than taking part in an organised retreat.

Owner Zoe Watson believes most women fail to achieve true rest and rejuvenation when they travel, returning home feeling like they need a holiday to get over their holiday.

"Women need to take a break for themselves, to refuel and enhance their wellbeing," she says.

Several women have said they have chosen Bliss because they wanted to holiday alone in a safe environment free of distractions such as noisy children and the demands of other people such as husbands or partners. It is the type of place to go and have a well-earned break from everything.

Check out my website for some more survival tips when travelling on your own.

A couple of websites for the over 50’s woman traveler that look good:
www.blisssanctuaryforwomen.com
www.girlsontour.com.au
www.adventurewomen.com

Rose Howell Biography

Rose has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club.
She has taken all kinds of transport and accommodation from budget to luxury. She has travelled through war zones, survived a bus accident in the Andes and visited areas that are no longer available to tourists, such as the Khyber Pass and Bamiyan Statues in Afghanistan.

Rose wants to inspire others to travel and offers free advice to all travellers in particular those who are embarking on their first travel experience. She has a passion for travel and since retiring from an Adult teaching position with TafeSA, has recently resumed clocking up kilometres interstate and overseas.
Her daughters have inherited the travel bug from their parents. The eldest daughter is a travel journalist/documentary maker based in a beautiful area called ‘Byron Bay’ in New South Wales and with her husband, has two globetrotting toddlers who at the age of 5 and 2 also love to travel. Her youngest daughter and fiancé have recently returned from 2 years working and traveling in the UK and Europe. They have only been home a couple of months and are already getting restless. Oh the travel bug!!!!

Rose has developed a website for the over 50 traveller www.ageing-hipsters-travel.com where you can access for free all her advice and past and present stories. You can add stories of your own too.

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