Pushing the limits by ascending further and diving deeper is now making Indian women travelers feel liberated. A recent report revealed that there has been a 32% year-on-year increase in women travelers opting for adventure across soft, medium, and extreme activities. The growth is a cumulative reflection of both domestic as well as international tours.
Driving the growth, the women force largely comprises Millennials or Gen Y women. About 70% of them come from metro cities while the rest from the tier-2. Most women from this age group are financially independent. Lawyers, doctors, corporate managers, designers, writers and heads of different organizations make up the professional profile of the Indian adventure women traveler. Several women from the creative fields such as photography, architecture and design have also been choosing adventure.
There is a 9% increase in women solo travelers as compared to 2017. A mix of social media influence and word-of-mouth is fueling the growth in solo travel. Safety remains a crucial aspect though, that women research about before stepping out.
Diving and trekking have emerged to be the two most likened adventure activities by Indian women adventure travelers. While Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Ladakh and Nepal top the trekking bucket-list for the women, Andaman Islands, Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia, Red Sea – Egypt, Bali, Gili Islands, Great Barrier Reef and Mauritius comprise the list of diving destinations. Besides, walking, cycling, biking, rafting and sailing are other activities that Indian women travelers opt for.
Commenting on the study, Karan Anand, head, relationships, Cox & Kings, the travel company that completed the study based on its booking and enquiry trends of about 2,000 women travelers in India, said: “While women are travelling with their friends and other women’s groups, there is also a trend of mothers travelling with their daughters. Adventure has become an enjoyable activity for families to bond. Today women are up for extreme adventure trips and find it liberating as it merges nature, adrenaline and exploration. It also empowers women in several ways and helps curb any inhibitions.”
Female travelers on social media are also to be credited for the growth in interests as their women-point-of-view content has been considerably helping women make travel decisions.
There has also been a marginal increase in women’s participation in extreme adventures including Kilimanjaro expedition, Stok Kangri expedition and Ice-climbing in Iceland and Manali.
Destinations that are most sought-after for multi-adventure for Indian women are Hampi, Pondicherry, Ladakh, Spiti, Rishikesh, Gokarna, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand in India and Nepal, Bhutan, Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand, Maldives, Iceland, Australia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bali internationally.