The Top Women’s-Only Travel Tours That Offer Flexibility For Booking

In the past few years, women’s-only tours have grown in popularity. Right now, travel is at a standstill and no one knows for certain when it will resume—but that isn’t stopping female-identifying people from booking future travels to remain optimistic and someday soon experience one of these tours for themselves.

Of course, you might be a little hesitant to book a tour right now. What you want is a company that prioritizes safety and allows you to book with confidence. What women’s only tours can consumers consider that offer flexibility with booking and a generous change policy? Here are TK tour companies to consider.

Purposeful Nomad

Purposeful Nomad specializes in small group tours that focus on culture and use local guides. They practice and preach sustainable travel by working with responsible organizations for authentic community connection and a meaningful impact. Some of their destinations include Mongolia (new for 2021), Georgia, and Tanzania. Trips are confirmed at least 60 days prior to departure, but if the company must cancel then clients are refunded completely.

Intrepid Travel Women’s Expeditions

Intrepid Travel launched their Women’s Expeditions because they found that some experiences in certain countries weren’t possible in co-ed groups. Some unique experiences include getting to know Bedouin women in Wadi Rum, Jordan, or relaxing in a women’s only salon in Iran. Intrepid offers a new Flexible Bookings Policy, which permits changes to travel plans 21 days before a scheduled departure, allowing for new travel dates or an entirely different trip, with no change fees.

Origin Travels

If you’re looking for a women’s-only tour that doesn’t feel like a typical travel tour, check out Oirgin Travels. Their Kenya trip is a perfect example: whereas many Kenya tours focus solely on the safari experience, Origin Travels connects travelers with local women who are changemakers, and the tour heads to the coast. They offer payment If your trip is cancelled to COVID-19 related reasons, a rescheduled date will be offered, or the full trip amount can be credited towards a future departure. 

Wild Terrains

Wild Terrains tours don’t just cater to women—they’re also powered by women. They partner with incredible women locally for all of their tours, including their most recent destination, Argentina. This tour company’s booking policy has always embraced flexibility. They ask for a 50% non-refundable

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Dreaming of ‘Purple Rain’ on your wedding day? With no live music, First Avenue booking famous stage for private events

The pandemic has forced the iconic Minneapolis music venue to get creative.

MINNEAPOLIS — Whether you dream of a “White Wedding,” or “Purple Rain” on your wedding day, you’ll soon have the rare opportunity to book iconic music venue First Avenue as a wedding venue.

“Lucinda Williams actually got married on stage here,” said First Avenue marketing director Ashley Ryan. “We’ve had a couple of staff get married in the 7th St entry, but normally October, November, even into December, it’s our busiest time of year.”

If booking weddings sounds like selling out, Ryan says that’s the hope. For months, live music venues in Minnesota and most other states have sat in silence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have staff who have worked here for 20-30 years and since mid-March they’ve been out of work,” Ryan said. “So any kind of event that we can do to get people back into the building, we’re interested in. We want people to feel connected.”

But that connection will look and feel different. Wedding packages at First Avenue will be limited to anywhere from 10 to 25 guests and require mask wearing and other COVID-19 protocols.

“We have allowed for like a bride and groom dance, a father/daughter dance, people who are in family units or have quarantined together, that sort of thing,” Ryan said. “But, no, there won’t be a big, open dance party.”

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The same goes for the first public event on the First Avenue calendar. The annual Halloween costume party will go on, but masks will definitely be required.

“Normally we would have a big dance party, that’s not happening this year,” Ryan said. “It’s seated, there are tables. Everybody will be socially distanced, but you can still enter the contest you can still get your photo taken in front of the backdrop. So it’s a toned down sort of different type of Halloween than what we usually do but I think it’s appropriate for everything that’s going on.”

Last week, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz dialed back state COVID-19 guidelines to allow live, indoor music in some limited capacity, but Ryan says First Avenue and the other venues it operates are still trying to navigate that.

“There’s not a full-blown return to live music right now,” she said. “Our room normally holds over 1,500 people. Socially distanced and seated at a 25% capacity, we’re down to about 100 people. So the economics just don’t match up there. Hopefully, in the next month or so we might even have some new stuff to announce.”

In the meantime, singer Dizzy Fae will be the first musician to take the stage of the First Avenue Main Room this weekend, to perform as part of the Save our Stages virtual festival, which will be broadcast on YouTube. The festival, which will feature performances from artists across the country, is free to watch, but the hope is that listeners will donate to the National Independent

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