AdventureWomen in Botswana - making friends with the elephants.

Elephant friend in Botswana.

In 1982, when AdventureWomen® was founded, more than a few skeptical eyebrows were raised. The idea of adventure travel for women going to exotic destinations on vacations designed especially for women, by women, was very novel. Happily, times have changed! The travel industry has evolved and today thousands of women of all ages, and from all walks of life, pack their bags annually to go on adventure travel trips for women in exotic, worldwide, destinations.

Who Are AdventureWomen®?

Hiking in the Swiss Alps

Hiking in the Swiss Alps

Our typical adventure traveler at AdventureWomen® is 35-65 years old; however, these days many of our clients who are over 65 are as physically fit as younger AdventureWomen®! She’s quite satisfied with her life and successful in her current job or situation. Most of our guests are traveling solo, some for the first time. But, many also enjoy sharing their adventure vacations with friends, mothers, daughters, partners, and/or sisters. The majority of women who travel with us are or have been married and have between one and three children. AdventureWomen® are confident about how they look and feel, and make an effort to stay in good physical condition. AdventureWomen® come from all over the U.S. and the world.

Why do AdventureWomen® adventure?

On safari in Kenya.

On safari in Kenya.

Time and again, our guests tell us that they like to travel with us on our adventure travel vacations so they can meet new people and challenge themselves by learning a new skill or activity. They want a vacation package that is out of the ordinary. They want to be physically active and venture out on their own, unfettered by the responsibilities of home and work. See the Top 10 Reasons women say they travel with AdventureWomen®.

Why do they come back?

High five - rafting in Nepal

High five – rafting in Nepal

More than 70% of our guests are repeat customers. They tell us they “feel great” about themselves—more confident, productive, and adventurous—after they get home from one of our vacations. So, they travel with us year after year to adventure in new destinations. Find out more about what our clients say about their experiences with AdventureWomen®, and hear their incredible stories.

Just what is an “adventure vacation” and who should go?

At a market in China...feeling ducky!

At a market in China…feeling ducky!

At AdventureWomen® , we want all participants to understand that our trips are adventure travel vacations and not “tours.” We define adventure travel as travel in which one actively participates, as opposed to a tour, where one is more or less a passive observer. We have activity ratings for each of our trips, such as Easy, Moderate, or High Energy. This means that you won’t be surprised by the level of activity on your chosen adventure, and you can get into shape accordingly. Adventure vacations, by nature, also require that participants be relatively self-sufficient, flexible, and able to accept travel situations as they exist, accepting that things may not always happen exactly as one would prefer or expect. The constraints of group traveling also necessitate that each of us be understanding of and sensitive to others who are sharing your trip experience. And last but not least, in the spirit of adventure travel, the most essential gear we ask participants to bring is a sense of humor.

In Dubai - close encounter with a falcon.

In Dubai – are you looking at ME?


AdventureWomen® designs and organizes vacations all over the world for women who want to experience an active, out-of-the-ordinary adventure vacation, and meet new friends. We carefully research our cultural and adventurous odysseys and believe that a vacation should be an experience that remains as a treasure long after your snapshots are pasted into a photo album. Most of all, we want our AdventureWomen® trips to be fun!

Visit our Adventure Vacations page to see a list of our vacation packages and select one that’s just right for you! We offer a wide variety of unique and exciting adventures in all parts of the world. What’s your dream adventure?

Watch AdventureWomen owner Susan Eckert in a video about why she started AdventureWomen, what some of her favorite trips are, and why hiking is one of the easiest and best ways to get into, and stay in shape!