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July Travel Deals: Take the First Step into Solo Travel

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Dear Reader,

It’s never too late to get started in solo travel. The thought of taking that first step into solo travel can create a lot of anxiety, particularly if you haven’t travelled a lot or without a partner.

Most JourneyWoman readers recommend taking a woman-friendly group tour, particularly if you’re feeling anxious or aren’t sure where to start. There are many women-owned and women-led group tours that create safe travel experiences for women and create environments that push and challenge a woman’s sense of adventure, with less ego and less competitiveness.

As a solo traveler, feeling safe is important. Many men will never truly appreciate the potential dangers we face, and women feel safer with other women. When we feel safe, we can push our boundaries and fuel our freedom and independence. Surrounding yourself with women can be empowering and educational.

Every month, we curate a selection of trips that we think you'll enjoy from our partners in our Women's Travel Directory. These tours are designed for women by women — so you can be sure they understand your unique needs and thirst for new adventures.

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July's Featured Tours for Adventurous Women

European Experiences

JourneyWoman Verified

We’ve organized and led unique small group trips in Europe’s most beautiful places since 2006, always following a “slow travel” philosophy. Women make up 70% of our travelers, traveling solo or with partners, family members, and friends. Our travelers share a desire to travel immersively, get off the beaten path, connect with local people, live life to the fullest, and to enjoy every moment.

We’re offering Special JourneyWoman Discounts for the remaining openings in our fall/winter trips! Must book by August 1!

Contact owner Kathy Wood for more info

Be sure to mention you saw us on JourneyWoman!

See our listing and reviews in JourneyWoman’s Women’s Travel Directory

Mediterranean Provence Experience

European Experiences, JourneyWoman Verified

September 5 – 12, 2023 (Mixed group, including solo women travelers) | September 12 – 19, 2023 (Women's Week)

Enjoy a week on the stunning Mediterranean coast of France, based in the seaside village of Bandol. We focus on the protected, lesser-known, western area of the French Riviera, where “la mer” meets “la terre.” Our week includes visits to small villages, day trips to Marseille and Toulon, an island nature walk and picnic, boat trips, winery experiences, wonderful food, and much more.

$300 discount | 2 rooms open each week (single or double occupancy)

Paris Experience

European Experiences, JourneyWoman Verified

October 4 – 11, 2023 (Mixed group, 90% women)

The true charm of Paris lies in the small details: the quaint cobblestone streets, perfectly manicured gardens, boulangeries on every street corner, sidewalk cafés, and Belle Epoque brasseries. This is the locals’ authentic Paris and the one we enjoy during our week together. Our focus includes French gastronomy and food history, art and architecture, homes and gardens, neighborhoods, and history, hosted by locals who share their passions and often their homes with us.

$300 discount | 1 room open (single or double occupancy)

Inside Paris

European Experiences, JourneyWoman Verified

September 20 – 24, 2023 (Women’s Trip)

A shorter version of our seven-night trip, designed for women who have already visited the most-touristed highlights of Paris. We dig deeper, providing experiences locals enjoy. Our focus includes French gastronomy and food history, art and architecture, homes and gardens… hosted by passionate locals, and offering a true “inside” experience.

$250 discount | 1 room open (single or double occupancy)

Combine Inside Paris with our Mediterranean Provence Women’s Week and your transportation between southern France and Paris will be included.

European Christmas Experience

European Experiences, JourneyWoman Verified

November 27 – December 10, 2023 (Mixed group, 75% women)

A magical 12-night trip during the festive Christmas season. Four nights each based in Salzburg, Austria; Munich, Germany; and Colmar in Alsace, France. We enjoy joyful Christmas markets and celebrations, musical events, cultural activities, historic sites, day trips to small villages and the countryside, and regional food specialties. A true “bucket list” trip of a lifetime!

$500 discount | 3 rooms open (single or double occupancy)

Barcelona and the Costa Brava

Bold Spirit Travel, JourneyWoman Verified

October 9-16, 2023

Barcelona beckons, promising Roman ruins, culinary adventures, chic shopping, psychedelic Antoni Gaudí architecture, and the gentle lap of the Mediterranean Sea.

Join an expert Bold Spirit facilitator on this eight-day, women-only, small-group adventure and fall in love with a slice of Europe that has been stealing hearts for centuries. Your Bold Spirit facilitator will take care of all of the details so you can relax and enjoy the experience"

Croatia September 2023

The Adventurous Ewe

September 20 - 28, 2023

Most tours in Croatia are cruises around the islands spending nights on a boat. Join me on the Croatia September 2023 tour where we stay in 3* and 4* hotels each night and head out most days by catamaran or ferry or speedboat to our next stunning destination. We start in Zagreb with a welcome dinner and your own room for the first night.

Highlights of the Croatia September 2023 tour will be a walk around the Plitvice Lakes. You cannot miss a visit to the Plitvice Lakes which comprises 16 terraced lakes joined by waterfalls! Nor a day’s visit to the Blue Cave from Hvar Island and a cookery class with a Chef in Split. Of course, lunch would not be complete without trying Croatian wines.

And much more ladies. Come join a small group of women and share the wonder of this beautiful destination on the Croatia September 2023 tour.

Africa: A Journey to the Heart and Soul

The Divine Destination Collection

October 17 – 25, 2023

Journey into the heart of Africa with The Divine Destination Collection and feel your soul with a sense of wonder and awe!

  • Experience Cape Town, Safari, AND Uganda Gorilla Trekking
  • Exclusive takeovers of luxurious camps – Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge and Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge
  • Carefree travel – all you need is to pack your bag!
  • Inclusive pricing - accommodation, transfers, $2,500 of intra-Africa air, gratuities, porters, most meals, unforgettable surprises
  • Small group travel with like-minded travelers – couples, singles, and families with over 18+ children
  • Be confident and safe travelling with highly experienced professional local teams and our co-founder

JourneyWoman travellers receive a complimentary activity in Cape Town or Uganda! (Valued at $150 USD, restrictions apply)

Embrace adventure now - why wait?

Easy Pace Vienna, Budapest, Austria

Insight Vacations, JourneyWoman Verified

Explore Hungary, Austria & The Czech Republic at Your Pace On This 10-Day Guided Tour

See the iconic capital city sights of Budapest, Vienna, and Prague as your local Travel Director takes the reins on this 10-day adventure. Aromatic pastries paired with coffee, cobble-stone streets, castles, and more await!

Scenic Iceland & the Northern Lights

Insight Vacations, JourneyWoman Verified

See the Sights of Iceland & Bask in the Glow of The Northern Lights on a 1-Week Guided Tour

Experience the iconic sights of Iceland as you gasp in awe at the exploding hot springs in Geysir and lose yourself in the Northern Lights dancing overhead in Reykjavik.

Adventures are waiting! Get up to 15% off premium destinations from Insight Vacations

London & Paris Explorer

Trafalgar Travel, JourneyWoman Verified

9-day London & Paris Sightseeing Tour

Experience all the main icons of two great cities on this London and Paris trip. Enjoy an in-depth discovery of London with a side visit to Windsor, Bath, and the mystical giants of Stonehenge. It’s just a hop across the pond to Paris to explore, dine and live like a local as you soak up its joie de vivre.

Best of Turkey

Trafalgar Travel, JourneyWoman Verified

14 Day Turkey Tour of Istanbul, Gallipoli, Pamukkale and Cappadocia

From the legends of Troy to ancient Greek cities, your travels will reveal the places where history happened. On this in-depth Best of Turkey voyage, you’ll also venture into the Taurus Mountains for lunch with the Yazir community and relax on the shores of the Turkish Riviera.

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