These days, more and more women are unattached in their retirement. Many of them are enjoying this new phase of life, and who can blame them? With work and family obligations out of the way, a world of opportunity opens up, and long-held dreams can be explored.
Here are the Live and Invest Overseas picks for the top 10 travel adventures for single women…
1. Indulge In A Spa Day In Paris
The Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris is home to one of the world’s most luxurious spas. Famous for its signature treatments, the Tropical Magnolia massage and the Samadara Ultimate Age-Defying Facial, a day at the George V spa will leave any woman feeling like royalty.
While you won’t find any bargains on the pricelist—this is one worth saving for.
2. Watch The Sunrise Over Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Few countries in the world have suffered so much, so recently, as Cambodia. Perhaps it is this fact that makes a dawn pilgrimage to the temples of Angkor Wat so meaningful. The serenity and timelessness of the world’s largest religious monument inspires calm and introspection in even the most world-weary of travelers. The opportunity to visit this sacred spot should not be passed up.
3. Spend The Evening At An Irish Pub
Famous the world over for their sense of humor and love of a party, nobody welcomes a stranger like the Irish. A safe and easy-to-navigate country for a woman travelling on her own, Ireland should be on every bucket list. If you love live music, like a drink, and don’t mind being called on for a little dancing, then a night in a traditional Irish pub will be one you remember forever.
4. Learn To Surf In Nicaragua
Once in a while we all need a new challenge—to test our boundaries and achieve the things we never thought possible. ChicaBrava all-girls surf camp in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, offers just the right mix of challenge and comfort for a single woman seeking exhilaration or empowerment. With a supportive, knowledgeable team and a special camp designed for women over 40, anyone can master the waves.
5. Visit The Sistine Chapel, Italy
There’s a reason your friends and family, and travel magazines, wax lyrical about Italy. The might of the Roman Empire, the romance of Romeo and Juliet, the innate style of the Milanese, iconic Tuscan villas… all this and pizza. Visiting Italy is a no-brainer, and if there is one thing you cannot afford to miss, it’d be Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Painted between 1508 and 1512, the breathtaking chapel ceiling is a landmark of renaissance art, and the least-religious among its visitors could not fail to be moved by the beauty.
And be sure not to miss Michelangelo’s lasting practical joke on one of his most ardent critics—the Pope’s master of ceremonies, Biagio da Cesena. As you enter the chapel, take a few steps straight ahead and turn around; look above the door you just walked under to the Last Judgment fresco. Right above the door, you’ll find Cesena (crowned with giant donkey ears) and losing his manhood to a hungry snake demon. When Cesena complained to the Pope about the sacrilege, the witty Pope is said to have raised an eyebrow and replied that it was a shame he hadn’t been painted in purgatory, where the Pope still held authority… but, unfortunately, hell was “beyond his jurisdiction, for, in hell, there is no redemption.”
6. Sign Up For Salsa Classes In Cali, Colombia
Cali, Colombia, is the home of salsa, and boy are they proud of it. People in this lively city have dancing in their blood and an opportunity to break out some moves is never missed. Better yet, salsa clubs and bars in Cali host a much more diverse clientele than you may imagine—it’s not unusual to see grandmothers dancing with tattooed teenagers, or two women partnering for a song. Colombians don’t like wallflowers, so expect the invitations to dance to come and thick and fast. Don’t panic if you have two left feet, you can always take a few classes—locals take great pleasure in teaching clumsy gringas a few moves.
7. Hike The Lycian Way, Turkey
The 540 kilometer Lycian Way trail on Turkey’s Tekke Peninsula is the perfect place to connect with nature.
Considered one of the world’s top 10 walks, the Lycian Way takes around 29 days, and consists mostly of ancient Roman roads, old foot trails and mule tracks. The hike, which follows the coast, can be steep in places, but it’s worth the effort. With spectacular views of the Mediterranean and mountains, opportunities along the way for swimming, kayaking, and paragliding, and more than 20 remarkable historical sites to explore, there’s plenty to see and do along the way. Overnight accommodation is available in homestays, pensiónes, or small hotels, so you have plenty of options to recover in comfort.
8. Take A cruise In Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Travelling alone can be hard on the wallet, splitting the bill with someone often means a higher standard of accommodation or transport, but in beautiful Vietnam a first-class trip is possible on a cattle-class budget. Heading up the list of Vietnamese experiences is a cruise in Ha Long Bay. With 1,600 islands and islets, this UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gulf of Tonkin must be seen to be believed. Options for exploring the bay range from kayaking to day trips on a traditional junk to a three-day stay on luxury cruise boat.
You may even be able to skirt the single-supplement by inquiring with travel agents in Hanoi about cruises which have yet to sell out.
9. Whale Watch In The Azores, Portugal
The 9 volcanic islands that make up the Azores Islands are around 1550 kilometers west of Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
The Azores are famous for fabulous wine, cheese, and fruit, but the real reason to make your way out to the mid-Atlantic is the whale watching. The remote waters around the island are full of nutrients and attract more than 25 different species of whales and dolphins year-round. Tours are led by qualified biologists and offer a genuine insight into the lives of these intriguing creatures.
10. Join A Yoga Retreat For Women In Thailand
If a yoga retreat in Thailand sounds like a new-age cliché, that’s probably because it is. But there’s a reason these personal pilgrimages are such popular travel adventures for single women. Firstly, Thailand is a stunningly beautiful place—the weather is warm, the people famously friendly and the food divine. And secondly, everybody needs a little time to relax and reflect. Even if you’re not a yoga aficionado, focusing on your physical and mental well-being for a sustained period of time can be a remarkable gift to yourself. There are numerous women-only retreats across Thailand, catering to all levels of fitness and experience.
Combine the retreat with some more adventurous activities or reward your discipline with a stay at a spa and return to the real world completely refreshed.