What do Women Want from Travel in 2021?
Women around the world are starting to look forward to traveling again, once it is safe to do so, with recent research from Booking.com uncovering that after spending extended time at home, 65%*of women globally have pledged not to take travel for granted again. In fact, 1 in 2 (55%)* women have revealed the recent travel restrictions have only created a heightened desire to see more of the world when it’s possible to travel again.
To mark International Women’s Day, we have handpicked a selection of destinations around the world that offer something to suit different passions across generations of women. So, whatever it is that women want from travel, these destinations promise to offer enriching travel experiences as it becomes safe to do so.
For the 1 in 8 (15%)* women globally who said they plan to go on an adventure trip in the coming year, a trip to Argentina is the perfect destination for any thrill seekers. From mountain climbing, glacier hiking to white water rafting, Argentina is a great destination to make exhilarating memories. Plus, known for its rich wine regions, a stay at a winery accommodation cements Argentina as an all-encompassing destination, with something for any woman to enjoy.
With mountains, beautiful colors and a unique culture, Northern India is one of the most majestic destinations imaginable. Set in the Himalayan foothills, besides the Ganges River, this retreat is all women need to relax, revitalize, and reconnect after spending extended time at home.
Neemrana's Glasshouse on The Ganges, India
Sirens of the sea
For women who know the sea is where they want to be, experience a truly authentic Italian getaway with a visit to the dazzling island of Sicily. Enjoy the stunning settings of ultra-luxurious Verdura’s Resort, here female travelers can make the most of the accommodations’ private beach, which will no doubt meet the needs for the 42 %* of female travelers who are planning to take a beach break in the next year.
Verdura Resort, Italy
The powerful empress
For female travelers who like to get swept up in history and romantic architecture, Fairmont Empress Hotel, set in Canada’s beloved city of Victoria, is the perfect accommodation to step back in time. Overlooking the beautiful harbor, this historic hotel will channel your inner Empress with its fairy-tale like interiors.
Fairmont Empress Hotel, Canada
A sightseer’s paradise
A perfect destination to travel alone or with a group, New Zealand is the land offering just about everything. It welcomes mountain climbers, beach bums, and unique animal lovers with its laid-back culture and jaw-dropping backdrops. If you are one of the 72 %* of women who said they want to appreciate more simple experiences once it is safe to travel again, prepare to be in awe of the natural, simplistic beauty of this destination. When staying here, sit back and relax with your personal spa overlooking the mountains and water at this enchanting lodge.
Blanket Bay, New Zealand
Known for being one of the most gender equal countries in the world, Finland is not only an empowering destination but also a beautiful one to either travel to alone or with family and friends. Located in the heart of Helsinki, Klaus K is a fun and stylish boutique hotel, making it the perfect base to explore this unique land.
What’s not to love about Thailand? It is the perfect destination to catch up on some much-needed Zen whilst creating some lifelong memories once it is safe to travel again. With 1 in 2 (53 %)* women around the world recently revealing that they want to go on a relaxing trip, Thailand provides plenty opportunities to make the most of long, lazy days in the sunshine. As far as accommodations go, just imagine yourself jumping into that pool after a Thai massage…
The Sarojin, Thailand
For those who love the countryside
For any female traveler wanting to escape reality and reconnect with nature in the glorious countryside, then a glamping experience needs to be on the list. Yurt glamping provides a luxurious outdoors experience, enabling women to appreciate the simplistic beauty of the British countryside.
Glamping on the Hill, United Kingdom
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults who have traveled for business or leisure in the past 12 months, and must be planning to travel in the next 12 months (if/once travel restrictions are lifted). In total 20,934 respondents across 28 countries and territories were polled (including from 999 USA, 496 from Canada, 497 from Mexico, 997 from Colombia, 999 from Brazil, 499 from Argentina, 995 from Australia, 499 from New Zealand, 999 from Spain, 996 from Italy, 996 from France, 999 from UK, 996 from Germany, 498 from Netherlands, 499 from Denmark, 499 from Sweden, 498 from Croatia, 1001 from Russia, 498 from Israel, 997 from India, 994 from China, 499 from Hong Kong, 497 from Thailand, 496 from Singapore, 499 from Taiwan, 997 from South Korea, 500 from Vietnam and 995 from Japan). Respondents completed an online survey in July 2020.