Every woman should travel solo at least once in their lives. If you haven’t considered it before, it could be the adventure you’ve been waiting for. This International Women’s Day, March 8th, we’re encouraging you to give solo travel a try,
From Egypt and India to Greece and beyond, here are 5 historic destinations every solo traveller should see in her lifetime.
Cleopatra may have lived almost 2,500 years before the pyramids were even built, but her legacy lives on longer. Cleopatra was Egypt’s last ruling pharaoh. Between 52 B.C. and 31 B.C, she controlled Egypt, securing the country’s economy, organizing an army, and keeping alliances with Rome to remain independent from its empire.
Surely the most well-known icons of ancient Egypt, the Great Pyramids of Giza date back to 2550 B.C. Ancient Egyptians built pyramids as tombs for kings and queens as a means to help their souls reach the heavens. The Great Pyramids are the only structures of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing.
An incredible ancient city, UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders, Petra remained hidden for hundreds of years before it was found by the rest of the world. Amidst narrow mountain valleys and canyons, explorers rediscovered Petra, an abandoned city that once thrived commercially and politically as far back as the fourth century B.C.
Navigate slotted sandstone passageways and discover Petra with the heart and curiosity of an explorer. Take your time to make your way through the lost civilization, where you’ll find buildings carved out of stone, rock-cut monuments, and an innovative harvesting system that distributes water throughout the desert and even controlled floods using dams.
Santorini, Greek Islands
When a volcano destroyed and submerged a large part of Santorini in 1620 B.C., it became the inspiration for the legend of Atlantis. Taking place during the height of the Minoan civilization, the main settlement of Akrotiri was entombed in volcanic ash, much like Pompeii. Since 1967, archaeologists have uncovered remarkably preserved frescoes and artifacts that can be seen today.
Since then, Santorini has inspired adventurers from around the world. With the curves of whitewashed buildings set against a backdrop of the Aegean Sea’s deepest blue water, Santorini must be seen to be believed.
An old port town on the Guadalquivir River in southern Spain, Seville is one of Spain’s oldest cities. Hundreds of years of culture and history dating back to the 8th century B.C. can be found here on its flamenco stages, hand-painted azulejos of the Plaza de España, and La Catedral, the largest Gothic building in the world.
For the best view of Seville, walk (or take the elevator) up to the top of Las Setas, the largest wooden structure in the world, where you’ll find breathtaking 360-degree views of the entire city. Underneath the structure, you’ll discover the fascinating excavated Roman ruins discovered during the construction of Las Setas!
Rajasthan, along with Agra and Delhi, makes up one corner of the Golden Triangle. Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is famous for its beautiful Hindu temples, regal maharajas and medieval forts. Built in the 15th century, the Jodhpur fort is one of the largest forts in India and offers the best views of Rajasthan.
For women travellers inspired to travel India in the company of other women travellers around the world, you may be interested in Insight Vacation’s Inspirational India tour. The unique experiences included support the local women you meet along the way as part of the tour. Explore the Golden Triangle and converge with inspiring community leaders, like the women of Sheroes Hangout, a one-of-a-kind cafe, and Sunder Rang, an arts and crafts initiative launched on International Women’s Day in 2007. Ask an Expert Traveller for more details on this tour and to save you a spot.
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