Once you travel with a
group of women you won’t want to stop.
There’s something unique that brings women together.
Women have a natural bond of shared experiences and shared histories and
there’s no better opportunity to discover that camaraderie than on a journey with other women – because traveling with a group of women is never
just a trip.
Here are some of the experiences you may find as you
journey with a group of women:
- You’ll lose your inhibition.
- You’ll remind yourself to let things go.
- You’ll laugh and talk a lot.
- You’ll cry a little.
- You’ll conquer fears.
- You’ll try something new.
- You’ll challenge and support each other.
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A Bond Thousands of Years in the Making
If you look back in history, you will see that there
is a certain emotional support, intimacy, empathy and nourishment that women
have provided for each other throughout time.
Thousands of years ago, we nurtured and nourished each
other and each other’s children and, while in modern times those physical
connections and survival needs may have dwindled, the psychological bonds stay
Today, we depend on our community of women for
spiritual survival. And, if you don’t already have a community, you don’t have
to look far to find one.
There is also science behind this phenomenon. Both men
and women release the hormone oxytocin in response to stress. Oxytocin
naturally encourages people to nurture, comfort, trust and love. However, oxytocin
is more likely to lead to social bonding among women than men (Ma et al., Sex- and context-dependent effects of
oxytocin on social sharing. NeuroImage (2018).
As we bond, share and nurture, more oxytocin is
released, and this leads to more trusting, less
self-protectiveness and more caring. Seeking social connection to reduce
stress is unique to women, and some researchers even theorize that this is the
secret to women living longer lives than men.
What a wonderful idea to embrace — the more social
connection you have, the longer you may live!
One great way to socialize is through a learning
adventure with Road Scholar,
where you get to learn something new, travel and meet new people who share your
The Lasting Impact of Women-Only Travel
Traveling with a mixed-gender group certainly has its
advantages… and men and women can, no doubt, build very strong bonds filled
with friendship, love and empathy. But if you happen to be searching for a
special community and for a very unique experience, a surefire way to do it is
to journey with other women.
You may be filled with initial trepidation, but as natural chemicals take over, your inhibitions will be lost, and you’ll find yourself opening up and letting an amazing group of new friends into your life.
In a matter of days, you won’t be able to imagine your
life without these women. Even if you never see each other again, which
sometimes happens, that bond is a part of you forever.
Your community of women is out there, and it’s never
too late to take that journey to find them.
Have you ever travelled with a group of other women?
How would you describe your experience? Would you recommend this approach to
About the Author: Senior Director of Creative at Road Scholar, Paige Davis, has been inspired by many strong women in her life. She recently hiked in Utah with her sister and a group of 15 inspiring Road Scholar women and has subsequently decided to leave her husband at home more often.