International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements and gender equality all over the world, covering everything from political, social, professional and travel accomplishments.
Booking.com is celebrating International Women’s Day by looking at iconic female explorers throughout the years and their incredible trips to help inspire you for your next holiday.
Annie was the first woman to cycle the globe on a bicycle between 1894 and 1895. Starting in the US, she then made her way across Europe and onto Asia before sailing from Yokohama, Japan to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and then onto to Los Angeles, through Arizona, New Mexico and on to El Paso. Quite the adventure!
If you’re a fan of cycling but fancy an adventure on a smaller scale, one of the top destinations around the world endorsed for cycling by Booking.com travellers is Yangshuo, China. The countryside here is a cycling paradise full of village trails and paths taking through amazing scenery. There is no shortage of scenic routes from Yangshuo through winding roads, tea plantations, caves, rivers and villages. Stay at the Li River Resort for a relaxing riverside retreat, offering Chinese style accommodation. Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, walk in the garden or take organized cycling and hiking trips.
In 1963, at just 26 years old, Valentina was selected to be the first Soviet woman to be sent into orbit. She was chosen as she was a regional skydiving champion and had a working class background. She spent almost three days on the spacecraft which orbited the Earth 48 times. Even today, she remains the only woman to ever have been on a solo space mission.
You may not be able to travel into space but why not venture to a great destination for stargazing for your next trip? Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, is one of the top endorsed destinations for stargazing by Booking.com travellers and it’s easy to see why. Lake Tekapo boasts beautiful clear skies, especially within the stunning Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve where travellers can combine stargazing tours with visits to hot pools. Stay at Lakeview Takepo, located in the Dark Sky Reserve for beautiful views of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps, where guests can enjoy luxury apartments that all come with a sky window in each bedroom for stargazing.
Junko was a Japanese mountaineer and the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1975 as well as the first women to ascend “The Seven Summits”, the highest summit of every continent. She also played a huge role in challenging cultural stereotypes in her homeland about women’s roles in society.
You may not be ready to take on Everest, but get up close to this incredible landmark with a trip to Nepal. The Everest Base Camp trek takes you on a 15 day adventure giving you great views of this incredible mountain. Start or end your adventure in The Dwarikas Hotel in Kathmandu, a luxury stay inspired by Kathmandu Valley’s rich cultural heritage. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool, restaurant options, beautiful architecture and spa before or after setting off on their trek to see Everest. If you fancy something different visit Alishan in Taiwan, Szklarska in Poland and Terchova in Slovakia which Booking.com travellers highly endorsed for mountain walks.
In 2010 Laura Dekker was the youngest person to ever sail solo around the world, aged just 15. She was brought up sailing, spent the first five years of her life at sea and owned several boats – all named Guppy. Her journey took one year and five months, starting in Gibraltar and going onto Canary Islands, Panama and the Galapagos, Tahiti, Fiji, Australia and South Africa before finishing in the Netherlands.
If you’re a fan of sailing, one of the top destinations around the world endorsed for sailing by Booking.com travellers is Cowes, Isle of Wight. Home to one of the longest running and largest regattas in the world, Cowes Week, which takes place in August every year. Whether you’re Olympic level, professional or weekend sailors, you can take part. Stay in North House, a boutique hotel offering guests an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and beautifully decorated rooms. A peaceful stay not far from the action of Cowes Week.