Contrary to popular belief, the average adventure traveler is a 47-year-old woman.

In fact, The Travel Industry Association of America reports that 20- to 70-year-old women make up three-quarters of those embarking on nature, adventure and cultural journeys. And, according to a 2014 study, 72 percent of American women are interested in solo travel and those who pursue it are doing so more adventurously. It makes sense, then, that adventure travel brands are witnessing a serious surge in female clientele.

By now you understand PTO and the wealth of benefits that come with taking time to travel — but where do you start when it comes to planning that time off? If solo travel sounds enticing but you’re not entirely sold on traveling without a partner, consider the following adventure travel companies that offer intimate tours designed for groups of likeminded women. Travel solo, but not alone.

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