This year marks the 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed, allowing women over 30 to vote. What better way to celebrate than to take part in ITC Travel Group’s incentive trips inspired by the world’s most renowned female writers, explorers and adventurers?
Discover the same countries, cultures and landscapes that they did by exploring the savannahs of Kenya; the glaciers of Himalaya; the slopes of Canada; the mountains of Peru; or the history of Turkey.
Did you ever read Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa? Spending much of her life in Kenya, the Danish author published the celebrated book in 1937, and now you can experience the landscape that inspired it. Head to the Maasai Mara (now a national reserve), and the Karen Blixen Camp, for wildlife spotting, safaris and walks. Twenty-two luxury tents with views of the savannah’s animals make up the camp, which occupies three days of the 11-day trip. The tour starts at £3,360pp and includes flights and transfers.
Keen to spot polar bears? Follow the footsteps of Canada’s first female prospector, Kate Rice, as you make your way through the country’s arctic landscape by dog sledding. The six-day Manitoba expedition explores the remote city of Churchill and includes staying at the Tundra Buggy Lodge, where you can see the bears from your bunk room window. Prices start at £4,999pp and include flights and transfers.
Photo credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
Get in touch with Rainbow Tours to book either Kenya or Canada (020 7666 1266).
If you’re looking for something more challenging, the Grand Walking Tour of Bhutan might be your thing. The two-week long expedition in the eastern Himalayas will give you views of Mount Everest from the Cheli La Ridge hike. This is in honour of Japanese climber Junko Tabei, who was the first woman to reach the summit of Everest (as part of an all-female party) in 1975. Prices start at £4,095pp – book with Regent Holidays (020 7666 1258).
Other trips include a historical exploration of Turkey inspired by author Freya Stark and a trek of Peru to replicate mountaineer Annie Smith Peck’s adventures.