Behold! Wander Woman!

By: Ashley Thompson

In light of International Women’s Day, here are some encouraging statistics that would make us shout “You Go Girl!” if it were still the 1990s. According to a recent survey by ResponsibleTravel.com, an online eco-friendly and ethical travel site, more than 67 percent of bookings made through its website are done by women. And one-third of those women booked solo trips. Women are choosing environmentally friendly travel over mass tourism, and are more eager than ever to venture off on their own.

Eco Space reports on one of these Green Globetrotting Girls:

Jane Burton, a newly initiated GGG and physiotherapist from London, recently travelled solo to join a cycling trip in Cuba. “I wanted to go away on my own but I didn’t want to lie on a beach for a week and stay at an all-inclusive resort. I wanted to know that my holiday would benefit local people as much as possible and that in the process, I would learn about the real Cuba.”

“The cycling trip I took was terrific. We stayed two nights in casa particulares (homestays with local people) which offered a unique insight into Cuban lives. Also one of our guides was Cuban – he had some incredible stories to tell – and cycling everywhere meant we could visit places that were well off the beaten track. I never thought that going on holiday on your own could be so much fun. I met a brilliant bunch of people from all different walks of life and every day was an adventure. I have such fond memories of my holiday.”’

IT says cheers to you, Jane, and all the other ladies trekking the globe leaving as small of an eco-footprint as possible.

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