Another female-led, female-focused, incredible tour by Wild Women Expeditions, Women of the Gobi Desert offers an epic journey through Mongolia. Bring the girls on an exploratory journey through the incredible Mongolian landscape, including stops in local villages, challenging hikes and an in-depth look at the unique ecosystem and culture of the Gobi desert.
While a girls’ trip to Gobi might not be at the top of your list for a relaxing retreat with friends and family, this trip actually has a bit of everything for the adventurous and culturally curious females in your group. Bring the ladies along, or embark on a solo adventure to the Gobi desert with the help of experts — whichever you decide, prepare to scale sand dunes, cliffs, mountain ranges and rugged terrain with a group of like-minded adventurers.
While Mongolia is an underrated destination for natural beauty and activity, it shouldn’t be, but the slightly off-the-beaten-path aspect makes this destination all the more appealing for travelers looking for something a little less touristy this year. The expansive, diverse landscape offers stark deserts, unique wildlife and vast plains — perfect for those stunning desert sunsets and sprawling landscapes you’ve seen pictures of, but without the hoards or crowds in the background.
In addition to the natural wonders of the tour, guests can expect to connect with local families and nomadic livestock herders who live and work the land, as well as explore the Tsagaan Suvraga, or The White Shrine. This iconic natural landmark juts out of the earth as white sand cliffs, but shines in the sunlight with vibrant orange and red hues peppered around the exterior.
Watch the sunlight bounce off the “Flaming Cliffs,” and take in the moment of peace, quiet and reflection before heading on camelback over sand dunes.
With any Wild Women Expeditions tour, culture and local identity plays a large role in the excursion. Meet local women of Gobi, who work to conserve the land and further community development. Visit local temples, honoring the mountains, explore a pre-historic cave, check out ancient rock art and take in the incredibly unique desert setting.
The 12-day tour begins at $3,695 per person and includes all accommodations, travel costs, transportation within the itinerary, all meals, entrance fees to national parks and museums on the itinerary and more.
If you’re planning a multigenerational getaway this winter, look into these luxury resorts perfect for a vacation with the entire crew.
By Hainan Airlines
After gathering apples from our tree for several days, my husband and I made the drive to Kisma Preserve near Mount Desert Island in coastal Maine with one wish: to meet the resident bear. A long-time resident at Kisma, Flipper the Bear has lived at the wildlife preserve since he was discovered (as a youngster himself) playing with a group of small children in a swimming pool. Authorities knew his fascination with people and being around them was likely to be his undoing, and he’s been in his own private section of the preserve ever since. The owners insisted his area include a deep, stone-rimmed pool of his own where he could safely indulge in his passion for swimming whenever he chooses.
With the return of the Netflix hit The Crown, fans will have their Anglophile fix from royal family drama in no time. Chronicling the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the new season returns with all the same stunning locales and real-life royal settings fans expect, and some additional wanderlust-inducing destinations avid travelers are going to want to add to their lists.
Mendocino County in Northern California is known for its craggy coastline, towering Redwoods, world-class wineries and creative microbreweries. Locals find autumn the best time of the year here, when the summertime crowds have given way to a more relaxed vibe, holding hands while leaf peeping passes for the perfect afternoon activity and crisp nights are made for snuggling. In other words, it’s the perfect setting and season for a couple’s getaway.