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Independent women shaping travel industry

It’s something we’ve been aware of for some time, women are travelling on their own more and more. Gone are the days when they used to travel in gangs, or is that gaggles? But seriously, many women travel on their own and I’m not sure why people are surprised.

Independent women shaping travel industry: poll | Lifestyle from CTV News.

Nor am I surprised to find that independent women travellers are shaping the travel industry. After all, if there’s a market segment to exploit, the travel companies will because that’s what they’re there for. To make money.

Certainly we see as many women booking a rental car as men. Many times a family group will have a woman as the lead driver. We could I guess, ascribe that to stereotypes, you know, Mom is the one who doesn’t ‘work’ and Dad is the one who does and so needs a holiday!!

I think it’s just that more women work, drive and stay single longer. One ‘problem’ that remains though is that women who travel alone do need to take more care, or at least, that’s what we all think. But is it true?

Let’s face it, no matter where you are in the world, men are just as vulnerable to attack from other men as women are. It’s just that we don’t think like that. A woman picking up a rental car is just as safe as a man, if both are on their own. It’s when they’re driving down a dark alley that things might get a bit hairy. So the sensible thing for both is, not to do it.

Men are less likely to be attacked by a couple of women than vice versa but really, that’s the only difference surely?

 

Renting A Car

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Renting a car

If you decide you want to rent a car you may think it just means that you book on line or call a car hire company and that’s it. Sadly that’s not strictly true. For example, let’s say you want what is termed a ‘compact’ car. You look on the site and see that a VW Golf is cited as the ‘typical’ model. You may own one and know and like it, you may want to try one just for the fun of it. You book the car and get you booking confirmation and you think all is well.

Fast forward to the day you pick up the car, to your dismay you’re given the keys to a Skoda Fabia. What to do? Nothing is the answer because cars are booked by the group size not make and model. You may think this is nothing to worry about or, like many you may get quite upset. This is not the reason you should worry however, it’s all a matter of size, when it comes to booking the right hire car, size does matter!

My husband is 6′ tall, he fits into a Kia Venga but not the Golf, he has a spinal fracture so can’t bend as much as others but it was the actual headroom that was the problem. You can usually up-grade to a bigger group at pick up but usually that costs more than booking a bigger group from the start.