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Women in Adventure Travel

Women in Adventure Travel

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Published by: Natalia Leão on Jun 11, 2012
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Pre-Intermediate 1Unit 2 - Place
 
Women Are Fastest Growing Segment of US Adventure Travel Industry
When you hear the words “adventure travel,” perhaps you think of Venetian merchant
Marco Polo, the
distinguished
African explorer David Livingstone, or North Poleadventurer Robert Peary. Nowadays, it
conjures up
images of muscular guys
mushing
 
sled dogs to victory in Alaska‟s Iditarod race, or
tethered
to bungee cords and jumpingoff bridges into canyons.MEN exploring and climbing, mushing and jumping.But dozens of women have
climbed Nepal‟s Mount Everest,the world‟s tallest peak. Others
have mapped continents andcommanded space flights. Twohundred or so years ago, it wasa Native American woman whoguided the explorers MeriwetherLewis and William Clark ontheir journey of discovery through the Pacific Northwest. Just last year, British oceanrower Roz Savage became thefirst woman to cross the PacificOcean alone, in a rowboat.In fact, women are the fastest-
growing segment of America‟s “adventure
 
travel” industry.
Books with titles
such as
 
Gutsy Women and travel organizations like “Woodswomen”
serve the
swelling
interest in women-only canoe trips, backpacking expeditions, andother
strenuous
adventures.Women are already used to the complexities of 
ordinary
family travel. Now, many wantsomething more
invigorating
. One of the
lures
of adventure travel is the opportunity to
share it with their daughters or granddaughters. For others, it‟s the chance to challenge
themselves without worrying about the needs of kids or husbands or boyfriends, for achange.
“There are many women who say, „I‟m afraid I couldn‟t keep up,‟” one female adventuretraveler told the Baltimore Sun. “I love watching women
get over
their self-imposed
limitations.”
 Older women already predominate on organized sightseeing tours. Now, women of allages are getting off the bus and
striding
vigorously into remote,
rugged
, and
remarkable
places.
From: 
 
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/people/Women-Are-Fastest-Growing-Segment-of-US- Adventure-Travel-Industry-122452889.html 

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