Celebrate International Women’s Day With Trips Inspired by Women’s History
With International Women’s Day celebrated today, there’s no better time to feel empowered to champion women’s achievements throughout history. According to our research, 63% of global travelers consider visiting historical places to be an important motivation to travel*. With that in mind, we have collated five destinations around the world with attractions to remember how far women’s rights have come and celebrate what’s next.
Situated in Northeast Ohio, this culturally diverse city offers plenty of attractions such as Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Most notably, the International Women's Air & Space Museum showcases the history and culture of women in all sectors of aviation and aerospace, raising awareness about the contributions they continue to make.
Where to stay: Situated in the heart of Cleveland, the classy Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown is a perfect stay for travelers seeking culture. The hotel is just a short walk to the International Women’s Air & Space Museum, as well as to other tourist hotspots nearby such as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. After a day of exploring the city, guests can relax in their luxury room with modern décor, and have a bite and a drink at the onsite bar.
This vibrant city offers an experience for everyone, with a rich historic heritage, fine food and glamorous fashion scene. To enrich your knowledge of women’s history, try out the Historical East End Women Walking Tour. On this tour, travelers will learn about the working women who lived in London's East End over the past few centuries. The guide focuses on these women's achievements as well as sites that hold importance.
Where to stay: Providing views of the iconic Tower of London, Tower Bridge and River Thames, citizenM Tower of London serves as the perfect base for exploring London’s history and taking in its spectacular views. Rooms boast high-rise ceilings and a bright, artistic décor, with some looking out onto London’s skyline. It’s also a convenient one minute walk away from the Historical East End Women Walking Tour’s place of departure.
This colorful capital city is renowned for its world-class cuisine, rich historical sites and dynamic entertainment. For those looking to connect with women’s history, take a trip to the Museo de la Mujer (Women’s Museum), which hosts artistic and historical exhibitions exploring themes of women's culture and history, mainly in Argentina and other parts of Latin America. This museum also examines the shift in women’s role throughout history and analyses the challenges women face around the world to this day.
Where to stay: The stylish Huinid Obelisco Hotel comprises a fitness center and bar and is located in the heart of Buenos Aires – the ideal spot for sightseeing. Popular points of interest can be found nearby, such as the Colon Theater and the Palacio Barolo. The hotel is also just a short walk from the Museo de la Mujer.
The Women of Naples Walking Tour will take you on a route through the city whilst detailing stories about some of the most influential women in Naples, such as Queen Sancia de Maioca and Santa Patrizia. You'll even learn about several female characters of popular local legends. Situated in southern Italy, this charming city is known for its ancient ruins, impressive cuisine and tourist attractions, including a royal palace and seven castles.
Where to stay: The fabulous Nova Relais is housed in an 18th century building, with well-equipped units and a minimalistic interior. Guests can take a stroll past the city’s main attractions, such as Naples National Archaeological Museum, the Catacombs of Saint Gaudioso and the Piazza Bellini, where the Women of Naples Walking Tour begins.
The War and Women’s Human Rights Museum in Seoul commemorates the tragic history of the Japanese military 'comfort women' - survivors of sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II. It also scrutinises the problem of sexual violence during wartime, hoping for a world free of war and violence against women. The first woman to bravely come forward about her experience did so in 1991, 50 years after World War II. The vast metropolis of Seoul juxtaposes modern skyscrapers with Buddhist temples and palaces.
Where to stay: Featuring panoramic windows, a rooftop garden, impressive outdoor pool and fitness centre, Amanti Hotel Seoul is within walking distance of the trendy Hongdae neighborhood. As well as being close to The War and Women’s Human Rights Museum, guests can marvel at the nearby Ewha Womans University, the world's largest female educational institute.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 47,728 respondents across 28 markets (1,997 from USA, 1,987 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 1,996 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,994 from Australia, 985 from New Zealand, 1,993 from Spain, 1,993 from Italy, 1,993 from France, 1,984 from UK, 1,989 from Germany, 1,977 from Netherlands, 983 from Denmark, 986 from Sweden, 998 from Croatia, 1,997 from Russia, 999 from Israel, 1,997 from India, 1,992 from China, 991 from Hong Kong, 1,991 from Thailand, 1,977 from Singapore, 998 from Taiwan, 953 from Vietnam, 1,990 from South Korea, 1,987 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2020.