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Sisterhood of travelers develops an independent streak

Sisterhood of travelers develops an independent streak

A typical trip with the girls once meant shopping, spa treatments, culinary tours or wine tastings. While each pursuit remains appealing, many women today want these experiences and more, particularly the growing number of baby boomers who've been there, done that and have the means and desire to explore distant corners of the world. Camel trekking in Morocco anyone? Horseback riding in Iceland? Or how about a hike to Machu Picchu or yoga in Bhutan? In the last six years, the number of women-only tour companies has grown 230 percent, said Marianne Southall, a founder of the Women's Travel Club. Women join these tours because they "don't have anyone to travel with....