Around the world on 8 March people get involved in celebrating International Women’s Day. With research showing that women are most likely to have the most influence in booking a holiday, our take on this special day has seen us look at the birthplaces and homes of five inspirational and iconic women.
Get into the New York groove
Iconic pop artist Madonna used her sassy attitude to get ahead in the music business when she lived and worked in the Big Apple. The city is a real haven for women who are looking to indulge in retail therapy, tasty US food and tours that take in some of the world’s most recognisable sights, from the Statue of Liberty to Brooklyn Bridge.
Golighty in Brussels
Screen icon Audrey Hepburn wowed the world with her performance of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s where she was transformed into an elegant socialite. However despite her cut-glass accent the actress actually hails from Brussels, which is often a choice destination for those looking for cheap holidays and short-haul trips. The city is an interesting mix of Flemish and French history, which gives you lots of options when it comes to dining. Belgian beer tours and chocolate tasting are a must, while the old town with its ancient buildings is great for sightseeing and is packed with entertainment venues.
Bin umbrellas in Barbados
Hip songstress Rihanna was born in Barbados and if you’d like to walk in her footsteps then this Caribbean island will make a good option for last minute holidays for you and your friends. Barbados is fringed with white sand beaches ideal for the water sports enthusiast, while resorts make relaxing retreats for spa therapies.
Spain’s capital is the birthplace of award-winning Hollywood actress Penelope Cruz, the first Spanish actress to be honoured with an Oscar. The city is a hive of Spanish culture and activity from the energetic flamenco music drifting along its plazas to delicious tapas dishes served up in street cafes. The party spirit and friendly atmosphere is a welcoming start to your girls’ trip abroad!
Try Italian Pride and Passion
Italian-born beauty Sophia Loren has made silver screen appearances through the decades with 1957′s The Pride and Passion being among her first movie hits. Like Loren, the country still has much appeal and can meet many of the requirements for a trip abroad because of its sheer variety. Fun, thrills and sightseeing tours are easy to come by in Rome, while a more sedate holiday can be enjoyed in Lake Garda’s mountainous area. Lazy beach trips along the coastline may appeal to those wanting to laze in the sun and activities such as canoeing, cycling and scuba diving are available for the more active holidaymaker.