Closely related to the camaraderie and common bonds women associate with “women-only” adventures is the atmosphere of support and encouragement on these trips. Women say they become more open to taking risks and stretching themselves beyond their comfort zones when they feel the embrace of other women egging them on, gaining strength and confidence to reach beyond what they thought were their limits. They feel they “hear” each other better and feel free to “ask stupid questions” and try new things. They use words including compassion, kindness, empathy, nurturing, empowering. and motivating. They like the honest conversations which are inspired on women-only trips, and they love the mutual respect they find there.