About Me/Clips

In the Valley of Fire

Welcome to SoloFriendly.com! I’m Gray Cargill, publisher of this site. Why is this site called “SoloFriendly”? Because it’s all about solo travel, and one of the things I really like to focus on are destinations and activities that are solo-friendly. Get it?

Though I am what is known as a “travel blogger,” this isn’t my full-time job. I have a day job with a nonprofit higher education organization here in Vermont, where I live. So, like most of you, I know what it’s like to have to travel during my vacation time on the funds that I can save over and above my daily living expenses.

Why do I travel alone? Like many, I started out as a solo traveler because I had the time and inclination to travel, but none of my friends did. So my options were

1) don’t travel
2) travel alone

I chose to go it alone. My first solo trip was 3 weeks to England during the late 1990s, where I took a class called “Shakespeare on the Page and Stage” through my local University. That was when I discovered my passion for travel. I’ve been traveling alone for about 15 years now, and I love it!

Oahu

Aside from the obvious benefits of being able to do whatever you want whenever you want without having to worry about the wishes (or annoying habits!) of a companion, solo travel helps to develop self-reliance and self-confidence.  Here are a few more reasons you should consider traveling alone.

I created this website so I could share my experiences on the road and what I’ve learned during my solo travels, provide useful links to travel resources, and generate some interest in solo travel among people who haven’t yet taken the plunge. If there is a place you want to see, then go see it. Don’t let anything—fear, other people, lack of resources—keep you from exploring this huge, diverse world we live in.

If you like what you see here on my website, I hope you bookmark it, add it to your RSS reader, and/or sign up to receive posts via email (see sidebar). You might also want to check out my other website, The Vegas Solo. Please also join me and over 1,700 others with interest in solo travel over on the SoloFriendly Facebook page.  If you’re on Twitter, you can follow me at @Solofriendly and @VegasSolo.  If you have any questions about solo travel, or just want to say hi, I would love to hear from you!

Niagara Falls

CLIPS

Here is a collection of my other writing around the web:

Guest Blog Posts

How to Take More Interesting Travel Photos – Mastering the Art of Travel Photography

Solo City Break to Montreal, Canada – Single Occupancy Blog

Las Vegas on a  Budget – Fun and Affordable – LandLopers

My Velvet Escape Travel Tip: Las Vegas – Velvet Escape

25 Things Women Should Know Before Visiting Las Vegas – Journeywoman.com

How to Prepare for Solo Travel, NomadicChick.com

The Universe Provides to the Solo Traveler, Women-On-The-Road.com

Vegas for the Solo Mom, The YummyMummyClub.ca

Dining Alone in Disney, TheDisneyFoodBlog.com

Prepping for a Vegas Adventure, EastCoastGambler.net

Five Best Things To Do in Burlington, Vermont, GotSaga

The Bra Stash Personal Security Wallet, Her Packing List

Contributions

How Solo Travelers Can Avoid Single Supplements, MaidenVoyage

Solo Travel Advice for Baby Boomer Women, MyItchyTravelFeet.com

Las Vegas Taxi Tips and the Most Common Ripoff, TravelDudes.org

Travel Bloggers Share Their “Worst Travel Advice”, MyMelange.net

Mentions and Interviews

How to avoid single-supplement charges, L.A. Times

For Free Fun, The Eyes Have It, Las Vegas Review Journal

Travel Tips: What To Do When the Weather Doesn’t Cooperate, Frommers.com

The Top 100 Travel Photographers in the World 2014, ChilliSauce

19 Indispensable Resources for Solo Travelers – Bootsnall.com

Party of One? Vegas Solo Has You Covered – Vegas Hotel Hunt

Traveling SoloHome Based Travel Agent Show (podcast)

A Conversation with Gray Cargill of SoloFriendly.com – A View To A Thrill

Interview with Gray Cargill of SoloFriendly.com - NationalRVParks.com

Twenty Questions with Featured Travel Blogger Gray Cargill, Best Travel Deals Tips

Waiting to Board with Gray Cargill – CheapFlights.com

Top 150 Travel Blogs for Students, CollegeScholarships.org

Traveler Spotlight, JayTravels.net

Gray Cargill’s Space for Solo Travelers, TravelBlogSites.com

Interview at Travelling Round Europe and Beyond

50 Women Travelers, Eat Your Heart Out “Eat Pray Love”, Monkey Brewster

Go Abroad’s Top Solo Female Travel Bloggers