Solo Travel

Fear: Friend or Foe of the Solo Traveler?

August 6, 2014
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Don’t you just hate being afraid of things? Fear can be so limiting. Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn how to be completely fearless? Er, not so fast. Yes, fear is our foe when it paralyzes us and keeps us from doing things we want to do. But fear can also be a [...]

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The Joys of Solo Dining

July 16, 2014
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When people first start traveling solo, one of the things they are most nervous about is dining in public alone. There seem to be a few fears at play here: 1.) The fear that others will see us eating alone and judge us to be lonely, friendless pariahs. 2.) The fear that we’ll receive poor [...]

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The Gratitude Project

May 14, 2014
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The human mind can be the magic carpet that flies us to exotic lands. It can be the MacGyver that helps us find creative ways to solve our problems. It can change our world. But it can also sabotage us quicker than you can say “boo.” If you still haven’t made your travel dreams come [...]

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Solo Spa Nerves

January 8, 2014
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One of the best ways a solo traveler can relax on the road is to treat herself (or himself) to a spa day. I have to admit, I’ve only done this a handful of times. I usually have excuses why I can’t, like “I’ve only got a week in this city, and there’s too much [...]

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2013: The Year of Social Solo Travel

December 26, 2013
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2013 was a much busier travel year for me than I expected it to be. At the beginning of the year, I only had three trips confirmed. By the end of the year, I’d gone on seven—thanks to four serendipitous opportunities. I never left North America, but I was able to visit four new destinations, [...]

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Best Places to Travel Solo?

September 11, 2013
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Every once in awhile, I receive email and Twitter requests from people for “best places to travel solo”. They’re looking to me for a shortlist of the “sure-thing” destinations where they’ll have a great solo travel experience. Sometimes, I even see an article make the rounds of social media attempting to come up with such [...]

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Solo Travel: The Unfiltered Experience

August 7, 2013
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If you’re on Instagram, you know all about filters—the popular photo app applies filters to photos to make them look more artistic. You can tint a photo, strip out the color to make it black-and-white, or boost the colors, making it more vibrant. Photo editing software offers filters like that, too. As a creative person, [...]

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The Protagonist’s Trip: Solo Travel For the Author

July 24, 2013
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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wondered how mystery writers do their research to get all the details “just right” for their stories. Surely they can’t have traveled to all the places they write about and surely they can’t have personally experienced all the things their protagonists do in the book, right? Well, [...]

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How To Survive a Long Solo Road Trip

June 19, 2013
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Is there some aspect of travel that you find daunting? Something you dislike so much you’d do pretty much anything to avoid it? For me, it’s always been the long, solo car trip. I don’t enjoy driving. Oh, sure, driving is good for getting back and forth to work and to run errands. But beyond [...]

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