Solo Travel

Thoughts on a Solo Staycation

October 15, 2014
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When the term “staycation” was first coined several years ago, I despised it. It was too cutesie and the concept baffled me. Who would want to take a vacation and not go anywhere, when you could travel and see the world instead? What kind of madness is that? Of course, there are reasons people might [...]

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Nomadic Chick Sparks a Creative Revolution

October 1, 2014
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This week’s interview is for the women out there who are writers or would-be writers. If you feel you have a powerful piece of writing inside of you, that you yearn to bring to life but you haven’t been able to make it happen, read on. Don’t worry, there is a travel component to this, [...]

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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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