Odds and Ends

by Gray Cargill on November 16, 2012

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done any kind of “housekeeping” or “news roundup” post, but there are several items I wanted to bring to your attention, so you get a bonus blog post this week!

First off, I wanted to share this because I absolutely loved this article by a married mom and solo traveler who explains to her five-year-old son why it’s important for her to go to Rome without the family. It’s a terrific story. (I hope you can read it. It’s published in a Gannett newspaper, which offers a certain number of free articles per month to non-subscribers.)

Janice Waugh’s The Solo Traveler’s Handbook is now in its second edition! It’s available in both print and e-book format. You may remember, I reviewed the first edition last year. If you want to get a good idea of what it’s like to travel solo, this is a great place to start. Janice’s book is just one in a family of travel guides that includes The Career Break Traveler’s Handbook, The Luxury Traveler’s Handbook, The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook, and The Food Traveler’s Handbook.

(I’ve just started reading the Food Traveler’s Handbook by Jodi Ettenberg, and it’s wonderful! Jodi’s passion for food is evident in every word. I feel as though I’ve been traveling all wrong all these years because I haven’t based my travels around food. She makes it sound so appealing.) So if you have interests beyond solo travel, you might want to take a peek at the others in this series as well.

Cantonese Lobster

Are you a food traveler?


Speaking of travel guides, if you haven’t read my review yet of Leyla Giray’s Essential Guide for Baby Boomer Travel, you can do so by clicking on the link.

I’ve also created a new page on my website of the small, but select, group of travel guides I recommend. (I only recommend them if I’ve read them and feel they offer value to my readers.) I’ll add to it as I come across other essential guides for solo travelers.

Late last month, Go Abroad published their list of top solo female travel bloggers, and I was honored to be included among some other top-notch solo female bloggers. See the entire list by clicking on the link.

And finally, I wanted to remind you of all the other places you can find me on the web. I tend to post different things in different places, so you might want to follow along if you have social media accounts:

  • SoloFriendly on Facebook – Here I share my blog posts, photos, occasional comments and questions (from me and from my readers).
  • SoloFriendly on Twitter – It’s a hodge podge of travel- and general news-related items (sometimes Vermont-focused, but usually broader), with a little bit of personal stuff mixed in.
  • The Vegas Solo – This is SoloFriendly’s sister blog. If you’ve only ever read SoloFriendly, you may not realize I have a passion for Las Vegas, because I post all of my Vegas-related travel info over on The Vegas Solo. Check it out!
  • The Vegas Solo on Twitter – I use this Twitter account purely for Vegas topics.
  • My Pinterest account – I finally figured out how this works! Eureka! If someone had just said: “It’s the photo equivalent of a mix tape” I would have gotten excited about it a long time ago! I have created some new boards lately and will be creating more in the future.
  • Google + – I’m currently not as active on Google + as some of my other accounts, but I’m working on it. I share my own posts here as well as photos, blog posts and articles I like by others.
  • Stumbleupon – I use Stumbleupon in a curatorial way. Here, you’ll find my collection of articles and photos from around the web that I like; 97% of them are travel-related, though I confess to occasionally giving a thumbs up to a kitten photo. (Come on, who can resist kittens?)

That’s it for today. Have a great weekend everybody!

memographer November 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm

The travel cow is awesome!! However, it might be better from the other side where a kid is playing 🙂
Thanks for sharing the links. Carrie Visintainer’s fun 🙂

Gray November 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm

You got me there–a little kid was in the way so I couldn’t get a clear shot of the side with the cow’s face. I’d never read anything of Carrie’s before, but I’ll be keeping an eye out now, to be sure.

Christine |GrrrlTraveler November 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Love that pic of the travel cow! Total oddness.

Wow, I didn’t know Janice wrote so many books. And one on career breaks! I should’ve read that before I left for my gap year/s.

Big congrats on the Go Abroad honor! Great writeup (and not copy and pasted like how some can get) You totally deserve it and you’re with a great bunch of travel gals! You’re definitely an inspiration. =-)

Gray November 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

Thank you, Christine, you’re very kind. And I’m sorry for the confusion–I should have made that more clear, Janice did not write the entire series of “___ Traveler” books. They were each written by different people. Jodi, for instance, wrote the Food Traveler book. Jeff Jung wrote the book on Career Break Travel (he also publishes the terrific CareerBreakSecrets.com). Janice was the creative genius behind getting them all on board the project, though.

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