As you are planning your solo travels, guides usually come in handy. I have a small, select group of books that I recommend. If you purchase these books using the links below, I get a percentage of the profit, which goes toward the cost of maintaining this website.
The Art of Solo Travel by Stephanie Lee
Perfect for first-time solo travelers and/or first-time long-term solo travelers, especially the younger crowd. Read my review of The Art of Solo Travel here.
The Solo Traveler’s Handbook by Janice Waugh
This is a terrific guide to ease you into solo travel, punctuated with lots of personal stories from Janice’s own solo travel experiences. Read my review of The Solo Traveler’s Handbook. It is available in paperback and digital format.
Women on the Road’s Essential Guide for Baby Boomer Travel by Leyla Giray
This guide is for baby boomer women who are embarking on their first solo travels. Read my review of The Essential Guide for Baby Boomer Travel.
The Food Traveler’s Handbook by Jodi Ettenberg
This is part of the same Traveler’s Handbook series as the Solo Traveler’s Handbook you see above. This guide is particularly for those of you whose passion for travel revolves around the food experience. While I don’t necessarily fall into that category myself, I have to admit, Jodi makes a very compelling argument for food-focused travel as a means to connect on a deeper level with a culture and its people. She provides excellent tips for how to locate the best and the cheapest food in a destination and how to avoid food-born illnesses during travel, among other things. It is beautifully-written and features mouth-watering photos of food Jodi has eaten around the world; if this doesn’t make you see the experience of eating in a new light, I’d be surprised.
This is a must-have for foodies who are traveling to Walt Disney World. Nobody knows the best restaurants, snacks, and tips-and-tricks for getting the most out of your dining dollars at Disney than The Disney Food Blog. You can read my review of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining here.
In addition to this guide, the Disney Food Blog offers a wide variety of other food-related guides to Walt Disney World. You can buy them individually or in money-saving bundles. They include:
- The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2012 (don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll be updating this for 2013 before the holidays roll around again). This guide doesn’t just provide you with dining and food-related advice, it is a comprehensive guide to maximizing your time at Disney World during the holidays. It includes information about how to plan for your trip and ways to avoid standing in long lines on the busiest days of the year. It’s a must-have if you’re visiting Disney World during the holidays. You can buy the guide via this link.
- The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival (again, I’m sure this will be updated prior to the start of the 2013 Festival, for your planning pleasure). This Festival can get very busy and very crowded. AJ’s tips come in handy when helping you plan how to get the most out of it.
- The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks
- The DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks