Meet Other Solo Travelers in Vermont

by Gray Cargill on October 13, 2011

Burlington waterfront

Burlington, Vermont

Do you have an interest in solo travel–or a desire to learn more about it–but nobody else in your life does? How would you like to meet up with other solo travelers?

If you’re in Vermont (or a number of other cities around the world), you’re about to have the opportunity. My colleague Janice Waugh of the Solo Travel Society has gathered together a group of solo travelers to host meetups around the world, fashioned after Meet Plan Go, the multi-city meetups promoting career breaks. I have signed up to be the Solo Traveler City Host for Burlington, Vermont. What are our goals?

To help solo travelers connect with one another–in person, off-line. It’s often quite easy to connect with others online via social media, but nothing compares to the connections you forge when you meet face-to-face.

To share stories, tips and advice with one another.

To grow the community of solo travelers worldwide. We may all travel solo, but for some things, there is strength in numbers:  The more people see us traveling alone, the more we talk about it, the more mainstream solo travel becomes. The larger our numbers, the better we can advocate with the travel and tourism industry for more solo-friendly pricing.

There are millions of solos out there traveling by ourselves every year. I’m not sure how many of us there are in Vermont, but let’s find out!  Mark your calendars for the first official meetup:

Solo Traveler Meetup

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (or until we’re done)

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill downstairs “parlor”

160 Bank Street

Please RSVP at EventBrite so I have a general idea of how many to expect. And look for me that night:

 

Gray

Me

This meetup will be very casual–like a happy hour for solo travelers (don’t worry if you’re a teetotaler–no consumption of alcohol is necessary). How often we meet and what future meetups look like will depend on you. At the very least, you’ll be able to swap advice and stories once or twice a year with people who share your passion for solo travel. But if people are interested, perhaps we can arrange for a more educational component in the future.

Here’s how you can stay up-to-date with plans for future solo travel meetups. For Vermont:

For cities around the world:

If you happen to be in a city that has a solo traveler meetup, why not consider attending? It’s a great way to meet other solo travelers! Got any questions? Please ask in the comments section below.

 

Gray October 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

Terrific, Christine! Welcome to the club. I’ll be interested to find out where you’re rooted next, too. 🙂

GRRRLTRAVELER October 24, 2011 at 6:54 am

Great idea and congrats on being a host! I wouldn’t mind being a host, but I just need to figure out where I’ll be rooted next.

Currently, they have a ‘Meet Plan Go’ event coming up in Hawaii and the fee to attend is actually pricy . I can’t justify those kinds of costs for it being just a ‘meetup’ and not excursion. But I’d be interested to see how Solo Travel Society runs their meetings. I signed up for their FB page. Thanks for the information.

Gray October 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Klara – There are a few hosts in the UK who will be hosting events, but none on continental Europe so far. Keep checking this page, as hopefully, new hosts will sign on regularly: http://solotravelerblog.com/solo-traveler-circle/

Klara October 17, 2011 at 8:55 am

are there any offices like this in european countries? i would like to join a ‘real’ offline group like these, the online social networks doesn’t fit for me, this kind of networking bases on trust, which is more affective in a personal way (offline).

JoAnn October 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

It sure does.

Gray October 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

Thank you very much. The Disney Food Blog rocks, huh?

JoAnn October 16, 2011 at 11:01 am

Everyone there is great. I found your site and WDWFG on the Disney Food Blog. I also love your Vegas Solo blog.

Gray October 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

OMG, I didn’t make the connection! You’re from WDWFG! Awesome. I love that community. Wish I had more time to hang out there.

JoAnn October 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I know. That’s what I thought when I saw your dates on Walt Disney World For Grownups. I’m JoAnn C there.

Gray October 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Yeah that’s a heck of a drive from Connecticut. I’m hopeful that over time, more people will sign up to be City Hosts and there will be meetups within easy driving distance of everyone. My personal preference is always to have events on weekends, but in my experience, most people in this area prefer gatherings on weekday nights. So I go along with it….

Our Orlando stays are overlapping, but unfortunately, I’m leaving WDW before you arrive to go over to Universal Orlando. Rats!

JoAnn October 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I live in Connecticut. Your’s was the closest I could find. I’m going to WDW on 11/11.

Gray October 15, 2011 at 11:13 am

Where do you live, JoAnn? There may be solo traveler meetups closer to you….and if not, you could always start one! Ironically, this event is 3 days before I leave for Disney! When are you going?

JoAnn October 15, 2011 at 10:41 am

If this was being held on a Saturday, I would have considered driving up for it. I have too much going on at work to take a couple more days off right before my Disney trip.

Gray October 13, 2011 at 11:39 am

Thanks, Juno and Tracy. If you’re interested, you can always sign up as Solo Traveler City Hosts in your home cities. Just contact Janice.

Tracy Antonioli October 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

I wish we had something like this in my area. Gee–maybe I need to start one???? 😉

I hope you have a great time!

Juno October 13, 2011 at 7:37 am

Hey! Great idea! That would be a great meet up. 🙂 Looking forward to see review of the meet up!

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