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How to Travel Alone

Solo travel by flashpacking:
cheap travel with a few perks.

Flashpacking is travel on the cheap with perks. Here are 7 tips gained from a 7 month flashpacking trip around the world. Continue reading

Recommended: Travel Solo to Japan on a Budget

This post about Japan on a Budget was requested by a reader of Solo Traveler who plans to travel solo to Japan in the next month. If you have a specific travel post request, please send it to me and I'll do my best to find a knowledgeable writer on the subject. Continue reading

Tips for the Shy Solo Traveler.

Here are 5 tips for traveling solo in silence and 5 more for traveling solo socially that even shy people can use. Continue reading

How to travel alone:
10 tips to survive culture shock.

Out of respect and to increase your safety, it is important to adapt to local customs and cultures -- especially when you travel alone. Here are 10 tips to help you slip into just about any scene. Continue reading

Travel Partners Make Sundance Affordable

I'm off to Utah to volunteer at the Sundance Film Festival. Planning this trip had a cost complication - it's expensive there. Here's how I solved the problem. Continue reading

Getting ready to travel solo: Four top tips for going to India.

Guest blogger Mariellen of BreathDreamGo.com shares her thoughts about solo travel as she prepares for her fourth solo trip to India. Continue reading

How to Travel Alone – 10 tips for road weary travelers.

No matter how wonderful travel is, it can get tiring if you're on the road for a long time. Here are 10 tips for the road weary traveler. Continue reading

How to Travel Alone: Planning for Food and Wine Fun

Here's how Tracey, our food and wine editor, plans her solo travels to savor the best of what her destinations have to offer. Continue reading

10 Tips on Clubbing & Pubbing Solo.

There were many responses to the post last week on Pub Life in the Lake District. It seems that people want to go out at night but are somewhat intimidated. So... I give you 10 tips on Clubbing & Pubbing Solo. Continue reading

How to travel alone: Have a Back-up Plan for your Travel Documents

Your personal safety is priority #1. The safety of your travel documents comes a close second. Here are five ways to access travel document, health and credit card information in case the actual documents go astray. Continue reading

10 tips to travel solo large on a small budget.

There are lots of ways to save money on travel. From flights to accommodation to tours, this post provides resources and strategies to travel large even on a small budget. Continue reading

3 Steps to Buying Perfect Hiking Boots

On my recent trip to the Lake District I learned the meaning of walking to the Brits. It is not walking as we think of it in North America. It is serious hiking which sent me on a trek to find the perfect hiking boots for my needs. And, I must say, I did pretty well. Here's a cheat sheet on buying hiking boots. Continue reading

How to Travel Alone: solo travel planning

So you're planning to travel solo. This post offers a three step trip planning process, highlights some points that may require special attention and offers some unique sources of information. Continue reading

How to Travel Alone:
Managing your travel money

There are two sides to this post: managing the cost of your money while you travel and keeping your travel money (and therefore you) safe. The former is important because travel is expensive enough without incurring unnecessary fees and commissions for the right to purchase food, accommodation or services; the latter because the security of your money is doubly important when you choose to travel alone rather than with a companion Continue reading

How to Travel Alone: choosing a destination

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Get your destinatin aha!

You want to travel alone. The question is: where?

This post is not about making recommendations on countries, resorts or adventures. There are way too many possibilities to write a comprehensive piece with that information. Instead, I’ve tried to break down the decision process specifically for those who plan to travel alone. I’ve come up with questions for you to ask yourself because, while you can travel alone to any destination, you may not want to go to some.

Solo Travel – At the Airport

In the past few video posts we’ve covered Packing Light, Cheap Travel and Luxury Travel. Now it’s time to address how to get through the airport efficiently. This is something that the solo traveler can do. Without people in tow, we can navigate the airport on our terms.
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How to Travel Alone – the prologue.

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“How to Travel Alone” – that’s a pretty basic title. But then, this post is about the basics. Or, at least, it’s an introduction to a series of posts on the basics. To date, the series includes:

How to Travel Alone – choosing a destination
It discusses how to decide where to travel alone.

Here’s how the series came to be…

This afternoon, (Monday, October 12, 2009) I was walking down the street on my way to the local coffee shop when I ran into an artist acquaintance. We did the usual quick update. How she’s doing. How I’m doing. What she’s doing. What I’m doing. Continue reading

Solo Travel – Luxury Travel

Ok. I’ll fess up. I don’t typically solo travel in luxury. High end hotels don’t appeal to me (except on the rare occasion) because I find the guests less friendly and the staff friendly in an obligatory manner. I like small hotels, B&Bs, hostels and the like for the casual atmosphere and camaraderie they provide. After all, being able to meet people more easily is one of the reasons I travel solo. Continue reading

Solo Travel – Cheap Travel

Updated: November 25, 2009

Traveling cheap and solo can be a bit of a challenge. Just look at many of the deals that come via weekly newsletters from companies such as Travel Zoo and Independent Traveler and you’ll find, buried in the small print, the fact that most are based on double occupancy. But, with a little knowledge, effort and ingenuity, cheap is still possible for the solo traveler. Continue reading

Travel Solo and Yes, Talk to Strangers

Two solo travelers I met at breakfast at St. Christopher's Canal hostel in Paris.

Two solo travelers I met at breakfast at St. Christopher’s Canal hostel in Paris. Just chatting over a quick meal.

We are all raised not to talk to strangers. But, when you travel solo, the ability to talk to strangers… Continue reading

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About Janice Waugh and Tracey Nesbitt

I'm an author, blogger, speaker and traveler. I became a widow and empty-nester at about the same time. And then, I became Solo Traveler... Here's the full story. >>

Tracey Nesbitt I’m a writer, editor, food and wine fanatic, and traveler. On my very first trip abroad I learned that solo travel was for me. Here's the full story. >>

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