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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:
It discusses how to decide where to travel alone.
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
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
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
When you travel solo, it’s worth taking the time to pack light. There is no reason to be weighed down at the airport, as you make your way to your accommodation, on the train… anywhere… due to luggage. I was thinking about this as I watched George Clooney’s new film “Up in the Air”. There is a great packing scene that is the inspiration for this post. Unfortunately, at the time of publication, I couldn’t get that clip – only the trailer which doesn’t even have a glimpse of the scene.
Tim Paulsen is a colleague and international speaker on such subjects as Negotiations and
Time & Stress Management. He spends a lot of time traveling and graciously offered to write this article.
You can find out more at: www.timpaulsen.com
Everyone likes FREE travel stuff.
Especially good free stuff.
This is where you’ll find it. I’m starting the list with some of my favorite free travel resources plus those suggested by the members of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook and Twitter friends. I’ll move this information to the “Free Travel Stuff” page and add to it whenever I find something really worthwhile. Continue reading
Those of us who travel solo can be burdened by the single supplement for tours, cruises and resorts– essentially a surcharge because the business model for such operations requires two people to a room. But we can choose to travel differently and avoid this. There are even ways to travel solo and save. Continue reading
Eating alone was one of my concerns when I embarked on a five-month round-the-world solo trip last year. I never liked eating alone and the thought of sitting at a restaurant on my own, twiddling my thumbs while my meal was being prepared, was not exactly enticing. A month into my trip and I was glad if I had the chance to finally have a quiet meal on my own! That’s the greatest thing about solo travel: Continue reading
When I was 15 I went on a cycling tour. Everything I needed for one month had to fit into two small panniers. That experience confirmed my commitment to packing light and helped create my family’s ‘one bag rule’: if you can’t carry it, you can’t take it.
The One Bag Advantage
I’m a huge fan of the carry-on. There are many advantages to packing everything Continue reading
Before I started this blog, I did a survey on the ever-valuable surveymonkey.com.
- What do you like most about solo travel? See “The Top Ten Reasons You Love to Travel Solo” for the answers to that.
- What do you like least about traveling solo? Dining alone in a restaurant tied with the single travel supplement.
The supplement issue was discussed in the last post. Now, five ways to deal with dinner alone. Continue reading