Chasing Change: Mark Twain, Joan Baez
& Volunteers Traveling Solo

Volunteers create community as they travel solo.

Last week, within the course of a few days, I heard a Mark Twain quote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”, and, a recording of Joan Baez singing “We Shall Overcome” at a rally in Alabama in the 60s. Twain was promoting travel to affect internal change – to broaden perspectives, break down […]

A Short Survey and Some Blue Sky Thinking

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So far, Solo Traveler has been a hobby — a wonderful, all-consuming hobby. I live and breathe it morning to night. My day job is writing websites and business articles but my passion is working on this blog. So, I’m deliberating its future. Are there ways in which I can add value to Solo Traveler […]

7 Things You Don’t Love About Solo Travel

Updated: April 2015 Before I launched this blog, I took a survey to find out how many friends and family travel solo, what they like and dislike about it, what tips they would offer. You can read some of their answers on a number of posts, including: Top Ten Reasons You Love to Travel Solo Travel […]

Slow Travel Solo

From the Architectural Boat Tour

I don’t travel to see made-for-tourism attractions. I don’t believe in seeing every sight a city has to offer. I travel in search of new perspectives. I want to see how others live. And I want to try to understand why. Dashing from museum to famous monument to over-rated tourist restaurant will tell me little […]

A Message to Young Solo Travelers

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I didn’t see it coming. I don’t know why. I should have. My youngest son had just about every one of his July birthdays on the road. At two, we were headed west and celebrated at a Swiss Chalet in Thunder Bay. At three, I poached him a cake on a Coleman stove at a campsite […]

Going Solo: Are you Spiderman or Superman?

Yup! More like Peter Parker (or Aunt May) than Superman

Superheroes have to be extroverts to take on the world. For Superman, this is natural. His superhero costume is always on. He covers it up to become Clark Kent and blend in with the world then changes in a phone booth with window on all sides! He is, without doubt, an extrovert. Spiderman, on the […]

Travel & Culture: Good manners and political perspectives.


From the 2009 archives. As the story goes, when Queen Victoria received a guest who poured tea into his saucer and drank from it, she promptly did the same. Good manners dictated that making her guest comfortable trumped Her Majesty’s standards. Last week Michaelle Jean, the Governor General of Canada, ate raw seal meat at […]

Planning a solo vacation?
Chances are you’re Irish.


According to research on Google, more people from Ireland search for solo vacation information than from any other country. In fact, North America falls behind Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia when it comes to their interest in a solo vacation. Canadians are just a smidge ahead of Americans on the list. Last updated: 4th […]

Solo Travel as a Spiritual Journey

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It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. From The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer Updated: April 2015 These words by Oriah Mountain Dreamer speak to the essence of what both she and Ainslie […]

Solo Walking: Slow down and enjoy


A walking holiday is an opportunity to slow down and explore paths less traveled. It’s a chance to enjoy sights, sounds and smells that you would otherwise miss.  It offers time to relax, think and ponder on a journey that can be as spiritual as it is physical. There are many people who are avid […]

The Solo Curmudgeon – 10 ways to find solitude.

A curmudgeon– a grouch, whiner, malcontent —  wouldn’t normally head out solo to explore the world and all it’s wonders. Such people are more inclined to stay at home determined to avoid social interaction. As a solo traveler, this is definitely not you. Or is it? Maybe, on occasion, we are all curmudgeons on the […]

No Single Supplement!


POST UPDATE – Visit Solo Travel Deals page Since writing this post I have added a deals page to this blog with travel opportunities that have no single supplement. I have a google alert looking for such deals and every time I find one I add it to the list. Please have a look. Hopefully […]

Top Ten Reasons You Love to Travel Solo.


Traveling solo is a very different experience than traveling with companions, family or tours. But how is it different. In what ways can it be better. I surveyed over fifty solo travel enthusiasts and here’s what they had to say. Last updated: 8th May, 2009

The Fore-story


So the idea stuck.  While I will continue my work as a freelance copy and content writer, I am dedicating personal time to the Solo Travel Blog and the Solo Travel Society. I’m feeding my passion. In the Solo Travel Blog you’ll get safety tips, skills, neat uses of technology, travel stories… from the  basic […]

The Back-story


So why a blog on solo travel? Well, it’s personal but here goes. Just over two years ago my husband died. The years leading up to his death were very difficult. The last really good year we had together we spent traveling Europe while homeschooling our youngest. We bopped from country to country in a […]