Coexist, Quebec and the Last Referendum


Fourteen years ago tomorrow, Quebec held it’s second referendum on independence and everyone knew that it could either way.

I was born in Quebec. I still have family there. This, was going to be a monumental day. I traveled to Montreal, visiting 5 families in the city, listening to positions moderate and extreme. I traveled to learn how to live with this potential change. We would have to coexist.

Travel helped. Please have a read.

Solo Travelers Are Sexy

photo, image, steve buscemi, sexy, solo travel

What is sexy? When you break it down it doesn’t have much to do with looks, but confidence, unconventionality… ergo, solo travelers are sexy.

Interview with Two Senior Solo Travelers

Senior woman on beach alone

When I speak to people who travel solo I am always inspired. But when I speak to people in their 60s and 70s who continue to travel solo I’m not only inspired but also happy with the knowledge that the adventures I have now can continue for another twenty or twenty five years. Last updated: […]

What’s Your Solo Travel Narrative?

Is it time to write your narrative anew?

  There were a number of movies at the Toronto International Film Festival this year that presented an impostor as the central character. These characters spun stories – their personal narratives – out of lies to make their lives appear grander than they were. I won’t ruin the films for you by revealing their titles […]

Around the World in 24 Film – Part II

Travel by film. I do it every year at the Toronto International Film Festival. To report on my world tour, I have organized my film reviews geographically. Yesterday, they were from Ireland, the UK, Norway, Germany, France, Israel, somewhere in Africa and India. (Here’s a link.) Today, we go to Asia, the United States and […]

Around the World in 24 Films – Part I

A film festival is a cheap trip. At TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival, viewers travel to dozens of countries from every continent in the world through the eyes of filmmakers, scriptwriters, cinematographers… In nine days, I managed to attend 24 films. Not all were to my taste but just about every one was interesting […]

Making a Cultural Connection – solo

I’m pleased to have Dr. Jessie Voigts, the Publisher of Wandering Educators, contributing  this post to Solo Traveler Share| Intercultural experiences are exciting, sometimes frightening, transformative, and often life-changing. When you’ve chosen to live or travel overseas, you have chosen to live on the edge – continually experiencing new things, and adjusting to a different […]

What is lonely? And why don’t I feel so when I travel alone?

Sunrise over Georgian Bay

When I travel alone, I’m rarely lonely. Yet, when I went camping last weekend with my son and his girlfriend, I was. Why would this be? Given that many people ask me about loneliness as I travel solo I thought I should take some time to explore its meaning. Lonely and alone are two different […]

Tweeting from TIFF

TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival,  is great for film lovers. But it’s not just about the films. It’s also about  the people you meet in line and film talk with strangers. It’s an artistic, intellectual and social high. I’ll be tweeting about TIFF between films @solotraveler. I’ll also write a festival review Sept 22nd. […]

Solo Travel with a Disability


I am so very pleased to welcome Scott Rains as a guest blogger on Solo Traveler. Scott publishes the Rolling Rains Report – Precipitating Dialogues on Travel, Disability, and Universal Design. A big thank you to  Scott for sharing his unique insights on traveling solo with a disability. Share| Janice Waugh exposed the heart of […]

Recommended: Travel solo for self renewal

Gwen rainbow

This is the second in a series entitled “Recommended: Travel Solo in …” Every author will share one of their favorite places, ways, modes, gear… for solo travel.  “Recommended: Travel Solo for Self Renewal is by Gwen McCauley, a Life Transition Coach, coach trainer & retreat facilitator passionate about travel. Read more at I’ve […]

FREE eBook of Solo Travel Tales

Glad cover

  I get to tell my tales of traveling solo all the time. But you, the readers have many stories to tell as well. This is why I put out the call for contributions to a free eBook about solo travel. The response was fabulous. In addition to all the people who showed their enthusiasm […]

Ten Reasons to Travel Solo After 50

Every week, people reach this blog by searching the words: “solo travel after 50”.  Accompanying these words are others like: safety; why; is it smart…  There seems to be some concern about age and solo travel. From my perspective, there shouldn’t be. Being 52, I think I’m qualified to address this issue. And, as you […]

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 […]