At a dinner party the other night, the discussion turned to actors; who is sexy and who isn’t. Surprisingly, the majority of the people mentioned were not really eye candy. Some were quite ordinary and even a little on the unattractive side when you had a good look. So what is it that makes people sexy? Continue reading
John Francis did this. He decided to try a day and found the experience so valuable that he carried on for a week, and then a year, thinking that he would talk on the anniversary. That didn’t happen. He continued his silence for 17 years while earning a BA, MA and Ph.d — even while teaching college students he didn’t speak. Why did he do this? Because one learns more by listening and observing than by speaking.
Watching this video (which I hope you will do as it has more to offer than just thoughts on silence) got me thinking about solo travel because traveling solo imposes silence… at least some of the time.
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.
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 but, essentially, in the end tragedy struck the characters and everyone around them.
But that’s film. In life, Continue reading
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 Canada. Continue reading
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 in one way or another. Continue reading
I’m pleased to have Dr. Jessie Voigts, the Publisher of Wandering Educators,
contributing this post to Solo Traveler
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. Continue reading
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.
Janice Waugh exposed the heart of solo travel in her eBook “Glad You’re Not Here.” She found that
solo travel is colored by whatever life stage the traveler is navigating.
Disability can make one life stage intrude on another when design and policies create barriers
that limit one’s independence. They complicate both the how and the why of travel. The skill is to anticipate collisions when they are predictable or embrace them with grace when they are not.
Solo travel can be a spiritual practice, a rite of passage, a time for reprioritizing – but Maslow’s Theory of Development reminds us that basic human needs must first be met. For many people with a disability the motivation for solo travel is the same as for their non-disabled peers but the logistics can be many times more complex. Continue reading