I hope this page helps with your travel planning and your travels.
- I have all of the gear in the gear section,
- I’ve read all the books in the book section.
- I’ve used most of the recommendations in the Travel Resources section.
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Accommodation Booking Sites
- Click here for TripAdvisor, their reviews and member recommendations.
- Click here for the Booking.com budget section.
- For the hotel section of Expedia.
- Bed & Breakfasts are a great option.
- Hostelworld is a great resource for hostel reviews and booking.
- Airbnb is well known for booking apartments, homes or rooms. If you click here to book you’ll get a $30 credit as will I. (It may only be for your first booking. If you try a second booking please let me know if you still get the credit.)
- Homeaway for booking a holiday home.
- Vacation Home Rentals, another option for holiday rentals.
- Home Exchange saves you big time on accommodation. Live like a local and stay for FREE. They have 65,000+ Worldwide Listings.
- Couchsurfing.org as recommended by many members of the Solo Travel Society. For information on how to couchsurf safely read Overcome Your Fear: how to practice safe couch surfing.
- Viator.com is the most robust international attractions and events site I know of. You’ll find thousands of things to do in hundreds of countries. Really cool things. Get discounts. Skip lines. Book ahead so you have more time to enjoy.
- Theater, concert and sports tickets are available in Viator as well. Just use the search box in the upper right with your destination and what you’re looking for like theater, sports or concerts.
- City passes.
Communications and Getting Around
- RailEurope for booking train travel in Europe.
- Maps.com for maps – tangible maps. I love Google Maps but they require you to be online. And on a road trip, I like to have a paper map for planning purposes. Of course, you can also buy maps from Amazon.
- CityMaps2Go is recommended by Solo Travel Society member Jenell because this map app works without data and without the need for WiFi.
- MedjetAssist isn’t really travel insurance. It’s transportation. From their site: “If you are a member and become hospitalized more than 150 miles from home, we will get you from that unfamiliar hospital all the way home to the hospital you trust.” Based on some questions I receive from readers, this could be of value to some.
I really like and use all the items below (with the exception of the Surface Pro 3 which, at this point, my budget only allows me to drool over).
As you know, I’m all about packing light so I don’t have a long gear list. I consider every one of these products worth its weight to carry. I hope this page is of help.
I no longer travel with a computer.
I now use my iPad, coupled with the Logitech keyboard described below, to be fully connected on the road.
This is not a 3G model but I either pick up free WiFi or tether to my phone. I run all my email accounts through gmail so that I have full access to email and I load my main documents folder onto Dropbox so that I have access to them on the road as well. Dropbox is a site where you can securely store photos and other documents. Get it free here.
This is my camera… and that of a Nat Geo photographer too.
I knew I had the right camera when I met a National Geographic photographer with the same camera. The Lumix G is one step up from a compact camera. It has a view finder in addition to the flexible LCD screen at rear. My main complaint with compact cameras is the difficulty of seeing my subject in bright sun without a viewfinder. I don’t have that problem now. The camera has a full range of automatic and manual features. It’s a camera worth considering.
This keyboard protects my iPad and makes it blogger functional.
This keyboard is comfortable (at least I’ve adapted to it’s slightly smaller format with ease), holds my iPad at the right angle when I’m working and fits onto my iPad to protect it with it’s metal back when not in use. At around $50 it’s also one of the more affordable options out there.
It doesn’t look like much but… With this device I upload my photos to my iPad and then to Dropbox.
This is an SD card connector for the iPad 2. I put the SD card from my camera into the wide end and plug the small end into the power port of my iPad. Then I can upload photos to my iPad. I then drag them into my Dropbox so even if I lose all my technology, I won’t lose my photos. Dropbox is a site where you can securely store photos and other documents. Get it free here.
This is a great camera bag.
I saw this camera bag first on another travel blogger who is also an Emmy award-winning producer. I saw it and loved it!!! The Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag is great for men and women – it looks just like an ordinary city bag but functions like a day pack and travel bag. Yes. Love it
This Compact Camera is Great for selfies.
At first I stopped carrying my Sony Cyper-shot in favor of my Linux but I then found that the wider angle on this camera is better for selfies. So now I often carry both. The link takes you to the current version of my camera which is now three years old. You can read my review on this camera and see the quality of photos here. The biggest downside in my mind is the lack of a proper viewfinder which I find makes it almost impossible to use in high light situations. However, almost all compact cameras have this problem.
I walked out of the store in my Berghaus hiking boots and started hiking – in the rain!. No blisters. Dry feet. Heaven.
I bought these Berghaus hiking boots on my trip to the Lake District of England in 2009 and I’m still using them. It was November so I was hiking in the rain and through streams. These boots were a perfect fit from the get-go.
I’ve had a number of pairs of Merrell sandals in my life and I have found them to be comfortable and durable. I usually get three years out of a pair and, as you can imagine, I do a lot of walking in my travels.
I love my Vaude Backpack
Unfortunately, this isn’t my pack exactly but it’s pretty close. It seems that my pack was designed for the Canadian store where I bought it. Regardless, Vaude backpacks are smart and sturdy. This one, like mine, is 45 litres +10 making it the right size. I can’t over-pack. Designed for women, the frame is adjustable, there are zipper pockets in the hip belt and a whistle on the chest belt. It includes a wash section in the top and a rain cover at the bottom.
It took me over 12 years to wear out my first Marmot Jacket
I bought my first Marmot jacket in 2001 and I just replaced it this year. And the rain pants I bought at the same time are still going since they’re not used as often. With pitzips and breathable, waterproof, ripstop material, I think it’s a great jacket.
Yes, this is my book…
The 2nd edition of The Solo Traveler’s Handbook offers more stories and tips on solo travel fun and safety. Part how-to manual and part travel literature, it will help you venture out with confidence to discover yourself as you discover the world!
In the three-plus years since I started this blog, I’ve published more than 1000 articles on solo travel. While it’s a wonderful resource and forges a sense of community amongst solo travelers, it is sometimes difficult for readers to find the information they’re looking for. This is the why I wrote The Solo Traveler’s Handbook. You’ll find all the basic information you need to travel solo in one place. Read the reviews.
**Available in paperback $16.99 and most e-readers for $9.99**
Yes, this one’s free…
Solo travel is a great way to explore the world. But because you’re alone, your travel accommodation is a big decision. We can help with this free guide to 159 hotels, hostels, B&B’s and Inns from 51 countries.
I have traveled a lot but I don’t travel full time and I haven’t been everywhere. It’s not possible.
But Solo Traveler readers have collectively traveled far and wide. With your help and a little from technology, we gathered your experiences together and wrapped them up in this nice, free ebook of your favorite B&B’s, hostels, inns and boutique hotels from around the world.
My gratitude goes to those who submitted their recommendations. It was generous of you to take the time to add the many details to the form and, in some cases, share your photos as well. Thanks! DOWNLOAD IT FREE
by Paulo Coelho is a book I’ve mentioned a number of times on Solo Traveler. To learn why I think it’s a great book for solo travelers read 10 Reasons to Read The Alchemist.
Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2013This is a great resource to help you get beyond the common tourist destinations in Europe. I used this book when I did my 10 month trip through Europe.
This is a great book for women. Author Betsy Talbot takes readers through a striptease of the emotional layers that keep women from fully expressing their wants, needs, and dreams to the people they know and love
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!This is another great book. Dr. Seuss wrote this about life – it’s a popular graduation gift. But it’s equally relevant for anyone taking off solo. A bit of a lark, for sure, but it has significance.