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Solo Travel for a Career Break

Do you need a career break? Well I can't claim to have traveled solo for months so I found someone who has. This is the first video in a three part series on long term solo travel. Have a watch. Continue reading

Solo Off the Beaten Path: 7 reasons to small town travel

When I was in Bar Harbor, Maine my car battery died. The sequence of events that followed proved how great small towns can be for travelers. I offer this small story and seven other benefits of small town travel. Continue reading

Dating and the Solo Traveler

Would you date a person you just met? On my trip to Montreal this very unusual opportunity arose. At first I declined. Then... well have a read. Continue reading

Lest we Forget: Remembering World War I at Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge Memorial

Mother Canada mourns for her losses in battle.

“Any work of art…must achieve sainthood before we set it free to roam in the world”

This, from Jane Urquhart’s wonderful novel The Stone Carvers feels so right for the World War I Vimy Memorial near Arras, France. The memorial is what her the novel is about.

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is one of a half dozen monuments that really move me. And, with its location in the quiet French countryside, with the effort required to get there that gives your mind time to think and prepare for its significance, it is the most spiritual of monuments I’ve visited. I believe that it is a work of art that has achieved sainthood. Continue reading

Traveling Solo—Sandy’s Story

Sandy experiences the joy of solo travel after her kids are grown, and discovers that she enjoys the excitement, the freedom...and her own company. Continue reading

7 Steps to Travel Beyond the Armchair

Life is not lived on "if only"s and "what if"s. Here are 7 steps to put the conditional tense aside and travel in the near future. Don't miss the moment. Video included. Continue reading

Solo Travel Dreams: My Top 3 Culinary Trips

Do you ever dream of the trips that you would like to take? The places you'd like to see, the foods and wines you'd like to taste? Our food and wine editor shares her top three culinary solo travels. Continue reading

Pic of the Week: Silk Embroidery in Hanoi

Is it a shot of an aquarium? No, it's a photo of impossibly delicate silk embroidery from The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. You may have to look twice. Continue reading

Solo Travel to Canada: 10 Things to Do in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax is a great Canadian destination. Here's 10 things to do in a day in Halifax by a local who describes her city as perfect for the solo traveler. Continue reading

Solo Traveler’s Fave Five: the top posts in October

Did you miss something? Here's the round-up of the most popular posts on Solo Traveler last month. Have a read. Continue reading

How to Travel Alone: 7 wine tasting tips for solo travelers

Chasing the perfect wine as you travel solo? Here are some tips for tours and tastings. Continue reading

The Haunted History of Cambridge, England

Halloween night immersed in the haunted history of Cambridge, England seeking ghosts of the famous and the infamous. Continue reading

Pic of the Week: Lunch on the Cape Cod Central Railroad

One of the great benefits of solo travel is the people you meet along the way. Like Laurie and Skip, on the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Continue reading

You Have the Muscle Memory for Solo Travel

Muscle memory. It's our natural ability to do without thinking that which we've learned well. You have the muscle memory for solo travel. Continue reading

Solo Travel in Sri Lanka: The Hidden Beach at Unawatuna

Sri Lanka, so beautiful. Lena, our new regular contributor is enjoying this country and in this post she shares her victorious discovery of a remote beach. Continue reading

Solo Travel Safety: 20 Common Sense Tips

Common sense in one country is not necessarily common in another. Travelers must have travel common sense. Here are 20 tips to help you get yours. Continue reading


Sometimes our travel stories are brought to life through memories of the food we ate along the way. In this case, it was pizza. In London, of all places. Continue reading

My digital detox: the slide show.

My digital detox weekend was a beautiful retreat in the heart of Toronto not 5 km away from my home. It felt like half way around the world. This post is all about the view. Please enjoy the slide show. Continue reading

Overcome Your Fear: how to practice safe couchsurfing

Couchsurfing out of the question? Maybe not, if you follow tips from an experienced couch surfer. Continue reading

Solo Travel Close to Home: my 2010 digital detox

What happens when you go completely offline while you travel? Join me as I prepare to set out on a 2-day digital detox. Just me, my thoughts and I. Continue reading

About Janice Waugh and Tracey Nesbitt

I'm an author, blogger, speaker and traveler. I became a widow and empty-nester at about the same time. And then, I became Solo Traveler... Here's the full story. >>

Tracey Nesbitt I’m a writer, editor, food and wine fanatic, and traveler. On my very first trip abroad I learned that solo travel was for me. Here's the full story. >>

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