Apologies everyone. I’ve been organizing a trip so I’m a bit delinquent in delivering a solopreneur post. But, better late than never. Here you go…
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In ’98, my husband and I sold our business. What we actually sold was a database and a name — our customer list and goodwill. That’s it. They got no computers, buildings or products. It was an interesting, sometimes painful but ultimately financially rewarding process. It was our end game from the start. What’s yours? Continue reading
There are two sides to this post: managing the cost of your money while you travel and keeping your travel money (and therefore you) safe. The former is important because travel is expensive enough without incurring unnecessary fees and commissions for the right to purchase food, accommodation or services; the latter because the security of your money is doubly important when you choose to travel alone rather than with a companion Continue reading
You want to travel alone. The question is: where?
This post is not about making recommendations on countries, resorts or adventures. There are way too many possibilities to write a comprehensive piece with that information. Instead, I’ve tried to break down the decision process specifically for those who plan to travel alone. I’ve come up with questions for you to ask yourself because, while you can travel alone to any destination, you may not want to go to some.
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.
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“How to Travel Alone” – that’s a pretty basic title. But then, this post is about the basics. Or, at least, it’s an introduction to a series of posts on the basics. To date, the series includes:
It discusses how to decide where to travel alone.
This afternoon, (Monday, October 12, 2009) I was walking down the street on my way to the local coffee shop when I ran into an artist acquaintance. We did the usual quick update. How she’s doing. How I’m doing. What she’s doing. What I’m doing. Continue reading
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.
Ok. I’ll fess up. I don’t typically solo travel in luxury. High end hotels don’t appeal to me (except on the rare occasion) because I find the guests less friendly and the staff friendly in an obligatory manner. I like small hotels, B&Bs, hostels and the like for the casual atmosphere and camaraderie they provide. After all, being able to meet people more easily is one of the reasons I travel solo. Continue reading
Traveling cheap and solo can be a bit of a challenge. Just look at many of the deals that come via weekly newsletters from companies such as Travel Zoo and Independent Traveler and you’ll find, buried in the small print, the fact that most are based on double occupancy. But, with a little knowledge, effort and ingenuity, cheap is still possible for the solo traveler. Continue reading
It seems that the “Recommended: Travel Solo…” series was very popular. Three of these posts made the top five for September. We’ll see if October’s series of my favorite travel tip videos is as effective. Until then, here’s your September list. Continue reading
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PART II: CONTENT IS KING
To get great traffic results from Google, your website needs high quality content that uses your chosen key word phrases. However, Google and search engine optimization (SEO) should not dictate how your content is written. SEO is a secondary consideration; your readers’ needs must come first. Continue reading
When you travel solo, it’s worth taking the time to pack light. There is no reason to be weighed down at the airport, as you make your way to your accommodation, on the train… anywhere… due to luggage. I was thinking about this as I watched George Clooney’s new film “Up in the Air”. There is a great packing scene that is the inspiration for this post. Unfortunately, at the time of publication, I couldn’t get that clip – only the trailer which doesn’t even have a glimpse of the scene.
This is the companion piece to Cailin’s post last weekend on Solo Travel and Safety.
Cailin has been traveling all of her life. In the past couple of years she realized that traveling
could be her life… instead of just a once a year experience. Have a read of her blog: Travel Yourself.
Cailin is a graduate of NSCAD with a Major in film. When not traveling the world,
she works in the Film & TV industry in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
I recently took a solo trip to catch up with friends and visit the home of my ancestors. It turned out to be one of my favourite solo trips yet so my recommendation for solo travel is England, Scotland and Ireland. I wasn’t sure what to expect on this trip however I knew for sure that I wanted to get away for a while. 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