I recently traveled to Memphis, TN and Elvis Presley’s beloved Graceland. At the end of the Graceland tour is the Meditation Garden where the Presley family is laid to rest. There, at Elvis’ grave, visitors wept. Thirty-two years after he died, people who did not know him except through his public persona, wept. Would they have done so for their own father 32 years on? Celebrity, and our relation to it, is curious. Continue reading
Safety is a big issue when you travel solo. And while our post: Travel Safety: 50 tips for solo travelers is one of the most popular on the blog and has lots of innovative and practical advice, it occurred to me on my last solo trip that it may have too much detail. Like me, I suspect that you will use only some of the tips and that it would be helpful to have some guidelines as well. So here’s a companion piece offering five principles of solo travel safety. Continue reading
I’m pleased to welcome Michael Smith as a guest blogger. How I met Michael is interesting. He posted an ad on Craig’s List looking for someone to teach him to ride a motorcycle for his upcoming solo trip to Guatemala. He was willing to pay $50 but my son offered to teach him free if her wrote about his trip for Solo Traveler. (Always thinking, my boy!) Turns out, Michael writes professionally and already had this story ready to go. Enjoy!
Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay – the hip-joined luminaries of epic Hollywood moments – couldn’t have arranged for a frozen instant of tear-jerking Americana more moving than the one just delivered through a stone-scarred Miata windscreen. Continue reading
Those of us who travel solo can be burdened by the single supplement for tours, cruises and resorts– essentially a surcharge because the business model for such operations requires two people to a room. But we can choose to travel differently and avoid this. There are even ways to travel solo and save. Continue reading
James Holman was a 19th century English Gentleman who went totally blind yet traveled around the world solo. His is a remarkable tale told by Jason Roberts. I’d like to thank Jason for giving me permission to publish this summary of A Sense of the World. You can learn more about him at his website
He was known simply as the Blind Traveler—a solitary, sightless adventurer. Continue reading
The steam train is credited with changing our notion of time and space. I suggest that we let train travel change it again.
The first public steam train ran in 1825 in England on 25 miles of track, reaching 15mph. It was a startling event.Travel was no longer limited by access to waterways or the potential of two or four legs. As things sped up, Continue reading
We’re excited to have Canadian Film Girl as a guest blogger. Have a read!
Growing up in Alberta, Shawna’s wanderlust was nurtured at an early age. After a brief stint pursuing acting she rounded up a crew and shot her first short film. Self taught, Shawna soon wrote 2 large scale, self-funded projects. She landed on location in Vancouver for her 1st Indie Feature Film but ended up lost with desert racers in the USA, Mexico, Europe and Northern Africa for her 1st Documentary Series. She soon became labeled as ‘Canadian Film Girl’ (CFG) by her peers and followers around the world. The name stuck and the adventure continues…
Nomadic in nature, guided by an innate and overwhelming curiosity of all things, CFG is tagged for tracking purposes. Currently based in Gastown, Vancouver, Canada, join in her adventures on Facebook and Twitter @CFilmGirl, where the line between indie filmmaking, research, reporting and real life can’t be drawn.
I feel like a covert operative most days. In reality, I am just a film girl who can’t stop getting on a plane. Continue reading
June 10, 2009
I am only 21,547 days old. I can remember many of them, starting with swatting mosquitoes on the screen that covered the top of my baby crib. I can recall slithering out from under it and grasping the white crib’s round rails as I slid to the floor landing atop the shag rug on which I loved to play. It was my first solo adventure and I didn’t even know how to talk. Continue reading
I didn’t see it coming. I don’t know why. I should have.
My youngest son had just about every one of his July birthdays on the road. At two, he was headed west and celebrated at a Swiss Chalet in Thunder Bay. At three, I poached him a cake on a Coleman stove at a campsite in Newfoundland. His 5th was in the south of France. At 11, we actually took him out of school for a year to travel.
Superheroes have to be extroverts to take on the world. For Superman, this is natural. His superhero costume is always on. He covers it up to become Clark Kent and blend in with the world then changes in a phone booth with window on all sides! He is, without doubt, an extrovert.
Spiderman, on the other hand, Continue reading
As the story goes, when Queen Victoria received a guest who poured tea into his saucer and drank from it, she promptly did the same. Good manners dictated that making her guest comfortable trumped Her… Continue reading
Our goal is to bring you the the best solo travel information possible. But where to start? What is the best? Solo travel can be discussed from so many angles and on so many levels.
We are eight bloggers and we each have a different idea of what is needed and wanted. So we try to cross the spectrum Continue reading
According to research on Google, more people from Ireland search for solo vacation information than from any other country. In fact, North America falls behind Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia when it comes to their interest in a solo vacation. Canadians are just a smidge ahead of Americans on the list. Continue reading