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Recommended: Travel solo to England, Scotland & Ireland

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 yDSC_0134et 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

Around the World in 24 Film – Part II

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

Around the World in 24 Films – Part I

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

Solo Travel – Be smart and you will be safe

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 have done a few solo trips in the past couple of years however it was my most recent trip that really showed to me  to remember that smart and safe go hand in hand when Traveling by Yourself. Continue reading

Recommended: Travel solo across Canada by train.


Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains from the Dome Car

While Canada is known for its expansive territory in the great north, the fact is, almost 90% of Canadians live within 60 miles of the American border. Canada is essentially an east–west country.  Sitting in central Canada planning a train trip for June 2008, I had two choices – go east, or west. With family in Vancouver, I chose the west. Continue reading

Making a Cultural Connection – solo

I’m pleased to have Dr. Jessie Voigts, the Publisher of Wandering Educators,
contributing  this post to Solo Traveler

Intercultural experiences are exciting, sometimes frightening, transformative, and often life-changing. When you’ve chosen to live or travel overseas, you have chosen to live on the edge – continually experiencing new things, and adjusting to a different culture. Continue reading

Flight delays: time muggings and hard targets

Tim Paulsen is a colleague and international speaker on such subjects as Negotiations and
Time & Stress Management. He spends a lot of time traveling and graciously offered to write this article.
You can find out more at:

People who travel a lot know they will be mugged for time at some point or other. The savvy traveler knows it too, but is prepared and may even enjoy a longer delay. When the right steps are taken, “yes Virginia, getting there can be half the fun”!
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What is lonely? And why don’t I feel so when I travel alone?

Sunrise over Georgian Bay

Sunrise over Georgian Bay

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

Recommended: Travel solo to still the anger.

Receommended: Travel solo to still the anger.

Receommended: Travel solo to still the anger.

Keith is a thirty-something based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Travel and writing are his biggest passions. He’s traveled extensively across 60+ countries on five continents and knows first-hand how enriching traveling alone can… Continue reading

Traveling Alone on an Indian Bus

I am pleased to welcome Alex Budak as a guest blogger on Solo Traveler. This summer Alex traveled India and experienced solo travel for the first time.

Alex India BusThere’s something exhilarating about being completely on your own in a place far from home. I don’t pretend that my solo travels are among the most extreme out there, but for me it’s both thrilling and scary to be setting out by myself, not exactly sure how to get where I’m going, and certainly without any idea of what will happen by the time I return home. Continue reading

Snap up the Shout Outs: PR for the Solopreneur

A post on being a solopreneur is not of interest to all but it has proven to be popular with many.
So here’s the plan. I’ll add one solopreneur post

every other Saturday. On those weekends, I’ll also run a travel post on Sunday.

The weeks in between, I’ll send the solopreneur post via email. Please sign up.

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Public relations is often touted as fabulous, free marketing. Well, it can be fabulous but it’s not free. It takes time and, as we all know, time is money. If you plan to add public relations to your long list of to-dos, use tactics that get you that coveted coverage efficiently. Continue reading

Tweeting from TIFF

TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival,  is great for film lovers. But it’s not just about the films. It’s also about  the people you meet in line and film talk with strangers. It’s an artistic, intellectual and social high. I’ll… Continue reading

Recommended: Travel Solo to Heal a Broken Heart



This week we have the pleasure of Renee Warren’s reflections on her year away solo after breaking up with a long time boyfriend. So many trips to take. So many reasons to take them. Please follow Renee to Austalia…… Continue reading

Tell Your “Travel Alone” Tale
in the next Solo Traveler ebook


What’s your best “travel alone” tale ever? What’s the story that you dine out on? The one that you can’t wait for a new audience so that you can tell it again. Well, I have an audience for you! The readers of Solo Traveler await your tale of discovery, adventure, peace, madness, humor… Continue reading

Solo Traveler: August’s Fave Five


I always find it interesting to look back through the stats and see what posts generated the most clicks and comments. According to Google Analytics, traffic here on Solo Traveler increase by 82% in August. That’s  huge jump and it looks like it is primarily due to the eBook that came out mid month. Its popularity certainly suggests to me that there should be another.

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8 Ways to Find a Free Local Travel Guide

My friend and the fellow from Lavalife.

My friend and the fellow from Lavalife.

I’ve heard of many creative ways to get a local to be your travel guide but my favorite is by a friend who had a yearning to go to Iceland. She is the… Continue reading

Recommended: Travel Solo in Croatia


DubrovnikI’d always dreamed of going to Croatia, though I never really knew why. I’d seen a few pictures and met travelers who recommended it, but they didn’t quite justify my overwhelming desire to see the country. Last June, I chose to put life as I knew it on hold: I left my job, moved out of my apartment, stored my belongings and decided to travel solo for a year. I didn’t know exactly where I would go, but I knew Croatia was on top of my list. Continue reading

Solo Travel with a Disability

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

Getting ready for TIFF

I’m now planning my sixth annual trek to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). I don’t have to travel far as most venues are about 45 minutes away by bike. I’m lucky to live in the land of the largest public film festival in the world. Continue reading

The Cellist in Amsterdam

The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

This is about my 2001/02 trip.

On May 6th, 2002, one day after Liberation Day in the Netherlands, I was sitting alone in a café thinking about how Amsterdam had celebrated that important event. The stalls… 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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