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“You Have a Friend in Me” Slideshow

Woman by glacier

I met Noemie on the Navimag ferry, then cancelled all my refugio bookings, rented a tent and camped with her in Torres del Paine, Patagonia.

Liverpool and the Cavern

Paul is a most hospitable Liverpudlian. I met him in the morning, then he took the afternoon off work to make sure that I really enjoyed my time at the Cavern club.

I travel solo because I grow in knowledge, confidence and character. Yes, solo travel has contributed greatly to who I am as a person.

But, when I’m out there, it is the people I meet that make all that learning and character building worthwhile.

They are the fun of  my travels.

At the beginning of the year I met Noemie on board a ferry in Patagonia. On my last trip of the year I met Paul in front of the famous Cavern club in Liverpool. They are like bookends for my year of travels. They stand out for their energy and enthusiasm for life. Of course, there were others who were important. Claude (whose age Noemie and I could not guess), for his take-on-the-world attitude. And Mahmoud, my tour guide in Jordan. And so many others.

Here’s a post about Noemie, How to Travel Solo to Patagonia: Top 10 Tips and another about Paul, My Magical Mystery Tour – it’s not what you think.

And here are the smiling faces of many in today’s slideshow.

On Friday I have another slideshow for you, this time on the man-made structures, old and new, that amazed me this year.

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  • Janice Waugh

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it. :)

  • Leslie

    love it!

  • Shelly

    I absolutely adored this! I am leaving for a two week trip to Venice and have decided to photograph all those I meet in my travels, in addition to my usual photos of the amazing scenery. Thank you so much for posting this. It really put a smile on my face and really improved this dreary Nashville Sunday.

  • River Rafting

    The photos are really enchanting…Solo travelling is rare these days..Hope you enjoy the most..

  • Jade

    super fun post! Love when people smile at me when we are traveling!

  • Hotelswala

    Really wonderful slideshow Janice.Thoroughly enjoyed it.Looking for more.

  • Janice Waugh

    Yes, I could have used that tune for the slide show as well – but then that would have been cruel. It gets stuck in the head even more than “You have a Friend in Me”. :) Thanks for commenting.

  • Janice Waugh

    Thank you so much. It was a fun slideshow to put together.

  • Cheap Flights

    That’s a beautiful picture of Isa and I from a beautiful night in Austria! Thank you for sharing it.

  • Christy

    What a great year, Janice! We wish you the best in 2012!

  • Cara Lopez Lee

    You make me want to hit the road again right now! Thanks for the smile, and for the reminder that it really is a small world, after all. :) 

  • Elizabeth

    Loved this slideshow Janice! What a year! Imagine what potential 2012 holds….

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  • Abby

    Awww now that’s happiness! Thrilled to see all of the familiar faces, too. :)

  • Anonymous

    Year 2011 is signing off with sweet and harsh memories while 2012 is posting new hopes

  • Kirsten Alana

    Now THIS is the kind of year end post I can get behind. Just lovely Janice. And I feel honored to be included. That’s a beautiful picture of Isa and I from a beautiful night in Austria! Thank you for sharing it. — Also, soo great to meet you in person in 2011. I look forward to more adventures in 2012.

About Janice Waugh and Tracey Nesbitt

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 8.52.44 PMI'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 NesbittI’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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