Solo Traveler: August’s Fave Five

This is September’s Prize Draw Post on Solo Traveler.

To qualify, simply leave a comment below saying which of the Fave Five posts mentioned you find most interesting.

I’ll draw the winning comment using in early October.

This month’s prize  is the No Debt World Travel packagegreat for long and short term travel.

I enjoy the beginning of every month when I get to look back and see what posts were the most popular on Solo Traveler in the previous month. There’s always a variety of practical, how-to advice, solo travel stories and musings on what solo travel means.  Have a look below. Yet again, the range of stories are there yet again.

Please take the time to have a read and leave a comment saying which you enjoyed the most. Doing so will qualify you for September’s prize.

Solo Travel on a Budget Part I: avoiding the single supplement

In addition to being expensive, the single supplement is annoying. Here’s how to beat it – at least some of the time.

Zen Travel – Solo Travel

How does a solo traveler find the solo experience in a resort full of people? I found my zen in a couple of very unique activities.

Travel, Stories and a World of Understanding

This post is so interesting. It’s about what you learn, how your world view changes, thanks to travel. It includes contributions from 9 travel bloggers, all of whom are city hosts for Meet Plan Go.

Summer Theater for Solo Travelers – the drama of my dreams.

There is something special about live theater. And there is something very special about traveling to see really great live theater. Here are my top theater destinations on my wish list plus the local festivals I attend every year.

Language is Your Lifeline: 10 Tips for travel in a foreign language

Traveling to a country where you don’t speak the language? As a solo traveler, it’s wise to plan a little. Here are 10 tips to help you have a great time.

Please remember, I take requests. If you’d like a specific topic on how to travel alone or you would like information on a certain destination, send me an email at If I don’t have the information you need, I can generally find a travel blogger who does. I try to publish request posts within a few weeks.

Now, leave a comment saying which is your fave post for a chance to win!

  • Donna K

    I liked Language is Your Lifeline: 10 Tips for travel in a foreign language

  • brian e.

    Thanks for the giveaway…since basic communication is key, wherever you travel, I think the “Foreign Language” tips was my favorite post; as you say, learning some common words & phrases will serve you well…it made a trip to Vietnam a few years ago relatively “painless” for me.

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  • Danielle

    My favorite is: Language is Your Lifeline: 10 Tips for travel in a foreign language.

    I am just starting to travel out of the country and have always been a bit nervous about going somewhere where i dont know the language. I was fine in Mexico because I took 2 years in high school but traveling to somewhere where I have no background at all is a bit intimidating!

    Totally taking those tips into consideration for the next time I get a chance to travel. :)

  • Frank C

    I liked the “Solo Travel on a Budget Part I: avoiding the single supplement” article. I once found a travel partner on the Lonely Planet Thorntree online message board.

  • JanPattersonRN

    I liked the language one. But my favorite has to be about beating the single supplement. There are lots of places I don’t bother to even think about because of that- this gives me a new point of view. Thanks!

  • Rob E

    “Travel, Stories and a World of Understanding” stood out for me. The Mark Twain quote cited in the intro is very profound. Even though I have focused my travel efforts within North America, I am a firm believer that travel helps break down personal barriers, increases self-confidence, and expands your view of the world. Thanks for the info!

  • Zita

    I usually print out common words and phrases before I travel in a country where I don’t speak the language and I thank you for your 10 tips I will definitely try something different next time.

  • Kathy

    First of all – one more thankyou for
    organizing the seminar. Frequently, those of us who travel ‘solo’ lack the opportunity to share our enthusiasm, ex-
    periences, with like minded travellers. It was energizing. Although the practical tips offered in the ‘Single Supplement’ and ‘Language’ blogs are very helpful, the thought and spirit
    of the ‘Zen’ and ‘Travel/Understanding’
    speak to why most of us do what we do.

  • Karin

    I really liked Travel, Stories and a World of Understanding. I lived in the Middle East and have an appreciation of how different it is from what the media portrays, once you’re there.

  • Jolene

    I found the seminar refreshing and a great kick-start to get going on my own visa to Australia. The couples inspired me to invite my boyfriend and take traveling to the next level. I appreciate the enthusiasm, it was just what I needed to rejuvenate my excitement to leave the country! I am planning to be in Australia with my boyfriend before New Years this year. I am stoked! Thanks!

  • Jackie Stackable

    Love the Mark Twain quote. Travel IS fatal to prejudice. We are all human and face the same challenges. How one race/religion/culture/thought process can be deemed better than another is beyond me. I vote for “Travel, Stories and a World of Understanding” as the most enjoyable.

  • Rose

    I enjoyed the tips for traveling in a country where you do not know the language. I just came back from a trip to Sicily where every conversation had to be mimed! But it was very enjoyable, nonetheless.

  • Amber G

    I most enjoyed your Language is Your Lifeline post because it really reinforced what I’ve always believed – the best way to experience a culture is through immersion and that really includes language as well! Language can unlock so many otherwise hidden opportunities.

  • Lilliane

    I definitely love travel, stories and world of understanding post! while i always try to keep an open mind, i know that sometime i fall into the “single story” trap. it’s a good reminder to dig deeper specially since google search is a few keys stroke away. and thanks for sharing the video of Chimamanda Adichie ( what a charismatic woman!)

  • lee

    how hard to choose with all the great articles you offer. My focus right now before a transatlantic cruise is solo travel: it will continue for 30 days in Italy with a topic of how to travel for $100 a day. Reminds me of the old Frommer days!
    But I take great info from all your posts, thanks for sharing.

  • Kath

    I liked the article on avoiding the single supplement. I cruise solo, and have had to pay it. but I am locked into the ship/dates as I travel with friends. I did use a cruise message board to find a roommate once, and it worked out great. I hardly knew she was there. Nice to know there are other places to search for roommates.