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Solo Travel

Solo travel is an opportunity to see the world free from the expectations of others, but a unique experience that many people are cautious to explore for the first time. In this category, I collect tips to stay safe, and reflective essays on the power of solo travel as a tool to explore the world and our inner selves.

5 Amazing Romanian Foods to Try: Traveling to Transylvania

Romanian cuisine is some of my favorite in the whole world. Even now, 18 months after my visit to Transylvania, I regularly make meals using recipes and spice packets gathered in Transylvania. In fact, Romania was the destination that made me start adding packaged spice mixes for local foods to my Top 5 Travel Souvenirs. …

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Best Destinations for First Solo Travel Adventures

Solo travel is a learned skill, and like many things in life succeeding at being a solo traveler depends largely on setting yourself up for success. If you think that solo travel might be for you, start by reading, learning, and experimenting with local trips alone. In this article, will discuss the best destinations for …

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Making Meals in a Hotel Room: Easy Food Ideas for Travelers

Getting out of your hotel room to find fresh food regularly isn’t always an option. Whether you are settling in for a manuscript-writing-binge, quarantining due to getting sick while traveling, hunkering down for a few days in a hotel room, or just trying to avoid eating alone in a hotel restaurant or the high prices …

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What to do if you get Stranded as a Solo Traveler

Setting out on a solo travel adventure takes courage, bravery, and a sense of adventure. Good solo travel also requires that we spend some time thinking about contingencies and backup plans. For example, some of you may have read my article about what to do to prepare for the possibility of theft while traveling as …

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How to be Prepared for Theft when Solo Traveling

Although most trips end without incident, if you travel long enough, and far enough, the odds are very good that eventually, you will encounter theft or another crime while traveling. Solo travelers taking their first solo trip may be targeted if unprepared and unaware, but even digital nomads, who spend months or even years at …

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Ultimate Guide to Going to the Beach as a Solo Traveler (And Loving It!)

As relaxing as a beach vacation can be, visiting the beach alone can be vulnerable. Stripping down to a bathing suit can expose insecurities about our bodies, and leaving our belongings behind on the beach while we take a dip exposes us to a different kind of vulnerability: theft. In this article, I share my …

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Best Destinations for Solo Travelers to Spend Christmas Alone

Christmas is traditionally viewed as a time to spend quality time together with friends and family- but we all know the Christmas-card-version of Christmas doesn’t always match reality. For many reasons (including conflicting work schedules, death of a loved one, estrangement from extended family, and other complications) many travelers find themselves looking for a destination …

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8 Ways to Record your Travel Memories

A full-blown travel journal isn’t for everyone, but virtually everyone who travels naturally seeks ways to record, memorialize, or mark certain experiences during travel. Why you should create some kind of record of your travel: I think all of us are aware of just how fleeting the experiences of travel can be. While walking through …

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7 Ways to Get Great Photos of Yourself During Solo Travel

One common problem for those of us who travel solo is getting pictures of ourselves while traveling. For many of us who are drawn to solo travel, capturing the perfect selfie staged in front of famous destinations like the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel tower, or Buckingham Palace may feel like a lower priority than the …

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