THE SOLO TRAVELER’S HANDBOOK: For those who love and those who long to go solo
Janice Leith Waugh
[Full Flight Press, 132 pages]
For my last book review, I enjoyed reading the travel memoirs and advice from Janet
While this type of organized long-term itinerary is a great way to see the world in a group of about 70 people, another popular method of
As a follow-up, to get a glimpse of what life on the road can be like while
No stranger to solo travel
A lifelong lover of travel, the author is a seasoned pro at going solo. About 10 years ago, she found herself widowed and in an empty nest, and she made her situation into an opportunity to travel solo and write about it along the way.
She currently writes for her internationally popular Solo Traveler website and its social media offshoots, which comprise a community of solo
Waugh also has regular speaking engagements and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. Having
The Solo Traveler’s Handbook is a compact compilation of much of the wisdom she has accumulated over the years.
Alone but not lonely
Through accounts of her travel experiences (as well as those of others), one of the key messages the author conveys is that just because you travel solo, that doesn’t mean you’re lonely. The amount of people
But many people may be unsure exactly how to travel solo but not alone. Waugh gives readers some great tips about how to meet new people on the road, whether that involves striking up a conversation in a coffee shop, going on walking tours or swapping stories with strangers on trains. Oftentimes, she has met people on similar itineraries or tours who ended up becoming fast friends and temporary travel mates.
In my experience, these have all been great ways to socialize, but often, there comes a time when you want some solitude to contemplate life or enjoy being present with yourself. Waugh shares some of her secrets that have allowed her to get some alone time in public, such as going to venues like parks, museums and libraries that are universally respected as quiet contemplation zones.
This book also extensively covers the topic of safety, which is a top priority for most solo
Advice for the long haul
Another topic I was happy to see included in The Solo Traveler’s Handbook is long-term solo travel, which is best done at a slower pace than the usual action-packed shorter trips. A lot of advice is given by Waugh about how to stay connected with those back home, and how to create an environment that gives you a sense of being settled, even though you’re not.
Of wit and wonder
In my opinion, the absolute best advice Waugh provides in The Solo Traveler’s Handbook is to treat travel responsibly, but with the
To get the most out of solo travel, you really must be open and curious, while minding safety considerations. Waugh explicitly refers to this balance as
Above all, the message of The Solo Traveler’s Handbook is simply, “GO.” Absolutely take the time to dream, plan and read Waugh’s tips, in order to help give yourself the best solo travel experience possible. But all of the dreaming, thinking