5 Recommended Books for Solo Travelers
5 Recommended Books for Solo Travelers
As a solo traveler or a potential solo traveler, sometimes a good guide can be just the motivation needed to get going or get going again. There’s no perfect or right way to travel solo, making solo travel such a unique and fulfilling experience. Whether you’re looking to find yourself, make new friends, or just see the world, make the trip your own and pick up some tips from seasoned solo travelers.
Highly praised, Vagabonding can be found in the back pocket of budget adventurers looking and making their long-term traveling dream come true. And Potts shows you how to make that dream a reality, as not a tourist, but a traveler. In the first pages as he demonstrates how long-term traveling can be affordable and how the personal investment of having an open mind is worth the price. Throughout the book, he presents practical travel choices, such as lodging, budget, and destination from a non-judgmental point of view, allowing you to make the best decisions for you and your travels. He includes anecdotes and tips from other extensive travelers and a list of online references for additional information and guidance. Vagabonding easily tops the solo traveler’s recommended book list, as it’s practical, non-judgmental writing can motivate and guide the solo traveler on a long-term trip that will change the way you see your life. If you ever come back.
Kristin Addis, a 3-year solo traveler veteran, calls on the help of 15 other solo travel experts to write this guide. Geared specifically towards the new solo traveler, even the experienced solo traveler is bound to find something in this well-rounded book. Addis combined all her research in one easy to read reference, with chapters on budgeting, travel prep, packing tips, safety and making the most of your trip. While some parts of travel aren’t as glamorous, she doesn’t leave any of the unpleasant but necessary bits out, including advice on travel insurance, banking while traveling, phone contracts in different countries, immunizations, how to handle any safety issues that arise, and how to deal with loneliness as you travel the world by yourself. She’s realistic in her approach to solo travel and even gives you advice on what to say to those less-than-supportive members of your family or social network.
- The Art of Solo Travel by Stephanie Lee
It’s easy for many of us to relate to author Stephanie Lee. She was an architect, long-term girlfriend, mortgage payer, and contributing member of society when she decided to exit the hamster cage we all affectionately call our lives and embark on an open-ended journey to see the world. As such, she stays honest and realistic, but optimistic in her sometimes awkward travels. In this short book, she covers a lot of ground, including the common guide staple, a packing list, but encourages readers to include one luxury item, as traveling on a budget doesn’t have to mean traveling uncomfortably. Also surprisingly included is a review which electronic gadgets are worth lugging around and how igoogle portal and google tools can help you organize a translator and a currency converter. Lee even discusses why she prefers couchsurfing, not purely for a budgetary reason, but to connect with the local culture. While this book is only 48 pages, it’s 48 pages of practical information, easy reading and optimistic, motivational advice for your first solo trip.
- The Solo Traveler’s Handbook by Janice Leith Waugh
The Solo Traveler’s Handbook is really just a portable one-source version of Janice Waugh’s blog The Solo Traveler, which she started when, unfortunately, her husband passed away at the same time her children left home, making solo travel not only possible but in a sense, a necessity. Her blog, as well as her book, includes well-organized helpful advice, illustrative anecdotes, and shameless lessons learned. The book is split into four sections. The first section discusses the motivation for solo travel, and why the author herself opted to travel solo. Planning and preparation processes are summarized in the second section. The third presents real travel stories and social tips to meet locals and other travelers. The fourth is completely on safety while traveling. This guide gives general advice on a broad variety of topics and is perfect for the new or semi-experienced solo traveler.
- Traveling Solo: Advice And Ideas For More Than 250 Great Vacations by Eleanor Berman
Award-winning, widely published travel author and New York City travel writer Eleanor Berman writes Traveling Solo: Advice And Ideas For More Than 250 Great Vacations to help tailor your trip to your own personal tastes. 250 vacation destinations and trip ideas are outlined in the book by approximate cost, the common age range of the area, percentage of solo travelers usually at the destination, a general male to female ratio, comments from former travelers who enjoyed Berman’s suggested vacations, as well as her impressions of the destinations. While the vacations are not exclusively for solo travelers, the book is geared towards destinations where solo travelers of a certain age or sex would be most comfortable. Some examples of the suggested vacations include a fjord cruise of Norway, a wilderness expedition of Alaska, Africa or Nepal, luxurious spas in the deserts of Mexico and Arizona, European tours for wine and music lovers, great city tours of Paris, New York and San Francisco, workshops in painting, language or photography, or a biking exploration of Provence. All of the vacations include websites for reference and for more information. Traveling Solo is perfect for travelers who prefer support in itinerary planning but allow for a more personal experience.
Each of the authors of these books is relatable, with real life stories that can motivate anyone to travel solo. While none of the books skimp on the things you’d expect to be in a guide (like a packing list and budgeting tips), each book has a unique perspective, meant to inspire us to experience what changed each of their lives.
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