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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399533109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399533105
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In her first book, TangoDiva.com founder Williamson uses 10 criteria-among them safety, transportation and friendliness-to determine a list of destinations for adventurous women, then provides the skinny on each. But before delving into her exceedingly thorough chick-trip dispatches, Williamson provides an incisive quiz to help readers determine the best trip for them. Dozens of global hot spots are profiled here, with an especially extensive list of European locations. Rating each of her destinations on four important variables-cultural opportunities, activity level, weather and social interaction-Williamson gives readers a feel for each city; true to her insider's vision, she even dishes out the home phone numbers of American ex-pats willing to offer a home-cooked meal (for a small fee). Other off-the-beaten-track suggestions include trying the Moroccan baths in Paris, and tracking down a bar in Beijing so hip it attracts British DJs-"From Britain!" Even though this easy-to-breeze-through guide offers information on locales as far-flung as Machu Picchu and Tokyo, a number of fun stateside escapes ensures that even "girls" on a limited budget will be ready to lone-wolf it.
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About the Author

Teresa Rodriguez Williamson is the founder of the highly successful online travel magazine, TangoDiva.com, and has been featured in Marie Claire, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

Customer Reviews

It is a helpful guide to 50 fabulous destinations.
Peg
I take it everywhere with me so that I can always pick it up and read about another city to travel too.
A. Bernaert
The book was well organized, thorough, inspiring and highly entertaining.
Amy J.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Tara K. Schumacher on February 8, 2008
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I am an experiences solo women traveller looking for some new places to visit. I was more concerned with safe places for women to travel alone without getting hassled. This woman seemed more concerned about where to party and what kind of shoes we should be wearing. Honestly I am 33 year old traveler and I know to dress and I rather learn more about what are safe areas to travel to, where to stay safely and honestly more about what to see in do. I think the only thing I need from this book is the first page of the locations. The content in the book gave me no help of what do and how to experience the city. I don't think flirting and trying to seduce men and where to shop is experiencing a city. This book was just not a travel book it was a travel story. Its definitely not Rick Steves or Lonely Planet. I was disappointed.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By oceangirl1 on April 19, 2007
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The book provides an extremely general overview of 50 destinations. Omitted, (I'm guessing for security reasons ) is all of Africa, India, the truly interesting islands of Polynesia (mentions Waikiki) the entire Caribbean, Australia west of Sydney and Mexico. Standard European capitol cities get the most ink. There is nothing here that could not be found in the first pages of a Let's Go. I was really hoping for a unique insight found nowhere else. It does list a festival or two and several activities for the given city. No hard specifics like maps, embassy addresses, specific lodging, addresses of restaurants esp open to single diners or specific city areas not to venture into after dark. Lists destinations well along the beaten path. If you are a first time traveller tho, this might be a good armchair read.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By single gal on January 28, 2008
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Thought this book would inform me of places that were safe and easy for a single to visit. NOT! It lists cities and just a few details - not very good with that either. Example: be sure to bring your thong - men here don't like pantie lines.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Retail Rookies on November 6, 2007
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I bought this book for information on how to save money and feel comfortable when traveling alone. Although this book does cover the issue of safety, it was heavily weighted with advice on how to meet people when traveling single. For my purposes, it had limited value.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Arnold VINE VOICE on June 13, 2010
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I was very excited about this book, and on the surface it seems to be a great idea. I thought I got lots of great ideas for part of my solo trip to Barcelona. However, upon closer inspection, several of the 'must do activities' listed are NOT actually intended for the solo traveler--in fact, they are quite the opposite. Two of the ten 'must dos' are done by a 'company' that specializes in personalized tours, for which there is a premium charge for booking for 'only two' people--nevermind one. And who wants to go on a private solo tour? That would be quite uncomfortable, and I feel most solo travelers would agree with me on that (after all, part of the fun of traveling on your own is meeting new people--you can't do that on a tour for one!)

In my solo traveling mind, I'd like to find tips for group tours that cater to lone travelers, and/or things to do and places to see that are solo friendly. I'd also appreciate fewer references to bars and clubs, because really, as a solo female traveler, I'd be pretty uncomfortable waking into a club all alone--but this is just a personal preference.

The reason I even gave this book three stars is because it is organized very well, and I could see using it for figuring out where to go--LONG before you go there. You'd need many more resources after figuring this out, but it does give a good overview. The lack of website information is unfortunate as well--basically, this is a really good book for people who like to read a book and then spend hours researching online.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa C. Tzourakis on August 7, 2009
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I am always looking for ideas for new destinations and especially ones that will be comfortable for me, as I travel frequently in Asia and the Middle East. This is not a guidebook for these locations and I don't think it was intended to be. It provides some ideas that will suit you based on a quiz at the beginning of the book. I actually hate these kinds of quizzes and do not like to be pigeon holed as one type or another. But the following info on selected locations did provide good information on why to go and key things not to miss.

I think I may be ten year too old for the target audience as I am less interested in the local bar scene but there was still plenty that I found helpful and have put a couple new destinations on my list as a result - which is what I wanted. It even provided some ideas for places I go frequently but never knew some of thier more interesting parts of points of interest.

I would not use this to find hotel recommendations once you pick a spot you will need additional materials and do searches to complete your itinerary. But this is a good dream book and jumping off point.

Safe and happy travels
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Cushman on May 13, 2007
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This is an entertaining easy to read guide based on guidelines such as safety, transportation, cultural activities, etc. Locations on each continent are covered. I just wish it had been 100 best locations - I could have added a few.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Network Admin V on February 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for an interesting travel book to give you ideas and inspiration, look no further. There are several reviews that give this book one or two stars, simply because it does not contain highly detailed travel information on each destination. They are clearly missing the point of this book. If you want details, buy a Fodor's or an Eyewitness Travel Guide. This book is great for getting inspiration and understanding the best places for each to individual travel, based on her interests. Each city/destination includes an overview, a list of top ten must see/do activities, helpful tips and a suggested reading list. I chose Machu Picchu as my destination and the overview, ideas and tips are extremely helpful. Also, I've already read one of the three suggested books, and it was fantastic reading (That would be The Sunflower, by Richard Paul Evans).

If you love learning about new places and travel regularly, this is a great book. It's well-written, easy to read and it holds your attention, especially for a non-fiction book.
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More About the Author

Teresa Rodriguez discovered that traveling can be the prefect antidote for anything ailing the soul. And, believing so, she created TangoDiva.com--a worldwide online social network and travel magazine for women. Her dream was to connect and empower woman around the globe with the wisdom she gleaned from her solo sojourns. She authored FLY SOLO: The 50 Best Places on Earth for a Girl to Travel Alone (Penguin), which is published in four languages.

A few of her TV appearances include LIVE with Regis and Kelly, NBC New York, FOX Dallas, CBS San Francisco, and she is a frequent guest on ABC television as a travel expert. Her advice has been written up in thousands media outlets including Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ELLE, Marie Claire, Allure, SELF, and Real Simple. Now, she shares her secrets of solo success with others who are ready to conquer the world alone in Body, Mind, & Solo.

Teresa shares her knowledge and insights at conferences around the world, she acts as advocate for women travelers and inspiring new travel services for women.

Along with her research and marketing recommendations, Teresa
offers workshops and classes for women in the areas of:

* Self-Branding
* The Art of Self-assurance
* Marketing to Women
* International style and fashion: the right attitude for your latitude

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