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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Full Flight Press (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987706101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987706102
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Janice Waugh has bopped her way through Spanish music festivals at 3 a.m., traipsed the mountains of Patagonia and was even kissed by legendary bluesman B.B. King. Her book is filled with dozens of great tips for solo travelers."
Jim Byers
Travel Editor, Toronto Star


"Janice's book is chock-full of useful tips and strategies for making the most of a solo trip. If you haven't quite worked up the nerve to go solo, her book will give you the tools and confidence you need.
Marilyn Terrell
Chief Researcher, National Geographic Traveler magazine


"Janice makes a convincing case that there is no better way to get to know yourself than to hit the road. With her witty advice in hand, you'll feel freer than ever to follow the only path that matters: your own."
Joe Yonan,
Food and Travel Editor, The Washington Post




Through her detailed accounts in the Solo Traveler's Handbook the reader benefits from her insightful tips and experiences. ... Its a refreshing look that gives the reader the gift of freedom to control their travel destiny in a very practical and sometimes humorous approach.
Bruce Poon Tip
Founder
Gap Adventures

More About the Author

A love of travel, personal loss and an empty nest all conspired for me to begin Solo Traveler in 2009. Resonating with thousands of readers, the blog quickly went from personal to public and the Solo Traveler Project began.

The Solo Traveler's Handbook, the Solo Traveler blog, speaking engagements about solo travel including The Smithsonian Institute, the amazing Solo Travel Society on Facebook and a manifesto on traveling alone called Glad You're Not Here all connect those who love and those who long to travel solo.

Prior to my career as a writer, I had a conference, trade show and publishing company with my husband which we started grew and then sold. Between businesses I traveled with my family for 10 months and returned to university to complete a Master's Degree in History focusing on how it is represented on feature film. Yes, I snuck two interests into one degree.

Now I travel. I travel solo and I carefully observe how I do it. Then I write and share my stories, tips and advice.

Keywords: travel, solo travel, travel alone, solo traveler

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After reading this book though, I feel that I can do it.
cory2189
This book would make a great gift for anyone starting out on the adventure of solo traveling - and also for those who are already enjoying the adventure.
Sheilah
Plus, Janice shares her own stories and misadventures that personalize the book and keep you reading.
J. Jung

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Wainwright on November 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Even though I've traveled solo for a while now, I still found really helpful advice in this book. In fact, it isn't just for those new to solo travel, although it will be an absolute boon to those who are. Doing it the first time is scary, especially for women, and knowing that Janice has "been there, done that" and loved every minute is confidence-inspiring. I still have problems in approaching people when I'm on my own, for instance, or in going out at night solo. Janice covers all of that, and makes it sound easy and fun, but also warns on how to stay safe. It's a very easy read too - I read loads of travel advice books before I dared venture out alone, and this is easily the most sensible as well as the most enjoyable - and it's light enough to pop in your baggage to refer back to when you need it. Mostly what I like, though, is Janice's sheer enjoyment of travel which is palpable on every page!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Lachcik on October 23, 2012
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A magical potion of practical advice mixed with personal travel stories and sprinkled liberally with joyful reflections on the wonder of traveling solo. Yes, you will discover helpful tips on packing, safety, ways to meet new people, and ways to avoid them, but at its core, this book is really a celebration of travel in all its varied forms. Equally useful and inspirational for those intending to explore the world and for those taking a road trip to the next town, it beautifully reflects the author's excitement and enthusiasm for the art of travel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KAREN L PIGEON on September 6, 2012
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I have been reading the blog for a few weeks and with the encouragement I received, I have booked my first solo trip. I'm going to Spain! I will be traveling to Barcelona, San Sebastien and Bilabo. I enjoy having this book on my Kindle for IPad so I can read it at home and refer to it as I travel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheilah on September 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
As an experienced traveler, both solo and non-solo, I enjoyed reading this beautifully illustrated handbook. Janice Waugh has provided an excellent mix of advice and stories to make it an interesting read from beginning to end. I find myself picking it up and flipping through the pages to read about different topics. This book would make a great gift for anyone starting out on the adventure of solo traveling - and also for those who are already enjoying the adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cory2189 on December 28, 2012
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I love this book! I haven't actually even finished reading it; I'm only half way through but I had to write about it. I travel a lot but I've only ever traveled on my own once (and it was domestically) because I don't like to travel by myself. The disadvantages of travelling alone for me are: not having anyone to talk to; not being able to have your picture taken; not having the security of being in accompanied, etc. After reading this book though, I feel that I can do it. Of course there's no NEED for me to travel alone since I have people I can travel with but for anyone in a similar position to the author (she's a widow), you can do it! This lady tells you the best ways to do it. Going on tours for example. She tells you where some good places to go to find people are and even teaches you how to start up a conversation with a stranger and how to befriend people on your travels. Basically she's an expert on networking. There are so many helpful tips in this book. If you would love to travel but don't have anyone to go with and don't have the guts to do it alone, you NEED to read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry van Bommel on September 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Canadians seem to know how to help others with information. From Malcolm Gladwel's "The Tipping Point" to Janice Waugh's "The Solo Traveler's Handbook" we are enriched by their research and personal experiences to help us enjoy our lives more fully. Waugh's book is timely as more and more boomers by choice or necessity are traveling and exploring the world solo. Through Waugh's helpful insights, photos and stories this solo travel can be safe, exciting and awe inspiring. WIth her book as a guide, you are never alone on your solo travels and can safely meet and explore the world with other solo travelers building a network of new friends from the four corners of the globe. Enjoy it all!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I've been traveling the world, as well as living abroad, for decades - four and a half to be exact. After a quick read, I found this travel tips book to be thoughtful; tried and true; and worth a read. It affirmed a lot about what I already know about traveling and gave me a few new hints for safer and more streamlined traveling. With lots of examples of what, how, where and when to go through the process of a travel experience, the author presents a good guide for being 'on the road'.

This recent publication also exemplifies how travel has vastly changed, due to the advent of the Internet: banking from afar; online travel information; websites for linking up with other travelers; communicating with 'home'; working from a laptop anywhere in the world; and making the world a smaller, safer and easier place in which to wander. Much of what the author suggests, I had also discovered to be true, but it took me many trials, tribulations and equally lucky breaks to streamline enjoyable travel experiences.

I do agree that the 'job' of traveling is a process and it takes time, patience, knowledge and preparation, so that all that can go well, will do so, while on the road. Things will go wrong when traveling, but eliminating possible SNAFU's is well-described in this book.

Whether or not one wants to live as the author has chosen, and the writer can only present his own perspective, is irrelevant. The author also states this, at the beginning of the handbook. As a seasoned traveler, I totally agree that "more is less" when schlepping stuff from destination to destination. Travel light; take others' advice as in this book; and enjoy the sights.
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