Boldly Go Solo

Boldly Go Solo How to set out solo, but not travel alone: Trips, tips and ideas for the active traveler.

  • Solo travel – day tour strategy
    by Ellen Perlman on September 28, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Short tours can do wonders for alleviating loneliness when you’re vacationing alone. If, after flying to your dream destination, you start to feel lonely, you can join a group activity for a day or two and have real live conversations. Something beyond, "Does this bus go to Sintra?" I recently went on an "urban foraging" walk in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. (My cousin asked if that meant dumpster diving!) My tour guide Kathy and I…

  • Tips on getting cheaper flights, packing, what to do on the road, and more
    by Ellen Perlman on January 31, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    I’ve read a lot of great travel tips over the years. And I’ve probably forgotten just as many. So I always like reading stories on how to be a better traveler. I’ve learned through experience to bring an empty water bottle to fill after going through security. That saves paying exorbitant prices to buy and throw out yet another plastic container. For years, I’ve taken along photocopies of my passport in case I lost the…

  • Farmers markets around the world
    by Ellen Perlman on October 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    The Matador Network wrote a post recently about farmers markets around the world, from Dane County Farmer’s Market in Seattle to Mercado Central in Valencia, Spain, and Rialto Markets in Venice, Italy. I’m a fan of food browsing. I love walking up and down every aisle of shops in other countries to check out unfamiliar products, the foreign-language packaging of familiar products and tasty foods that could be gifts to bring home. Yet I have…

  • Travel companions who make solo travel look glorious
    by Ellen Perlman on July 4, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    You say you don’t want to travel solo. But suppose your choice of travel companions includes the faffer, the whinger or the waverer? I enjoyed this post on travel companions by a writer for a New Zealand site who detailed the challenges of the "eight worst types of people to travel with." The faffer takes forever to get out and go in the morning. The whinger won’t stop complaining. And the waverer can’t make a…

  • So much to experience along the Slea Head loop on the Dingle Peninsula in Western Ireland
    by Ellen Perlman on March 9, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I hadn’t heard of the Dingle Peninsula until a few years ago during a "girls weekend," when a friend presented a bottle of Dingle Original Gin from the Dingle Distillery for another friend and I to taste. Then when I was researching a trip to Ireland last year, the travel literature suggested that if visitors had time for just one tour in the west of Ireland and had to choose between the Ring of Kerry…

  • Solo in Kilkenny, Ireland, and loving it
    by Ellen Perlman on February 10, 2018 at 2:57 am

    I was looking for an Irish town to spend a view days on my own last April, during a two-week trip around Ireland with a rotating roster of travel companions. Kilkenny stood out. The city an hour-and-a-half south of Dublin is known as the design center of Ireland, but also has a medieval castle, a 17th-century Irish merchant’s townhouse and a 13th-century cathedral. So much to see. And I met the nicest people at the…

  • Solo in Quebec City
    by Ellen Perlman on December 31, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Shannon happened upon Quebec online. "It looked cute," and it was French-speaking and she thought it would “feel like you’re in a foreign city,” without the effort and expense of flying to someplace in Europe. In fact, the official website reads, "Quebec City: So Europe. So close." It didn’t disappoint. 

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