Solo Travel – Bursting That Bubble

Planning as a Solo Traveller

What keeps you from travelling solo?  Or from doing anything solo for that matter?  Fear? The majority of the time, the answer is fear, plain and simple!  Fear of the unknown.

We are all protected by our little bubble and very seldom do we find the courage to step out of that bubble into the world of the unknown, no matter how strong our desire is to do so.  I am here to tell you that bubble can be burst!

“There is nothing to fear but fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Carry-On Essentials

I need the hot weather, the breeze in my hair and sand in my toes.  And the fruity drinks with those cute little umbrellas don’t hurt either lol.  I’m off on a Caribbean cruise, so it’s time to pack once again.

Carry-On Essentials

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Surviving Airport Chaos

OMG!  Am I the only one who arrives at the airport in the middle of the night in order to catch an early morning flight?  I swear, I am there early enough to turn the runway lights on!

In what I call my “prior life”, the airport stressed me out so much that it would literally take my entire vacation to recover and relax from my airport anxiety.  I realized that this was crazy!  I stressed so much that I was a complete basket case before I even left home.  I decided that it was time to have a completely different outlook, and I decided then and there to change my mindset.  I now go into vacation mode the second I leave my house.  How do you do this you ask?  Simple…..read on….

 

Solo Travel

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The Fool Proof Packing Guide For Adventures in Alaska

Will you be visiting Alaska in 2019 either on a cruise or a self-guided adventure?  I recently did, and boy it was a difficult task in deciding what to pack.  I had no idea what the Alaskan meaning of “cold” was, which left in a dilemma as to what to pack.   I googled and googled and googled and all I could find was “layers”.   The definition of “layers” wasn’t exactly clear, so I brought a lot of everything with me.  Half of which I never wore.  It was at that time that I  decided that I would be making a fool-proof packing guide for adventures in Alaska, detailing what the adventurous person should be packing.  That was six months ago.  So better late than never.

The weather in Alaska can be very unpredictable.  The best times to visit are the summer months, which are June, July and August.  These are also the most expensive months.  If you want to go for cheaper, then I recommend going on the fringe months of May and September, which is what I did.  I have to warn you though, these months are also the rainy season in Alaska.

Waterfall
A waterfall we had to climb on our hike up to the Mendenhall Glacier

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Rocky Road Trippin Adventure

Does anybody else get as excited about a road trip other than me?  It is one of my favourite things to do and boy did I just complete my best one yet!

The Canadian Rocky Mountains has always been near the top of my bucketlist, and I had recently booked an Alaskan cruise out of Vancouver, British Columbia.  For weeks I debated whether or not to combine Alaska and the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and cross two top destinations off my bucketlist.  After much debating, I decided what the hell, let’s do this!  Keeping in mind that I had never done a solo road trip of this magnitude before, I soon began to panic.  I kept asking myself, what the hell are you doing???  It turned out that my desire to see the Rocky Mountains far surpassed my fears, so the research began.  After all, it is the fear of the unknown that gets us everytime.

Vancouver

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Cruising Solo Onboard the Loveboat

Solo in Ketchikan

Yes, you read that right friends! I recently returned from my first solo cruise with Princess Cruises, on board the Emerald Princess. Who wouldn’t want to cruise solo on the ship that is known to us baby boomers as the Loveboat? Gotta love being in the midst of all of that love in the air. This was my fifth cruise with Princess, but my first solo cruise, and boy it was fantastic!

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Solo Travel – The Good, Bad and Ugly Truth

Glacier Skywalk on Icefield Parkway, Canada

Solo Travelling – Escaping Your Comfort Zone

There has been a sudden rise in the solo travel industry in recent years, especially among women. Whether you are single or married, I highly recommend taking that solo trip, at least once in your lifetime. Women especially need that time to decompress, refocus, re-energize and just simply let loose.

solo travel allows us to reflect
A major benefit of solo travel is that it allows us to reflect

Yes, solo travel can definitely be expensive, but the travel industry is beginning to change in order to accommodate the rise in the number of solo travellers. Many travel companies, tour companies and cruise lines now offer packages with no, or minimal single supplements, in order to make travel more affordable for the solo traveller.

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