Are you a baby boomer who set her travel dreams aside to build a career, take care of someone else's, or raise children? If not you, does this sound like your mother, grandmother or someone you know?
Even if you did, it's not too late! There's still time to head for those exotic beaches… challenging mountains… fine dining and culture in Europe’s capitals… volunteering in Africa or Asia… learning a new language… even if you're on your own and don't have a travel partner.
And that's the message of my new book, Women on the Road: The Essential Guide for Baby Boomer Travel, because yes, today is Publication Day!
I'm happy and proud to have written Women on the Road for all the women who aren't on the road yet - but should be, partner or not. I'm counting on your help to get it out there.
- You can buy a copy of the book for yourself
- Buy one for a friend or relative for Christmas
- You can let your friends know by posting this link (http://bit.ly/TOAq0e) on Facebook or Twitter or forwarding this email to them
- You can mention it on the phone to someone this week!
And now, to thank all of you for supporting me, I have a special promotion just for you: if you order my book through any link on this page, your name will be added to a random draw and here's what you could win: a $25 voucher for Amazon.com, a $25 Urban Adventures Tour gift card AND a copy of Chris Guillebeau's "$100 Startup" in case you're thinking of starting your own business (it is a GREAT and motivational book!)
Also exclusively, I'm going to give you a sneak preview with these 8 inspirational travel lessons taken straight from Women on the Road: The Essential Guide for Baby Boomer Travel.
What do you mean - solo?
Traveling independently doesn’t necessarily mean traveling alone all the time. It just means traveling in a way that allows you to make your own decisions rather than have someone else make them for you. You can team up with others whenever you feel like it, but remember that this is your trip, with your plans, and which fulfills your desires.
You mean without a partner?
There’s nothing you cannot do on your own. You don’t need to wait for a travel partner to be able to stretch your wings and get on that plane or train. If you’re apprehensive, you’ll probably discover that it’s all very different from what you expected, and certainly different to traveling with a partner.
Yes. On your own.
Imagine getting up in the morning without a care in the world, wondering whether today you’ll go to the beach, sightsee, sit under a palm tree reading, laze in a local café for breakfast, go to a museum, or do absolutely nothing. You’ll be able to act impulsively and take advantage of the unexpected. Whatever you decide, it’s your decision. No one to disagree with you, no one with whom to compromise, no one to placate.
You can do it.
There’s nothing like solo travel to boost your self-confidence and show you how capable you are at coping with the unknown. If you’ve always had someone to lean on, you may never have made the effort. As you travel you may find yourself in difficult situations, just as you would at home, and you’ll have to resolve them.
But I'm too shy!
If you happen to be shy, get ready to change. You’ll be meeting plenty of people – in hostels or hotels, on buses or trains, in restaurants, and you’ll learn to bond quickly. Some you’ll know for a few days or weeks, others might be your friends forever.
You mean... talk to people?
You may already be an open person but traveling on your own will stretch you. You’ll meet people who are similar. Your communication skills will get a radical brush-up. If you’re traveling alone, you’ll have to rely on your own talents to get by. Granted, you’ll find a lot of people who speak English, but once in a while you’ll struggle to get your needs met and your wishes understood. You’ll find that English is not as universal as you thought, and it won’t matter because you’ll communicate anyway – with gestures, a phrasebook, an electronic translation device or “that” look on your face.
You can revisit places
You may be revisiting a place you saw with a loved one, a place that brings back important memories, a corner of paradise you glimpsed on television or in a photograph, or someplace you’ve only seen in a dream. It doesn’t matter. Part the curtain and step into your new reality, reliving your memories or creating new ones.
You'll learn to live in the moment
If you’re used to being surrounded by people and bustle, you’ll learn to sit with yourself, and become comfortable with that. In many countries the pace is slower than at home and you’ll have plenty of time to read and reflect. You’ll learn to love your
own company (if you don’t already). You’ll get to know yourself better and you’ll like what you discover. You’ll open up to the world.
Have you visited my new blog yet? If you haven't, here are some stories to get you started!
The Many Faces of Albanian Women takes a photographic look at how women in Albania live today.
Barcelona Highlights, Unconventionally is about a couple of days spent in Barcelona, approaching this divine city in an original manner.
Lello Bookshop in Porto: Stairway to Heaven? A recent visit to Porto in Portugal wouldn't be complete without seeing the 'third most beautiful bookshop' in the world.
The Train in Spain Stays Mainly on the Plain had me following in Paul Theroux's footsteps by taking a long train journey to see what kind of people I'd meet.
Guimarães, Portugal: Women, Hearts and History discovers how two women influenced Portuguese history deeply - without them Portuguese history might have been quite different.
Girona. Barcelona. David. Goliath? uncovers the city of Girona in Catalunya, an unexpectedly lovely city too often bypassed by visitors to Barcelona.
Riding the Blue Rustbucket on Lake Komani, Albania profiles what guidebooks call 'one of the world's classic boat rides'. It truly was.
We've also got great contributions from readers and this month, Juanita from New Zealand takes the plunge into solo travel in Eastern Europe, while Marta from Germany shares what it was like to travel as a woman alone last summer. And Sofia from Italy asks how to make money when you travel.
Please come and share your own travel stories with other Women on the Road!
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The World's 10 Deadliest Cities
Where Do Americans Go? The 10 Most Visited Cities Outside the US
5 Reasons You Should Take a Career Break to Travel
4 Travel Mistakes Women Make When Traveling Solo
Rating Smartphones for Global Travel
For food lovers...
...and lovers of other arts
Guimaraes: The Most Romantic Nighttime City in Europe
A Quirky Side to Thailand
Protecting Afghanistan's Environment and Tourist Future
Bratislava: Day Trip from Vienna
Climbing Mount Kinabalu
Visiting North Korea, The Hermit Kingdom
If You're Visual
Sometimes we don't have to go to the ends of the earth to witness disaster or suffering on a grand scale. These past few days, the edge of a continent was partly reshaped, from the Caribbean to Canada and it's not over.
As in all cataclysms there was heroism and there was debauchery but mostly there was fear from those caught by Sandy and those, like myself, with family in harm's way. My family was safe, as were most people in Sandy's path. That doesn't make it any less devastating, and more than 100 people lost their lives to the high winds, flying debris and oversized waves.
Many people have been pulling together information about Hurricane Sandy and I wanted to share with you some of those resources. Understanding it better might help when the next, probably inevitable, megastorm shows up.
The Atlantic: Hurricane Sandy After Landfall
Hurricane Central from The Weather Channel
ABC News Live Updates
Scientific American: Did Climate Change Cause Hurricane Sandy?
Common Dreams: Climate Change Feeds Hurricane Sandy
The Many Types of Culinary Travel
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