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Solo Travel Over 50: Why Women Travel the Way We Do

10 Telltale Signs You’ve Caught the Wanderlust Bug
11 Excellent Reasons to Study a Language Abroad
Ancestry Travel: How to Trace Your Family Roots
How to Find the Best Cooking Vacations – Italy, France and Beyond
Travel Art – and how it can tell you about place
Street Art: Love It or Hate It?
Solo Travel Stories from Women on the Road
More Solo Travel Stories from Women on the Road

The (Countless) Highs and Lows of Solo Travel

Great Travel Destinations for Women: The Art (and Science) of Deciding Where to Go
Unrecognized Countries
The Benefits of Slow Travel
Female Travel Companions
Senior Women Travel (And Not So Senior)
Avoiding Travel Burnout
How to Cope with Cultural Differences
17 Ways to Avoid Paying a Single Supplement
How to Visit Any City in One Day
Eating with Locals: The Ultimate Guide to Social Dining
How to Live Like a Local (or how to stake out your corner of paradise)

Going Solo: Life on the Road

Managing Travel Loneliness
Coping with Culture Shock
The Art of Haggling
Hate Solo Dining? Here’s How You Can Make It Fun!
Travel Scams
Unwanted Male Attention
International Pet Travel
Alternative Christmas Holidays
Can’t Travel Right now? 19 Staycation Ideas to Quench Your Wanderlust 
Stuck at Home? How to Stay Sane, Keep Busy and Connect With Others

Safe Travel for Women

Hotel Room Safety
Hotel Safety
Natural Disaster Survival
Road Safety Abroad
Travel Talismans and Amulets
The Best VPN for Travel

How to Stay Healthy when Traveling

Travel for Health: Finding an Ayurvedic Clinic
Beating Your Worst Travel Phobias
How Long Do International Travel Vaccinations Last (and other questions)
Travel Fitness Tips
5 Drinking Water Safety Tips for Travelers
First Aid Kit Checklist
Are You Secretly Scared of Flying? How I Cured My Fear of Flying
Fear of Flying Course: How It Helped Me Fly 12 Times in 10 Days
How to Avoid Jet Lag when You Travel
Heat Exhaustion: A Real Threat in Hot Climates
Travel Personal Hygiene Tips
Leech Socks: How To Keep Leeches from Sucking Up Your Blood
Mosquito Repellent Clothing
The Importance of a Travel Mosquito Net
Permethrin Spray, DEET and Other Anti Mosquito Travel Tactics

Responsible Travel and Issues

Long-term Solo Travel for Women: 16 Profound Ways It Will Change You
Why Cultural Etiquette Matters
Reverse Culture Shock
Poverty or Slum Tourism: How Ethical Is It?
Dark Tourism: Should Tragedy Become a Tourist Draw?
Why Indulging in Disaster Tourism Could Be a Tragic Mistake
The Importance of Breaking Down Stereotypes When We Travel
How Giving to Child Beggars Can Do More Harm Than Good
How Travel Can Empower Us [Infographic]
Should We Boycott Countries with Despotic Regimes?
How to Engage in Animal-Friendly Tourism
Pro-Poor Tourism
Benefits of Ecotourism
Climate Change Travel
Disaster Tourism
Ask These Questions Before Booking Your Volunteer Holidays
Senior Volunteering
How to Use Carbon Offsets to Protect the Environment


World Travel Planning

5 Best Travel Forums to Help You Plan Your Trip
 Travel Blogs for Women
The Ultimate Long-Term Travel Packing List
When is the Best Time to Visit?
Using a Travel Checklist to Plan Your Trip
How Does Travel Insurance Work (and why you absolutely need it!)
Best Travel Insurance Reviews for Seniors
Seniors Travel Insurance (Don’t Get Mad, Get Even!)
International Travel Visa
Beginners’ Tips: How to Learn a Language
The Pros and Cons of Organized Tours
Candy Harrington: Travel with Disabilities
Long Layover Flights: How to Make Your Airport Time Memorable, Not Miserable
Keep a Travel Journal
How to Use Google Maps for Sightseeing

Travel Destinations

Top 10 Travel Destinations
Great Railway Journeys
23 Remarkable Trains Stations of the World
Safest Countries for Women Who Travel Solo
How to Know Which Places Are Safest (it’s an app!)
Dangerous Places
My 7 Best Flea Markets (and other markets)
18 Offbeat Winter Activities (that don’t involve skis)


Cheap Paris Travel
Things To Do in Annecy, France’s “Prettiest Town”
What Every Woman Should Know About Travel to Italy
A Portugal Travel Guide for Women
Solo Bulgaria Travel Guide for Women
A Guide to Florence
Things to Do in Budapest
The Spectacular Basque Coast of Southwest France
A Brief and Whimsical Travel Guide to Kotor, Montenegro
A Perfect Weekend in Milan: Travel Guide for Women
Amazing Swiss Travel: The Best of Switzerland for Solo Women
One Day in Madrid: Is It Even Worth Trying?
Places to Visit in Krakow: A Concise Women’s Guide
The Most Beautiful Places in Sardinia
29 Hugely Underrated Spanish Cities
24 Captivating Cities of Southern France
Traveling to Serbia: A Solo Woman’s Guide
11 Facts About Dublin, Ireland (some of them are true!)
Things to Do in Palermo, Sicily
A One-Day Literary Itinerary in Edinburgh
An Albania Travel Guide for the Culturally Curious
3 Days in Prague: Things to Do and See for First-Timers
Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse
A Bilbao Travel Guide (for foodies who love history)
Things to Do in Bayonne, France (other than eat ham and chocolate)
Places to See in Austria for Solo Women Travelers
Discover 8 Unmissable Northern France Cities (day trips from Paris)
3 Irresistible Day Trips from Rome
My 10 Best French Castles on the Loire (for women)
Solo Travel to Amsterdam for Independent Women
Are These The Best Spanish Tapas In Spain?
Solo Travel: Lisbon Travel Guide For The Independent Woman
Copenhagen Solo Travel: Copenhagen Tips For Women Traveling Alone
The 5 Most Beautiful Cities in Belgium for Solo Travelers
Clos Lucé in Amboise: Leonardo da Vinci’s Fascinating Final Home

Africa and the Middle East

A Woman’s Guide to Morocco Travel
Safe Travel to Doha, Qatar
South Africa Vacation – What You Need to Know Before You Go
Holidays in Oman
What to Do in Nairobi
24 Intriguing Facts About Malawi (you’ll want to put it on your bucket list!)
A Woman’s Guide to Kuwait Travel
A Tunis Guide for Independent Women

Asia and Oceania

Travel to Kyrgyzstan: An Independent Woman’s Guide
A Two-Week Korea Itinerary for Solo Women

Solo Female Travel to Australia (for first-timers)
Solo Female Travel to Queensland, Australia: A Guide for Beginners
What To Do In Uluru And Beyond: Central Australia Solo Travel Tips
The Most Beautiful Places in New Zealand

Solo Female Travel to China
Female Travel to Turkey: 7 Enticing Cities for First-Time Solo Travelers
Uzbekistan Tourism: Secrets of the Silk Road
A Week in Sri Lanka, Solo
The Most Mysterious Places in the Philippine Islands
First-Time Solo Travel to Vietnam for Independent Women
Travelling Alone in India (as seen by an Indian woman)
Singapore Travel Tips: A Terrific Destination for Solo Women
Plan Your First-time Travels to Thailand
East Timor: The Place Few People Visit (but should)
7 Yummy Street Foods You Must Eat in Bangkok
3 Days in Bangkok: Exploring the Chao Phraya River
17 Memorable Things to Do in Hanoi, Vietnam
Sensational Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur for Solo Female Travelers


Brazil Tourism – A Woman’s Guide
Solo Female Travel to Argentina
Cuba Travel Guide
Jamaica Facts for Solo Women Travelers
Las Vegas Travel Information for Solo Women
How to Visit the Cayman Islands on a Backpacker’s Budget
Is Rio Safe?
A Delectable Visit to the Colombia Coffee Region
Beautiful Places in Colombia: Beyond the Usual Sights
Solo Travel to Mexico for the Independent Woman
The First-Timer’s El Salvador Travel Guide for Solo Women

Unusual Travel Destinations

Ghost Tourism: The Thrill of Fear (when you’re not really in danger)
Star Gazing Tourism
Food Tourism

Pilgrimage Routes

Travel to Sacred Sites
Pilgrimage to Santiago
Music Pilgrimages
Women’s Pilgrimage Stories

Travel Stories from Around the World

Travel in Mozambique: That Time I Got Lost in a Minefield
An Unconventional Day in Bali


Travel Money Matters

How to Plan Your Travel Budget

How to Travel When Broke
Is a Travel Money Belt the Best Way to Protect Your Cash?
Waterproof Money BeltNeck Wallet or Leg Wallet

How Can Women Make Money Online?
Best Countries to Teach English After 50
How to Choose the Best TEFL Course

Non-Profit Jobs Abroad
Not-for-Profit Jobs 
International Travel Nursing
Yacht Jobs
Working on a Farm

Take my Free Travel Writing Course

Women’s Travel Clothing

The Travel Skirt
Travel Pants
Women’s Travel Hats
Travel Underwear
These are the Best Women’s Travel Walking Shoes
Best Walking Sandals for Travel: 15 Features to Consider
Women’s Hiking Boots
Travel Bras
Your Perfect Winter Travel Packing List
When to Dress Like a Local – or Not
Essential Waterproof Clothing for Your Travels

Travel Accessories for Women

2020 Travel Gifts for Women (for under $30!)
The Art of Choosing Travel Handbags You Will Actually Use
Best Flashlight for Travel
How Really Useful Are Travel Daypacks?
How to Choose a Women’s Backpack
A Woman’s Guide to Choosing the Best Travel Laptop
The Perfect Travel Pouch
Choosing the Right Travel Blanket
The Best Carry-on Bags for Women Who Travel Light
The 9 Best Anti-Theft Travel Bags
Best Packing Cubes for Organized Women 
Personal Items vs Carryon Bag: They’re NOT the Same!
Protect Your Belongings With the Best Anti-Theft Backpack
What to Pack for a Long-Haul Flight
The Best Small Suitcases with Wheels

The Best Way to Travel  Europe

How to Get Cheap International Flights
Enjoy the Scenery: Travel by Bus
Travel on Foot – the Ultimate Slow Travel
Women Sailing Around the World
Female Hitchhikers: A Disappearing Breed?
Round the World Tickets
30 Reasons I’m Considering a (Solo) European River Cruise
The Best Train Pass for Europe

Budget Hostel Accommodation

How to Choose a Hotel
Couch Surfing
How to Become a Housesitter
Stay in a Monastery
Homestay Accommodation: How to Live Like a Local
Staying in a Hostel for the First Time

What is Airbnb and why should you use it?

The Perfect Airbnb Packing List


Travel Resources for Solo Women
Virtual Travel Tours Around the World

Best Travel Books

Need to Read? Here’s Your International Book List by Country
Women Travel Writers
Travel Guidebook Reviews
Travel Book Reviews :: AfricaAmericasAsiaEuropeWorld

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— Originally published on 04 November 2011

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