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Happy Plan a Solo Vacation Day!

Have you ever wanted to take a trip, but just couldn't find anyone who was interested in going? Are you tired of waiting around for your friends' and family's schedules and interests to line up with yours? Well, March 1, 2014, is Plan a Solo Vacation Day, so why not celebrate by doing just that? Take a trip by yourself!

This may sound a little daunting, but as someone who started traveling by herself about five years ago, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. You can go where you want, when you want, for as long as you want. It's fantastic! Now I can hear you say,"Doesn't that get a little lonely?" No! When you are by yourself, you are much more likely to strike up a conversation with a stranger. Who knows? You may make a new lifelong friendship!

Still worried? Don't know where to start? Well, calm those fears! The travel industry has spent decades catering to families and groups, but in the past few years there have been many books focused on the intrepid individual traveler. Books for and about women traveling alone have almost become their own specialized industry. So why not come into the library and check out what we have? You may discover that planning a solo vacation could lead to the experience of a lifetime!


Amazon Says: For those who are brimming with wanderlust but lacking a travelling partner, this book is the only companion needed for the trip. This traveller's aid lays out the steps for r more...
Amazon Says: For those who are brimming with wanderlust but lacking a travelling partner, this book is the only companion needed for the trip. This traveller's aid lays out the steps for researching, planning and enjoying a successful solo journey. It explains the advantages of solo travel, how to overcome fear, deal with cultural differences, save money on food and lodging, dine alone, and meet people during a solo journey. It also addresses practical concerns, such as packing efficiently, scheduling flights, protecting belongings, and coping with jet lag. Encouraging readers to immerse themselves in other cultures, this book will provide inspiration for travellers looking for an independent journey. less...
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Amazon Says: A quarter of all travelers hit the road without a companion each year, whether for business or pleasure. In this personal book, solo travel expert, Lea Lane, reveals the joys more...
Amazon Says: A quarter of all travelers hit the road without a companion each year, whether for business or pleasure. In this personal book, solo travel expert, Lea Lane, reveals the joys of the experience as well as its challenges, and dispels the stigma of traveling solo, covering such topics as: • Dining alone • Solo-friendly lodgings • Group and special-interest travel—including ditching the group • Socializing with locals and finding romance along the way • Traveling with pets • Smart ways to save and spend With warmth and wit, the seasoned, and award-winning journalist, Lane helps readers conquer their fears, make intelligent choices, and appreciate solo travel not just as a different way to go, but the ultimate way to go. less...
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Amazon Says: The ultimate guide to traveling alone, Traveling Solo offers advice and ideas for more than 250 trips for solo travelers, including suggested vacations as varied as the ages, more...
Amazon Says: The ultimate guide to traveling alone, Traveling Solo offers advice and ideas for more than 250 trips for solo travelers, including suggested vacations as varied as the ages, budgets, tastes, and interests of millions of singles. less...
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Amazon Says: "Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it."After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson- more...
Amazon Says: "Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it."After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson-bestsellingauthor of The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to returnto the United States. ("I had recently read," Bryson writes, "that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another,so it was clear that my people needed me.") But before departing, he set out ona grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home.Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie's Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile."Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it."After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson-bestselling author of ,i>The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to return to the United States. ("I had recently read," Bryson writes, "that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, so it was clear that my people needed me.") But before departing, he set out on a grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie's Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile. less...
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Amazon Says: The memoir of a young diplomat’s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris—one dish at a time When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a thr more...
Amazon Says: The memoir of a young diplomat’s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris—one dish at a time When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post—alone. Suddenly, Ann’s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down. So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must find a life for herself in a new city.  Journeying through Paris and the surrounding regions of France, Ann combats her loneliness by seeking out the perfect pain au chocolat and learning the way the andouillette sausage is really made. She explores the history and taste of everything from boeuf Bourguignon to soupe au pistou to the crispiest of buckwheat crepes. And somewhere between Paris and the south of France, she uncovers a few of life’s truths. Like Sarah Turnbull’s Almost French and Julie Powell’s New York Times bestseller Julie and Julia, Mastering the Art of French Eating is interwoven with the lively characters Ann meets and the traditional recipes she samples. Both funny and intelligent, this is a story about love—of food, family, and France. less...
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