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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: There's a whole big world out there. Here's how every woman can get out and conquer it-solo. This is an inspiring guide for women who want to "fly solo"-yet stay safe, sane, more...
Amazon Says: There's a whole big world out there. Here's how every woman can get out and conquer it-solo. This is an inspiring guide for women who want to "fly solo"-yet stay safe, sane, and solvent during their travels. With candid advice and insider's secrets about some of the most exciting places on earth, readers will find: - A quiz to help determine what sorts of trips best suit one's personality, interests, and goals - The essential female-friendly spots every woman should visit - Why each destination is perfect for solo travelers, important foreign phrases, what to pack, what shoes to wear, special events, historical facts, where to meet the global glitterati, and a list of the top ten things women must do while visiting - Where to eat, meet, party, people watch, sunbathe, soul-search, shop, spa, frolic, photograph, and more Whether surfing in Hawaii, strolling the cobblestone streets of St. Petersburg, drinking in Dublin, or swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean, women can take on the world and create lasting memories with the best travel companion ever-themselves! less...
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Amazon Says: Designed for women of all ages traveling for business, pleasure, or family, this indispensable travel handbook offers encouragement, lighthearted anecdotes, and numerous trave more...
Amazon Says: Designed for women of all ages traveling for business, pleasure, or family, this indispensable travel handbook offers encouragement, lighthearted anecdotes, and numerous travel-tested tips. Drawing upon 20 years of travel experience, the guide includes a wealth of information—including how to budget and save money, pack the necessities, and apply for passports and visas—as well as a full list of website resources and advice on the latest travel technology. This travel resource is the ultimate manual for any female traveler embarking on a journey by herself. less...
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Amazon Says: On the eve of her sixtieth birthday, Nan Watkins decided to embark on the around-the-globe trip she had always dreamed of—a trip she would take alone. Having endured both the more...
Amazon Says: On the eve of her sixtieth birthday, Nan Watkins decided to embark on the around-the-globe trip she had always dreamed of—a trip she would take alone. Having endured both the dissolution of her thirty-year marriage and the devastating death of her twenty-three-year-old son, the author resolved to follow a solo path east across Europe and Asia to renew connections with old friends and explore foreign lands and cultures. Over adventure-filled weeks and months, what began as a trip of discovery transformed itself into a powerful journey of the spirit, touched by sorrow but buoyed by the pure pleasure of travel. Watkins considers the issues particular to a woman living and traveling alone and writes with great insight about the complexities of global development and the changing role of women in non-Western cultures. Ultimately, this rich and beautifully rendered chronicle, which takes Watkins from the lonesome, rugged coast of Ireland to the bustling streets of Katmandu to the majestic Rajasthan desert of western India, is a testimony to a woman’s determination to overcome great loss with joy and passion. 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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Amazon Says: The true account of how a young African-American man canoed the length of the Mississippi alone. more...
Amazon Says: The true account of how a young African-American man canoed the length of the Mississippi alone. less...
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