Monday, July 23, 2007
People who have experience traveling alone share some tips on everything from packing and safety to dining and approachability.
Somewhere between a fully guided coach tour and a do-it-yourself expedition lies a category that sounds a bit like an oxymoron: the independent traveler tour. On a trip to Laos, Karen Valby happily hands off the planning headaches to a guide—and discovers that she might even enjoy traveling with a group.
More Tales of Traveling Solo:
If your posse of girlfriends doesn't want to travel, then either ditch 'em and go alone—or find women more your style.
Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo
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FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
Virgin America, the offspring of Virgin Atlantic, takes to the skies on August 8. This new airline will feature fancy perks for economy-class passengers. Every seat will have a 110-volt outlet, so you can power your laptop and other electronic devices during long flights. Every seat will also come with a 9-inch widescreen TV monitor that offers live satellite TV, an instant-messaging feature, and more. Fares will be affordable. For example, New York to San Francisco fares start at $278 round trip….
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I've learned over the years that the best way to visit cathedrals is to attend a service—with the lights on and the music playing I can experience them the way they were intended. So while in the Tuscan hill town of Pienza, I popped into a small Renaissance cathedral. It seemed crowded for a Thursday afternoon, but I was pleasantly surprised by a cello solo of exceptional loveliness. I quietly moved several pews closer to the front. After about 10 minutes of gazing peacefully at the ceiling, statues, and beautiful religious paintings, I looked over at the center aisle, and my heart sank. There was a coffin! I had crashed a funeral. —Carolyn Casady Trimble, Urbana, Ill.