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Go Solo LIVE! is a podcast for and about midlife solo women travelers. Host Jennifer Buchholz of Transform via Travel, talks to women about their solo travel experiences. It's more than just "how to" or "where've you been". It's about their personal stories of where they were in life before solo travel, what inspired them to go, what they found on their travels, and possibly even how they found more of themselves. The stories are meant to inspire, enlighten and encourage women who are at any stage of going solo!

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Go Solo LIVE! is a podcast for and about midlife solo women travelers. Host Jennifer Buchholz of Transform via Travel, talks to women about their solo travel experiences. It's more than just "how to" or "where've you been". It's about their personal stories of where they were in life before solo travel, what inspired them to go, what they found on their travels, and possibly even how they found more of themselves. The stories are meant to inspire, enlighten and encourage women who are at any stage of going solo!

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Good podcast. I’ve been listening to old episodes on my commute and enjoy them, but the overuse of the word absolutely is starting to get on my nerves.

Love this podcast.

By Baklava22 - Mar 24 2018
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Great stories from solo women travelers. Jennifer is a wonderful interviewer, full of enthusiasm and asks all the right questions. Being a fellow traveler I really relate to many of the stories. Keep them coming!

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Good podcast. I’ve been listening to old episodes on my commute and enjoy them, but the overuse of the word absolutely is starting to get on my nerves.

Love this podcast.

By Baklava22 - Mar 24 2018
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Great stories from solo women travelers. Jennifer is a wonderful interviewer, full of enthusiasm and asks all the right questions. Being a fellow traveler I really relate to many of the stories. Keep them coming!
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Rank #1: SS 08: My First Independent Trip

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Key Takeaways:

If you are a starting out as a traveler, you need to listen to this episode.

Who is Dr. TravelbesT? Dr. Mary Beth McCabe and in the future, her daughter, Tina Shubat will take over the role.

Assess your travel needs first to find your travel space.

FAQ: For a recently divorced woman, how should I travel? 

Start small and be comfortable Go local. Try 10-15 miles from home and make it an adventure regularly. Move up to 30 miles and then to the next state and make conversations at these new places. You will gain so much from your travel.

Tips: Safety precautions: health, safety and more tips can protect you.

How To: Packing. Travel light to save energy and time. Pack half of a small suitcase. The other half can be for things to give away. Consider a small backpack instead of a suitcase if possible. The basics: medications, cosmetics, and one of a kind items.

Attitude: Keep saying “yes”. 

Face your fear of going alone. Meeting people may be a challenge. Talk about the weather, transportation, or ask a question. Common sense is critical here. Confidence building is like a snowball.

My travel as a teenager: Solo Travel to New York City. Three weeks on my own was a very special experience. This helped build my travel experiences over the past decades. Travel is much better than getting “stuff.”

FAQ: I’m invited to Spain but don’t want to go alone. What should I do? Don’t let not having someone to go with keep you away. Don’t let yourself be held back.

Mistakes and missteps: 

  1. Spilling my tomato juice all over myself was distressing. What an ordeal. I was able to change my clothes and get a new seat cushion, so the rest of the flight was ok.
  2. How to deal with getting lost: Getting lost in Shanghai in 1988 riding a bicycle was a terrible experience, but I was able to figure it out thanks to the Peace Hotel. This was a really distressing experience, but it all worked out.

Connect with Mary Beth:

Website

Drmarytravelbest.com

Mary Beth on Twitter

Dr. Mary Travelbest Twitter

Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Page

Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Group

Dr. Mary Travelbest Instagram

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Connect with Jennifer

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

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Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Aug 02 2019

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Rank #2: EP 062 The Biggest Lesson in Life: Just Say Yes

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Leyla Alyanak has been zigzagging all over the world for the last two decades (actually, it’s been a little bit more than that). As a journalist, she’s traveled into war zones and even got lost in the Amazon rainforest. These days, her solo trips are much calmer and deliver such an enriching cultural experience that she doesn’t plan to ‘cool down’ anytime soon. At nearly 65 years old, Leyla has been to 86 countries, thus far, and currently resides in France. Find out more about Leyla and her travels on this week’s episode!

Key Takeaways:

*Leyla is currently living in France; where are some of her favorite places to go?

*Why did Leyla decide to live in Europe?

*What are some of the pros and cons of traveling all over the world?

*How does Leyla manage her time and the logistics of this nomadic lifestyle?

*Moving within Europe is so easy, but getting a visa into Europe can be very difficult.

*Has Leyla ever been in a situation where she thought she wasn’t safe while traveling solo?

*Leyla has had to travel to war zones as a journalist. There’s nothing romantic about getting shot at or killed!

*Countries coming out of conflict are a different story. They are mostly safe for women to travel to.

*Use the same common sense in a foreign city the way you would when you walk out your front door.

*With that being said, do some research on the differences in culture. A woman walking alone in the afternoon can send the wrong message to certain cultures.

*Leyla was left alone/abandoned in the Amazon rainforest by her guide. She thought she was never going to make it out.

*What kind of tried-and-true lessons has Leyla learned over the years?

*Right now in the world today, there is such an ‘us vs. them’ mentality taking place. When you start traveling, this perspective changes.

*Where is Leyla’s favorite place to go to?

*The first thing Leyla does when she gets to a new city is to hop on a bus!

*Jennifer always plans with the idea that she’ll be back ‘next time’; that way she doesn’t overplan and stress out!

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Connect with Leyla:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

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Feb 02 2018

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Rank #3: EP 005 No Man? No Problem

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Walker Thornton is a sex educator, writer, and speaker with a Masters in Educational Psychology, and she speaks extensively on midlife sexuality. This episode dives full in on what it's like being over 60 with no life partner in sight. At the end of the day, it's about the stories we tell ourselves and that can sometimes get in the way of who we truly are as people. Coming from a small town, Walker was often shamed into thinking her way of being was wrong and that her self-worth was only defined by a man. Solo travel has given Walker a new story to tell herself and a new-found acceptance of who she is.

Key Takeaways:

*Where was Walker in her life when she decided to travel alone?

*Walker took her first trip for her 60th birthday.

*There's such a stigma for women who want to travel alone.

*Why did Walker choose to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico on her 60th birthday?

*There is a sense of vulnerability when you travel alone. It's still there no matter how old you get.

*Why did Walker travel to New York City?

*Walker fell in love with the city!

*As a small town girl, what made Walker have a mindset shift to travel and get out there more?

*Walker was told she was 'too much' and that she was going to have a hard time finding a man if she didn't change. Lo and behold, she ended up getting a divorce and felt like she proved everyone right.

*Walker feels less judged when traveling alone than in her own community.

*Walker still has her mother's voice in the back of her head, pitying her for being alone.

*We need to create and rediscover our own story and traveling helps us with that.

*The stories we tell ourselves can sometimes get in the way of who we really are.

*What kind of lessons has Walker learned through her travels?

*I get to live too! I get to live a great life, too!

*Selfish = Self-care. It is time for you to be selfish for what you want.

*There's a double standard towards adventurous men vs. adventurous women

*What advice would Walker give other women considering solo travel?

*Where is Walker traveling to next?

*Walker has been writing and working in the field of sexuality for the last 5 years.

*You have to embrace who you are.

*Instead of resisting it, accept who you are.

Mentioned in This Episode:

www.transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Connect with Walker:

Website

Facebook

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Sep 09 2016

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Rank #4: EP 043 A Budget Traveler’s Search for Deals, Deals, Deals

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Kathy Pulkrabek’s first solo trip didn’t start off to be that great — she had no hotel, was lost in a foreign country, and she got food-poisoned — but when it ended, she gained a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Kathy still remembers the bonds and friendships she made on her first solo trip and how it wasn’t as scary as she thought. On the show, Kathy dives into why she loves traveling, some of her favorite websites where you can score excellent travel deals, and the lessons she learned on her very first solo trip.

Key Takeaways:

*What was Kathy’s first solo adventure like?

*Kathy wasn’t really prepared for her first solo trip, to be completely honest.

*In fact, Kathy’s first solo trip was a bit traumatizing and it started with her being food-poisoned for at least two days.

*However, the trip took a turn for the better when Kathy met this tiny old Italian lady.

*What kinds of lessons did Kathy learn on this solo trip?

*After visiting Vietnam and living in Japan, what was the next major trip for Kathy?

*Check out Icelandair. Their prices are outrageously cheap.

*Jennifer and Kathy share some of their favorite travel apps that help them save money.

*What are Kathy’s thoughts on Airbnb?

*What is Kathy’s podcast about and what does she do for a living?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Icelandair.us

Nextvacay.com

Hopper.com

Hoteltonight.com

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, by Tim Ferriss

Connect with Kathy:

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Sep 22 2017

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Rank #5: EP 050 I Could Have Been Dead and I’ve Never Been to Europe!

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Sunni Boehme was 30-years-old when she survived a life-threatening car accident. It was so intense that she had an out-of-body experience. When she finally came to, she realized she’s never taken a real vacation before — never sat on a city bus or a train — and by that point, she had only been on a plane once in her life. This immediately had to change. She went to Europe solo with no plans other than a monthly budget of $1,000. The experience completely transformed her and how she saw life after that. She came back to the U.S. with no money left and started a completely new career path.

Key Takeaways:

*Where was Sunni in her life when she decided it was time to go solo?

*Sunni had an out-of-body experience from a car accident that nearly killed her.

*Even though Sunni was 30 years old, she had never been on a city bus and a train in her life. By that point, she had only been on a plane once — it was for work — and she had only taken one vacation in her adult life (where she didn’t even leave the state).

*How did Sunni discover her spirituality?

*We all have multiple versions of the same story. We can react negatively to it or we can be proactive with our stories.

*Trust your intuition! Do not ignore your instincts.

*Sunni and her husband had a long discussion after the car accident. Sunni said to him that she had to go to Europe. He had his own life journey to go through and Europe wasn’t in that picture. So, they went and got a divorce for $350, sold the house, and left it at that!

*After selling the house, Sunni had $30,000 and she got her banker to wire her $1,000 a month to London while she traveled throughout Europe.

*Sunni shares some of the fun adventurers a recently divorced woman can get into while traveling solo!

*When Sunni only had $500 to her name, she bought a plane ticket back to the U.S. and started her life over.

*Sunni talks about her book, Mirror, Mirror and where you can find her!

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind: Unlock the Secrets Within, by Joseph Murphy

Connect with Sunni:

Website

Sunni’s Books

You can hear Sunni speak at The Spiritual Living of Greater Milwaukee Center on Sunday mornings at 10:45 am. RSGM.net

Call Sunni: 414-217-4052

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Nov 10 2017

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Rank #6: EP 037 Travel: A Beautiful Form of Therapy

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Helen Suk moved to the UK shortly after she graduated university. What she told her mother was only supposed to be a summer trip, ended up being two years away from home. Helen was hooked with the travel bug ever since. On the show, Helen admits that traveling will not solve your problems. In fact, your problems will follow you. The good thing about travel is that it is a powerful tool that can change your perspective, and can even help heal you when you’re feeling lost.

Key Takeaways:

*Why is Helen such a strong supporter of women’s solo travel?

*Using travel to escape will do you no good. Your problems will follow you no matter where you go.

*For Helen, travel was not the answer, but it was a tool. A very powerful and enlightening tool.

*Helen told her mother she’d be spending just the summer in the UK. The reality was she didn’t come home until two years later.

*As Helen has traveled the world, she has developed a deep respect for the world’s wide life.

*What country or place has become a sanctuary for Helen?

*There’s beauty no matter where you go.

*What has been the hardest part for Helen about traveling solo?

*Fortunately, Helen has never been robbed while traveling.

*Helen tends to get a bit restless when she’s been in one place for a bit too long.

*Helen went to India about a year after her brother had been murdered. Helen was struggling emotionally, and knew she needed to take a pause in her life.

*When Helen went to India, it was so transformational for her. She was finally able to let go. She learned that death is just a natural part of the soul.

*Remember, solo travel is the ultimate form of self-care.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Connect with Helen:

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Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

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Aug 11 2017

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Rank #7: EP 003 Open New Doors and Find Your True Self in Italy

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Tayloria Grant traveled to Italy for the first time when she was 16-years-old. After going through a divorce and leaving her corporate career, Tayloria went back, by herself, in 2014. She has been back to Italy every year since then and at the age of 40, she decided to learn Italian. Although she didn't know it at the time, her solo travel opened a new door for her and this experience led to her starting her own travel business, One Full Life. 

Key Insights:

*Tayloria spent 20 years in corporate America.

*By  the time 2014 came around, Tayloria had went through a divorce and was in the middle of switching careers.

*Tayloria loves family and girlfriend trips, but she really, really looks forward to traveling by herself.

*Why did Tayloria travel to Italy?

*There's a misconception that solo travel is lonely and that's completely not true!

*Tayloria is a planner, but she's learned that when you travel, you have to be more in the moment.

*Solo travel doesn't mean you'll be alone the entire time. You'll meet (and become friends with!) so many different types of people.

*Tayloria paints a picture of what Italy is like.

*Tayloria decided to learn the Italian language at the age of 40.

*In Tayloria's entire life, she has never hung up clothes on a clothes line. She came to that realization when she had to dry her clothes in Italy.

*This experience made Tayloria question what was really important in life. Owning a dryer is nice, but it's not important.

*People outside of the U.S, in general, live a lot simpler. After Tayloria's trip to Italy, she thought deeply about a lot of the possessions she had and started to purge them.

*Tayloria talks about the September retreat she's hosting.

*If you'd like more information about the upcoming retreat, feel free to message Tayloria!

Mentioned in This Episode:

www.transformviatravel.com/

Transform via Travel Facebook

Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Connect with Tayloria:

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Facebook

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Aug 12 2016

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Rank #8: EP 020 A Solo Vacation Is the Best Form of Self-Care

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Lisa England embarked on her first solo trip at the age of 19, to Nepal. When Lisa visited the country, Nepal was going through a civil war at the time! Lisa just knew in heart that she had to go see this country and she had to go see it now! In fact, Lisa wanted to dive headfirst into the culture so fast, she ended up going to the hospital several times for food poisoning. Today, Lisa is in a committed relationship, and still finds ways to explore new cities solo. Discovering a new city is one of the best ways to help empower yourself, and it gives you a great refresh from the same old routine.

Key Takeaways:

*What was going on in Lisa’s life when she decided to take her first solo trip?

*What were some of Lisa’s highlights from her trip to Nepal?

*How did Lisa navigate being sick in a foreign hospital at the age of 19?

*Hospitals like Nepal do not have the same luxuries the way U.S. hospitals do, like nicely painted walls, and sugar in the medicine.

*Lisa got sick so many times because she wanted to dive right into the culture. Her friends did the same thing, and it took them about 18 months to finally get used to the food.

*How has solo travel continued to be apart of Lisa’s life, now that she’s gotten older?

*If you find yourself on a solo work trip, take advantage of it!

*Don’t be afraid to ask the locals what you should check out.

*What have been some of Lisa’s most recent trips this year?

*What are some of the top things Lisa must check out, when she’s in a new city?

*Lisa is in a relationship, how does solo travel work around that?

*More women believe that if they didn’t travel solo, they’d be a hot mess at home.

*Schedule a time for self-care! You will thank yourself for it, before you get back to your ‘usual’ routine.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Connect with Lisa:

Website Email Lisa: Lisa@HeroShift.com

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Apr 14 2017

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Rank #9: EP 040 Feeling Lonely When Traveling Solo? There's an App to Fix That!

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Ellen Saksen and her sister Kate Nichols were prolific business travelers. They travelled frequently, often solo, and they were very, very lonely. It was difficult finding and connected with amazing people, and doing it in a safe way, while out on the road so much. This is why they sat down and created the app Amelia. It is an app to help connect busy solo women travelers to like-minded people. Meet new people while on the road, see and explore the new country you’re in, and do it all in a safe way! 

Key Takeaways:

*When was Ellen’s first solo journey?

*How did Ellen manage work plus travel? Did she have any challenges with that?

*What were some of the perks of traveling for business?

*It can be very easy to get lonely while traveling. How did Ellen manage it?

*Being lonely while traveling is one of the reasons why Ellen created the Amelia App to help connect with other like-minded people.

*Who are Ellen’s users?

*What is Go Jane Go about?

*The Amelia app is now live but it is still in beta. Go check it out, test it, and email Ellen any questions you might have!

*Is loneliness just a problem or concern with U.S.-based travelers?

*What’s next for Ellen? Does she have any solo trips planned?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Connect with Ellen:

Amelia-app.com

Gojanego.co

Email: ESaksen@GoJaneGo.co

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Sep 01 2017

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Rank #10: EP 019 Fun Solo Travels in Europe (Before the Internet)!

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Jen April has been traveling solo for the last two decades! Her most memorable and fun trip was when she embarked on a solo journey to Europe (back when the internet wasn’t a thing). Jen still continues to travel by herself, because it empowers her to reconnect and rediscover her true self. Discover more about Jen and her solo journeys, on this week’s episode!

Key Takeaways:

*What is Jen’s favorite solo travel experience? *Why did Jen travel to Europe solo?

*Travel existed before the internet. How on earth did Jen survive?

*What did Jen’s family and friends think about her traveling solo?

*As a young child from a small town, Jen just wanted to get away from all of that!

*Through our daily routines and expectations, we can often lose our sense of self.

*What has been the hardest part about solo travel for Jen?

*How has Jen’s growth transformed over the years?

*It’s so easy now to get in touch with people from a different country, because of the internet.

*What has been the hardest part of being a solo traveler?

*What advice does Jen have for women who want to solo travel, but are afraid to?

*Jen just did a solo trip to Ecuador. What’s Ecuador like?

*What’s next for Jen?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Connect with Jen:

Website Jen on LinkedIn

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Apr 07 2017

26mins

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Rank #11: EP 006 Come Prepared Every Step of the Way

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Having visited more than 20 countries and over 300 cities worldwide, Paige Engle is a world traveler, as well as the author of, The Ultimate Guide to Safe Travel for Women, and has invaluable advice to share in this area. Paige's favorite country by far is France and she often leads personalized tours of the area throughout the year.

Key Takeaways:

*Why does Paige love France?

*Where was Paige in her life when she first started her solo travels?

*Paige has been solo traveling since her 20's. She's in her mid 40's now.

*Not young anymore? So what?

*Group travel has changed as well.

*Paige talks about how to safely travel alone.

*Paige would rather spend a little bit more money on a better area to make sure she's safe.

*Safety is really important, don't ever throw it by the waist side.

*Jennifer says, she can't run as fast or as good as she could when she was 20. If an attacker comes, she might not be able to run away.

*Paige has to be extra careful because at the end of the day, she is a mom, a wife, and a caregiver. People depend on her to come back from her trips.

*What kind of challenges does Paige face, having a business that’s located in France?

*It's important not to let the fear get in the way of you having fun.

*How does Paige help other women feel safe?

*Having a plan before you touch down onto a new location, really helps to eliminate some of the fear.

*Paige feels at home when in the Jardin du Luxembourg.

*How has Paige's world view changed?

*Travel opens up so many emotions and helps you discover who you are.

*Don't worry if you don't speak the language, it all works out in the end.

*Paige does tours outside of Paris as well.

*Paige's second favorite country is Thailand.

*How does Paige manage being the group tour leader as well as a mom and the family herder?

*Back when Paige was single, people would ask all the time, “Why travel alone?”, “Where's your husband?”

*Don't worry about being mean.

*What does Paige currently have going on?

*Feel free to connect with Paige.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Connect with Paige:

Website

Paige on Instagram

The Ultimate Guide to Safe Travel for Women by Paige Engle

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Sep 23 2016

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Rank #12: EP 059 Make a Career out of Writing and Solo Traveling

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Carol Perehudoff, also known as Wandering Carol, is a luxury travel blogger. With slightly over 15 years of experience as a travel writer, Carol has had her fair share of fascinating stories and adventures. Through hard work and sticking with it, she has made a career out of her two favorite things — traveling and writing! On today’s show, Carol discusses how she became a travel writer and also offers advice how you can start building a career for yourself… today!

Key Takeaways:

*How did Carol get her start traveling?

*Are you scared to travel? Take baby steps. It’s a muscle that gets stronger every time you exercise it.

*Carol once had to say to her husband, “You know I am a travel writer, did it not once occur to you that I will travel?” His reply was, “No!”

*Carol and her husband have been together for over 9 years, so he is more than used to having Carol jet set off alone to exotic locations by this point.

*Keep in mind, when Carol’s husband stays home, he isn’t losing out or missing out. In fact, he’s gaining. Everyone needs their alone time.

*Where has Carol traveled to that has really made a big impact on her?

*Where was Carol in her life when she decided to travel solo?

*How did Carol make her career as a solo traveler and also get speaking gigs from it?

*Carol is amazed by how technology advances so quickly. When she started, she had to get her worked passed by editors. Now, anyone can start a blog and start writing and traveling, on their own terms.

*Why does Carol love the South of France so darn much?

*Carol shares her story about meeting this shady/creepy guy in a foreign country and why you need to be alert as a solo woman. Trust your gut instincts!

*Despite getting one or two bad vibes from people, Carol has met so many amazing and wonderful people throughout her travels that the bad apples definitely do not ruin the bunch.

*When you’re traveling solo, you are dependant on the kindness of strangers.

*What’s next for Carol?

*Carol is the spa expert. Where in the world should you go to for the ultimate spa experience?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Connect with Carol:

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Facebook

Twitter

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Jan 12 2018

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Rank #13: EP 061 Reap the Benefits of Solo Travel in Your Own Backyard

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BB Peters is one of the founders of Boom Goddess Radio and an Account Executive at Natural Awakenings Magazine. As a daughter of immigrant parents, BB was accustomed to being very independent and traveling solo in her own backyard at a young age. As BB got older, she would often take solo work trips, but even then she would still find herself traveling solo in her own city. On the show, BB encourages you to take baby steps within your own state if you don’t feel comfortable jet-setting 5,000 miles into the unknown.

Key Takeaways:

*How did BB get started in solo travel?

*When BB was 11, she had to help her immigrant parents with the language barrier when they first arrived in the United States.

*There are a lot of women out there solo traveling for work, but because it’s work, they don’t really count it as real solo travel.

*You don’t have to be this huge world traveler to reap the benefits of solo travel.

*BB shares a story about a quick solo trip she took right in her backyard.

*Jennifer loves to take people on ‘challenge’ weekends where they get to practice using public transportation for the first time.

*Don’t take your own backyard for granted. There’s a ton of things you can do solo within your own city!

*Has BB ever been fearful of her safety while traveling solo?

*What advice does BB have for women who are on the fence about traveling solo?

*Instead of getting stressed when something goes wrong, just accept and embrace it. You’ll be much more open to change that way.

*You don’t have to jump into solo travel with both feet. You can take baby steps!

*How does BB’s family react to her solo adventures?

*BB recently took a trip to Costa Rica! What was that trip like?

*How can a woman stay safe while traveling?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

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Jan 26 2018

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Rank #14: EP 051 Honor Those Uncomfortable Emotions and Then Move On

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Melissa Binkley is the Founder of Intuitive Intelligence Academy, a transformation school for anyone seeking to heal trauma and grow themselves. Melissa went on her first solo trip in 2015 and ever since then she has experienced huge transformations within herself. However, those icky and uncomfortable emotions still pop up inside her every now and again, but instead of ignoring them, she sits with them, journals them, and then moves on. By doing this, she has become a much freer (and happier!) person.

Key Takeaways:

*What was going on in Melissa’s life when she decided to embark on her 2015 solo travel?

*When Melissa embarked on her solo journey, did she think her partner would come with her?

*Melissa went to India for four months and it was a deeply transformative experience. She was 100% solo!

*On that trip, Melissa was able to find ‘home’ again. What does she mean by that?

*What were some of the highlights of being on this Indian trip?

*Melissa went on a backpacking trip to Europe with her daughter, but little did she know her entire bank account was cleaned out by a business partner.

*You can have the life you want AND run the kind of business you want at the same time.

*What kind of emotional transformation did Melissa experience on these solo trips?

*The hidden gem of solo travel is really being with yourself, in silence. Don’t bury your uncomfortable emotions.

*Melissa loves to journal. It really helps her get out all of that ‘ick’ inside her.

*What scared Melissa the most about traveling solo?

*As an intuitive person, how did Melissa use her strength while traveling solo?

*What is Melissa currently up to? How does she help her clients?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

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Facebook

LinkedIn

Instagram

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Nov 17 2017

46mins

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Rank #15: EP 044 Solo Trips, vs. Trips with Company, Variety Works

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Traca Savadogo has traveled with her family ever since she was a young girl but had never left the United States. When Traca moved from her hometown in Illinois to Seattle, that’s when new doors opened for her and she was exposed to a new set of cultures and experiences. She never thought traveling to Europe was a possibility for her, but one day, through the encouragement of a boyfriend, she did her first ever big solo trip and left for Europe. The experience was amazing! Shortly after that, she went with a friend to Thailand for a month. On the show, Traca discusses the differences between traveling solo, vs. traveling a friend and why both can have their benefits depending on where you are in life.

Key Takeaways:

*How did Traca first get started with solo travel?

*Traca’s boyfriend at the time encouraged her to travel abroad for the very first time, solo.

*Even though Traca traveled all the time via car when she was younger with her family, traveling beyond the U.S. just seemed so ‘out there.’

*Speaking a different language is so normal in Europe. Traca could go for days and not even meet another person who speaks a different language in the Midwest.

*When Traca’s boyfriend ordered Pad Thai for the first time in front of her, she kind of freaked out.

*When Traca went to Europe for the first time, how did she prepare for it?

*When Traca came back from Europe, she went back to school to finish her degree.

*During her school break, she and a friend were able to go to Thailand for a month! Traca was able to find extremely cheap tickets at the time.

*Traca shares a quick traveler tip to make it easier when you have to split the bill.

*What was the transition like from doing a very big trip solo to doing another big trip with a friend?

*Friends can really help push you out of your comfort zone.

*When Traca decided to travel with her boyfriend at the time, that’s when it sucked the life out of her. They were both on different travel levels.

*What’s next for Traca?

*Traca is part of a traveler group and they think it’s bizarre that she uses social media to meet people in other countries, but Traca believes that meeting interesting people doing interesting things is what makes traveling so great!

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

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Facebook

Twitter

Sep 29 2017

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Rank #16: EP 055 Don't Let Fear-Mongering Distract You From Traveling to New Destinations

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Clara Chorley had always wanted to travel to Africa, but due to fear mongering and stories of it being dangerous, it kept pushing her back. However, her deep desire to visit slowly crept up on her, until one day, and after 14 years of procrastination, she couldn’t ignore it anymore and decided to take the leap. Since then, Clara has traveled the world and there’s one thing that she’s consistently noticed throughout every situation: People are inherently good. Don’t let stories of woe and dread hold you back from solo travel and being transformed!

Key Takeaways:

*What got Clara started on this path of solo travel?

*The United States is so huge and Clara has noticed that a lot of Americans don’t leave the country.

*In Europe, it’s just easier to go to a neighboring country and be immersed in a completely different culture.

*Clara has seen that there’s a lot of fear-mongering when it comes to traveling to ‘dangerous’ places.

*How does Clara know when a place is going to be okay?

*It’s very important that you go and get current and recent information about a country. Some places used to be dangerous, but have recovered from their turmoil.

*Why did Clara visit Africa? It took her 14 years to take the plunge to go.

*After reading the book We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, Clara was READY. She didn’t want to wait anymore. She Had To Go!

*Through Clara’s work, she speaks with so many people who are in the late 50s who have ‘put it off’ and are miserable for doing so.

*You don’t need to make the full jump, you just need to be a little awakened so you can see what you’re missing and push yourself closer and closer to your dreams.

*Where has Clara traveled to that has really made an impact on her life?

*When you’re dealing with risk, you do need to test yourself so you know what your boundaries are.

*We’re designed to feel alive, that’s why we crave it! It’s our birthright.

*Remember, people are inherently good.

*What kind of work does Clara do and how does she help others?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, by Philip Gourevitch

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Dec 15 2017

44mins

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Rank #17: EP 012 Tips on How an Independent Woman Can Travel Alone (and Safely!) in India

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Anki is the founder and owner of the blog Anki On The Move, a 3 time award-winning blog and vlog that focuses on bridging the gap between travel, fashion, and adventure! Originally from India, Anki shares some tips for those who want to venture out and explore that side of the world in the best way possible!

Key Takeaways:

*How did Anki get started in her travel journey?

*Anki first started traveling with her brother when she was 29. What was that experience like?

*What are some of the must-sees in India?

*What advice does Anki have for women looking to travel alone in India?

*What kinds of trends in fashion has Anki noticed throughout her travels?

*How has travel helped Anki with her personal growth?

*There’s a lot more in common with someone from a different culture than you might think!

*Did Anki ever have any experiences where she was concerned for her safety?

*What kind of common concerns does Anki address on her travel blog?

*Anki talks about her love for Milwaukee!

*Don’t be afraid to talk to the locals in your new country of choice.

*The world is not as dangerous as you might think.

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Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

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Youtube

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Dec 23 2016

28mins

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Rank #18: EP 007 Questioning ‘What’s Right for Me’ After Hitting All the Career Milestones

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Ivana Ventic grew up hitting every goal she set for herself and became a lawyer. But once she passed the bar and got a high-paying job, she realized that the lifestyle she chose for herself didn’t quite fit with her heart. As she could only get 10 days of vacation time, Ivana decided to quit her job in Chicago and travel for an undisclosed amount of time. Although her friends were highly supportive of her decision, her mother was skeptical and nervous for Ivana’s future. How did Ivana handle her mother’s fears, quit a successful career, and face the reality that she may never return to Chicago again? Find out on this week’s episode.

Key Takeaways:

*Jennifer and Ivana met at an expo — How did Ivana find out about the expo?

*What does Ivana do for a living? She is an attorney, but Ivana quit her full-time job to travel.

*What was Ivana’s big ‘aha’ moment, when she felt she had to leave her job and travel the world?

*From the outside, it looked like Ivana made a split decision to quit her job, but it had always been in the back of her mind.

*Ivana felt like she was at a ‘now or never’ turning point in her life and decided she had to travel NOW!

*When Ivana started traveling alone, she found other women who were traveling with their children. She didn’t even think that was an option before.

*How did Ivana’s family and friends react when they heard she quit her job?

*How did Ivana reassure her concerned mother?

*Ivana is not scared to go to a country where she doesn’t know the language. This is one of the powerful attributes she gained from growing up as a refugee.

*English can sometimes be a very difficult language to understand, so when Ivana is in a foreign country she tries to speak slower and uses simpler sentences.

*Where did Ivana travel to after she left her job in Chicago?

*FYI, Italy does not have the same infrastructure as other European countries. WIFI was very poor there, which made things a little difficult for Ivana.

*Remember to trust your gut while traveling. As a lawyer, Ivana is not naive to the dangers that are out there.

*Do not feel bad for lying to someone, especially if it’s the easiest way to get rid of someone.

*What advice does Ivana have for women who might be scared to travel alone?

*Jennifer and Ivana highly recommend getting travel insurance.

*How did Ivana manage her budget while traveling?

*Portugal is really cheap! Italy was cheaper compared to Germany and France.

*Also, Poland and India are incredibly cheap as well.

*When Ivana was in India for 6 weeks, she spent roughly $200.

*Ivana highly recommends visiting India and to not let the bad news discourage you from visiting. Your safety is a concern everywhere, even when you’re in your home country.

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Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

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Ivana on LinkedIn

Email Ivana: IVentic@Gmail.com

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Oct 14 2016

46mins

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Rank #19: EP 033 Take a Bus in Taiwan, Get a Little Lost

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Amy Hogan took her first solo trip when she was 34 years old, to Taiwan. It was a completely new experience for her, and she was pleasantly surprised by how welcoming and kind the locals were. The entire experience pushed new life into Amy, and it transformed her. Traveling made her realize that taking vacation once a year to experience the world was just not for her. So, she quit her job and started her own business as a breakthrough coach. Now, Amy is living the life she wants to live on her terms!

Key Takeaways:

*Where was Amy in her life when she embarked on her most significant solo journey?

*Amy was taking a bus in Taiwan and she got lost!

*What kind of wacky things did Amy do while she was there visiting her sister?

*What was Amy’s experience like when interacting with the locals?

*Amy caught the adventure bug after her visit to Taiwan.

*What empowered Amy to start her own business?

*Amy had 4 weeks of vacation from her job, but she knew she wanted to travel much more than that.

*When Amy traveled overseas, how did that change her world view?

*Amy had all the things that she thought would make her happy, but for some reason she just wasn’t.

*People who travel come back so much more lighter, happier, and better.

*What does Amy’s husband do while she’s off taking solo trips?

*What do Amy’s friends think about all of this?

*Amy talks a little bit about what she does and how she helps her lovely clients!

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

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YouTube

LinkedIn

Private Facebook Group

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Jul 14 2017

41mins

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Rank #20: EP 079: Trusting your Intuition for Possibilities in Travel

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When people travel, sometimes they let their worries get to them too much that they forget to enjoy their trips. They neglect to free their minds, trust their guts and just revel in the beauty of wandering. Today’s guest shares her experience in choosing her intuition and opening herself to the amazing chances traveling has presented to her. Esther Jacobs have always trusted what her inner voice says. She let intuition guide her in all of her trips, and it has led her to travel to over a hundred countries. In today’s episode, she shares how her instinct has opened her to new adventures.Traveling to the Caribbean, she found herself buying a ticket to Haiti. Having no prior plans, she followed her gut to wander the island, with no idea where to go and where to stay. Ensuing her decision was a series of astonishing situations and thrilling circumstances that would not have been possible if she didn’t open herself to taking risks. Esther has been living an unprecedented life, always having her intuition next to her. However, she always makes sure to travel with an open mind as she believes that if you don’t open yourself to possibilities, the opportunities will not present themselves.

Key Takeaways:

  • Esther shares why she loves solo traveling and what possibilities it has opened for her.
  • She also shares why she trusts her guts when she travels and how it has always led her to interesting adventures.
  • She recalls her incredible trip to Haiti, where she found herself in unlikely situations and spontaneous experiences.
  • Esther takes note of traveling with an open mind, and how taking time to reflect after a trip is a valuable thing to spare time on.
  • She compares how she used to travel when she was younger and how easy traveling is nowadays.
  • She recommends for people reluctant to try solo traveling to try new things within their environment so that they can get out of their comfort zone one step at a time.
  • She also advises to surround people with the same erratic energy so that worries about solo travel will fade.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

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www.estherjacobs.info

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Jun 01 2018

33mins

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