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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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Go Solo Live

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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!

Rank #1: SS 09: London, New York, Florida, Arizona

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Key Takeaways:

FAQ: A listener asks: “ I’ll be in London. Should I get the 2 day bus pass? Do I take the jump on jump off bus?”

Response: It depends on the weather. If it’s raining, then you may not want to do this trip. 

This kind of trip helps you understand the city in a short time span and will be best. If you are new to the city, it can make sense, depending on you.

Destination: New York City

Dr. Travelbest shares some of her experience in New York, growing up. What’s different about travel in New York? Is it safe? As long as you stay in open areas and don’t tempt the bad guys, you should be okay. What museums? 

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MOMA)

Museum of Natural History

Statue of Liberty

Destination: Florida

Snowbirds from New York. Orlando, with Disney

Bahamas are nearby.

Mistakes:

The missed flight, which was another two days until we could leave Tahiti.

Stranded for three days total.

One of a kind experience made the most of a mistake by our travel agent.

Destination: Sedona, Arizona

Population is less than 12, 000 people. 

Stay there off season if you can. 

Grand Canyon National Park

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

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Aug 09 2019
11 mins
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Rank #2: EP 001 What's a 36-year-old American Woman Doing Traveling Alone? Duh, She's Living Life!

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Hello everyone! Jennifer Buchholz here. I'm so glad to introduce you to the first episode of Go Solo Live, where we introduce inspiring women who are out there living their life to the fullest. My goal for this podcast is to showcase how the world isn't really that scary of a place, especially if you know how to take the appropriate measures. 

Joining me on this episode is Kelly McDermott, someone who decided to get out there and travel when she was 36-years-old. After coming out of a divorce, Kelly found herself needing more out of life. People all over the world have some pretty old-fashioned ideas about women and traveling alone and Kelly addressed some of those on our call. Despite experiencing a bit of prejudice, Kelly still wouldn't change the experience for the world.

Key Insights:

*Why are you traveling alone? What an old-fashioned question!

*Who is Kelly?

*Where was Kelly before she decided to travel by herself?

*Kelly wasn't running away. She made a concise choice to travel and recover from a bad divorce.

*Kelly was 36 when she started this journey.

*What did Kelly's family think of her going off to explore the world? They were very supportive!

*However, a lot of people feared for Kelly's safety.

*How did Kelly ensure her own safety? What kind of things did she do beforehand?

*Fear of the unknown is drastically scarier than the reality.

*Do your research! Technology makes it so easy to get the info you need.

*Kelly discusses her decision to travel in a group for specific areas vs. traveling solo.

*Traveling in a group takes a lot of pressure off your shoulders. Sometimes you need a break from planning and researching your trips!

*What kind of reactions did Kelly get when she was traveling alone? 

*While planned things are great, it’s the unexpected things that really stand out.

*What are some of the key highlights that Kelly learned when she was traveling?

*Why should people, who are currently of midlife age, travel more?

*Solo travel is the ultimate form of self-care.

Mentioned in This Episode:

www.transformviatravel.com/

Transform via Travel Facebook

Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Connect with Kelly:

Blog: A Path Less Taken

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Jul 12 2016
39 mins
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Rank #3: 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:

Facebook

Twitter

Personal Twitter

Instagram

Personal Instagram

Website

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Sep 22 2017
45 mins
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Rank #4: EP 039 Build the Lifestyle You Want — a 9-To-5 isn’t the Only Answer

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Amy embarked on her first solo trip when she was 28 years old. When she came back home nine months later, she was a different person with a new perspective on how she wanted to live her life. Never again did she want to go back to an office. So, she found creative ways to earn money while still retaining the freedom she had while she was traveling. Find out how she did it on this week’s episode!

Key Takeaways:

*Why is Amy in Mexico right now?

*How did Amy first get into solo travel?

*A lot of people accidentally end up in solo travel, but sometimes they cancel their trips completely if a friend or loved one bails out. Why do some people just go and why do others stay?

*When embarking on her first solo journey, what were some of the things Amy loved/learned about that trip?

*After nine months of traveling, how firm were Amy’s plans?

*What went into planning a trip like this?

*When Amy came home after nine months, what were some of her feelings about being back ‘home’?

*Amy actually met someone shortly before she embarked on her trip, but after a month of traveling solo, she cut the cord with him.

*When Amy came back, it was very clear she didn’t want to go back to an office.

*People are getting more and more creative on living their life on their terms, with the freedom that they want.

*What does Amy do at Nomadtopia?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Airtreks.com

Connect with Amy:

Website

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

Aug 25 2017
40 mins
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Rank #5: 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.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Connect with Anki:

Website

Youtube

Instagram

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Dec 23 2016
28 mins
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Rank #6: EP 064: Choose You: There are Different Ways to Live Your Life

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Mary Cecchini is currently based in Portland, Oregon and hosts both international and domestic trips for groups of women of all ages. Mary was burned out in her corporate career and when her mother got sick, she had a real wake up call. She knew that no one was really going to care if she nailed that presentation today if she woke up dead tomorrow. There had to be more to life than this, and there was. When she started traveling solo, it led her down a path of self-discovery and even a new business venture! Her biggest ‘ah-ha’ moment while traveling solo is that there are so many non-traditional jobs out there and different ways to experience and live life. There is no such thing as the ‘wrong way’ of doing things.

Key Takeaways:

*Through Mary’s business, she hosts small groups of women on trips located all over the world.

*What inspired Mary to get started in this work?

*What were some of Mary’s biggest discoveries and ‘ah-ha’ moments when she traveled solo?

*What would happen if tomorrow was your last day?

*During Mary’s travels, she met a lot of people who had non-traditional jobs and this inspired her to find other options for more fulfilling work.

*We each have our own journeys to go on. Not everyone discovers this lifestyle on the same timeline.

*You have to want this business or the new airline ticket more than you want that new pair of sunglasses or those daily coffees.

*There are different ways to live your life!

*What is Mary’s definition of solo travel?

*What has Mary noticed about the women who go on these group trips with her?

*How does Mary structure her trips?

*Do women end up branching out on their own after going on one of Mary’s trips?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Go Solo! by Jennifer Buchholz

Connect with Mary:

Website

Instagram

Facebook

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Feb 16 2018
38 mins
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Rank #7: 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
40 mins
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Rank #8: EP 073: Don’t Follow the Trend, Create Your Own Destiny

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Susi Kaeufer is a digital nomad, mindset coach, and visibility strategist for female entrepreneurs and nomads. Growing up in Germany, Susi never liked the idea of a desk job. However, everyone else around her did not know or understand what it was like to have a different kind of lifestyle, and they actively discouraged her from traveling solo indefinitely. They’d often say, “You need a job!” Well, through meeting other location-independent professionals, Susi was inspired to start her own business and live her life on her own terms!

Key Takeaways:

*Where did Susi grow up?

*It was tough for Susi. She wanted to travel and not be in an office, but everyone around her told her that she “needed a job.”

*How did Susi get started on her solo journey?

*Susi shares how she researched for her solo travel trip and prepared her family for the inevitable.

*Susi temporarily worked in Australia and … it was awesome!

*How did Susi begin to plan her location independent business?

*How did Susi build her network while she was in a foreign country?

*What’s it like being a life coach?

*Susi helps her clients find what business style is natural to them and helps them shine on social media in an authentic way.

*We can live in a world of ‘ands’… not ‘ors.’

*You will always know what’s best for you in your life. No one else can give you ‘advice’ on how to live your life.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Connect with Susi:

Website

Facebook

Instagram

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Apr 20 2018
38 mins
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Rank #9: 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

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Aug 02 2019
18 mins
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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
26 mins
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Rank #11: 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
36 mins
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Rank #12: EP 080: Letting Go of your Worries about Solo Travel

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I always admire women in middle age who go out there and start seeing more of the world. It takes courage to remove the roadblocks and just do it. Today’s guest shares us her incredible journeys as a solo traveler, her views and philosophies on traveling and how she is living her life one trip at a time.

Leigh Mcadams started traveling right out of university. Her first trip marks the beginning of a lifetime of travel. As her curiosity to see the world got bigger, her thirst to travel got bigger and bigger and she’s never satisfied. She has traveled to 54 countries and has experienced diverse cultures. When she is out there seeing places, she knows that she has found complete freedom in the world.

She found her passion in blogging about her escapades, her niche being outdoors, nature and adventure. She has been writing for nine years now with over 1400 posts. She teaches women to learn how to set aside their fears and worries and try seeing the good the world with their own eyes. And as for her, she’ll never tire experiencing what the world has to offer.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leigh and I talk about the importance of travel insurance and what questions you need to ask yourself to prepare for medical costs
  • We also talk about why Americans have a different mindset about vacation time than other nationalities
  • She shares how solo traveling has changed her perspective of the world and the experiences she had when traveling.
  • She compares how solo traveling has changed due to technology and the pros and cons of traveling in the modern age.
  • She recalls how she started her blog nine years ago and how she improved her skills to show how dedicated she is to her work.
  • She gives us anecdotes of the amazing adventures she had and the incredible people she met along the way,
  • Leigh also gives tips to middle aged women who have fear in traveling on how to channel their inner wanderlust.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

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More About Leigh:

Visit Leigh’s blog at hikebiketravel.com and follow her on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

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Jun 08 2018
32 mins
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Rank #13: EP 002 Step out of Your Introverted Shell through Solo Travel

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Tina Erdmann is a photographer and introvert at heart. Traveling alone first started for Tina when she moved to Colorado at a young age and began venturing out into the local area, meeting new people. This slowly opened a door for her, so she began traveling further and further away from her home state and began to explore more of the United States on her own. Eventually, she made her first international solo trip in 2008 when she was in her mid-30s.

Tina says her photography has become an excellent ice breaker for foreigners and traveling alone has really helped her come out of her introverted shell. She is no longer afraid of walking up to strangers and talking with them. Traveling alone gives you time for self-discovery and to answer some much needed questions about yourself. People might see you as selfish for deciding to take space for yourself, but honestly, selfishness isn't a bad thing! You end up becoming a much more giving person when you practice self-care.

Key Insights:

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

*When Tina started traveling by herself, she ended up meeting a ton of new people.

*Tina was at a major transition in her life emotionally when she started to travel alone.

*After working up to it, Tina took her first international solo trip in 2008 when she was in her mid-30s.

*Tina will go up to people now and just strike up a conversation with absolute strangers.

*When you travel alone, you're also much more approachable to other people.

*Tina's camera is a great ice breaker for many people.

*When you're in a group, you tend not to meet as many locals as you'd like.

*What are some of Tina's adventures? She goes solo to East Africa a lot.

*Tina loves traveling by herself because she can decide where she wants to go next on her own terms.

*It's expensive to climb Kilimanjaro solo. Tina went solo, but she joined a group to do that particular activity.

*The people you find on your solo trip enhance your experience tenfold.

*What did Tina's husband think of her traveling alone? He had two years to process her trip before she actually did it.

*Tina says her husband has been well aware of her solo travel trips since the beginning of their marriage.

*Tina prefers traveling alone, but she does see the benefits of leveraging group activities in foreign countries.

*How does an introvert travel with extroverts?

*What kind of lessons has Tina learned while traveling alone? First and foremost, trust yourself.

*When you travel by yourself, you end up rediscovering and seeing things from a new set of eyes.

*It's okay to be selfish and to give yourself that space to be alone.

*Selfish isn't a negative or a bad word!

*Where was Tina's business when she decided to travel alone?

*Tina's business, Suitcase Shots, allows for her to bring people together.

*Tina's business partner will pick you up from the Tanzania airport, take you on a safari and a 6 hour hike up Kilimanjaro (not on the same day).

*Stay tuned, Tina's next adventure plans to take groups of people to Paris.

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www.transformviatravel.com/

Transform via Travel Facebook

Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

www.africatravelresource.com/

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Suitcase Shots Website

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Jul 22 2016
38 mins
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Rank #14: EP 082: A One-Way Ticket to Owning Your Happy

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Many women adhere very well to the roles that society has set out for them - mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend. Buried behind all these is a woman with her own dreams, her own passion, her own definition of who she is. A lot do not escape this cycle, but today’s guest shares her inspiring story of leaving everything behind to find who she really is.

Ronda Taylor was married for 23 years, is a mother, grandmother, and was the primary caregiver to her mother who has Alzheimer’s. She had dreams of travel but has always let obstacles get in the way. At 53, she decided she was not going to live one more year unhappy and not fulfilling her own dreams. 39 days later, she was on a one-way plane to Costa Rica.

She is now living in “The City of Eternal Spring” Medellín, Colombia, the city that captured her heart. She has recently checked off the #1 item in her bucket list, is leading a community of women travellers, writing a book, building her online business, creating a legacy, and living her dream every day.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ronda talks about the beautiful city of Medellín, Colombia which she now calls home
  • The importance of having a second language
  • She shared the impact of her client’s book about taking a year off to travel and volunteer had on her
  • The fateful night when a friend asked her over dinner “What if you just bought a one way ticket and just figured things out as you got there?”
  • Being equal parts excited and equal parts terrified, she sold everything she owned, left her marriage, and got on the plane to live her dreams
  • Ronda shares her experience in Nicaragua, Granada, South & Central America and how her intuition played a huge role in her new nomadic lifestyle
  • How technology helps her stay connected with family and friends
  • People will not always agree with your decision to travel and want to put a label on it, but you just have to choose your own happiness

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Women Exploring New Zealand 2019

Get Ready, Get Set, Go Solo Online Program

More About Ronda:

ronda@heartworkpublishing.com

www.heartworkpublishing.com

Facebook: HeartWork Publishing

LinkedIn: HeartWork Publishing

Instagram: @heartworkpublishing

Facebook: HeartWork Travels

Instagram: @heartworktravels

TEDx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT-HQoOc0SQ

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Jun 22 2018
36 mins
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Rank #15: 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

Connect with BB:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

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Jan 26 2018
43 mins
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Rank #16: EP 008 Traveling Alone Can Come at Any Age

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Victoria Cunha was born to travelers and has traveled all throughout her life. She was certainty born to it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adopt the same habits she has. Victoria is now 55 years old, and still travels around the world alone! She talks about the adventures she’s had, why anybody can do this no matter what age, and so much more, on this week’s episode!

Key Takeaways:

*How did Victoria get into solo traveling?

*What countries did Victoria go to, when she was part of the AFS Intercultural Programs USA?

*What kind of traveling did Victoria do with her family when she was a young child?

*Victoria visited Paris in 1999. Although it was her second time there, she kept an open mind during her trip.

*What kind of lessons has Victoria learned through her solo travels?

*Victoria is 55 years old. How do people in her age range react to her traveling alone?

*It is up to us to make the most of the time we have on this earth.

*Does Victoria have a bucket list? Yes and no.

*How does Victoria explain her passion for travel to others who simply ‘don’t get it’?

*How does Victoria balance between being prepared and being spontaneous, in a new country?

*You have to be open to new experiences -- if not, you’re just going to struggle through your trip.

*Thankfully, Victoria has never been seriously injured on a trip. However, she has been sick a few times.

*Doing sufficient research before you touch down on new territory will definitely give you peace of mind.

*Victoria shares some words of wisdom before she goes! Solo women, go visit something close by to you! Dip your toe in, you won’t regret it!

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

AFS Intercultural Programs USA

Connect with Victoria:

Victoria on Facebook

Timeout Guide to Chicago

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Oct 28 2016
33 mins
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Rank #17: 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
41 mins
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Rank #18: EP 052 If You Ever Get Lost, Just Enjoy It

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Mary Beth McCabe’s first solo trip was when she was 15 years old. Since then, Mary Beth has been to every continent (except Antarctica) by herself. She has even written a book, The World’s First Guide to Independent Travel, to help fellow travelers get a better sense of how to travel the world solo. Mary Beth highly encourages travelers out there to even revisit locations you haven’t been to in a while to see how your perspective has changed over the years. She also says that if you ever get lost, don’t panic! It’s all part of the journey and to just enjoy this new adventure you’ve stumbled upon.

Key Takeaways:

*What did people think when they found out Mary Beth wanted to travel solo?

*Mary Beth’s first solo trip was when she was 15.

*What are Mary Beth’s top three travel destinations?

*Make sure you pay attention to when tickets go on sale. Mary Beth booked a $29 flight each way to Oakland.

*Mary Beth has had a very positive Airbnb experience so far.

*Mary Beth went back to China for the first time in 38 years. What was that experience like?

*It’s amazing how social media has opened up so many new doors where you can now experience a new country through the help of a friend of a friend.

*If you get lost, don’t stress about it! Enjoy the new adventure.

*How can someone take baby steps to traveling solo?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Hopper.com

Chuck Yeager on Twitter

Connect with Melissa:

Website

Drmarytravelbest.com

Mary Beth on Twitter

Dr. Mary TravelBest Twitter

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May 31 2019
36 mins
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Rank #19: EP 017 When You Travel Far Enough, You Meet Yourself

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Melissa Berg took her first solo trip, at the age of 39, to a yoga retreat in Mexico. Melissa’s husband and children were shocked she was even going, but when she came back after reconnecting with herself, she was a transformed woman. Melisa’s solo vacation brought a whole new wellness to her and it inspired her to facilitate retreats for women, just like herself, to help find themselves!

Key Takeaways:

*What was going on in Melissa’s life when she decided to travel alone?

*Melissa didn’t even want to tell anybody at work that she was going to Mexico for vacation.

*Melissa was very nervous about going.

*When Melissa landed in Mexico, she was shocked! The airport there was nothing like the airport in the U.S.

*Once Melissa got to her resort, how did she shift gears? Did she still have anxiety?

*When Melissa found herself alone without her group, she went out and explored!

*Wherever you are in your life, you can always travel alone. Melissa is married with kids!

*How did Melissa’s family react when she came home? Did she feel empowered?

*When Melissa came back, she definitely felt like a transformed woman.

*When you’re researching a new place, don't just assume. Ask questions and set your intentions for the trip you’re about to go on. What do you want to gain from the solo travel experience?

*How did it feel for Melissa that she wasn’t connected to her phone for most of the trip?

*Melissa has renewed excitement for what’s going to cross her path in the future.

*Melissa is now facilitating some fantastic retreats for women to help them find themselves.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Connect with Melissa:

Website

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Mar 10 2017
36 mins
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Rank #20: 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:

Website

Facebook

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Aug 12 2016
44 mins
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