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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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12 Ratings
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By jxs17 - Oct 24 2018
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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: EP 015 Experience the Grand Canyon!

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Tatiana Bredikin always believed she’d go to the Grand Canyon, but as she got older and older, she started to think that the Grand Canyon just wasn’t for her. Well, as an avid and passionate rafter, an opportunity struck, where she was able to go with only a week’s notice. The rapids at the Grand Canyon were huge and scary. The first time Tatiana saw them, she cried from fear. But she’s so glad she went through the fear, because it transformed her in the best possible way. Here’s her story!

Key Takeaways:

*Why was Tatiana drawn to the Grand Canyon?

*The Grand Canyon has been a 7-year wait list for Tatiana.

*As Tatiana got older, she thought more and more, the trip wasn’t going to happen for her.

*Although people often take a year to prepare for a trip like this, Tatiana was presented with the opportunity with only a week’s notice, and seized upon it.

*There are a variety of ways to experience the Grand Canyon.

*Tatiana felt so empowered when she started doing her own rafting trips, without the men.

*What was the group dynamic like, when she went to the Grand Canyon? Tatiana was definitely an outsider at first!

*Where was Tatiana in her life, when she decided to make the leap and trek through the Grand Canyon?

*Even though Tatiana was in a group, she really was a solo traveler because she didn’t know anyone in the group!

*Was the Grand Canyon Tatiana’s first solo travel trip?

*When Tatiana first saw the Grand Canyon rapids, she was incredibly scared. They were so big that she cried from fear.

*When you take baby steps while traveling solo, it starts to empower you.

*What was Tatiana’s first accomplishment throughout all of this?

*During an intense rapid, Tatiana flipped her boat!

*Every trip is going to be different. Sometimes you have to reach inside, and find the support you need.

*Even if you go back to the same place, you never get the same trip. The experience is always different.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Connect with Tatiana:

Website

LinkedIn

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Feb 10 2017
36 mins
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Rank #2: EP 026 Busting the Myth That ‘Black People Don't Travel’!

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Kimberly James grew up believing that ‘black people don’t travel’. At 24, she went to Europe with a friend, and instantly got bit by the travel bug. When she turned 25, she moved to Mexico, by herself, and hasn’t stopped traveling since. Kimberly is in her mid-40s now, and still hears the words, “Black people don’t travel,” from fellow African Americans. Well, after traveling to over 60 countries, Kimberly is living proof that’s not the case. If you want to travel, don’t let your race, or gender, hold you back.

Key Takeaways:

*Kimberly first started traveling solo at the age of 25.

*Kimberly went on a trip with a friend to Europe when she was 24, but she initially didn’t want to go. She thought, “Black people don’t travel.”

*On that trip, she went to 6 countries in 3 weeks, and fell in love with traveling.

*When she came back, she had her mind set on living in another country. She didn’t even know anyone who had lived, or even traveled, outside of the U.S., at that time.

*So, what’s the deal with the whole ‘black people don’t travel’ myth?

*When Kimberly was traveling in the 90s, she rarely saw another African American traveling.

*Kimberly is now in her mid-40s and she still hears, “Black people don’t travel.”

*People think Kimberly is fearless, but she’s not. She has fear. The difference is that she goes even when she’s afraid.

*Kimberly is a strong advocate of taking self-defence classes.

*Being robbed happens in the U.S., too. We’re not immune to these things, even in our home country.

*Kimberly went to China and Japan when she was 13 years old, and she hated the trip!

*Where does Kimberly find her inspiration?

*What advice does Kimberly have for those who want to do solo travel?

*Kimberly talks about her Antarctica trips. She’s been there 3 times so far, and is currently planning another trip over there soon!

*P.S., Kimberly hates cold weather. There’s just something special in Antarctica, you can’t find anywhere else.

*Why did Kimberly decide to write a book?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Quarkexpeditions.com

Connect with Kimberly:

Website Finding My Brave Space, by Kimberly James Booksandwanderlust.com

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May 26 2017
42 mins
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Rank #3: 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 #4: EP 058 It Is Time to Start Asking for What We Want

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Phylecia Jones is a budgetologist, speaker, and world traveler. Phylecia is all about living the life you want as long as you plan accordingly for it. What’s the point of putting extra financial stress on yourself and paying everything off (with interest) from a trip you took two years ago? On today’s show, Phylecia offers simple tips that you can do today to start building a travel budget, stop doing that credit card dance, and to get a better control over your finances for more meaningful travel.

Key Takeaways:

*Who is Phylecia and what does she do?

*When Phylecia and her husband got married, they had to sit down for about a week to get both their finances straight.

*You want to get all the boring financial stuff out of the way first before you budget for travel.

*Believe it or not, Phylecia doesn’t use spreadsheets when she does budgeting!

*One of the ways Jennifer saves money is by having roommates.

*When Phylecia and her husband got married, they discussed what they wanted out of their marriage for the next 30+ years. Travel was a top priority for both of them and with that means they were certain things they have to give up on (no brand new cars for example).

*Phylecia has created a ‘travel’ account that gets funded every month. If there’s no money in the account, then they go camping.

*When Phylecia was younger, she would often do a credit card dance with her money to fund these elaborate trips. No more!

*How do Phylecia and her husband plan a trip and decide what to do once they’ve hit new soil?

*There are tons of websites out there that teach you how to ‘backpack’ it and get your money to stretch. Phylecia is here to tell you to rethink not how you spend, but how you can use your money to really fulfill you.

*Open a brand new bank account and start putting $10 or $15 here and there into it. Those small numbers add up over time and bam! You’ll have a travel account before you know it.

*Don’t live your life in regret. Just go ahead and do it. It’s never too late.

*Phylecia puts her vacation account right up there with her 401k and IRA.

*Be sure to get your debt in check. Phylecia and her husband did not travel for three years because they were working on removing their burdens first and foremost.

*It is time to start asking for what we want.

*Interested in setting up a budget? Phylecia can help you!

*What’s next for Phylecia?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Connect with Phylecia:

Website

Budgetschool.co

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

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Jan 05 2018
42 mins
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Rank #5: 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 #6: EP 083: Creating Possibilities by Having the Right Mindset

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There has been a huge awareness on the power of a positive mindset in the past few years. And rightfully so! When you have a positive mindset, you are able to see so much possibilities for yourself that you might have not seen before. You are capable of doing so much more because of the belief, trust, and confidence you have as a result of positive mindset.

Today’s guest, Holly Worton, shares her experiences in shifting her mindset, and how it made a huge difference in her personal life, business, and travel. Holly shares how she lost her love for solo nature walks to getting back at it and even doing a 100-mile solo walk. She has grown leaps and bounds by using the power of her mind. Holly has built a business around mindset shifts and leads a group of women who want to go on nature walks.

This episode marks the end of the Go Solo Live Podcast. For the past 2 years we have been bringing stories of solo female travelers, their transformation and self-discovery. We hope you enjoyed the laughter and connection. Continue to get in touch with us at Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com. And remember, even though your solo, you’re not alone.

Key Takeaways:

  • Holly shares the difference of doing nature walks in California and the UK. And how she rekindled her love for doing nature walks.
  • The logistics involved in doing long distance walks, taking from her experience doing a 100-mile solo walk.
  • We discuss the importance of mindset, and how it has changed her life, business, and travel.
  • How she and her husband give each other space and enjoy having time to travel solo
  • No matter how good your life is, there is always stuff to work on.
  • There are a lot of techniques to improve your mindset, but you have to do the work.
  • Approach life and travel with childlike curiosity.
  • Improving your mindset opens up a lot of possibilities

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com Transform via Travel on Facebook @GoSoloLive on Twitter Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com Wild Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas  

More About Holly:

Visit Holly’s website at www.hollyworton.com and www.shewalksinnature.com.

Instagram: https://instagram.com/hollyworton/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/readytobloom Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywortonpage

Here are also some of her published books: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14679749.Holly_Worton Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holly-Worton/e/B015EIJLHA/

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Jun 29 2018
32 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 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 #9: 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

Women Exploring New Zealand 2019

Get Ready, Get Set, Go Solo Online Program

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 #10: EP 053 Quit Your Job and Go Travel The World: This Lifestyle is Real and Possible!

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Before Chantell Glenville quit her job to travel the world, she was working a very, very stressful job. It was so stressful that at the young age of 27 years old, she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Every Tuesday, like clockwork, she would end up crying in her office. Enough was enough. Chantell set in motion a plan to free herself of this lifestyle. She saved up her money, quit her job to go travel the world for what was only going to be for a year and a half. Well, two-and-a-half years later, Chantell is still traveling the world and she is loving every second of it. She set off on her solo journey to rediscover herself, to find out what her wants and desires are but ended up discovering so much more. Learn more about Chantell and her story, on this week’s episode!

Key Takeaways:

*Who is Chantell and what was she doing professionally when she decided to travel solo?

*How did Chantell prepare for her trip and come up with an itinerary? Well, two-and-a-half years later, she’s still traveling!

*How much traveling did Chantell do prior to embarking on this journey?

*Whenever Chantell lands someplace new, she likes to walk the city to get a better idea of where she is.

*Chantell doesn’t do a lot of research on the location she’s about to go to these days. She embraces the unknown a lot better now that she’s been traveling for a while.

*Things can go wrong while you’re traveling, but you know what, as long as you’re alive, healthy, and unharmed, none of those troubles really matter in the long run.

*Get travel insurance! If your bag gets stolen, it gives you an excuse to buy new clothes.

*Why does Chantell love to travel? What are some of the positives of traveling the world?

*How did Chantell learn Indonesian?

*Chantell tries to learn a little bit of the language wherever she goes, especially because she’s a vegetarian and it can sometimes be difficult to find options.

*Chantell has been solo traveling a year longer than she had initially planned for. How did that happen?

*What does Chantell do for work right now?

*It’s very important to have more than one income stream.

*How does Chantell stay connected with her family back home?

*What is Chantell’s book about?

*Make the decision right now to travel and then commit to it. It’s not as scary as you might think it is! It’s liberating and amazing! Make a firm decision, you won’t regret it.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Connect with Chantell:

Website

Travel For Your Life

Travel for Your Life book

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

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Dec 01 2017
43 mins
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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: EP 075: Self Care and Clarity through Solo Travel

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Penny Chappell has been traveling her entire life. She grew up in a family that constantly changed states. They were always eager to move and explore. There were always unplanned road trips, which are some of her fondest childhood memories.

The spirit of travel never left her even after having children. This this spirit of adventure she got from her parents, she also passed on to her daughters. She didn’t have the finances and opportunity for her big travel back then, but that didn’t stop her from exploring and traveling with her kids.

After her kids have moved out at age 57, she had the opportunity to pull the trigger and start traveling solo. In her new job, she was nonchalantly told that she can work anywhere, and she jumped on the opportunity to work from anywhere. Moving to France for three months while working a full-time job, she shares her absolutely memorable experience seeing breathtaking places, meeting amazing people, and feeding her hunger for travel.

France has been a completely unforgettable trip for Penny. Though she was missing her family in California, she had a strong resistance to leave France. Who knew that you can call more than one place home?

Penny finds peace in traveling solo. It is her way of recharging, self care, and finding clarity. She encourages everyone to experience the joy of solo travel. Who knows, you might get hooked too.

Key Takeaways:

  • Solo traveling is a great learning experience that everyone should try.
  • There are so many points to remember when you’re solo traveling.
  • Penny traveled to France for three months without knowing anyone and without speaking French.
  • Solo traveling is not the same as solitary traveling...there will always be people who will help you.
  • Solo traveling gives you the opportunity to experience the place’s culture and meet new people.
  • Penny felt completely at home in France and had a hard time leaving.
  • When one trip is ending, you mentally plan your next.
  • Solo traveling is also a time for self-reflection.

Mentioned in This Episode:

The Reluctant Traveler's Group

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Connect with Penny:

Learn more about Penny’s travel adventures at Our Suitcase Adventures. You can also follow her on Facebook My Suitcase Adventures and Instagram Our Suitcase Adventures.

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May 04 2018
39 mins
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Rank #14: SS 04: Seychelles

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What  should you share on social media?  Destination: Seychelles, Travel Mistake, Travel Tip

What ways should you be careful in terms of sharing about your travels on social media? What should you be careful about for the content you post and your replies?

Learn about the country of Seychelles

It’s in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa. 

One thousand miles from the coast of Kenya, more than 100 small islands, north of Madagascar. First language is French Creole, followed by English.

Some language issues. Lush vegetation, Coco de mer or sea coconuts, Tortises, scuba diving, nude beaches, mini mokes, bed and breakfasts, oxen instead of cars on many islands.

I would recommend visiting the island, La Digue

Today’s Mistake-Missing my flights.

In Seattle, I slept through my flight and woke up after it had left.

In Chicago, I was stuck in a cab too long and missed my first solo flight to San Diego.

In Tahiti, I missed my flight by 12 hours. With a paper ticket in hand, the travel agent had written down 1pm, but the flight really left at 1am. And I missed the boat to get there, so I had taken a flight just to get to the airport that day!

Don’t make these mistakes, but if you do, you will still be ok. Take the next flight you can. Talk to the gate agent at the airport and try to be patient and kind to others while you go. The journey is part of the adventure and how you handle it makes a difference.

Eating out

What should you eat when on the road? 

Bread is always a good food to eat, and usually fresh fruits, especially when you peel the skin first. Ask first. 

If you don’t understand the menu, you look at what other people are eating. Maybe someone in the kitchen speaks your language. In China, I had to point at what other people were eating and ask for that in sign language. 

The local water likely has bacteria, and locals have the immunity and you don’t. Don’t rinse your mouth or brush your teeth with it. Carry pills to treat the water. Carry a few ounces of water in a small bottle. You don’t want to be sick.

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

Jul 05 2019
12 mins
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Rank #15: 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:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

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Aug 11 2017
42 mins
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Rank #16: 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 #17: EP 034 Build a Maintenance-Free Lifestyle and Travel the World… Regret Free!

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Donna Cravotta took her first solo trip when she was 5 years old. This adventure at such a young age sparked a huge desire and passion in Donna to travel the world, and she did! When Donna had her son, her priorities shifted and her solo travels came to a halt. Now that her son is slightly older, Donna can not wait till he’s off to college so she can begin a new stage of her life and travel the world on her own time once again.

Key Takeaways:

*For Donna growing up, travel was what ‘other people’ did.

*Donna’s best friend moved away and she was depressed, so her mother found enough money to send Donna, aged 5 at the time, on a plane (alone!) to go visit her friend.

*Donna traveled all over for work in her adult life, but then she had a child and being a jetsetter just wasn’t possible.

*Donna shares a cute story of her days working and traveling around the world.

*Jennifer discusses how sometimes you just have to accommodate your travel buddy.

*Donna had a lot of stress managing a bad relationship, working long hours, and a newborn child. One day Donna saw a deal to the Dominican Republic and just went! She spent her time reflecting, setting up boundaries, and realizing that she had to raise her child alone.

*Donna explains what a ‘maintenance-free’ lifestyle is and how you can have one.

*Donna is waiting for her son to go off to college. Once he does, you bet she’ll be back to solo traveling again.

*Really be mindful as to what’s taking up your time. You don’t enjoy it? Delegate it or outsource it.

*Remember, the only thing you can control in your life is your reaction.

*Most of Donna’s travel experiences have been reactionary. However, when Donna begins to travel again in the next few years, she’s not going to make her trips reactionary. They’re going to be purposely planned.

*What’s in store for Donna when she becomes an empty nester?

*There’s a whole big world out there. Your adventures don’t always have to be planned to the ‘T.’

*Don’t be afraid to be a tourist in your own backyard. You will get to see things from a new perspective.

*It’s not always about the destination. It’s the experience you have with yourself while you’re in that new destination that counts the most. It is such a profound feeling.

*What is Donna’s business about?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

Connect with Donna:

Website: https://socialpivotpr.com/ LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/donnacravotta Twitter: @DonnaCravotta Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SocialPivotPR Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donnacravotta/

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Jul 21 2017
40 mins
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Rank #18: SS 07: New Zealand + bonus of Baja, Mexico

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Key Takeaways: Travel with confidence, no matter the situation. Visit your favorite places, near and far. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience traveling, you can do New Zealand and learn a lot. What can you expect there? We share a few insights about that and also Mexico, especially the Baja area from Tijuana south. We discuss driving, insurance, and what is a good city to visit.

Today’s Independent Destination-New Zealand and Mexico

New Zealand

Christchurch bombing

Auckland

Queenstown

Kiwis

Fjords

Franz Joseph Glacier plane ride

WW2 in New Zealand

Destination: Mexico travel

Tijuana, Mexico, close to the San Diego border

A culturally defining moment for many Americans

20 miles away, but a world apart

Passport required

Things to buy at the border: Elvis Posters,

Restaurants

Ave. Revolucion

Safety

Border rules

Flavors, colors

Walk across

Taxi into town

Driving in Mexico

Insurance needed for your car

Baja

Rosarita

Ensenada

Valle de Guadelupe

Today’s Mistake- Mistake in Mexico

I drank the can of juice from a vending machine.

I was sick for three days.

Be careful what you eat and drink.

Today’s Travel Advice- 

You want to be confident when you travel. Visit your ancestry. What would you be doing now if they had remained there? Ask.

Explore new places.

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

Jul 26 2019
10 mins
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Rank #19: 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

Connect with Traca:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Sep 29 2017
49 mins
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Rank #20: 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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