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A Trip of One's Own
A Trip of One's Own: Hope, Heartbreak, and Why Traveling Solo Could Change Your Life | Kate Wills
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A travel story is the best story of them all... Travel journalist Kate Wills wasn't expecting to be divorced after less than a year of marriage, or to be forced to restart a life that had seemed so stable for so long. Luckily, her job as a writer offered her the perfect opportunity to escape from it all. But this time, with no deadlines to hit or all-expenses-paid trips to absorb in a few days before churning out copy for a travel magazine, her jet-setting felt different. There were no photographers working alongside her or assistants booking her flights. For the first time ever, Kate was traveling alone. Feeling unexpectedly out of her element, Kate began to scour history for stories of female travelers to inspire her. From a 4th-century nun to a globe-circling cyclist, Kate discovered that there have always been astonishing women who have broken free from society's expectations, clearing the path for many of us to do the same. Funny, heartfelt, and guaranteed to spark wanderlust, A Trip of One's Own is the perfect armchair travel read to inspire you to jump in the car or hop on a plane to explore the world. This book is the must-have next read for any aspiring solo female traveler!
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CaramelLunacy
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I was far more interested in the adventures of female solo travellers which were sadly only afforded a few paragraphs before tenuous transitions into memoir. Unfortunately I found the author fairly obnoxious and her "journey" cliched. How many times must I read about the only REAL way to experience travel being hostels and food poisoning?
We are clearly very different travelers. At least the bibliography offers more interesting narratives.

CaramelLunacy Most irritating of all, for a travel memoir, I didn't come away with a sense of place of literally ANYWHERE she describes. 2mo
keithmalek Hostels are stupid. You have to worry about someone stealing your passport, or someone snoring. Either way, you're not going to sleep. Besides, people aren't so magical that I need to be in such close proximity to them. 2mo
CaramelLunacy @keithmalek I like my own space and some privacy/quiet, so most of these travel tips sound miserable rather than enlightening. I am not a hostels person... 2mo
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Rhondareads
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Kate Willis share with us the solo travel adventures she embarked on after her marriage of less then a year.Even if your an armchair traveler this book and the adventurous women we meet will make you want to pack your bag and go.

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readingjedi
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Mehso-so

This was a Pick - downgraded after the disappointing discovery the author writes for the *spits* Sun newspaper.

A pleasant lightweight read. A mix of author's personal journey & actual journeys post-divorce and tales of solo female travellers in history. Not particularly in depth but a bibliography is provided for further reading. Funny, informative (useful tips for travel solo) & a few moments of genuine emotional insight. Great beach read.

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readingjedi
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Starting this one today. I'm hoping it serves as a palate cleanser after the grossness of the last one. In fact, I'd love it to do a full-on Men in Black style mind wipe!

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