The Many Ways to “Go Solo”

    Struggling with the pressure of showing up somewhere solo is common among both the newly single and lone travelers. But there are many levels of anxiety and impressiveness…

Marathon Tourism

Since 2006, “running a marathon” has also come to mean “travel excuse.” In fact, I cannot imagine myself running a marathon (whether half or full) in a town I’ve been…

How Diverse is Diverse?

I got into a very uncomfortable conversation within my first month in Florida when my “racial dating background” was put into question. First of all, it’s none of your business…

Bathtubs Telling Stories

. . . Bathing is a variable characteristic of any travel experience. From Turkish baths to mud baths, bathing styles (not just the frequency) can both describe a culture and…

Making Friends 101

“Making girlfriends at 40 is like attracting boys at 16,” I was told when I was in high school. “You worry about coming off too strong. You get excited for…

Spontaneously Solo in Florida

Imagine a private yacht longer than a 15-story building is tall. It’s so big that it’s considered a Super Yacht. It holds fourteen crew members and room for twelve guests….