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With a February house guest, we were daunted to brave the traffic on Tamiami Trail and long waits for tables in restaurants so full, they don’t need to accept reservations. The challenge was writ large: to find seclusion and enjoyment in this slice of (finally red tide-free) paradise when about 90,000 snowbirds have come to roost. Here’s what we discovered during our mini staycation.
Get off the beach and into a boat. Yup, just you, your closest friends and some of the most beautiful waters on the U.S. shoreline. Avoid the world-famous beaches in season where it takes a wizard to find a parking spot and you can hardly see the sand between bumper-to-bumper umbrellas. Although the intracoastal can sometimes boast as many vessels as...
I hear more and more people doing what I’m going to call “genetic tourism:” seeking their heritage by going back to where they think they’re from, or where DNA says their parents, grandparents or distant relatives came from, and learning about themselves by tracing their family stories or genes.
Two years ago, Ancestry.com partnered with Go Ahead Tours and began offering genealogy-themed trips across Europe. Ancestry.com also worked with Cunard and the Queen Mary 2 to put together a westbound transatlantic cruise where passengers would retrace the steps their ancestors took from England to America, with genealogists offering workshops and telling stories each day. In 2020, another QM 2 cruise will coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, where many Americans can now trace their own beginnings.
In follow-up to my original post, below are some additional ideas on the types of places that are great to incorporate into your solo travel experiences. Enjoy the magic of your solo journey!
Museums and Galleries
Going to a museum when you’re by yourself is awesome: You can look at anything you want for as long as you want. You can turn in any direction, linger as long as you like by the pieces or subjects that intrigue you, and breeze right by the ones that don’t. You will be able to weave through crowded museums and get up close to that Picasso you’ve always wanted to see!
Outdoors and Nature
Being in the outdoors alone is pretty spectacular. Experience a nature trail in the woods. Visit a botanical garden or arboretum. Take yourself on a romantic walk by the...
I recently attended the Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism, and one of the break-out sessions was titled, “The Power of Pinterest and Visually Stunning Content.” As an occasional user of Pinterest, I have a few boards that I've made for redecorating rooms in my home, workouts or recipes that I've come across, and inspiring DIY projects, but I'd never really used it to look for travel inspiration.
The more that I thought about it, though, Pinterest makes the perfect place to research travel ideas because the content is completely visual. In fact, with over 200 million monthly users, 68% of the Pinterest audience is actively building boards for activities in places where they plan to travel, and 93% of users are planning future travel purchases. Equally interesting is the fact that Pinterest has now been ranked as one of the top three travel...
Something magical happens when you travel alone. When there is no one else influencing your decisions, no day-to-day life to discuss and no time table to be shared, the destination is your only focus. You and your senses are 100% available to every moment in the world around you. You will be fully immersed in the place in a completely different way than when shared. You will be on an amazing choose-your-own-adventure!
Read on for some tips to make the most of your experiences as a solo traveler.