The Zoomer Report: Travelling Solo

Travelling alone can be a great adventure — but many of us find it daunting.
If you’re thinking of taking a trip solo, here are some tips for safe and happy

Be prepared — thorough planning is always a good idea, and it’s even more
important for the single traveller.

Travel light. The less you pack the more independent you can be. Stay safe
by paying attention to everything going on around you.

Walk with confidence. Make yourself accessible to new friends. Often a friendly
smile or brief eye contact is all you need to start a conversation. If the idea
of eating alone makes you uncomfortable, try a restaurant bar or counter or
maybe a bed and breakfast with shared tables. In most places you can book organized
tours after you’ve arrived — they offer built-in social interaction
and added safety. The upside of going it alone is that you’ll be more
open to new experiences and cultures.

Photo © Sandoval Mandujano


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About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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