Travel Alone and Love It: A Flight Attendant's Guide to Solo Travel

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9781886094352: Travel Alone and Love It: A Flight Attendant's Guide to Solo Travel

For those who are brimming with wanderlust but lacking a travelling partner, this book is the only companion needed for the trip. This traveller's aid lays out the steps for researching, planning and enjoying a successful solo journey. It explains the advantages of solo travel, how to overcome fear, deal with cultural differences, save money on food and lodging, dine alone, and meet people during a solo journey. It also addresses practical concerns, such as packing efficiently, scheduling flights, protecting belongings, and coping with jet lag. Encouraging readers to immerse themselves in other cultures, this book will provide inspiration for travellers looking for an independent journey.

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Discover the joy of traveling alone from a flight attendant with decades of travel experience. Meet people more easily. Learn more about the places you visit. Claim total freedom to do just as you please. Find the inspiration and confidence to try your wings. Step-by-step instructions give you all the knowledge you need to research, plan and accomplish your own successful solo journey. Learn how to: overcome fear, decide where to go, enjoy dining alone, pack, safeguard your health, protect yourself and your belongings, select travel insurance, minimize jet lag, keep your wits upon arrival, save money on meals & accomodations, bridge the culture gap & make friends wherever you go. "Jam-packed with excellent go-alone travel tips. Reading this book is like having a chat with a friend who has your best interests at heart. It informs, it instructs and, best of all, it inspires the single traveler to get out there and enjoy the countless pleasures of solo travel." Evelyn Hannon, Publisher, Journeywoman Online Magazine "A nuts-and-bolts primer for the single traveler planning that first big trip alone." Randy Curwen, Travel Editor, Chicago Tribune "This very readable book contains the extremely practical advice of a woman who has traveled widely. Readers will benefit from her personal experiences, and be inspired to pack their bags." Rebekah Wang-Cheng, MD,FACP "This flight attendant author's insights can help transform any ordinary journey into a magical journey." Paul Spillar, Editor, The Single Traveler "I've learned alot from Travel Alone & Love It, even though I am an experienced traveler. It's a wonderful tool for creating a safe and exciting journey." Susan Jeffers, Ph.D, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway Sharon B. Wingler, a flight attendant for 26 years, has traveled extensively throughout the world. As a solo traveler, she has journeyed to Italy, France, Argentina, Costa Rica, Greece, Yugoslavia, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and all over the USA. She teaches classes on solo travel and is a guest lecturer for private clubs and seminars.


Personal anecdotes, common sense advice and a friendly conversational tone will reassure those considering going it on their own. As though anticipating every possible fear in this regard, Wingler addresses every aspect of the journey, from insurance to jet lag to the oft-dreaded dining alone. Having chalked up a few travel miles of my own, I found myself nodding, even chuckling at times, at the author's travel savvy from 26 years as a flight attendant. Her packing suggestions are excellent as are her tips about health and safety. The nicest thing about this guide that should inspire and encourage even timid tourists, is Wingler's attitude. Her comment, as she describes differences in foreign food - "Be a good sport and just try things their way" - speaks of an openness and sensitivity that new or old visitors would be well-advised to take with them. -- Geraldine Levy, Small Press, October, l996

Practical advice and plenty of anecdotes from a longtime flight attendant on overcoming fear, keeping safe, meeting people. Her philosophy is, you may leave home alone, but you won't be alone for long. "In all my travels, I've found people more willing to strike up conversations and offer help and companionship to me as a solo traveler than when I've been accompanied." -- Rich Haddaway, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 1, l998

The author is a well-traveled flight attendant and it shows. From personal safety and health to the awkwardness of dining alone, she addresses all the issues that confront the solo traveler. Wingler's guide includes a handy list of tourist offices and solo travel newsletters and books. -- Scott Thurston, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 25, l996

Travel Alone & Love It is, above all, reassuring for the novice traveler, thanks to the level of detail it provides. Reading this cheerful, conversational book is like having a pre-trip chat with a good friend-one who happens to have 26 years of experience as a flight attendant. Author Sharon B. Wingler comforts the first-time or occasional traveler with step-by-step information about packing, navigating the airport and making the flight as enjoyable as possible. She does address issues of special concern to solo travelers-overcoming fears, ensuring your safety-but many of her tips are universally useful (after all, we all need to know how to avoid painful "jet belly"). -- Andrea Hanis, Chicago Sun-Times, November 24, l996

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