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Never go on trips with anyone you do not love. – Ernest Hemingway

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. – Henry David Thoreau

I’m Marsha, a single travel junkie frustrated by the “double occupancy” default in the travel industry. What about the rest of us who, out of necessity or by design, travel alone? I hope to write about places I’ve been and places I want to go as well as some of the inherent challenges of going it solo, in travel and in life.

I’ve traveled fairly extensively throughout the United States, having spent time in many of the nation’s larger cities (and some of its smaller ones) and I’m just beginning to get my feet wet with international travel. For me, wanderlust is a disease for which there is no cure. Not that I’d want a cure if there was one…

What makes this blog different? I’m not independently wealthy; I have a full-time job and I’m also a part-time student. I haven’t quit my job to travel the world (although some days I’d like to). I don’t have a job in the travel industry. I’m not a travel journalist. Of all the things I’m not, there’s one thing that I am: someone who loves seeing the world and who needs an infusion of the unfamiliar from time to time. This blog is my love letter to travel, a record of past trips, and a wish list of trips to come. If that resonates with you, welcome.

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  1. August 28, 2010 5:37 pm

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. It’s nice to find a fellow solo traveler because I am constantly surprised to see how many people think I am crazy for often traveling solo and sleeping in hostels and such. I am looking forward to reading more posts on here!

  2. September 15, 2010 11:58 am

    Found your blog on Travel Blog Exchange. Looks great! I’ve been blogging for a few years now with a similar theme as yours (I’m not wealthy either!) and would love for you to take a look at my blog and consider a link exchange. I’d also like to pick your brain on how you added your blog name to your pics.

    Please let me know what you think and again, I enjoyed your blog.


    • September 17, 2010 5:03 pm

      Thanks for the compliments! As for the watermark on the photos, I added a layer with the text in Photoshop Elements then made it transparent. If you’re familiar with Photoshop, it’s fairly easy.

  3. September 21, 2010 8:11 pm

    Marsha, thanks for being out there leading the pack and busting down the stereotypes about female/solo traveling. After a 17 year travel hiatus (my son), I’m headed back on the road. I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

    All the best!


  4. September 26, 2010 3:19 pm

    I absolutely love your title logo! What a great idea!

  5. oldsalt1942 permalink
    October 21, 2010 9:58 am

    Congratulations on being “Freshly Pressed.” If you hadn’t been I wouldn’t have found your blog and I’m looking forward to reading of your adventures.

    Nearly 20 years ago when I was living in Florida I bought a small sailboat and took off for nine months and sailed to Mexico, Belize and the Rio Dulce in Guatemala and back. On my return people would always ask me if it wouldn’t have been better to have had someone to go with me? Perhaps. But in that entire cruise there were only a couple of times when it would have been nice to have someone to share the moment with. But my general answer to their question was usually: IT’S BETTER TO HAVE GONE ALONE THAN TO NOT HAVE GONE AT ALL.

    In the last couple of years I traveled to Panama by myself and am now retired and a resident of the Republic. I stay at hostels when I’m traveling and have met several single women who are also traveling solo and they are all having a great time of it, too. Good luck with your adventures.

  6. October 21, 2010 10:50 am

    Love your personal intro and very true, I wish travel agencies would stop having specials that are eligible when you travel in at least a pair, blah

    • October 21, 2010 12:55 pm

      Solo travel has grown as a niche within the travel industry. I can’t wait for advertised specials to be based on single occupancy. Def. a pet peeve. 🙂

  7. October 21, 2010 1:59 pm

    Hello fellow single traveller =)
    Just a quick line to say I love that your blog is about what it is. lol. I have a select handful of people that I will travel with but right now, while I’m young, I’m also willing to do it on my own, at my own pace. Why wait?!

    • October 30, 2010 9:38 pm

      There’s absolutely no reason to wait. If you have the time and the resources to do it, there’s no time like the present!

  8. October 21, 2010 2:49 pm

    I found your blog on Freshly Pressed and as a single traveler, I find it refreshing to see others doing it too. I have traveled solo to England three times from my home in New Orleans; though admittedly I wasn’t entirely alone because I traveled to see friends. Still, I had to navigate Customs alone and get my own transportation to where my friends lived because they didn’t live near my port of entry. International travel is exhilarating. I look forward to reading of your trip when you finally go abroad. 🙂

  9. Modern Funk permalink
    October 21, 2010 8:39 pm

    Love the Hemingway quote. So true. Otherwise…well, chaos will surely follow.

  10. October 22, 2010 1:02 am

    Thanks for the inspiring blog. I’m thinking of my next solo adventure right now:) I love any blog that uses a quote such as this: The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. – Henry David Thoreau

    Happy trails!:)

    • October 22, 2010 5:14 am

      It was the perfect quote to describe my situation….I used to be one of those who waited for somebody else, but then I just got tired and took off on my own. Love it!

  11. October 22, 2010 1:12 am

    I totally love this! I’ve joined the travel train…(more so forced to because of my new relationship status of single) This year alone I’ve went on a cruise to Mexico, saw Wicked in San Francisco, been to San Diego several times-each time visiting a different hot spot, Chicago, and Indiana. My next spots are Hawaii, Guam, DC for July 4th and NYC then back to my alma mater in SC. We’ll see how many I can cross off. I love your blog and will be following!

    • October 22, 2010 5:17 am

      Go girl! Way to keep on traveling in spite of the change in your relationship status. That’s what I’m talkin’ about! There are too many places to go, things to do, and people to see to wait on other people to make it happen. Good on you! Happy travels!

  12. October 22, 2010 5:37 am

    I love your blog. You have a great voice. You’re going to love travelling in Europe. ‘Single’ rooms are actually single. Check out monastery stays…I can’t wait to try one and I think even couples have to stay in twin beds in most of them. Single travellers are the default in that case. 🙂

  13. Full Figure Monologues permalink
    October 22, 2010 10:50 am

    Thank you for posting this!

  14. November 13, 2010 11:56 am


    I love your blog and I’ve been following it for a while. If you ever come to Europe (especially to Belgium), do let me know. Even if you’re traveling solo, you can always meet friends on the road! And a good beer or the best hot chocolate can be found here. 😀


    • November 13, 2010 3:02 pm

      Thanks, Ana! I’d love to come to Belgium. I love hot chocolate and my favorite beers are lambics so maybe I have to put Belgium on my list of places to visit *very* soon. I’ll keep you posted!

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