How You Can Stay Safe Traveling Solo

One thing I learned after more than twenty years of globetrotting, is how to stay safe traveling solo.  I am happy to share my tips for guarding your travel documents, valuables, your personal identity and your life while you are away from home.  Of course, solo travelers are not the only ones who can benefit from these practices.  Therefore, I recommend you share them with family members or friends with whom you may be traveling.



Share your itinerary with the right people by e-mail


Share your flight, hotel and travel itinerary with two family members or close friends by e-mail or in person.  Include hotel(s) phone numbers and e-mail addresses.  



Stay safe traveling solo suitcase


Protect your passport


When traveling abroad, your passport is the number one thing that will keep you safe traveling solo.  Here’s how to guard it with your life. Continue reading

Labeled: Miscellaneous · Tips, Etc. · Travel
How to Overcome Your Fear of Dining Out Alone

If you have a fear or anxiety about dining out alone, it is way more common than you may think.   In my last blog post, I discussed the 7 Reasons Solo Travel is Good for You and, well, dining out alone counts as a mini form of solo travel, even if you are staying close to home.  Below are my tips for overcoming your fear of dining solo whether you are staying local or traveling.


Bring some body armor.


People tell me all the time that they would never have a meal alone because Continue reading

Labeled: Food & Libations · Miscellaneous · Tips, Etc. · Travel
7 Reasons Solo Travel is Good for You

In recent years, I have observed a huge increase in the number of people who are embracing solo travel.  This is a very good thing.  I have enjoyed my share of solo travel over the last twenty plus years.  I am a much better person for it.  Travelling with friends and family can be fun but it can also be quite stressful.  If you are thinking about taking your first solo vacation or enjoying a different type of adventure alone, below are 7 reasons solo travel is good for you.


1.  Solo travel means you spend YOUR hard earned money and free time the way YOU want.


Everyone has one place they have been dreaming of visiting whether domestic or international.  You may have been planning a trip to that destination for years.  Sure, it can be fun to travel with friends or family.  However, doing so means you must Continue reading

Labeled: Culture & Community · Tips, Etc. · Travel
8 Peaceful Places to Chill Out in Chicago

Sometimes a person just needs a little patch of peace in their busy day.  A place to be alone for a while without the distractions of the day to weigh on their weary mind.  In a big, boisterous, electric city like Chicago, it can be difficult to find some peaceful places to chill out. After living here for twelve years, I have rounded up a list of eight peaceful places where I like to enjoy some quiet time alone and recharge my batteries.  Follow me to the following cool, Chicago spots: Continue reading

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21 Awesome Chicago Concert Venues You Should Check Out

Music lovers visiting Chicago are in for a real treat because there is no shortage of places here to listen to live music.  Whether you are hoping to catch your favorite band or you’re looking to discover some new acts, The Windy City is always teaming with talent both old and new.  In the summer, there are numerous outdoor spaces, in addition to fantastic bars and halls, where you can get your groove on.  Below are “21 Awesome Chicago Concert Venues You Should Check Out.”  If you’re looking for hotels nearby, I suggest you book a room at the historic and newly restored Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.

Buddy Guy’s Legends


What:  The quintessential spot for blues by the last word, the real deal, Mr. Buddy Guy!  This iconic blues club in the South Loop near Grant Park is a Continue reading

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