The Amateur Traveler talks to Janice Waugh from Solo Traveler about solo travel as a woman, particularly solo international travel. Janice did not set out to be a solo traveler but after the death of her husband, she gained her courage to get back out on the road. Janice now talks about how solo travel is better in many ways.
“At this stage in my life, I did not anticipate being a solo traveler again. I was very fortunate. I traveled a lot with my husband, with our children. We loved to travel. We had a small business together and we sold it and we took off for almost a year and traveled and homeschooled our youngest. But unfortunately, when we came home, my husband became ill and passed away in 2006.
Grieving is not a fun process and it goes up and down. Just about 2 years after he passed away I felt myself going down again, falling into that grief cycle again. I was not keen on going there, and I said ‘I guess I’m traveling solo’. It just struck me. So the next day I started Solo Traveler. I started traveling that Spring by myself and I haven’t looked back.”
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