A trip of one's own Hope, heartbreak, and why traveling solo could change your life

Kate Wills

Book - 2022

"Kate Wills didn't expect to completely remake her life at 33. But after a divorce, she set out to do just that, alone. As a travel journalist, Kate had been jetting in and out of unfamiliar cities for over a decade, but this time-with no press crew or assistants-she felt strangely ill-prepared. So she turned to other female solo travelers for inspiration. Looking back through history, Kate discovered the astonishing women who paved her way. She set off to Israel to follow the footstep...s of Egeria, a 4th century nun and first ever recorded travel writer, then to China, Bali and beyond. A TRIP OF ONE'S OWN is a heartfelt invitation to start seriously planning the trip of your dreams, packed with tips and hacks in a thrilling, woman-focused adventure"--

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Published
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks [2022]
Language
English
Item Description
"Originally published as A Trip of One's Own in 2021 in the United Kingdom by Blink Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK" -- Title page verso.
Includes reading group guide and a conversation with the author.
Physical Description
213 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 208-211).
ISBN
9781728255279
1728255279
Main Author
Kate Wills (author)
  • Arrivals
  • Sister act
  • Sleepless in Shanghai
  • On assignment
  • The Women's Movement
  • A man's world?
  • Fight or flight?
  • The traveling cure
  • Footloose and fancy-free
  • The great escape
  • Life in the fast lane
  • Destination unknown
  • Home sweet roam
  • Departures.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Solo travel changed journalist and freelance travel writer Wills' life, and it could work for readers, too. Combining autobiography, bibliography, and plain good trip advice, Wills' essay collection centers on books by female traveler-writers—journalist Nellie Bly, novelist Virginia Woolf, longtime New Yorker writer Emily Hahn, and Jeanne Baret, who dressed as a man to see the world in 1768, among many others. Wills' personal story enhances the narrative: a quick marriage and equally quick breakup with husband Sam, yearslong singledom, then a surprise hookup with ex-fling Guy, not to mention her own trips as an intrepid reporter. In between are lists of amazingly helpful counsel: Turn the phone off to have an adventure. Take out one pair of shoes (and maybe more) when trying to pack light. Illustrate your travel journals. Venture out during the day to keep safe and secure. Rely on the kindness of strangers when things are not going well. And, pandemically speaking, volunteer and get virtual on museum visits. This paean to traveling alone offers inspiration, humor, and generally great reading. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Kate Wills didn't expect to completely remake her life at 33. But after a divorce, she set out to do just that, alone. As a travel journalist, Kate had been jetting in and out of unfamiliar cities for over a decade, but this time-with no press crew or assistants-she felt strangely ill-prepared. So she turned to other female solo travelers for inspiration. Looking back through history, Kate discovered the astonishing women who paved her way. She set off to Israel to follow the footsteps of Egeria, a 4th century nun and first ever recorded travel writer, then to China, Bali and beyond. A Trip of One's Own is a heartfelt invitation to start seriously planning the trip of your dreams, packed with tips and hacks in a thrilling, woman-focused adventure"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A recently-divorced travel journalist describes the strangeness of traveling alone and reports on amazing women who paved her way, including a 4th century nun who was the first travel writer, and offers reflections and tips on solo trips. Original. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A travel story is the best story of them all...Travel journalist Kate Wills wasn't expecting to be divorced after less than a year of marriage, or to be forced to restart a life that had seemed so stable for so long. Luckily, her job as a writer offered her the perfect opportunity to escape from it all. But this time, with no deadlines to hit or all-expenses-paid trips to absorb in a few days before churning out copy for a travel magazine, her jet-setting felt different. There were no photographers working alongside her or assistants booking her flights. For the first time ever, Kate was traveling alone.Feeling unexpectedly out of her element, Kate began to scour history for stories of female travelers to inspire her. From a 4th-century nun to a globe-circling cyclist, Kate discovered that there have always been astonishing women who have broken free from society's expectations, clearing the path for many of us to do the same.Funny, heartfelt, and guaranteed to spark wanderlust, A Trip of One's Own is the perfect armchair travel read to inspire you to jump in the car or hop on a plane to explore the world. This book is the must-have next read for any aspiring solo female traveler!