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

Kate Wills

eBook - 2022

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 pho...tographers 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!

Saved in:
Subjects
Online Access
Instantly available on hoopla.
Cover image
Published
[United States] : Sourcebooks Inc 2022.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 online resource
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
ISBN
9781728255293
1728255295
Access
AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Main Author
Kate Wills (author)
Corporate Author
hoopla digital (-)
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

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 2

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!