by Teresa Rodriquez Williamson.
Have you ever wanted to hop on a plane for a travel adventure alone? I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have found myself with a burning desire “just to get away from it all”…by myself. If you have had similar feelings, pick up a copy of Teresa Williamson’s, “Fly Solo.”
Williamson’s writing style is conversational, descriptive, and filled with travel tips. Whether you decide to take a spur of the moment trip or one that you plan months in advance, “Fly Solo” provides a blueprint for either vacation. Even if Europe, Asia, North America, the Middle East, Central or South America is on your mind, Williamson paints a picture of each site that makes you feel as if you’re there. Even if travel is not currently on your horizon, read this book and you will be transported to these remarkable destinations.
Let’s say you want to travel solo on your next journey, but you’re not sure where you want to go. To organize your thoughts, tape a world map to the wall…now what? Here’s a fun way to mark your travels. Place stick pins on the destinations you have already visited. If you are just beginning to travel, your wall map will be just that….a world map. But as you travel, your colored stick pins will mark your adventures. As you plan your next trip, you’ll be reminded of your previous adventures. Perhaps you’ll add photos. That way, each time you sit in your most comfortable chair with a glass of wine in your hand, the colored pins will bring to mind your memories of each destination. As the years go by, it will be fun to track your adventures.
One of the great things about “Fly Solo” is that the author provides a method to help you figure out your ideal vacation. She does this by evaluating the key characteristics that define a location…a methodology she calls “The Four CAWS.”
C: Cultural Opportunities – Museums, theatres, symphonies, etc.
A: Activity Level- Active adventure, hiking, biking, skiing…water or snow, ##or a restful escape such as a fun in the sun & surf.
W: Weather Preference- Do you care what the weather is like?
S: Social interaction- Do you want to meet new people or relax by ##yourself with a good book.
The next step in planning your ideal vacation is to take a brief CAWS quiz. This will save you hours of research by narrowing your focus on the types of things you like to do or something new you’ve wanted to do. In “Fly Solo,” the author prepares you by recommending books that will enrich your experience before you arrive in your chosen location. She also includes useful phrases in the language spoken in your destination., general comments on the weather and lists her favorite 10 "experiences" for each of the 50 sites.
This is one of the only travel books I have read that includes practical tips such as leaving your Jimmy Choos at home if you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam.
If you’re up for a surprising mix of cultural experiences, in Dubai you can visit museums and the well-known Dubai International Film Festival. Then be amazed by the futuristic architecture and the first 7-star hotel on earth. And if you're in Dubai in the summer, and you miss the snow…not to worry. Dubai has an indoor ski resort. And you don’t need to pack winter clothes or your ski gear; "Ski Dubai" offers guests both.
"Fly Solo" is a great read. Check it out.