Solo Road Trip: Ten Best Stops on the Gulf Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast of the Gulf of Mexico

I moved from New England to South Carolina a few years ago to escape the snow. Like many other parts of the country, it was an unseasonably cold winter, even in the South. So when we got that half-inch of snow in February, I jumped in my car and headed even further south! Emerald Coast … [Read more...]

On the Road for the Donuts in South Dakota

Wall Drug donuts

“You have to stop at Wall Drug,” said Kathy, my buffalo safari guide at Custer State Park. I’d just told her I was going to visit South Dakota’s Badlands the next day.  “And make sure you get one of their homemade donuts – they’re legendary.”  Decision made.  I’ll travel just about anywhere for … [Read more...]

On her own in Bend and loving it

Hmmm... this throttle thing was a blast!  Now I know what the attraction to motorcycles is...

Bend, Oregon, dubbed the "outdoor playground of the West," is the perfect destination for women traveling solo.  With outdoor pursuits like dogsledding and snowshoeing, to touring microbreweries, and boutique hotels with staff that cannot do enough for you, the friendliness of the residents is … [Read more...]

Women Traveling Solo: Are Cruise Ships a Good Venue?

Carnival Cruise Triumph

  I recently set out to get some answers by booking a 5-day cruise on the Carnival ship Triumph (yes, that Triumph – the embattled ship that was plastered all over the news due to an extended breakdown) departing from the Port of Galveston for the Mexican Caribbean. Read my conclusion … [Read more...]

Some days are like that, even in…..the Midwest

Patti Morrow Branson old west photo

Tell me…. do I look dangerous to you?  Apparently the TSA still thinks so. Rapid City Regional Airport.  Just another nondescript launching pad in the life of a travel writer.  Or so I thought. But it turned out to be a no-good, very bad, terrible day. As I’m going through security in the … [Read more...]

Chicks Cruisin’

Carnival Cruise Triumph

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about my first [solo] cruise experience has been meeting other traveling women adventurers. At breakfast on our first day at sea, Debbie and Kim introduced themselves to me and asked me to join them.  What fun ladies they were!  Hailing from just outside … [Read more...]

Breasts = Lethal Weapons?

TSA underwire bra

Apparently the TSA thinks so. I was on my way from New Hampshire to Oregon a couple of weeks ago.  I wasn’t in a particularly good mood to begin with, having had to extract myself from my nice, warm, thick microfiber sheets at 3:30 a.m. in order to catch a 6 a.m. flight.   I was singularly … [Read more...]

Solo/”Bleasure” Tips

Letting off a little steam in downtown Greenville, SC

When I'm away on business in an interesting destination that's not directly related to my travel writing, I try to add on a day or two to see the sights and take a breath. This type of travel is commonly referred to as "bleasure" -- combining business and pleasure. This has proved to be one of the … [Read more...]