HOW TO BE A FEARLESS TRAV­ELLER Life coach Lou Hamil­ton of­fers the fol­low­ing ad­vice to take the stress out of solo travel

The Simple Things - - THINK/WELLBEING -

1 Have a sense of pur­pose. A rea­son you want to do it that’s big­ger than your fear. 2 Be pre­pared. Dou­ble-check ev­ery­thing. 3 Walk your­self through the trip in your mind’s eye and imag­ine suc­cess.

4 Or­gan­ise the first few trips with a rea­son to in­ter­act with peo­ple, such as a re­treat or cre­ative course or a fam­ily-run B&B or home­s­tay.

5 Don’t spend your time star­ing at your phone – look up, make eye con­tact, in­tro­duce your­self, and smile.

6 Take safety pre­cau­tions but don’t let fear stop you tak­ing cal­cu­lated risks.

A TRAV­ELLER’S COM­PAN­ION Things to read

Roam Alone, In­spir­ing Tales by Reluc­tant Solo Trav­ellers (Bradt) 40 tales of ad­ven­ture by peo­ple who took the plunge and never looked back.

Soli­tude by Michael Har­ris (Ran­dom House) Get in­spired to set off.

With­out Reser­va­tions: The Travel of an

Independent Woman by Alice Stein­bach (Ban­tam). An US jour­nal­ist trav­els Europe alone af­ter her kids have flown the nest.

Things to down­load

Zipskee The app that con­nects you with like-minded lo­cals around the world.

Triplt This clever app re­places the travel com­pan­ion who re­minds you to pack your pass­port, book that trans­fer, and so on.

Google Trans­late Will en­cour­age you to in­ter­act with lo­cals and de­ci­pher menus.

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