Warning: Travel is Addicting!

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My name is Sarah Walker. And I’m a solo travel addict.

It started with a six month backpacking trip through Europe. I was only 19. Looking back, I wonder how I ever could have been so innocent.

No one warned me that Europe was a gateway destination.

I didn’t know that going to Italy would make me want to visit Turkey or that the Marrakesh market of Morocco is only a boat ride away from Spain.

Not even a brilliant sun setting behind the majestic castle of Edinburgh, Scotland could keep me from looking for my next travel hit.

RyanAir and EasyJet were my primary suppliers.

Their incredible deals to places like Jordan, Iceland, and Egypt made seeing the world easy. For the first time in my life, I had access to all the travel I wanted.

Granted, on the things-to-be-addicted-to scale, solo travel falls somewhere between Girl Scout cookies and George Clooney. Pretty harmless.

Yet, I can tell when it’s been too long since my last trip.

My right eye twitches when I read other travel blogs. I check airfarewatchdog.com every hour. Under the Tuscan Sun, Letters to Juliet, and Before Sunrise/Sunset are in my Netflix queue.

And I know it’s really been too long when I hang out at the airport on a Friday night.

After announcing my most recent solo trip, this time to Peru, some of my friends were concerned.

Peru was too far, too dangerous. They meant well but didn’t understand. Once you start down the solo traveling road, it’s not something you can just stop.

  • There is no cure for wanderlust. There’s only more travel.

Luckily, I don’t have to worry about explaining myself here at Go Girl! Guides.

I finally found other rad girls who like solo travel as much as I do.

And if you’re reading this, you probably like solo travel too. Let’s be friends! Or maybe you’re taking your first solo trip abroad and need some advice when it comes to planning it. How can I help?

I’ll be blogging at Go Girl! once a week and I want to hear from you about your upcoming trips, past travel experiences, and must-sees around the world.

  • We may be solo travelers but that doesn’t mean we’re alone.

Every day, another gutsy gal heads off to travel the world, refusing to wait on anyone else to take the trip of her lifetime.

So. Where are you going this year? I’m looking forward to a summer trip somewhere in Europe.

I’ve never been to Europe when the weather is warm and I think it’s about time to change that. I’m already fantasizing about pitchers of sangria and George Clooney’s Italian villa.

Soon George, soon.

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About Author

Sarah Walker is a writer, actress, and international superstar. She is also the President/CEO of the www.sarahwalkerfanclub.com. Some of her favorite travel adventures have taken place in Edinburgh, Barcelona and the Peruvian jungle. She likes cupcakes and kittens.

17 Comments

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  2. Ibitzaaaa so the summer! And after that travelling around Spain and Portugal..why not visit Morooco? Or Plan B: Cambodia and Thailand.. I can’t decide really.

    Where about in Europe will you be?

    • Haven’t locked down exact places, will probably fly into London first. Definitely need to stop in Berlin, it’s been high on my list for years, and then….. I guess we’ll see!!!

      I love your travel plans! Make sure to have a sangria in my honor when you get to Spain.

  3. Being Brits, we had Europe (and those lovely cheap flights you mentioned!) right on our doorstep. If you’re hitting Europe in the summer months, be prepared to become addicted all over again – sitting in historic squares, sipping a cool beer, watching the world go by…
    Not sure of our travel plans yet. Maybe sailing to Italy via Albania in September – money permitting!
    Julia

  4. Hi there lovely fellow travel addict. I hope to join this go-girls-get-it team too. I have been traveling the world on my onw for a long time and know the twitching very well, every time I come near an airport in fact. This year, or rather the first part is dedicated to Europe, starting with the carnival in Venice at the end of February. In September/October I’m off to Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Bali.

    • Hi Inka! I went to carnaval in Venice many years ago and had a blast. You’re going to have so much fun. You’ll have to let me know how Hong Kong and Bali are, I definitely want to go there in the near future.

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  6. Girls I am really digging this site. Most important take away from this post – traveling solo doesn’t mean traveling alone – everyone who travels solo knows it and people who don’t have no clue.

  7. It is definitely the most addicting thing in my life. When my wife and I went on a year long RTW, we thought we’d just be ticking places off our list. But now that list is longer than ever. The world is a HUGE place, and there’s just so much to see, and I want to see it all.

    Great post!!

    • Thanks Adam! I have the same problem, I don’t think I’ll ever stop finding places I want to visit. What were some of your favorite places on your RTW trip?

  8. (I spelled my website wrong — linked to my name — in my first comment. Please post this one instead.)

    “Every day, another gutsy gal heads off to travel the world, refusing to wait on anyone else to take the trip of her lifetime.” I love it! What a great thing to say — and how true! I waited at home in the U.S. for the longest time, not having the confidence in going alone, but after I took a study abroad trip to Prague, I realized I have what it takes for solo travel. I’m now living in Korea, just came back from a trip to India, and am saving for my solo RTW which will start in Sept. 2011. Whoo!

  9. Great post and comments! I was in Berlin in the fall and loved it. Then you should book a cheap flight down to Croatia! Dubrovnik and the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro are two of my favorite places in Europe.

    I found the site on twitter the other day and love it! Great job!

  10. “There is no cure for wanderlust. There’s only more travel.” Truer words never spoken. Why would you want to cure wanderlust anyway?! 😉

  11. I am glad to know there are others out there who are addicted to solo travel too. I never got to travel alone till I was in my late teen’s, I traveled minimally with family through western states and not to say it wasn’t fun but it’s a different experience when you are on your own. I finally got to travel on my own when I was seventeen to Kauai, and that was a life changing trip; it awoke something in me that made me want to travel the whole world. When you are talking about checking travel sites for another opportunity to travel I basically do the same, there is so much in the world to see but I am 18 so my family is in no way wanting me to go faraway. How do can you convince the ones you love that it is something you need to do otherwise you are going to go crazy? After graduating I’m trying to plan a trip somewhere new, any suggestions for a new traveler? I am in California.

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