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Go Solo LIVE! is a podcast for and about midlife solo women travelers. Host Jennifer Buchholz of Transform via Travel, talks to women about their solo travel experiences. It's more than just "how to" or "where've you been". It's about their personal stories of where they were in life before solo travel, what inspired them to go, what they found on their travels, and possibly even how they found more of themselves. The stories are meant to inspire, enlighten and encourage women who are at any stage of going solo!

Go Solo Live Jennifer I Buchholz

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 14 Ratings

Go Solo LIVE! is a podcast for and about midlife solo women travelers. Host Jennifer Buchholz of Transform via Travel, talks to women about their solo travel experiences. It's more than just "how to" or "where've you been". It's about their personal stories of where they were in life before solo travel, what inspired them to go, what they found on their travels, and possibly even how they found more of themselves. The stories are meant to inspire, enlighten and encourage women who are at any stage of going solo!

    SS 13: Atlanta

    SS 13: Atlanta

    Key Takeaways:
    Watch out for mosquitos.
    Atlanta is a vibrant city.
    Don’t trust the balloon pilot.
    Save on airfares in sale periods and shop around.
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Use Deet 
    Underground Atlanta 
    https://www.atlanta.net/things-to-do/shopping/underground-atlanta/
    Stone Mountain 
    MARTA 
    Big Creek Greenway 
    Georgia Aquarium 
    https://www.britannica.com/event/Atlanta-1996-Olympic-Games
    Bryant Gumbel 
    Trip Advisor
    AirBNB
    Expedia
    Booking
    Southwest Airlines
    Connect with Mary Beth:
    Website
    Drmarytravelbest.com
    Mary Beth on Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Page
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Group
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Instagram
    Leave a Review:
    Did you like this episode? Please leave an honest review on iTunes with your feedback! Also, please subscribe to the Go Solo Live podcast on iTunes, to get notified when a new episode gets released. I appreciate your listening to this week’s show. And tune in next week for another great show.
    Connect with Jennifer
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
     

    • 8 min
    SS12: Boston

    SS12: Boston

    Key Takeaways:
    FAQ: Advice on how to express your opinions in a foreign country, where you are a visitor and a guest.
    Boston is a walking city, with real weather, and has the best fall colors around. You will be charmed by the wonderful people, especially the highly educated environment.
    My mistake: Speaking badly to the TSA when I was in the airport security line as a high schooler.
    Do your homework on the internet before you leave for your trip. Dr. Travelbest provides a list of places to review and consider how to make your travel arrangements that works best for you, as an independent traveler.
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Boston
    Subway
    Fall colors
    Cape Cod
    Red Sox
    Cambridge 
    Rowing
    Seafood
    Boston Marathon
    TSA
    Trip Advisor
    AirBNB
    Expedia
    Booking
    Southwest Airlines
    Connect with Mary Beth:
    Website
    Drmarytravelbest.com
    Mary Beth on Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Page
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Group
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Instagram
    Leave a Review:
    Did you like this episode? Please leave an honest review on iTunes with your feedback! Also, please subscribe to the Go Solo Live podcast on iTunes, to get notified when a new episode gets released. I appreciate your listening to this week’s show. And tune in next week for another great show.
    Connect with Jennifer
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
     

    • 9 min
    SS11: Chile

    SS11: Chile

    Key Takeaways:
    Take care when going out at night. Learn the maps as best you can before you arrive. Keep your passport safe and always have extra copies elsewhere.
    Chile is a wonderful destination, even if you don’t speak Spanish. You may be the first American that the locals have met. You can ski there in July! The mountains are wonderful, but can be very scary in a vehicle in a snowstorm.
    Mistake: Missing the boat, plane or other.. Learn from your errors and don’t be like me.
    Advice: Have fun, no matter the circumstances.
    Mentioned in This Episode: 
    Chile
    Santiago
    Andes Mountains
    Portillo
    Los Farrallones
    El Colorado
    Valle Nevada
    Connect with Mary Beth:
    Website
    Drmarytravelbest.com
    Mary Beth on Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Page
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Group
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Instagram
    Leave a Review:
    Did you like this episode? Please leave an honest review on iTunes with your feedback! Also, please subscribe to the Go Solo Live podcast on iTunes, to get notified when a new episode gets released. I appreciate your listening to this week’s show. And tune in next week for another great show.
    Connect with Jennifer
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
     

    • 10 min
    SS10: China

    SS10: China

    Key Takeaways:
    Inspiring women who are Independent travelers: Look for some in your circle of friends and get to know them. I talk about a friend who just left for a one year adventure, Cindy.
    Destination: If you have not yet been to China, consider it for your next big adventure. I’ve been twice, and glad to share the stories here.
    Mistake: Do you know when to stop? That was my mistake. I took the “last run” of the day and ended up in the ski patrol sled all the way down the mountain and hurt for a long time later. That was the end of my ACL.
    Advice: Take the subway, when you are looking to maximize your travel itinerary. It’s the fastest, cheapest and sometimes most revealing ways to learn about the people in a city.
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    EU Travel Requirements
    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/schengen.html
    Schengen Rule
    http://www.euro-dollar-currency.com/90_180_days_rule.htm
    Visa not required, YET
    https://www.vox.com/2019/3/9/18257707/europe-new-visa-requirements-americans-2021
     
    China
    Guangzhou, 
    Shanghai, 
    Tiananmen square
    The Pandas 
    Beijing, 
    Hong Kong.
     
    More travel sites in China below you can browse.
    https://www.chinahighlights.com/guangzhou/shopping.htm
    https://www.cnn.com/2013/09/15/world/asia/tiananmen-square-fast-facts/index.html
    https://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/beijing.htm
    https://www.chinahighlights.com/beijing/attraction/temple-of-heaven.htm
    Copper Mountain Ski Resort
    Subway maps for many cities here:  NYC, London, Chicago, Barcelona, Paris, 
    Connect with Mary Beth:
    Website
    Drmarytravelbest.com
    Mary Beth on Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Page
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Group
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Instagram
    Leave a Review:
    Did you like this episode? Please leave an honest review on iTunes with your feedback! Also, please subscribe to the Go Solo Live podcast on iTunes, to get notified when a new episode gets released. I appreciate your listening to this week’s show. And tune in next week for another great show.
    Connect with Jennifer
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
     

    • 11 min
    SS 09: London, New York, Florida, Arizona

    SS 09: London, New York, Florida, Arizona

    Key Takeaways:
    FAQ: A listener asks: “ I’ll be in London. Should I get the 2 day bus pass? Do I take the jump on jump off bus?”
    Response: It depends on the weather. If it’s raining, then you may not want to do this trip. 
    This kind of trip helps you understand the city in a short time span and will be best. If you are new to the city, it can make sense, depending on you.
    Destination: New York City
    Dr. Travelbest shares some of her experience in New York, growing up. What’s different about travel in New York? Is it safe? As long as you stay in open areas and don’t tempt the bad guys, you should be okay. What museums? 
    Metropolitan Museum of Art (MOMA)
    Museum of Natural History
    Statue of Liberty
    Destination: Florida
    Snowbirds from New York. Orlando, with Disney
    Bahamas are nearby.
    Mistakes:
    The missed flight, which was another two days until we could leave Tahiti.
    Stranded for three days total.
    One of a kind experience made the most of a mistake by our travel agent.
    Destination: Sedona, Arizona
    Population is less than 12, 000 people. 
    Stay there off season if you can. 
    Grand Canyon National Park
    Connect with Mary Beth:
    Website
    Drmarytravelbest.com
    Mary Beth on Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Page
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Group
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Instagram
    Leave a Review:
    Did you like this episode? Please leave an honest review on iTunes with your feedback! Also, please subscribe to the Go Solo Live podcast on iTunes, to get notified when a new episode gets released. I appreciate your listening to this week’s show. And tune in next week for another great show.
    Connect with Jennifer
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
     

    • 11 min
    SS 08: My First Independent Trip

    SS 08: My First Independent Trip

    Key Takeaways:
    If you are a starting out as a traveler, you need to listen to this episode.
    Who is Dr. TravelbesT? Dr. Mary Beth McCabe and in the future, her daughter, Tina Shubat will take over the role.
    Assess your travel needs first to find your travel space.
    FAQ: For a recently divorced woman, how should I travel? 
    Start small and be comfortable Go local. Try 10-15 miles from home and make it an adventure regularly. Move up to 30 miles and then to the next state and make conversations at these new places. You will gain so much from your travel.
    Tips: Safety precautions: health, safety and more tips can protect you.
    How To: Packing. Travel light to save energy and time. Pack half of a small suitcase. The other half can be for things to give away. Consider a small backpack instead of a suitcase if possible. The basics: medications, cosmetics, and one of a kind items.
    Attitude: Keep saying “yes”. 
    Face your fear of going alone. Meeting people may be a challenge. Talk about the weather, transportation, or ask a question. Common sense is critical here. Confidence building is like a snowball.
    My travel as a teenager: Solo Travel to New York City. Three weeks on my own was a very special experience. This helped build my travel experiences over the past decades. Travel is much better than getting “stuff.”
    FAQ: I’m invited to Spain but don’t want to go alone. What should I do? Don’t let not having someone to go with keep you away. Don’t let yourself be held back.
    Mistakes and missteps: 
    Spilling my tomato juice all over myself was distressing. What an ordeal. I was able to change my clothes and get a new seat cushion, so the rest of the flight was ok. How to deal with getting lost: Getting lost in Shanghai in 1988 riding a bicycle was a terrible experience, but I was able to figure it out thanks to the Peace Hotel. This was a really distressing experience, but it all worked out. Connect with Mary Beth:
    Website
    Drmarytravelbest.com
    Mary Beth on Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Twitter
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Page
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Facebook Group
    Dr. Mary Travelbest Instagram
    Leave a Review:
    Did you like this episode? Please leave an honest review on iTunes with your feedback! Also, please subscribe to the Go Solo Live podcast on iTunes, to get notified when a new episode gets released. I appreciate your listening to this week’s show. And tune in next week for another great show.
    Connect with Jennifer
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
     

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Baklava22 ,

Love this podcast.

Great stories from solo women travelers. Jennifer is a wonderful interviewer, full of enthusiasm and asks all the right questions. Being a fellow traveler I really relate to many of the stories. Keep them coming!

jxs17 ,

Absolutely

Good podcast. I’ve been listening to old episodes on my commute and enjoy them, but the overuse of the word absolutely is starting to get on my nerves.

emtenester ,

so informative

I am so glad this podcast is going weekly. It is informative, inspirational, and enjoyable. Every time I listen I want to pack my bags! Best of luck to you!

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