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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

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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!

    EP 052 If You Ever Get Lost, Just Enjoy It

    EP 052 If You Ever Get Lost, Just Enjoy It

    Mary Beth McCabe’s first solo trip was when she was 15 years old. Since then, Mary Beth has been to every continent (except Antarctica) by herself. She has even written a book, The World’s First Guide to Independent Travel, to help fellow travelers get a better sense of how to travel the world solo. Mary Beth highly encourages travelers out there to even revisit locations you haven’t been to in a while to see how your perspective has changed over the years. She also says that if you ever get lost, don’t panic! It’s all part of the journey and to just enjoy this new adventure you’ve stumbled upon.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    *What did people think when they found out Mary Beth wanted to travel solo?
    *Mary Beth’s first solo trip was when she was 15.
    *What are Mary Beth’s top three travel destinations?
    *Make sure you pay attention to when tickets go on sale. Mary Beth booked a $29 flight each way to Oakland.
    *Mary Beth has had a very positive Airbnb experience so far.
    *Mary Beth went back to China for the first time in 38 years. What was that experience like?
    *It’s amazing how social media has opened up so many new doors where you can now experience a new country through the help of a friend of a friend.
    *If you get lost, don’t stress about it! Enjoy the new adventure.
    *How can someone take baby steps to traveling solo?
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
    Patreon.com/gosololive
    Hopper.com
    Chuck Yeager on Twitter
     
    Connect with Melissa:
    Website
    Drmarytravelbest.com
    Mary Beth on Twitter
    Dr. Mary TravelBest Twitter
     
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    • 36 min
    Creating Possibilities by Having the Right Mindset

    Creating Possibilities by Having the Right Mindset

    There has been a huge awareness on the power of a positive mindset in the past few years. And rightfully so! When you have a positive mindset, you are able to see so much possibilities for yourself that you might have not seen before. You are capable of doing so much more because of the belief, trust, and confidence you have as a result of positive mindset.
    Today’s guest, Holly Worton, shares her experiences in shifting her mindset, and how it made a huge difference in her personal life, business, and travel. Holly shares how she lost her love for solo nature walks to getting back at it and even doing a 100-mile solo walk. She has grown leaps and bounds by using the power of her mind. Holly has built a business around mindset shifts and leads a group of women who want to go on nature walks.
    This episode marks the end of the Go Solo Live Podcast. For the past 2 years we have been bringing stories of solo female travelers, their transformation and self-discovery. We hope you enjoyed the laughter and connection. Continue to get in touch with us at Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com. And remember, even though your solo, you’re not alone.
    Key Takeaways:
    Holly shares the difference of doing nature walks in California and the UK. And how she rekindled her love for doing nature walks. The logistics involved in doing long distance walks, taking from her experience doing a 100-mile solo walk. We discuss the importance of mindset, and how it has changed her life, business, and travel. How she and her husband give each other space and enjoy having time to travel solo No matter how good your life is, there is always stuff to work on. There are a lot of techniques to improve your mindset, but you have to do the work. Approach life and travel with childlike curiosity. Improving your mindset opens up a lot of possibilities Mentioned in This Episode:
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
    Wild
    Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas
     
    More About Holly:
    Visit Holly’s website at www.hollyworton.com and www.shewalksinnature.com.
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/hollyworton/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/readytobloom
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywortonpage
    Here are also some of her published books: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14679749.Holly_Worton
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holly-Worton/e/B015EIJLHA/
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    • 32 min
    A One-Way Ticket to Owning Your Happy

    A One-Way Ticket to Owning Your Happy

    Many women adhere very well to the roles that society has set out for them - mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend. Buried behind all these is a woman with her own dreams, her own passion, her own definition of who she is. A lot do not escape this cycle, but today’s guest shares her inspiring story of leaving everything behind to find who she really is.
    Ronda Taylor was married for 23 years, is a mother, grandmother, and was the primary caregiver to her mother who has Alzheimer’s. She had dreams of travel but has always let obstacles get in the way. At 53, she decided she was not going to live one more year unhappy and not fulfilling her own dreams. 39 days later, she was on a one-way plane to Costa Rica.
    She is now living in “The City of Eternal Spring” Medellín, Colombia, the city that captured her heart. She has recently checked off the #1 item in her bucket list, is leading a community of women travellers, writing a book, building her online business, creating a legacy, and living her dream every day.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    Ronda talks about the beautiful city of Medellín, Colombia which she now calls home The importance of having a second language She shared the impact of her client’s book about taking a year off to travel and volunteer had on her The fateful night when a friend asked her over dinner “What if you just bought a one way ticket and just figured things out as you got there?” Being equal parts excited and equal parts terrified, she sold everything she owned, left her marriage, and got on the plane to live her dreams Ronda shares her experience in Nicaragua, Granada, South & Central America and how her intuition played a huge role in her new nomadic lifestyle How technology helps her stay connected with family and friends People will not always agree with your decision to travel and want to put a label on it, but you just have to choose your own happiness  
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
    Women Exploring New Zealand 2019
    Get Ready, Get Set, Go Solo Online Program
     
    More About Ronda:
    ronda@heartworkpublishing.com
    www.heartworkpublishing.com
    Facebook: HeartWork Publishing
    LinkedIn: HeartWork Publishing
    Instagram: @heartworkpublishing
    Facebook: HeartWork Travels
    Instagram: @heartworktravels
    TEDx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT-HQoOc0SQ
     
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    • 36 min
    Reorienting Yourself by Embracing the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

    Reorienting Yourself by Embracing the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

    Living in the urban part of the country can be frenetic. And sometimes we just need some peace and quiet. It takes courage to shift lifestyles from being the busy blue collar to becoming a free digital nomad.
    Robyn Fountain made this brave switch as her work life and personal life are both constantly draining her. Having been in a toxic relationship, she was becoming more miserable and emotionally dysfunctional. She finally got the courage to say goodbye, go on the road and embrace the digital nomad lifestyle.
    Currently in Romania, she could not be more satisfied with the decision she made. She shares the challenges she faced and lessons she took with her on this journey She knows she is her best self now because she is free.
    Key Takeaways:
    Robyn reveals the circumstances that led her to embark on the journey to the digital nomad lifestyle. She shares the financial, housing and social aspects of being a digital nomad. She also gives things to consider when becoming a digital nomad and tips for when you become one. She adds how she connects with the different people she meets along the way. She shares her future trip plans and what is next for her. Mentioned in This Episode:
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
    Women Exploring New Zealand 2019
    Get Ready, Get Set, Go Solo Online Program
    HelpX
    World Packers
    Mind My House
    More About Robyn:
    Visit Robyn’s website at www.robynjfountain.com and follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KaleidoscopeStrategies.
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    • 33 min
    Letting Go of your Worries about Solo Travel

    Letting Go of your Worries about Solo Travel

    I always admire women in middle age who go out there and start seeing more of the world. It takes courage to remove the roadblocks and just do it. Today’s guest shares us her incredible journeys as a solo traveler, her views and philosophies on traveling and how she is living her life one trip at a time.
    Leigh Mcadams started traveling right out of university. Her first trip marks the beginning of a lifetime of travel. As her curiosity to see the world got bigger, her thirst to travel got bigger and bigger and she’s never satisfied. She has traveled to 54 countries and has experienced diverse cultures. When she is out there seeing places, she knows that she has found complete freedom in the world.
    She found her passion in blogging about her escapades, her niche being outdoors, nature and adventure. She has been writing for nine years now with over 1400 posts. She teaches women to learn how to set aside their fears and worries and try seeing the good the world with their own eyes. And as for her, she’ll never tire experiencing what the world has to offer.
    Key Takeaways:
    Leigh and I talk about the importance of travel insurance and what questions you need to ask yourself to prepare for medical costs We also talk about why Americans have a different mindset about vacation time than other nationalities She shares how solo traveling has changed her perspective of the world and the experiences she had when traveling. She compares how solo traveling has changed due to technology and the pros and cons of traveling in the modern age. She recalls how she started her blog nine years ago and how she improved her skills to show how dedicated she is to her work. She gives us anecdotes of the amazing adventures she had and the incredible people she met along the way, Leigh also gives tips to middle aged women who have fear in traveling on how to channel their inner wanderlust. Mentioned in This Episode:
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
    Women Exploring New Zealand 2019
    Get Ready, Get Set, Go Solo Online Program
    More About Leigh:
    Visit Leigh’s blog at hikebiketravel.com and follow her on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.
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    • 32 min
    Trusting your Intuition for Possibilities in Travel

    Trusting your Intuition for Possibilities in Travel

    When people travel, sometimes they let their worries get to them too much that they forget to enjoy their trips. They neglect to free their minds, trust their guts and just revel in the beauty of wandering. Today’s guest shares her experience in choosing her intuition and opening herself to the amazing chances traveling has presented to her.

    Esther Jacobs have always trusted what her inner voice says. She let intuition guide her in all of her trips, and it has led her to travel to over a hundred countries. In today’s episode, she shares how her instinct has opened her to new adventures.

    Traveling to the Caribbean, she found herself buying a ticket to Haiti. Having no prior plans, she followed her gut to wander the island, with no idea where to go and where to stay. Ensuing her decision was a series of astonishing situations and thrilling circumstances that would not have been possible if she didn’t open herself to taking risks.

    Esther has been living an unprecedented life, always having her intuition next to her. However, she always makes sure to travel with an open mind as she believes that if you don’t open yourself to possibilities, the opportunities will not present themselves.
    Key Takeaways:
    Esther shares why she loves solo traveling and what possibilities it has opened for her. She also shares why she trusts her guts when she travels and how it has always led her to interesting adventures. She recalls her incredible trip to Haiti, where she found herself in unlikely situations and spontaneous experiences. Esther takes note of traveling with an open mind, and how taking time to reflect after a trip is a valuable thing to spare time on. She compares how she used to travel when she was younger and how easy traveling is nowadays. She recommends for people reluctant to try solo traveling to try new things within their environment so that they can get out of their comfort zone one step at a time. She also advises to surround people with the same erratic energy so that worries about solo travel will fade. Mentioned in This Episode:
    Transformviatravel.com
    Transform via Travel on Facebook
    @GoSoloLive on Twitter
    Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com
    Patreon.com/gosololive
    Women Exploring New Zealand 2019
    Get Ready, Get Set, Go Solo Online Program
    More About Esther:
    www.estherjacobs.info
    Follow Esther’s daily adventures on Facebook: facebook.com/noexcuseslady
    For beautiful images from all around the world: instagram.com/estherjacobsnl
    Inspiration in only 140 characters: twitter.com/estherjacobs
    Get inspiration in your mailbox. Subscribe at: bit.ly/esther-inspiration
    Subscribe to Esther's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/noexcuseslady
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    • 33 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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