If the thought of traveling alone frightens you more than the baggage fees that airlines charge, it’s time to push your fears aside. “The Solo Travel Handbook” (Lonely Planet, $17.99) is a handy resource that offers, as the book’s subtitle suggests, “Practical tips and inspiration for a safe, fun and fearless trip.”
The book offers advice on all aspects of your vacation from deciding where to go (if you’re not comfortable speaking in a foreign tongue, stay Stateside), to managing your money, arranging accommodations, documenting your trip and planning your return. An essential chapter is “11 Ways to Overcome Loneliness” (talk to locals, stay at hostels and join a tour group are excellent tips).
If unwinding is your top priority, the book suggests the best spot for self-reflection (Ubud, Bali, where you can bask in the serenity of moss-covered shrines and temples). Best tropical island escape? That would be Caye Caulker, Belize, where you can find tranquility snorkeling or lounging on the beach. It’s time to start packing.