A love of travel, personal loss and an empty nest all conspired for me to begin Solo Traveler in 2009. Resonating with thousands of readers, the blog quickly went from personal to public and the Solo Traveler Project began.This blog, interviews in the media, speaking gigs including The Smithsonian Institute, the amazing Solo Travel Society on Facebook, a solo traveler’s manifesto called Glad You’re Not Here and, most recently, The Solo Traveler’s Handbook all connect those who love and those who long to go solo.I weave tales from my trips with practical tips to ignite keynote speeches about traveling solo, living a great life single, personal resilience, and finding success as a location-independent entrepreneur.I co-founded the Global Bloggers Network, an online resource for bloggers, and I’m the Toronto host for Meet Plan Go, an event to inspire people for long term travel. In addition to writing on travel, I also have a writing practice specializing in articles and guides on small business management.Prior to my career as a writer, I had a conference, trade show and publishing company with my husband which we started grew and then sold. Between businesses I traveled with my family for 10 months and returned to university to complete a Master’s Degree in History focusing on how it is represented on feature film. Yes, I snuck two interests into one degree.Now I travel. I travel solo and I carefully observe how I do it. Then I write and share my stories, tips and advice on this blog.