A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler
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A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler


Originally published in 1992, with a second edition in 1996, A Journey of One’s Own has sold over68,000 copies. Praised by travel experts across the spectrum, from Glamour to The Women’s Review of Books, from The Whole Earth Catalog to American Express, U.S. News and World Report, and Parade, and written about in over forty major dailies, A Journey of One’s Own has become an established title in the travel book category.

Although geared to women and including much information specific to women (how to deal with sexual harassment, for example) A Journey of One’s Own has also found an audience with men who value the extensive information and excellent advice that is not gender-specific.

The third edition sports a livelier and more compact text design, a smaller format, and shorter page count. The author has thoroughly updated the material and added new sections on health, safety, and traveling during times of international upheaval.

Yet, the basic structure has been maintained: excerpts from many women’s travel stories are interlaced with -detailed advice on practical matters (how to stay healthy, be safe, avoid theft, etc.). And the author’s own stories, which reflect on political and cultural explorations from her extensive travels, are engaging and thoughtful, and add depth to discussion of issues such as getting acquainted with new cultures, accepting hospitality, bargaining, and communicating without language.

"Thalia Zepatos is . . . teacher, spokeswoman, and heroine of sorts to a generation of travelers, both women and men, who understand travel as more than the periodic recreational migration that our commercial culture promotes."—Seattle Times

"Superlatives generally make us suspicious, but we must say: This is THE best women’s travel resource we’ve seen, ever. . . . It’s authoritative; it’s supportive; it’s amusing; it really does have it all."—New York Daily News

Thalia Zepatos is the author of Adventures in Good Company and Women for a Change: A Grassroots Guide to Activism and Politics.

Title:A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages

    A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler Reviews

  • Melody
    Sep 14, 2013

    I enjoyed the writing style. I found the advice uncommon and uncommonly interesting. But ultimately, what this book did was re-emphasize for me my disinterest in travel to any but a very few first-wor...

  • Wendy
    Sep 21, 2007

    Curling up with this book again, eleven years and a couple of lifetimes after I first read it. I wish every woman would read this book.Earlier: I read this book just before I went to Europe the first ...

  • Marianne
    Jun 25, 2017

    5 stars for the personal stuff, including essays from women of color, lesbians, and women with disabilities; 2 stars for the factual stuff which is largely stuff I already knew (not the author's fault...

  • Nancy Lewis
    Dec 03, 2011

    Although this book was written before 9-11, before email became common-place, before cell phones & Skype, it has some great information for any single traveler, & some especially useful information fo...

  • Kelli Pearson
    Jul 30, 2011

    At the moment, there seem to be many armchair-travel books out there about adventurous women. This book is different on several fronts. Most notably, it is highly researched and very practical; for ev...

  • Cynthia Haggard
    Dec 21, 2011

    The subtitle of this book is UNCOMMON ADVICE FOR THE INDEPENDENT WOMAN TRAVELER. And this book is exactly that. I don’t know how author Thalia Zepatos does it, but she manages to tuck every conceiva...

  • Amanda
    Mar 30, 2008

    This book contributed to my inspiration for solo travel. I read it for the first time before my first solo trip outside the country. Reading about the adventures of these women made me realize that I ...

  • Roniq
    Mar 09, 2008

    A very good book for women traveling solo who are wanting to cover all the bases. Health, safety, loneliness, to name a few. I read this book before embarking on a solo trip to Cambodia in 2007, I lov...

  • Eden
    Jan 10, 2009

    This has become my handbook preparing for a year of solo travel. It's awesome as a book specifically for women that's not full of fear, but rather provides creative, practical and joyful advice in a s...

  • Laurie
    Mar 30, 2009

    An essential read for anyone traveling, especially if on own and if a woman. There's so much information in here that I wouldn't say this is strictly for women. I must have dog-eared at least 20 pages...