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Tell me a little bit about yourself: What do you do for a living?
I help companies, individuals and teams become more productive and harmonious. Most problems stem from poor or ineffective communication and I help fix that through workshops and coaching. It’s a lot of fun and I love what I do! I also create content for companies and organizations — everything from grant writing to blogs to Facebook posts and inspirational presentations. Now that the world is beginning to open up again for travel, I’m looking forward to getting back on the speaker circuit, delivering keynotes on how to become more brave. www.adventurista.us
Solo Travel: What do these two words mean to you?
Endless possibilities, personal transformation, indelible memories…
What inspired you to take your first solo trip?
My first solo trip to the slot canyons of Utah happened not because I WANTED to travel alone; it’s just that no-one would agree to go with me. But I had seen pictures of slot canyons when I was a teenager and had vowed to see them up close and personal one day.
Favorite International Meal?
Locro de Papa, an Ecuadorian potato soup that is just indescribable.
What is the most memorable moment you had with a traveler or local?
In Petrified Forest NP I met a woman who was living out of an RV, traveling from NP to NP, working as a ranger and seeing the USA. “Oh my God!” I shouted. “You’re living MY dream!” We became good friends and continue to stay in touch.
“Solo Travel means the ultimate freedom because you are in full control of what you want to do“
What is biggest risk you have ever taken on a trip?
Early morning, Monument Valley. A Navajo man in a white jeep called out my name and told me that he had a horse waiting for me. Now, I had inquired about riding THREE DAYS EARLIER at another part of the reservation. Evidently, the Navajo grapevine is pretty effective. I got in the jeep and suddenly realized I might never be seen again. I had about 10 minutes of internal terror, but that all went away when we crested a hill and I saw five horses tied up, waiting for riders.
What inspires you to travel more alone?
Traveling alone is the ultimate “me”time. It’s the most rejuvenating, rewarding and transformational time I get to spend.
What advice might you give people afraid of being on their own or thinking of taking their first solo trip?
People should not fear traveling alone, because you will never be truly alone, if you don’t want to be. It’s easy to make friends on the trail!
You can learn more about Janice’s book about her solo travel story called “Only Pack What You Can Carry,” published by National Geographic on her website.
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