Omio buys Rome2Rio to build out its global travel aggregator business

31 Oct

Omio (née GoEuro) has acquired multimodal travel veteran Rome2rio as it works on building out a global travel aggregator business, having taken the decision to zoom out from its home market of Europe earlier this year. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. But Omio raised a $150M funding round a year ago […]

Bourbon & Bardstown, Kentucky

3 Oct

If you’re heading to the bourbon belt, be sure to indulge in the paradise that is Bourbon & Bardstown, Kentucky! Okay, before we get started…here’s a little mood music. Just press play.   Last year I took one of my favo…

Solo travel – day tour strategy

28 Sep

Short tours can do wonders for alleviating loneliness when you’re vacationing alone. If, after flying to your dream destination, you start to feel lonely, you can join a group activity for a day or two and have real live conversations. Something beyond…

Solo in Kilkenny, Ireland, and loving it

10 Feb

I was looking for an Irish town to spend a view days on my own last April, during a two-week trip around Ireland with a rotating roster of travel companions. Kilkenny stood out. The city an hour-and-a-half south of Dublin is known as the design center …

Solo travel hits the big time

24 Jun

You know the solo travel world has come into its own when The Washington Post does an entire travel section on it. One article offers eight tips ensuring a “trip of ease.” Some obvious tips include using common sense when it comes to safety and talking…

Visiting volcanoes in Ecuador

31 Mar

Volcanoes abound It’s not often one gets to experience a volcano. But there I was in Ecuador, a decade or so ago, watching a plume of what looked like smoke–but had to be ash–spewing from Tungurahua, translated as throat of fire. In Riobamba and othe…

Skiing Canaan Valley in 30 inches of new snow

29 Jan

If you’re going to get stuck somewhere in a blizzard, make it a ski resort, is what I always say. Actually, I’d never said that before this past weekend. But then, as serendipity would have it, I got “stuck” at a ski resort during a blizzard. Oh, poor …

Solo travel tips and insights

11 Nov

While I gear up to write about my recent trip to Italy – Emilia Romagna specifically – I offer a roundup of solo travel stories by others. From an Australian website called “Starts at 60,” a solo female traveller’s (spelled the British way) checklist f…