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STT 103: Solo Travel Trends to Watch in 2019

1/17/2019
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The travel industry is always trying to improve and solo travelers especially can benefit from some of the trends shaping up to take hold in 2019. Your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements has a keen eye for what solo travelers should know, what they should ignore, and what to get in on right away! This version of “Astrid’s Solo Travel Trend Watch” is sure to get you prepared for the year ahead. Some of the questions answered on the show: - What solo travel technology is most useful? -...

Duration:01:14:44

STT 102: The Stopover Secret

1/10/2019
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Savvy solo travelers are all about maximizing their experiences, and knowing how to use stopovers can be a seriously powerful tool at your disposal. Who better than your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements to explain it all! What a stopover is, how to use it, who offers them—all that and more on this episode of Solo Travel Talk. Some of the questions answered on this show include: - What is the difference between a layover and a stopover? - What are the limitations of a stopover? - Which...

Duration:00:58:52

STT 101: Hotel Raphael Paris - Solo Travel Gem

1/3/2019
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Astrid Clements has revealed in many (MANY!) of her podcast episodes that one of her super powers is picking hotels. On Astrid's recent trip to Paris, this super power was on display! The Hotel Raphael, located in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris is the utmost in refinement and elegance-- all while meeting Astrid's "affordable luxury" standard! Escape to the beauty and class of this boutique hotel plus hear some of Astrid's tips for finding your gem of a hotel on your next solo travel...

Duration:00:52:45

STT 100: Fad or Fabulous Solo Travel

12/20/2018
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Solo travel has been evolving quickly in the last few years, even though your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements has been going solo for some time now! As more and more people are becoming aware of all the possibilities that await the solo traveler, some of that attention can make it appear that solo travel is merely “having a moment,” making it a fad instead of a true shift in how we experience the world. On this 100th episode of Solo Travel Talk, Astrid is going to show how solo travel is...

Duration:01:00:36

STT 099: Paris' 16th Arrondissement for the Solo Traveler

12/13/2018
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Zoom in on a map of Paris and you will notice a spiral configuration of lines dividing up the city. The Arrondissement system of neighborhoods is one of the defining elements of the character of Paris. Your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements spent time in the 16th Arrondissement and has some advice, some stories, some recommendations… the full Astrid report. We love sharing the most innovative and informative content to get you out there solo. Astrid, your expert Solo Travel Advisor-- has...

Duration:01:16:22

STT 098: Keep the Change - Tipping While Traveling

12/6/2018
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For many of us, getting a stash of small bills is part of the pre-trip planning routine since we will be tipping all the various helpers that we encounter on our travels. However, tipping is NOT universal. Your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements has some tips and advice on how to handle gratuity with grace no matter where your solo travels may take you. How much? To whom? Where?? When to say “keep the change” and more on this episode of Solo Travel Talk. We love sharing the most innovative...

Duration:00:47:28

STT 097: Managing an Itinerary as a Solo Traveler

11/29/2018
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The whole point of traveling somewhere is to do activities that are fun or interesting or enriching or otherwise give you the experience of your destination when you get there. The queen of pre-trip planning (who also just so happens to be your solo travel advisor) Astrid Clements has some thoughts and recommendations about setting an itinerary. This episode has a lot of focus on timing, such as when to start planning; how to organize your travel time effectively, including what to plan...

Duration:00:33:17

STT 096: True False Solo Travel

11/21/2018
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We like debunking preconceived ideas about solo travel here on Solo Travel Talk, and your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements is just the person to do it. Are there cities that are truly better for solo travel than others? Is solo travel better if you are a certain age? Everyone should try solo travel? These are common ideas that surround discussions of solo travel, and Astrid has a take on all these ideas (and more!) True? False? Somewhere in the middle? Let’s find out from Astrid as we...

Duration:01:05:02

STT 095: How and When Tips for Booking Hotels

11/15/2018
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Your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements loves to talk lodging! Hotels are a top topic for Astrid because she regards her hotel as her home away from home while on her solo adventures. On this solo travel podcast episode, Astrid shares her tips about when to book your hotel, how to book your hotel, and even how to find the hotel you are going to book! If you like lodging, this Solo Travel Talk episode is for you. We love sharing the most innovative and informative content to get you out...

Duration:00:31:18

STT 094: Paris Cultural Do's and Don'ts

11/8/2018
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Your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements is a big proponent of familiarizing yourself with a culture before you visit a destination. How does this advice come into play for one of her very favorite places, Paris? For years, visitors to France seemingly have endless tales about so-called rudeness or other cultural faux pas. Astrid has some thoughts on this trope: first off, attitudes are a-changing plus, with a few helpful do’s/don’ts you can easily have a tres bien solo Paris adventure. We...

Duration:01:00:48

STT 093: When to Book Your Flight - 10 Tips

11/1/2018
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Timing is everything the adage goes, and when buying flights, this seems to be especially true. On this new episode of Solo Travel Talk, your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements shares her tips for when to book flights, her resources, suggested sites and tools. Plus, if you are a procrastinator or if you have to travel last minute, Astrid has some suggestions for you, too. We love sharing the most innovative and informative content to get you out there solo. Astrid, your expert Solo Travel...

Duration:00:38:47

STT 092: Returning to Paris Solo

10/25/2018
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Paris! If you’ve listened to Solo Travel Talk before, then you know your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements loves Paris. In fact, Astrid is right on the cusp of returning to the City of Lights. On this solo travel podcast episode, Astrid not only covers Paris and some significant features, but you'll also hear themes about mood, revisiting a city (over experiencing somewhere new), and (of course) many insights about solo trip planning. We love sharing the most innovative and informative...

Duration:01:14:33

STT 091: 20 Solo Friendly Cities

10/18/2018
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Your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements knows what makes a city “solo friendly.” If you want some inspiration for your solo adventure, and want some suggestions of some cities to contemplate—listen on. Astrid has 20 cities she considers solo friendly for your consideration. Be sure to stay tuned to the end when Astrid discusses a couple of major cities that folks might assume are solo friendly that don’t quite get Astrid’s recommendation and why. We love sharing the most innovative and...

Duration:00:31:11

STT 090: Solo Travel Dream Trip Planning 2019

10/11/2018
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Astrid is thinking about 2019 and on this episode of Solo Travel Talk, we get to hear about where she is dreaming of visiting next year. If you need some travel inspiration, if you want to think about ultimate solo travel trips, this episode is for you. Your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements is going to profile four trips—trips she actually plans on taking: assessing why they have made the cut, what Astrid is looking forward to, and even the “solo factor.” We love sharing the most...

Duration:00:55:59

STT 089: Assessing the Mood and Setting Solo Travel Goals

10/4/2018
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When you start dreaming of upcoming travel, Astrid often suggests assessing your mood or thinking about what you want to "accomplish" with your trip. On the new episode of her solo travel podcast, Solo Travel Talk, Astrid takes us live into her own planning. Get real-world considerations, suggestions, and inspiration. This is part one; next week in part two, Astrid will profile exactly where she is going to go in 2019, and why. We love sharing the most innovative and informative content to...

Duration:01:17:24

STT 088: Astrid Recommends - Cartagena Highlights

9/27/2018
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Your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements loves sharing top solo destinations. Cartagena, Colombia leaped into the Top Ten for Astrid of places to visit for solo travelers, and this is the podcast episode to find out why. On this solo travel podcast, Astrid gives all the highlights of Cartagena, sharing all her recommendations along the way. Hotels, shopping, eating—all the MUSTS of the city are detailed in this episode. We close with a (harrowing!) LOWlight of the trip, a cautionary tale for...

Duration:01:19:53

STT 087: Introducing Cartagena for the Solo Traveler

9/20/2018
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On the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, atop the continent of South America is Cartagena. Formerly the main port of the Spanish Empire, Cartagena served as a major center of political, religious, and economic activity. Today Cartagena’s walled city and fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Astrid Clements is just back from Cartagena. If you follow Astrid on Social Media (which you should) you saw the pictures, on this solo travel podcast episode, Astrid introduces Cartagena as a solo travel...

Duration:00:31:11

STT 086: Top 20 Mexico City for the Solo Traveler

9/13/2018
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Astrid has implored: Don’t overlook Mexico City as a solo travel destination. She is THE solo travel advisor after all, and to encourage Mexico City as a solo travel destination, on this episode of Solo Travel Talk, Astrid will present her Top 20 Things to Do in Mexico City. We love sharing the most innovative and informative content to get you out there solo. Astrid, your expert Solo Travel Advisor-- has an amazing packing list available for download. Get it at her website,...

Duration:01:08:36

STT 085: Post Trip Tips for the Solo Traveler

9/6/2018
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Your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements is THE advocate, THE ambassador, THE example of PRE-trip planning, but did you know she’s got a whole post-travel process as well? When you get back home from being away, there are some specific things you can do for your mindset and your routine, beyond simply unpacking. We love sharing the most innovative and informative content to get you out there solo. Astrid, your expert Solo Travel Advisor-- has an amazing packing list available for download....

Duration:00:50:12

STT 084: Destination Holiday Travel (Start Planning Now!)

8/30/2018
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This is not quite a “Christmas in August” episode, but right now is THE time to start thinking of all the end-of-year Holidays and get started if you want to enjoy your “Season’s Greetings” on a wonderful trip. Your solo travel advisor Astrid Clements knows a thing or two about traveling over the holidays and can get you thinking (and planning!) for Holiday travel success. We love sharing the most innovative and informative content to get you out there solo. Astrid, your expert Solo Travel...

Duration:00:50:30