Solo Travel Interview with Margie

Written by on November 28, 2013 in Solo Travel, Solo Travel Interviews

A solo travel Interview with Margie from Florida

I know Margie from Twitter and am delighted to interview her and share with you her passion for travel and her discovering Solo Travel Interview with Margiejourney through Italy on her Solo Travel Trip.

1) Can you tell us a bit more about yourself before we start the interview, what you do and how your passion for travel started

Margie I am a critical-care nurse in south Florida with a passion for travel and particularly, Italy. Several years ago I began writing for some online websites and a newspaper. I also have a blog, margieinitaly, and a year ago, published my first book, Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy. I have always loved  traveling and made it a priority in my life. I enjoy the beach and spending time with my family, especially my twin granddaughters.

2) When in your life and how did you discover solo travel? What was the biggest trigger/motivation for you to go solo ?

I first traveled solo when I decided to take a 3-month trip to Italy.I knew no one could take that amount f time off so I decided to do it alone. The motivation was that I wanted to go to Italy for an extended period of time.

Margie Solo Trip Italy

3) How was your first experience as a solo female traveller and where did you go and why did you pick that destination?

I fell in love with Italy on my first visit there so I wanted to return and spend time when I didn’t have to feel rushed. I planned my own itinerary and the the trip was an adventure of a lifetime.

4) Can you tell us about your expectations versus the reality of your first solo trip ?

The expectations were not far from the  reality.  I am an outgoing person so I talked to a lot of people along the way.

5) Did you encounter any challenging situations during your solo trip and how did you deal with loneliness (if any) at first ?

Yes I wrote about it in my book. I guess I was a little naïve about Italian men and wasn’t exactly prepared for the flirtatious situations I encountered. I didn’t feel lonely very often thanks to frequent communication with Skype and text messages. I had an iPhone and an iPad and they made a huge difference.


6) What was the most enjoyable experience of your solo trip?…. I know you have written a book about your solo trip? Can you tell us more about this experience ?

The most enjoyable experience for me was mingling with the local people speaking their language and discovering how life really is in their villages and towns. I never intended on writing a book when I made this trip. I blogged from Italy and after I returned home I realized I had more to say and then I wrote the book based on my blog.

7) Has solo travel changed your life and if so how?
Yes it has. I prefer it because I value the freedom that comes with traveling by myself.

8) Do you feel every woman should try to travel solo and why?

Yes I do. I think solo travel can be very empowering especially for women. Many more women are traveling solo now and even some cruise lines are offering studio cabins for solo travelers.

9) What makes of solo travel a unique experience that you would not be able to experience otherwise?

The unique thing about solo travel is knowing that you are the only one who is going to make something happen, whether it s going on an excursion or quietly relaxing on a park bench and taking in the ambience. The choice is yours and no one else gives input. The responsibility is also yours alone.

10) Do you have any tips to give to women who would love to travel solo but have fear to step out ?

Yes I would encourage them to follow their dream and make it happen. Check out some of the many solo travel websites and get a feel for the resources available to them. I would never want to say I missed going somewhere because I didn’t have someone to go with me. I have met a lot of interesting people on my solo adventures.

Thank You Margie for participating to the first Solo Travel Interview on our Solo Travel Junkie Blog!

We wish you more empowering trips in Italy and lots of success with your book “My Love Affair with Italy”!

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