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Solo Travel for Women: Guava Magazine's ideas for road trips and solo adventuring (6/27/04)


Solo Road Tripper's Journal: A 20-Something's quest to discover America by back roads & byways. (5/2/04)


Two of the largest RV organizations for single adults are Loners of America and Loners on Wheels. Neither is a matchmaking or dating service. Both seek to celebrate the single lifestyle and the pleasure of traveling, camping and RV caravanning. Loners on Wheels has chapters in the USA, Canada, and Mexico that sponsor monthly campouts.


Since 1991, RVingWomen, now based in Arizona, has been offering classes on RV maintenance, driving, car repair and lifestyle. The members include those who are newly widowed, never married, or who prefer to travel without male companions. Some women live and travel together, others caravan in groups, and others are true solo travelers. It is not necessary to own a RV to join the group.


There are a number of locations popular among single RV enthusiasts. For those interested in "boondocking," or camping without hook-ups, Boondocking Guide is an excellent place to start. Click on the "BLM Information" button and check out "The Slabs" about 70 miles southeast of Palm Springs, California. The "slabs" are the concrete pads left when an air base in the area closed. A variety of RV clubs hold ongoing campouts there from September through March. "Coyote Howl," another such area, is located near Why, Arizona. Arguably the biggest RV gathering in the country takes place in the area surrounding Quartzite, Arizona, each winter.


Women Tell All: What to See and Do in Boston


Rainbow RV Club is the largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender camping club in North America.

Tips for Traveling Solo

  • Driving hours should be limited to 5-6 per day. Driver fatigue can be much more of factor in solo vehicle accidents
  • For greater personal security, consider requesting a second floor motel room that offers a good view of the parking area.
  • Don't plan on sleeping in your vehicle in any public highway rest area. In some states this practice is illegal, and it isn't a good idea from a safety standpoint even if it is permitted.
  • Carry a functioning cell phone, CB radio, and an adequate supply of fresh water, canned foods, blankets, flashlight, and first aid gear.
  • Consult your map prior to driving through complex urban interchanges.
  • Establish a "check-in" procedure with a friend or family member at least once per week while on the road.
  • Don't plan too much. Be open to new possibilities as they arise on the road.
  • Check out How to Stay Healthy & Fit on the Road, by Joanne V. Lichten: Great suggestions for solo travelers


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