• Destinations,  Solo Travel

    Part 1: Solo road trip in a camper van -North Coast 500!

    INVERNESS TO THURSO Let me preface this post by saying that all of Scotland is observing strict social distancing rule which include face masks & 2 meter distancing. So everything I’ve visited, has that in place. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿  After exploring Culloden Battlefield, I’m ready to begin my North Coast 500 road trip – 516 mile route that hugs the northernmost coast of Scotland. You can do the route clockwise or anti clockwise- I chose the latter and set aside enough time to take my time along the route and chase any shiny object that caught my eye. Here’s the route I took for the first half. I have circled my overnight stops…

  • Destinations,  Solo Travel

    Pandemic lockdown in Scotland is easing and I’m back on the road!

    Well, it has certainly been an interesting time since I left for Europe on March 1, 2020. After three unexpected months in Portugal, being detained and questioned in London by Border Control for 45 minutes, 2 weeks of mandatory quarantine in Edinburgh, then 3 more weeks just waiting for Scotland to open, I am back on the road! This morning, I picked up my rented camper van, Kryptonite, and headed from Edinburgh up into the Highlands.With the lockdown easing and foreign travel discouraged, many of the UK residents who would normally have gone abroad are going camping instead. As a result, I couldn’t get a site in Inverness until tomorrow.…

  • Solo Travel

    Solo Travel Tips: Let’s Start the Conversation

    When not globe trekking , I travel around the U.S. & Canada in my red truck, “Bert” (named by my friends Steve & Karen and short for Big Red Truck), pulling my 18” T@B 400. Custom built by NüCamp RV in Sugarcreek, Ohio, my camper allows me to go off grid with solar panels and not rely on external water and electric. To honor our adventures, I named her Ameli@. Like most solo women travelers, I get a lot of questions related to safety and route planning. Recently fellow camper, Jenn Grover, started a series of videos about solo women and our experiences. In this first of several, she and…