Why Do You Solo Travel?

Why do you solo travel?

I do it because I can; I’m not afraid to grab my backpack or suitcase and take-off somewhere.

Whether or not you consider yourself to be pretty or handsome has nothing to do with solo travel as it can be an awesome experience for anyone, if you’re open to it.

From boosting your confidence to learning how to speak a different language quickly, traveling solo can push you beyond your comfort zone.

So, why do you solo travel?

Maybe you do so for the following reasons. [Read more…]

Hiking Safety: Stay Safe on the Trails in the Phoenix Heat

When I lived in Chandler, Arizona, I took advantage of every outdoor activity possible, including hiking. Why? Because the temperatures were warm and hot – I could be outside 7-days a week. Since I was new to Arizona, I didn’t pay much attention to hiking safety. I was too focused on exploring my new surroundings.

My favorite mountain park was and still is South Mountain Park. Thanks to the challenging Javalina Trail and sun, I’d work up a sweat and feel the burn in my legs, hips, butt, and thighs.

I admit that I hiked in 100+ degree temperatures. Why? Because most people wouldn’t hike in hot temperatures, so it felt as if I had the entire mountain to myself. Was it smart to hike when it was 114 degrees? Probably not – I got heatstroke. But it was my fault because I didn’t bring enough water, a rookie hiker’s mistake.

Please don’t be like me and get heatstroke, or worse die while on a hiking trail. Read on to learn hiking safety tips when you’re in the Phoenix, Arizona heat. [Read more…]

10 Reasons to Experience Adventure Travel Vacations

?Your next vacation could be out-of-this-world, if you would embrace adventure travel vacations. Let’s face it; taking the same vacation year after year can get old. Why not try something different, like a hiking trip to Costa Rica? Or maybe you’ll zoom off to New Zealand where you can try bungee jumping for the first time. Life is too short! Here are 10 reasons to experience adventure travel vacations right now. [Read more…]

I Like to Travel Because

I was bit by the travel bug at Maple Heights High School, in Maple Heights, Ohio (southeast of Cleveland). I was enrolled in the Junior Business Career Cluster Course, known to us students as BLOCK. Why? Because the accounting, administrative assistant, and word processing (it was the late 1980s) programs were in a section of the school that looked like a block.

I enrolled in accounting for two reasons:

  • My dad told me to follow a ‘secure’ career path.
  • I was (still am) good with numbers.

Like most high schools, we had competitions. And this was not limited to sports. Those of us in BLOCK had our own local, state and national comps for accounting, administrative assisting, and word processing.

Long story short, I placed fourth in the local competition and it made it to the state competition in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. I admit that I liked the idea of being away from dad, mom and sister. This was my opportunity to not only be with my friends, but to meet other kids from around the U.S.

I had a great time, even though I didn’t place high enough for nationals. I had know idea that my trip to Seven Springs would impact me in more ways than one. I only wish that I would have pushed myself more in school so that I could have applied to colleges in Columbus, Cincinnati, or even out-of-state.

Oh well. Hindsight is 20/20. But one thing that’s still constant in my life is my love of traveling.

Here are the top reasons why I like to travel. [Read more…]

How to Stay Safe While Traveling

This is my post that was originally published on The Huffington Post.

Admit it.

How to stay safe while traveling may be on your mind. Right? With attacks happening at popular destinations, you may be too scared to travel. But don’t allow fear to ground you. Don’t allow others to take away your power.

Traveling the world or even throughout your own country is a great way to enhance your life. You can meet new people. Learn new things and immerse yourself within rich cultural experiences.

Let’s face it; the world is a wonky place right now. People are fed up with their lives and maybe even the politics and policies of other countries. Thus, they act out and wreak havoc wherever they go. It’s sad.

Unfortunately, you have no control over the thoughts, feelings, beliefs and actions of others. You can only be responsible for you. If you give into others, you’ll only strengthen their control over you. You don’t want that, do you?

I understand that travel may seem scary to you.

When I told my mom and dad that I was solo traveling to the UK, my dad, who served in the U.S. Army, almost had a heart attack. He didn’t want me traveling alone. Why? Because if something happened, he felt that I wouldn’t be able to handle it. After all, he served in the U.S. Army and I didn’t.

While I appreciated my dad’s concern, I knew I would be okay. Why? Because I have street and books smarts.

But my dad traveled with me to the UK. It was the first and only trip we took together. But that’s for another blog post about traveling with family.

Read on to discover how you can stay safe while traveling. You don’t have to remain at home in bed with the covers thrown over you. You can experience safe travels! [Read more…]

Welcome to the Blackwell Travel Blog

Now that you’ve found the Blackwell Travel blog, you’re probably wondering what kind of information you can expect to find.

In addition to blogs about specific destinations, I share some of my insider travel secrets with you. Oh, you didn’t know travel agents have them. You bet we do!

You can find information about family travel, group travel, health and wellness travel, adventure travel, cruise vacations, honeymoon vacations, and more

I’ll also sharing my musings on the travel industry. It’s changed throughout the years to keep up with the trends that seem to occur from generation to generation.

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Travel on!

Amandah Blackwell