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About Susan Moore – Solo Trips and Tips Travel Blog

Hi! My name is Susan Moore and my love of solo travel inspired me to start Solo Trips and Tips blog in late 2013 and become a digital nomad in 2015.

Now I enjoy traveling alone while still earning a living by operating my bookkeeping business from my laptop.

With today’s technology, you can keep working while enjoying a life of travel! I share stories about the digital nomad lifestyle on this travel blog.


Susan Moore in Lake Louise AB Canada

Solo Trips and Tips founder Susan Moore taking a break in Lake Louise AB Canada


Solo travel for beginners

There is no right way or wrong way to travel solo. Not everyone should become a nomad. Although I do think everyone should give solo travel a try at least once in their life! Even if you just get out and explore your own city alone, that too could be your start to solo travel my friend :)

You are never too old to start traveling solo. I was already 30 years old when I took my first overseas trip alone. Actually, I was 29 years and 300+ days, I celebrated by 30th birthday while in Singapore.

There was a time when I was afraid to travel at all, never mind travel alone. I had to get over the awkward feeling of traveling by myself. Things like dining alone can still bring on anxiety at times. What do you do if you get lost in a country where you don’t speak the language? You really can rely on the kindness of strangers when you need a little help.

Even if you fear traveling solo now, Solo Trips and Tips travel blog is here to help you overcome the fear of traveling alone. One of the best things you can do to overcome any uncertainty about solo travel is to read stories that inspire your desire!


Blue Nose II in Nova Scotia open for tourists to walk aboard

Blue Nose II in Nova Scotia open for tourists to walk aboard


My first solo trip

Solo travel is amazing for introverts like me.

My first solo travel experience began in January 1993 when I left Calgary Canada for 7 months travel alone in Southeast Asia.

No internet back then and I didn’t know anyone in the countries I planned to visit, or anywhere else in Asia!

After watching a National Geographic special about Ubud Bali I knew I had to visit Indonesia and spend some time in Bali. After talking about my travel plan with friends they convinced me I should quit my job and travel.

Southeast Asia is a great choice for solo travelers, for one thing because there are so many other travelers in Asia.

One big reason there are so many people traveling to Southeast Asia is because it’s cheaper than traveling to the United States or Europe.

Find out more about some of the best places to travel alone in SE Asia.

I traveled solo to the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Just me and my Planet South-east Asia on a Shoestring travel guide. Sometimes I miss those good old days before the internet….but then I try to visualize life without Google Maps and I shudder.

Having lived in Canada all my life I was in awe during my travels in Asia.  All my senses were treated to new and exciting experiences.

Sitting at my desk I easily visualize images from my travels and smile. Playing back the memory of snorkeling for the first time on the island of Gili Air in Indonesia will always bring me joy. Tasting nasi goreng and tofu for the first time. Causing an infant to scream in fear at the sight of my blue eyes.

Conversations with locals and other travelers helped to mold my beliefs and stir my curiosity. Engaging in enlightening and educational conversations is a common thread among travelers.


Solo travel is life changing

Travel is education.

Solo travel is one of the Master’s programs at the University of Life.

Travel is life changing and extraordinary in so many ways. I returned home from my first solo trip only because the money was running out. But all I could think of was how much I wanted to travel again, to see more of the world.

I discovered that I preferred to collect experiences rather than things.

Stuffing everything I owned into one bag carried on my back, it was an amazing feeling of freedom. I’ve been a minimalist ever since.

Solo female travelers are not fearless, nor do I think solo female travelers are brave.

We are curious. We want to know more about the world, we go out and explore.


Solo trip to Mexico City - day trip to pyramids at archaeological site Teotihuacan

Mexico City day trip to pyramids at Teotihuacan


Solo trips build confidence

I lived in Austin Texas from May 1999 to September 2015, but I am originally from Calgary Alberta. I have also worked in Siberia and Nigeria, two places that not many people have the chance to visit.

Applying for a job working in Russia was something I would never have done had I not already traveled all by myself for several months in Southeast Asia.

You see, travel builds confidence – the idea of working in Russia sounded exciting, although I had no idea that I would be working in Siberia rather than someplace just a little more cosmopolitan. Say, St Petersburg or Moscow? Those were the cities I had envisioned when I saw the ad in the newspaper and sent in my resume.

In Austin, I daytraded for a living for six years. Afterwards, I started my bookkeeping & QuickBooks training business. Being an entrepreneur offered me a lot of flexibility and I made a conscious decision to travel solo more often.


Kayaking at Knights Pond in Northport Maine in the fall

Kayaking at Knights Pond in Northport Maine in the fall


Solo Trips and Tips nomadic lifestyle experiment

Planning this nomad lifestyle experiment was a process for me and it took several years from inception to completion. Really the first spark to light up my wannabe a nomad moment occurred after returning home from my first solo trip.

Thanks to all the technological advances in communication and computing I am now able to keep in touch with my clients and work while traveling all around the globe.

On September 30th, 2015 I packed up Yar-Yar (my 2009 Toyota Yaris) and began a new chapter in my life. After exploring the possibility of living a nomadic life I decided to take a chance and become location independent. I am calling this my nomad lifestyle experiment.

When I started dreaming about being a nomad I thought I would leave the USA to travel around South America but I changed my mind. I decided to keep my car and take a long-term road trip around the USA and Canada for at least a year.

Maybe two years. Perhaps ten years. I have no idea where this new path will lead me. I am certainly enjoying the solo nomad journey so far! In September 2020 I will celebrate 5 years roadtripping as a nomad around the United States and Canada.

I plan to see much more of the world.  Australia and Antarctica are the remaining continents I haven’t yet visited.

I’m looking forward to future adventures around the globe and sharing the photos and stories with you!


Susan at Seven Falls hike in Sabino Canyon Tucson Arizona

Susan at Seven Falls hike in Sabino Canyon Tucson Arizona


Wishing everyone safe and happy solo travel adventures!


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