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Women on the Road: the essential guide for baby boomer travel

Women on the Road: the essential guide for baby boomer travel [Kindle Edition]

Leyla Giray
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Baby boomer travel? Right here!

Want to travel for the first time, or the first time in a while? Is solo travel as scary as it seems at first?

Women on the Road: the essential guide for baby-boomer travel is the answer to all your questions on overseas travel: from planning to packing, and budgeting to bargaining, it's all here. Written by journalist Leyla Giray, Women on the Road will help you take the trip you've always dreamed of.

“This book not only makes solo travel more accessible, it empowers women with the tools to make their solo travel dreams take flight.” Kim Wildman

If you’ve been dreaming of traveling to far-off places – what are you still doing at home?

It's time to load this book on your Kindle, take the first steps, and soon become a woman on the road yourself.


As a long-time proponent of solo travel, I was thrilled to discover Leyla Giray’s first book, aptly titled Women on the Road. Travelling solo is a wonderful, life-enriching experience, but as Leyla points out it can be very daunting and doing so as a woman – especially alone – can sometimes complicate matters even further. This book is therefore an essential guide for any woman who has ever dreamed of travelling but been too afraid to take the proverbial leap into the unknown. It encourages women of all ages by offering advice gained from years of first-hand, on-the-road solo travel experience on everything from how to travel safely and independently to what to pack and where to stay. This book not only makes solo travel more accessible, it empowers women with the tools to make their solo travel dreams take flight.

Kim Wildman, author of Offbeat South Africa and Lonely Planet’s Athens City Guide.

Travel – especially solo travel, when you’re 50+ – can be a scary prospect if you haven’t done it before. But it doesn’t have to be! Women on the Road will help you plan your trip; from generating ideas of where to go and providing pre-planning checklists, right through to tips on reintegrating after you return, and everything in between.

Nora Dunn,

A title alone couldn’t convince me that all the essential wisdom needed for women in my age group to travel solo would be contained in this book, but within a few minutes of starting Leyla Giray’s Women On The Road, I knew I had found the real thing. Besides being an extraordinarily experienced traveler, Giray is one of us, and has a true understanding of the travel realities unique to women in this age demographic. Far more than a lightweight overview, Giray addresses in detail the kind of things any of us planning solo travel for any amount of time either is already concerned about or should be, while always reminding that travel can be incredibly rewarding and should be fun. This book will be a important standby on my Kindle, and will no doubt be referred to often during both the planning stages and while on the road. Whether you are already experienced solo traveler or in the early dreaming stage, you need this book!

Margo Milure,

Leyla Giray is a journalist and development worker with a passion for travel and improving people’s lives in developing countries. At 43 she made a major life decision to reinvent herself, leaving her profession, possessions and a dead-end relationship to travel the world solo for six months.

Along the way she got lost in a Mozambican minefield, almost drowned off Zanzibar, paddled her way out of a flood in the Philippines, was stampeded by an elephant cow in Nigeria and stranded in a South African wildlife reserve for a week; she met with dissidents in Cuba and unwittingly sat on an anaconda in Brazil.

Now, she’s packed a lifetime of experiences into a book that’s practical, inspiring, and just right for you.

Buy Women on the Road today, then let us know how travel changes your life in the review section on

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Indie Travel Media Ltd; 1 edition (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A5S6DIU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #398,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Frances
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It requires a very special talent for a work of non-fiction to be so readable - besides a wealth of information to ensure exciting, interesting and safe solo travel, this book also provides a range of other useful information for all audiences one would not expect to find in a travel book... the layout is clear and the language a pleasure to read...
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5.0 out of 5 stars just what I needed 25 Nov 2012
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Thought I'm Generation X, I travel a lot by myself, mainly for work and because I don't have a choice. This book has opened my eyes to the possible pleasure of traveling alone and not getting room service every night because you hate eating alone in a restaurant. I guess it's all in the preparation, and Leyla is great on that. Checklists galore and some very sensible ideas for making the money last. Thanks, Leyla, truly inspirational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will give you itchy feet! 19 Nov 2012
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If you need a nudge to go travelling on your own, then this book is what you're looking for. Full of practical advice, extremely accessible and inspiring, it takes you through the entire process--from the planning to the actual travel and how to settle back in when you get back from a long trip, plus a list of useful resources. It is extremely practical (lots of bullet points) and would make an indispensable travelling companion. Trust me, by the time you've finished reading this, you'll want to pack your bags and go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Women on the Road: the essential guide for baby boomer travel 1 Dec 2012
By Annie Bilder - Published on
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Even if you are convinced you no longer capable of an undertaking as bold as traveling alone, THINK AGAIN. I am slightly 65 years old. I have recently returned home from a beyond fabulous two month solo trip, which turned out better than I could have ever imagined. Many, many thanks go to Leyla Giray for the inspiration, information and encouragement she has provided me through her website Women On the Road. I hold her largely, if not entirely, responsible for convincing me that I could do this.

Just like her website, Women on the Road: the essential guide for baby boomer travel, is well thought out, sensibly organized, very informative and immensely readable. Leyla has opened the door to my future. Next trip, thanks to this book, I will be hitting the road even better informed. If you are thinking about traveling, solo or not, boomer or not, this book is a MUST READ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice and utterly readable 14 Nov 2012
By Penelope Haccius - Published on
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I'm not as adventurous as the author - by a very long shot! - but knowing that she had been to so many wild and wonderful places and come out unharmed reassured me as I read her advice on how to make the solo travel experience a good one. I loved the straightforward, down-to-earth writing style; it was like chatting with an incredibly knowledgeable friend.

She suggests great itineraries for people who have only a week to spare, but also for 2-week and 3-week jaunts, and longer. Reading these really made me question what I look for when I travel: is it beautiful scenery? once-in-a-lifetime experiences? contact with people I would otherwise never have met? How much discomfort would I be prepared to put up with? What kind of things would make the discomfort worthwhile? Sorting out this kind of thing beforehand is very valuable if you want your travels to leave you with fabulous memories.

I also really enjoyed the solo travel stories of all the women over 40 (most of them well over!) who were interviewed. This is a book you know you can trust. (And I'll be using her packing tips for my next trip, even though I won't be alone.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, prudent... and fun 29 Nov 2012
By A. Wilson - Published on
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This seems to me a timely book, written for a demographic that has been mostly overlooked by the travel industry, yet whose members have the sensitivity and life experience to really benefit from visiting new places. Women on the Road shreds the all-too-pervasive idea that once a woman has left her 20s, she should kiss adventure goodbye - or find some Tarzan to carry her bags.

As I read it (or rather scanned it, dipping in and out to find specific items like checklists and tips about interesting destinations), I was gently but firmly reminded of the gender divide in this as in so many other areas of life. The fact is that in many ways, men and women travel differently, and particularly when they do it on their own. Hence the value of a book like this.

Take two examples: security and shopping. Many security concerns for women travelling alone are the same as for men, but some aren't - just the title of the chapter "Safety, or how to avoid getting pinched on the bum" is enough to tell you that. The author approaches the subject in a prudent but not scare-mongering way. Most of her advice is, as she says her self, just common-sense but there are always things that a beginner, or someone going further off the beaten track, is unlikely to just "figure out" (I'm thinking particularly about the section on how to secure your hotel room).

And then there is shopping. Many of the travel books I have read betray a mainstream male orientation when it comes to advice about shopping, with an impatient subtext of "get it over with, don't get ripped off, don't forget who you need to bring back presents for." (Okay, so that may be MY subtext. But then, I'm a guy...) In contrast, Ms. Giray clearly loves shopping, and expects most of her readers to do so as well. Take her section on market shopping which begins, "Now that you've done the groundwork, let's go bargain like a pro!" I like the fact that she also reminds readers that shopping can involve moral choices, such as buying items that harm the environment or are produced under terrible labour conditions. Again, the tone is enthusiastic, but level-headed.

Women on the Road is nicely produced. The illustrations are attractive, the checklists helpful, and there are a lot of short, first-hand experiences contributed by women to Ms Giray's eponymous blog.

I can think of several women friends for whom I'm going to buy Women on the Road, not just for them but also for their daughters. Despite the subtitle, there is a lot that Generation X and younger women can learn from it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome resource 27 Sep 2013
By Stefandricki - Published on
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This is a must have for ANY woman whose never traveled to Europe, let alone never traveled ALONE. I was especially interested in discovering what essentials I needed for the trip and how to stay safe. The information this book provided was comprehensive. It contained everything one would need in one handy guide. I would recommend it to everyone I know..
5.0 out of 5 stars hit the road 10 Jan 2014
By sheila adams - Published on
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clear,concise,encouraging to women who are becoming ready to enjoy travel solo or sans tours. recommended to women of any age and experience
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