I don’t often get mail in Taiwan, so I was especially pleased to receive a white package in the mail a few weeks ago. Inside was a book called Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo. It was sealed with an autograph and a lipstick kiss.
I admit it, I knew nothing about the book when it arrived. I was expecting a collection of travel tales about far-off places and personal cultural experiences, but once I delved into Whitman’s book, I realized what a gem this collection of useful travel information truly is. It is jam-packed with fun tips, ideas for creating your own dream journey, useful travel links, personal anecdotes and advice from more than 45 women travelers, and up-to-date guidance on the latest technology
Whitman’s breezy approach to travel writing is highly readable. She mixes sage advice with a fun, carefree attitude that is upbeat, entertaining, and encouraging. I also love the way the book is presented. It’s easy to read, well-organized, and nicely laid out.
Beth shares her travel advice by drawing on over twenty years of experience. The first three chapters deal with reasons why you should travel solo and how to go about achieving your dream journey. Idea generator and travel worksheets have been included to have you creating your own travel ideas and on your way to the trip of a lifetime. Whitman inspires her readers with personal reflections and encourages them to live their dreams. Moreover, she demonstrates that travel can be both safe and fun provided you are properly prepared for your trip.
The second part deals with the means and how of traveling. There is loads of great advice to be found among these pages, with everything from how to decide on a destination to booking trips. Whitman also includes innovative tips and lots of great websites. However, what really kept my interest where the travel tales that were used to illustrate each chapter. I also would have enjoyed seeing some of Beth’s photography as well, as this is a medium that usually fires me up for traveling.
In the end, I found Wanderlust and Lipstick to be thoughtful, well-written, comprehensive, and inspiring enough to get even the world’s greatest armchair traveler to get out there and start living life.
While you’re waiting to get your hands on a copy, why not spend some time on Beth’s popular travel web site? Wanderlust and Lipstick is a wildly popular web site for women traveling solo. The site has everything from tours and tales to galleries, blogs, and travel gear.