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  1. In catching up on listening to Conde Nast’s Travelogue podcasts — the best parts of my weekdays other than coming home to and cuddling with my pet kitty — I discovered your wonderful travelwebsite that you have! Love your photos, love the website design, love the content…

    Listening to you and your colleagues on the panel describe the mostly pros of solo travel, I received affirmation of my preferred way to travel. Not that I needed affirmation, but it felt good to hear. I really dig what you explained: that most people of this world are good. Well, we can’t say *most*, but many. If I didn’t carry that thought in the back of my mind every time that I set out on a journey, I’d stay locked in my hotel room. And smart travelers of any gender just don’t go trusting anyone, of course. As you said so eloquently, travel with a positive vibe. Optimism can help all travelers, not only us solo travelers, have the best times of our lives away from home. I’ve met people who transformed into dear friends; I’ve met their families.

    Every traveler’s story is as different as every personal journey or exploration. I mean, there was that first trip to Paris — a solo trip — where I was approached, then was stalked (after I thought I’d talked my way out of a danger zone), and then fondled by a septugenarian predator in Jardin des Tuileries. I couldn’t run from him because I had sprained my ankle the day before. No article, no travel agent, no concierge, warned me of how dangerous it *could* be to stroll through the Tuileries on a late Tuesday morning in November. (My assault occurred in the late 1990s, and the predator was a WWII veteran and, based upon my translation of his French, I quickly figured out that he was insane. As an Italian expat residing in France since the 1940s (and, yes, he was wearing some of his regalia!), he seemed like Brando’s “Paul” straight out of Last Tango in Paris. It was awful to be touched in private areas against my will; thank goodness he was scared off by a couple who had entered the garden, else he might have gone further.

    Other than the above incident just over 20 years ago, I think I’ve been lucky thus far. Or perhaps I’ve learned more about self-preservation. Predators are all around the world, including in our hometowns. Now I know not to leave my hotel if I’ve seriously injured myself and I’m traveling solo.

    However, I’m not a skittish traveler. I also let the hotel know where I’m going — where I’m heading, especially if I will not be returning until nighttime or it’s already night when I’m leaving.

    I hope to one day be an intrepid traveler like you. I truly believe that travel is one of those passions that can increase a person’s confidence. Thus, traveling — especially solo — has improved my confidence and overall sense of well-being from in all areas of my life.

    Keep on exceeding your travel dreams and inspiring us to get out there. Way out there.

    1. Chantal! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so sorry that happened to you, but glad that you did not let it stop you. I stand by my comment that most people are good, rather than many. Continue to explore the world while keeping yourself safe!

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