I wasn’t sure about a guided D Day tour of the Normandy Beaches because my obsession with the history of the Second World War means I envisioned exploring Normandy on my own. I wanted to wander without a timeline through the area that I had researched, read about, and obsessively watched on Band of Brothers …

This walking tour of Prague is a free and self-guided tour. When I walked this route, it was just two months after my partner died of cancer, and I was walking in his footsteps. It turned out to be a beautiful and wishful walk through loss. When I first decided to travel to all of …

This book review of the Midnight Library is brought to you by a reviewer actively going through a breakup. Therefore, I completely understand the desire to review a catalog of life choices and to choose differently. That’s just what happens in the Midnight Library. In this tale, we see how different decisions might change a …

What is it like to navigate a world obsessed with outward beauty as a young woman with a severe facial disfigurement? The candid memoir Autobiography of a Face explores the toll – both physical and emotional – of multiple reconstructive surgeries. Ride through the hope and despair of a girl and then a young woman who wants nothing more than to be “normal,” but who will be anything but.

These books and memoirs about losing a loved one helped me to laugh and cry through my grief. I hope they will help you, too. When my partner died of cancer, a fellow widower brought me a book that helped him through his own acute grief. He offered it in the hopes that it might …

We solo travelers like to say that you will learn a lot about yourself when you travel alone. Though I completely agree, I think it’s more accurate to say that traveling alone will teach you to unlearn yourself. Here’s what I mean: I couldn’t wait to learn to scuba dive while traveling solo in Thailand. …