The cover of Solo by Aaron Hodges

Solo: A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World Alone by Aaron Hodges is the perfect guide for anyone considering solo travel.

Thank you very much to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me a free copy of Solo in return for an honest review.

In 2014 after the end of a three year relationship, Aaron Hodges decided to quit his job and travel the world. While travelling, he published his first novel, Stormwielder, and has continued to write and travel ever since. In this short non-fiction book (it’s about 130 pages), Aaron shares the lessons he’s learned and his ‘must see’ places to visit in Southeast Asia, Mexico and Central America, and South America.

You can grab a copy of Solo: A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World Alone from Amazon in paperback and on Kindle, or check out Books2Read for the full list of purchase links.

My review

At the start of the book, Aaron says that most people who are considering travelling around the world solo are single and have recently gone through a break up. I have to admit, this fits me perfectly! In August, my partner and I of six years broke up and I had to move out of our home. This has changed my life in many ways, and has made me think about my life and my future — in particular, I have been thinking about travelling!

My passport expired nine years ago and I haven’t renewed it since. I had originally planned to renew it this year and travel, but obviously, 2020 hasn’t made that possible. So I was very excited to read Aaron’s book for his tips and travel advice. I have had several holidays solo (including three weeks in California just before my passport expired), but actually travelling abroad alone with a backpack is a totally different experience.

I have read one of Aaron’s fantasy fiction books before (check out my review of Warbringer!), so it was great to learn more about him as a person. His writing style is very casual and relaxed, and made me feel like I was reading a letter from a friend.

Solo covers Aaron’s top tips for packing your bag and the essentials you should bring, as well as tips for while you are there, getting around and finding suitable hostels. While I want to travel, these are the sort of practical things that I worry about and Solo this has really helped to put my mind at ease.

Aaron also shares some of his favourite memories and lessons learned from his travels over the past five years. There are also accompanying photos of the places he talks about which really brings these memories to life and shows off the beauty of these places. His tips and advice on places to visit while in specific areas was really helpful! I think the only thing that seemed to be missing was a guide of ‘must sees’ in Europe and Australia — Aaron’s guides cover Southeast Asia, Mexico and Central America, and South America.

Overall, Solo is a fantastic ‘quick start’ guide for anyone who is currently considering travelling the world on their own. The combination of Aaron’s writing style and his personal experience makes this an incredibly enjoyable as well as an informative read. I will certainly be dipping back in and out of this when planning my trips, making sure I incorporate some of his helpful travel guides in my own journeys (hopefully in 2021!).

The blurb for Solo: A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World Alone

Feeling alone? Trapped? Lost?

Time for an adventure!

The bad times won’t last forever, and for more than five years, Aaron Hodges has journeyed the globe alone, visiting everywhere from Istanbul to Argentina. Honest and insightful, Solo is packed with his personal travel tips and humorous stories. Learn about the ups and downs, the triumphs and the pitfalls of venturing off the beaten path. Follow his guidelines for exploring the world alone and be inspired to take the trip you’ve always dreamed of.

Discover the world of solo travel.

Go Solo!

The author of Solo, Aaron HodgesAbout the author, Aaron Hodges

Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world. One year later, he published his first novel — Stormwielder — while in Guatemala. Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name. Today, his adventures continue…

You can follow Aaron’s adventures on his Instagram and on Facebook.

You can grab a copy of Solo: A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World Alone from Amazon in paperback and on Kindle, or check out Books2Read for the full list of purchase links.

Blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources

Banner for the Solo book birthday blog tour organised by Rachel's Random Resources

I reviewed Solo as part of a book tour organised by Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources. Check out the other bloggers taking part in this book tour for more reviews, extracts and guest posts:

Check out my review of Aaron’s fantasy book, Warbringerthat I read earlier this year. This is the first book in an epic new fantasy series, The Descendents of the Fall.