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Review Of Beth Whitman’s Wanderlust And Lipstick

March 8th, 2008 · 11 Comments

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A couple months ago, author Beth Whitman asked me to review her book, Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo, on Travel Betty. I promptly agreed since I’m always on the lookout for valuable resources to recommend in support of fearless independent travel for women. Then I proceeded to get caught up with the holidays, a new full-time job and planning the two wedding receptions (yes, mine is a wedding that continues to be celebrated!) Apologies to Beth for the delay. I actually read and enjoyed the book awhile back. I even dog-eared the heck out of it.

So, without further ado, here are my 2 cents for Wanderlust and Lipstick:

What woman hasn’t dreamed of scrapping it all and hitting the open road? I mean, even that Bridges of Madison County woman was willing to let herself imagine trading in the apron for a chance to follow around a National Geographic photographer. Ultimately she decided gingham was indeed her color and stayed behind, but at least she dared to dream! Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo is the book you should read when you’re ready to give that dream a swift kick into the planning stage.Yes, there is the typical ‘is it safe for a woman to travel alone?’ and the ‘oh, woe is me, won’t I be lonely?’ talk, but it’s all handled in an evolved and inspirational manner and there’s no dwelling. The chapter called “Getting Beyond the Excuses” is especially helpful for allowing us to recognize that just because our fears sometimes have a louder mouth than our heart, we shouldn’t let them stop us.Much more of the book is focused on providing resources and anecdotes to actually get your butt out of the armchair and into the rickshaw, tuk tuk or gondola. Do you want to hike across Europe? Brush up on your botany skills? Learn how perfectly prepare a whole baby turtle? (Hey, you better not!) Wanderlust and Lipstick will point you in the right direction.Will you be able to plan your whole trip from start to finish using only this book? No, but that’s not the point. It’s the book you should read when you’re first mulling it over.“Can I do this?” Yes!“Should I?” Yes! Yes!“Now what?”Beth will give you the whats and where-to-gos so you can find what you need to create a truly unique journey for yourself. Half the fun is in the preparation and anticipation of what will be. Wanderlust and Lipstick makes sure that you’ve got realistic expectations and the resources you need to make it be something truly life-altering.In addition to her resourceful book, Beth also maintains a really rich and fantastic site called, what else? Wanderlustandlipstick.com of course!Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling SoloOther Betties Blogging About Beth Whitman Go NomadGadlingEurope a la CarteFull disclosure: Beth sent me a complimentary copy of this book. Because I have deep respect for my readers and strive to maintain a high quality blog above all else, my review is based upon my own opinions. If I didn’t like it, you’d know.

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  • 11 responses so far ↓

    • 1 bali tour // Mar 13, 2008 at 8:19 pm

      Hello betty…just drop to say hello .. a big hello from bali island, sorry it’s out of topic btw its nice blog !

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    • 2 Eric "Speedcat Hollydale" // Mar 14, 2008 at 2:30 am

      Sounds like a wonderful book. I am in the mist of “changing around” things in my life. Travel is one of the things I will add – my last time traveling was so long ago …not counting work trips.

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    • 3 Karen (Karooch from Scraps of Mind) // Mar 14, 2008 at 4:59 am

      Sounds like a really good book Betty. I usually find a friend to travel with but I know a number of women who want to travel but don’t because they have no one to go with. This sounds like the perfect read.

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    • 4 JoLynn Braley // Mar 14, 2008 at 11:18 am

      Hi, in a previous life my life was travel, now I’m sitting at the computer all day – nope, not complaining, and I still get out, especially to hit the slopes – something I wasn’t doing while traveling.

      Happy trails to you! :)

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    • 5 thailand adviser // Mar 15, 2008 at 7:43 pm

      Well I do agree with Jolynn, But in Thailand it is easily to travel from place to place without Travel Book.

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    • 6 Travel Betty // Mar 18, 2008 at 2:09 pm

      Welcome everyone! Thanks for stopping by.

      Bali tour, don’t worry, your beautiful island has been my hottest topic of late.

      Speedcat, good luck with your new travel endeavors. I found that simply making travel a priority makes it possible.

      Karen, traveling with a friend is a great way to do it! My trip to Bali taught me that I CAN travel alone, but I prefer company.

      JoLynn, wow, I’m so jealous of you. Glad to hear you were able to live the life a lot of us dream of. AND that you’ve been able to transition into a life you’re happy with since all the jet-setting.

      Thailand adviser, it’s definitely easy to travel in Bali without a guidebook too. Just ask the friendly locals for suggestions!

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    • 7 Krabi // Feb 5, 2009 at 8:41 am

      I want to travel like this but I don’t have choice to do like this.

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    • 8 vip Travel // Feb 17, 2009 at 8:56 pm

      Agree with Thailand Adviser. Travel across province is easy and cheap in Thailand. Harder to move around in Bangkok.

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    • 9 phang nga hotels // Feb 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm

      That’s sound you are very happy :D

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    • 10 hotel bangkok // Feb 16, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      Travel across province is easy and cheap in Thailand. Harder to move around in Bangkok.Thank you…

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    • 11 Bangkok Hotels in Thailand // Apr 15, 2010 at 10:18 pm

      I think it is definitely easy to travel in Bali without a guidebook too. Thank you.

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