Affordable Luxury Ideas from Astrid Solo Travel Advisor


10 Things To Do in Santa Barbara as a Solo Traveler

10 Things To Do in Santa Barbara as a Solo Traveler

Santa Barbara is the epitome of casual, chilled-out California. It has a small-town feel and coastal vibe which makes it a great place to just take it easy. I’ve been spending the past 6 months living in Santa Barbara, and have come up with a list of the top must do’s + a few of my favorite spots that are little off the beaten path. Here they are:

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

From gorgeous traditional gardens to excellent dining and shopping, the Hotel New Otani Tokyo is an oasis in the city, and a fabulous example of affordable luxury. On the final episode in my Japan Series of Solo Travel Talk (my solo travel podcast) I virtually take you to this gem of a hotel to experience the Hotel New Otani. Take a listen for the experience!

Spiritual Renewal Japan | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

Spiritual Renewal Japan | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

From cultural touchstones to shrines and temples, talismans, even manners and customs all seem to carry a piece of the spiritual life of Japan. This episode of my solo travel podcast, Solo Travel Talk is all about the spiritual side of Japan.

Beauty in Nature, the Gardens of Japan | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

Beauty in Nature, the Gardens of Japan | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

On my show, Solo Travel Talk, I explore the gardens of Japan. One part natural beauty, one part philosophy— Japanese gardens are something to behold! Listen and experience nature on my new episode, the Japan Series.

Cultural Do's and Don'ts Japan | Solo Travel Talk

Cultural Do's and Don'ts Japan | Solo Travel Talk

Japanese culture has many rules of social etiquette that might not be obvious to a traveler. Who would have thought that improper use of chopsticks could be so offensive? Learn about this and other cultural tips in this episode of my Solo Travel Talk podcast!

Japan Tips & Challenges | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

Japan Tips & Challenges | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

For everything that is great about Japan, solo travel in this wonderful country has some challenges, too. Here are my tips for tackling solo travel in Japan as well as some problems that can arise in Japan and how to overcome them.

The AstridTravel Club Forum | Your Questions Answered

The AstridTravel Club Forum | Your Questions Answered

There is a lot of information on the internet about the “best” hotels, restaurants and excursions around the world - all based on the opinions of millions of Joe Shmoes around the world. With so many opinions floating around, how can you know who to trust? Is there a way to seek out the advice of people who understand exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to affordable luxury travel? Yes!

It's More Than Sushi | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

It's More Than Sushi | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

We love food tours, yes we do— and on the new episode of my solo travel podcast, Solo Travel Talk I discuss the food scene of Japan. I found the Japanese to be so passionate about food! This passion translated into wonderful eating, especially for the solo traveler. Take a listen to the show to learn more!

The AstridTravel Club | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

The AstridTravel Club | Solo Travel Talk Podcast

This episode of my Solo Travel Talk podcast is all about the brand new AstridTravel Club. In this episode, I’m sharing the inspiration for the club, who this club is for, and some of the exciting trips we have planned thus far! Listen to find out whether or not the AstridTravel Club is right for you!

The Top 10 Things To Do as a Solo Traveler in Japan

The Top 10 Things To Do as a Solo Traveler in Japan

When visiting Japan, it’s hard to decide exactly which sites you want to see - especially when deciding between the many, many temples and shrines. In order to prevent your trip from becoming a little lackluster, you want to make sure you include a variety of sites and activities in your itinerary. Here are my Top 10 Things to Do as a Solo Traveler in Japan!