Annie F. Downs
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Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author and nationally known speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her most recent books include 100 Days to Brave, Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave. Read more at and follow her at @anniefdowns.

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  1. Annie,
    Great advice!! I especially like the idea of set the budget and monetary plans ahead of time so that no one has to feel badly about sitting something out. No matter who you are vacationing with…be present, unplug, you’ll never get that experience back again so be there for it.

  2. This is such good advice, because one of the biggest challenges I remember from my single days was coordinating the wonderful experiences with the wonderful companions.

    By the way, yesterday I had the fun of passing your new book along to the young woman who loves my second son. Thanks for writing that-kind-of-book . . .

  3. As we get older and our lives have begun to spread out, I have been making an effort to go on mini road trips with my two closest friends. With my good friend Abby, we made a decision to go to every state park with a lodge for mini-retreats – that was two years ago and we’re almost finished! It’s economical, it’s relaxing, and because there are two of us, we can really dig into each other’s lives. Love it!

  4. Fabulous tips for all of us ladies who can use some self-care. My besties from college (ahem, twenty plus years ago) are spread from coast to coast across the country, but we manage to squeeze a long weekend together once per year. It’s a priceless time!

  5. Stay at a hostel! I’ve always travelled solo, but I never fail to meet new people and make friends while sharing a hostel room. You have someone to enjoy the city with, if you don’t want to be alone. You’ll at least have someone to have dinner and share stories with at the end of the night 🙂 Companionship, with a solid amount of privacy, is the perfect combo for me.

  6. Annie,
    Wise words of wisdom. I totally agree that no one should be pressured to do anything they don’t like. Everyone should go at their own pace without judgement. I always set a budget for everything.

  7. I so appreciate this! I only go on vacation as a youth chaperone and needed a fresh perspective. Thank you, Celeste