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Whether traveling alone, with family or friends, on a girl-getaway or with a love -- just go! Here we offer solo travel trends, great destinations, interviews, and smart deals and ideas.

As Mark Twain a sometimes solo traveler observed, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Or blog with longer opinions, journals, anecdotes, email pass-alongs and travel stories. Scroll down to read all, or click on Skiing in the Canadian Rockies A Sampling of Small Ships Basics About Travel to India What's New in Florida Benefits of Group Tours Experts' Quick Tips on Soloing A Taste of Orient Express Solo Advice from the State Dept Best Ways to Meet People Soloing Our Own Hotel Floors Fodor's Interview on Soloing, with Lea For past Solo Traveler entries, please click here for archives.

Can travel do any good aside from the great time we have doing it? Many solo travelers in these uncertain times look for ways they can do good along the way. Here are four ideas on visiting Portugal with an eye toward supporting our planet, saving endangered species and just doing the right thing. How can spending time in Portugal make our world a better place? Portugal has made some important choices in its economic development.

They include deciding not to build a dam, but rather to take a huge loss and save important cave paintings in a remote valley; Ripping down modern beach hotels to rebuild with an environmental resort that is smaller and more balanced; Visiting a place where the delicate balance of nature and humanity is vital to those who live there.

And, supporting the largest forest in southern Europe that might help stop the effects of climate change. How is that for a good time! However, the construction process revealed a vast amount of prehistoric cave paintings that needed to be saved, at the recommendation of archeologists. The Portuguese government then made a difficult and expensive decision.

The dam project was abandoned and, in its place, a heritage park was created. Today it's quite a drive to get to the park, but many do it to see the cave paintings of mountain goats, horses, aurochs wild bulls and deer. These species are all typical of the large herbivores that were part of the ecosystem in the region during the Upper Paleolithic Age.

Engravings of fish are also among the collection, along with one image of a human form. The engravings were etched using quartz or flint, the images being scratched into the rock walls using straight lines or zigzags. The Quinta da Ervamoira museum stands at the center of the heritage park, offering interpretations of the region and its customs.

The museum shows the art of bread-making and wine production through the ages. Throughout the area surrounding the park, new inns are opening to cater to guests. Drink wine and save the Iberian Lynx Next time you open a bottle of wine that has a cork in it, think of the Iberian lynx.

The Alentejo region of Portugal is home to the largest cork forests in the world, and those cork forests have served to protect all the species of plants, birds and animals that dwell within them. In more remote parts of these protected lands, the rare Iberian lynx can still be found.

Cork forests are protected by law. Cork is a totally natural product. It is environmentally friendly, renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable. Portugal has enough cork forests to last more than years and, under a reforestation program, they're growing by four percent a year on average. The forests produce more than half the world's total cork supply. The cork industry also sustains more than 15, employees in remote areas. To produce cork, a cork oak Quercus Suber, or Sobreiro in Portuguese must be at least 25 years old.

To harvest the cork, the outer bark is stripped from a cork oak once every nine years. The tree is protected by an inner bark, which is always left on the tree. The harvested bark is boiled and purified A cork oak tree can live as long as two centuries.

According to a recent study by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the use of natural corks by the world's wine industry sustains a variety of rare wildlife in the cork forests of southern Europe. Forty-two bird species depend on the cork forests, including the endangered Spanish imperial eagle with a global population down to pairs , as well as rare species such as the black vulture and black stork. Smaller birds, such as robins, finches and song thrushes, migrate to the Iberian Peninsula's cork forests from northern Europe, along with blackcaps from the United Kingdom.

In spring and summer, the cork forests are home to a rich variety of butterflies and plants, with more than 60 plant species recorded in just one square meter.

One particular tree in these protected lands is known as the "Whistler Tree" because of the many singing birds attracted to it. It is said to be years old. This tree alone may have produced 1 million corks. So, skip that petroleum-sourced "plork" or aluminum twist top for your own bottle of wine. By choosing a wine with a cork, you're supporting these forests, which are supporting the planet.

Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so A century ago, the Azorean islands were overpopulated and desperately poor. Today, they are sparsely populated and relatively well off. Faced with economic and environmental disaster, some , residents left the Azores over the course of years, all of them searching for a better life. The ones who remained behind embraced the importance of being stewards of the planet.

The National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations has named the Azores islands as the world's second most appealing islands destination in its fourth annual Destination Scorecard survey. A panel of experts, aided by George Washington University, reviewed conditions on islands and archipelagos. The Azores were out-scored only by Faroe Islands, and the Azores were described as "Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so. The mountainous and green islands seem "set to remain unspoiled," they wrote.

Also noted was the infrastructure, the sophistication of the locals who have often lived overseas. The ecosystem—from the beautiful hydrangea-covered hills of Flores to the rock-bottomed bays of Terceira—is in great shape. Whales are still a frequent sight off shore.

The local culture is strong and vibrant. They noted that it is not uncommon to be invited to a person's house for dinner or welcomed into a communal meal during a festival. These parks, along with existing ones on the islands of Miguel and Pico, will help to maintain the natural beauty of the islands. Tourism to the region will help sustain those efforts to preserve that natural beauty. Erasing the mistakes of the past. Ever see a beach lined with ugly high-rises and say "I wish they would just tear it all down and start over"?

In their place is now a new, "green" low-rise resort, built to complement the landscape of this delicate place. The peninsula is an excellent location for golf and water sports. The narrow sand-strip lies 47 km south of Lisbon and boasts 18 km of beaches and some of the cleanest water in the region.

In the planning stages, the resort was assessed by the Maritime Research Institute, which carried out environmental impact studies, which are ongoing. The Eco Resort will provide a tennis centre, an equestrian center, a roman ruins archaeological center and an environmental center. The first phase, which includes three hotels, a marina, casino, conference centre, commercial facilities, restructuring of the golf course and delivery of the Marina and Beach apartments, just opened in September Skiing in The Canadian Rockies: As the newest kid in town, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is garnering more than its share of buzz.

In just its second year, the resort is set to unveil brand new terrain - and take its place in the record books in the process.

This season, Revelstoke will offer the longest vertical lift-serviced skiing in North America — at a whopping 5, feet - thanks to an foot extension to the Revelation Gondola from the village base up to the Day Lodge.

After all, the resort is nestled within the Selkirk Mountain Range in the Kootenay Rockies region — one of the snowiest, most legendary destinations in BC. Off-slope, Revelstoke Mountain Resort has even more on its agenda this season, thanks to the opening of Nelsen Lodge.

Also calling the lodge home, the new Revelstoke Guides Bureau proves a perfect point of origin for any adventure on the mountain, including private guided trips, multi-day group adventures and backcountry educational programs. Not by a long shot. Future development plans will make way for 18 additional lifts, over ski trails, on-hill eateries and a host of residential units. All ensuring that Revelstoke will continue to be the talk of the town for countless years to come.

Think winter play is all about snow? Perhaps a little face time with Old Man Winter on the wild west coast is just the thing to shake up your cool weather routine.

At Mount Washington Alpine Resort, set to celebrate its 30th year this season, a Summit to Surf adventure will blend both brilliantly with two nights at the resort and two nights at coastal Middle Beach Lodge in Tofino. To understand why this makes for such an exalted mix, one has to appreciate a few fabulous facts.

First, with a backdrop that borders scenic Strathcona Provincial Park to the west and the deep blue waters of Georgia Straight to the east, Mount Washington is blessed with rugged west coast beauty amid a vast depth of natural snow. And in Tofino on the wild west coast, a mere four hour drive from the resort, winter months pledge only righteous waves; beaches here rank amongst the best in Canada for bringing out the long and shortboards.

And where better to rejoice in the grandeur than Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, a destination renowned by expert skiers and powderhounds alike for its bountiful backcountry scapes. KHMR guides show the best way to approach route finding lines, the proper use of the newest powder and backcountry equipment as well as avalanche gear, and even steer the snow-obsessed to the best stashes of the in-bounds white stuff. Opportunities to kick back and trade a few on-slope tales with your guides at the Red Bull Lounge prior to your outing are sure to prove enlightening and invigorating.

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It has quickly risen to the forefront of the U. Reunited and it Feels So Good Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts is making it easier for solo women to stay connected. Through the development of a new program aimed at attracting those seeking to reunite with family, friends and clubs, the family-owned company hopes to bring people together in an age of email, voicemail, and video games.

A CRMR Sales Coordinator will assist with organizing private dining or meeting space for larger families and clubs, and there is a range of activities in the Rockies that groups can take part in, including hiking, canoeing, and skiing, depending on the season.

This is a fresh approach to travel planning. They put together customized itineraries which are created to meet your specific wishes and contain only the things you want to do. Packed full of the most up-to-date information, you'll be ready to explore the city with ease. From hour predictions to by-the-hour precision, those at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute know when to look in the sky for one of the most requested sights in Alaska.

The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, may be a phenomenon, but researchers at this Alaska university can now forecast aurora activity by the hour - they are making the forecasts easily accessible to the general public on a new Web site, www.

For those planning a trip to Alaska, the site also offers a day forecast allowing visitors to narrow dates for the best likelihood of catching the dancing sky, but please keep in mind that when activity may be high, variables such as cloud coverage and city lights may also effect the views. Once in Alaska, inquire as to whether your lodging provides an aurora wake-up call; you'll be surprised that many do. For more information on the aurora borealis or for accurate forecasts, visit www.

Some people are adept at quantum physics. I've seen more hotel rooms than a New York City call girl on speed-dial. For years I've poked around lodgings throughout the world for consumer guidebooks, and one thing I've learned is that you never know what you'll find. Checking out a hotel room in St. Thomas, I walked in on a guy sitting at a desk, naked. He invited me to stay but I declined.

In Bermuda, I opened the door and found a couple asleep in bed. I don't know who of the three of us was most surprised. That said, quirky isn't my thing all the time and it likely isn't yours. In the end, think carefully about how prominently you want your lodging to figure into your solo experience. Here are a few things you might want to keep in mind.

Your needs and desires may change, sometimes day to day within a destination. If you're spending lots of time in the room, or you're on business where you'll be working with and hosting others, a large space with a plasma TV may work best. If you're in the Canadian Rockies, or near Lake Geneva, or the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, a room with a view might matter more than one with Internet hookup. When the weather's great, a balcony is wonderful. If you're hardly in your room, you may prefer to save money for other things.

How much can you afford to spend on accommodations? Obviously money goes further in Podunk than Paris, but even in most big cities you can work within that range, if you're careful. Think creatively about how you budget.

Think about where you want to spend most of your time, especially after dark, and consider choosing a hotel nearby. Finding transportation door to door after that grand dinner or concert can be dicey.

Walking alone at night is rarely advisable, and you don't want to be wasting time commuting or waiting for transport when a closer lodging will allow a quick walk or ride, and more time for fun.

Book far in advance, especially if you'll be near a destination during holiday and festival times. Do you really want to retreat to the 'burbs after the Toronto film festival?

Once, after disembarking from a ferry on the small Greek island of Limnos, I soon realized that I had arrived a week before the hotel opened -- and the few alternative lodgings were filled.

I called several hotels, just in case, told them my plight, and one volunteered to let me stay, even though it was in the midst of a deep cleaning, and not officially open. The manager gave me some linens, I chose a room with a dazzling view of the sea, and I had the entire place to myself. I went into the kitchen and found a spoon and bowl and had some yogurt and honey for breakfast, sitting in the enormous dining room by myself.

It was a memorable solo experience -- and the closest I've come to spending a night on a bench. Strive for best rates. Avoid paying the rack rate -- listed on price sheets -- the rate a place would hope for, but savvy solo travelers can almost always beat. Deal with hotels individually rather than through their toll-free number, as front desks have lots of latitude when it comes to negotiating; the higher the room price, the more the potential discount.

Check the pet policy. If you're traveling with Fido, ensure that the lodging allows pets. Likewise, if you have no desire to mingle with animals, ask about the pet policy.

Select a hotel with room-entry only through a main lobby, rather than separate entrances for each room Marriott Courtyards, Hampton Inns, and Days Inn are among lodgings designed with security in mind. Even if they're only accessible through the lobby, their windows expose you more readily to thieves.

Ask for a room in a well-lighted area. Book rooms with smoke alarms and fire escapes; if not, be extra vigilant: Don't accept a room at the end of a long, isolated hall with no exit. Choose rooms below the fifth floor for access to fire ladders. Don't let the desk blab your room number. If the hotel staff announces your room, ask for another and explain why. Alert them that you're concerned about security and that you need them to respect that.

Have the bellhop accompany you to and from your room if you feel more comfortable. Stairwells may offer exercise, but are an ideal spot for crime. Elevators are generally safer, but don't board one if you're not wild about your car mates, and if you want to back out gracefully, pretend you forgot your key. Have it ready in the elevator so you don't have to fumble at your door. And if someone follows you out and tries to attack, knock on doors and scream for help.

Don't advertise your whereabouts. Don't put the tag on the door that asks for maid service, but do use the "Do Not Disturb" sign and keep the TV on when you're out.

Don't let a hotel staffer or anyone else in your room unless you're expecting someone; otherwise, call the front desk and ask the person to wait outside for clearance.

Lock all doors, and windows, even when you're in the room. Lock valuables in a safe. If you're issued a spare room key or key card, don't leave it in your room for someone to take.

Also consider bringing your own personal alarm, such as a motion sensor that hangs on the inside doorknob and will go off if the outer knob is turned. Be your own fire warden. Know where the exits are. In case of fire, stay low and cover cracks in doors and windows with wet towels; wait in your room for help if the door is hot, or break a window if needed, and use that fire escape.

Know where your key is, and take it with you in case of emergency. And, on a lighter note, if you're really safety conscious, sleep in something you can run out in. PJs with attached feet won't do.

These informal, adults-only resorts have numerous activities and communal dining. Club Meds, among other single resorts, allow you to sidestep the single supplement if you take on a same-gender roommate. Concierge Floors in Major Hotels: Concierge or Business or Executive floors are havens for solo travelers. Security is often heightened, with a floor concierge and special elevators. Ask if these floors are available when you make reservations at hotels catering to business travelers.

Rooms are slightly costlier, but the payback is worth it. You know what you? Bed-and-Breakfasts are right-on for solo travelers. Among the standard amenities are a private room and often a private bath , full breakfasts at communal tables, drinks in the parlor, the opportunity to trade information and travel stories, a friendly house cat or dog, and pastry and coffee anytime.

You never know when you'll come upon a Basil Fawlty or some other similarly memorable character, and traveling solo, you'll often connect. To feel really at home, stay in a home, the easiest way for solo travelers to meet and live with locals.

Others may be sharing the house as well, usually with the family, and often there's a minimum stay, maybe a week or so.

You may have to share a room or a bath, but if you're willing to spend a bit more, you can often negotiate this. Kitchen privileges are usually included, you'll probably have a key to come and go as you please, and sometimes a private entrance. The family may even guide you around -- maybe for a fee.

Obviously, homes and hygiene vary, so check on this aspect, and get referrals before committing. Some travel packages cover air costs and lodging, and could include a couple of meals a day.

If you want a comfortable apartment or condo, this is a great way for a solo traveler to make friends and revisit them. And even better, you can probably swap your timeshare for another, somewhere else in the world. These lodgings are kept in good order, with ample space and generic taste, as maintenance is controlled. Get the skinny on single rooms. An accommodations page is updated frequently. Strictly administered, deluxe group of independently owned chateaux, country houses, manors, and quality restaurants worldwide that cater to solo travelers.

A Super-Deluxe Trip in Vietnam. I recently set forth to traverse Vietnam from south to north with a traveling budget of almost unlimited resources.

A dream trip for solo travelers or with others.. You can go for broke, or go for less. Either way, Vietnam is a great destination. The first thing I noticed upon hitting the ground: Today, the ambience is decidedly more mellow, all sleek marble and quiet service. Across the street, the refurbished Rex Hotel was once a military billet. Still, my jet lag required additional pampering, which I received with a whirlpool in the spacious outdoor pool, and a deep-tissue massage at the gleaming spa.

For dinner, I was treated to a bowl of steaming pho, the classic Vietnamese soup of ginger, basil, noodles and beef. The transportation options in Vietnam are surprisingly robust: I decided instead on a first-class train ticket, a chance to doze for three peaceful hours as villages sped by. Upon arrival, I was chauffeured from the station to the secluded tropical gardens, emerald lawns and pavilions of Ocean Dunes Golf Club ; vietnamgolfresorts.

A full-service resort, Ocean Dunes offers sprawling suites that overlook a private beach and come with wireless Internet access.

One starry night, I was driven in a golf cart to a tiny ancient temple right off a green, where I dined by torchlight on delicate fish in a basil-infused broth with a side splash of nuoc mam , the pungent local fish sauce that tastes better than it smells. Young dancers entertained me as if I were a Vietnamese empress. An all-villa luxury boutique resort, it provides a fusion of contemporary and traditional aesthetics, and prides itself on indulging any whim that its guests could wish for, such as.

My motorcycle driver careened along the dramatic, winding roads, while villagers waved us on as if we were competitors in the Vietnam Grand Prix. Wind-whipped but refreshed, I arrived at Da Lat — which reminded me at first glance of an old-world European beauty spot, something like an Asian Baden-Baden.

Created as a French colonial hill town early in the last century, its grand villas, hundreds in Art Deco style, face the wide boulevards. One piece of the past: The classic layout meanders around a series of lakes, affording panoramic views from its undulating greens.

But after 18 holes, I opted instead for super-soft adventure — a nap — at my hilltop hotel, the Sofitel Dalat Palace ; sofitel.

The guest room featured a canopied bed, working fireplace and spacious balcony overlooking a lake. After a brief stay in Hanoi at the famed colonial-era Sofitel Metropole Hanoi ; sofitel. There, my overnight accommodation was the Emeraude ; emeraude-cruises. From my oversized bed, I gazed at endless craggy islands rising through the mist while my feet and neck were expertly massaged and my buzzy mango concoction readily refilled by smiling attendants.

All that — and sublime accommodations. As a bonus, Hoi An is known most for exceptional handmade silk and wool clothing.

Scores of stores advertise one-day tailoring. Life Heritage Resort Hoi An ; life-resorts. With 60 split-level guesthouses and 40 grand pool villas — each boasting landscaped gardens and views of the South China Sea and Cham Islands — Nam Hai delivers a multitude of amenities: And a dream budget! From Antarctica to the Arctic, the Caribbean to Canada, Mexico to the Mediterranean, they travel the great rivers of Europe and North America, sail along Norwegian fjords and other scenic coasts, cross oceans, explore the globe's most remote destinations, and even embark on world cruises.

Their size enables a small group of travelers, especially wonderful when you're traveling solo, to go where no other cruise ships go - to the inland capitals of Europe and Asia, tiny islands in the tropics, undiscovered ports in the Middle East, remote coves and bays in Alaska, America's Intra-Coastal Waterway and much more. The combination of out-of-the-way destinations and relatively small amount of passengers means that the lucky few onboard experience the world as though it was theirs alone to discover.

Whether the shipboard experience emphasizes sheer elegance and luxury while visiting some of the world's most glamorous yachting destinations, or a more informal yet equally delightful and comfortable lifestyle for journeying through nature's most extreme environments, all small ships have other qualities in common.

They enable guests to socialize easily and share experiences with new-found friends who share their interests and tastes. They provide a true and very satisfying sense of having a home away from home, feeling cared for by staff the guests come to know and enjoy. And, small ships virtually eliminate the hassles of travel. Getting on and off the vessel is effortless, with docking in the very center of the action of each destination or port, and sightseeing is crowdless, often in places where there are few other visitors.

Here is a sampling of small ship cruise opportunities offered by members of CLIA: But among the most popular offerings are voyages to Antarctica, a North to South world cruise, and Greenland Exploration cruises featuring the berth MS Fram, launched in and built specifically for adventure.

As they visit such remote destinations at the southern tip of the world as Marguerite Bay, Whaler's Bay, Cuverville Island and others, passengers discover that the only ones wearing tuxedoes are the penguins. The intimate, stateroom Empress of the North is small enoughto explore the wilderness and waterways of Alaska's Inland Passage.

Thepassenger Queen of the West and the stateroom Columbia Queen were built to cruise the rivers of the Northwest, including the Columbia andthe Snake. And, on the mighty Mississippi, the historic, passenger Delta Queen is the last operational steam-powered sternwheeler reminiscent of those piloted by Mark Twain, while the guest American Queen is the world's largest river cruise ship.

In addition to capturing a romantic and unique era in American history, both glamorous ships are fully modernized for today's travelers. The ship will sail on seven- to night itineraries in the Caribbean during the winter months and a variety of voyages in North America during the spring, summer and fall.

These include trips through the Canadian Maritimes, the St. In , they will be joined by the somewhat larger, all-new Seabourn Odyssey. With staff members almost outnumbering guests, Seabourn guests are treated to gourmet cuisine created by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, a casino and spa, all-suite accommodations, complimentary wines, spirits and champagne and such signature experiences as "Caviar in the Surf.

Facilities and amenities include fine dining with complimentary red and white wine, a casino, library, a piano bar and Top of the Yacht bar, a Main Salon and a water sports marina offering a full range of equipment for enjoyment right off the ship.

In the winter, SeaDream visits some of the most exclusive islands in the Caribbean, including St. During its inaugural season it will feature special Sea of Cortez expeditions in September, complete with eight Zodiac boats for up close viewing of birds, dolphins, whales and sea lions.

The company's other four larger ships also fit the small ship category, with Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper carrying no more than passengers and Silver Cloud and Silver Wind accommodating only Offering worldwide itineraries, the vessels feature ocean-view suite accommodations, complimentary shoreside experiences, entertainment and onboard enrichment, complimentary beverages and in-suite beverage cabinets and other amenities for an ultra-luxury experience.

Combining old world elegance with modern amenities, the vessels feature expansive views of passing countryside, libraries, a lounge with full-service bar, boutiques, a beauty salon and hour coffee bar. Operating for more than 30 years, Uniworld offers itineraries on 12 rivers in 20 countries across four continents, including Europe, Russia, Egypt and China.

One day voyage features the Ukraine, the Black Sea and Istanbul. Carrying just to guests, the ships visit 50 countries, calling at ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. Windstar appeals to contemporary travelers with a casual onboard ambiance, alternative dining venues, a diversity of shore excursions, deluxe spa facilities and a complimentary water sports program. Popular with honeymooners because of the ships' innate romantic elegance, Windstar also offers voyages through the Greek Islands and in-depth explorations of Costa Rica.

Solo travelers need to multitask to save time, which can be more important that money. People would rather carry their own luggage to their rooms than wait for the bellman — although that practice also saves money in tips.

Providing faster baggage collection after a flight lands would be a service most of us would pay for. People talk with their thumbs. Hotel guests might prefer to text-message their room service orders; it would also solve language barriers and order errors. Normal is no longer good enough. Looking for the fountain of youth. Solo women are looking to renew and reinvent themselves, citing the spa explosion. Being beautiful is important, but is no longer enough.

But what makes it unique is the gift it has for taking you by surprise, by offering you those one-of-a-kind moments that stay in your memory and make living such a wondrous adventure. Provence surprises you in all kinds of ways. Only in Provence can you drive peacefully along a back road even in the height of summer.

And only in Provence can you take a hiking trail and encounter just the faint whisper of the wind in the trees. The quality of the light, particularly in winter, will astound you, too. Provence will surprise you, as well, with the warmth of its people, who are more than willing to spend time sharing their passions.

Provence is also a dynamic, forward-moving region that shows a special talent for marrying the past with the present, bringing out the best in both. The originality of Provence lies in its contrasts: Provence has no end of surprises in store. Nearby is a troglodyte farm, now an agricultural museum, which was part of the quarries from which Glanum was built. A single foot limestone monolith standing in the field is striking.

At the Ocher Conservatory you can attend workshops that teach the secrets of using ocher and other natural pigments. Still fished by hand, they are sold right off the boat in January and February during the sea urchin festivals on the coast. There is a strong trend toward organic wines in Provence, and the generous tasting samples that are still free of charge are yet another pleasant surprise.

Asia Transpacific Journeys, a luxury Asia travel company specializing in Custom Travel to India and in-depth Small Group Trips throughout India, sheds light on how to make sense of travel to India and its complexities. Where does one begin in India? On subsequent trips explore the tropical south and rugged northern Himalayan regions.

How are the south and the north different? The south feels like a different country, tropical and lush. This is the spice mecca Columbus sought. There is a languorous feel, and the ancient temple architecture is stunning. By contrast, the stark, snow-capped northern Himalayan region is home to ridge-top monasteries and contrasting Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu and mystic religious traditions.

What are the accommodations like throughout India? In the south most properties are traditionally appointed boutique hotels and converted private mansions. In the Himalayan region expect rustic lodges and a few luxurious spa retreats.

What are the benefits of private, custom travel to India? Going with a knowledgeable, reputable travel company will assure consistently excellent quality in lodging, transport, logistics and local guides.

Medical Tourism -- A Trend. The kind of traveling that involves a medical purpose behind it is generally termed as medical tourism. A medical tour can be concerned with any kind of health check-up or even for some major surgical reasons.

It has been the trend to move to cheaper and similar equipped places for certain critical treatments or surgeries. Some major surgeries such as, cardiac surgery, cosmetic surgery or dental surgery and many more, are often opted to be undertaken in countries with cheaper medical facilities.

And many solo travelers have been taking advantage of it. However, besides, the individual medical care and other such health oriented issues, the medical health tourism companies also go that extra mile in keeping with the luxury quotient of their esteemed guests and every single patient.

They take special initiative in putting forth enough facilities and services for them, to keep them in ultimate comfort and a luxurious ambiance. Though coined quite recently, the term, medical tourism is a not-so-new concept, however. Thousands of years before, the Greeks were believed to be moving to a magical place called Epidauria.

They believed it to be God Asklepios's abode, and continued to visit the spot to recover sooner from illness. The concept of medical tourism is thus quite an archaic concept that has been religiously going on since the beginning of ancient civilization. There are certain vital factors that have led to the wide dispersion of this unique kind of tourism among the recent travelers. With the easy and cheaper availability of international traveling, and the rising improvements in the field of medicine and technology all around the globe, a medical trip a year is now a common phenomenon.

No one wants to take any risk on their health issues, thereby opting for the best in the business and heading for a short or sometimes a longer medical trip. An article by the University of Delaware publication, Udaily, speaks volume on this. Cosmetic surgery savings are even greater: While these are the ideal places to go for a medical trip, some of the orgnizations, such as The Society for International Healthcare Accreditation SOFIHA and HealthCare Tourism International, are the non-profit organizations that help in providing the guest-patients with every possible means of comfort and cure.

Whether you travel solo or with others, check out some of the most renowned food festivals of the world: The chief attraction of this festival is the annual Truffle Auction. Kona Coffee Fest, Hawaii Coffee lovers must not miss this festival of coffee being celebrated for more than years.

The spectacular beauty of the island of Kona attract more than visitors each year on this day long celebration. There are more than 50 events on the schedule of the festival. There are parades, a Miss Kona Coffee Pageant, outdoor concerts, a golf tournament and tasting. This festival is famous for fresh island seafood and the fishermen who provide it. It takes place on the Easter weekend. Then Montreal's famous beer festival is ideal for you.

You will be able to taste more than brews and out of which there are 15 exclusive brews created just for this event. Around cheeses from the best of America's dairies represent this festival. The best quality mangoes from all over the country can be seen and tasted in the International Mango Festival in Uttar Pradesh.

One will surely love the variety of taste provided by the same fruit. Sonoma County Harvest Fair, California This annual harvest festival consists of seafood fisheries and artisan producers. Other events are scarecrow-making contest, pig races and a cow-milking contest. In addition, another point of attraction is the front display hall with the pick of local wines. Iceland Food and Fun Festival This unique festival takes place during the frost. The cuisine by world class chefs are served at Reykjavik's top restaurants.

The special and exclusive menus are made exclusively from the ingredients from Iceland. For the special event on the last day of the festival the acclaimed chefs visiting from other countries and who have never previously worked with Icelandic ingredients, are given one hour to shop for them at a supermarket and three hours to whip them into haute cuisine.

The results are presented at the Reykjavik Art Museum. You will experience the taste of South Florida's culinary culture here. Holland offers cultural heritage gems such as beautiful historic towns, special regions, outdoor spaces, fortresses and waterlines.

Half the country is below sea level and this has given Holland exceptional, but less well-known landscapes: Holland boasts a growing list of restaurants with Michelin stars, and these and others can be found inside factories, towers and small castles.

Sleeping in a castle, boat, lighthouse or haystack, these unexpected delights are only a short distance away from Amsterdam. Travelers can get tips on unusual accommodations, restaurants, as well as original sites of interest and activities. All gems have been selected based on exclusivity, quality and originality.

A few Holland gems: Ideas throughout the year, whether solo or with friends and family! Discover a colorful village, nestled among the towering trees, flowing waterways and elaborate stone structures. Explore the layers of the lush landscape from the jungle floor to the leafy canopy with three levels of exploration tunnels, climbing nets and mazes, soar above the treetops on a zip line adventure or launch into the sky from inside a foot waterfall.

Then, connect up close with exotic jungle animals. Come face-to-face with orangutans from treetop viewing platforms and test your strength in a tug of war with a Bengal tiger. Celebrate a jungle village where the inhabitants, both human and animal, live in complete harmony with nature. Swing by for an unforgettable adventure and an extraordinary mix of discovery and fun in the only jungle in the world that plays with you.

The new splash ground features unique water sources resembling some local favorites and residents of the Zoo! The splash ground was designed for those hot and humid days in Florida when you just want to cool off. The area includes a gator, frog, hippo, raining trees, water tunnel and a bucket dump is just waiting for children-of-all-ages to enjoy. Each year the Zoo hosts several exciting events including: New events to the Zoo include Brews around the Zoo on March 15, There is always something to do at the Zoo!

Augustine The Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum consists of two separate interpretive exhibits, each with its own entrance. There, visitors entering the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum will be drawn into the living history village which features costumed interpreters practicing various crafts such as blacksmithing, carpentry, leatherworking, and calligraphy, reflecting the colonial city in the late part of the First Spanish Period, about The de Mesa Sanchez House, a rose colored, ashlar-scored building at 43 St.

George Street, will provide a second interpretive exhibit. Visitors may purchase a combined ticket to the two museum exhibits or a single ticket to either one. They later sold the operation to Wometco Enterprises, current owners of the Miami Seaquarium. Be sure to visit their new website at www.

Ticket prices vary for each event. Interactive features like text and voice messages can be obtained from cell phones and downloadable Podcasts will enhance interpretive messages and allow guests to immerse themselves in the action. They are found in the wild off the coast of South Africa and Namibia. Jungle Island is a multi-faceted entertainment destination, see three spectacular shows: Winged Wonders, our world famous bird show; Reptiles of the Jungle, which includes cold-blooded reptiles that will send chills down your spine; and Tale of the tiger with awesome tigers.

Dolphin Harbor offers guests two different dolphin interaction programs. Dolphin Odyssey is a two-hour experience, which includes feeding, touching and learning about these magnificent animals plus the opportunity for a deep-water interaction with a dolphin. Guests at least 52 inches tall may participate in the Dolphin Odyssey program. Dolphin Encounter is a new program that allows guests to wade out into the pool and have a shallow water experience meeting the dolphins.

The two-hour program features an educational seminar and the chance to feed and touch a dolphin as well as learn about dolphin training techniques. Mommy and Me at Mote, popular play programs for children ages and their mommies or caregivers. Now offered on select Thursdays and Saturdays, these hour-long programs begin at There is also a 3: Participants can sign-up for individual programs or discounted session packages.

Pre-registration is required for all education programs. Mote members receive a discount for all educational offerings. Recently installed in a beautiful and tranquil viewing garden, this stunning work of art is freely accessible to the viewing public. Inside the museum it may chill your nerves to see our recently-acquired macabre memento of less civil times: After dark, thrill to our newest, Walking Ghost Adventure.

Elegantly-dressed and knowledgeable guides lead guests through some of St. Augustine is where you can truly Experience the Unexpected in ! Where one river floats you through an undersea world of colorful fish and another races you into rolling rapids. Delight in the serene-to-extreme waters in the gigantic double wave pools and soak in the sun or the cooling shade on the white sand beach. Aquatica is where the fun is as endless as the sea itself. In addition to building greater depth in the animal collection and expanding conservation programs, the zoo is pleased to announce the addition of a water flume ride and albino alligator exhibit.

Watch out for falling waters as the ride plunges almost 30 feet at the splash down. Check out these four, for starters. Trains are a safe, comfy way for solo women to travel. Here's a listing of "The World's Top 25 Trains," as determined by The Society of International Railway Travelers, an organization of travelers who love the comfort, romance and fun of great trains. Others offer the most stylish and comfortable way to see less-developed regions, such as the world's newest private train, the Danube Express, which offers week-long, rail-based "cruises" through Central Europe.

Following, in geographical order, are the winning trains and principal countries or areas of operation: I remember a seven-country, day speed tour through Europe, whizzing along with 40 assorted tourists including bawling kids and folks on walkers who inevitably held up the bus going to the rest rooms.

These quickie tours offered a tantalizing, frustrating taste of places that seemed impossibly foreign, even if Paris was just an elevator ride up the Eiffel Tower, a glance at Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa, and an evening cruise on the Seine. Rome included driving by the Coliseum and the Forum, pasta at trattorias with other tourists, and tossing a coin into Trevi fountain just like the movie Three Coins in the Fountain , which I had loved.

My wish as I tossed my coin, was to return, and experience more than just a blur. Guidebooks were few, our culinary sophistication was pizza-level. We hardly heard anything but English, and rarely met a local, except at prearranged shopping sites. But it still seemed exciting, because this type of travel was all we knew. And with fewer moves and transport problems, safety improves and costs go down. I can plan to travel deeply in France at another time. Interested in the in-depth approach?

Some specific slow-travel suggestions: Read up, work on language basics, learn geography, history, culture, politics, foods. The more you know about a place, the better the slow-go, and the more chance for enlightening surprises. Your available time will dictate your pace.

A week or so in Tuscany? Maybe best to choose a hub and unpack only once, with day-trips from there. For example, stay in Florence and visit the countryside on daytrips.

With a couple of weeks or more, you could easily move around a region, by train, bus or car, taking time to get a feel for each area. Just pack light as possible. You can luxuriate in your villa terrace overlooking grapevine-covered hills with a glass of chianti, or tool around on a Vespa, tasting vintages, dining gloriously as you go, and staying in charming pensiones along the way --or do both.

Budget The better you know the bucks you can spend, the better you can decide where and when you go. And one benefit of slow travel is that you can get discounts for staying put, and finding out where locals eat, shop and play.

Be Flexible With slow travel you could just book your arrival and departure dates ahead and play around with the middle, leaving room for discovery. Buying The ultimate is to purchase a lodging: Like Frances Mayes in Cortona, Italy and Peter Mayle in Provence, you could buy a grand fixer-upper, and maybe even turn the experience into a bestseller, and fame and fortune.

You and your abode can indeed become a site for other slow travelers to visit! If buying is a possibility, be extra careful: What are your preferences?

How about culture, climate? Economic and legal ramifications? Commuting costs and convenience? How important is language? What are nearby towns like? Is the political climate friendly? Is the economy stabile? Write questions down, and then, if still interested, travel several times before you invest. Do not go by second-hand opinions, photos on the Web, real estate promotions, whims or dreams alone.

Long-Stay Hotels Nowadays many chains such as Executive. Suites and Hampton Inns offer long-stay suites and efficiency apartments for minimum cost and with adequate comfort.

Big cities now often offer glam apartment hotels in city center for stays of a month or more. Offer, as a last resort, to take a room or suite that would remains empty otherwise.

When I stayed for six weeks in the Philippines, I got a great deal at a hotel near the airport. You can find lists of rentals on websites like craigslist.

And if you wait till you arrive, at airports and railroad stations. At ferry stations, renters will often meet the boats. Clean and simple are fine. And you should be near restaurants and in a safe neighborhood. Are you able to do some cooking yourself? Are you near public transport, shops, entertainment? Is the setting attractive? When I lived in London for a year I rented a house near a tube station, 20 minutes north of the city.

Got a better deal and more space, but I was still close-in. Time Shares When buying a timeshare, you can choose to return for a week or a month to your own place, or choose to swap for another place around the world.

Home Stays When other lodgings are few, you can often be part of a real home scene. He wore a kilt and had a blonde wife who gave cooking classes.

But home stays vary from low-down to high-end. Be especially careful to check out the surroundings, but these may be the only options if you go far afield.. Then you may be able to swap lodgings. Your South Florida condo may seem a great deal to someone out there. Just consider working through an agency, to be sure. Consider a freighter, which may stay at offbeat ports for days, loading and unloading cargo.

But if you have months rather than weeks to travel, you can enjoy this slow travel on the high seas, and make some new friends on the adventure. Or try a barge, where you float along rivers and canals more slowly than with other water travel; you can often go slowly enough to bike along paths and stay with the barge.

Ferries are fab for slow travel. Greece and Alaska ferry systems, and Norwegian coastal mailboats and fjord ferries are just a few good options. Railpass The Oriental express and Scottish Highlander are two luxury options. But Britrail and Eurail offer passes which allow you to get on and off, and take it slow, at a discount.

Car Stay or go, slow or slower. A car is freedom to do as you wish. And if you really want maximum freedom, skip the driver and do it yourself. Today, groups do the lugging and you can enjoy the exercise, with luxury meals and top-notch inns,. Walk No slower way to travel, and no better to get to know a place.

For more info on slow travel, google any of the above categories for numerous websites, or check out www. Depending on the time period, I sometimes stayed in one place; other times, traveled around. Add your own favorites; slow-go—but in any case, do go! Bruges, Ghent, Waterloo Cape Cod: Etruscan tombs, Appian Way, ancient port of Citte Shanghai: Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast Paris: Long Island beaches, Hudson Valley Florence: Tuscan villages, wine country Vienna: Marin County, Carmel LA: Death Valley, northern Nevada, mining towns Hawaiian Islands: Toledo, and other regional towns Perugia: Orvieto, Assissi and other Umbrian towns Provence: Cannes, Nice, wine and art villages above the coast Italian Coast: Lake District Any small country.

The concept of couples seems seared into our genetic coding. Asia Transpacific Journeys http: She suggests considering the following:. A Sampling of Western Sicily. The history and traditions of Western Sicily date back years. A visit to the magnificent ruins of the Greek temples at Segesta and Selinunte is like diving into the past, while Erice offers the charm of the Medieval period and is, at the same time, a meeting point for scientists from all over the world.

The magic island of Mozia and the salinas salt pans of Infersa complete the panorama of hidden treasures in Western Sicily. Mozia, a magical island The small island is the site of a very ancient Punic settlement.

The ancient historians tell of the siege and destruction of the settlement by Dionysius of Syracuse, in B. Following the ruthless military operation, the surviving inhabitants fled to the main island of Sicily, where they founded Lilibeo, the present-day Marsala. The island of Mozia covers 45 hectares about , acres , facing the salinas salt pans , and is completely flat, with fertile soil and an excellent climate.

The oldest remains were discovered during the excavations carried out by the English owner, Joseph Whitaker, in the early years of the twentieth century , and consist of warehouses used for commercial trade, necropolises and votive sanctuaries.

In addition to remains from the old and new excavations, the Whitaker museum is home to the beautiful statue of the Charioteer being crowned with laurel , which was discovered in a kiln a short distance away. The island, which is situated about a kilometre from the coast, can be reached by means of a pleasant boat trip lasting about half an hour.

The remains of four Greek temples can be seen in the Acropolis area and another three temples are situated on the western hill.

A fifth temple was built on the Acropolis by the Carthaginians. A strong terraced wall beneath the Acropolis is all that now remains of the important defence system, which is striking for its geometric regularity.

Apart from this unusual Greek and Punic mix that is a feature of the ancient settlement at Selinunte, there is the extraordinary scenic setting of the nearby Cusa Caves , the site where the Selinuntines used ingenious technology to extract enormous blocks of stone, still visible today, to construct the temples.

From the past to the future: During the Hellenistic period it was allied with Athens, and was later subject to Carthage for a short period; after the Punic wars it acquired great importance and prosperity as a civitas libera romana Roman free city through its control of the nearby port, the present-day Castellammare del Golfo. The Temple in Doric style dates from A.

Archaeological excavations are still underway to bring to light even more of the long history of this fascinating place. Erice , situated at metres above sea level, is now a charming medieval town with an inviting romantic walk to the Castello di Venere castle of Venus , which houses the Altar to Venus Erycina from the 13th century B. Here there is an amazing view over almost the entire province of Trapani.

This small town, which once extended as far as Monreale, is the home of the Ettore Majorana Centre of Scientific Culture , a place for meetings and encounters between scientists from all over the world. The Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza is in the province of Trapani, not far from Mazara del Vallo and easily reached from Palermo airport in less than one hour by motorway.

Prices for the entire package for two people start from 1, euros and are valid for the whole of The Solo Lady was quoted as a solo travel expert in an article appearing on cnn. Instant glamour "Sunglasses are a great prop. When you wear them indoors, people see you in a different light because you look mysterious.

Sunglasses are also great for people-watching discreetly and avoiding eye contact with folks you don't want to engage. Tales and Tips for Great Trips. Think it's too expensive? Well, maybe if you train all the way from London to Istanbul it would be out of your price range. But if you want the experience the ultimate in train travel without shelling out the big bucks you can do what I did.

The luxury train offers many daytrips in Great Britain. I left from Victoria Station in London, late morning, heading to the Orient Express' first stop, a few hours eastward: Most of the passengers were continuing on to France, through the Chunnel, but I was happy enjoying my delicious daytrip. The Orient Express luncheon car recreates the elegance of the s, with rich woods, plush fabric and carved detailing.

At each seat is a fully set reserved table, with linens, crystal and silverware. A fine, gourmet lunch with champagne and wines is served by gloved waiters on the way to the coast. And a high English tea with sandwiches, scones and pastries is set before you on your return to London.

While in Folkestone I strolled around the seaside a couple of hours, enjoying the fresh air, bright flowers and turn-of-the-century architecture, then reboarded the train, returning to London in the late afternoon.

A bus shuttles you to and from the train, if you want. What a marvelous way to enjoy the English countryside-- eatmg well, relaxing, and experiencing the magic of the Orient Express. I can only imagine how fabulous it would be to take the train all the way through Europe!

What's Doing Down Under? Her International Cooking School, a gorgeous two-hour drive from downtown Sydney, is set in the sea-side town of Kiama, high on the north side of Saddleback Mountain with breathtaking views of lush dairy country and virgin rain forest. The kilometer mile hike wends through many of the 13 gorges along the Jatbula Trail and requires both an adventurous spirit and strong muscles as well.

Water and simple camping sites are available en route. From October to May they escort small groups 12 max. Amenities include soft beds, hot showers, good food and wine, and an authentic oilskin coat. And for bragging rights alone: Study The Undersea Explorer takes small groups of divers, snorkelers and researchers out to the remote Great Ribbon Reef with professional guides for six-day trips to swim with!!

Deliver mail Desert Diversity Tours delivers mail through the vast, odd territory known as the Outback in South Australia. The one-day run by 4-wheel jeep starts in the opal mining town of Coober Pedy and bumps along through the historic towns of Oodnadatta to William Creek, passing cattle stations and farms.

This is the chance of a lifetime to also see ancient marine-fossils in the inland sea bed, today called the Moon Plains -- a gold mine to all paleontologists, budding and professional. How about a dig-it-yourself spa? For two hours before and after low tide, you can create your own personal spa pool by digging in the sand for hot spring water. As the tide comes in, cooler waves trickle over the hot pools. Hot Water Beach is also popular with surfers. Travel with Your Pet? Want to roam the world with Fido?

The Travel Industry Association TIA reports that about 15 percent of us travel with pets — around 40 million households. And solo travelers, especially, enjoy the company of four-legged companions. Size matters On the road a small pet can be more fun, with less effort.

I place my cat Sweetie in front of my seat on a plane in a special soft carrier bag, twice a year. Many lodgings only allow pets less than 20 pounds. You could go the RV or camping route with a big dog—but hey, this is your vacation. Is that what you really want to do? And having to deal with eight-legs and two black noses can be a bit much even for seasoned travelers. Retrievers are gentle but rambunctious; chihuhuas are tiny but trembly.

If your dog tends to act out, run away, shiver or bark a lot, think twice before booking a ticket. Seems they overlooked him de-planing, and Apricot flew on to Hawaii! He was returned a day later, dazed, and seemed to have had enough of tropical paradises, thank you very much.

To avoid my predicament, check the pet travel guidelines posted online by the Air Transport Association, www. As for cars, use the same sorts of caution as you would with a child—lots of breaks, no leaving the pet in a closed car, water available. Even if you find accommodations on a pet-friendly list, be sure to double check.

And be prepared to stay on a pet floor or in a pet-designated room. Nowadays many places go all out to provide VIP doggy delights. Many offer bowls, treats and walking areas. Regis hotel in LA offers Fido a customized mahogany bed with down pillows, and special poolside lounges. Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos Mexico offer special patios and doggy massages, a dog cabana and full-time chef for custom meals.

Dine with doggy At cafes and restaurants with open-air dining areas, Fido may be a welcome guest, under the table. So if you want to dine with your pet, sit al fresco and enjoy. Room service and picnicking are other options. Overseas, dining rules are sometimes more lax. Doggie tummies can get turista too. And on that note, prepare for pooper-scooping at all times, and think ahead for doggy relief areas.

Then again, so do two-legged companions. You do have to walk them, get someone to do it, or cross your fingers with newspaper spread on the floor. You may have to pay a lodging deposit for damages -- and you may lose it.

Download info on pet quarantine, and health requirements: All offer info about traveling with pets, when requested. Less people means less stress on you and your pet. She also noted that owners should have a travel label on the pet carrier and travel ID tags on the pet with the details of your final destination. So be sure to consult the airline; most have special staff to facilitate pet arrangements.

In addition, organizations like the International Air Transportation Association www. Although car trips require less paperwork, owners still need to prepare their pets for a long journey.

Then the next step is to drive around the block and gradually increase the duration of travel. Once you arrive at your vacation home, take the same time and care to acclimate the pet to its surroundings.

Bringing a few comfort items, like its bed or favorite toys, will ease the transition. Then simply give your furry friends time to adjust. I think most animals appreciate being around their people. I've been around a bit over countries and I know what I like.

The range is wide. I will be adding here ongoing, as I think of them many of the special big and small experiences, places, things and destinations that have especially appealed to me over the years. And as a solo traveler these treats are really special. River Cruises -- I've taken many of them.

In Russia from St. I find river cruises an exceptional way to relax, get a feel for the countries, enjoy good food and meet interesting people. Plus, you avoid the hassles of the road, and only unpack once. Most river cruises stay in ports at least a day and you can take guided tours or go off on your own. You are usually near the heart of a city. My favorite line is Peter Deillmann , but check out all. Stepping out on your own space on a moonlit night in the nude or whatever and listening in peace to the slap of the waves and feeling the breezes is simply divine.

Views -- I like to open a window and see something special. You don't have to have a fancy room. Also I was wondering what streets border the Mesa Junction area, looking at maps online its hard to be sure where the neighborhood begins and ends. Thank you in advance for any direction you can provide and again thanks for this excellent post. Hi Jennifer — the area near Central High School is probably my favorite neighborhood in all of Pueblo.

And only a 15 min walk or 5 min bike ride to the Union Ave historic district and downtown. It has a great mix of housing, everything from 4-story mansions on Pitkin to sq ft 2-bedroom cottages in some state of disrepair. Nothing fancy but unbelievably inexpensive. In my opinion, the Mesa Junction is safe. You can find fancier homes in other parts of town, like near Walking Stick, but perhaps not a more pleasant neighborhood.

You also asked about the area near the Rosemount Museum. This area near Parkview Hospital is really hit and miss. There are some very rough areas and then there are some lovely little neighborhoods here and there with plenty in between.

I think I need to make a Pueblo neighborhood map. Again there are a few streets, like 18th, parts of Greenwood, Elizabeth and Court that have lovely homes and mature tree-lined streets just blocks from Mineral Palace park.

You might also check out a few neighborhoods between 24th and 29th and between West and High. Also, take a peak at some of the small streets just south of 24th like Echo, Coronado, DeSoto, etc. Good bargains can be found in these locations. Probably should just turn this into a full blog post…anyway, hope this helps!

Let me know if I can answer any other questions. The wind blows non-stop in PW and, while the view of mountains is better, the landscape is bleak and unappealing. Any tips on the best way and time to do that? Hi Moe — welcome to Pueblo! Not sure if you noticed but we just moved from Ann Arbor. I will email directly and see if we can identify the right neighborhood for you.

My husbands company just recently relocated him to Pueblo, we have 5 children and I stayed behind to wait for the school age ones to get done with school. His company is paying for him to stay in a hotel until we find a homeland move this summer.

What neighborhoods would you recommend? Nubia — welcome to Pueblo! I will email you separately to find out more about your situation before suggesting neighborhoods. Hi Justin, My husband and I may be moving to Pueblo this month for a new job. We appreciate your information as we may need to rent a place sight unseen due to the time crunch and distance from Illinois. It depends on budget of course but these locations offer a good blend of walk-ability and relative peace and quiet. The rental market is fairly tight so you may need to make temporary housing arrangements and then find a rental upon arrival.

Best of luck on the move and welcome to Pueblo! Hi again Justin, My husband just this morning accepted a job in Pueblo starting July 1. We have buyers for our home in West Central Illinois with the closing set for on or before July 8. We want to start out renting in Pueblo but we need to find an apartment available this month so we can make the move within the next three weeks.

Do you have any other suggestions? Congrats on having buyers! Besides his place of work, what else do you want to have close by? I stand by my Aberdeen, Sunset, Mesa Junction recommendations. Belmont is another good option if your husband will spend most of his time at the Spanish Peaks facility just east of the Fountain River. Again, best of luck! Hello Justin, Thank you for your post. I am contemplating relocating to Colorado and enjoyed your insight into this area. I have applied to a few open social work jobs in the area and we shall see what turns out.

Could you comment on the church community within Pueblo? Hi Muriel, Thanks for the comment — I hope you find a home in Colorado! If not, Colorado Springs is a larger city about 40 min away with a very well established Christian community. I appreciate your thoughtful honest analysis and commitment to Pueblo. I am actually a transplant to this community, having lived here for the past 5 years.

I live in the Pueblo Community College neighborhood and have always enjoyed it. You have listed all the things I like about Pueblo. I will only add that we need more people to move here or come back with the enthusiasm to build a strong community. There are a lot of houses in very good neighborhoods that just need to be purchased and fixed up, as you have done. So yes — folks out there — this is a good town and we need you!

My family and I will be moving to Pueblo in June. If she only knew! Anyway, kudos on giving Pueblo some gold stars. Thanks for leaving a comment, Leah! Welcome back to Pueblo! I hope the move goes smoothly. I moved home to Pueblo 4 years ago to help the family with elder care, and we ended up in the Old Northside historic neighborhood to make my commute to work in Colorado Springs shorter.

I just wanted to confirm your traffic report… we used to say that if we were southbound on Santa Fe, wanting to turn left on 13th to get on I, and the light changed before we could make the turn, that we were in a traffic jam.

But then the city installed a left turn light… no more traffic jams! Love the Pueblo traffic jam anecdote! And, I definitely agree re avoiding Hwy Did you see my piece in the Chieftain about setting up a toll booth for eastbound traffic? Thanks again and best wishes! Hi Howie — Great question! Thanks for raising the issue! Thank you for generously providing such detailed and helpful information. It looks like there are more people moving to Pueblo than I thought.

We are planning a move in July and I intend to open my own business there. The crime rate information on the web is the most disturbing, so I appreciate your balanced view of it. I lived in Topeka, KS for a short time and just never felt safe there. Hopefully, I will not pick up the same vibe in Pueblo. We are planning to rent let me know if you have any units available initially to be sure we have picked the right area for a school and safety, but I am also considering that for the money it may be better to just hope for the best and make the commitment to buy right off the bat.

Thank you again for your helpful info. The Chamber of Commerce should start paying you or at least give you a free membership! Rachel — thank your for your kind words and positive feedback.

Thanks for all the great info! I just got a job offer in Pueblo and we are still making our decision, but I am excited about this town. It seems like rental investments is a good way to go, but are folks renovating their homes in general? And pardon my ignorance, but is cheap labor an issue with those working in construction? Congrats on the job offer! Labor rates are very reasonable in Pueblo.

You can certainly pay more than that but you can find good people available at these rates if you know where to look. Best of luck with your decision — I hope you like Pueblo! If it's been posted before I missed it. Thank you for the comments! The area near Minnequa Elementary is an interesting location. Close to the Steel Mill and on the edge of what I would consider the historic Bessemer neighborhood but near St. Mary Corwin hospital so it has a different dynamic.

Of course, all of those locations will likely cost a bit more for housing … but not that much and worth every penny in my opinion. Soccer is big in Pueblo — check with the Pueblo Rangers soccer club to get your son plugged in. Also, they have a good soccer camp at CSU-P that is offered a couple weeks during the summer.

McClelland is a good private school and there are other good options if you are interested in religious education. Pueblo ranked 5 most stressful place to live yet 20 best place to retire… http: David, my guess is that Pueblo ranks high for stress because of relatively high unemployment and a fairly weak economy. However, if you have retirement savings or a pension your dollars will stretch far further in Pueblo than almost anywhere else in the US. Plus Pueblo has a good university, excellent hospitals, many cultural amenities, proximity to the mountains and superb weather.

So, it does seem like a strange contradiction but I think the rankings are probably accurate on both counts. You can also drive 40 min to Colo Springs to visit Whole Foods and the large chains, e.

For vegetarian restaurants I recommend Mr. Tandoori and The Daily Grind but I think you can find vegetarian options at most of the many excellent Mexican and Italian restaurants around town. Thanks Justin for the great summary of Pueblo. My wife and I are talking about a very early semi-retirement and were looking for a great place to go that we could afford soon.

We live in WI now, but I was interested in the the area because I lived in Crested Butte many years ago and loved the area, but wanted somewhere a bit warmer Gunny…brrr. We had lots of questions, but you answered them. Thanks for the tips on the neighborhoods.

Is Central High the best choice? PS — my wife said she was sold at the first mention of great green chile. We stll talk about some we had in Durango that we could have eaten every day forever. So glad to hear that you found my blog post useful! Aberdeen and Sunset would be good too but more of a bikable distance from shopping. Also depends on your housing budget of course.

You can also spend plenty for a mansion on Pitkin near PCC. I love the post about Pueblo, my husband just graduated from law school and we are actually thinking of moving to Colorado because one its close to Tx where my family lives, right now my husband and I are in FL and two my husband has never lived anywhere but FL and would love to try and live in CO and Pueblo caught my eye. Could you give me an suggestions on neighborhoods to buy a house.

It would be our first house and we are pretty excited and trying to do some research before completely setting our sights on CO. Glad you enjoyed the post. Please avoid Pueblo West which has a nice selection of modern homes but the location is miserable for a variety of reasons.

Narrowing your choices would depend on budget and housing preferences. I will send a quick email to your yahoo address and would be happy to answer further questions. Best wishes to you and your husband on this big move! I hope you choose Pueblo! How plentiful are 2 bed homes on the rental market? How far in advance should I start looking? Do you have any advice as to an agent to contact for help? If it were me I would make a trip here to Pueblo a few weeks in advance to make arrangements for a rental house.

Be prepared to put a deposit on the house. You should be able to check using the county property records for verification. Not often but it happens. When you arrive in Pueblo stop by Colorado Avenue and ask for me. Anyone working there will be able to get a message to me and I can call or meet you to help find a good rental. Thank you Justin for your wonderful information. I plan to relocate in March, to either Pueblo or Albuquerque.

I prefer renting to owning. Your piece has me favoring Pueblo. I will definitely check out the Mesa Junction and Belmont areas. I hope that I will find that perfect rental in a walkable neighborhood. Hi Norah — I hope you choose Pueblo! I think people who criticize Pueblo for its crime rate and what not, may be comparing it to Denver or The Springs but when you compare it to Albuquerque, Pueblo comes out on top!

Thanks for the informative article! My family and I are thinking about moving to Pueblo. We are healthy eaters and the little one and I are vegetarians. We want a to rent a pretty 3 br with charm but fairly modern. Maybe walking distance to a park and a coffee shop. Do you know if the ground is amenable to planting gardens?

Any areas to definitely avoid? We plan to set up a number of appts to view apartments before we move down and find a place within a day or two of our move. Is that possible there? Also, do you know what the bar scene is like?

My bf bartends and also has experience working in construction, welding, etc. Will it be difficult for him to find work? Thanks, sorry for so many questions! Looking forward to quieter life with a little more space! Hi Melanie — thank you for reading my post and for these questions. For good, safe, walkable neighborhoods I recommend Aberdeen and Mesa Junction plus parts of the Sunset and just north of the State Fairgrounds. And, yes, you can certainly plant a garden but it will likely be a change from gardening in New Orleans.

But, the East side and especially the lower East side south of 4th St. Same, but to a lesser extent, in parts of Bessemer, the West side as well as the area just north of downtown but south of 17th and west of Elizabeth. I really need to create a neighborhood map of Pueblo to refer to…. Just need a bit of luck. I know some people to ask and could connect you once you arrive. Generally speaking, like many places, good jobs are difficult to find in Pueblo.

Construction work in particular will be a challenge because many skilled people are waiting on the sidelines for housing construction to resume. My husband and I are planning to move to Colorado next summer, probably sometime between June-Sept I am graduating with my BSN in nursing and plan to attend graduate school to become a nurse practitioner a few years down the road. My husband has 5 years of construction experience and is also obtaining and Information Technology degree online.

We had our sights set on Colorado Springs area, but my husband is much more thrilled about a smaller town. What are the biggest differences in Co. What would make us move to Pueblo over Co. The cost of living seems quite low in Colorado Springs for all the wonderful amenities and hospitals they offer. Also, being we are moving from North Dakota which happens to have by far the best job economy in the country what is the job situation like in Pueblo and Co.

Your comments and advice would be much appreciated!! Thanks for the post, Justin! I was wondering about the job market in Pueblo. I live in small town in Missouri and there is nothing here to do as far as jobs go, or even entertainment.

I have family in Pueblo West who are really pushing for my wife, son and I to move in with them until we can find work and a home of our own. Is the job market in Pueblo vast or pretty shallow?

Unfortunately, the job market is relatively weak. Some people live in Pueblo and work in Colorado Springs where the population is much larger and the economy is more diverse. If you have nursing or medical training of any kind Parkview and Corwin 2 major hospitals in Pueblo seem to have plenty of positions. That said, it really depends on your skills, background and interests. It also depends on your level of entrepreneurial spirit. I see tons of opportunity to start and grow businesses here in Pueblo but it requires patience, determination and a long-term vision.

It also typically requires short term financial sacrifice and not everyone is in position to make that type of sacrifice. I like the way you are so positive and are able to see things that are not so great about Pueblo. You see it for the way it is and tell about the good and bad. Work can be scarce. I do agree on the weather it is nice and sunny and I am glad you pointed out how inexpensive it can be to live in Pueblo. However I disagree on restaurants maybe casual at best they are just okay.

Anybody from a big city or overseas might differ in your opinion there. There are people that try and come here and with them they bring there culture take over on main that place was divine. I seen the owner and his wife so things with food that was different and exciting. They even went above to infuse the local produce from Vineland and the county into works of art. There are retailers that try and come here and show the people something different and exciting something that they have never seen.

But people here do NOT like anything different. I think Pueblo west is different from the city as a whole. I think Pueblo would be more vibrant and if it just allowed for things that are cultural to come in and not just Mexican, or italian. That little dutch place has been there for years that was when the mill was recruiting europeans hence the term Bojon. I do like the city park and the library. Both great Places to work and workout. I wished it was more open culturally. In the meantime I think Pueblo is and always will be a place to raise children.

The people and the way they think, truly reflect that. If you have something different to offer the community and you are moving to Pueblo it wont be as easy as it looks. Chances are it wont last. Michelle, thanks for the comment and your kind words. I agree with you in part in terms of Pueblo being reluctant to support new ideas but I think it cuts two ways. I often see investments in business, real estate etc made by people from out of town — Denver or elsewhere — that are destined for failure from the get-go because of a lack of understanding about what motivates Puebloans to open their wallet and spend money.

The key in Pueblo is to provide excellent value. It has to be a great price or it will struggle. Let me give you an example. They spent way too much money on the property, putting in high-end kitchen appliances, counter-tops and various other luxury amenities. So, despite a superior location and a terrific product so far as I can tell , the investment was a colossal failure and aside from a few units the place has been almost completely vacant for years.

If someone who understands Pueblo had built the condos they would have been far more modestly priced with fewer luxuries. And the building would now be fully occupied, the investment would have paid back handsomely, etc. Thanks Justin I do agree. Like i mentioned earlier, demographics are changing.. There simply is not enough Economic growth. The best thing about Pueblo is also keeping it from being a place that competes with other markets like Colorado springs and Denver or any of the beautiful mountain communities in Colorado.

But If your looking for for inexpensive living and a relatively great place to raise kids. If only hopefully one day…. Hey Justin… Have to say you are great at depicting Pueblo… I have been looking to re-locate to Colorado from Southern California, North East San Diego County, which is High Desert While I do love the weather here and the general location to many amenities like desert, mountain, ocean, citys, etc.

California is just un-reasonable to try to live in economically.. I am still researching, and really appreciate all you have posted about Pueblo.. Hi Mark, thank you for the comment. Should be plenty of affordable options. As far as the gaming industry there are only a few locations offering legal gambling in Colorado.

Cripple Creek would be the closes but not really within commuting distance from Pueblo. I grew up in Pueblo and lived there for 24 years. After having moved to two different cities in Colorado, and now living in Longmont, I have to say that Pueblo is by far the worst. There is no real industry in Pueblo anymore, and virtually no economic growth.

If you telecommute and work from home, then sure it can work though so can any other city. Do not expect to find a high paying job in Pueblo though — though commuting to Springs is a possibility. As far as my own experience? Well, I was robbed twice. Once at my apartment on the South side, other in Bessemer.

Wiped out everything — I knew exactly who did it both times and the Police did not care or do a single thing. One of my best friends was murdered. Drugs, especially opiate pills and crack, have exploded in popularity in recent years. In fact, the people who robbed my house and apartment were druggies addicted to pills — as someone else mentioned, coming in during the daytime while you are at work and grabbing everything valuable is an extremely common occurrence in Pueblo now.

Homicide rates are ridiculous, as is rape, gang violence, etc. I looked at the crime rates for Longmont — where I now live — there has been 0 or 1 murder per year. Overall crime rates there are nearly twice the national average. Pueblo is a city with -Stagnate population -Very poor economy and a mostly shut down steel industry -Very high crime rate -Cheap houses! I will give it that. I lived mostly on the south side, later in Bessemer, which is where all the really horrible stuff happened.

Hi Chris — thank you for sharing your experience and perspective. Pueblo most certainly has a crime problem. Partly I think Pueblo police are overwhelmed and partly I think they suffer from poor leadership. I suppose that City Council bears some blame but I think idiotic is too harsh. Longmont is indeed a nice community from what little I know about it.

A good location near Boulder provides access to economic opportunity but I suspect that the high cost of housing in Longmont is partially responsible for the lower crime rate. Pueblo could also benefit from greater investment in agricultural productivity. Pueblo has a lot more in common with the rust belt communities in the Midwest than it does with high growth Front Range metros to the north.

I see Pueblo as a sunnier and warmer version of Pittsburgh transitioning from a Steel City to a more diverse and technologically advanced economy. Hopefully I can make a small contribution.

Again, thanks for the heads-up. My husband and I are both disabled and live on the eastside, but not very far on the east side.. It is so easy getting around in Pueblo, and the medical care here has been superb and since my husband has had health issues since moving here we have had first hand with the hospitals and emergency services, and I could not complain one bit. Darla — thank you so much for sharing your experience as a resident of the East Side and as someone who has relocated to Pueblo from Colorado Springs.

I hope you and your husband have many happy years in Pueblo. Thanks again for reading and commenting! Thanks so much for an informative article and thanks everyone, for all the comments. I was very pleasantly surprised to see the date this article was published and comments still being posted currently. We are planning to move to Pueblo next summer from Wisconsin.

The climate change will be very welcome, first of all. Wondering about the beer? Husband has gotten used to the smaller craft brews here in WI, and is extremely interested in the availability of those in CO.

We are also bikers, and looking forward to good riding around the area. What about local lawn care services, the smaller independently-owned services, for husband to get a job? Also, any small engine repair services would be opportunity as well. Any comments or responses with advice are welcome. Hi Sapphire, thanks for the comments! You will indeed love the climate in Pueblo. Bountiful sunshine and pleasant temperatures almost year-round.

If his favorites are not in stock just request a special order. Ask for Shannon; she will help you out. Mountains are certainly beautiful for biking and no crowds this far south of Denver. Not sure about lawn care or small engine repair shops but there should be options for someone with skills and a good midwest work ethic. On the other hand, I think Pueblo is a terrific place to start a business.

Pueblo was a great place to grow up. It had a downtown that thrived until the mall was built , and people took pride in their homes. I lived on W. We knew all of the neighbors within a 4-block radius. At that time, the schools were fantastic. Teachers were well educated, and there was strict discipline. The town supported high school athletics, and everyone went to football games on Friday or Saturday night.

I left for northern California in , and now live near Philadelphia. My home on W 11th St, which my dad built after WWll, is too sad to look at any more. The neighborhood has become mostly rentals, and is badly decayed.

There are a few gems in the ruins, but this is Pueblo. You can work hard to make your house look nice, but your neighbors can throw their couches and old refrigerators in their front yard and there goes the neighborhood. I was just in Pueblo in mid October, and encountered 3 stray dogs, in 2 different neighborhoods.

My uncle said that stray dogs are a big problem now in Pueblo. The cost of living is still low, the River Walk is nice, Coors Tavern is still serving up the best sloppers, and PassKey is still in business.

Hi Julie — thanks for your comments! Thanks again and best wishes, JH. Justin, Your article touched on all the reasons I went to school and worked hard to come back home to Pueblo. My husband and I each own our own business, we own our own home on Colorado Avenue, our kids have enjoyed a great education, we have more than we know what to do with activities all the time and we enjoy a twenty minute drive to our second home in Beulah when we want downtime.

We love to travel and can easily go anywhere we want out of Springs or Denver and can afford to travel often as our cost of living is so low. We know our local government representatives and city officials and have the opportunity for personal conversations on issues that affect us. Best of all, we know our neighbors, have a relationship with friends, family and customers everywhere we go and feel a strong sense of our roots and our community.

Glad you are back and thank you for your ongoing welcoming of our new neighbors and friends that are coming to discover a well kept secret!!!! Amy, thank you so much for your kind comments! I strongly suspect we have friends in common and will be crossing paths soon…. Hi Justin, thank you for this site and all of the good, honest comments and advice.

I am 65 years old, grew up on Evans ave and Lake ave both considered Bessemer , never any problems, great neighbors! Walked to Corwin middle school, central HS. I now live in sunset park, and will never move. I think the robberies, violence, etc are generally gang related, sadly. Just need to be vigilant. Yes, avoid the west side near and west of the State hospital. I was a homecare nurse for years, discovered there are good and bad everywhere.

Sadly, you are right on about pueblo west, have friends out there, also family, only because building or buying a home is cheaper, bless them! Their team is now 3 in the nation div Ii. Last year our university hosted the national Div Ii track and field completion. I attended our university, made a very good living as a registered nurse.

All of my girls and their husbands attended CSU -P and all have well paying jobs. The high schools are encouraging students to take college classes at PCC while still in HS , now many are graduating HS with a 2 year associates degree. Read recently that our university had the 2nd lowest tuition in the nation.

Oh, and by the way, they just announced millions of dollars have been raised for scholarships and renovating buildings there, so I think they will generate work for newcomers.

One last thing, personal. Many of our hardworking men worked the Steel mill after serving time in the military. Very few Bojons leave pueblo, they follow their fathers, family into good jobs. That is my funny. Now, one last note, my brother has lived in Colorado Springs for 40 years got a teaching job there out of college , he hates it. The traffic, always transients, and the military. Says people are unfriendly and rude.

There you have the haves and have nots, here we have tolerance, and a love for all. Thank you once again!

Maribeth, thank you so much for sharing these comments! I think this approach runs contrary to many accepted ideas regarding what it means in America for your children to succeed. I also love the anecdote about your daughter making a 6-figure salary as a drug rep. If you really want to live in Pueblo and you really want to make good money it can certainly can be done but you have to MAKE it happen. Those who complain about low salaries are often expecting to just show up with a job application and, in return, receive a solid middle class salary.

That was possible in the 70s, in Pueblo, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and lots of other places with a manufacturing-based economy; but those days are long gone. Hope we cross paths in Pueblo one of these days. I would rather sit on the beach by the bonfire, eating smores while watching the sunset over Lake Michigan than be at the Pueblo Reservoir. There are many great things about Pueblo, the people, the food, and the low cost housing but your salary for those of us who work for a business in Pueblo reflects the low cost of living.

Hi Mark, thanks for the comments! Northern Michigan is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated places in all of North America. However, I also experienced eight grey, brutally cold Michigan winters. So, while I will concede the summer season, I will take Pueblo over Michigan the other 9 months of the year…and by a landslide from Jan to May.

So, given the option, I would choose a hot summer in Pueblo over a cold winter in Michigan every day of the week. Maybe we should charter a bus from Pueblo to Petoskey in July? Just wanted to thank you for the straight-forward, yet detailed summary of life in Pueblo. It was just what I was looking for. Hi Mike — Thanks for your comments! I grew up in Pueblo, from the time I was 2 until the time I was When I moved away, it was a bit of a culture shock, and I often felt very idiotic when presented with new information that I had assumed to be true everywhere in the United States.

First, were issues concerning diversity. Moving away from Pueblo, I was shocked to learn how Latino and Hispanic individuals were regarded. It had never even crossed my mind. Also, Latino individuals are so integrated and Americanized, that it was odd to me when I met Latino people who only spoke Spanish when I left Pueblo.

And Pueblo most certainly did not prepare me for interacting with African-Americans. I got used to it though. Another instance when I felt completely out-of-place outside of Pueblo was when I was in the Army. I was studying to be a medic in the Army, and we started to learn about certain diseases that existed. Anyway, I learned that day that the plague is really only prevalent in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico for the most part.

Because of this reputation for seemingly dead diseases or in the case of Sin Nombre and West Nile, new diseases , I also have met other people from Colorado who view Pueblo as a third-world-country. This view of Pueblo is reinforced by the rampant poverty. It is also interesting to note that Pueblo residents seem to suffer from cancer and degenerative disorders more frequently than I have noticed in other places I have lived.

Add that to the fact that there is the Pueblo Chemical Depot right outside of town, housing mustard gas and who knows what else, there are plenty of reasons why I will never return to live in Pueblo. An interesting anecdote about the Pueblo Chemical Depot: While growing up, we were informed that the Depot was nothing to worry about at all, and that it was a relatively small compound. When I was in college, I looked it up via Google Maps and discovered that the Depot is almost the exact same size as Pueblo itself.

The Depot houses tons of mustard gas that is over 5 million pounds of mustard gas. Thanks for sharing your perspective. I can definitely relate to some of your experience in terms of finding different cultural norms in different parts of the US. Health problems in Pueblo probably correlate more strongly with income than with any other variable.

The Pueblo Chemical Depot does indeed have tons of chemical weapons in storage, all of it scheduled to be destroyed in the next 5 years see http: The most interesting part of your comments have to do with Pueblo being viewed as a 3rd world country. As you acknowledge, Pueblo has a strong Latino influence with a majority or near majority Hispanic population. This makes them uncomfortable so they make disparaging comments about Pueblo. To those people I say, go back to the s where you belong.

That makes people uncomfortable and they trash Pueblo. Hi Penny, I think you are right on target. I hope Pueblo works out for you! I live and work in Tampa and hope to retire in about 6 yrs. Really the only reason I continue to live here is my job.

I definitely have Pueblo and the surrounding areas on my radar. We have been looking for a house in Fl.

My wife likes to cook and would like a large kitchen with a formal dining room. Hard to find in Fl. Definitely an impossibility in Fl. I assume when you say Pueblo has a large Latino population it is predominately Mexican? My wife is Peruvian and speaks very little English. Hi Gerald, It sounds like Pueblo would work nicely for your situation after retirement. Plenty of inexpensive houses with basements.

You may need to budget for a kitchen remodel as most bargains would be older homes with smaller kitchens. I would think it would be doable but challenging. Hi Justin My friend Rod White sent me your link and was happy to read all of the good things you had to say about Pueblo. All of the same reasons I moved from So. I never experienced this in Cal. Iif you want to come by my house sometime I can show you somethings you might not know about this fair city. Hi Tom — thank you for reading and for adding this comment.

Having lived in several places where no one knew my name I can relate and agree completely. My family and I relocated to Pueblo from Santa Monica because the crime and congestion became too much. The first thing we noticed was the friendliness of the folks here. As soon as we settled in, the CFI mill went down. Families really suffered in the resulting economy. Just start asking the people you meet how they came to Pueblo and why.

You will be surprised at what you find out. We are quite cosmopolitan for a small place. Hi Art — thanks for sharing your experience! Thanks again for the comment! I was so happy to find this thread just now when I looked up city data for pueblo. The springs is too big and expensive for a 51 year old from a tiny central California town. Looking to make the leap as early as next month, and am utterly charmed by the diversity I have been digging up about pueblo.

My main — simple — consideration is the ability to keep my pets: Perhaps you could point me in a good direction? My next line of inquiry during the next week or so will be the feasibility of setting up a small business there, storefront or internet. And I am going to share your page on fb; perhaps it will allay the fear my daughter has about my not living in the same town. Hi Shari — glad you found my post and thank you for your kind words.

Finding a place to rent with lots of pets will probably be a challenge but not insurmountable. I hope your move goes well and that Pueblo works out for you. You have mentioned that the east side is rough.

Are there any other spots to stay away from? Focussing on the Minneaqua Area? The lower East side and Bessemer probably have the most crime. Minnequa is okay but depends on where in Minnequa. Great bargains on homes, very walkable and crime is not too bad. Looking to move to area also. Moved out of California was wanting better place for kids 4 of them to mo.

Things are just to slow here. Colorado recent laws has put a sparkle in my eyes one I would compare to the first settlers crossing the west. My plan is in no way to start that kind of work again but well qualified.

Wanting to further my culinary career seeing the number of resturants in mile radius to Pablo says this is the place. Looking to rent not buy. Seems to be a wide range in pricing. Almost an underground railroad feeling. My worst fear is to rent a place over the phone get there and were the only family in a crime ridden ghetto.

Once they deposit tax money where out of here. Was a communications specialist for sprint a chef and past grower who graduated for oaksterdam university. I feel there is hope in Colorado. But with no family ther or anywhere.

My lil trib is all I got! Thanks for you writing they have helped to inspire me more. Looking for a friend and point of contact. Wife was offered work by a nice man and the urban bar and grill said to come to pueblo money in Denver. Well thanks again Justin any more insight would ne great. Hi Matthew, thanks for the note. Let me know how I might be able to help. My husband and I, along with our two year old daughter and Rottweiler Chief, are planning a move to Colorado at the end of the year.

We are full time RVers and my husband works from home on the internet. I also plan on homeschooling. I have read what you have said about Pueblo west but do you have any information on Forts or Haggards? They are also under new management, according to the reviews. Would you happen to know who owns them and if they are planning on doing something about the water quality?

Also, if we did decide to purchase land, where would be the best place where building codes would be lax. Earthships are up to building codes, but usually in developments closer to the city, there are HOAs and God forbid someone has a garden or a green house rather than a lawn. Please feel free to email me any time! Glad to hear that Pueblo is on your radar screen. Based only this comment I would suggest that you learn more about Beulah, a small community nestled in the foothills of the Wet Mountains about 20 minutes southwest of Pueblo.

Another possibility would be Rye a bit further south. Something tells me that one of these communities might be your kind of place.

I think this article on your blog is excellent. Appreciated is the time you have taken to answer all messages. That is how a blog is supposed to work. I am not interested in living right in Pueblo, but in a rural mountainous area somewhere within a 50 mile radius of Pueblo.

I am looking for a acre partially wooded parcel and this can be off-grid property as I plan on solar. Since there are lots of days of sunshine in this area it is ideal for solar and that is really what attracts me to the area.

Can you advise where might be the best locations within 50 miles of Pueblo for finding off-grid real estate.

I would even consider acreage with a cabin already built, but probably will have to buy the land first and do this in stages to get the cabin built. If I could find a property that already has a well and septic that would be preferable, but not a requirement. Dennis, I am so glad you found my blog! I would love to work with you on this location decision! Do you have time to collaborate? Let me know how I might contact you directly.

If you prefer, maybe leave a private message here or send a DM to justinholman on Twitter. I would appreciate collaborating with you. I do not use the social sites much, but you can find me on Facebook. We can also collaborate directly through our individual preferred email providers if you like. Actually that is how I usually communicate with friends, family, and business associates. If you want to send an email to my gmail account I can also provide you with my cell number. Thanks for your insightful and balanced thoughts.

My husband and I are strongly considering opening a small business in Pueblo in the next few months. We visited the city today to see it for ourselves and we like what we see. Thank you so much for your kind words! I hope it works out for you.

Feel free to contact me if I can be of service. I am 56 yrs old and have lived in Alabama all my life. I am considering moving to the Pueblo area soon and would like some recommendations, please, as to what areas might me low crime, affordable, friendly, and fun to live and retire.

Please let me know if I can help in any way and best wishes on the move! Thanks so much for your quick response. I will definitely check that out. Pueblo is only 4, feet so, unless you have a medical condition that might make you more vulnerable, you should be fine. Typically, you have to go above 8,, ft before altitude sickness becomes an issue. Hi Justin, thank you for your informational article! My husband and I are looking to relocate to Pueblo for Ohio.

We are looking to rent rent to own as are many. Thanks for mentioning the safe and not so safe areas to look at! We own our own small business from home and would love to join the community of Pueblo!! Justin, thank you for your informational article on Pueblo! We found your neighborhood analysis very helpful. We are looking to rent, or rent to own.

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