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Facebook Live chat #2: How solo travel helped prepare us for lockdown



For our second Facebook Live chat, travel writer, columnist and expert solo traveller Kate Wills joined us to explore how our solo travelling experiences have inadvertently helped prepare us for life in lockdown.


We discussed divorce, adaptability, routine and learning to tame your critical inner voice. We also shared a hope that our willingness to eat almost anything won’t have to be tested again…

If you missed it, catch up now on the Thelma & Louise Facebook Page.

Ana also talked about how learning to think like an artist can help us see beyond the walls that surround us right now. And we watched Emma take a journey across the Sahara via a large glass of a delicious alcoholic beverage!

We hope you enjoyed the chat and that, in some small way, it helps you cope with the loneliness and boredom that can accompany isolation and lockdown.

As promised, here are links to the various places and products we discussed.


Our guest: Kate Wills

Huge thanks to Kate Wills who joined us to talk about the solo travel lessons she’s carrying into lockdown. Kate is writing a book about the solo travels she embarked on following her divorce. The book also shines a spotlight on some of the most remarkable female travellers in human history – and in many cases that spotlight is long overdue. Kate told us about Elspeth Beard, the first woman to ride a motorbike around the world solo, and if the other travellers Kate writes about are anywhere near as fascinating, we’re in for a remarkable read. We’ll let you all know when Kate’s book is released in December.

You can keep up to date with her latest writing and book developments on her Instagram, @katewillswrites.


Thanks to a question from Teacake Travels, Kate recommended her 3 backpack essentials that are still proving their worth in lockdown:

  1. de Mamiel Altitude Oil This multi-tasking inhalation oil is meant to help keep your head clear when you fly, but it’s just as effective at relieving stress at home.
  2. A Kindle Kate’s usually on the ‘proper book’ side of the perennial book vs e-reader debate, but when it comes to travelling light the Kindle is her go-to travel buddy. It’s also handy when you can’t pop to the bookshop in lockdown.
  3. Noise-cancelling headphones Brilliantly effective at blocking out aeroplane hum and inane chatter on flights; equally effective in lockdown with anyone else! (There are plenty of brands to choose from, across a wide range of budgets.)


Cultural Escape

Every week we talk about the books, movies and other audio-visual delights that are helping us through lockdown by transporting us elsewhere – without leaving our homes.

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Every week, we'll recommend a product that you can buy to use now and take on your travels later.

  • Emma live sampled a large glug of Noveltea’s The Tale of Moroccan Mint alcoholic tea – a sweet blend of green mint tea with white rum. Noveltea is currently donating £1 to the WHO-COVID-19 fund per order, so now’s a good time to stock up.

If you like the sound of all that, watch the chat now!


What are you reading and what products are currently helping you through isolation? Tell us in the comments below. We'd also love to hear your suggestions for themes for the coming weeks.What would you like us to talk about?


What do you think of our Facebook Live chats? We’d love your constructive feedback.