By Diane Sepanski

Solo travel is a hot ticket for 2020. Here, three new books that champion free spirits.

go your own way book

Ben Groundwater wants to inspire you. Go Your Own Way: Hacks, Tips and Tricks to Travel the World Solo is the Australian travel writer’s guide to mapping your own adventures, with encouragement (the first chapter is called “You Can Do This”); advice on planning, prep, and safety; and recommendations for single-friendly cities from Buenos Aires to Berlin, plus epic journeys such as La Paz to Lima and Nairobi to Cape Town. $25, powells.com

beyond the trees book

In 2017, while his fellow Canadians commemorated their country’s 150th anniversary with exhibitions and events, Adam Shoalts went a lot further – and farther: “Canada’s Indiana Jones” made his own history by canoeing nearly 2,500 miles from the Yukon to Nunavut. In Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic, he battles shifting ice floes, swollen rivers, bears, and wolves to discover the tundra’s brutal beauty. $27, barnesandnoble.com.

elsewhere book

Kathmandu, Antarctica, India, Indonesia – there’s seemingly nowhere Rosita Boland hasn’t been. The Irish Times journalist reflects on three decades of traversing the globe on her own in Elsewhere: One Woman, One Rucksack, One Lifetime of Travel, which highlights nine journeys that transformed her life: She finds peace in a Bali pool, courage on a Pakistan bus, and comfort in the battered rucksack she’s had since she was 25. $18, amazon.com.

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