Travel Solo After 40

By Travel Journalist and Photographer Melissa Banigan

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I'm Melissa Banigan, Founder of Travel Solo After 40, a resource for mature single women with an emphases on gorgeous destinations, food and drink, and travel stories that read like literature.

Although I write primarily about France and the French Caribbean (Guadeloupe makes me swoon). I also love introducing readers to other beautiful countries such as Cameroon, Peru, Scotland, Iceland, and beyond.

A multimedia journalist by profession, my work has been published by outlets such as CNN Travel, BBC Travel, and Fodor's. I'm also the Founder and CEO of Advice Project Media, a nonprofit organization that offers journalism training to youth and women around the world, and the Founder of HiveMind Communications, a content strategy firm based in New York City.


Unlike your typical travel blog, you can expect the writing on this site to be well-written, thoroughly researched, and properly cited, with a slew of carefully curated photos and videos thrown into the mix. More about my non-travel work can be found on my professional website.

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© 2017-2019 by Melissa Banigan. 

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Solo woman traveler over 40, francophile, feminist, single mother. Journalist for The Washington Post, CNN Travel, BBC Travel, Fodor's, NPR, Atlas Obscura, and more. Also the founder of Advice Project Media.


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