My name is Deborah Guber and I work as an Associate Professor of Political Science at The University of Vermont, where I teach classes in American politics, including political parties and elections, public opinion, and environmental policy.
I am the author of numerous scholarly articles and a book titled, The Grassroots of a Green Revolution: Polling America on the Environment (The MIT Press), but travel has become an integral and very enjoyable part of my personal life. The journals I maintain here are a reflection of that.
Where have you been in Europe?
Since 2006, I’ve visited well over 100 cities and towns in Europe, including the following countries: England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy.
Here’s an interactive map of the destinations I’ve written about in my journals:
Where are you going next year?
“The hills are alive, with the sound of music…” And cowbells and alphorns. I’m heading to Austria and Switzerland!
Do you always travel solo?
While I often take trips with family or friends in the United States, when I venture abroad, I’m on my own. It does get lonely at times, but I love the freedom and independence to do whatever I want, whenever I want, whether it’s spending too many hours at the Louvre in Paris, or lounging lazily on a deck chair in Venice. It’s truly been one of the most rewarding and empowering experiences of my life.
Incidentally, as a single woman I believe in using good common sense, but I’ve never felt threatened or unsafe anywhere I’ve ever been in Europe, even late at night. I’ve never been robbed, only rarely been cheated by waiters and cab drivers, and only once have I suffered a broken heart—an admirable record, all in all.
- Tips for Solo Women Travelers (Rick Steves)
- Solo Travel: Six Reasons to Wander Alone (Matador Network)
- Traveling Solo: A Manifesto for the Modern Woman (New York Magazine)
- Yes, Please. Party of One (New York Times Magazine)
- Best Countries for Solo Travelers (Travel + Leisure)
What kind of camera do you use?
I use a Nikon D5300 along with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens with built-in vibration reduction (VR). It is a compact digital SLR and although the lens is somewhat heavy, the combination allows me to shoot everything from a wide angle to a tight zoom without the necessity of switching lenses.
Hundreds of photographs from my European travels can be viewed on Flickr, a select group of my very favorite pictures can be seen here, and a few are available through Getty Images. My work has been licensed to a number of travel publishers, including Lonely Planet, Condé Nast, Bradt, Rick Steves, and Dorling Kindersley, as well as other multimedia outlets such as Rosetta Stone, Thompson Reuters, The History Channel, and The New York Daily News.
- 12 Great Digital Cameras for Travel Photography (Adorama Camera)
- Best Digital Cameras for Travel (Travel + Leisure)
- Travel Photography Tips (National Geographic)
- 79 Travel Photography Tips You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without (Digital Camera World)
- How To Keep Camera Gear Safe While Traveling (Digital Photography School)
There’s a picture in the background on your blog. Where was that taken?
That’s a photograph I took in the beautiful hill town of Siena, Italy in the summer of 2008. You can see it here on Flickr.
Where do your readers come from?
Since this is a travel blog, it’s interesting to note that my journals have been read in all 50 U.S. states, and on 6 continents in 180 countries, including Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, but also in Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, India, China, Luxembourg, Tunisia, Singapore, Qatar, Morocco, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Romania, Venezuela, Pakistan, Uganda, Monaco, Iceland, Cambodia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Bulgaria, Croatia, South Africa, Estonia, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Syria, Brunei, Vanuatu, and Cuba to name just a few!
The “heat map” below represents the number of visitors from each country. The darker the color, the higher the number of visits since February 2012.
How can I contact you?
You can also find me on a number of social media sites: