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Charlotte Simpson, aka the Traveling Black Widow is a retired guidance counselor and special education teacher. After losing her husband of 31 years, she made solo-world-travel a central part of her retirement and has traveled all seven continents and 50 states. ​

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  1. Great article. What bravery and tenacity. I’m also a solo travelers and you are right about sometimes having the fight our feelings of fear and move on. There is empowerment in overcoming year fears.

  2. I enjoyed the entire scenario and realized that what I have been imagining is a story that I’ve created in my mind and may not be as sad as I have imagined.

  3. I love that you are a retired teacher! I am presently teaching 5th grade and to be honest I believe this is a “bear” that I have faced as I never would have imagined I would ever teach at that level- I was always comfortable teaching the lower grade levels. This has truly been a year of growth for me doing something like this that I have never done before!

  4. ‘Do it afraid’…100% agree beyond measure. A fortune I pulled in a cookie decades ago still resonates ‘do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain’….I mutter those words often while solo traveling especially!

  5. What a plot twist … Charlotte, I was right there with you in MY mind, trekking those trails with you, far from the schoolchildren and seeing a bear, too. 🙂 I love this story and the lessons you shared in sharing it with us. Guilty as charged over here, when it comes to creating whole what-if scenes in my mind that are heavily sprinkled with fear. Over the years, I’ve come to understand what you captured so beautifully — the importance of forging ahead with courage. Thank you for sharing with us, xoxo

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