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Dream, Plan, and Go: A Travel Guide to Inspire Your Independent Adventure

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  34 reviews
A Great Big World is Waiting for You Out There—Go Find It!
Have you been putting off that trip of a lifetime hoping for a special someone to accompany you? Do you find yourself getting bored with the same old girls’ weekends? Are you hesitant to step out of your comfort zone, plan a solo vacation, pack your bags, and just go?
From pastries in Vienna to becoming a touri
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Harvest House Publishers (first published May 2020)
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Andrea Pole
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Dream, Plan, & Go by Rachel McMillan is a must read for those who are contemplating a departure, be it large or small, from their comfort zone. Rachel intermingles snippets from her own journeys with travel tips, as well as 'historical snapshots', and the result is wholly effective and inspiring. As a woman who often embarks on solo adventures, I took much away from this thoughtful book that owes its wisdom to the vast wealth of experience that is so generously shared by the author. Thank you Ra ...more
Rachel McMillan
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
All names are changed but that of Klaus who I met in the Museumsquartier and who taught me about Viennese coffee. His name is not changed

Writing this book was an absolutely delightful experience
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Before you start planning your next trip, I suggest you read Rachel McMillan’s Dream, Plan, and Go! Especially if you’re not sure if you can do it, and by that, I mean stepping out courageously and taking a step in faith to travel solo. Whether or not you’re a single or a couple, Dream, Plan, and Go is filled with Ms. McMillan’s forthright enthusiasm about traveling wherever you may be. Even the content is directed at someone who is single and traveling, but a bucket list is a bucket and lists a ...more
Courtney Clark
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dream, Plan, and Go is an inspiring nonfiction book for experienced adventurers and beginners who only dream of travel and new experiences. Part travel memoir and part manual for solo adventuring, author Rachel McMillan combines anecdotes and advice for all ages hoping to see new destinations close to home and abroad.

With an easy conversational tone and candid manner, Rachel McMillan relays her personal experiences of adventure and travel — everything from childhood to adult bucket list destinat
Leigh Kramer
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Rachel McMillan is an internet friend and I’ve long enjoyed living vicariously through her various solo travels. I’ve done the actual traveling part by myself on many a trip but not once I’ve arrived at my destination, preferring instead to visit or travel with a friend or be with a group. People that solo travel have my full admiration. More than anyone else, Rachel has gotten me to consider doing this myself and I might have followed through, if not for the pandemic. All that to say, it made p ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
For the woman who desires to travel, but has obstacles in the way: no one to travel with, fear, overwhelmed with decisions--McMillan's book is perfect for you. The author gives details that make travel, especially solo travel, seem both enticing and approachable to anyone.
The chapters walk the reader through step by step ideas and planning, balanced with vignettes from McMillan's own journeys to provide inspiration. At the end of each chapter, there are questions for the reader to answe
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
"Don't go to a new place expecting to teach; rather, go expecting to learn."⁣

My friend Rachel recently released fantastic books for the traveler and adventurer! She is a fellow traveler and has great advice and stories to share. I love that her heart is to encourage women, whether single, dating, or married to to find adventures wherever they are. Both big and small, whether that's planning for a trip hours away on a plane or exploring your own city (or even adding on to a business trip, which
Natalyn Houk
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

"Dream, Plan, and Go" by Rachel McMillan is an awesome traveling resource for women contemplating travel on their own. McMillan gives writing prompts and checklists to empower people to travel with better planning and less fear.

This book was such a fun short read! McMillan is full of fun stories and travel knowledge that makes this book inspirational. By sharing her own tips and tricks, she creates an envi
Janine Rosche
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whether you are married or single, young or not-so-young, looking to travel the world or your town, I highly recommend this book! The author’s personal stories and insights will inspire you to take a chance to experience something new and her wisdom and practical tips will show you just how to do it!
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got lots of ideas for future independent travel adventures after reading this book. I really liked the focus on different kinds of experiences- close to home, sensory, spiritual, abroad, etc. If you’ve been thinking about doing solo travel, but need a dose of encouragement, this is the book to read!
Suzie Waltner
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Have you been holding out on a trip of a lifetime because you have no one to go with? In Dream, Plan and Go, Rachel McMillan encourages would-be travelers to stop waiting and go find their adventure.

Whether in your city or across the world, McMillan shares hints, tips, and personal stories to help you gain the confidence to travel—by yourself or with someone else. I enjoyed the author’s stories and took heart in her encouragement to embrace adventure no matter what stage in life we are at.

Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reviews
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Title: Dream Plan Go: A Travel Guide to Inspire Your Independent Adventure

Author: Rachel McMillan

Chapters: 11

Pages: 224

Genre: Travel

Rating: 5 Stars

Publisher: Harvest House Publisher

This travel book from Rachel McMillan is awesome. It’s a book that as a single woman in my 30s didn’t know that I needed. Her book is geared towards single female travel and includes even traveling in your own backyard.
But what stood out to me the most was t
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book seems to be more self-help than travel. The book focuses on the fact that it is okay to travel alone by highlighting solo trips of the author. McMillan does provide some travel advice at the end of each section, but it is all pretty obvious. If you have never traveled alone or feel uncomfortable going to a movie by yourself this is a good choice. If you are looking for advice on how to plan trips there are better options.
Mary Pauline M
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a pleasant surprise this book was for me! In addition to a guidebook on how to travel, the questions provided a neat learning experience, which I wasn't expecting. I've finished this book with some great ideas and also got to know myself a bit better than when I started reading. Thanks so much! ...more
Miranda Atchley
From a well-traveled author with a charming voice comes a book for women seeking independent adventure, both near and far, with a call to pursue our dreams at any stage in life.

I’ve been a big fan of McMillan’s for a few years now. I love her historical mysteries and her contemporary romances with her unique voice that breathes new life into intriguing eras and gilded settings. Having read of her passion for travel, I knew this book would be filled with fantastic travel stories that would have m
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I adored this frothy travel book- it's addressed mostly to single women and encourages them to travel alone, but also has advice and tips for women with families. It's an upbeat and charming look at a number of countries the Canadian author has visited, interspersed with wisdom and tidbits to help you pick and plan a beautiful trip - whether that's in town or across the world. While the tone is very conversational, I really loved several passages that felt empowering and meaningful: this is exac ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for the ARC!

This book really makes me wanna travel, which isn't something I can do now due to the current world situation. But reading about Rachel's adventures somehow made me travel in my mind, which I'm thankful for.

The author inspires us to go after our dreams and to enjoy spending time by ourselves. She tells several stories about the trips she took alone, the people she met on her adventures, the things she was able to enjoy in a better way because she
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
If I could only take one thing away from this book it would be "Don't Wait". We aren't limited to faraway places. It is just as easy to get excited about traveling through your own backyard. It's about putting away fear and taking the leap to do something out of your comfort zone.

I loved how the chapters were the different types of travel adventures you could have and within each chapter, you get a snapshot of the story behind it. I love the thought of being inspired by everything around you an
May 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

The blurb is a little misleading I think. It makes it sound like this is a guide book (Hell, "guide" is in the subtitle!), and it isn't.

The bulk of the book is split between the author telling you about her travels (many of which are research for her next fiction) and her convincing you that solo travel is easy, fun, and better than traveling with others. At the end of each chapter/tale she offers some tips and journal prompts, but honestly most of them are common damn sense (or for ex
Sarah Carper
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: negtalley
This was an inspiring book in many ways. Rachel McMillian sets out to encourage readers to break out of their comfort zone and take solo adventures around the world. Along the way, she gives many tips and tricks for traveling. Some of these tips were not new to me, but I did read some that I found interesting, and things I hadn’t thought of before. The descriptions of her journeys weren’t very long and they weren’t super detailed, but honestly, they were just long enough to make me want to go to ...more
Michelle Castaneda
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dream, Plan, & Go by Rachel McMillan is a delightful book full of anecdotes to inspire your independent adventures! I was already a fan of this author's fiction novels and I was excited to read this nonfiction from her. It is a treasure! Ms McMillan writes nonfiction with the same amount of light and exuberance that I adore in her fiction. Reading this book in the middle of a pandemic-- even if I may not be traveling anywhere anytime soon, I find this book more relevant now than ever. It opens u ...more
Gina Dalfonzo
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've always loathed the sentiment that "this or that experience is worthless if you have no one to share it with." The great thing about this delightful book is that it completely debunks that ridiculous and damaging notion. Rachel makes a convincing case that experiences have inherent value, even -- or especially! -- if you have them on your own, and that you ought to give it a whirl. Her descriptions of her adventures (a few of which I've been privileged to share) are appealing and her practic ...more
Cynthia Moore
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this book very interesting. I thought it was actually more of a self help book with a travel slant. This was a lot of encouragements to get started and not be afraid to travel as a woman. It did seem targeted towards women. It had many stories about overcoming fears about traveling alone or too far or many other fears that we have that stop us from doing things. It was a good book to read if you have those obstacles holding you back. For me, I have been traveling as a solo woman for many ...more
Jenn Singer
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Plan Dream Go is a great reminder that we should not live our life with excuses. Too many people put off adventure because they are afraid to go it alone. As an avid travel, I can relate to this fear. Even though the book was written with single females in mind, I found it relatable to traveling with family. McMillan does an excellent job balancing out her own experiences and helping others overcome their own objections. My favorite part is the integration of journal prompts to encourage readers ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dream, Plan and Go: A Travel Guide to Inspire Your Independent Adventure by Rachel McMillan definitely will ignite your wanderlust! Chapters include The Informative Adventure, Adventure Because of Others, The Inspired Adventure, The Adventure in Unexpected Meeting, The Urban Adventure, The Backyard Adventure, The Spiritual Adventure, The Unplanned Adventure, The Sensory Adventure, The Purposeful Adventure and The Daring Adventure. Helpful travel tips and journaling jumpstarts follow each chapter ...more
Dora Okeyo
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting because it's creative, concise and is all about travel, which I absolutely love!
So, "what does travel mean to you?" or better yet "what places inspire you?" These are some of the questions that the author calls upon you to reflect on. Each chapter builds upon the previous one, working its way from an idea, to realizing it whilst building your confidence.
I absolutely love the art in this book. So, if you love pictures and concise writing, grab this book! If you are look
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and publishers for an ARC of this book.

McMillian is a world traveler and this book is inspired by her travels. I loved thus book and all it offered. It reminded of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert ,however, McMillian is more of a how to and advice book for other women to journey alone. Traveling alone creates a new sense of self and revitalizes ones confidence. McMillan gives tips and tricks and although she travels to wondrous places, she makes traveling alone as simple
Sandra (booksbysandra)
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for letting me read this lovely book!

I love traveling. And I have been very into the aspect of solo-traveling. I have only been to Oslo this one time all by myself, but I felt a bit awkward while doing it. So I was wondering whether this book could inspire me to be less awkward and scared to travel alone. Well, after reading, I am still scared to travel alone, but I do feel more inspired.

The layout of the book was adorable! Lots of cute doodles and there w
Cynthia Troncquo
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Next to reading, travelling is one of my favourite things!. I travelled alone before, so was curious about this book hints and ideas.
Since I solo travelled in the past, there wasn’t much that came as new to me, but it had good ideas about solo trips. I liked that there were parts you could fill in yourself.
If you want to give solo travelling a try for the first time, but aren’t sure of how to proceed, I’d recommend this book!
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real-life
A perfect book companion for that female in your life who loves adventure. Also for that woman who has always longed to go see the world, but who may need some inspiration.

Full of travel anecdotes and chapters that relate to different types of adventures, this book is a breath of fresh air.

A perfect gift for empowering travel dreams, and what a fun read this was.

Now I want to go back to Europe really bad, and also explore my own backyard more intricately.
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Rachel McMillan is the author of The Herringford and Watts mysteries, The Van Buren and DeLuca mysteries, The Three Quarter Time series, The London Restoration and The Mozart Code. Her non-fiction works including Dream Plan Go: A Travel Guide for Independent Adventure and A Very Merry Holiday Movie Guide. Rachel lives in Toronto, Canada and is always reading.

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