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Wendy's inspiring story

I am 55 years old and I have a hearing disability in that I’ve lost 45% of my hearing and wear aids in both ears. This time two years ago I could never have dreamed that the life I’m living right now would be mine. I was in a full time job which I didn’t enjoy, I had a great social life with some good friends. I set up a Meet Up group so I was out almost every night at one point and I had a lovely home. But, I wasn’t happy and I felt empty. I felt I was watching everyone else (my family included) getting on with their lives, whilst mine just stood still and never changed....

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Items to pack for every solo trip

Packing light isn’t as important as packing smart. Since travel inconveniences amplify when you’re on your own, you want to prepare for any scenario that will set you back on your journey. First and foremost, the items at the top of the priority list should provide comfort and convenience—and ideally serve more than one purpose. So leave behind the strappy heels you’ll only wear once (no matter how cute they’ll look in your photos), and make sure you’re choosing things efficiently. Hold every item and ask yourself: Is this item a necessity on my trip? If it passes the test, set it in the suitcase. Don’t forget the adapters and cables! If you do need them, save on the crazy...

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