Astrid Solo Travel Advisor is for solo travelers worldwide looking for affordable luxury ideas to help them move through the world feeling confident, safe, inspired and engaged. Unlike budget travel or less accessible luxe sites, Astrid Solo Travel Advisor provides “Travel for One”, real-life advice for the solo traveler on where to go, how to get there, what to do when you arrive and much more. Astrid Solo Travel Advisor’s travel resources provide recommendations on everything from solo-friendly accommodations to best practices when exploring a new culture.
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Astrid R. Clements, CEO and Founding Member of Astrid Solo Travel Advisor, L.L.C.
Astrid R. Clements is a well-traveled, successful businesswoman passionate about helping people travel solo well, while never feeling like a tourist. Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Astrid started traveling at age nine and hasn’t stopped since. A transformative trip to Germany at eighteen did more than cement her love for exploring - Astrid saw first hand how a solo trip can reveal the best parts of a person and challenge you to find the magic, one of a kind moments happening all around you.
Always up for a cultural adventure, Astrid has broken bread, shopped and laughed in over 35 countries, on four continents, around the world from France to China - and she’s not done yet! She founded Astrid Solo Travel Advisor, L.L.C. to give solo travelers a way to move through the world feeling confident, safe, inspired, and engaged. Her exploits in the U.S. match the gusto from afar with visits to 37 states from Miami to Maine. (Literally - check out her solo driving trip here) Astrid’s tales and tips on affordable luxury travel have roots in her studies in political science, international relations, foreign language and music.
Astrid opened her first company, Astrid and Associates, in 1977. Never afraid to be eye-catching, the company’s motto was “We do it all for less” and was the first of many successful business ventures, solidifying her affordable luxury approach. Often the “token woman” at the conference table, Astrid is an unusual force and confident leader who's been actively involved in improving the financial structure of her local community for 30 years. Working with the Capital Area Finance Authority, previously known as East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority (EBRMFA), she was the first woman elected as Chairperson in 2006 and has held a variety of other positions with the organization including Vice Chairperson, Secretary/Treasurer and Board Member.
When she’s not globetrotting, advising or spending time with her family, Astrid can be found on the tennis court participating in any number of leagues, or at the bridge table. An accomplished card player, she was able to reach the prestigious rank of Bridge Life Master. At the core though, Astrid is a perpetual student, inspired by her continued learning through the years. Her newest venture at 65: Actively pursuing new technology to improve her life and travel - and yours! Look for more on her continued growth and evolution at www.AstridTravel.com.
Julia Ballard, Marketing and Operations Consultant
Julia Ballard began her career in a business development role at a global e-commerce company and transitioned into technology reporting at Silicon Bayou News, where she’s currently the Editor in Chief. Combining her knowledge of tech and her love of travel, Julia was the first members of the Astrid Solo Travel Advisor team and has helped to shape this unique approach to travel writing. Passionate about solo travel, Julia’s writing offers a fresh perspective with eyes wide open and a flexible agenda. She works to bring affordable luxury resources to Astrid Solo Travel Advisor’s eager readers wherever they may be -- from New Orleans to Naples, on Instagram or Facebook.
Originally from Cambridge, MA, Julia received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Redlands. She moved to New Orleans in 2011 and has been active in its technology and startup scene ever since. Julia took her first solo trip six years ago on a long weekend trip to Dublin then London, where she unexpectedly found both to be solo-friendly cities. The ‘Travel for One’ trip lit the flame for solo travel and she’s been a fan ever since, most recently visiting Florence this summer. She found the city, though touristy by some standards, to be beautiful and one you could lose yourself in. Julia allowed herself to visit museums, sites and restaurants, making sure to try all off the beaten path.
As Editor in Chief of Silicon Bayou News, Julia reports on companies and trends within the New Orleans startup scene. Seeing the opportunities for the city to me more than a tourist destination, she believes it to be a true hub for innovation and growth.