A Solo Travel Girl Is: A Xenodocheionologist, Xenial and Xenophilic

Saturday, April 27, is Brought to You by the Letter “X"
Saturday, April 27, is Brought to You by the Letter “X”

From A to Z, what are the characteristics of a solo travel girl? This footloose female is a xenodocheionologist, xenial and xenophilic!

Hang on, these “X” words are a mouthful…

Xenodocheionologist – Having a passion for travel means having a love of hotels which makes the STG a xenodocheionologist. She’s just as comfortable in hotels with familiar names or those independently owned as she is when staying with friends and family. [The origin is Greek from the words “xenos” which means guest or stranger and “dechesthai” which means to accept, to receive.]

Xenial – As much as she enjoys being a wanderer, she’s always willing to reciprocate by hosting others in her home. She extends the same hospitality and kindness strangers across the globe have shown her. [The origin is Greek from the word “xenia” which is the concept of showing those far from home courtesy and hospitality.]

Xenophilic – Her curiosity to learn about other cultures and customs drives her desire to travel making her xenophilic.

Cleansing at a Nara Temple, Japan, Nov. 2004
Cleansing at a Nara Temple, Japan, Nov. 2004

Are you a solo travel girl? What other qualities beginning with the letter “X” can be attributed to a solo travel girl?

This post is part of the 2013 Blogging A to Z Challenge.



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

2 thoughts on “A Solo Travel Girl Is: A Xenodocheionologist, Xenial and Xenophilic

  1. Try saying Xenodocheionologist 5 times fast. I don’t think travel always has to involve loving hotels, although hotels can be a part of travel. Some of my best travel experiences were homestays. Although a nice hotel bed is great (as long as there’s no bed bugs!).

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