Writers Worldwide Share Travel Secrets 2006
this yearly travel tip article is one of my most enjoyable assignments.
It provides me with the lovely opportunity to reconnect with female
journalists internationally -- the women I've chatted with by phone,
by email, and face to face. These are the friends who, over the
years, have kindly chosen to interview me and who've helped to spread
the word about journeywoman.com to their readers worldwide. Most
importantly they are my community -- the women I go to to learn
about the latest travel trends and to exchange bits of advice that
help to make us all better travel writers. The following is an excerpt
from a request letter that I sent to these journalists at the beginning
of the year. All the tips you'll read in this article are as a direct
result of that note. I'm extremely grateful to all these writers
for their women-centered wisdom and their generosity of spirit.
writing to you because I know and admire your work.
It's for this reason that I invite you to be part of
our 2006 edition of "Best Travel Tips by Female
Travel Writers/Editor Around the World." I hope
that you will join us.
year we invite select female travel journalists to submit
two short travel tips that will help women worldwide
to travel safely and well. These female-friendly pieces
of advice can be of your own choosing -- perhaps a favorite
hotel, bed and breakfast, hostel or restaurant, a favorite
book or bookshop, an obscure woman-friendly place you've
discovered, an excellent guide somewhere in the world,
advice on how to improve one's personal travel skills,
family travel, how to meet people along the way, culturally
correct advice especially for females, safety tricks
that work for you, etc, etc, etc.
exists and thrives simply because savvy women world-wide
are kind enough to share their travel expertise with
us. I do hope you join us with your unique point of
view. Thank you so very much in advance.
This, then is the response I received...
I know this is cheating, but you know when you are flying and the
big guy sitting next to you thinks it is his genetic right to colonize
the arm rest? Well, if you want it without the trouble of direct confrontation,
fake a few loud, wet coughs and sneezes. When he moves away to get
out of the contamination zone, make sure he sees you rest the hand
you just coughed into on the arm rest. That should sort that out nicely.
Paskal is a Travel Columnist, Toronto Star. Website:
Woman-friendly inn in Guatemala
a warm, friendly, and safe place to stay in Guatemala City, try Posada
Belen. Owners Rene and Francesca are women-traveler
oriented. They had a car and driver wating for me at the Aurora airport.
Guests get a free 5-minute call to the U.S. or Canada per day, and
Internet access is $1 per half hour. The 1873 inn is an old colonial
home with a tiny, plant-packed patio, complete with 6 live woods turtles.
Best of all, it is a 'museum hotel,' with hundreds of Mayan artifacts
on display, all tagged and inventoried. The food is superb. Room prices
are $36 a night(3/06), not the $107 in the sterile Zone 10, hi-rise
hotels. Website: http://www.posadabelen.com.
Floridian Sandy Huff
is an internationally published travel and outdoor writer, with over
1100 published articles in 120+ publications. Her book "Paddler's
Guide to the Sunshine State" covers 236 waterways
around Florida, with tips on how to survive and thrive despite wind,
sunburn, cross currents, and even alligators.
on Hawaii’s Big Island...
With a longstanding
addiction to sleeping with history, I unerringly head for Shipman
House in Hilo whenever I visit Hawaii’s Big
Island. Rescued in the early 1990s from sad decline of both house
and estate garden by the great granddaughter of the original Shipmans,
this turreted mansion combines traditional 1899 Victorian elegance
with a distinctly Hawaiian signature. Reflecting the host, Barbara
Ann’s passion for historical accuracy and her own playful
nature, the five guest rooms and public areas are each unique with
family stories lovingly researched and antiques galore, including
a full-size grand piano played by the deposed last Queen of Hawaii
during her regular Shipman visits. Breakfasts are always gourmet,
often featuring family recipes, and one evening a week there are
genuine Hawaiian hula lessons with live music on the wrap-around
Alison Gardner is
a Canadian travel journalist, editor of Travel
with a Challenge. Website: www.travelwithachallenge.com
and author of 'Travel Unlimited: Uncommon
Adventures for the Mature Traveler'.
Take your baby
Being a new mother
doesn't mean you have to stop travelling. In fact you'll have an
easier time, in some ways, travelling while the child is less than
two years old than with an older one. Why? They fly to most places
for free (or for a steep discount); and you don't have to worry
yet about planning a vacation that will interest them. So pack those
diapers and hit the road.
is an America travel journalist. She appears weekly on CNN's
Headline News discussing travel trends. Watch out
for her new series -- The Pauline
Frommer guidebooks which will be in bookstores July
2006. Website: http://www.Frommers.com
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