Writers Worldwide Share Travel Secrets
Kosher food in Beijing,
is Beijing’s first kosher restaurant in modern memory and
it's located within walking distance of five hotels -- the Renaissance,
Hilton, Kempinski, Kunlun, and Great Wall Sheraton Hotels. Its
Jewish menu items includes chicken soup with matzoh balls (Y38),
hot pastrami sandwich with french fries (Y65), and a whole rotisserie
chicken with potatoes and vegetables (Y85). You can also order
hamburgers and a selection of salads. And if you want Chinese
food that is available along with a Japanese sushi bar. Opened
in March of 2007, Dini's delivers to hotels and can provide boxed
meals for travelers. They are located on Super Bar Street, off
the Ladies' Street, Chaoyang. Tel. 6461-6220. Fax 6461-3735. Website:
Ruth Lor Malloy
is a Toronto-based journalist with an expertise in China and things
Chinese. She is the author of China
Guide and Beijing
A great guide in India...
to India can be intimidating to plan and organize, and Virender
Prakash is a fair and gentle guide who can help you navigate the
subcomtinent in order to realize the trip of your dreams. He
recently accompanied two friends of mine on a special anniversary
trip-- sixteen days staying in high-end hotels with a private
driver and car-- for less than half of the price quoted by their
US-based travel agent. Virender also guides small and large groups
on summer treks through the Indian Himalayas to Buddhist monasteries
in holy places such as Ladakh, Zanskar, and Manali. For the trek,
Virender will organize a team of cooks and porters, sometimes
with ponies, to carry the tents, food, and cooking gear. You can
expect to carry a day pack with drinking water, some snacks and
your lunch. Winter trips can begin in Delhi, with travel across
Rajasthan to fabulous cities such as Jaipur and Jaiselmeer, with
a stop in Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Virender is honest and trustworthy.
You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
(and be patient, if he is off on a trek it may take some time
for him to respond as there are places in the world that are still
Thalia Zepatos lives in the United
States and is the author of, A
Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Woman Traveler
Looking for more reader recommended guides? We have thirty listed
Exercise before you fly...
will come easier on a plane if you manage to exercise before the
flight. No time, you say? Well, you've plenty of time to take
a brisk walk around the terminal instead of sitting there with
everyone else waiting for the flight. Easier, of course, if you
have the right kind of shoes and a companion with whom to leave
your carry-on ... or consider a back-pack and imagine you're training
for a long hike! Feel a blister coming on and no band-aids or
medication? Bet you've got lip balm, however. Apply that to the
area ... it's certainly better than nothing.
lives in Toronto, Canada. She is the Editor of The
Travel Society Magazine.
Rent a room in a London
you're traveling to London, consider renting a room in a private
home there for your stay. While
the cheapest of hotels will run between 50 and 110 pounds ($US100-$220)
a night, it's possible to get a room in a local's home, usually
with private bathroom and breakfast, for as little as 20 pounds
a night (which translates to $US40). There are several companies
that can arrange these types of stays, listed in Pauline Frommer's
London, including Happy Homes (www.happy-homes.com).
is an American travel journalist. She appears weekly on CNN's
Pipeline and co-hosts The Travel Show, which can be heard every
Sunday on 100 radio stations nationwide. Her new series of budget-conscious
guidebooks, the Pauline Frommer
Guides, are available wherever books are sold.
Pauline Frommer's New York City was named "Best Guidebook
of the Year" by the North American Travel Journalists Association.
Pack merino wool t-shirts...
isn’t the itchy, stiff stuff you were forced to don on chilly
winter days as a kid. Companies
now make fine-spun merino wool that can be worn next to the skin,
and after wearing it on several trips, I am completely sold. The
biggest perks are that it helps keep you cool in warm weather
and warm in cool weather with its insulating fibers and it doesn’t
stink. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I wore one merino
shirt for days on a trip when I packed light and didn’t
find laundry facilities. I was shocked to discover that it didn’t
smell in any way. A far superior option than cotton for travelers.
Companies that make fine merino are SmartWool (www.smartwool.com),
and Patagonia (www.patagonia.com),
is a travel journalist who lives in Durango, Colorado with a cat
that (sometimes) answers to the name of Sophia Maria Lourdes Gato.
Cloistered nuns sell best
sweets in Seville...
Seville, Spain, the best homemade sweets and cakes come from convent
kitchens where cloistered nuns sell each day to the public from
behind a lazy susan called a 'torno.' The best or at least the
largest variety of sweets — 60 types in all — come
from the Monasterio de Santa Maria del Socorro, a convent housed
in a 16th century building that stretches for several blocks near
the Plaza San Marcos. Here, members of the Concepcionistas Franciscanas
support themselves by baking, bookbinding and here's the best
part...running a five-room inn. You won't this little gem listed
in any guidebook, but the rooms are neat and clean and the location
is perfect. There's a separate entrance so you can come and go
as you please. All the rooms have private baths ($48-$59). Couples
welcome. See www.santamariadelsocorro.es.
is a travel writer for the Seattle Times.
#4! The Woman Road Warrior...
really likes this one! If you've just landed a job that requires
a good deal of travel, do yourself a favour and pick up this book.
Author Hathleen Ameche has been a woman road warrior for more
than twenty-five years and she provides guidance in a friendly,
concise, intelligent manner. Being an excellent teacher Hathleen
also includes tips and tidbits from many other experienced travelling
women so that readers receive a well-rounded travel course in
one easy-to-read volume. 'The Woman
Road Warrior' contains extensive website listings
plus advice on everything from choosing the right luggage to parenting
effectively from the road to how to make the most of upgrades
and freebies. Enjoy. ISBN: 1-932841-25-3