Writers Worldwide Share Travel Secrets 2008...
Where to shop in Dubai...
is the United Arab Emirates's shopping center. Its 40+ shopping
malls are filled with the latest in designer labels, luxury goods,
and arts and crafts. The famous Gold
Souk and most major shopping centers and top hotels have numerous
shops offering gold and jewelry. If you're interested in carpets,
arts, and crafts, a trip to the Blue
Souk in Sharjah should be on your list. The Dubai
Mall (world's largest in 2008) boasts 1,200 shops and 120
food and beverage outlets. P.S.
You'll find good selections of spices and teas in various hypermarkets.
Ron and Caryl Krannich are the
authors of 'Treasures and Pleasures of Dubai', Abu Dhabi, Oman,
and Yemen: Best of the Best in Travel and Shopping. Website: www.ishoparoundtheworld.com
Pack light, light, light...
space and weight in a suitcase these days is pretty important.
I can get along with one pair of sock liners and two pairs of
black socks even for long journeys. I wash the sock liners every
night and they are dry in the morning, something clean and moisture-wicking
on my feet every day. I wait until I have at least two days in
one hotel before I wash a pair of socks. They take longer to dry.
As for panties, if you can't afford the expensive fast-drying
ones you can get along with two pairs and a dozen or so panty
liners. I use one fresh panty liner a day and can replenish my
supply most anywhere in the world. That means I only need to wash
panties a few times a week.
Ruth Lor Malloy is the author of
Beijing guide and travel writer/photographer. Website: www.china-travel-guide.com.
I never bothered with
medical evacuation insurance until...
traveling to a foreign country or skiing locally, I highly recommend
having 'medvac' insurance. The word, 'medvac' typically refers
to a team that is organized with the skills for the purpose of
proper medical evacuation in situations of emergency. i.e. http://www.medjet.com.
I never bothered with this particular type of insurance. I always
thought I’d just be able to get to the closest hospital
if I needed to until I nearly lost my life in a devastating bus
accident on a remote jungle road in Laos. Luckily I was eventually
driven to Thailand, but when you’re that injured you just
want to get home right away. My brother flew over and maxed out
five credit cards, to get me out of there. It was $25,000 out
of pocket just for the plane flight.
Alison Wright has traveled the
world working as a photojournalist and has recently published
a book chronicling her devastating accident and recovery, 'Learning
to Breathe,' by Penguin publications. For more info visit http://www.alisonwright.com.
How to get an audience
with the Pope...
audience with the Pope is my most vivid memory of Rome. Every
Wednesday morning, the huge circle St. John’s Square in
Vatican City is packed with 5,000 pilgrims. The Audience is not
a church service, but felt more like a cross between a pep rally
and a convention. A choir sang, the Pope rode in to wild cheering,
and young priests from various countries translated his greetings
and blessings. Women don’t have to cover their heads, but
a simple kerchief or small hat is respectful and keeps the hot
sun off. Wear conservative clothing, and carry water and snacks.
Start arranging your tickets at least 2 weeks before your trip.
Check the Got a Question? link at: http://www.stpetersbasilica.org/
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.
A special gift from the
area of expertise is in RVing (recreational vehicles) but this
tip will work from anywhere and everywhere and it's fun for everybody
involved. For the traveling grandma who wants to send a gift to
her grandchild, try wrapping your present in special wrapping
paper. By that I mean wrap it in a map of the area (free at any
tourist kiosk) and pinpoint exactly where you are on the map along
with a little note giving the history or the geography or a special
fact about the place. Put it all in a brown bubble envelope and
mail. The kids absolutely love it and never forget where it came
from! P.S. I travel
with a bunch of these envelopes -- three for $1.00 at local Dollar
Joei Carlton Hossack is a solo
RVer, the author of seven adventure travel books, a regular contributor
to magazines (RV Times) and on-line zines and anthologies. She
is a travel writing teacher and speaker. Her website is: www.joeicarlton.com
Tears can work when all
hate to recommend that women rely on their perceived fragility
or weakness to get by, but in my experience, occasions arise when
this is the most effective approach. There is just something about
a lonely foreign woman crying that opens the doors, wallets, and
hearts of the people of this planet. It is how I got all of my
critical documents replaced in Istanbul in record time, without
penalty or rush fees. (Read Tears
From Turkey for details.) It is how my friend Daphne evaded
costly traffic violations across Africa and literally stopped
a departing airplane in Angola. Use only as a last reserve, but
if you're going to do it -- go full throttle. If you're trying
to avoid an exorbitant fine, jail sentence, or getting thrown
off the Trans-Siberian train in the middle of the night for not
having your papers in order (which happens….), think: Oscar.
Drop to your knees. Convulse. Make such a scene, passersby get
involved. If the situation is truly critical, consider fainting
(but only if you've gotten enough sympathetic people involved
that your oppressor/ bureaucrat can't just toss your body off
Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the
author of 100 Places Every Woman Should Go, website: www.aroundthebloc.com.
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