Writers Worldwide Share Travel Secrets 2008...
Tour with an historian
in Victoria, Canada...
visiting Victoria, B.C., take a tour with historian and author,
John Adams. Casual, knowledgeable, and humorous, John's Discover
the Past tours are worth every penny. Gold fever struck Victoria
in the 1800's. In 1858 the arrival of Chinese immigrants heralded
the beginning of what has become the oldest Chinatown in North
America. Re-live this fascinating historical drama delivered by
a charmingly Shakespearian teller of tales.
also joined the evening Ghost Walk, which whet my appetite to
sup with the Dinner Ghosts at some of the spooky eateries for,
in John's words, "a unique evening of ghostly lore and paranormal
presentations". Obviously more than BC politicians lurk in
this province's capital city. John Adams' tours can be found on-line
Ursula Maxwell-Lewis is the Managing
Editor, Cloverdale Reporter News. Website: www.CloverdaleReporter.com
Whistle when you’re
a single traveler who walks slowly, I’m probably a mugger’s
dream victim. So I wear a brightly colored plastic whistle on
a cord around my neck. Twice when I was being hassled by young
men, once in Ecuador, once in Luxor, and after repeatedly asking
them to SHOO! I blew my whistle long and loud. The eyes of everyone
around us turned in our direction, and the ruffians slunk off
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.
Shopping for unique souvenirs...
I want to buy a special souvenir or gift, I always visit museum
and art gallery gift shops. In my home city of Toronto, for example,
I found classy ceramic plates, vases and teapots at The
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. The new ROM
(Royal Ontario Museum) Store is a treasure-trove of gifts from
around the world, for all budgets, while ROM Kids Store sells
fun and educational toys.
Barb Kroll co-publishes the trip-planning
website, KrollTravel, http://www.krolltravel.com/
with her husband, Ron.
Choosing the right spa
it comes to spas, it's now a buyers market but keep in mind that
you can't spa 24 hours a day so look for what's beyond the spa
walls. Consider the style of accommodations (hotel, resort, inn,
B & B - spas are everywhere ). Ask yourself if your culinary
preference runs to light, healthy spa cuisine, gourmet cuisine
or something more family-style. Does the spa have a fully-equipped
gym or offer fitness classes such as yoga or Pilates? Would optional
outdoor activities - hiking, golf, cycling, kayaking, for instance
- enhance the holiday? Would side trips to attend a food/wine
festival, indulge in a little retail therapy or mingle with local
artisans help give you a greater sense of well-being? Remember
it's not just about the spa but about the total spa experience.
International spa industry journalist Anne
Dimon is also founder/editor of www.traveltowellness.com
Six tips from a travel
are several very simple bits of advice that always come in handy
for me and my family.
Take half as many clothes and twice as much money as you think
you'll need: this old saw turns out to be both reliable and true.
Also, leave room on your credit card for all the unexpected expenses
you are bound to incur.
Upset stomach? Whether caused by rich or just different foods,
try drinking a Coke. I never drink the stuff here in North America,
but in Europe it tastes different with stomach-soothing qualities.
Trust your instincts. Just because you've met someone from 'home,'
doesn't mean you have to become instant pals; if alarm bells are
dinging-this guy's a bigot, for instance, or this woman is totally
inebriated--listen. Back away. Say goodnight.
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile.
That old song really works - at customs especially. Don't challenge
officials here or at security. My son arrived in London not knowing
the address of the friends' where he was staying (they were picking
him up) but by smiling and being polite, sailed through with just
a tiny sarcastic remark from Heathrow Customs.
In Paris, never change metro stations at Chatelet. C'est un couchmar
(It's a nightmare!).
Send postcards: even in this email age, a picture and note and
a foreign stamp capture the moment and touches our hearts.
Nancy Wigston is a Canadian travel
writer, photographer and reviewer. Website: www.nancywigston.com
See city sites with a
of the hot, exciting ways to see the sights when you visit a new
city is with a running tour. Two companies I tried and recommend
are Quebec Jogging Tours (offering tours of Quebec City and next
spring, Montreal) www.quebecjoggingtours.com
and City Running Tours www.cityrunningtours.com
with operations in New York, Chicago, Washington (D.C.) San Diego
(Cal.), and Austin (Tx). Both provide licensed guides, pick you
up at your hotel, and will customize according to speed, distance
Anne Dimon is a Spa & Wellness
Travel Writer, the founder/editor of http://www.traveltowellness.com,
the e-magazine for the wellness-minded traveler.
Women run the world...
is a new website member of the Journeywoman Network of classified
advertisers. The site helps women travelers find running partners.
The womenruntheworld.com uses private Google Groups for message
boards and also lists group runs in several destinations that
visitors can join, so you don't have to run alone when you are
traveling! Join your local WRW group today and show visitors what
you love about your city! Website: www.womenruntheworld.com
Evelyn Hannon is the editor of
Bonus Book Box #3
100 Places Every Woman Should Go
the world's best places for women. Seeking the tranquility of
a Buddist meditation center? The raucousness of a rumba club?
100 Places Every Woman Should Go will not only inspire but compel
you to hit the road -- in a group. with a friend or solo. Divided
into sections such as 'Powerful Women and Their Places in History.'
'Places of Indulgence,' and 'Places of Adventure,' this guidebook
includes contact information, resources, and recommended reading.
Its 'Ten Tips for Wandering Women' features safety advice and
pointers on how to stop departing airplanes and avoid getting
tossed off trans-Siberian trains.
Author: Stephanie Elizondo Griest. Publisher: Travelers
Tales Website: www.travelerstales.com