Writers Worldwide Share Travel Secrets 2008...
Educate your child's palate...
will want to pass along her love of travel to her children. That
means exposing them to the tastes of the world before you even
get on to an airplane. Take the kiddies to Chinatown for a dim
sum treat. Sunday morning is a perfect time because that's
when Chinese families take their kids for brunch or lunch. Pop
into your closest Mexican restaurant and get their stomachs used
to tacos. Show them how to eat sushi. They don't need to eat raw
fish, they can choose vegetarian snacks to begin. The more you
offer children these new dining experiences the better they will
cope with cultural differences as they travel.
Erica Ehm is the creator of two
gorgeous children and www.yummymummyclub.ca,
a cheeky, playful site for women with kids, cuz mummy deserves
to play too!
Test your outer limits...
we age, we sometime tend to repeat ourselves: same vacations,
same activities, same people to visit. As a middle aged travel
writer (55) I'm now trying something new as often as possible
-- testing my outer limits. Here's a few ideas I'd like to share
with Journeywoman readers. At Daytona Beach, Florida, I suggest
that you try speeding around the Daytona 500 track at 150 mph,
it's a blast and great for your complexion. Off Vancouver Island,
kayak with orca killer whales: they won't bother you and they
are beyond magnificent. In Hudson Bay, Canada, put on a full body
wetsuit and swim with white beluga whales - they have much to
share with you. In Yellowstone Park, take a 4 day course and get
up close with wolves, bears, elk and buffalo. These kind of experiences
have transformed me from a former fearful couch potato to a sinewy,
serendipity loving travel journalist. Give it a try, ladies!
Sharon Spence Lieb is a global
adventure travel columnist at: www.moultrienews.com.
Cook your own dinner...
new rage in many cities are evening cooking classes where people
gather in a “hand’s on” kitchen and have their
time at the stove. Under the watchful eye of a chef, students
are instructed how to cook their own meals. They’re usually
three-courses and at the end of the session, participants gather
at a communal table to eat what they’ve assembled. The school
always offers wine. It doesn’t matter whether or not you
knew anyone when you donned your apron, you will afterwards. Many
people decide to take additional classes as they’re educational
and solve where you should dine. Before heading to a city, surf
the Internet. You’ll find classes and menus posted on websites.
Reserve on line. Don’t worry if you don’t speak the
language. Someone always speaks English and then there’s
the international language of food. In Paris I can suggest: http://www.rendez-vous-boutique.com/atelierdeschefs
Karen Fawcett lives in Paris,
France, is the President of Bonjour
Paris.com Website: http://www.parisrental.org/Paris_Rental.html
Find your historical context...
wisdom historically pools at the intersection of women and travel.
Antique travel writing and portraits of pioneering women travelers
help me connect to the land and point to parallels which still
exist. The book, 'Unsuitable For Ladies' collects the transformative
accounts of all-stars like
Karen Blixen and Freya Stark as well as lesser known adventuresses,
while 'Dreaming of East's stories of 18th to 20th century women
who traveled to the eastern Ottoman empire demonstrates why Eastern
travel has signified freedom for generations of Western women.
Both very well worth reading, ladies!
Cultural writer and multimedia producer Anastasia
M. Ashman is the Istanbul-based coeditor of the internationally
bestselling anthology by foreign women in modern Turkey, 'Tales
From The Expat Harem.' Website: www.expatharem.com
Private soirees, salons
back to the wild gatherings that were hosted by the likes of Gertrude
Stein and attended by famous Impressionist painters, philosophers
and writers of the day, such as Renoir, Monet, Hemingway, Jean-Paul
Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Today, these events are tamer but
still take place in Paris weekly. Private soirees are less intimidating
and more intimate than going to a bar. The French go to these
exclusive soirees in order to meet internationals and other French;
internationals and expats go to meet French people, and other
expats. Everyone is interested in the ensuing language/cultural
exchange, and these events are a great way to expand your social
circle in Paris, quickly. Fascinating people from all walks of
life attend on a regular basis. Costs vary from free of charge
to 25 euros, and include all-you-can drink wine and food.
Grace: Vernissages (art and photography shows) in Grace's spectacular
Montmartre apartment, email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 01.42.62.45.98 to reserve.
V Y Paris Artist's Salon: Adventures in Paris art, fashion and
culture, Website: http://www.ivyparisnews.com/
Domingo's Soirees: Website: http://www.adc-domingo.com/
Expats Soirees/Dinners: http://www.parissoirees.com/.
Patricia has been hosting dinner soirees for years and this is
a great place to make new friends.
Hayne's: Famous Iconic American has been hosting Sunday night
dinner soirees for 25 years: Website: http://www.jim-haynes.com/
Karen Henrich runs her tour company
NuitBlanche Tours and
is the author of Practical Paris, Everything
You Need to Know About Paris But Didn't Know to Ask. Also
featured prominently in National Geographic's Best Girlfriends
Soar in Turkey with World’s
Top Woman Balloonist...
love affair with Cappadocia (Turkey) has a lot to do with an inspirational
woman balloonist, Kaili Kidner, who together with partner, Lars
Eric Moere, has steered Turkey’s most respected ballooning
company for 20 years, Kapadokya
Balloons Goreme. If you are lucky enough to share a balloon
basket with Kaili, it will be only a matter of minutes until you
discover what a talented, and humorous, pilot she is, as you soar
over weathered hoodoo-like fairy chimneys of soft volcanic rock,
and slip into narrow ravines so deep that they swallow a nine-storey
balloon with ease. Tales of ancient invasions and occupations
in this historic crossroads land are reinforced by close encounters
with rock-chiseled homes centuries old and opportunities to pick
apricots from orchard treetops quite literally on the fly!
Alison Gardner is a Canadian travel journalist,
editor of Travel with a Challenge website: www.travelwithachallenge.com.
Women doing business
in Saudi Arabia ...
roles of men and women are far more defined in the Arab culture.
Interaction between the sexes is still frowned upon in certain
arenas. For example, women doing business in Saudi Arabia should
make certain that their collarbones and knees are covered and
that their clothes are not form-fitting. Saudis socialize primarily
in restaurants and international hotels when entertaining expatriates
whom they do not know well. After some time you might be invited
to the home. If you are invited to a Saudi's house bring something
small as a thank you. Never give alcohol unless you are sure that
they drink it. If both sexes are invited, they will be hosted
in separate rooms. Eat only with the right hand as the left is
considered unclean. Accept the offer of Arabian coffee and dates
even if you do not normally drink coffee.
Rola George Habr, Business Media
Executive at the Arab Media Group, Dubai, UAE and a writer in
the Emirates Business 24/7 Newspaper.
Bonus Book Box #4
Wanderlust, a social history of travel
do passports come from? Why did 1930s stewardesses carry wrenches?
How did teetotallers shape the modern vacation? Wanderlust answers
these questions and more, as Laura Byrne Paquet delves into the
social history of travel. Now a multi-billion-dollar industry,
travel is also one of the world's oldest. Paquet follows wisdom-seeking
Greeks to the Oracle of Delphi, checks out the bedbugs in medieval
coaching inns, and enjoys a Finnish sauna with a group of well-bred
Victorian ladies. In her inimitable breezy style, she even explores
the future of travel, from grand plans for commercial space travel
to underwater hotels.
Author: Laura Byrne Paquet Publisher: www.gooselane.com