Writers Worldwide Share Travel Secrets 2008...
Eat with your guide in
the Okavango Delta of Botswana
in Botswana's Okavango Delta is now so popular that there are
multiple packages available to choose from. If you want an intimate
experience with the wildlife and the waterways and lands of the
Delta, book with an outfit that lets you sleep in a tent on an
island and go on safari on foot rather than being overly-sheltered.
run by Seolebale Sammy Mokgadi in Maun, Botswana gives you the
basic, no-frills, experience with a price to match. Also, I suggest
you arrange to shop for food that both you and the guide can eat
together (in African custom), rather than run with the classic
division between guide and client. It'll be more fun. Buy more
provisions than you'll need for the time you're out in order to
give these to the guide afterwards. The guides are poling and
taking care of you--doing all the work--but receive a small portion
of your fee. Give the guide your pocket knife, or any other camping
gear you have with you, and see his face light up. Tip generously
to the guide.
Janet Grace Riehl is a poet, blogger,
and Afrophile. You can read her work and join in the discussion
at www.riehlife.com dedicated
to creating connections through the arts and across cultures.
Dining delights in New
my woman-friendly good food tip for New York City. Giorgio’s
of Gramercy offered my best dining experience while I was in New
York. It’s a small, lovely restaurant with fine food. Solo
diners may opt to dine while seated at the bar mingling with others.
Very enjoyable. Address: 27 E. 21 Street. Tel: 212-477-0007.
you happen upon a Tasti D-Lite shop, with many Manhattan locations,
do yourself a favor and sample one of their yummy, ice-cream-like
treats. At just 10 calories per ounce, with no artificial sweeteners
and 99 percent fat-free, this is a guilt-free indulgence. Out
of 100 flavors, there are several to choose from each day (I loved
the German Chocolate Fudge and Chocolate Toasted Almond). Check
locations and ingredients at www.tastidlite.com.
Sharon Wingler is a travel writing
international flight attendant.
Never enter hotel elevator
entering a hotel elevator always keep your children close and
in front of you. Never enter first and assume they will follow.
If the doors close too quickly you could be separated from each
other. Always discuss with your children what your plan will be
if you are separated. Example: Everybody goes down to the ground
floor and waits for each other at the front of the elevators.
With very young children keep a card with your name and cell phone
number in their pocket. It pays to be prepared.
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!
Florida's best fruit stand...
you're in Miami or Everglades National Park, it's worth the trip
to Homestead to visit 'Robert Is Here' http://www.robertishere.com/.
The family-owned fruit stand overflows with a vast array of fresh
fruits, as well as honey, preserves, pickles and sauces. Don't
miss Florida's best milkshakes, made to order with fresh fruit.
Try the key lime and strawberry combination! Click
here for directions to 'Robert is Here.
Barb Kroll co-publishes the trip-planning
website, KrollTravel, http://www.krolltravel.com/
with her husband, Ron.
Languages to go for the
overseas travel experience expands exponentially when you can
speak the local language – even just a little. LanguagePods,
a hot new product by Praxis
Language, satisfies the desire for curious travelers, as well
as serious language students. Entertaining and quintessentially
mobile, these personalized learning systems allow you to download
the language lessons you want onto your iPhone, iPod or PC. Whether
you want conversation
starters in Buenos Aires, are looking for the
right bus in Rome, or trying to order your favorite
Sichuan dishes in Shanghai, you can download and listen as
often as you’d like. Currently available are Chinese,
and Italian with plans for
English, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan spends
her time writing and speaking on the topic of women and the international
workplace. Check out her award-winning book at: www.getaheadbygoingabroad.com
It's best to travel with
a male partner in the United Arab Emirates...
generally feel safe travelling in the United Arab Emirates. However,
they should be sensitive to local customs by doing the following:
(1) dress conservatively -- bare shoulders, midriffs, and legs
(wearing shorts) should be avoided. (2) Avoid eye contact with
staring males -- Many Middle Eastern males interpret eye contact
with a Western female as an invitation to make sexual advances.
(3) Avoid traveling alone if you can; a male companion often deters
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
Bonus Book Box #5
Go Your Own Way
Your Own Way, women travel the world solo is edited by Faith Conlon,
Ingrid Emerick & Christina Henry de Tessan. There is nothing
quite like hitting the road by yourself to awaken your senses,
sharpen your mind, and build your confidence. In 'Go Your Own
Way,' twenty-three women who've traveled solo share their exhilerating
stories -- the daring adventures, the comical disasters, the cultural
revelations, and the powerful, private aha! moments of self-discovery
that can only come from being in a foreign place. What's more,
they show us that being alone doesn't have to mean being lonely.
Seal Press Website: www.sealpress.com