Writers Worldwide Share Travel Secrets 2008...
Solo road trips need planning...
you are the kind of gal who likes to embark on solo road trips,
advance preparation is the key to freedom. Learn how to change
a flat tire. Get your oil changed. Map out your route. Find out
if you will have cell phone service. Bring an extra car key. Check
your vehicle's fluids. I have learned these lessons the hard way.
It is easy to believe that car trouble only happens to other people,
but someday it just might be you.
Carrie Visintainer is a freelance
writer from Fort Collins, Colorado. Her latest travel essay appears
in the Travelers' Tales "The Best Women's Travel Writing
Best English Comedy Show
one of the liveliest squares in Amsterdam -- Leidseplein -- where
'anything can happen' (trust me on this one -- I once saw an elderly
trapeze artist in his skivvies hovering above the outdoor café
tables) is the improvisational comedy show venue called 'Boom
Chicago', featuring comedy in English. Americans run the show,
and what a hoot it is. Show titles for 2008 were: 'Last One to
Leave the Planet, Turn Off the Lights'; 'Screw the Planet... Save
the Oil!'; and in October/November, what else but: 'Bye Bye Bush!'.
Shirley Agudo is the managing editor of the guide
to travel and life in Holland. Website: www.heresholland.com
I rented a small apartment
a writer I have an ongoing conflict when traveling alone. Although
my best stories seem to write themselves because I am a more engaging
traveler, feelings of isolation sometimes creep in, especially
in Italy’s lively social milieu. Alone in Palermo, Sicily,
I allowed the buzz of Palermo’s Borgo Vecchio (Old Town)
to catch my attention the first time I happened through. The afternoon
hubbub felt like “people at home” in the neighborhood.
So I rented a small apartment (PoliteamAffitti)
where I lived for ten days. I cooked with the fresh ingredients
available a few steps away in the mercato and, after the first
shopping excursion, people greeted me as a neighbor. I still missed
my husband and family, but I did feel like a part of the neighborhood’s
life. I departed with a desire to return soon, and even now a
piece of my heart waits for me there!
Mary Noyes is the author of Bologna
Reflections: an uncommon guide. She has contributed to two Traveler's
Tales anthologies -- A
Woman's World Again and 30
Days in Italy
Fishing for a meal in
around downtown Victoria, British Colombia, I was disappointed
to find so many restaurants pushing steaks, burgers and beer,
all at inflated prices with the U.S.'s dollars decline. Then I
found Red Fish Blue Fish (www.redfish-bluefish.com),
an earth-freindly local hangout inside a green and orange shipping
container on the waterfront. (Look for the pink Customs House
and walk down the steps.) The seating’s not fancy –
just a few stools on the dock and a long counter facing the water
– but BBQ wild salmon sandwich and the curry chips was one
of the best $15 meals I’ve had. The bonus was the view of
seaplanes landing in the picturesque Inner Harbor.
Carol Pucci is a travel writer
for The Seattle Times. Website: www.seattletimes.com
A shawl kind of lady...
a shawl kind of lady. Shawls are one of the items I search for
in markets when I'm travelling. They make great gifts under $10.00
to bring back for friends. They are light, they pack flat and
take up very little room. I've collected them in all colors and
designs. My favorites come from India, China, Mauritius and Mexico.
Why do I like them so much? They can be a comforting pillow or
a blanket as you travel. I keep one in my bag to combat the air-conditioning
set on high in restaurants and malls. But, best of all they are
a fabulous fashion accessory. One black shirt, one black pair
of pants and five shawls gives you a different, smart look every
Evelyn Hannon is the editor of
Keep warm(er) without
thought the Pacific waters around the Galapagos Islands would
be the same silky warmth as the Tahitian beaches. Nope –
although we were on the equator, snorkeling amid the sea turtles,
seals, and fantastically shaped reefs is downright chilly. Without
a wet suit or a ‘farmer john’ suit, I substituted
two long sleeved shirts buttoned tightly, and two pairs of long
pants tucked into socks. It wasn’t as warm as a wetsuit,
which takes up lotsa luggage space, but I sure could stay in the
water longer than a couple of ‘macho’ men who tried
swimming in their Speedos – I never saw anyone jump in,
then back out of the water so fast!
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.
Bonus Book Box #6
Three Cups of Tea
New York Times Bestseller and Winner of The Kiriyama Prize. In
1993 a mountaineer named Greg Mortenson drifted into an impoverished
Pakistan Village in the Karakoram mountains after a failed attempt
to climb K2. Moved by the inhabitants' kindness, he promised to
return and build a school. 'The Cups of Tea' is the story of that
promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson
built not one but fifty-five schools -- especially for girls --
in the forbidding terrain that gave birth to the Taliban. His
story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power
of the humanitarian spirit.
Written by Greg Mortenson
and David Oliver Relin Website: www.threecupsoftea.com