Writers Worldwide Share Travel Secrets 2008...
this annual 'female writers travel secret article' is one of my
most enjoyable assignments. It provides me with the lovely opportunity
to reconnect with female writers at home in Canada and internationally.
These are the lovely women I've chatted with by phone, by email,
and often, face to face. They are the friends who, over the years,
have kindly chosen to interview me and who've helped to spread the
word about journeywoman.com or to write about travel from a woman's
point of view, themselves. Most importantly they are my community
-- the women I go to to learn about the latest travel trends and
to exchange bits of advice that help to make us all better writers.
I'm extremely grateful to all these journalists for their women-centered
wisdom and their generosity of spirit. Enjoy everybody!
Splurging on hotels could
save you money...
many solo women travelers book the least expensive hotel rooms.
After all, why should they spend money when they’re on the
road? The reason is simple and this "splurge” generally
saves money. Reserve a room on the executive floor. Some of the
advantages of this upgraded status are: extra personalized service,
free breakfast, free sodas and non-alcoholic beverages during
the day and usually (if not always) a free cocktail period accompanied
by appetizers. Don’t be surprised if you’re offered
champagne, smoked salmon and so many hot and cold selections that
it takes real self-control not to eat everything. I’m embarrassed
to admit I often eat more than my fair share of edible goodies
and call it dinner. Most importantly, you won’t feel such
a sense of isolation. For women traveling alone, it’s nice
to be able to join a conversation or simply read in the lounge.
Karen Fawcett lives in Paris,
France, she blogs at www.karenfawcett.com
and is the President of Bonjour
Eco conscious London eateries...
can recommend Leon's, a chain of eight London eateries, eco-conscious
and delicious. How about a sweet potato falafel for under five
British Pounds? Leo's offers meat dishes as well, many with a
Morrocan flavours, and no one can beat locations that include
Oxford & Regents Streets, The Strand, and the perhaps best
- just behind the Tate Modern. Website: www.leonrestaurants.co.uk
Nancy Wigston is a Canadian travel
writer, photographer and reviewer. Website: www.nancywigston.com
Wear skirts with tailored
I travel, especially for African travel, I like to wear full skirts
(printed ones are fun) with tailored front pockets made like men's
back pockets. I select the skirts I'll pack and send them out
to a tailor with my specifications. In one front pocket, I pack
a pocket knife (a simple Barlow knife rather than a Swiss Army
knife is fine) and a bandana (handy for multiple uses). In the
other pocket, I toss items such as my camera or perhaps sunglasses,
or small notebook. I wear my essentials (money and passport) in
a pouch around my neck, tucked in my bodice, African-style. What
I love about skirts, is that they never are not the wrong thing
to wear and are enormously versatile. Even in these days of wider
acceptance of slacks, locals in villages often enjoy seeing a
woman in a skirt and respond a tad more warmly and openly to a
skirted woman. Peeing standing up in a skirt is a definte plus,
even on pit stops with no brush cover.
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 delight in Chicago,
like to recommend Tempo restaurant to all your Journeywoman readers.
Solo travelers have a unique advantage at this popular Gold Coast
restaurant. We can bypass the long lines for tables and sit with
other singles at the counter. Breakfast is the specialty and I
highly recommend the spinach and feta omelet as the best I’ve
had anywhere. Address: 6 East Chestnut (at State Street) Tel:
Sharon Wingler is a travel writing
international flight attendant.
Photos of kids as you
love photographing children as I move around the world. One thing
I learned is that it's a mistake to shoot your photo from adult
eye-level. Get down to their level by kneeling. This way you don't
seem so large and frightening to the youngsters. You also get
a much better shot of their sweet little faces by shooting 'up'
rather than 'down' on them.
Evelyn Hannon is the editor of
Delicious spa choices
in Toronto, Canada...
a spa treatment in Toronto? Several of the city’s pricier
spas can end up seeming like a bargain when you factor in access
to ultra-relaxing facilities. At the Stillwater Spa in the Park
Hyatt Hotel (www.stillwaterspa.com),
for example, even a simple manicure includes use of the women-only
whirlpool and sauna. After your treatment, you can let your nails
dry in a private dressing-room cubby equipped with a reclining
seat and its own television. Massages, facials and body treatments
at the Elmwood Spa (www.elmwoodspa.com)
include admission to the Water Therapy suite of swimming pool,
whirlpool, steam rooms and poolside lounge. Leave yourself plenty
of time to indulge and you’ll leave feeling pampered and
refreshed without spending a fortune.
Susan Catto, travel journalist
and columnist, www.susancatto.com.
Book Box #1
Be prepared for India...
girl's guide to India, a survivor's handbook is written by Louise
Wates. Inspired by other women's questions and her own travels
to India over more than two decades, author and illustrator Louise
Wates writes an essential A-Z, including topics such as what to
pack, sexual harassment or 'Eve Teasing', the intricacies of train
travel, navigating the Indian toilet system without public humiliation,
and meeting the Dalai Lama.
Bright Pen book, ISBN: 978-07552-1086-2 Website: