Writers Worldwide Share Travel Secrets 2006
Islands tasty souvenirs...
you visit the Cayman Islands, check out Shruty
Nakhwa's Icoa Chocolates shop in Georgetown, Grand
Cayman. Her addictive chocolates come in mouth-watering flavours like
key lime, coconut truffle and passion fruit. Also on Grand Cayman,
look for the Cayman Islands' most popular export -- Tortuga rum cakes.
They come in pineapple, Blue Mountain coffee rum, chocolate, banana
and other flavours, but my personal favourite is the original golden
recipe. The Tortuga Rum Company
stores also sell other delectable treats like rum-spiked mints, coffee
and sauces. Yum!
Barb Kroll is a Canadian
journalist, one-half of a wife/husband (Ron) travel writing/photography
team and co-publisher of website http://www.krolltravel.com
of my travel writer's safety hints...
Traveling light is a
key security measure. You will be better able to protect what you
have if you take no more than you can tote easily on your own.
be careless with your belongings at 35,000 feet. Just because you’re
in the air, don’t assume your stuff is safe.
sure the credit card receipt you receive is for the purchase you
Trusting a stranger
because he (or she) is clean-cut, and honest-looking is never a
to your instincts, they’re probably well founded. If you feel
something is awry, don’t ignore it. Move away. Cross the street.
appropriate don a “don’t mess with me look.”
you are being followed by an unmarked car, even if one that has
flashing lights don’t stop. Slow down, turn on the emergency
flashers, call the police, report the situation and keep driving
until an official police car catches up with you.
Anna Hobbs is a Toronto
Star columnist and an Ontario freelance journalist
and with a passion for wine.
a senior now...
advantage of your age. Wherever you go---from the movies to hotels,
museums and historic sites, to supermarkets, buses, and beauty salons---ask
whether there’s a senior discount. You hate to be identified
as a senior? Snap out of it! Speak up and save yourself a lot of money.
First of all, the minute you turn 50, you should never pay retail
for a hotel room. Virtually every hotel in the country offers at least
10 percent off the rack rate, which is better than nothing, and some
will give you more. Second, there are still a few airlines that have
special fares, primarily Southwest, Delta Shuttle, and a lot of foreign
carriers. Third, you’d be amazed how many shops, restaurants,
and businesses offer you a break. Sometimes even your neighborhood
Chinese restaurant may have senior specials.
Heilman lives in New York State and is the author
of 'Unbelievably Good Deals & Great
Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're over 50'
like to tell JourneyWomen about Leonidas
Lunch Tearoom, Choorstraat 24, Delft in The Netherlands.
The food is fresh and delicious, the sandwich presentations pretty
enough to photograph, but hearty enough for a full meal. The best
part is the ambiance. There are tables on the pavement and inside
the tearoom, but the loveliest spot is in the back garden with its
covered terrace, vine-covered walls and shade tree. Next door is a
Leonidas Chocolate Shop
with impressive displays of chocolates, tins of powdered chocolate,
chocolate chips, and decadent samples. Wonderful gifts to take home
- if they last that long!
Matthews is the Travel
Writer for Eastern Canada, suite101.com.
being close to the central station in Milan is an imperative, the
Hotel Due Giardini is
not only a very convenient and pleasant choice but, at between 75
and 130 euro a night for a double (depending on the season), it's
also one of the best-value places to stay anywhere in town. Located
in a two-storey townhouse in a residential street ten minutes walk
from the station (or a short ride on the number 60 bus), the hotel
really does have two, lovingly-tended, gardens. Breakfast is served
here in the summer. The reception area and bar are on the ground floor,
while the rooms are on the first and second (second and third for
American readers). Although there is no elevator, staff are available
to help with luggage. The hotel is at 47, Via Benedetto Marcello,
the phone number is 02 29521093; fax: 0229516933 Website: http://www.hotelduegiardini.it
-- is a freelance journalist, living
in Florence, Milan. Website: www.initaly.com/ads/roberta.htm
The jazz is
hot in Barbados...
January, the Barbados Jazz Festival
offers shows in a variety of stunning historic sites, many of them
outdoors. My favourite show locale, though, is Farley Hill National
Park, where you can sit all day in the shade of a grove of mahogany
trees and listen to great tunes. If you need a break from the hubbub,
head to the benches at the back of the park, which overlook the hills
and the sea. Bring a picnic, or buy patties, burgers and frosty beers
Laura Byrne Paquet
is a Canadian freelance travel writer and author. Website: http://www.LauraByrnePaquet.com/travel
not meant to be portable cupboards...
do we need to carry from home the things that we could buy during
our journey? Isn't is easier to just pick up these necessities as
needed? I suggest you allot an extra amount for travel expenses in
your budget to cover these little things along the way. Also, if you're
travelling with a male partner, never tell him the exact content of
your packpack. Instead of sympathizing with you about all the great
tops you had to leave at home, he will challenge you by asking: “Sure
that you need all that stuff?”, or, worse, he'll compare your
heavy pack with those carried by intrepid “ninja-travellers”
by taunting you with observations like... “Look at how small
that girl's bag is!”....
Jesi is an Italian journalist specialized in Foreign
Affairs and social trends, working freelance for Vanity
Fair and Corriere della
Sera, one of the most important newspapers in Italy.
Carlotta lives in Milan, wrote her first book
With Backpack) an Italian woman’s hilarious perspective, in
Italian, on what it means to travel the globe with a backpack and,
if that weren’t enough, her husband.
on the road...
travelling have fun but be assertive (politely, if possible) in
guarding your own life and limb. Before registering, ask to see
the hotel room. Check for a peep-hole, double lock and proximity
to elevators. (No dimly lit mile-long corridors, please.) Investigate
connecting doors, balconies and fire exits. On the street, dress
appropriately to avoid offending local sensibilities. Stay well
away from marches, demonstrations or civil unrest and resist the
urge to photograph them. Carry photocopies of your passport, your
itinerary and home-based contacts and a list of your country's consular
services in case you fail to heed the foregoing advice.
Isobel Warren is
a freelance travel writer from Newmarket, Canada, and author of
the forthcoming "Travel Safe
and Savvy" (Cedar Cave Books, September 2006).
to Florence, Italy? When in this city where leather
fashion abounds, it helps to get a referral if you plan on doing any
buying. It was American JW reader, Nancy who met me for dinner one
evening and showed off her latest Italian purchase -- funky, butter-soft
black gloves with different color leather between each finger. What
fun they were and very nicely made. The next day I, too, made my way
to Roberta's, a tiny
leather shop located on Borgo S. Jacapo 78r (a tiny street that runs
parallel to the Arno between Ponte Vecchio and Ponte S. Trinita )
and owned by a sister-brother team. Their merchandise is impressive
and prices were far better than those in the "tourist" part
of town. Pick from unlined or lined (silk or cashmere) gloves in every
colour of the rainbow. I bought the gifts for the important people
in my life at Roberta's. They loved them and I stayed well within
my budget. Website: http://www.robertafirenze.com.
P.S. On my latest
trip to Florence, I popped into Roberta's
once again. This time I found their new line of women's handbags
in both suedes and leathers. Styles, quality of materials and prices
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