Compiled by Evelyn Hannon
HERE ARE THIS MONTH'S TOP 12 JOURNEYWOMAN TRAVEL TIPS -- As usual, your many female-friendly bits of advice from all over the world continue to inform, inspire and amuse. This time, from wonderful travelling women across the U.S. and Canada to those in Goldcoast (South Australia), San Miguel (Mexico), Ubud (Bali), and London (England) what follows are this issue's top twelve travelling tips. Enjoy, everybody!
1. GOURMET FESTIVAL IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY -- writes Linda in Chicago, USA -- Last year when I was in Budapest I attended the Hungarian Gourmet Festival. The entry ticket included a free souvenir wine glass (you take the glass with you and they keep filling it so you can taste different wines, and then keep the glass), plus you can sample dishes of traditional Hungarian food, innovative new dishes, desserts and snacks. I spent an entire afternoon there so that was a great way to have an interesting lunch, meet the people and get a glimpse of daily life. This year the Festival dates are May 12 - 15. Visit: sziget.hu/gourmetfestival
2. VEGGIE RESTAURANT IN LONDON, ENGLAND -- writes Lois in Vancouver, Canada -- I'd like to recommend the Mary Ward Adult Education Centre, 42 Queen Square, London WCIN 3AQ just off Southhampton Row near Russell Square. They offer great home made vegetarian food in the congenial atmosphere of a casual restaurant with students relaxing between classes, workers eating before going home and theatre goers enjoying dinner before the curtain. Eat a full meal for 5 - 7 GBP. Open Mon - Sat 8:30am - 8pm (Closes 5pm on Sat.) How's that for reasonable in London?
3. EXPLORE BLOOR STREET IN TORONTO -- writes Evelyn in Toronto, Canada -- Begin your journey at the corner of Yonge and Bloor. Walking west along Bloor Street you will enjoy posh window shopping akin to Chicago's Miracle Mile and New York's Fifth Avenue. Keep walking and you will hit the Royal Ontario Museum, the University of Toronto campus, the red-bricked Royal Conservatory of Music, and the St. George Subway Station. Continue further and you'll now find many examples of less expensive shops, food markets and multi ethnic eateries along the way. Many professors, writers, and folks working in the Arts live in this particular neighborhood called the Annex. It's a very interesting area to explore. Spend a few hours window shopping and locating interesting restaurants you might want to come back to.
4. AFFORDABLE HOSTEL ACCOMMODATIONS IN AMSTERDAM -- writes Lisa in Indianapolis, USA -- When in Amsterdam, I book at an all female hostel called Hostelle. It is on the Biljmer Arena Metro stop. Off season prices are as low as 23 US dollars in a dorm with eight beds - an absolute bargain in this city. The facilities are nicer than some upscale hotels I have stayed at and the proprietor, Bianca is just wonderful. It is rarely fully booked. P.S. There are even several two-person suites with adjoining washrooms at this all-female accommodation. Website: hostelle.com.
5. CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS -- writes Sally in Gold Coast, Australia -- Whenever and wherever I travel I look for Christmas decorations for my collection. Then each year when I decorate my tree I love to look at the items I have bought around the world - a lovely felt doll from Kyrgyzstan, a little man from China, the bird from Georgia. Each of these sweet ornaments cost less than two dollars, weighed next to nothing in my luggage, and they inspire such wonderful travel memories. A fun, inexpensive activity when you are browsing in a new city.
6. A HOSTEL IN PAMPLONA, SPAIN -- writes Meiling in Nottingham, England -- I've just been in Pamplona, Spain and would like to recommend Aloha Hostel as a great option for accommodation in that city. It has dorm rooms, double rooms and apartments available, and for the first two, breakfast in included in their prices. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, and the cleanliness of the place is outstanding (bathrooms are cleaned twice a day!). It took me less than five minutes to walk to the bus station (countrywide destinations), and it's about 10 minutes into the heart of the old town, with its cathedral and pintxos bars. Also, it's about 10 minutes walk to find the Camino de Santiago trail from there.
7. DON'T LOSE YOUR LUGGAGE, MICROCHIP IT! -- writes Anna in Creemore, Canada -- I just invested in this item and thought I would share my findings with other JourneyWomen. Airlines misplace around 25 million bags every year. With a ReboundTAG, your bag will be traceable using the most modern technologies in the airline industry - integrating with global baggage handling systems in all airports worldwide. ReboundTAG members are updated by email and SMS when their lost bag is found, anywhere in the world. Website: reboundtag.com. Membership: $31.99 US annually.
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8. TRAVELING TO EGYPT? -- writes Joyce in Reynoldsburg, USA -- Having just come back from two weeks in Egypt I wanted to suggest to others traveling there to take lots of U.S. dollars with you. You will constantly be in need of $1, $5, and $10 bills. American money is readily accepted and preferred. Not once did I need Egyptian pounds. You will also be asked to tip for everything (including photos) so I suggest that you take dozens of $1 bills with you. That way you will be prepared.
9. AFFORDABLE RESTAURANT IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO -- writes Marilyn in San Miguel, Mexico - One of my favourite restaurants in San Miguel de Allende is called El Rinconita. This family run restaurant is located in Colonia San Antonio on Calle Refugio. In fact, the restaurant is on the main floor and the family lives upstairs. The food is delicious, freshly prepared and the service is friendly, welcoming and very affordable. There are not many tables in the restaurant so making a reservation is advisable. The telephone number is 415-154-4809.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Want more of San Miguel De Allende? Click here!
10. AFFORDABLE AND SAFE LODGING IN LONDON, ENGLAND -- writes Christine in Burnaby, Canada - If you want an inexpensive, safe, clean, centrally located place to stay in London England, Pax Lodge accepts bookings from the public for women, men, youth, and families. Run by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) it offers hostel style accommodation (twin rooms with en suite bathroom are available too) close to pubs, restaurants, hospital, churches, buses, and the underground (Camden station). The staff comprise women from all over the world, working or volunteering at this iconic WAGGGS World Centre. Prices start at approximately $40.00 per person per night, which is a steal for this area of London. For more information, click here
EDITOR'S NOTE: It's hard for London to be dirt cheap but here are some good tips for good food for less. Click!
11. A FEMALE-FRIENDLY DRIVER IN UBUD, BALI -- writes Pam in Calgary, Canada -- Looking for a driver in Bali? We had a great experience with Joko of Joko Bali Transport. Joko speaks English very well and knows Bali inside out. He is based in Ubud. We found him reliable, safe and knowledgeable. His car is well maintained and comfortable. You can reach him vis email: email@example.com or telephone: +62 0813 3851 3139
EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's 25 things for a woman to know about Bali. Click!
12. CHEAP AND CHEERFUL IN THE MARRAKESH MARKET -- writes Jilly in Eugene, USA -- Visiting the Marrakesh market in Morocco, I discovered these wonderful soup spoons hand carved from orange wood. I had used them at a restaurant earlier in my trip and loved them so was delighted when I found them for purchase. The best part is they cost less than 25 cents apiece. (that's right...25 cents!). They make a unique gift, easy to pack and also unbreakable. Look for them if/when you travel there.
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