Travel Writers Share Their Best Tips 2005
Pay close attention
to bumps and jostles...
someone bumps me in a market or anywhere in a foreign country, the
first thing I do is clutch my daypack (which contains all my valuables)
closer to me. Thieves, working in pairs, will often distract you this
way, so they can pilfer your belongings while your attention is focused
elsewhere. Be alert. Be aware. Stay safe.
-- Travel Columnist, Canada's Toronto Sun Newspaper
Pack your sunglasses...
little attention is flattering, but in some countries the attention
western female travellers get is so relentless that it's annoying.
If you're in a country where you find yourself getting too much attention
from the local men when you're simply walking down the street, or
sitting in a caf� - put on dark sunglasses. Often, these guys are
trying to make eye-contact with you. The glasses make that impossible
and their pestering tones down considerably.
-- North American syndicated travel columnist and editor of a new
website found at www.greatlearningvacations.com
outlet store in Paris...
researching my shopping guide, I discovered Plantaderm, 58 rue du
Faubourg Poissonni�re, 10th arrondissement Metro: Poissonni�re. Plantaderm
is a skin care and beauty product outlet store, with very high quality
products sold at rock bottom prices. Many of the formulas have been
licensed by name brands, and sell for extravagant prices under a famous
label. For example, the nail hardener, sold in Plantaderm for 2 euro
sells for 15 euro in the fancy department stores. Now that's what
I call a bargain!
-- author of the shopping guide, 'Best
Buys and Bargains in Paris,' an intercultural
trainer/coach, Paris resident since 1991. Website: www.jeanne-feldman.com
in Hong Kong...
in Hong Kong, head for the Moon Garden Teahouse at 5 Hoi Ping Road,
a short street that runs off Leighton Road, a few blocks from the
Causeway Bay station. This traditional tea garden is furnished with
antiques, including a brazier beside each table. The staff help you
to select one of the gourmet teas, then oversees the brewing. Tiny
dishes of salty-sweet preserved olives, pineapple and prunes compliment
the flavours of the teas. You can also order dim sum and dessert,
or play a board game, read a book or just admire the koi pond. Perfect
for the female traveller.
-- Freelance journalist, Mississauga, Canada
someone who has worked for an airline, I offer this simple but trouble-saving
advice. To protect your belongings, attach two luggage tags to each
bag that will, or may, be checked. Most modern suitcases have two
handles, so place a tag on each. Make sure they are sturdy and can't
be easily torn off by the airline conveyer belts and equipment.
However, if one tag does "get eaten" along the way, there will still
be one left to identify your luggage.
use clear baggage tags and insert folded notes with just your last
name (avoid being gender specific) and the words, "Itinerary Inside"
visible. Inside the folded notes, list your flights and dates, your
hotels with the dates you'll be there, as well as your home telephone
number (no address) and date of your return. Should your bag become
lost, airline personnel will know where to route it on whatever
date it is located.
Atlanta, USA, creator of the website: www.TravelAloneAndLoveIt.com
and the editor of '114
Resources for Solo Travel.'
She packs for
that luggage searches are more frequent, it helps to group items
and pack them in see-through net or plastic bags. I've found the
zippered plastic pouches that pillowcases and other linens are sold
in just perfect for travel use, so I stockpile them in my closet.
I use one of these zippered plastic pouches to double-bag my toiletries,
one to keep maps, my journal and papers organized, and another for
my film. I use net bags for undies and socks. If my luggage does
get hand inspected, these bags help keep my things organized.
Zepatos -- author of the bestseller, 'A
Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman
Traveler', as well as two other books. When
not traveling, Thalia works as a political consultant.
duct tape and ziplocks...
are a few things I always carry when heading to an off-the-beaten
track destination: duct tape; ziplocks; sachets of 'just-add-water'
food (instant noodles, soups, etc...) so that if I am invited to
a local home, I can offer something to the meal (and if I am in
a place where I don't trust the food, I can eat safely). Then there's
a gel pack -- the kind that you can stick in the freezer but will
always stay malleable. I use it (warm) as a pillow. Not only is
it dust mite proof (I have allergies), it helps with minor shoulder
aches (cold) after a day of lugging a backpack full of duct tape.
-- travel Columnist, Canada's National Post. Website: