Travel Writers Share Their Best Tips 2005
avoid strong women...
all done it - found ourselves in an unsafe place, some distance from
the hotel, and no transportation around. Try doing the following and
probably no one will bother you at all. Instead of looking anxiously
about, start slamming your fist into your hand and stride down the
street as if you are furious. Mutter phrases like, "He's going to
be sorry he started up with me!" Not even the bravest mugger will
think twice before messing with an angry woman!
-- freelance writer with work in such publications as Forever Young,
Tourist, City Parent and The Consultant.
She always carries
travelling, always carry along photos of your children, grandchildren,
nephews or nieces when they were young children�-even if they are
into their 50s today! Often, the first question from a local woman
is "Are you married?" The second question will be "Children?" Being
able to produce a family photo is an instant ticket to friendship.
And a photo of a baby will produce smiles and be the beginnings of
an animated conversation. It has even softened stern customs or border
-- travel writer and Toronto Sun columnist, "Family
Safe and special
in Seoul, Korea...
is a special destination, and a stay in Seoul deserves a special hotel,
one that reflects Korea's unique history and traditions. That property
is SameheongGak, not just a hotel but a cultural complex offering
learning experiences, performances, tea ceremonies, music, an elegant
restaurant and three traditional houses offering accommodation, all
located in beautiful quiet parklands, yet only minutes from downtown
Seoul. Spend your day sightseeing, then return to your calm and exquisite
house before walking to the adjacent complex for fine Korean cuisine
in or on the terrace of SamcheongGak's lovely restaurant. Memorable,
relaxing and oh so safe! Website: www.samcheonggak.or.kr
-- Editor of TravelScoop, the magazine for independent travellers.
an Italian Cavewoman...
am so looking forward to March 20! That's the day
my favourite spa reopens. Located at Monsummano Terme, which is about
30 minutes' drive north-west of Florence, the Grotta Giusti is complete
heaven. In Italian, "grotta" means "a cave". And, before I came to
Grotta Giusti, I never knew that being a cave-woman involved such
luscious pampering. I go for the day, but there is a five-star hotel
next door, so you get the picture. Michael Douglas did, since he was
one of the honoured guests recently. I'll ask Mr D what he pays next
time I see him, but if you do it my way, it costs 40 euro for a couple
of hours toasting at 34 degrees C in the silence of the softly-lit
grotta, with massage to follow, costing from 28 to 65 euro. For further
information: Grotta Giusti Terme and Hotel, Via Grotta Giusti, Monsummano
Terme (PT) 51015, Italy, Tel: 00 39 0572 90771, Fax: 00 39 0572 9077300,
-- Freelance journalist, Florence, Milan, Website: www.initaly.com/ads/roberta.htm
you're beginning a trip and you're in transit at Heathrow Airport
in London. Something catches your eye in a shop: a delicate vase,
a bulky sweater, a heavy bottle. The product is tempting, but you
don't want to cart it all over Europe. Worry not. If you're going
anywhere else in the European Union, you can store your purchase
with the airport's Shopping Collection service. Check your baubles,
get a receipt, and pick up the goodies in the arrivals area on your
way home. Easy peasy--and best of all, it's free.
Paquet -- Travel journalist and author of
to Splurge: A Social History of Shopping'
(ECW Press) Website: www.LauraByrnePaquet.com