She Learns a Few French Words
When I moved to Quebec from the United States with little knowledge of
the French language, my French-Canadian sister-in-law provided me with a
phrase that has helped soften many hearts. "Je suis desole (accent over
both e's). Je ne parle pas bien en Francais." This translates as "I'm
sorry. I don't speak French well." When you utter it, the natives bend
over backwards to help you out.
Linda Kay, author of Romantic Days and Nights in Montreal, Quebec.
She Takes A Spare Car Key!
I always like to bring a spare car key with me when I'm traveling by
car. On long trips, I place the extra key (which I keep on a slim, small
key ring) in a pocket of an outfit I'm wearing. If by chance I lock the
keys in the car or something happens to my keys
(lost or stolen), I can still get into my car and drive away. This trick
has saved me
and might help other journey women from being stranded.
Sharon Shipley, St. Petersburgh, USA
Diamonds are a girl's best friend...
... especially when they're free! Going to Arkansas? Don't miss the
Crater of Diamonds State Park where you can prospect for diamonds and
other gemstones - and keep any you find! Situated at Murfreeboro
volcanic crater, this is the only place in the US where visitors can
play "finders keepers." Plus, the staff will provide free identification
and certification of any gemstones you discover. So far, visitors have
found more than 20,000 diamonds and numerous other gems. Call the park
Susan M. Boyce, editor Travel Impulse, Delta, Canada
Don't Be Afraid to Ask!
"Shall we make it two"? are magic words for the female traveller. For
faster seating at lunch (and to make the most of networking
opportunities), remember (and use) them the next time you attend a
Marya Charles Alexander, Solo Dining Savvy Newsletter, CA, USA
Ed. note: Maya can be reached at (213) 257-0026 or (800) 299-1079
My Husband Will Be Here Soon!
Here's a tip I heard from Allison Tilley several years back after she
published a book about travelling solo. It's a basic and sensible idea
one I had never thought of, for some reason: She said that though
unmarried, she always travels wearing a wedding ring, and particularly
countries where western women are viewed as fair game, she tells all and
sundry that her husband is on business in some other city or country but
will be joining her a few days hence.
Felicity Munn, Montreal, Canada
A NY. Nutritionist's Best Bets
My favorite New York health food store is Healthy Pleasures at 93
They carry a little bit of everything from books to food to homeopathic
remedies. I especially like their vegetarian salad bar. Yum!
Telephone: (212) 353-3663. And, my favorite vegetarian restaurant is
Souen, a macrobiotic restaurant at 28 E.13 St. (I think for a time I
was addicted to their Hummus sandwiches on multi grain bread with
sprouts and greens.) Telephone: (212) 627-7150.
Jackie Storm, New York City, USA
Attention Canadian Women Travellers
Stretching the travel budget is a necessity for some, a game for
others. One of my favourite money-savers is Canada Direct.
The Canada Direct card, free from phone companies, lets you
call home at Canadian long distance rates, side-stepping the
astronomical foreign phone costs. Take note: Some hotels won't permit
Direct calls - in that case simply find a public phone and do your
Canada Direct calling
Isobel Warren, author of On the go at 50 plus, Canada
Ed. note: Call 1-800-561-8868 for more info on this card
Sharing With Her New Roomate
When you share quarters with a roommate you don't know, it is a good
idea to meet before the trip, even over the phone. Then you can discuss
who will bring what, such as a hairdryer, etc. Also, when you share
quarters with a new roommate it can be helpful to decide right away who
will have which bed or which side of the sink or closet.
Marybeth Bond, author of Travelers Tales: Gutsy Mamas, CA, USA
Ed. note: Want to know more about Gutsy Mamas? Call 1-800-889-8969
Mother and Daughter in London
My 11 year old daughter and I stopped in London, England on a recent
European trip. We didn't have a lot of time to spend in the city but we
wanted to take in as much as we could at minimal expense and not get
lost! Thanks to the advise from the concierge at the Forum Hotel on
Cromwell Road, we discovered the London Pride Bus tours. These are
narrated double decker tours of the city that allow you to get on and
off at attractions at will. The tickets are approximately 12 pounds for
adults and are valid for 24 hours from time of purchase. The bus drivers
also sell tickets to the main attractions so you avoid the long line
ups, ie. my daughter wanted to go to the London Dungeon, the line up for
tickets was about an 1-1/2 hour wait, we purchased our tickets from the
bus driver and walked right in! All in all, we think London Pride is a
great way to see the sights.
Danielle Bunting and daughter, Coquitlam,Canada
Her Guide to European Train Travel
If you're visiting many different places, save money by buying train
and/or bus passes. Find out about the different types available, what
they cover and whether you need to buy them at home or in the
you'll be. Also check to see what separate fares are to compare. A good
source of information for European trips is the European Planning & Rail
Guide, just $3 from Budget Europe Travel Service, 2557 Meade Court, Ann
Arbor, MI 48105-1304.
Ruth Halcomb, Network for Living Abroad, Sherman Oaks, USA
Ed. note: Want to network with Ruth? Try her at (818) 789-2804