Great travel gift idea
Most women travellers usually carry a few small packets of tissues
in their purse or backpack to use as emergency toilet paper. So, here's
a lovely gift idea. If you're traveling in Mexico, look for something
they call a kleenera (i.e.Kleenex), a cloth case just the right size
to fit one of those tissue packets into. I bought one with lovely
embroidery in Queretaro and another with fabulously colored weaving
in San Cristobal de las Casas.
Louise Lander, New York, USA
Pack Light When You Visit Bali
I lived in Bali, Indonesia for a summer and brought a suitcase full
of clothes. However, I ended up wearing only a few nice t-shirts with
the local skirt (sarong)which makes sense considering the country�s
squat potties. Most of the time I wore those rubber sandal flip flops.
I found them very practical.
Female Guides in Nepal
I completed the Annapurna Sanctuary trek with a brilliant woman
called Dickie from the Chhetri Sisters trekking company in Pokhara.
She was a great companion and really an excellent support, both
morally, and physically. This company also runs a really friendly
guest house in Pokhara and I would certainly recommend both the
hostel and their trekking services. For those who can't afford a
guide, Chhetri Sisters provide female porters, so that women travelling
alone don't have to worry about a thing. Tel: 977 061 24066 E-mail:
If anyone wants to hear more, I will be back in England soon and
will be happy to network about my experiences!
Ruth R., London, England
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Female-friendly B&B in Cozumel
When I travelled to Cozumel this winter I tried a bed and breakfast
instead of a hotel. It was excellent; the woman who owns it was able
to give me tips on what to see and do on the island. She also made
arrangements for me for a moped rental and scuba diving. Tamarind
offered me fine service at an economical price. You can find them
on the internet at: www.cozumel.net/bb/tamarind/index.htm
Annette Elvers, Winnipeg, Canada
Why Didn't We Think of This?
This tip is short but very sweet....If you're going to Asia and don't
think you can manage chopsticks, don�t worry about it. Just bring
loads of disposable plastic forks with you. It will save you a bunch
Cheryl P, Kennewick, USA
Mixing Pleasure With Business Travel
During a recent business trip to London, I wanted to get the most
out of the wonderful art museums the city has to offer�but didn't
have the luxury of wandering through them for days. A friend recommended
Harrington & Healing�Art Historians. They coordinated a personalized
tour for me and a client. Our tour on �Women & Power� took us through
the 15th-19th centuries at the National Gallery. I found the tour
most informative and recommend this company for corporate entertaining.
They have themed tours to choose from and will also personalize your
group or private tours. You can contact Harrington & Healing via e-mail
at: HH@letterbox.com or by phone
Jennifer C., Chicago, USA
Yet Another Use for Duct Tape
I can't claim credit for this advice -- it was brought up during an
overseas internship program I participated in. They told us to duct
tape an emergency stash of money to the inside of our clothing (pants,
skirt, whatever) so that if we were mugged we wouldn't be left completely
without resources. This just struck me as a brilliant idea so I thought
I would pass it along.
Shawn Phelps, Mississauga, Canada
Dress Dark in Tanzania
I travelled in Kenya and Tanzania on a safari trip. It was really
hot and very dusty and in some parts pretty humid. Don't do what I
did and wear white. White gets very dirty very quickly and never looks
that white again. Stick to natural fabrics (cotton) and neutral colours
to hide the grime. T-shirts and shorts are good. If you take extra
t-shirts - particularly with good designs on them, you�ll have fun
bartering them for some fantastic local handicrafts.
Mandy, Sydney, Australia
Two terrific tips -- Dublin, Ireland
I found McMenamins bed and breakfast listed on the Journeywoman website
and chose it as my Dublin "home base" for a week and a half. Marie
and Pauric are terrific hosts, the room was comfortable and the breakfasts
satisfying. My only caveat was the rather optimistic suggestion that
it was a ten minute walk from Stephen's Green. It took me twenty,
and I'm in good shape.
Marie and Pauric told me about the Wild Wicklow Bus Tour that goes
into the Wicklow Mountains. I defy any other company to deliver the
same amount of "craic" (atmosphere) as Wild Wicklow does. Their bus
is small and the itinerary is perfect. I marvelled at just how much
Denis the Driver loves his work, and how he created a perfect day
for all of us. Marie and Pauric can provide you with the tour company's
phone number. The cost was 22 Irish punts. Denis picks up the day's
victims around 9:30 AM. and finishes around 5:00 PM.
Catharine Saxberg, Toronto, Canada
Ed. note: You can reach the McMennamins at Tel/fax:+353-1-4974405
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure to tell them Journeywoman sent you. I stayed at this B&B
as well and the owners are two of my favorite people.