After sorting through the many, many fabulous e-mails and lovely bits
of info youve showered us with these last few months, here they
are, ladies! Journeywomans top 25 red hot female-centered
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The best ten tips will be included in our next Journeywoman newsletter.
To say thank-you for your advice well be sending out some of the
latest travel books to contributors picked at random. A few recent winners
are Anne in Nanaimo, Canada and Kimberly in Miami Beach, USA. Well done!
She spas in Mexico...
For a wonderful spa experience, check out Rio Caliente, located
outside of Guadalajara, Mexico. Beautiful weather, the Sierra
Madre mountains, and hot springs from the "hot river"
are just the beginning. This spa offers great, comfy, and adventurous
options, and is perfect for women traveling alone. I've been there
three times and have always met new friends. Or, you can just
lie by the mineral pool reading a book, and watch the resident
animals (six horses and Petunia, the donkey) meander by. Great
meals, kind and supportive staff, wonderful massage and mud baths,
yoga, horseback riding, hikes in the mountains. I could go on
and on. In fact, I think I'll go on and book another visit. Check
their website at http://www.riocaliente.com/
Eva Olson, USA
||She complains about Harrods
Can you imagine? Harrods charged us one pound for the use of their
"luxury washrooms" which weren't really luxurious at all....and
a big rip-off, in my estimation. My advice is dont miss Harrods,
but pass on their bathrooms (if possible).
Denise, Charleston, USA
||She raves about an e-mail
I learned about a wonderfully simple e-mail service for travellers
and used it on my last trip to Hong Kong. It worked perfectly! Mailstart.com
allows you to retrieve all of your e-mail messages directly from
your own internet provider at home. Just set up your account and
password with Mailstart prior to leaving (its free), receive
your instructions and youre ready to go. Do yourself a favour
and check it out at http://www.mailstart.com I loved it!
Evelyn Hannon, Toronto, Canada
||Attention teacher and student
Hospex is a hospitality exchange group started in 1991 to foster
cross-cultural friendships by connecting academics and students
with hosts. Currently, there are Hospex members in more than 35
countries. There is no membership fee, and homestays include free
accommodation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and visit their website
Kari Bodnarchuk, Somerville, USA
||She e-mails her documents to
A journeywoman on the road should always carry a photocopy of her
passport and birth-certificate in case those items get stolen. But
what happens when the bag carrying that vital info is also swiped?
This is how I get around the problem. I scanned my important documents
and e-mailed them to myself. So now, it's stored on my Hotmail account
(a FREE e-mail service accessible anywhere around the world that
computers are available). If the day should come that I need a copy,
all I need to do is access the internet (http://www.hotmail.com).
Brigitte Torok, North York, Canada
||She packs her little red suit
In French cities, you will observe the greatest number of chic-looking
women you have ever seen - in shops and travelling to and from work.
No sneakers, no jeans, no sweats, typically subtle make-up and good
hair cuts or hair pulled severely back. As a tourist, better dress
up than down (think business attire), especially in the evening
if you go out to dinner. I wished I had left behind my jeans and
packed my little red suit.
Anne W, Toronto, Canada
||Not touristy in Sydney, Australia...
I live in Sydney and absolutely love it! The thing I like to do
is walk my dog from my home in Mosman Bay around to Cremorne point.
This is not a tourist attraction at all. It is just a lovely walking
path that winds around the water foreshores and ends up looking
over the harbour to the city (the view taking in the Opera House
and the Harbour Bridge). There are ferry stops along the walk. A
traveller could catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Mosman Bay,
walk the path around to Cremorne point (about 45 minutes), then
catch the Ferry back into the city from Cremorne. Far cheaper than
a harbour cruise and you see a lovely part of Sydney.
Anna Tempke, Sydney, Australia
||Chicagos ladies room in
In my opinion, the Signature Lounge in Chicago's John Hancock Center
(875 North Michigan Ave.) is not only the best place in town to
have a cocktail and watch the sun set over the city but, check out
their ladies room. I do believe that no other womens bathroom
can boast their floor to ceiling metropolis view from the 96th floor!
Kimberly Meadors, Miami Beach, USA