Women's dress codes in Korea...
I'd like other people to know that Korea is a conservative country
with definite dress codes for women. If you want to wear a very
short skirt, do as the Koreans do and carry a scarf to cover your
knees when you sit down. Always avoid even the suggestion of cleavage,
and know that bare shoulders are just marginally acceptable for
college-age women. Light lacy jackets are usually worn over sleeveless
garments or tank-tops. Unless you are going to be in a tourists-only
area, wear a modest one piece swimsuit and avoid bikinis.
Farzana L, Korea
She's a friendly stain remover...
I always carry a few sheets of white paper towelling and Shout stain
wipes whenever I travel. Of course, it's primarily for me for when
I manage to get my own clothing dirty. However, it's been interesting
to see what happens when I'm in a situation where a fellow traveller
gets their clothes dirty. Offering to help with a Shout wipe is
a very nice conversation opener.
Kristen E., Texas, USA
She's a travellin' interior designer...
Wherever I travel I always carry a small packet with paint samples
of the rooms in my home as well as fabric swatches of my furniture.
A data sheet with dimensions of my rooms (for rug purchases) and
table sizes (for tablecloths) come in very handy as well. In this
way I never have to guess if new furnishings from around the world
will fit and/or match properly. A wonderful and comfortable way
to go shopping!
Jeannine Brookshire, Arizona, USA
She rents a bike in Kyoto...
Living here in Japan, I'd like other JourneyWomen to know that Kyoto
is a very easy city to get around in. The subways and buses are
simple, but I also recommend (if you are physically fit) renting
a bike to move about. You see so much more this way! Most hostels
have rental bikes or depending on how long you plan to stay in this
city, you can buy a second-hand bicycle for about $30 US. Think
of all the fun you'll have.
Alex, Kyoto, Japan
Number your rolls of film...
Like many other JourneyWomen, I print out self-adhesive mailing
labels for family and friends to whom I want to send postcards or
letters on my travels. But here's another bonus use for labels that
I find very helpful. I always make sure there are enough blank labels
left on the sheet so I can use these blanks to number my rolls of
exposed film. This way I know where each roll of film was taken
and they become a snap to identify when I submit them for developing.
Teresa B, Arizona, USA
A bindi on her forehead keeps men away...
When I travelled in India, I had a shalwar kameez (comfortable pants
and long sleeve top) made in a local tailor shop. It cost around
�5.00 all together and I felt so comfortable in it. I believe you
are treated with more respect if you are wearing culturally correct
clothing. Most important in India --tie your hair back or braid
it in one long braid if it is long enough (that's what Indian women
do). It is also very helpful to wear a bindi on your forehead. This
bindi is the sign of a married woman and you can buy these objects
in the Indian markets for next to nothing. They're small and have
an adhesive backing. Just peel and stick and watch how mens' behavior
changes around you.
Emma, London, England
Another female-friendly packing tip...
I roll all my clothes when packing and then there is never any ironing
at my destination. How do the clothes stay rolled up? I have a special
trick. Just cut off the legs of old panty hose. Put your hand inside
one of the cut-off legs, grab that rolled up t- shirt and pull it
through. Voila! My things stay rolled up like assorted sausages.
Carole H., Toronto, Canada
A very woman-friendly read...
As a woman who has travelled alone for business, as well as pleasure,
I highly recommend reading Gavin de Beckers' book "The Gift of Fear."
Mr. de Becker has excellent advice for women travelling and living
alone. The next time you are browsing in a bookshop, look for this
title. You might end taking it home with you.
Nancy, Orlando, USA
Bargaining in China...
In China, get to the markets and shops very early in the morning.
If you are the first customer of the day that's perfect because
Chinese merchants are very superstitious and they consider the first
customer to be the most important of all. In fact, they would rather
take an extremely low offer from you than have you walk away. The
superstition says that if you turn away the first customer of the
day you will not have any good customers that day. So take my good
advice -- the early shopper gets the bargain!
Great Journeywoman tip about Vietnam...
I used a travel tip from your Journeywoman
Newletter and wanted to let you know how useful it was and what
a great experience it led me to.
Dawn, Lethbridge, Canada
Ed. note: For those readers
who do not yet subscribe to our travel tip newsletter, this is the
tip Dawn is referring to...
I recently spent a few days in a wonderful little town called
Hoi An in the middle of Vietnam. They have an amazing number of
seamstresses there who have cloth shops. A great shop with a friendly
staff, modern designs and professional work is Khoi Cloth Shop,
134 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, Vietnam, Tel: 0510 861113. I got five
pairs of pants made and three dresses and it cost me $68US. A great
deal. They take all your measurements so the clothes fit perfectly.
If you want them to make changes, they'll do it at no extra charge.
They'll work in your time frame, either having the clothes made
that day or the day after. These good businesspeople also gave me
a lantern and a purse as a gift. Very hard to resist and a fun experience!
Mei Yin Tao, Hoi An, Vietnam