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International Travel Tip Bazaar

Pack a pancho
A friend gave me this terrific tip before my first transatlantic trip, and it has remained a winner for me. Don't pack a raincoat or umbrella to protect yourself from the rain. Instead, take a poncho (I get mine very cheap where the fishermen buy their's). A poncho will keep you dry from head to (almost) feet. It will also cover everything you may be carrying. In addition, if the weather is cool or windy, your pancho will keep you warm.
Terri, Toronto, Canada

Her favourite mall in Melbourne, Australia
For those who like mall shopping, the place to be in the Melbourne area is 'The Fashion Capital' -- Chadstone Shopping Centre (about 15kms away from the city). You need at least a day to get through all the shops. The Australian designer, Alannah Hill, has a shop there. (She also has one in the city.) Her clothes are feminine yet very funky. Both my 60-year old mother and I are fans! You can get public transport to Chadstone. Take a train from the central 'Flinders Street' station to Oakleigh Station on the Dandenong line. Then take a bus outside Oakleigh Station to the shopping centre. Buses run approximately every 15 minutes.
Tish, Melbourne, Australia
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She packs tiny
These are a few of my space-saving tricks when packing: Spare contact lens cases can hold deoderant gel, sunscreen for your nose, toothpaste, medical ointments, lip balm, etc. But be sure to label your containers well; deodorant makes crummy toothpaste! A half-used roll of toilet paper, minus its cardboard tube, fits easily into a pocket or backpack. A couple of never-used black garbage bags can provide protection from the rain, or become groundsheets to sit on when you're picnicing. Now what do you put into the extra space you saved in your bag? Bubble wrap! A bundle of it saves space for souvenirs, and gives you a safe way to wrap your new goodies on the way home.
Lynn, Port Townsend, USA

Great place to stay in Boston
I have just come back from ten days in Boston and highly recommend the Oasis Guest House. The Conference I was attending had listed hotels all over $ US150 but the Oasis, in high season, was much less at $US90 for a smallish but very comfortable room. Six rooms share three bathrooms but I never had any problems getting access. What makes the Oasis special are the managers, Rick and Keith, who make you feel like old friends. Breakfast is included, and the Oasis is very centrally located in Back Bay, an interesting and safe neighbourhood. By the end of the conference, many delegates were complaining about the poor service and high costs in the big name hotels. Those of us staying at the Oasis smiled smugly because we had found the best stay in Boston. And we all got to know each other over the morning breakfast served in the living room. I look forward to going back. Check out their website at http://www.oasisgh.com.
Madeleine, Halifax, Canada

She goes to the Louvre in Paris
The Louvre Museum has a great shopping mall and food court in the basement. There's a separate street level entrance (look for "Galleries du Louvre") which also allows you to bypass the long, long line waiting to enter the Pyramide. Once you get into the basement, you can buy an admission ticket with almost no waiting by using their credit card machine. Bonus tip -- The food court here is truly international-- Spanish tapas, Libyan and Algerian food, Southeast Asian, and Sicilian pizza. The Librairie (gift shop) is great fun, too.
Lin, Madison, USA
Ed. note: Want more Paris info? See:Her Paris -- Five Budget Meals With Personality

She leaves her TV on
When I first started traveling by myself on business 20 years ago, someone told me to always leave the television on in the room whenever I went out. This would discourage anyone from entering the room (burglar) as they couldn't be sure someone wasn't in there. Even if they knocked, they could never be sure that the person inside heard the knock over the TV and the last thing they want to do is bring attention to themselves by knocking loudly. They'll move on to the next room and your belongings will stay safe.
Nancy, London, England

Take slip-on shoes to Thailand
If you are travelling to Thailand and plan to visit temples, take along inexpensive shoes that are easy to take off and put on. During my last trip there, it felt as if I had to remove my shoes at least a hundred times. I also suggest you wear shoes that are easy to recognize -- perhaps stick a few pieces of colored tape to the tops so that they stand out in a crowd. Your shoes will be waiting outside among the hundred or more pairs belonging to other visitors. Will they be easy to spot?
Judy, Seattle, USA

Flight attendant shares a tip on "going regularly"
Considering that many people become irregular after long flights and time changes, I thought this tip might interest Journeywoman readers. What I do is take Vitamin E at least once a day, or flaxseed oil capsules which are great for keeping one regular. These oils also keep your skin in good shape and combat some of the drying conditions in the plane and in hotel rooms. Best of all, they are all completely natural. P.S. Lots of water and exercise really helps too.
Jana, Flight Attendant, Canada

A wonderful woman in Boston's history
Boston has a number of great house museums, the most famous of which is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (not to be missed). Few people, however, know of the Nichols House (55 Mount Vernon Street, 617-227-6993), the 19th century home of another redoubtable Boston woman, Rose Nichols. Rose Nichols was a well-known landscape architect who designed scores of gardens for wealthy New Englanders in her lifetime. She was also a social reformer, a founder of the Women's International League of Peace and Freedom, and a world traveler. The house reflects Rose's taste in decorating, and what we might call today her "palate" - she chose colors in the public areas of the house that she would look good in. Throughout the house, as you might expect, are a host of interesting household treasures. However, the allure of this house, as at the Gardner Museum, is the imprint of Miss Rose herself. Open May to October, Tues. to Sat., Nov. and Dec. and Feb.to Apr., Mon., Wed. and Sat. (12:15 to 4:15 PM); $5.
Laura, Northampton, USA
Ed. note: Want more Boston info? See: Women Tell Women About Boston

Her pension in Sarajevo
I am living in Bosnia-Herzegovina for four months, in the city of Tuzla. I get to Sarajevo frequently, a 3-hour bus trip over the mountains. In Sarajevo I highly recommend accommodation at an inexpensive small pension, Pansion Cobanija (cho-BAHN-ee-jah). Not a misspelling! Currently it costs 80KM ($US40) for a single room. It has 9 rooms, friendly English-speaking service, and the rate includes breakfast. Location is within a short walk of the old city and Turkish bazaar area. Phone them at 387-33-441-749 or fax them at 387-33-203-937. Tell Alena "hi" from me.
Toni, Ithaca, New York, USA

 

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