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
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
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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
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
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
Laura, Northampton, USA
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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