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PLEASE TRY TO PUT SOME 'ME' TIME ASIDE -- You're going to need it today because this newsletter is absolutely stuffed with information every travelling woman will love. There are twelve juicy 'on the go' tips from readers all over the world (including what's cooking in Paris, New York with kiddies and how to get cheap 'four euro' tickets for the fabulous opera in Vienna). Then there are sixteen new travel opportunities designed to make you wish you could pick up and go, go, go right this minute (these include pole dancing and Pilates in Italy (that's something new!), $200 off a trip to Salzburg/Vienna, $600 savings on a trip to Italy, and how to find just the right B&B in London). We're giving away Journeywoman luggage tags, we're announcing the five winners of our Good Deed Contest and last but not least we've posted three new juicy articles at the JW website. So put your feet up, relax, and let the pleasure begin...
FORWARD THIS NEWSLETTER TO JUST ONE MORE WOMAN -- Journeywoman statistics show that women worldwide are consulting our site like never before. In fact, in the last 12 months, close to four million pages have been read at Journeywoman.com. Are we satisfied? Absolutely not. We know that this number is just the tip of the iceberg. Our goal is to keep reaching out -- to help as many females as possible to travel safely and well. Journeywoman asks you to contact just one more travelling woman anywhere in the world who isn't already on our list. It's so easy. Just click on the words: 'Send to colleague' on the top right hand corner of this newsletter. Fill in the blanks and away it goes. Hopefully they will become a JW Newsletter subscriber and tell their friends as well.
AND WE'D LIKE TO BRIBE YOU WITH GOODIES -- If you DO forward this newsletter to someone, (1) for every 'new' reader you contact, please send us an empty email with 'Bribe Me' in the subject line . (2) Address it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (3) We'll pick ten of these emails at random; winners will each receive a three-pack of bright orange, oversized Journeywoman luggage tags. Contest closes April 30, 2009. Please do it right now so you won't forget.
P.S. How will we know you actually forwarded this newsletter? That's easy! We believe you would never lie to us. After all, you are an absolutely wonderful Journeywoman.
DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR THESE THREE JOURNEYWOMAN READERS? -- With all of our combined travel wisdom, we hope you can help out by sharing some of your expertise with our JW Network. Merci, ladies!
(1) TOUR GUIDE IN ROME -- Canadian
Journeywoman will be travelling to Rome and would appreciate recommendations
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FIVE LUCKY WINNERS OF THE BOOK CALLED, 'VOLUNTEER VACATIONS' -- We asked our readers to tell us (in under 150 words) about a good deed they did while they were travelling. Oh my goodness, we were inundated with lots of really great entries. The five lucky winners chosen at random are (1) Marcia in Montreal, Canada (2) Dorothy in Mechanicsburg, USA, (3) Claudia in L.A., USA (4) Sunny in Long Beach, USA (5) Pamela in Christ Church, Barbados. We ask all winners to email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and mailing address and we'll get those prizes out to you as soon as possible.
P.S. Want to read all about these good deeds? They're guaranteed to make you smile. We've posted a great selection at: http://www.journeywoman.com/travel101/default.html.
AND NOW IT'S TIME TO DREAM ABOUT FAR AWAY PLACES -- This month members of our JW Network of classified advertisers have submitted selections that are deliciously tempting. Click, browse, ask tour operators and product managers questions. They enjoy answering and it ensures that you find the woman-friendly holiday and products that are perfect for you. This is Step #1 to making your travel dreams a sweet reality. Ah-h-h-h-h...
ADVENTURES IN PARIS - PLUS SIZE FASHION - SILK PAINTING -- Teena Hughes shares her love of Paris with two week-long adventures - the Silk Painting Adventure (28th June), and the Plus Size Fashion Adventure (19th July). Imagine spending mornings learning to paint on silk (or visit gorgeous plus-size fashions stores), then spend afternoons exploring Paris. From champagne cruises to cocktails in Montmartre, join Teena at http://AbfabDesigns.com/adventures.html
NORDIC TREASURE TOURS -- by Trillium Tours LLC & Jomfru Reiser, offer the Tour of a Lifetime to Norway and Sweden May 14 to May 23, 2009 for 14 women. See National Geographic May 2008. From Dr bak, a quaint Oslofjord village to Lofoten Islands above the Arctic Circle to Stockholm, we will tour, walk, talk, bake, fish and experience. For details e-mail: email@example.com Websites: www.trilliumtoursllc.com and www.jomfrureiser.no
HAVE FUN WITH PILATES & POLE DANCING IN ITALY -- 5-star accommodation at Cascina Papaveri Learning/Wellness Retreat (Organic Farm & Vineyard) in Piedmont, Italy. June 8-15, 2009. Includes unlimited pilates (apparatus & mat), pole dancing for fitness, use of gym, lap pool, sauna/steam rooms. Unlimited private label organic wine, all meals included. Have fun with cooking classes, miles of countryside walking, trips to village markets and truffle hunts. Write to: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have. Website: www.cascinapapaveri.com
SAVE $200 ON GUTSY WOMEN TRAVEL'S SALZBURG/VIENNA TOUR! -- 'The Sound of Music' comes to life on this 8-day 'Allure of Austria: Salzburg & Vienna' Gutsy Women Travel tour. See Mozart's birth house, enjoy a wine tasting, learn to waltz, attend a concert, and much more! Bring A Friend and save $200 each (mention promo code GWTBAF200) if deposited by April 29th. Call 866-IM-GUTSY, email email@example.com, or visit www.gutsywomentravel.com.
KNOW INDIA 101 -- Aug. 24-Sept.9 In the sacred ancient city of Varanasi on the Ganges River, this class will explore India's history, religions, daily life, values, art, music, and medicine with professors from Banaras Hindu University. Each day, a morning lecture and corresponding afternoon field trip will cover a different topic on Indian culture. Students will practice yoga with a trained yogini, attend classical music and dance performances, and visit the Taj Mahal and Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon. $2,400 includes all breakfasts and dinners, hotels and transportation in India. Visit http://travelnorthindia.googlepages.com/ or call Kelley McHenry (206) 546-2599, email firstname.lastname@example.org
UPSCALE WOMEN'S TOUR TO TUSCANY & UMBRIA -- LAST MINUTE SPECIAL. Sign on before March 31 and save $600. Join Well Arranged Travel's spring tour to Tuscany & Umbria and discover Italy at its finest. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as we travel the peaceful countryside in search of world-class art, living history and fine cuisine. We'll visit such famous sites as Pisa and Florence, while also getting off the beaten track to explore family-run vineyards and scenic hilltop villages. Contact us at email@example.com or (866) 513-3968 to find out about special deals on this and other upcoming tours, or explore our website at www.wellarrangedtravel.com.
HIKING & BACKPACKING FOR FOOD LOVERS -- Call of the Wild, the World's Longest Running Adventure Travel Company for Women, offers hiking and backpacking adventures with our famous backcountry gourmet food. Founded in 1978, we explore National Parks, mountains, oceans, and international destinations with a focus on delicious food, safety, and life long memories. Website: www.callwild.com Phone: (650) 265-1662.
STUDY IN GREECE -- Week-long, Australasian College of Health Sciences (ACHS) summer sessions in Greece are a sensory adventure. Choose to study natural health, aromatherapy, and distillation; the therapeutic gum mastic; or learn to harvest/prepare fresh herbs and vegetables to cultivate a healthful Mediterranean diet. All courses are led by ACHS President Dorene Petersen. June 9 - June 15, 2010. Multi-course discounts available. Visit http://www.achs.edu/course-desc; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (800) 48-STUDY.
BED & BREAKFAST IN LONDON -- Would you like a warm, friendly welcome to London? Want to live like a Londoner? Contact AT HOME IN LONDON and Maggie Dobson will arrange a B&B to suit your needs. Homes assessed and star rated by Visit Britain. Established 1986. Website: http://www.athomeinlondon.co.uk Email: email@example.com Skype Maggie to chat about the homes in her network - athomeinlondon [11 am-3 pm GMT]. For what's hot and what's not read GRAPEVINE, Maggie's FREE Insider's Guide to London.
100% KNIT SILK LONG JOHNS A TRAVELLING MUST!! -- Wear Kim Allan Silk 100% knit silk underwear for warmth and dryness under your travel wear or as pajamas. Try the ultra-comfortable silky thin second-skin and avoid the bulky feeling. Silk wicks away moisture keeping you comfortable and ready to GO! Check out Kim's full line silks at www.kimallansilk.com or call toll free: 1-800-709-5366. Special pricing for Journeywoman customers - regular cost for long leg pants or top is $50 but if you put Journeywoman in the order comment box, you will pay $35.
DREAMSCAPE GETAWAYS -- designs unique trips that allow you to explore your creativity, have an adventure, raise money for a cause or just relax while you immerse yourself in new cultures and dreamscapes. From Christmas markets in Vienna, spas in Budapest, photography in Cuba, to climbing Kilimanjaro our trips offer authentic experiences that are off the beaten track. www.dreamscapegetaways.com 866 987 0070.
ACTIVE JOURNEYS GIRLFRIEND GETAWAYS --
(1) Come and join in on the fun as we explore Burgundy in September, hiking
on the trails by day, and enjoying the fine food and wine of the region
by night! Sep 20-26. Click
SERENDIPITY TRAVELER INSPIRED TRAVEL FOR WOMEN -- Join with Serendipity Traveler to explore the world. Take tea in London, Walk with Bisons in Wyoming, Snorkel amidst sea turtles in the Caribbean, savour a weekend break in historic Boston or dine in Paris. You are the star of your life's story! Make it fun. Join our small groups of active women for authentic worldwide travel experiences. www.serendipitytraveler.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 800 975 2357
TRAVEL AND EVENTS IN ISRAEL -- Seven Israeli centered travel Web sites. We offer custom private tours, including Culinary Tours, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tours, and an easy way to book hotels online throughout Israel (we feature over 300 hotels). We bring an added value to your travel plans, tour or special event in Israel. http://www.TravelandEventsinIsrael.com/sites.htm or te@TravelandEventsinIsrael.com.
REDUCED SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON SELECT CRUISE WEST ITINERARIES -- Cruise West has reduced the single supplement on category A & AA cabins on Alaska's Inside Passage and the Columbia & Snake Rivers Northwest Passage cruises by 30%. (Examples: The single fare in an A cabin on the Northwest Passage cruise is $3,512, a savings of $1,370; the single fare in an A cabin on Alaska's Inside Passage is $5,246, a savings of $1,992). In addition, guests can save up to $550 per person on Cruise West's Alaska voyages by booking and paying in full by March 27, 2009. Website: www.cruisewest.com
ART IN FIJI - 2 COURSES FOR THE PRICE OF 1 -- Two fascinating art courses in the same week April 18 - 25. Teacher Leonie Norton gives intensive workshops in Botanical Art and Holiday Sketching. One course: US$1525; both for US$1595. Website: www.paradisecourses.com - and see what it's all about. Tel: Sydney (02) 9969-4753. Email: email@example.com
EDITOR'S NOTE: We apologize to all the tour operators that we were not able to accommodate in this newsletter. We welcome you to submit your blurbs for our April newsletter. To be absolutely fair reservations are taken on a first come basis and there are presently six spots available.
STILL HAVEN'T FOUND THE PRODUCT THAT MAKES YOUR JOURNEYWOMAN HEART SING? -- Check out our classified section with 26 separate categories to help you pinpoint what you need. This month we're featuring Female Travel Agents, Healthy and Spiritual Holidays and Female-Friendly Accommodations.
WE'VE POSTED TWO OBAMA RELATED TRAVEL STORIES -- The whole wide world is curious about US President Obama. Read about L.A. Journeywoman Claudia Eastman's Inauguration Experience in Washington and a grandma's journey with her granddaughter as she followed in the footsteps of Obama's winter visit to Ottawa, Canada. P.S. We've added female-friendly tips for visiting Washington DC as well. All fun reads.
READY FOR THIS MONTH'S TOP TWELVE JOURNEYWOMAN TRAVEL TIPS? -- As usual, your many female-friendly bits of advice from all over the world continue to inform, inspire and amuse. This time, from wonderful travelling women across the U.S. and Canada to those in Bruges, Belgium and Almos, Mexico and Wellington in New Zealand, what follows are this issue's top twelve travelling tips. Enjoy, everybody.
INTERESTING BISTRO IN NEW YORK CITY -- writes Rhea in New York City -- Women love nicely appointed restaurants and they are even more rewarding when they are affordable. I'd like to recommend Artisanal that suits my taste and budget perfectly. This is a cheese restaurant, with a cheese counter and a small room with cheese 'lockers' in glass. We (three friends) shared a Stilton Fondue - $24 for 1-3 people and $40 for 4. For $3.50 extra we added apples to the delicious bread that came with the order. This is such a rich dish that it is very filling. What is not to like about a delicious $9 per person lunch? P.S. Here's another tip. Don't bother ordering the $24 chocolate fondue that comes with a meager selection of fruit (three strawberries, some banana slices and dried apricots). Not worth it. Address: 2 Park Ave (at 32 St). Check their website for their menu and further information: www.artisanalbistro.com
GENTLE YOGA HOLIDAY IN SARDINIA -- writes Lynne in Bruges, Belgium -- I'd like other Journeywoman to know about this holiday I took recently. The yoga sessions, one before breakfast and one before dinner were planned to be a perfect balance of revitalization and relaxation, postures and breathing, and seemed to be equally beneficial for beginners and the more adept yoga students. The ambience of the hotel was very gentle - beautiful rooms, lingering over breakfast, warm sunny mornings spent in the beautiful gardens and a homecoming every evening to our yoga and then dinner - home-cooking, local wine, lots of talk about the day - what could be better? I was surprised at the extent of the daytime trips - although nothing was rushed we managed to go walking, swimming and sightseeing in lots of beautiful places. One day that stands out was the visit to Maria's parents' vineyard and the lunch on the long table surrounded by acres of sunny vines. Everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcome and nothing was ever too much trouble for organizers, John and Maria. Website: www.bellasardinia.com
THE TEN MINUTE MANICURE -- writes Journeywoman editor Evelyn Hannon -- Didn't have enough time to have your nails done before travelling? Now you find yourself at the airport with plenty of extra time as you wait for your airplane. The perfect solution is the kiosk called: 10 minute manicure. For $15.00 you can get a ten minute manicure and for $35 you can enjoy a 20 minute express pedi. Look for these services at JFK International Terminals 3 & 8, Toronto International Post Security Terminal 1 and other locations listed at: www.10minutemanicure.com. Hurrah! Our women travellers' needs are finally being recognized.
WHAT'S COOKING IN PARIS? -- writes Jennifer in Almos, Mexico -- On a recent business trip to Paris, I had a free day to myself. Perusing the Web in advance, I found a cooking school that gave short one to three course classes. I signed up for a 90 minute class in which we made a crab/avocado/grapefruit appetizer, chicken stuffed with beet roulades, and an apple crisp dessert. All this for 54 Euros. The best part was the group meal afterwards where all 16 students sat around and ate what we had just created. A great way to meet people and learn something about French cooking. Check out their website: http://www.atelierdeschefs.co.uk/
EDITOR'S NOTE: Learning as you travel is always great fun. Click here to see what other JourneyWomen have done.
TRAVELLING TO NEW YORK CITY WITH TEENAGERS? -- writes Nedra in New York City, USA -- If you'd like a qualified history teacher (recently retired from the New York City school system) to make history come alive for you and your family, I recommend private tour-guide, Norwegian-born H'kon Vinje. He has an excellent knowledge of the history of the art in the Cloisters, or the Classical or Renaissance period in the Met, etc. I live here, and have found his teaching hugely informative, fun and well-paced. You can contact H'kon at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEADING TO ISTANBUL WITH CHILDREN? -- The very posh, very, very expensive Palace Kempinski treats their little guests like royalty. Each child receives a backpack that contains the "Kids'tanbul" pint-sized child-friendly city guide, a coloring book and pens. Before they head off to their rooms, staff members place Sultans' crowns on their heads, and take their photographs which are then framed for them. When children enter their rooms, a variety of treats await: bathrobes and slippers designed to fit the smallest guests, tear-free bath products, a teddy bear on the bed, and delicious snacks, chocolates, macaroons and milk. All meals are free for children under the age of 6, and there is a 50% discount for children between 6 and 12 years of age. Website: www.ciragan-palace.com
EDITOR'S NOTE -- Most of us could probably stay for five days on what mom and dad pay for a night at this hotel but it's still fun to read about.
NOT EASY BUT WORTH IT FOR PATIENT OPERA LOVERS -- writes Sheila in Ottawa, Canada -- I've had the privilege of seeing La Boeme at the Vienna Opera House for under five euros. If you have a lot of patience and don't mind standing for hours this is a real bonus. The Vienna Opera House offers approximately 500 standing room only tickets for every opera at the incredible cost of only four euros per ticket. Come prepared. On the day of the opera, at 3:30 p.m. you start lining up at the side door of the Opera house. Your place in line cannot be saved by anybody because once the line starts moving into the building the head usher has strict rules about allowing you back into line. The line snakes inside to the box office and people sit on the marble floor on their coats, newspapers, regulars bring their little fold-up garden stools. Remember to bring a book, food/drink as you can only get out of line to use the washroom. Ticket sales start around 6 p.m. Once you leave the line to leave the building you cannot re-enter. There is an elevator if you need it otherwise there are approximately 120 steps to the top walked in a rushed but orderly fashion (with interval stops by ushers). Find yourself a good spot to view the stage and tie a scarf/jacket on the railing where you will be standing. This will hold your spot while you check your coat/bag which is a requirement and free. The opera usually starts at 7:30 p.m. with an intermission. Go to the opera's web site so you can plan ahead. Be prepared to be mesmerized!
EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm exhausted just reading about this but truthfully, it's a wonderful opportunity to see top notch opera performances on a shoe string.
TRAVELLING BY PLANE IN VIET NAM -- writes Beth Marie in Saskatchewan, Canada -- My tip is about reservations. If you plan on taking a plane from one part of Viet Nam to another, don't make reservations until you are actually in Viet Nam. A fare from Hue to Ha Noi is around $250-300 outside of Viet Nam and if you make reservations while there it is about $60. I have never had difficulty getting the flight I wanted. One time I had a group of 13 women and we had to go on two different flights, which was perfect as some women wanted to spend the day where we were and others were ready to move on.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Planning on visiting Viet Nam. You'll laugh out loud reading this article about crossing streets in Ho Chi Minh City.
DOUBLE BAG YOUR FACE CREAM -- My tip for those seriously trying to reduce checked suitcase weight is to use plastic baggies (double) for face cream. My favorite cream comes in a heavy, thick glass bottle. To reduce the weight, I estimate the amount I use per day and squeeze sufficient pumps from the dispenser into a zippered baggie (and double bag it so it doesn't leak). It's just a small idea, but for me it makes less to handle. P.S. Evelyn, you make each issue of JW such a treat to read. Thank you for all your efforts to make travel more exciting and for introducing us to other women travelers around the world.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's a whole range of helpful beauty and wellness tips submitted by Journeywoman readers. Click here and enjoy.
A REVIEW OF SAFETY TIPS -- writes Sandra in Seattle, USA -- You might know about this but how many JourneyWomen have actually gone out to buy one of these at the hardware or dollar store? I am in my late 60's and travel alone so I always bring a small rubber door jammer. You know those brown rubber triangle shaped thingees that fit under a door and lock it in a most secure fashion. I usually stay at moderate hotels and this has made me feel very safe when asleep or in the shower. Also, any city girl knows this but it might be worth a reminder. Don't stand on the street reading guidebooks and maps. Step inside some place and look things up. That search on the corner is an alert to anyone who might wish to take your purse that you are a tourist and probably loaded with cash. You can't be too careful.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Great tip, and we should all avoid walking around with too much cash in our bags. I always use a cotton money belt next to my skin to store valuables.
SO GOOD THIS TIP DESERVES TO BE REPEATED -- writes Leslie in Toronto, Canada -- Sew a money hiding bra pocket. While browsing the internet I found this great way to keep your emergency money hidden. It requires some simple sewing but it is so easy I think that most Journeywoman readers will be able to handle the five short steps. Take a look (click here) and give it a try. I told all my friends about it and they loved the idea.
SOUTH AFRICAN BED AND BREAKFASTS -- writes Ginny in Atlanta, USA -- When traveling to Pretoria I recommend staying at the Rosenhof Guesthouse. The accommodations are lovely, the staff is helpful, breakfast on the patio is luxurious, and they have lots of great tips to keep you safe while visiting. They also have wireless connection for a small fee. Website: www.rozenhof.co.za Also if you are visiting the Eastern Cape area of South Africa near Somerset East, I suggest you stay at the Blue Crane Lodge B&B. Every room is very large, secure, filled with lovely antiques, nice big bathrooms, the price is very reasonable and the breakfast is huge. Email: email@example.com
TWO GREAT NEW ZEALAND BOOKSHOPS -- writes Marion in Wellington, New Zealand -- Here's another couple of shops for you to add to your article listing helpful bookshops for women to browse worldwide. In Auckland, I'd like other members of the Journeywoman Network to know about The Women's Bookshop and in Wellington and Auckland, there's Unity Books. Their website, http://www.unitybooks.co.nz/ doesn't come close to reflecting the truly wonderful experience of browsing in this store, the great service, and their stunning and comprehensive range of New Zealand books. Go visit both and see for yourself!
THANKS FOR THE BUENOS AIRES TRAVEL TIP, JOURNEYWOMAN -- writes Lynne in Nevada, USA -- Three friends and I just returned from Buenos Aires where we took Journeywoman's advice and stayed at Casas Las Canitas. What a gem! We loved the neighborhood and the staff were absolutely wonderful. They helped us get cabs, offerred tango club advice and just generally made us feel at home. We are convinced that our two friends who stayed at a major chain hotel didn't have nearly the experience we did. Also, as Journeywoman advised we contacted Cicerones, the volunteer tour organization. Thanks for the hints and information you provide, Evelyn!
EDITOR'S NOTE: We are only as good as the fabulous tips we receive from our savvy readers who live around the world. Thanks so much for your wisdom, ladies!
FINALLY, TELL THE TRUTH -- Have you sent us a 2009 tip yet? In exchange for all the travel tips you've read in our newsletters, we ask that you please give back to our JW Network by sharing at least one juicy piece of your own travel advice. Not sure what to write about? We suggest you read the article, 'What Makes a Great Travel Tip?' for some basic ideas. Then send your advice to: firstname.lastname@example.org and put 'My 2009 Contribution ' in the subject line. That will make us very happy.
P.S. C'MON AND FOLLOW JOURNEYWOMAN ON TWITTER -- Evelyn posts juicy female-friendly travel tips on Twitter on a regular basis. You can find her at: twitter.com/journeywoman
UNTIL OUR NEXT ISSUE -- I wish you fun reading, lots of laughter and safe, wonderful, exciting journeys. You definitely deserve it!