Using cyberspace it's extremely
easy to connect with women all over the world who write 'travel'.
Via email and twitter I put the word out ... 'Anybody have a juicy
tip to share with our Journeywoman readers?' It wasn't long before
great pieces of information popped up in my IN BOX. Here are the
best of the best. Enjoy, everybody!
freeze spa-hhhing in Canada...
at the new Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa in Vernon, B.C.
(think beautiful Okanogan wine country) has the first Cold
Sauna in North America. Yes. COLD. Below freezing to be
exact. Minus 110 degrees. Cryotherapy – the Greek
word for “cold cure” – has been around
in Europe since the late 1800s but it's new to this continent.
The treatment calls for mittens, a wool hat and warm socks
and the maximum time in this sauna – just three minutes.
But trust me, you won't mind. It's time a plenty to freeze
your butt off.
Anne Dimon is the Publisher/Editor of
tour operator in Turkey...
well-travelled friend heard I was going to Turkey, she insisted
"You ABSOLUTELY MUST meet Iffet Ozgonul!" Since
my friend doesn't usually get that adamant about anything,
I paid attention. My second day in Istanbul, over a lethally-strong
mini-cup of Turkish coffee, I met this rare (possibly only)
woman owner of a tour company in Turkey, so passionate about
the cultural heritage, nature and archaeology of her country
that in 1997 she left a well-established career as a nuclear
physicist to set up Peten
Travels. Focused on educational itineraries within the
extensive borders of Turkey, in-country specialists and
international scholars lead small groups on theme tours
of 8 to 16 days with many unique grassroots encounters.
Or Iffet will plan a customized long or short itinerary,
as she did for me with a stimulating day of exploration
on Istanbul's incredible waterways.
Alison Gardner is the editor of Travel
with a Challenge.
trip to India...
I just returned
from my fourth lengthy trip to India. I've learned a lot
about how to travel solo around the vast, chaotic and colourful
subcontinent. Based on my experiences here are three tips
especially for women.
1) The hot,
dry north of India, coupled with wearing sandals, can be
hard on feet. A pumice stone and skin oil are essential
items. Prevent your heels from cracking by scrubbing your
feet each night and slathering with oil – moisturizer
just won’t cut it.
2) In Delhi,
pick up a city magazine such as Time Out or First
City. There’s an amazing number of inexpensive
– even free – cultural things to do in Delhi.
3) I make
a point of finding special places to stay in India, and
my favourite so far is the Windamere
Hotel in Darjeeling. It is a splurge, but oh so worth
it. You will be transported back to the Raj era and treated
like royalty, and the in-the-clouds location is really romantic
and magically mystical. It truly is 'bliss in a swirling
Mariellen Ward blogs at http://breathedreamgo.com
your cell phone...
my travel plans go awry and I need to make last-minute bookings
while on the road on my cell phone I have the numbers of
several major airlines and hotel chains. I also have the
numbers of my local lodging and a trustworthy local cab
company (researched online ahead of time) on my phone. I'd
add the US Embassy (you add your country's) if traveling
overseas. It's always good to print these numbers up on
paper in case your cell phone is lost or stolen. If you
can laminate the list or slip it into a plastic sleeve so
it's waterproof, even better.
Gray Cargill is the travel blogger behind
||BONUS TIP -- Travelling
with kids? Pack a new book...
travelling with my grandkiddies I try to pack a new book
to read to them before we all go to bed. A while ago I found
one that I loved just as much as they did. It's called,
Nana's Getting Married,
it's written by Heather Hartt-Sussman and beautifully illustrated
by Georgia Graham. It's both hilarious and thought-provoking
for the kids. We had some pretty serious conversations as
Nan is perfect: she always has time to bake fresh chocolate
chip cookies, tell wonderful bedtime stories, and knit cozy
mitten and turtleneck sweaters. Perfect, that is, until
she meets BOB. All of a sudden Nan's too busy for baking
and storytelling. She's spending her time talking on the
phone, gigling, taking long bubble baths, singing love songs,
and putting on make-up. What can one aggrieved little boy
do to get his Nana back?'
Tundra Books ISBN: 978-0-88776-911-5 Cost: under $20.00
(Source: Evelyn Hannon Journeywoman Editor)