Travel Tips from Twitter Gal Pals...
train tips for women travelers...
a wonderful train system. If you’re planning to visit
a few countries on your European trip I would highly recommend
using the train rather than flying, especially now with
the travel disruptions caused from the ash still spewing
from Iceland’s volcano. This winter I took a 21 day
solo train trip through Denmark, Germany, Poland and the
Czech Republic and there was never a time that I regretted
my decision to use the train system. Here are a few tips
for women thinking about trying train travel:
by plane you only need to get to the train station about
1/2 an hour early to orient yourself and to figure out what
track you will be leaving from. I would not recommend getting
to the station any earlier. There aren’t many amenities
available in most European stations and you will end up
being very bored and either really hot in the summer or
really cold in the winter while waiting for your train to
that most train stations will have more than one exit, if
you’re planning to use city transit or walk to your
hotel/hostel, you will need to figure out which exit is
the correct one. In some cities the train station is not
located in the best part of town, be aware of your surroundings
and if you do arrive in the late evening, it may be safer
to hire a taxi then to stumble around in the dark trying
to orient yourself in a strange city. Budget accordingly
and be sure to have local currency available; most large
train stations have bank machines. If you decide to take
a taxi, all stations will have clearly marked signs for
You will be hauling that suitcase with you on and off the
train and also having to heft bags onto the overhead baggage
Dian Emery is the editor of www.girlsgetaway.com
up a postcard...
everyone takes pictures as a memory. But don’t forget
to buy a postcard from the places you loved most. Because,
worst case scenario, your camera might get lost or you delete
photos by accident. A postcard is never the same as a picture,
but at least you’ll have the postcard as a memory
or to show as a souvenir.
Isabelle Kenis is the woman behind Isabelle's
Travel Guide Twitter: http://twitter.com/IsabellesTravel
for a lot more than two...
Tea Festival, is North America's largest public tea
exhibition. British Columbia's capital city, still balancing
its very British heritage and its claim to the oldest Chinatown
in Canada, is the ideal venue for this two-day event held
each February. Travelling women find the festival a special
treat with hundreds of tea tastings reflecting the growing
global reach of the world's most popular beverage. There
are also delectable tea-food samples, free consultations,
and complimentary tea-theme workshops, including specific
health benefits of different teas, even the best teas for
pregnant moms. Many attendees create their own festive spirit
with colourful gowns, elegant hats and gloves. No one is
in a hurry wandering among fragrant, decorated booths to
purchase teas, tea-related products and exquisite tea wares.
Alison Gardner is the editor of Travel
with a Challenge.
out the real Carribean...
see a slice of the real Caribbean beyond the beachfront
resorts? Book a room with a local family through Homestays
Grenada. On a recent visit, I stayed with a wonderful
young couple and their son, and tagged along with them to
school, work, a netball game and a movie. They showed me
the ropes of the local bus routes, too!
Laura Byrne Paquet is a freelance writer
and editor of Facing
the Street Twitter: http://twitter.com/FacingTheStreet
facial and body care...
I love to
have my favorite facial and body care items with me. However,
since I pack lightly and follow TSA’s rules about
limits on liquids, it is not feasible to bring it all. These
alternatives are easy to create in your hotel room:
Pick up a packet of raw (brown) or white sugar. Rub this
into your facial cleanser and voila! a facial scrub is created.
Add sugar to the lotion provided by the hotel. Rub this
on your body just before showering to create a body scrub
that helps remove flaky skin.
Ask your hotel’s restaurant for lemon slices and use
them as a skin toner
relief: Soak tea bags in hot water for a minute and then
plunge them into ice water. Apply them directly to your
eyes for 15 minutes.
Carol Margolis blogs at www.pearlsoftravelwisdom.com
||BONUS TIP -- She
does business in Japan...
extra undergarments and nylons. Japanese women are smaller
boned and shorter than Western women and you may have a
difficult time finding your size.
deep knee bends at home for Japanese toilets. You may also
wish to wear thigh-high or knee-high stockings.
handkerchiefs for drying your hands in company washrooms.
You may see towels in these washrooms but these are usually
personal towels owned by female employees. Do not use these.
(Source: Doing Business With Japanese Men by Brannen
and Wilen. Stone Bridge Press (1-800-947-7271). ISBN 1-880656-04-3)