with your country's consulate in the city you are visiting.
Are they hosting any activities or exhibits that you can
attend? If you were a Canadian visiting China this year
you could have attended a piano recital or an art exhibit
in Beijing that was sponsored by the Canadian government.
afraid to participate in the banner events of the city.
For example: I was in Sydney during Gay Pride Festivities.
I'm neither Australian nor gay but that certainly didn't
stop me from joining the celebration and marching in Sydney's
Gay Pride Parade. It was a real hoot and I met some very
charming folks in the process.
time to volunteer at home? You can 'do good' at your destination
and I promise it will 'do good' for you in return. A perfect
example is this travel story about a middle-aged guy who
volunteers to take care of babies in Thailand. Click here
to be inspired.
educational course in the country you are exploring. When
I've gone on the road for longer than a month I enroll in
at least one week-long class along the way. This insures
that, at least, I will have people to interact with for
that length of time. Add to it the bonus of learning about
my classmates' culture through their eyes. And, if I'm really
lucky I might be invited home to meet their family.
Ed. note: If
you are invited to someone's home and would like to offer
a small gift make sure that your offering is culturally
afraid to ask questions. If you're at an onsen (hot spring
bath) in Japan or hamamm (bath) in Morocco ask the other
women in the changing room about proper decorum. Females
are generally wonderful communicators. I've started more
great conversations by asking for help than one can possibly
local university. Academic bulletin boards are a tremendous
source of cultural happenings. Program content is eclectic
and the participants generally very welcoming.
female-friendly restaurant you like and keep going back.
Once the staff gets to know you, they'll look forward to
chatting with you, time and time again. Some of my best
shopping tips came from a waitress in Munich and for three
days in San Francisco my waiter became a dedicated jogging
local newspapers for singles' activities in the city. Here's
a website with access
to major newspapers in the world or simply pick up a 'What's
On' community newspaper in the cafes you visit.
walking tour of the city. It's a lively introduction to
your new surroundings and you're bound to meet other solo
travelers that way. Take the initiative, introduce yourself.
Chances are you'll end up doing some sightseeing together.
when language is a difficulty, invite a local student out
to dinner. She picks the restaurant. You both enjoy the
local cuisine. She gets the chance to practice her English.
You pay the bill. And both of you benefit from the exchange.
-- Create friendship cards...
women travelling for business always have cards with them
to hand out to colleagues they meet along the way. This
is considered correct procedure and good business technique.
But what about JourneyWomen taking part in leisure travel?
Surely they will find opportunities when they would like
to exchange contact information with new acquaintances (really
strangers) they meet while exploring the world. In this
case we recommend a more careful approach. Have 'friendship'
cards printed listing only your first name, your city and
email address. This information is ample for a potential
friend and not enough for someone who might use it in anti-social
Eat with locals at your destination
Around the world passionate home cooks create unique and authentic dining experiences served around their communal table. Originated in Tel Aviv, this website platform lists alternative dining experiences with incredibly creative cooks. Eat gourmet and creative meals in the homes of cities you travel to around the world. Expect to be super full, so make sure you wear stretch pants...and expect the alcohol to be flowing. But note: you will need to register for these meals in advance. It is not for the spontaneously inclined. Website: EatWith.com
-- Women's words on friendship...
can keep your friends by not giving them away.
(Mary Poole, 1938)
with oneself is very important; without it
one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
(Eleanor Roosevelt, 1944)
relationships that work are relationships in which
women help each other belong to themselves.
(Louise Bernikow, 1980)
use has not worn ragged the fabric of
(Dorothy Parker, 1944)
is an art, and very few persons are born
with a natural gift for it.
(Kathleen Norris, 1931)
are easy to get out of compared to love affairs,
but they are not easy to get out of compared to, say,
(Fran Lebowitz, 1992)