an underwater guide in Bonaire...
on Bonaire, the diving and snorkeling jewel of the Dutch Caribbean,
be sure to book one tour (or ten - they're cheap) with Renee
Leach of Renee's Snorkel Trips. Every trip during my month's
stay was an incredible underwater discovery. A trained biologist,
Renee could spot marine life undetected by my landlubber eyes.
From colonies of baby butterballs and spotted eagle rays to
herds of squid and beautiful fairy-fish, Renee knows how to
identify every one them and where and how to find them. I
began with Renee as my guide, and parted as her friend. Find
her at http://www.infobonaire.com/reneesnorkeltrips/index.html,
but book ahead, she fills up fast.
P.S. Tell her
Janet sent you.
Janet, Peace River, Canada
a guide in Bali...
are guides on every corner in Bali, but few speak English
well, and many are paid a kick-back to bring you to certain
shops and restaurants (including the most over-run tourist
traps). This is where Wayan Sueta sets himself apart. Wayan
makes a point of showing his guests the most beautiful and
least-touched areas of his home country. He has a vast knowledge
of Bali’s history and culture, and enthusiastically
shares it all in perfect English. Wayan can take you on a
guided hike through Bali’s famed terraced rice fields,
on a trip around the island—or further afield to neighboring
islands. As a solo female traveler, I always felt safe and
comfortable traveling with Wayan. By the end of my trip, I’d
made a new friend — and was honored to be invited to
share dinner in his home with his wife and children. Wayan
can be reached at email@example.com.
For more information you can visit his website at: http://www.hiddenbali.com
Connie, Colorado, USA
a guide in Ketchican, Alaska...
did a lot of internet research before her Alaskan cruise.
One day our search engine turned up a female guide in Ketchican.
Her name -- Lois Munch. I emailed her immediately requesting
advice on packing. What
I didn't know was that Lois is already a member of the Journeywoman
Network. Imagine my
delight to receive this email in response: "Hi Evelyn!
I am such a Journeywoman groupie! I love your website! I've
travelled a fair bit and have had lotsa adventures and am
so happy that Journeywoman is there to encourage and help
women taste adventure. All your newsletters are still on my
computer! What ship are you on? ... I'll definitely help you!
Thanks so much for contacting me, and I look forward to meeting
you and sharing Ketchikan. I live in the greatest place! You'll
see! Take care, Lois"
my schedule did not allow me to meet Lois personally but further
research shows that her tours are mentioned in an an awful
lot of guidebooks. So, if other women get to Ketchican and
need an enthusiastic guide, you can find Lois Munch at her
funky Classic Tours website: http://www.classictours.com
P.S. Tell her JW sent you!
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada
a guide in New York City...
like other women to know about Joyce Gold History Tours of
New York. Joyce is a marvel. She makes the city come to life
with a blend of history, architecture, literary & music history,
politics, and gossip through the ages. Whenever I've taken
one of her tours, something wonderful happens to the group.
We get invited into a church, we meet a city official, people
from the neighborhood extend themselves to us. Joyce is so
respectful and joyful about what she does, everyone gets in
the swing of it. I'm a New Yorker for the past 35 years and
Joyce keeps helping me love the city more. You'll find her
web site at http://www.nyctours.com;
her address is Joyce Gold History Tours of New York, 141 W
17th St., New York, NY 10011.
New York City, New York
a guide in India...
to India can be intimidating to plan and organize, and Virender
Prakash is a fair and gentle guide who can help you navigate
the subcomtinent in order to realize the trip of your dreams.
He recently accompanied two friends of mine on a special anniversary
trip-- sixteen days staying in high-end hotels with a private
driver and car-- for less than half of the price quoted by
their US-based travel agent. Virender also guides small and
large groups on summer treks through the Indian Himalayas
to Buddhist monasteries in holy places such as Ladakh, Zanskar,
and Manali. For the trek, Virender will organize a team of
cooks and porters, sometimes with ponies, to carry the tents,
food, and cooking gear. You can expect to carry a day pack
with drinking water, some snacks and your lunch. Winter trips
can begin in Delhi, with travel across Rajasthan to fabulous
cities such as Jaipur and Jaiselmeer, with a stop in Agra
to see the Taj Mahal. Virender is honest and trustworthy.
You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
(and be patient, if he is off on a trek it may take some time
for him to respond as there are places in the world that are
still not wired!)
Thalia, Portland, USA
Singh, a guide in India...
have spent 5 months in India. Travelling solo to this incredible
country can be very intimidating. This is why I started out
with a guide and chauffeur and I highly recommend him to any
other women travelling there. His name is Pradeep Singh and
you can reach him at: email@example.com;
his mobile is 91 981 891 9669. Pradeep Singh has extensive
knowledge of his country. He can organize itineraries in the
Himalayas - in the most remote of villages, for summer treks
through the Indian Himalayas and to Buddhist monasteries in
holy places. Winter trips can begin in Delhi, with travel
across Rajasthan to fabulous cities there. This nice man can
organize a desert safari in Rajasthan and will even cook for
you. His 200 year old Mutton recipe is to die for! I found
Pradeep Singh to be honest, trustworthy and funny. He did
everything that was needed to make my trip enjoyable.
Julie, Montreal, Canada
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