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Travel -- Things Can and Do Go Wrong


Two pieces of photo ID...

Be prepared. Along with your passport, carry your driver's license as well. Your passport adds legitimacy to any emergency banking transactions that might need to be carried out while you're away, it establishes your identify at hotels worldwide and is the best way for others to reach your family should you become ill or injured on the road. Your driver's license becomes your second piece of photo ID, it adds further credence to your passport and, most importantly, it stretches your transportation possibilities in a pinch. Need to get from one place to another in North America and no flights are available? You've got all the documentation necessary to rent a car and you're on your way with as little fuss as possible.

Extra photos help...

Two passport photos don't take up any room in your wallet but they could come in so handy when you really need them. Replacing a lost passport, membership card or senior ID becomes an awful lot simpler when you don't have to go off in search of a photographer's shop to begin the process.

Extra emergency cash...

Yes, there are credit cards, cash cards and travellers checks, but a small stash of backup emergency funds in American dollars can't hurt when you travel. Journeywoman suggests using a vitamin bottle with a few pills still in it so that your container looks and sounds authentic. Roll up your cash, store it in this secret container and then forget about it. It can generally be left in your hotel room, hostel dorm or carried in your backpack without fear of thieves making off with it. We call this our "Just in Case Money".

Always pack light...

Think ahead to possible snags in travel plans and how you'll handle all your luggage. Perhaps, due to poor weather your plane is diverted, you can't find public transportation, a departure gate might change or no porters are available. Whatever the circumstances, it will always be you that's left trying to move your baggage. When that happens you'll definitely be unhappy with yourself for not packing lighter. P.S. No matter what the temperature at your destination is, always carry or wear a thin, light jacket. In an unexpected situation, this is one piece of clothing that always makes sense.

Message for moms...

If you're a mother travelling with a baby, be sure to pack formula and water for five or six extra feedings. Ditto for your diaper supply. Don't assume that you will always complete your travel plans in the time expected. Under these circumstances it certainly pays to carry more and be prepared. Think ahead, too, to any extra medication you or your child might need along the way.

Eat right...

One never knows when an easy one hour inter-city flight will have to be replaced with an adventurous 10 hour train ride. While soft drinks and snack foods are usually readily available at all train stations, you might not be satisfied with the concept of junk food sold at inflated prices. Instead seek out a supermarket and stock up with bottled water and healthy choices that will make your journey infinitely more pleasurable.

Finally, tie an orange ribbon to your backpack...

Our Journeywoman Network now includes 1,000's of women in over 100 countries who are savvy travellers. We're probably travelling on the same flights, dining solo in the same restaurants, ushering our offspring through the same train stations and yet we have no way of recognizing each other. Before setting off on a journey, simply tie a bit of orange ribbon to your backpack and/or suitcase and let's see what happens. Perhaps when things don't go as planned, we can join forces to get through the unforeseen circumstances that often present themselves as we travel.

Women's words on fear...

Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival.
(Eugenie de Guerin, 1865)

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
(Marie Curie, Instant Quotation Dictionary, 1969)

Afraid is a country with no exit visas.
(Audre Lorde, Our Dead Behind Us, 1986)

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.
(Katherine Paterson, Jacob I have loved., 1980)

To everything there is an end -- except fear.
(Phyllis Bottome, Innocence and Experience, 1934)

Source: The New Beacon Book of Quotations By Women

EDITOR'S NOTE: Before travelling learn as much as you can about the country you are visiting. Find a female travel mentor to help you at This is a complimentary service available to all Journeywoman subscribers. We invite you to join us.




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