Spring of 2003 and while travelling women may be journeying within
their own countries they generally haven't been venturing too far
from home. And who can blame them as terrorism, war and health issues
affect all of us no matter where in the world we live?
As I write this article, the
heavy fighting in Iraq is almost over and I pray it stays that way.
The World Health Organization seems to be making gains in containing
the SARS epidemic and happily our website stats show that quite
a few JourneyWomen are once again beginning to research travel plans
for the upcoming seasons.
At the same time, other female
travellers are not sure they want to hit the road just yet and no
one can fault them for that. We believe that each of us in our own
way knows when the time is right for a new adventure.
To keep all of our Journeywomans'
dreams alive here's a few great travel-related ideas that you don't
need to leave home to enjoy. Give them a try. Before you know it
you'll be back in travel mode, eager to pack your bags and be on
the art of scrapbooking...
is doing it! Re-live your last journey by creating a memory
scrapbook. This is a wonderful gift to give yourself or your
travel partner. The idea is to mix and match photos as well
as other holiday memorabilia in one brimming album. I recently
flew to Xi'An with my daughter and my post-travel gift to
her was a scrapbook of our adventures in China. It includes
fun placemats from the Chinese Pizza Hut, receipts from museums,
inflight snack wrappers, Chinese coins and bills and some
extra photos I snapped of her when she wasn't looking. Needless
to say, my daughter loved it!
P.S. To learn more about
the hot new concept of travel scrapbooking, JW recommends
We bet it will inspire you!
the net and dream...
the places you've always dreamed of visiting. Now is the perfect
time to browse the web, request brochures, read travel books
and screen as many videos as you can about your dream destination.
For example, if a visit to Italy is your next goal, check
GirlTalk Italy Guide for 100's of wonderful women-centered
travel tips. Make sure to read the article, "Her
Bests Books & Films about Tuscany" and request
the sample newsletters at www.italyfever.com
Organize a potluck dinner...
you're yearning for the tastes and aromas of faraway places,
why not invite your girlfriends to a potluck international
buffet? Set the mood by offering to provide the wines and
desserts representing your favorite country. Then ask each
guest to bring along their contributions -- (1) a hot or
cold dish for the international buffet (2) five fun photos
taken on a recent trip (3) a travel guide or novel for an
after-dinner book swap (4) excerpts from travel diaries
to be read aloud over dinner (this is when you find out
you're not the only one that occasionally feels lonely when
travelling solo). These evenings are great fun -- a fabulous
way to network, reconnect with your pals, and keep your
spirits in travel mode!
P.S. Journeywoman offers
readers an excellent, easy recipe for Swedish Meatballs;
simply follow this link.
P.P.S. The recipe's secret
ingredients? Grated potato and grape jelly. Your guests
will love them!