Ten year ago I was not aware
of any "how to" travel books written especially for women. However,
as the army of women travellers continues to grow, so do the number
of books on "women and travel" increase. Hurrah! We've come a long
way, Journey Women!
The following is a listing
of titles (not in any specific order) that I feel are especially
women-friendly, helpful and entertaining.
for Marybeth Bond, author of Gutsy
Women: Travel Tips and Wisdom for the Road .
She's put together a splendid little read brimming with
both her own intelligent advice plus the many tips she's
received from other gutsy travellin' women. Topics covered
include Romance and Unwelcome Advances, The Older Adventurer
and Mother-Daughter Travel. This book makes one heck-of-a
great Bon Voyage gift for yourself or any other female setting
off on a journey. Travellers Tales ISBN 1 885211155
For the independent
traveller, A Journey of One's Own
offers gal-friendly advice par excellence. Stories, tips,
and a huge number of resources -- the read is like having
a visit with a pal who has your best interests at heart.
When the last edition of this book came out, JW gave it
rave reviews. As far as we were concerned, it couldn't have
been better. We were wrong! Author Thalia Zepatos, has come
out with a second updated and expanded edition that is even
more wonderful than the first. Buy it! Eighth Mountain Press,
trips to the Far East becoming more and more routine for
some female execs, it was with great pleasure that JW discovered
Asia For Women on Business.
Covering Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea, this
guide is a fine portrayal of male-female interaction in
the Asian business world. Readers learn everything from
establishing their credibility to dealing with sexual harassment
to best strategies for Karaoke Bars. This book is a must
for your office library! Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley, CA.
Worldwide Guide to Cheap Airfares is not specifically
for women but one of those books that pays for itself as
soon as you start to use it. Author Michael McColl knows
his stuff! He helps the reader unravel the differences between
courier flights, charters and consolidators. Consult the
listings of the world's 100 best discounters and, check
out the mini guide to budget travel in "hub" cities of the
world. You'll quickly catch on and probably save a bundle!
Bonus: JW also learned where to get great bagels in N.Y.
and how to find a traditional Thai massage in Bangkok--both
at budget prices. Insiders Publications ISBN 0-9633512-3-0
Round Holland is one of the best gal-friendly
guides to come out about the Netherlands. Written by two
American expats, this book was originally conceived as a
resource manual for temporary residents settling into the
country. Today, the female authors have expanded their guide
to serve holiday guests as well. Material covers everything
from bed and breakfasts to women's organizations to where
to shop for kiddies clothes. There's concise directions
on how to drive to areas of interest.There's listing of
markets, special events, holidays and, a wonderfully complete
section on "Dutch taste treats." This book is part of our
permanent JW travel collection. ISBN 90-801255-1-2 Contact:
3319 Dent Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007
For any female
with a special interest in Japan, living abroad, or teaching
English as a second language, this one's for you.
Tokyo, My Everest: A Canadian Woman in Japan
is the memoir of journalist Gabrielle Bauer's twelve months
spent in the city of her dreams. With quick wit, Gabrielle
recounts the highs and lows of her teaching experiences.
We struggle with her as she yearns for acceptance within
Japanese society and she happily takes us along on her search
for a Japanese lover. An excellent cultural journey! Houndslow
Press, ISBN 0-88882-181-6
Catalog & Review is probably one of the best
female-friendly resources out there. This 500-page soft
cover is filled to the brim with reviews on nearly 2000
books, mags, catalogues, products, videos and software in
every conceivable area of a woman's life. Check out their
Travel, Adventure and Recreation section as well as the
Transportation, Sports and Fitness categories. Guaranteed
you'll come up with enough fresh travellin' ideas to keep
you going for a while. Celestial Arts (800) 841-BOOK or
fax: (813) 249-0105. ISBN 0-89087-768-8
Alone & Love It--A Flight Attendant's Guide to Solo Travel
is Sharon Wingler's first book and it's really great! Jam-packed
with excellent go-alone travel tips, it informs, it instructs
and, best of all, it inspires the single traveller to get
out there and enjoy the countless pleasures of the solo
experience! Makes a wonderful bon voyage gift for any woman,
18 to 80, who's decided to hit the road on her own. Chicago
Spectrum Press (1-800-594-5190), ISBN 1-886094-35-7
Fabulous Foreign Fare
Women Travellers Accommodation Directory calls
itself the essential guide for women travelling in Australia
and New Zealand. Compiled by Kaye Johnson and Andrea Lofthouse,
this no-frills publication offers over 120 female friendly
listing in each of three categories (1) women only, (2)
lesbians only and (3) general - everyone. Intriguing property
descriptions include working farms, bed and breakfasts,
log cabins and cottages by the sea. The authors invite their
readers to get off the beaten track and visit the real Australia
- New Zealand. Cost: $15 Australian dollars (includes postage).
To order: Send Visa or Mastercard Number plus your name,
address, signature and expiry date of credit card to Moonraker
Productions, PO Box 186, Berry NSW, 2535 Australia.
Visiting the French
capital? You'll find the TimeOut
Guide to Eating & Drinking in Paris a fabulous
resource. With the help of over 500 listings, this publication
will transform you into a real French foodie. There's bars,
brasseries and bistros to tempt and tease your tastebuds.
And, if "eating-in" is more your style, don't despair! This
guide is tops for markets, delis, take-away pizza and any
other thing your little heart desires. You've got to have
one! Available in London and Paris at under $10.00.
Happy Reading and Safe Journeys!