Best Travel Tips From Around the World -- Fall 2002
Scholl's elasticized stockings...
As a registered nurse and a frequent flyer I feel that I
have a responsibility to remind you that we are all prone
to blood clots in our legs if we sit in an airplane for
a long time. This is due partially to the fact that our
legs are down and the blood flow to this area is slowed
down because of inactivity. Please get up and do some walking
every hour and definitely find out about the benefits of
elasticized stockings to help with circulation problems
that can crop up no matter how old you are.
Audrey, Bay City, Michigan
Ed. note: You're absolutely
right, Audrey. This is a very important tip that we can't
hear often enough. Just recently a travel journalist friend
told me she bought a pair of these stockings to wear on
her London - Toronto flight and they were extremely helpful.
Now, here's another JW related flying tip to go with the
a mile on the airplane...
To keep the blood in your legs circulating properly, you
can do toe taps, knee lifts and you can walk. Every few
hours take a stroll down the aisle of the airplane. A 747
is 400 feet from nose to tail and back. If you do 13 of
these laps you will have walked a mile. How's that for a
bit of trivia?
Sharon Wingler, a member of our Journeywoman Network, a flight
attendant and author of, "Travel Alone and Love It"
has compiled a 24-page booklet called, "108 Resources
for Solo Travelers." This booklet contains listings for
53 tour companies, clubs or spas; 15 cruise lines or organizations;
and 12 volunteer vacation companies -- all are solo-traveller
friendly. Listings include companies that appeal to all age
groups and fitness levels. Also included are listings for
6 books, 8 magazines, 5 newsletters and 9 websites to help
solo travelers. In addition, there are tips on planning independent
solo travel. For the price of the booklet in U.S. Dollars
and further info, visit http://www.travelaloneandloveit.com
Evelyn Hannon, JW Editor
culturally correct clothing tips...
My husband is a Moroccan and I have travelled there once
with him. This is what I learned about culturally correct
clothing. It's true that Moroccan women do often wear Euro
fashion. However, please understand that if you wear tight
or short clothing there is a chance for harassment. When
I went there I wore pants and knee high skirts and men did
make remarks even though I was with my husband. From experience
I can say, my best advice is to dress modestly. If you are
still attracting attention you can buy an inexpensive djelleba
while you are there. They are comfortable and nice.
Janah, San Diego, USA
When I went to Turkey (travelling largely along the Aegean
Coast), I took the conservative approach in my packing.
But I ended up buying tank tops in towns like Cesme and
Bodrum because I didn't feel like I fit in dressed so conservatively.
I seemed to draw more attention by covering up than I did
by wearing tank tops. But I always carried a button-down
to throw over my tanks, just in case.
Kyle, San Francisco, USA
Food in New York City...
I have a tip for JourneyWomen who like to taste good food.
Last time I went to NYC from Brazil I took my nine year-old
son with me. As he missed the food he was used to, I had to
look for a Brazilian restaurant. We heard about a restaurant
called 'Rice and Beans' and decided to take a chance. What
a surprise! It serves some of the best homemade Brazilian
food I've ever eaten and I am a true Brazilian. By the way,
the place was full every time I went there and there was always
a long waiting list. The walls were full of cards and pictures
of famous people that appreciate its food. I suggest you go
there and try it yourself. The address is 744 9th Ave.(between
50th and 51st.)
Beatriz, Salvador-Bahia, Brazil
Ed. note: Check out their
"hot" website at: http://www.ricenbeansrestaurant.com.
Looks like great fun!
Swiss hotel near the airport...
The Hilton International Hotel near the Zurich Airport is
a wonderful place to stay, whether for one night (en route
somewhere else) or for a longer stay actually visiting the
city. There is a free van from the airport (5 minutes) and
a paid van hourly (US$11 round-trip) to downtown Zurich when
you need it. The breakfast buffet is a veritable banquet including
every treat you can imagine and is included in the price of
the room. There is also a buffet at dinner time. Our last
night there (after too many big meals) we opted for the salad
and starter buffet that was fresher than any US salad bar
and was more than ample along with the delicious breads we
were served. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We also
had a one-day stay at the Airport Movenpick Hotel that couldn't
begin to compare with the Hilton.
CANADA -- Toronto's women in the know head
for Ax-Sis Spa and Salon for European-style pampering
and hairstyling without a bit of attitude. Centrally
located in the heart of posh Yorkville, where the height
of fashion can sometimes be replaced with the lowliest
of welcomes, this little gem is an original. Friendliness,
competitive prices and complete customer satisfaction
is the credo of a hip staff that earned Ax-Sis a nomination
for the Canadian Salon of the Year Award. For fabulous
manicures and pedicures, Tracy is my absolute favorite.
Haircut and styling kudos goes to Maia, a true maven
in hair management. (130 Cumberland Street, 2nd floor.
(Evelyn Hannon, Editor, Journeywoman)