Writers Worldwide Share Travel Secrets
A free guide service in
visiting Buenos Aires I arranged via email for a free city guide
from the Cicerones group to take me around the city. According
to the Cicerones website (www.cicerones.org.ar),
these volunteer guides offer to act as 'your friend' while you
are in their city. They'll teach you about the country's culture,
show you the sites you are interested in, introduce you to restaurants
that the locals eat in, help you to locate shops you're looking
for, etc. I appreciated my guide; she was very helpful and well-informed
about her city. I see this as an excellent service for JourneyWomen
whether they are travelling solo or with a companion.
is a Canadian travel writer, photographer and reviewer.
Bone carving in Nelson,
visiting artsy towns, my patience tends to run thin hopping from
one gallery to another. I’ve found that a great way to learn
about the local art scene is to immerse myself in a hands-on experience.
In the town of Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island, a movement
tourism” invites travelers to do just that. I hooked
up with a half-day course in bone carving, an ancient Maori art
form. The class is taught by Stephen Gilberg, a German ex-pat
(and former guitar maker)—he was able to help even the most
artistically challenged students (me!) to transform raw white
beef bones into elegant, glossy white pendants. From handling
wire saws to polishing the carved pieces into gleaming jewelry,
the experience allowed me to learn about the culture through a
centuries-old art form. Best of all, I had a souvenir to bring
home that I created myself.
Sarika Chawla lives in Los Angeles.
She is the Managing Editor of Peter
Wear damp socks...
is a tip I learned from Journeywoman back in 1994. I tried it
and it worked. Wear damp socks on long flights. I know it sounds
strange and, if you're chilly on the plane at first, unwelcoming.
But try it, the socks are cold and wet, of course, at first but
then heat up with body heat and, before you know it, you're wishing
they were cool and damp again! Helps prevent feet swelling and,
some say, jet lag.
lives in Toronto, Canada. She is the Editor of The
Travel Society Magazine.
Internet booking versus
rates offered by non-registered and internet travel companies
are alluring but often fictitious – and nearly always non-refundable.
For that cheap rate, you'll forgo refunds, changes and cancellation
insurance and may be buying time-consuming flights with lengthy
airport layovers from third-rate airlines that you'd rather not
patronize. You'll forgo the travel agent's personal expertise
regarding both your destination and nitty-gritty such as visas,
health requirements and hotels. The cut-rate company's much touted
customer service and guarantees are too often empty promises and
it's next to impossible to speak to a real human being. Use the
internet for research; book with a local travel agent.
Isobel Warren is a freelance travel
writer from Newmarket, Canada, and author of forthcoming "Travel
Safe and Savvy".
Taxi Cabs for women in
like to let your readers know about Ladycabs. This company is
a licensed London taxi firm that operates just for women and naturally,
they only have women drivers to drive women passengers. Their
address is: 12 Archway Close, London, N199 3TD Tel: +44 20 7272
3300. Alternatively, the Taxi One number gives you access to 7000
licensed, safe London black cabs - 0871 871 8710 (from inside
the UK). These cabs will generally be driven by men.
Rachel Bull is currently beginning
her career as a freelance features writer in the UK. Her work
includes Time Out city guides in Buenos Aires
and London, and she presently writes for the Itchy Travel
Guide to London.
I stopped buying souvenirs...
the years I've done a lot of travelling. I stopped buying souvenirs
long ago. Instead, I send my now grown children and granddaughter
postcards. I also send one to myself. It’s like a little
diary for me and it lets the kids know I was thinking about them
while sitting in a rain forest half a world away!
PJ Thomas is the Editor of Pathfinders
- Travel Magazine for People of Color.
Bonus #1! I love my new
is always on the lookout for shoes that look great and feel great
when I do a lot of walking. This season I've worn my Rockport
tangerine lace-ups with white stitching everywhere -- for a television
appearance, to a surprise birthday party for a girlfriend, a photo
shoot, an opening night for a new Indian restaurant in Toronto
and shopping in Montreal. They are so very comfortable; I can
walk for miles. All the fashionistas I know remark on them and,
best of all, they are completely washable. That's a very good
thing because I plan to have them on my feet when I go on my upcoming
journey to Amsterdam. Style number: APW3373C
P.S. These 'hotties' come in other colors (like
mahogany and cobalt blue) if tangerine doesn't tempt you.