1. WOMEN WHO HAVE CLIMBED KILIMANJARO AND WOMEN WHO ARE INTERESTED IN CLIMBING -- writes Janika in Tallinn, Estonia -- I want to tell your readers about the book, 'Dreamers & Doers.' It's the world's first book about women who have been to Kilimanjaro. More than 50 authors of 30 different nationalities have contributed their inspirational stories to this one of a kind book. Website: www.ladiestrekking.com/book/about
EDITOR'S NOTE: We are giving one copy of this lovely book away in January 2014. Anybody who submits a travel tip for our next issue will be eligible to win. The winner will be drawn at random. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. GREAT HOTEL IN HANOI, VIETNAM -- writes Cathy in Sydney, Australia --I recently travelled to Vietnam and stayed in the most delightful hotel called, 'Hanoi Moment 2 Hotel' which I feel is a safe haven for women travellers and I'd like other members to know about it. We were welcomed with a cool drink and cool towel. Accommodations were superb; the staff extremely friendly and helpful. There was a lap top in each room (with wifi), fruit daily, and a snack of muffins in the evening. There is a restaurant on site and the meals were excellent. Rooms start at $60. The Tuk Tuk (cyclos) are an easy way to get around the city. I recommend Mr. Vihn who was my driver. His number is 0906089524. The hotel can contact him for you. Website: hanoimomenthotel.com
P.S. Don't miss the women's museum when you visit Hanoi; learn about what these women have had to deal with and what their lives are like today.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Journeywoman has included this woman's museum in Hanoi in a list of 10 interesting museums worldwide that females will appreciate. Click here.
3. NIGHT TRAIN FROM OSLO TO BERGEN -- writes Mara in Miami, USA -- I suggest other JourneyWomen take the night train from Oslo to Bergen and stay in town for an afternoon or overnight. In July or August you may very well see the northern lights from the train's window. I was on the train which runs over the tips of the mountains: I awoke looking out the window and thought I was still dreaming. The lights were dancing. Beautiful colors. If you go, bring a warm blanket for the ride as it's cold along the mountain tops.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Visiting Scandinavia? Here's 50 tips you will appreciate. Click here.
4. THE ITALIANS LOVE ARTISTS -- writes Joanne in Schnectady, USA -- For my fellow JW artists out there, here's a tip. If you are sketching and are an art student of any kind, you may get a free admission to many museums in Italy. Our group in Italy got free passes to Villa d'Este (in Tivoli), the Carsulae (Roman ruins archaeological site)and Cascata delle Marmone - all in Umbria. We didn't need a student pass, we just held up our sketchbooks. Then with all those Euros we didn't spend on admissions, we dropped them in the nearby towns to support their economy (and got some cool stuff, to boot!)
5. EXCELLENT RESTAURANT FIND IN ROME -- writes Janice in Montreal, Canada -- I just returned from Rome and want to share the following restaurant suggestion. Weekdays at lunch 'Recafé' offers a choice of several dishes, a drink (glass of wine, bottle of water or soft drink) and an espresso coffee for ten euros. The servings are generous, enough to keep you going until a light supper, and the food is good. It is tucked in between Via del Corso and Via de Ripetta near the Ara Pacis, right on Piazza Augusto Imperatore. Next to it you will find the Ristorante Alfredo, supposedly the birthplace of spaghetti Alfredo (and way more expensive!). Buon appetito! Address: Piazza Augusto Imperatore 36.
6. A HOTEL FOR WOMEN IN COLOGNE, GERMANY -- writes Irene in Cologne, Germany -- Last week I toured this place and thought of sending you this tip. There is a new lovingly furnished women's hotel in a modernized tenement in Cologne, Germany. It is called Frauenzimmer, which means (sort of) wench/cheeky woman as well as women's chamber. Every room has a separate bathroom, some even with a sort of Juliet balcony, you can also sit in their flower garden or read in a exceptionally stylish lounge. You have breakfast and coffee in an appealing well spaced kitchen & breakfast room. The managing women are very welcoming and hospitable. Website: www.frauenhotelkoeln.de/de
P.S. As well in Cologne you can book guided tours on woman's history (by feminist women) also in English frauengeschichtsverein.de/home/category/aktuell
7. WHEN CRUISING ROUGH SEAS PACK THIS HOUSEHOLD ITEM -- writes Elane in Melbourne, Australia -- I think this is a fabulous tip and I want to share it with everybody in our JW Network. Traveling by ship across rough water to and from the Antarctic, my cabin-mate pulled out ordinary non-slip matting from her suitcase. We used it in the bathroom to stop cosmetics and face creams sliding off counters, on the desk under our laptops and on shelving in the cabin. A few sheets of light weight matting (similar to that used in kitchen drawers) is now in my bag whenever I travel by ship. Try it. It works!
EDITOR'S NOTE: Did you know we have a full section on cruising at the Journeywoman website? Click here
8. CHECK OUT THIS FEMALE-FRIENDLY APARTMENT IN AMSTERDAM -- writes Mary in Vancouver, Canada -- I would like to highly recommend this apartment in Amsterdam (found through Airbnb). It's convenient to transit and easily accessible; it's fun and quirky (exactly like the photos) with a fabulous roof terrace. The hostess, Truusje Hinten, was wonderful; friendly and helpful, she could not have been more accommodating. There was a cold bottle of wine in the fridge, maps and guides available and she drove us to the train station on our departure. She even did my laundry! A perfect Journeywoman place to stay!
EDITOR'S NOTE: Travelling to The Netherlands? Read what three JourneyWomen in Holland have to say to visitors. Click here.
9. HOTEL SHOWER CAPS HAVE ANOTHER USE -- writes Amy in Syracuse, USA -- Hotels provide an array of free to take amenities and toiletries in their bathroom. I suggest you collect the shower caps and use them when you are packing your shoes. The caps placed around each shoe sole protects other packed items and the luggage lining from dirt and dust picked up along the way. P.S. I know a traveller who collects the small bottles of conditioners from hotels. If you shrink a wool sweater, just add some conditioner to water and soak your sweater in it. The fibers relax and you can reshape your sweater.
10. ONE WAY YOU CAN HELP YOUR FLIGHT ATTENDANT -- writes Amy a flight attendant with United Airlines -- This is simple but it saves us so much time and effort. When we are serving beverages tell us all at once what you'd like. i.e. water with no ice or coffee with cream and two sugars, etc. And when you see us approaching with our cart, take out your ear phones. Don't make us ask you what you'd like and then wait until you take your ear phone out and ask us to repeat what we've just said. It will be much appreciated.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Have you seen our latest website section, Air Travel -- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? Click here.
11. PACK ONE SHEET OF BOUNTY PAPER TOWELS FOR EACH DAY AWAY -- writes Evelyn in Toronto, Canada -- I love having these sheets in my pack. In hostels or hotels that don't supply wash clothes these towels work wonders at taking your makeup off. They are soft enough and strong enough to do the job perfectly. Just use and discard. I know this sounds like a paid commercial but it's not. I use these all the time and they are absolutely perfect for the job.
EDITOR'S NOTE: We just posted an article called, '24 Household Items That Will Make Travel Easier' Click here
12. WHEN IN BERLIN VISIT KADEWE DEPARTMENT STORE FOR YOUR HOTEL ROOM PICNIC -- writes Alice in Hong Kong, China -- It's incredible! This is what Wikipedia says about this huge department store.' The 6th and 7th floors are entirely devoted to food, and advertisements tout the place as having two football fields of food. The 6th floor is called Delicatessen and is famous for its wide variety of food and beverages. It has around 110 cooks and 40 bakers and confectioners supplying more than 30 gourmet counters in the store. And, the top floor (added in the early 1990s) includes a winter garden with a 1000-seat restaurant surrounded by an all windowed wall offering a view over the city.' Don't miss it!
EDITOR'S NOTE: What's a girl to do in Berlin? Click here to find our Journeywoman suggestions.
BONUS TIP My favorite coffee shop in Philadelphia, USA -- writes Susan In Philadelphia, USA -- I love my neighborhood coffee shop. Nook is located at 15 So. 20th Street. Owned and operated by a warm and very interesting young couple, Mike and Edna always greet you by name and with a smile. Edna does all the baking in-house and also presents a delicious light, healthy menu. Mike manages the coffee and tea drinks. Located walking distance from the museums on the Parkway, it's a great place to start your day or to pause between activities. I often meet friends there, sometimes for a quick cup of tea and other times to knit or read. Nook is open Monday thru Saturday.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Don't miss the other Philadelphia travel tips submitted by Journeywoman readers. Click here
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN LADIES -- We each know something juicy about a small hotel, wonderful things to see and do that are 'free', a solo friendly restaurant, a market that other women will love, a charming little museum that offers free admission, a novel way to protect our belongs, etc. etc, etc. So send email@example.com at least one contribution in this new year. Put the words, '2013 Contribution' in the subject line. Remember you don't need to be a great writer; English doesn't have to be your 1st language. It's our job to edit and share it with the rest of our travelling sisterhood. They'll love you for it.
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