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Journeywoman's Best Tips of 2004

Evelyn Hannon

Each year Journeywoman receives 100s of female-centered travel tips from women living in over twenty-eight different countries. From Pittsburgh to Paris and from Bangkok to Boston, these members write to share their 'journey' secrets. They tell us about their own city's gal-friendly sites as well as those they learned about while experiencing other cultures in other lands. Here in the JW office, we diligently record their findings about hotels, restaurants, attractions, books, culturally-correct data, et cetera and then include the best in our complimentary e-newsletters or post them to our website.

At the end of each year, we publish a list of the 'best of the best' tips that have been submitted to Here are our absolute favourites for 2004. Enjoy everybody!

Tall women shop in Holland -- writes Irma from New York, USA -- If you're a tall women travelling to The Netherlands, make sure to do your trouser shopping there. The people of The Netherlands are today's tallest people in the world -- the average Dutch man is just over 6 feet, and the average Dutch woman is just over 5 foot 7 inches. That why if you pop into any clothing store in Holland - they'll probably stock your pant length in any style and color you choose. I know, I'm Dutch and though I work in New York, I wait until I go home to do my shopping.
Editor's Note: We have many more tips about Holland.

Inexpensive accommodation in New Zealand -- writes Carol from Toronto, Canada -- New Zealand's University of Auckland opens up two halls of residence, O'Rorke Hall and The Railway Campus from mid November to mid February. Rates at O'Rorke start around $24 (Canadian) per person per night or $127 per week. Contact the Residential Manager at 011 64 9 302 0266 or email The Railway Campus is an apartment complex with studios from $48. Enquiries to: or Tel: 011 64 9 367 7100 ex 33098. For information about the facilities visit their Website:
Editor's Note: For more budget sleeps see: A Girl's Guide to University Sleeps.

She buys toilet paper in Korea -- writes Lisa from New York, USA -- Here's some advice for JourneyWomen around the world. Don't expect toilet tissue in all public restrooms in Korea. In this country it's customary to bring your own. When you go into Korea's small little markets or convenience stores, you'll notice flat, plastic packs of tissue papers - the whole pack is about the size of a standard greeting card. These are their travel packs of toilet paper. I suggest you buy several of them. They can even be 'fun' gifts to bring home for your travelling girlfriends.

One of my favorite restaurants in Florence -- writes Silvia from Florence, Italy -- I am a Tuscan chef but naturally I don't like to cook all the time. Here's one of my favorite places to enjoy a meal. In my city Giorgio and his wife came from Sardinia 24 years ago and opened La Biritullera Trattoria and Garden where they still serve traditional Sardinian food. Giorgio will greet you with a smile and lead you to the nice small garden at the back of the restaurant. He will suggest the menu of the day -- mainly fresh fish as well as simple traditional dishes, prepared by his wife who works in the kitchen. The atmosphere here is nice and relaxed and the prices are very honest. Address: Via Cironi 4/r. - closed on Sunday. Tel. 055-496225 . Take bus #28 from the train station to Piazza Leopoldo, then ask for Via Cironi.
Editor's Note: For more recommended goodies go to: Women Report on 100 Great Eats Worldwide

Bring your bikini on board -- writes Sue from Sydney, Australia -- A flight attendant once told me that an essential piece of clothing to have in your hand luggage is your two-piece swim suit. It doesn't take up much space and weighs practically nothing. If you and your checked luggage get separated, this bikini can substitute as several articles of clothing until your bags arrive. It's underwear, it's a halter top, and of course you won't have to wait to go for that very first dip in the swimming pool.

You'll thank me when your kiddies don't whine in Thailand -- writes Nima from Thailand -- Wanted to tell you about a great way to entertain your children when visiting Bangkok. "What Can We Do Today? Kids in Bangkok" is an inspirational pack of cards (for children of all ages and their parents) bursting with 52 things to do and places to see. Written by Sue Adams, an expatriate Australian mother of two, each card offers a different fun-filled adventure for the whole family, including estimated activity time from downtown Bangkok, phone numbers to check hours/showtimes, directions, and any other things travelling caregivers should know. For further information visit:

Editor's Note: There's more great advice at: Thailand -- Keeping the Experience Female-Friendly...





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