Travel Tips from Twitter Gal Pals...
simple tips from me to you...
my top 4 travel tips that always have made my trips more
comfortable and enjoyable:
1) My absolute
most basic travel advice for women is this: if you can't
carry your suitcase for a considerable distance by yourself,
take less. That means becoming ruthless with selection of
clothing, accessories, technology and toiletries. Everything
must be able to perform double duty or to be packed in miniature.
No large containers of toothpaste, shampoo, moisturizer
or anything else. Where possible take things in non liquid
form (eg eyeglass wipes vs spray)
2) Next to
the spare pair of undies in your handbag, should be a damp
facecloth in a plastic zip bag. You will use it. Trust me.
3) Use a
purse with a sturdy, long strap that you can wear over one
shoulder and across your chest. Keep the bag at the front,
zippers on the side closest to your body and away from pickpockets'
to have both the good times and the not-so-good-times be
enjoyable by remembering your sense of humour and your cross
Gwen McCauley is a Life Transition coach
and writer who blogs at Algarve
Experiences Twitter: http://twitter.com/GwenMcCauley
nails suffer in airplanes...
air on airplanes wreaks havoc on your skin. It’s even
worse for your nails –which can split, crack and break
from too many long flights. The best way to save your nails
is to rub a creamy moisturizer right into them before and
during the flight. If you don’t have a small tube
of lotion to take with you, have fun checking out some testers
in the duty free shop before your flight takes off. Who
knows? You might find a product you love. Once you’re
at a hotel, don’t forget to pack the sample size of
body lotion from your hotel room in your carry-on to use
on the trip back – the hotel bottles are small enough
to bring on the plane, and your hands and fingernails will
Carol Perehudoff is a Toronto-based travel
writer. Her column Going Solo appears in the Toronto Star.
Check out her blog at wanderingcarol.com
a ferry in Istanbul...
Istanbul, take time to reflect by getting out on the water...for
the freshness of the sea air, the unimaginably glassy blue
surfaces, and the proper perspective on this ancient imperial
capital. The Bosphorus was the main drag for centuries and
it’s still the best way to appreciate the sprawling,
hilly city and its Ottoman mansions. Surrender to local
color and rhythm with an ultra-cheap commuter ferry lazily
hopping from village to village, over steaming tea and sesame-covered
bread in the shape of a life-preserver. Ferries to the Asian
town of Kadikoy offer priceless views of Topkapi Palace,
Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. A even more meditative
one-hour upper Bosphorus tour embarks from the artisan street
market and tea garden district of Ortakoy. For less than
five dollars drift past Mehmet the Conqueror’s 15th
century fortress festooned with wisteria.
Anastasia Ashman, an Istanbul resident
is the founder of expat+HAREM, the global niche: http://www.expatharem.com/
tables in a German restaurant...
upscale restaurants, it’s not unusual for diners to
be expected to share tables in Germany. This could be a
lbit unnerving for visitors, but if you’re expecting
it, it can be both a comfortable and enriching experience.
If you’re having a meal alone or with a companion
and others join you, the expectation is that you will acknowledge
them politely with a nod and 'Guten Tag' or 'Guten Abend'
(Good day or good evening). Then you or your table-mates
should signal whether further interaction is invited. If
it’s not, pointedly ignore the others or speak exclusively
to your dinner partner. If interaction is welcome, initiate
conversation with the newcomers. (And look for the same
signals from them). I’ve had both very private dining
experiences and wonderful dinner conversations sitting with
Germans who have joined my table. Each is equally comfortable
if you know the 'rules' in advance.
Annette Burke Lyttle is passionate about
travel and reading. She blogs at http://blog.annettelyttle.com
family travel in Europe...
kept secret on how to do luxury in Europe on a very low
budget? How would you like to stay at a place with 3 luxurious
pools, sauna, hot tub, zoo, wine tasting, great restaurants,
horseback riding, tennis courts, top of the line gym, free
kids clubs etc.....all for as little as 8 or 11 euros a
night for a family of three? Camping resorts are the answer,
but don't run away in fear if you hate tents or RV's , because
they also all have charming fully furnished rental cottages.
Camping in Europe is a totally different animal and also
a great way to easily meet folks from around the world as
most Europeans use luxury campsites as a top budget vacation
option. There is not a site or city in Europe that doesn't
have them and they are very safe places for single woman
and families, plus they are always near great mass transit.
Great example -- check out Norcenni
Girasole in Tuscany. There has never been a better time
or better way to explore Europe.
Jeanne blogs at http://www.soultravelers3.com/
TIP -- Mischievious Mom...
recommends The Mischievous
Mom at the Art Gallery written by Rebecca
Eckler and Erica Ehm. Illustrated by Carrie Hartman.
Jessie are good kids. They go to school. do their homework,
and make sure their rooms are clean. Everything is nice
and orderly -- at least until mom comes home. Jessie and
Josh's mom is not like other moms. Jessie and Josh's mom
is mischievous, and that means that anything can happen
-- anything at all.'
Key Porter Kids ISBN: 978-1-55470-267-1 Cost: under $20.00
This book was co-written by my daughter, Erica Ehm. I've
watched her read it to groups of kids and they are in awe
that a mom could be so mischievous, especially in a museum.
(Source: Evelyn Hannon Journeywoman Editor)