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Best Travel Tips of 2015
BUDGET HOTEL IN LONDON -- writes May Ann in Boston, USA -- I want other JourneyWomen to know about The Alhambra in London, a great place if you want a budget hotel in the Kings Cross/St. Pancras area. It's a three minute walk to the tube station that has many lifts--so it's great if your luggage is heavy. Also, KIngs Cross & St. Pancras is connected to many tube lines, the Eurostar and bus lines. If you leave from the St. Pancras station--take the Euston St. exit. My room was spotless and modern. It had ample lighting, storage and mirrors. Wi-Fi was good and my room had an ample desk for work. Breakfast was filling and prompt. (Go early between 7-8 AM). Staff was friendly & helpful. They kindly lent me an adapter since I brought the wrong one. There was a Coffee/Tea maker in the room. In my opinion, it's a perfectly safe area. And for the record, I'm fairly conservative when it comes to safety. Is it charming-no. Its hard to be charming when there's a Burger King at the corner. The distance from Tube station to this hotel is about two minutes (less if you didn't have to deal with crossing a busy street). Website: www.alhambrahotel.com

CARRY A SMALL NOTEBOOK AND PENCIL IN YOUR BAG -- writes Bodil in Sjöstorp, Sweden -- Possibly you all know this but it is worth a reminder. When travelling to a country where you don't speak the language, put a small notebook and pen or pencil in your pocket or day pack. It is much easier to explain something by drawing or even copying out a word from your phrase book or travel guide. And how do you explain the number of stamps or apples you want (especially when your fingers are not enough!)? Think of the fun factor. It may give you and the other person you are communicating with at least a laugh to share. Try it.

GREAT GROCERY STORE IN WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND -- writes Maureen in Reno, USA -- There's a great market and grocery store in Wellington called, New World. It's not far from the well-known Te Papa Museum. It's 100% New Zealand owned and I saw lots of interesting products at good prices. I got my stash of wine and local chocolate there, plus fruit and snacks. Keep it in mind.

ANOTHER FEMALE MYSTERY WRITER TO RECOMMEND -- writes Sandy in Safety Harbour, USA -- Journeywoman, your list of books set in foreign places must include Dana Stabenow. She is a mystery writer who sets her stories in Alaska. They are best sellers that are available in print and audio books. Try to read them in the order in which they were published. You can find out more about Dana at: www.stabenow.com

FABULOUS SHOPPING IN DUBAI, UAE -- writes Helen in Montreal, Canada -- If you have only a short time in Dubai, the one place not to miss is the Dubai Mall. With its approximately 1200 stores, it's the largest mall in the world, and you can literally shop 'til you drop! But even if you're not a shopper, it's worth a visit to see the multi-storey aquarium and underwater zoo. And when you're at the mall you're also at the foot of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. But the best part of the mall is the outdoors Dubai Fountains which are choreographed to soundtracks. Daily performances begin at dusk and are free. Dubai Mall is directly accessible by the safe, clean metro.

CLEAN HOME STAY IN COCHIN, INDIA -- writes Maud in Stockholm, Sweden -- At the beginning of this year I spent two weeks in a newly constructed, Bamp;B home stay in Cochin, Kerala in South India. Their name is Aroma Home stay. The service is excellent. I enjoyed BIG Kerala breakfasts in the morning with really good service. The rooms were clean rooms and I always had hot water. If you want to take an Ayurveda massage, it is a two minutes walk from the hotel. Everything I needed/wanted was within walking distance of this home away from home. I highly recommend Aroma Home Stay. Website: www.aromahomestay.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Also of interest is 'She Packs for India,' Click here.

WELL PRICED HOTEL IN SAN FRANCISCO -- writes Claudia in Los Angeles, USA -- I'm a San Francisco area native who dwells in SoCal but I go back as often as possible. On my last sojourn I found a new hotel I'd like to recommend. Part of the Joie de Vivre hotel chain (a group I love), the Hotel Carlton is a winner. Deals can be had online, so do your homework. My friend and I got a room with two double beds for $143.00 before taxes. Looking at the bill, the grand total was $166.44. Shared between two folks, not bad for a room in San Francisco. The neighborhood is going through gentrification so what was once considered unsafe is now becoming hip. The hotel staff are fantastic, there is a restaurant which we didn't try as we had reservations elsewhere. But when we returned the place was packed. I believe our room was #510 and it was perfect. Nice view, flat screen TV, great shower, and comfortable beds. The lobby is gorgeous and relaxing BUT the absolute best part is a coffee shop that I've been going to for over 20 years for breakfast is two blocks away. Total neighborhood place, tiny, but with stellar breakfasts at inexpensive prices. You must try The Golden Coffee Shop located at 901 Sutter Street.

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you are heading to San Francisco be sure to read, 'Cool New Things I learned About San Francisco.' Click here.

BEST ALMOND CROISSANTS IN OTTAWA, CANADA -- writes Mary in Ottawa, Canada -- You will need travel insurance if you want to experience the most amazing almond croissants in the entire universe. They are to die for and can be found at a funky bakery-café called Art Is In Bakery. Website: www.artisinbakery.com. The bakery also has a stand at the Ottawa Farmers' Market at Lansdowne Park, (a tourist destination as well). Website: ottawafarmersmarket.ca/returning-lansdowne-park. Look for the long line-up and enjoy!

BUY POSTCARDS BUT DON'T EVER SEND THEM -- writes Helen in Massachusetts, USA -- My favorite travel tip is to write myself a postcard every day. I choose one card per day with a good picture of my favorite site and then I take some time to write typical diary entry stuff. I pop into the local post office and buy the prettiest stamp for that area and stick it on the card. The denomination doesn't matter because I'm not mailing these postcards anyway. At the end of my trip I have a wonderful journal, a unique collection of photos, and an interesting mix of foreign postage stamps.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Now that you've read everybody else's tips, do you have a bit of advice or a recommendation you'd like to share? Don't put it off, please. Send your juicy tip to editor@journeywoman.com right now before you become distracted. Put 'Juicy Tip 2016' in the subject line. We're counting on you, ladies!

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