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Best Travel Tips of 2015
Compiled by Evelyn Hannon

At the beginning of each new year I look back on the former year's collection of tips submitted to the Journeywoman office. From those, I choose the 25 best and most helpful bits of travel advice that readers can save either for themselves or to send on to another travelling woman.

BEST EMPANADAS IN NEW YORK CITY -- writes Debra in Toronto, Canada -- Empanada Mama's in Hell's Kitchen makes the best Columbian empanadas. Order two as your main and one as dessert. I adore the Viagra (seafood) and the Cuban (pork), but the Figs, Caramel and Cheese with Vanilla Ice Cream is my all-time fave. Their guacamole is served with vertically sliced plantain chips. Visit: www.empmamanyc.com

DOES A CITY PASS MAKE SENSE? -- writes Wendy in California, USA -- Before I visit a city, I check to see if there is a museum pass (or city pass) available and then I check to see what it covers. If there are several places I want to visit, it makes sense to purchase one as I can avoid the ticket lines. I either purchase it ahead of time, if I can, or at the airport's travel information counter. Since it isn't activated until my first use, I'm ready to go and don't need to stand in any lines. Saves time (and hopefully money) in so many ways.

WHAT TO WEAR IN AMMAN, JORDAN -- writes Brianne in Houston, USA -- In Abdoun, an upscale residential area of Amman you can wear short sleeves or tank tops to restaurants as long as you bring a jacket or cardigan or even a shawl to cover up with while you are getting there or leaving. It is acceptable to take these things off once you are seated and having dinner. It is always a good idea to dress in layers wherever you are in Jordan because you will find that depending on where you are different things are appropriate and you can adjust your clothing to the setting you are in. Look around at what the women around you are wearing and then you can gauge what is appropriate or not. Not to mention, it is chilly in the evenings and often times you will want that extra cardigan or shawl.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Check out, GirlTalk Jordan, a mini guide for women. Click!

RENTAL APARTMENT IN PARIS -- writes Sue in Melbourne, Australia -- I'd like to recommend Rosemary Allan's apartment in Paris. It's in the 9th arrondissement, tucked away in a local area just down the street from the Moulin Rouge and the way up to Montmartre. It is well served by public transport with buses outside the door and two nearby Metro stations. It is beautifully furnished, very well equipped, has excellent wifi, a phone enabling free landline calls to many countries including the US and Australia, and a thick folder of travel brochures. Despite all the busy life of Paris outside the door, the apartment was very quiet and no extraneous noise is allowed in the evenings and early morning. Rosemary was happy to provide information, advice and company as we wanted it, always responsive to our requests but also leaving us free to get on and enjoy Paris by ourselves. She is a thoroughly charming hostess. The apartment is very secure as you enter through the street door with a key code and then the building with another code, and the apartment with a key which deadlocks the door so there is no risk of intruders! Website: www.52clichy.com P.S. Rosemary also has a room available for bed and breakfast in her own apartment upstairs.

SUSHI IN BARCELONA -- writes Jodi in Bangkok, Thailand -- When I visited Spain, my first meal in Barcelona wasn't tapas and it wasn't paella: it was sushi. I was craving salmon sashimi, and nothing would stop me from finding it. Luckily, SushiYa2 was nearby and they had a huge sashimi plate for 10 Euros, as well as a mixed salmon and tuna version for a few euros more. The staff were well-versed with celiac disease and had special gluten-free soy sauce kept aside for customers. The sashimi was fresh and delicious. For those without any eating restrictions, the restaurant has a good value lunch combo menu, with both bento boxes and donburi bowls on offer. They come with miso soup, salad, and the main meal. Open daily, 1:00pm-11:30pm Address: Carrer del Cometa, 3

WOMEN'S DORM ON PENANG ISLAND -- writes Tan Choon Hoon in Kuala Lampur -- For Journeywomen making a stop on Penang island, I'd like you to know there is a female-only dormitory there called Sogor Girls Dormitory. Location is at Jalan Kek Chuan, a quiet street off a busy road filled with street foods, restaurants and shops. Easy access to public transport. This is a capsule style hotel with double security door, air conditioning, free WIFI, laptop access, hot and cold water dispenser, fridge, common living room and free laundry facility. You are assigned a bed with privacy blind, a foldable table, hangers, reading light and international power sockets. Their cafeteria is excellent as well. Website: www.sogor.my

FANTASTIC FRIES IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND -- writes Margaret in Hamilton, Canada -- Yes, Iceland is a magical place and yes, Iceland can be pricey. However, I found an economical treat called, Reykjavik Chips. These are homemade chips (french fries) cooked while you wait and then offered with eight different choices of sauce. And these are not just dipping sauce. These chips are served in a large cardboard cone with a layer of sauce (mine was Hari Kari - chili mayo) then a layer of chips, sauce, more chips, sauce, more chips. One order all washed down with a cold Viking lager made my dinner tasty and a delicious bargain. Check these taste treats out at www.reykjavikchips.is (10 Vitastig Street)

ONE DAY GUIDED TOUR FROM TOKYO -- writes Louise in Adelaide, South Australia -- I would like to tell other women in our JW Network about a company called, Tokyo Way. My guide was Carl and the destination I chose to tour was Kamakura. This tour was the perfect antidote to a week of business in Tokyo. I was attracted to this tour as it provided an opportunity to get out of the city, and to experience a different side of Japanese culture. Carl was a wonderful guide and facilitator. He contacted me via email prior to the tour to provide some options for our afternoon activities in Kita-Kamakura. I was the only person on this tour, so Carl was able to personalize it for me. The tour included a beginners meditation session open to the public, sightseeing, afternoon tea and dinner. I recommend him and Tokyo Way highly.

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