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Women Worldwide Unite Via Travel Advice

Evelyn Hannon

As this new year begins, I think back on the last 12 months and how our Journeywoman Network is ever evolving and growing. 2013 has been a banner year for Journeywoman. Our website continues to thrive with an average of 5,000 visitors per day and 68,000+ newsletter subscribers. Add to that our 31,000 Twitter Followers and over 9,100 Facebook friends and it's clear to us that our readers have taken to our version of social media like kiddies to candy. In fact, social media now helps us to be in touch daily with our readers all around the world.

In this article I've chosen the 14 best tips we received in 2013 from women in our JW Network who live outside North America and who have generously offered tips to North American women travelling abroad. Thank you ladies in Jordan, Mexico, Bali, Singapore, Spain, England, Nepal, Africa, Japan, Thailand, Chile, Australia and China. We love having you in our Journeywoman Network. Keep sharing your travel wisdom!

1. MY FAVORITE CAFE IN PARIS -- writes Linda in Paris, France -- Cafés are also a great place for women travelers. Not only is the food there less expensive, but cafés are a great place to eat on your own with a good book for company. My personal favorite is the Café du Marchéon rue Cler 38 and rue du Champ de Mars in the 7th. When I want a bigger menu selection, I head next door to Tribeca, a restaurant popular with the locals that serves up delicious food. Further down the rue is a creperie that's perfect for a meal on the run or a dessert treat (I love their crêpe Nutella).

2. GREAT CAFE IN AMMAN, JORDAN -- writes Laura in Amman, Jordan -- Dining in the Middle East is amazing! There are so many mezze and wonderful breads, sweets, meat dishes and lemon mint drinks. If, however, you want a familiar taste, try the Blue Fig while in Amman. It has a wide-range of items on the menu, is reasonable priced and the service is consistent. There is a large patio in the spring and summer and they are open during Ramadan (with a limited menu). The Blue Fig has an ever-changing gallery as well, giving you a chance to view (and sometimes purchase) local artists work. The in-house bakery is great for take-away items, too. Blue Fig Cafe Abdoun, Al-Ameer Hashem Bin Al Hussein St, Abdoun Amman. Website:

EDITOR'S NOTE: Do you know a woman heading to Jordan? Please refer them to our mini guide, GirlTalk Jordan.

3. BAGELS TAKING BANGKOK BY STORM -- writes Amit in Bali, Indonesia -- Yes, bagels have taken Bangkok by storm! If you're longing for a smoked salmon bagel, drop into the closest chain of restaurants called Au Bon Pain, where you can choose among new bagel flavors including: Red Brown Rice, Tomato Parmesan, Maple Walnut & White Chocolate or - are you ready for this: Apple Crumble! (I went with whole wheat). Or set aside time to savor the New York-style décor and tastes at the Bangkok Bagel Bakery. With two locations to choose from, and a large assortment of bagel sandwiches and spreads available, you can't go wrong. especially if you crave that Sunday morning bagel fix!

EDITOR'S NOTE: Check out GirlTalk Thailand, a mini cyberguide for women. Click here.

4. PACK A MULTI-PLUG WHEN TRAVELLING -- writes Jess in Singapore -- Most of us would have come across a situation where all our electronics (handphone, camera, laptop and iPad) were running out of battery. To make things worse, the room you were in had only one power outlet and somebody else was already using it. A multi-plug would solve this problem by allowing us to charge multiple items at one go. Not only will this gadget save you lots of precious time, it also avoids potential fights from room mates who are also scrambling to charge their electronics at the same time.

5. A GREAT GUIDE IN SIEM REAP AND ANGKOR WAT -- writes Meg in Okinawa, Japan -- This guide was listed in Journeywoman. We hired Sopheap Brem for four days while touring Siem Reap and Angkor Wat and we couldn't be happier with the results. He was extremely knowledgeable about all the temples, restaurants and overall history of the area. Any questions we had, he could answer. He was very flexible with our itinerary and spoke English well. Sopheap was always so positive, happy and great with our young kids. He felt like a regular part of the family. I highly recommend him! You can contact him at:

6. CHEAPER AND VERY CHEERFUL DINING IN BARCELONA -- writes Elizabeth in Barcelona, Spain -- When visiting my city try to avoid the many tourist trap restaurants that are all over the city. My favourite restaurant that really offers value for money in a modern, trendy setting is Magnolia Restaurant in the El Barri Gotic area of the city. I was there two weeks ago and had a three course meal including a glass of wine for just over 15 Euro! This is gourmet-style food - highly tasty and beautifully presented. And the portions were more than enough. I'll definitely be back there soon.

7. PAMPER YOUR BODY IN LONDON, ENGLAND -- writes Fede in London, England -- Here's my advice for visitors to London. As you walk past Waterloo Body Station (103 Lower Marsh, SE1), the gorgeous smell of aromatic oils grabs your attention. This shop is full of UK made products for body care. Creams, lotions, hair products, gift boxes, yoga mats, candles -- you have so much to choose from! I have discovered many quirky brands such as Tamu and Organic People, and bought many presents for friends and family in this shop. Rebecca, the owner, and the rest of the staff are always there to help you and suggest what to buy depending on the occasion or the person's taste. Downstairs there's an oasis of peace where you can enjoy a massage (or two), with plenty to choose from (hot stones, relaxing etc). Closest tube: Lambeth North. Website:

Great hostel in Bangkok ...

If you're looking for affordable accommodations in Bangkok try my favorite hostel in the world, Lub-d. They offer squeaky-clean dorms (female or mixed) and private rooms; common areas designed for meeting other travelers; and unique, fun tours of the city. Lub-d Siam is located just a few feet from a Sky Train station in Siam Square, the shopping hotspot in Bangkok. Lub-d Silom is in a quieter neighborhood, just a short walk to good (and cheap!) local restaurants. They also have the best staff in the world - I happened to be checking out on my birthday last year and as as surprise, they sang happy birthday to me! Website:

Submitted by Barbara Ann Weibel | Website: Twitter: @holeinthedonut

BONUS -- La Zucca in Venice ...

In Venice if you are looking for a vegetarian restaurant, this is the place for you. La Zucca is quite famous with Venetians and tourists alike for the high quality of the food which they serve, that believe me, in Venice can be a rarity. Their main ingredient, as the name of the restaurant suggests, is Pumpkin, which the chefs have managed to cook in all sort of ways. The place is always packed, so you MUST book well in advance, but believe me it is worth it. The most famous dish is their Pumpkin flan, which is cooked with all sort of spices. The main dishes always include pumpkins, mixed with the most unthinkable ingredients. They do not cook just vegetables though, meat is also one of the ingredients on offer, always cooked in some sort of spices. The prices are not too high, you can have a meal there for around 40 Euros per person, again not so bad for Venice. And they also play some lovely jazz music in the background. Address: Calle del Tintor, Sestiere Santa Croce, 1762 Tel: 041 52 41 570



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