On an ongoing basis, Journeywoman
asks female journalists around the world to share their best travel
tips and advice. We are constantly delighted and intrigued with
the wonderful networking responses we receive. Here's the best of
the best. In true Journeywoman fashion, we now share with you...
1. -- Women only -- YWCA in Athens
On my first visit to Athens I had problems with the staff at the
hotel. The manager seemed to take a real liking to me and it concerned
me that he had keys to my room. I was on a budget so my options
were limited. The next morning I headed off to the tourist office
and discovered that there was a YWCA with accommodation just for
women. Not only was it suitable, I got to know a number of Greek
women who were in from the provinces, and they gave me tips on the
Greek ways to discourage unwanted attention.
Lucy Izon, author of Izon's Backpacker Journal , Toronto, Canada
2. -- Her Money is Always Safe!
Instead of leaving valuables in your hotel room, put them in the
hotel's safe. Last time I checked, hotels were not responsible for
the much advertised safe in your room, but they were for the front-office
Sandy Huff, travel writer, Safety Harbor, USA
Ed. note: Before depositing
your valuables, it's a good idea to verify exactly how much the
hotel would be responsible for in case of theft. Amounts definitely
3. -- She Shops to Music in Montreal,
Are you a sucker for tradition -- and great shopping besides? Drop
by Ogilvy's department store (1307 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest) promptly
at noon any day of the week. That's when a kilted bagpiper marches
through the venerable store, founded in 1866, playing Scottish tunes
to signal the lunch hour. After the oh-so-refined music, shop till
you drop in this marvelous store, which features designer clothes,
a fabulous bookstore and a dynamite garden shop called Dig This.
Linda Kay, author of Romantic Days and Nights in Montreal, Quebec,
4. -- Floating B&B in Stockholm
Belonged to Heiress
Malardrottningen -- a tiny waterborne hotel converted from the former
yacht of Barbara Hutton (Woolworth heiress and wife of Cary Grant,
etcetera) -- floats in the waters of Stockholm's Lake Malaren, just
a short walk from Old Town and practically in the shadow of City
Hall (Stadhuset, where the Nobel Prize is awarded each year.) The
intriguing B&B -- boat and breakfast, in this case -- offers unique
accommodations. ''This one bobs,'' says Christina Wilkstrom, an
employee of the boatel. ''Guests sleep very well; they like being
rocked to sleep." Hutton received the yacht as a gift on her 18th
birthday. The B&B has a distinctly nautical flavor, 59 quaint and
quirky cabins, a sauna and a restaurant that ranks among Sweden's
top ten. Single rates from $95 per night, splashier suites $220.
Address: Riddarholmen, Stockholm 11128, Sweden. Phone: 011-46-8-24-36-00.
Arlene Bleecker, cruise columnist, New Jersey, USA
5. -- Her Cybercafe in Quito,
"We all know we live in a global village. Just to prove it, a new
cyber-cafe has opened in Quito, Ecuador. Conveniently located in
the new city, an area frequented by visitors, the "Net Cafe" is
open 7 days a week from noon to midnight. It offers high-speed Internet
access and printing facilities for US$5/hour. Address: Reina Victoria
corner Cordero, Tel: 554-005."
Daisy Kunstaetter, editor, South American Travel Advisor, Quito,
6. -- She Spas in Ottawa, Canada's
Travelling solo to Ottawa? The gracious, 11-room Carmichael Inn
and Spa, perched on a quiet corner in the downtown core of Canada's
capital, is ideal for women travelling on business or pleasure.
Here, you'll find comfort, city-centre convenience, safety and a
warm, welcoming staff. The big bonus is the in-house spa. Slip into
a Carmichael Inn robe, walk downstairs and within minutes you can
be indulging in a full-body massage or aromatherapy herbal wrap.
Single rates, $109 to $149 Can. per night, include a hearty continental
breakfast. Book early. The Inn is just one year old but the good
word has spread and they are very busy. Check out their web site
at www.carmichaelinn.com; or call: 613-236-4667.
Anne Dimon, travel technology columnist for the Toronto Star,
7. -- She Eats For Less in USA's
For really inexpensive (read subsidized) meals in Washington DC,
you can eat in the government building cafeterias. One of the better
ones is the Madison Building of the Library of Congress. It's bright
and airy and overlooks the Capitol. There's a fast-food grill, circular
salad bar and hot entrees. The bill should run about $5 per person.
Sandra Phillips, The Gazette, Montreal weekly columnist, Canada
8. -- She Doesn't Leave Home Without
One secret to happy traveling is to travel light. My key to traveling
light is my traveling laundry bag. I use a plastic bag with a drawstring,
drop a bar of laundry soap or a small bag of soap powder inside
(available in just about every country), along with a flat drain
plug. The plug allows me to convert any sink into a laundry sink,
so I can wash undies and shirts in places that don't provide sink
stoppers.I use the bag to hold my dirty laundry, and when I empty
it out, all the supplies I need are together in one place. Depending
on where I'll be traveling, I may take along a portable clothes
Thalia Zepatos, Author of A Journey of One's Own, Portland, USA
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