She Learns a Few French Words
When I moved to Quebec from the United States with little knowledge
of the French language, my French-Canadian sister-in-law provided
me with a phrase that has helped soften many hearts. "Je suis desole
(accent over both e's). Je ne parle pas bien en Francais." This translates
as "I'm sorry. I don't speak French well." When you utter it, the
natives bend over backwards to help you out.
Linda Kay, author of Romantic Days and Nights in Montreal, Quebec.
She Takes A Spare Car Key!
I always like to bring a spare car key with me when I'm traveling
by car. On long trips, I place the extra key (which I keep on a slim,
small key ring) in a pocket of an outfit I'm wearing. If by chance
I lock the keys in the car or something happens to my keys (lost or
stolen), I can still get into my car and drive away. This trick has
saved me and might help other journey women from being stranded.
Sharon Shipley, St. Petersburgh, USA
Diamonds are a girl's best friend...
... especially when they're free! Going to Arkansas? Don't miss the
Crater of Diamonds State Park where you can prospect for diamonds
and other gemstones - and keep any you find! Situated at Murfreeboro
volcanic crater, this is the only place in the US where visitors can
play "finders keepers." Plus, the staff will provide free identification
and certification of any gemstones you discover. So far, visitors
have found more than 20,000 diamonds and numerous other gems. Call
the park at 501-285-3113.
Susan M. Boyce, editor Travel Impulse, Delta, Canada
Don't Be Afraid to Ask!
"Shall we make it two"? are magic words for the female traveller.
For faster seating at lunch (and to make the most of networking opportunities),
remember (and use) them the next time you attend a convention.
Marya Charles Alexander, Solo Dining Savvy Newsletter, CA, USA
Ed. note: Maya can be reached at (213) 257-0026
or (800) 299-1079
My Husband Will Be Here Soon!
Here's a tip I heard from Allison Tilley several years back after
she published a book about travelling solo. It's a basic and sensible
idea but one I had never thought of, for some reason: She said that
though unmarried, she always travels wearing a wedding ring, and particularly
in countries where western women are viewed as fair game, she tells
all and sundry that her husband is on business in some other city
or country but will be joining her a few days hence.
Felicity Munn, Montreal, Canada
A NY. Nutritionist's Best Bets
My favorite New York health food store is Healthy Pleasures at 93
University Place. They carry a little bit of everything from books
to food to homeopathic remedies. I especially like their vegetarian
salad bar. Yum! Telephone: (212) 353-3663. And, my favorite vegetarian
restaurant is Souen, a macrobiotic restaurant at 28 E.13 St. (I think
for a time I was addicted to their Hummus sandwiches on multi grain
bread with sprouts and greens.) Telephone: (212) 627-7150.
Jackie Storm, New York City, USA
Attention Canadian Women Travellers
Stretching the travel budget is a necessity for some, a game for others.
One of my favourite money-savers is Canada Direct. The Canada Direct
card, free from phone companies, lets you call home at Canadian long
distance rates, side-stepping the astronomical foreign phone costs.
Take note: Some hotels won't permit Canada Direct calls - in that
case simply find a public phone and do your Canada Direct calling
Isobel Warren, author of On the go at 50 plus, Canada
Ed. note: Call 1-800-561-8868 for more info
on this card
Sharing With Her New Roomate
When you share quarters with a roommate you don't know, it is a good
idea to meet before the trip, even over the phone. Then you can discuss
who will bring what, such as a hairdryer, etc. Also, when you share
quarters with a new roommate it can be helpful to decide right away
who will have which bed or which side of the sink or closet.
Marybeth Bond, author of Travelers Tales: Gutsy Mamas, CA, USA
Ed. note: Want to know more about Gutsy Mamas?
Mother and Daughter in London
My 11 year old daughter and I stopped in London, England on a recent
European trip. We didn't have a lot of time to spend in the city but
we wanted to take in as much as we could at minimal expense and not
get lost! Thanks to the advise from the concierge at the Forum Hotel
on Cromwell Road, we discovered the London Pride Bus tours. These
are narrated double decker tours of the city that allow you to get
on and off at attractions at will. The tickets are approximately 12
pounds for adults and are valid for 24 hours from time of purchase.
The bus drivers also sell tickets to the main attractions so you avoid
the long line ups, ie. my daughter wanted to go to the London Dungeon,
the line up for tickets was about an 1-1/2 hour wait, we purchased
our tickets from the bus driver and walked right in! All in all, we
think London Pride is a great way to see the sights.
Danielle Bunting and daughter, Coquitlam,Canada
Her Guide to European Train Travel
If you're visiting many different places, save money by buying train
and/or bus passes. Find out about the different types available, what
they cover and whether you need to buy them at home or in the country
where you'll be. Also check to see what separate fares are to compare.
A good source of information for European trips is the European Planning
& Rail Guide, just $3 from Budget Europe Travel Service, 2557 Meade
Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-1304.
Ruth Halcomb, Network for Living Abroad, Sherman Oaks, USA
Ed. note: Want to network with Ruth? Try her
at (818) 789-2804
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