• Best Global Shopping

    India is the irresistible bargain basement: a $1 pen with rhinestones? $4 embroidered umbrella? 50c hand made paper? Cotton clothes for as little as $3? Herbal soaps and creams? Gems and pearls?   

    Morocco is a close second with fringed tribal rugs, silver, ceramics, leather and metal lamps. Bargaining is critical but if you love it buy it. If you purchase a carpet, get the vendor to pack it so you can put it on the plane. if leather goods, smell them for proper tanning. …

     
  • Tips for the Scaredy Cat Eating Solo on the Road

    Here are simple tips from The Women’s Travel Group. Practice these to get out of your scaredy-cat zones. (PS, on our trips we have group dining)

    They are ranked by EASY and HARD tips

    1-EASY Choose a communal table or bar in a casual restaurant.

    2-EASY Opt for the 3 course set meal, that way you will stay for the whole experience. Hopefully, there is an indulgent dessert involved.

    3-EASY Smartphones make solo dining easier… if you need a diversion toy.…

     
  • Chocolate Around the World

    Chocolate Around the World

    Chocolate you must try, buy and keep a supply, tips from The Women’s Travel Group.

    Chocolate ginger pieces or cookies: a common combo in Great Britain including Scotland. Ginger was imported from India to ancient Rome, then to Britain and ultimately became a colonial favorite. Chocolate ginger cookies can be supermarket level or gourmet from an upmarket store like Fortnum and Mason. 

    Chocolate with chili: The first time I ate a chocolate/chili bar was in Mexico City Airport. Chocolate with chili is made in Mexico by artisanal candy makers. …

     
  • The Good and Bad of Italian Street Food

    The Good and Bad of Italian Street Food

    Sicily Malta Trip
    Yes real WTGroup gelato hands

    Pizza, arancini, pastries, gelato, and its slushy cousin granita..… this is Sicilian street food you will find on our Sicily Malta Trip.

    In Sicily (March 2019 trip), pizza has a thicker crust, focaccia-like. In some areas, pizza has a top crust also-who doesn’t love double carbs? The good news is if you cannot eat cheese, Sicilians also make pizza without it. The bad news is in some areas it is fried and you will absolutely have to try it!…

     
  • Senior Women:the Outcasts of Travel Media

    Senior Women:the Outcasts of Travel Media

    Face it Ladies, we are outcasts.

    If you read travel press, you learn about soft cashmere travel blankets, fiddly electronic travel apps, and experiences to ‘find yourself’. There are daring itineraries for daredevil women, who wear Italian travel pants, and shoes our foot doctors would never recommend.

    Why does the media ignore the real senior woman traveler

    Here are frank thoughts from The Women’s Travel Group:

    1. Many writers are young or think they are young.
     
  • Winter Sun Without Sunburn

    Winter Sun Without Getting Burned

    Many of us avoid beach holidays but by March, we yearn for sun and warmth. March is the horrible month for women in the North and Mid Atlantic; so we always arrange a few March warm getaways.  In Spring, Sicily and Malta will be ruined by cruise crowds. In Summer, both will be intolerably hot. Go in March with The Women’s Travel Group.

    Here is why you should take our Sicily and Malta Trip: it is linked here.…

     
  • How To Travel and Not be a Wreck

    How To Travel and Not be a Wreck

    How to Travel, Sicily trip
    One of our Sicily Groups overlooking Mt. Etna

    Rest up two weeks before your trip. Do not leave a wreck.

    Pack only essentials. Leave home any item you love. Not worrying about losing or leaving possessions is a relief.

    Get to the airport extra early; find a quiet seat even if not at your gate. Regroup with a book or game.

    On the plane, do some stretching. What better an airline than Qantas to recommend: https://www.qantas.com/us/en/travel-info/travel-advice/your-health-inflight.html

    At the hotel, again do simple stretches and walk around the hotel area to wake yourself up.…

     
  • History is the cook in Sicily

    History is the cook in Sicily

    There is no better food on earth…than you will eat on our Sicily trip March 19-29 2020

    eat on our Sicily trip

    There is no better food on earth…than you will eat on our Sicily trip March 19-29 2020

    The March climate is warmed by mild Mediterranean breezes. Over the centuries Sicilian food was influenced by the Greeks, Spanish, French, Arabs and New World.  In fact, the first cookbook with a known named author was written by a Sicilian cook in 5th century BC.

    Here is what history cooks for our trip to Sicily and Malta

    The Arabs donate apricots, spices, sugar, citrus, saffron and tropical fruits.…

     
  • The Best Places to Lose Your Luggage

    The Best Places to Lose Your Luggage from The Women’s Travel Group.

    Clothes? Definitely India where cotton is king and where most women’s clothes are full and blousy.  Fabindia will make you wish your stuff will never arrive. https://www.fabindia.com/ The stores are nationwide in India and staff usually speaks English. The only help you might need is choosing from the colors and wools, silks and of course: jewelry. In fact, almost everything you see in Indian markets and shops will tempt you and will be affordable.…

     
  • Be aware of older women you meet while traveling

    In fact be aware of anyone you meet while traveling.

    I just attended a women’s networking lunch and heard this story. A woman at the lunch recently traveled to Manila alone. She met up with 3 friendly older women, who invited her to join them to a street market. All sounds like fun, huh? Well at lunch they drugged her food, stole her ATM card with pin. Fortunately they took her back to her hotel where she was out for 14 hours.…

     
 
 
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