• Indispensable Travel Words

    French is not the easiest of languages. On our S. France trip, combined with a smile, you may find some of these phrases helpful.

    Although most of  The Women’s Travel Group days are pre-planned you might venture around lovely Nice for some shopping time or to see more of its fascinating streets. Coming solo or with a friend, a little wandering is definitely worth the effort.

    Ahead of time, make a list in your phone of phrases you might need.…

     
  • Excuses Friends Use NOT to Travel

    Excuses Friends Use NOT to Travel

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    Yes we all… eat gelato in Italy and are proud of it.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Excuses Friends Use NOT to Travel

    “Have to think about it”.

    “Cannot decide now”.

    “Want to get a frequent flyer mile ticket”.

    “Might need a procedure?

    “My family doesn’t think I should go”.

    But here is what women are actually thinking:

    “I am afraid to go alone, even in a group”.

    “I am shy and not good around new people.”

    “I used to travel with my husband/best friend/partner and he passed away”.…

     
  • Solo Travel Scares

    Solo Travel Scares

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Ixtapan Spa, part of our Feb. 8 group. Single supplement for a whole week is only $170…

    Who isn’t at least a bit nervous when solo traveling? Even vets like myself from The Women’s Travel Group are more on edge when alone. You have to be watch your valuables, scan streets and be responsible for your movements. Compound this with the fact that women are statistically poor sleepers, worse in hotels than at home.…

     
  • Indecisive friends: URGHHH

    Indecisive friends: URGHHH

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    The photo is of a mansion in India where we stopped for a buffet lunch.

    Words of truth from The Women’s Travel Group.

    Here are the most common excuses friends use for avoiding your invitation to travel:

    Number 1    ‘Let me think about it’.    (time frame is ‘never’)

    Number 2   ‘Let me try to get an ff ticket’.   (that puts worth on you, your friendship is worth 50,000 miles or $550.)

    Number 3  ‘My family doesn’t want me to go’. …

     
  • Snowed in

    Well not exactly, but we thought we would be while listening to the news.If you were a solo traveler yesterday, you would have been nervous and thinking about cancelling your wonderful trip,right?

    What do you do when you are abruptly cancelled from a trip departure? First have a list of all your reservations from the taxi, to pre-tour rooms, aiport lounges through the trip. Then speak with your tour operator and make sure they know you have an issue and ask for their imput.…

     
  • When is a threat real? Or a real headline?

    Rosemarie T., a close friend, shared this fact  yesterday. Rosemarie  just came back from her annual scientific trip to S. Africa and Namibia.  As a curiosity, she measured the distance between Johannesburg and the closest ebola area (a tip of Nigeria where ebola is already eradicated). The distance is the same as that from Jo’burg to Central Canada and or Denver.

    Why repeat her calculation? To show again that perceived threats from news media do not always have ‘meat’.

    The best proof is the revolving door of headlines about danger. …

     
  • Changing Money Overseas

    The Euro is at a low (that is since it was created). But when you as a tourist try to change money it is not 1.15 but 1.40! What are the best ways to change money if you go to France with us end March?

    The more you change the better the rate as a service charge amortizes better. Most of us do not carry enough cash to make a difference this way.

    Change Bureaux in town are generally better than banks or airport venues.…

     
  • Tours: A Pace or Race, judging your travel pace

    Will you feel rushed or will you feel bored on your next trip? How often can you stay behind for a day off? What happens if you cannot do all of the walking? When you join a group tour, you are also agreeing to a pace which might not be of your choosing.

    Here are a few ways to figure out if the trip is too fast or too leisurely for you. First of all ask the operator: we at The Women’s Travel Group want you to know all details up front and we encourage questions.…

     
  • Dont let the tail wag your ff dog

    Women tell us they want to use their ff miles before they decide on a trip. Here are a few ways to use miles without making yourself crazy. Don’t let you ff miles dictate where you go.

    Try using them for upgrades, that is obvious

    Try using them for only part of your trip. If going to Europe, try for a European gateway with a big airport, then buy your internal European ticket separately. You save a bit of $$ that way and at least get the trans-Atlantic part paid by your miles.…

     
  • European Trips: Make the Second Visit Specal

    European Trips: Make the Second Visit Specal

     

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    Many of The Women’s Travel Group members have traveled extensively in Europe. This year we  offer specialized trips, connecting you with new experiences. Our joint trip with one woman’s organization to The South of France based in Nice March 2015 is an example. This trip is based in Nice, and visits artists’ homes, one of the major modern art museums in the world and still includes Monaco, San Remo Italy for shopping at the low euro, and the famous hill top villages of St.…

     
 
 
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