Travel Tips and Trips Blog
Who are these women who go to a spa-fitness-yoga resort with us? I used to think a spa was for spoiled brats or body beautiful spandex groupies. Nope, not true. Phyllis@thewomenstravelgroup.com learned it was for everyone.
You do not have to be fit; classes at Ixtapan are for all levels. Pool classes cater to fit women and those starting to move again. Gym classes are challenging or minimal,as much one can manage. Can’t do 50 minutes, do 15. Haven’t stretched in years?…
The Trump Administration is considering 11% cuts in the TSA Budget. If that means faster yet more intrusive searches, women need to rethink what we wear and what we carry. Especially if you are traveling alone on one of our trips, you don’t want to be delayed while your carry on sits away from sight.
Here are items that should be left home, substituted or packed in your suitcase. Here are some tips from The Women’s Travel Group:
The big one: underwired bras.…
The Women‘s Travel Group keeps up with on-the-ground situations. We have temporarily suspended our 2nd Iran trip; visas for Americans are on hold. We are going to Russia in July and expect the welcome to be as warm as ever. What veteran travelers know about the brand of ‘being American’, is everyone likes us.
In Cold War years, Americans going to Russia were stared at with envy. We were like movie stars, sporting the latest in jeans and sweatshirts.…
Airlines are beginning to offer new crazy cheap seats: example, American Airlines and British Airways yesterday: round trip New York to London: $485. The big guys are scared of the discounters and are taking action.
So what are we getting for that half priced fare?
The same routes and same schedules, most of the flights for mid March were empty-ish.
You will get your ff miles.
Seats with extra leg room might cost you even if you have status on the airline.…
So what is this funny named place The Women’s Travel Groupgoes to? Ixtapan Spa is a famous budget fitness/spa/yoga resort in colonial Mexico ( pick up inMexico City’s modern airport).
What do you do at a spa/fitness resort?
Do it all or do none! 7AM brisk walk in cool mountain air. 8AM healthy buffet breakfast or join a yoga class in the zen gazebo. 10AM, a full 50 minutes of aerobics in the heated pool.11AM pilates for all levels, noon: salsa in the pool.…
In the back of many women’s minds are questions we are afraid to ask a guide. Often we worried women stay home for fear of ‘ embarrassing situations’. So what are our major embarrassing hang ups?
Bathroom needs: Many women have urgent bathroom needs. Some of this is medical; some because we are worried about not having a bathroom at hand. I know personally, that as soon as I go to the theater in New York, I begin to think about the bathroom line and if there is time to get to the front!…
Every day when I wake up, the paper and tv tell me to hide in the deepest closet. There I might be safe, if I don’t eat sugar, fat, processed foods, or salt. So are we safe if we travel today? Who are all these pundits and are they for real?
There are the safety consultants, usually for profit companies, who want you to hire them for consultations or training in judo.
There are battalions of former– not all so young –military personnel now on the payroll of tv news programs. …
Many women who travel with us are obsessed by buying gifts for others, even though we earned the money and earned the gift. Here are some of the best bargains we saw last year. We do not stress shopping in our trips;but there is always some time to forage. Ask us for our Bargaining Tips. www.thewomenstravelgroup.com. We did not include India as shopping in India would take 50 pages more. Our next India trip includes Diwali Festival!
Mexico: Frida Kahlo designed sneakers and $4 bags, bought at the entrance to the Pyramids where there are endless stalls selling super cheap merchandise you will love.…
Women overpack, that is a fact. Please share this with friends who overpack or are nervous about what to bring. The Women’s Travel Group, small group tours for women is generous in how much you can bring for our porterage inclusion; however, here are the 6 dumbest items you might pack.
- Jewelry of any kind. Packing even fake jewelry is an invitation for theft. Packing jewelry that has large stars on it is an invitation for the TSA to confiscate it as a possible weapon.
Named the TOP DESTINATION FOR 2016, Mexico City is a total surprise for most women who go with The Women’s Travel Group. Here is our trip.
Safe to wander downtown and easy to walk to the main plaza and stores.
Food is fantastic and if you avoid the obvious: unwashed veg and fruit, you will swoon. Mexico City is a gourmet paradise and our trips offer a la carte dining there. Do not miss the bakeries.
Don’t bring much money; everything is cheap and our trip includes most of your costs.…