• We survived historic health problems on airplanes!

    We survived historic health problems on airplanes!

    Haven’t we survived historic health problems on airplanes? Yes of course. And we tolerated these health problems on airplanes as the ‘norm’. Moreover remember smoking on airplanes and in the airport? We flew anyway and sat next to smokers in the departure lounge. Smoking was the ‘norm’. Therefore, there will be new ‘norms’ now. We argue that none of them is worse that what we had before.

    CDC Masks and new travel health problems
    (Image source: CDC Public Health Image Library)

    Here are some of the proposed changes that might effect you when you next travel.…

     
  • Travel Worries and Travel Addictions

    Travel Worries and Travel Addictions

    We have time right now for insights into The Women’s Travel Group travel psyche. Do we have travel worries? Or travel addictions?

    Do we really miss travel?

    Do we really need travel?

    Why do we miss travel despite what we don’t miss about travel?

    Five things we really miss

    We miss the anticipation of a trip:  thinking about our first sighting of the domes of Florence (VisitFlorence.com Source), from the air or the crooked cobbled streets of a Moroccan souk.

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  • Shocking Reasons Women Travel

    Shocking Reasons Women Travel

    Shocking reasons women travel. To get away from routine or boredom. Many women travel to reaffirm independence.  Many women travel to learn.  Even more travel to avoid loneliness.

    Who doesn’t like to get away from routine and miserable weather? Going South in winter is a welcome break.  However, that women travel break can also include going to a beach alone with no one to hold your wallet.  It can include trying to enjoy dinner amongst talkative families. My first trip to Ixtapan Spa in Mexico was alone (admittedly at the invitation of the owner.)…

     
  • Widows: Your Wanderlust and Wishes

    Widows: Your Wanderlust and Wishes

     

    Please share with friends who are widows who wish to travel. Vacations for widows?

    Being quarantined has made loneliness worse. This blog post was originally sent out only about taking a first trip alone. It is revised to reflect what we are going through during the pandemic: March-May 2020. Vacations for widows are even more intimidating now.

    Let me start by saying these  thoughts come from talking to you out there and from my friends.

    Planning a trip as a solo is a different exercise.…

     
  • Passover and Travel

    Passover and Travel

    Passover travel - Albania with The Women's Travel Group Tours and Jewish sites
    Picnic Lunch Albania

    A note about Jewish Travel. Visiting religious sites when you travel makes a difference in understanding history. Today is Passover, and The NY Times tells us that a Passover Service was held 5th century BC on Elephantine Island in the Nile, Egypt.

    The Women’s Travel Group is multi-ethnic; however when we find a unique historical site of any religion we share it and try to add it to our trips. For those going to Greece with us end September, we contacted the Jewish Community for a Yom Kippur service.…

     
  • Stuff from Women’s Travel Group Trips: video.

    Video creation is new to most of us. In this post, Phyllis Stoller shares some treasures she brought back from The Women’s Travel Group trips. We are used to our phone cameras; but not to our video production. While at home and isolated, why not learn the art of video making. I am going to walk around my living room as a trial and talk about a few of the souvenirs brought home.

    Each one has a memory I wish I had filmed.…

     
  • Never Lose these 5 Critical Travel Items

    Never Lose these 5 Critical Travel Items

    Warning from The Women’s Travel Group.

    Your medical prescriptions in generic form. Only generic can be read overseas.

    Your ticket number, the long string of numbers somewhere on your reservation. To change flights,be moved to another airline or retrieve ff points, you must have this number.

    Your 24/7 contact text or phone number for your tour operator. They will deal with your issue number faster than by email. 

    iphone charger

    A phone charger, recharging on the plane; some plane outlets need the larger charger.…

     
  • Horror: The Airplane Bathrooms

    Horror: The Airplane Bathrooms

    No one likes to talk about horror of airplane bathrooms. Today that is one of the most talked about horrors. The airplane bathrooms are small and according to Bloomberg, they are getting smaller.  They feel airless. They are dirty after a long flight.  Soap, toilet paper and even water can be gone.  Some are so small that disabled women or larger women cannot use them. On some American flights, says Bloomberg, the bathroom is only 22.1 inches across at the passenger’s chest level when seated. .…

     
  • 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. …

     
  • 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. …

     
 
 
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