Is it Time for an Adventure?

Apr 12, 2012, 10:03 a.m.

Lewis believes that taking the time to ask these key questions will ultimately give you a much more fulfilling experience.

“Travel is the best way I know to enhance your life,” she says. “I really believe what Mary Anne Radmacher said about travel is true for women: ‘I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.’”

Dream Destinations

The style of travel you choose is just as important as your destination.

River and small ship cruises top many travelers’ wish lists. They allow you to unpack once and enjoy a leisurely pace, while your small ship can access ports that larger ships cannot, opening up small cities, towns, and villages for you to explore. Most popular for 2012 are river cruises in Europe and Russia, and small ship Mediterranean cruises.

Meeting local people and experiencing local cultures are very important to travelers, especially women. Connecting with people in their homes, schools and communities is much easier to do when traveling in small groups, which is why small group adventures are another extremely popular way for women to travel today. Top destinations include Burma, Botswana, India, Turkey, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru and Costa Rica.

To learn more and start planning, please visit www.gct.com and www.oattravel.com.

Tips for the Savvy Female Traveler

Lewis has compiled a host of travel tips gleaned from her lifetime of travel and from the many women who have taken trips with Grand Circle over the years. “Women with a passion for travel are resourceful — I’m always amazed by their expertise and ingenuity.”

To share this wealth of knowledge, she put together the book 101 Tips for Women Travelers, which is full of practical advice on making the most of your journey. Here are five key tips:

-Prepare two essential lists — for packing and for medical emergencies. Make an itemized list of everything in your checked luggage. Carry it in your purse. If your luggage gets lost, you can quickly reconstruct the information for the airline and insurance company. The other list should cite all your medications, what they’re for, the name and phone number of your doctor, and prescription numbers.

-Minimize what you pack. A good rule of thumb is to pack one outfit for every three days of travel. If you’re not planning on wearing something at least three times, leave it out.

-Stay healthy with sleep and hydration. You can bring an inflatable or down pillow to give you added comfort for sleeping. If tap water is unsafe, try a portable water filter or a collapsible water bottle that can be refilled from a clean source.

-Bring gear that serves more than one function. Dental floss can be used to repair jewelry or hang laundry. Duct tape holds suitcases together, repairs eyeglasses or cameras, and can serve as a bandage in an emergency. Wrap duct tape around a pencil to a one quarter inch diameter, so you don’t have to bring a whole roll.

-Carry a purse, not a satchel. Some museums have size restrictions on purses allowed, so make sure yours is no larger than 8 x 11 inches.

To get your free copy of 101 Tips for Women Travelers, call 1-800-248-3737, or visit www.gct.com/tips.

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