Travel Tips for Women: 10 Ideas from Baby Boomer Liz Dahl
This is great travel advice for everyone, but these tips are especially important if you’re a baby boomer woman traveling solo. Listen to Liz.
by Liz Dahl
Isn't it fun to be a baby boomer, and a female one at that?
I feel so sorry for all the young women who feel they have to look 25 for the rest of their lives and stretch their skin on all parts of their bodies. The great thing about baby boomers is that we have never been pigeonholed by anyone or anything. We have always traveled to the beat of our own drummers. And hey, if your beat is to look 25, go for it, but the bottom line is, we all “do our thing.” After all, isn't that what makes the world go round?
This generation gave me the freedom to be who I want to be and do what I want to do and guess what – I did exactly that. I love to travel and I wanted to find a way to combine my passion with a livelihood, so I recently launched the Boomer Travel Patrol. It's all about and by boomers so we can have a dialogue with each other on different phases of travel. I'd like to share a bit of that with all of you.
Hotels are now being more receptive to women traveling alone and if you have a great friend to accompany you, all the better. I do want to provide you with a few tips to make the journey easier and more pleasant:
- 1. Never put out the “Clean My Room” sign at a hotel. It alerts people that the room is empty and someone other than housekeeping may “clean” it.
- 2. Never assume that all the “extras” in your room, such as bottled water, are free. Call the front desk and ask before you have sticker shock when you check out.
- 3. Check your surroundings when coming to your room late at night. If you feel uncomfortable, notify the front desk and ask for an escort to your room.
- 4. Let the front desk know when you are going out for a walk or jog and when you expect to be back.
- 5. Pack with a 2-3 color scheme so you can mix and match your entire wardrobe.
- 6. Get a reversible raincoat. I bought a reversible raincoat in Paris – love it! It's like having 2 different coats and you can use it as a blanket on the plane.
- 7. Take a small bottle of Evian to spray on your face, especially on long flights. It will keep your skin hydrated.
- 8. Take a book, Kindle, anything to read in case your seat mate is a bore.
- 9. Bring a pen and write postcards – no one does that anymore – they send emails, texts and post everything on Facebook. I uncovered postcards I sent to my parents from my travels that they kept and I got to relive some special moments.
- 10. Use common sense and for pete sake, don't hook up with a foreign guy and send him money when you get home!
Check out Liz Dahl's travel site at BoomerTravelPatrol.com. Liz is a PR specialist and has owned her own travel agency.
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