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New Member Welcome Area / Welcome to Paradise SharonAnn
« Last post by admin on October 12, 2013, 12:27:51 PM »
 :welcome2: SharonAnn
Glad you can join us!

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Diving / Re: Sharkwater Part II
« Last post by flopnfly on April 15, 2013, 11:25:24 AM »
Defo going to see this.   :icon_thumright:
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Diving / Sharkwater Part II
« Last post by Pacific State 808 on April 15, 2013, 08:54:12 AM »
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General Travel / Smart solo travel tips
« Last post by flopnfly on April 13, 2013, 07:51:25 AM »
 73EmailSharePrint Smart solo travel tips
By Evelyn Hannon, BrighterLife.ca

http://brighterlife.ca/2012/05/22/smart-solo-travel-tips/

Many women resist travelling solo because they’re afraid of being totally on their own and feeling lonely. It’s natural to think that way but what do you do when you don’t have a partner to travel with? As a veteran of 30 years of solo travel, I offer my best ways to fight loneliness, make new friends along the way, and have a fabulous time exploring the world.

Connect before you go
Seek out connections even before you leave home. Chat with women who’ve traveled before you. Make a note of their tips, advice and contacts. Talk to neighbours who’ve come from the country you are about to visit. They may be able to connect you with an aunt or a grandmother back home. Some of your best adventures can begin that way.

Join and stay in a local’s home
Become a member of an organization that fosters the exchange of homestays. Women Welcome Women, promoting visits between females in over 80 countries, is a perfect example and a practical way of getting to meet the locals.

Book walking tours
A walking tour of a new city offers three wonderful opportunities. The first is that it helps you to orient yourself at the destination. Secondly, it gives you the chance to question your guide about the places you’ll want to explore on your own. And thirdly, the other people who have chosen this walk are just like you. They’re new to the city and looking for company as well. Odds are you’ll make some interesting pals before the walk is over.

Mix sightseeing with learning
Travelling solo is a golden opportunity to pursue interests that you love. Are you a bridge player? There are many cruises designed around bridge tournaments, as well as clubs worldwide that welcome outsiders. Love cooking? An Internet search will lead you to an array of classes abroad. Not only will you learn to prepare new dishes but at the close of the session you and your new classmates can sit down to enjoy interesting conversation, a glass of fine wine and that excellent ethnic meal you all cooked together.

Introduce yourself without speaking
Eating in a café? Keep an English book or newspaper on your table. Inevitably someone will recognize either the book title or the newspaper and will strike up a conversation. Likewise, you can be the first to comment if you notice someone reading a book that you’ve already enjoyed.

Seek out professional organizations
Are you a teacher, lawyer or doctor that belongs to a professional organization at home? Through them you can connect with professional women’s groups around the world. If you’re in town on the right date, try attending one of their monthly meetings or excursions.

Look for communal restaurant seating
Look for restaurants that offer communal seating at large dining room tables. You can try this at the warm and welcoming Pain Quotidian, bar and café all rolled into one, as well as Wagamama, a chain that serves tasty noodle dishes worldwide. The fun part of these restaurants is you never know who will sit down beside you and what the conversation will yield.

Put some of these ideas to use and it’s guaranteed that when you look back on your holiday, it won’t be the loneliness that you remember most. Probably it will be the bridge tournament you won in Brussels or the teacher who shared your table at a café in Paris or the look-alike sisters you met walking in Morocco who invited you home for tea. That is the wonderful pleasure of solo travel.

Evelyn Hannon is editor of Journeywoman.com, the largest online travel resource for women.


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Travel Links / Slow money: A richer way to travel in retirement
« Last post by flopnfly on April 13, 2013, 07:47:46 AM »

http://brighterlife.ca/2011/06/21/slow-money-a-richer-way-to-travel-in-retirement/?wt.mc_id=en-ca:digital_adv:paid:Outbrain:BrighterLife:SEP:RETIREMENT:Slow-money-A-richer-way-to-travel-in-ret

Slow money: A richer way to travel in retirement
By Dave Dineen, BrighterLife.ca
June 21, 2011 Topics:Dave's retirement journey, Money, Retirement, Savour summer Comments (33)
We’ve found a way to slow down how quickly we spend money while traveling.




I call it “slow money” and it’s based on the “slow food” and “slow travel” movements. Slow travel is about avoiding hotels, staying longer and having a richer experience.

Slow money is a great way to:

•Stretch your travel dollars for accommodation, dining, food and entertainment.
•Stay for longer periods of time.
•Get to better know the people and places you visit.
 
1. Rented a hotel room for several nights in London, England
For retirees, as well as working folks, this type of travel is really popular. We ate mainly at restaurants and British pubs. But you’re paying somebody to do nearly everything:  feed you, house you, entertain you, etc. It’s a fairly easy way to travel, but it’s not easy on the budget.

2. Went on a bus tour of central Europe
We were completely in the hands of a tour guide. He chose what we saw, what we heard, where we stayed and what we ate. We saw lots of great sites in Munich, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg – but mainly from the window of a bus.  It almost felt like a slide show, rather than a personal experience. We got scripted soundbites about the history and geography of the places we were driving past but we didn’t get to know any locals. Everyone we talked to was paid to serve us. And the tour cost a lot of money, for not a lot of days.

3. Stayed on a tiny Italian island
This is the “slow money” and “slow travel” part. As I write this, we’ve been saving money and savouring one place by staying on a tiny Italian island for six weeks and we’ll be here for another eight weeks.

How to travel the “slow money” way:

•Take a longer trip. By staying at least two weeks, you avoid what I call a “hotel sandwich” — a hotel stay sandwiched between two flights.
•Experience daily life. In Italy, we’re rubbing elbows with locals at cafés, bakeries and fruit and veggie markets. We water our landlady’s flowers when she’s away and she gives us fresh oranges and lemons from her garden in return. She also brings delicious homemade pastries when she drops by for coffee! We walk almost everywhere. People phone us when a local festival is coming up. They tell us what nights the local churches do community barbecues.  They’ve even taught us how to make organic limoncello (a lemon liqueur) for a quarter of the store price.
•Get accommodation from a person, not a corporation. Our three-room flat is at the rear of a beautiful, big, centrally located house. We have our own kitchen, laundry facilities and a private terrace. We’ve made it homey by planting pots of flowers and herbs. Our rent is around a quarter of the cost of a hotel — plus we can cook at home, saving even more. Our landlady has guided us on the best times to go to the beach, as well as where to buy cheap beach chairs and an umbrella to save the cost of having to rent them.
•Eat fresher, cheaper local food. With our own kitchen, we eat-in more than we eat out and still are not able to keep up with all the great food tips and local produce we’ve been receiving. We have all the oranges and lemons we can pick, just 30 feet from our door. Neighbours insist that we take fresh veggies from their gardens. At the food markets, the local food is cheap and fresh. We buy fresh fish. We have a favourite bakery, a favourite café. And we can buy the local white wine for 1 Euro ($1.39 Canadian at time of writing)/litre. When we do eat out, we find we don’t have to go to fancy restaurants to get amazing food.
•Get to know the locals. People are proud of where they live. And they want you to also fall in love with the place. Our landlady took half a day to walk us through the back alleys and along the shoreline of the area where she grew up. A local ferry captain let us ride for free on the bridge of his ship for a trip to Sophia Loren’s hometown. We’ve cheered at a local school’s track and field day.
•Avoid costly roaming charges. We purchase cheap local pay-as-you-go mobile phone plans to stay in touch with locals, make restaurant reservations, etc. An Italian friend even gave us his old cell phone and activated it for us.
Based on our experience, I’d say that “slow travel” can definitely result in “slow money” spending and can be a great way for retirees to travel.



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New Member Welcome Area / Welcome to Paradise Garin
« Last post by admin on April 06, 2013, 08:49:32 AM »
 :welcome2: Garin
Glad you can join us!

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Diving / Re: Go Ask Erin
« Last post by JohnnyCastaway on March 06, 2013, 08:20:45 PM »
wow, cool site.
first article I hit, how to remove backscatter..  I'm liking it! :headbang:

Definitely on my resource list.

Thanx for sharing
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Diving / Re: Go Ask Erin
« Last post by Gambitt on March 06, 2013, 07:30:23 AM »
Wow.  Great site.  Thanks Warren.  :thumbsup:  Bookmarked for future use!.
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Diving / Go Ask Erin
« Last post by Pacific State 808 on March 06, 2013, 04:14:43 AM »
Here is a link to some really good tutorials and tips for editing underwater images. You can pick up some really useful ideas if using LR or Photoshop.

www.goaskerin.com
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Diving / Stuff of dreams....
« Last post by Pacific State 808 on February 19, 2013, 08:40:38 AM »
Check out Eric Higueras' short film of Baja.....absolutely amazing filiming !

http://www.wetpixel.com/articles/baja-by-eric-higuera
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