Traveling alone? Solo survivor Evelyn Hannon shows you how
Rebounding from a divorce 18 years ago, Evelyn Hannon yearned to see Europe—but quaked at the thought of traveling alone. Fighting her nerves, she took wing. "Either I was going to dissolve into a little puddle, or I was going to get out there. And puddles," she says, 'are not my style."
She became an avid globe-trotter—no thanks, she says, to guidebooks. For solo women, "there was nothing to tell you how to take care of your health," she says, "nothing on safety, on how to dress, on eating alone." In 1994, Hannon started a newsletter to fill the gap, and in 1998 e took it online to Journeywoman.com, where the 60-year-old Toronto resident compiles info contributed by well-traveled readers. Along with a country-by-country What Should I Wear? database, there are guides to local hazards (don't make eye contact with men in India if you don't want to appear approachable) and safety tips (when a stranger asks about your job, say you're a policewoman). The only hitch? Says Hannon: "I have to stay home more now."
Click and Get It
The tour bus that shuttled Keith, Danny and the clan in ABC's 1999 Come On, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story is up for bidding through May 24 at bidahollywood.com. Other wheels for grabs on the site: a bus that starred in Speed and Kevin Spacey's midlife-crisis-mobile (a red 1970 Pontiac Firebird) from American Beauty.
I won't be checking my e-mail when I go on vacation. Should I do something to tell people who write me?
Some e-mail programs let you send automatic "gone fishin' " messages to anyone who writes while you're away. But broadcasting your absence isn't especially prudent—and some correspondents might find the robotic responses annoying. A better plan: Warn frequent e-mail pals before you leave (go ahead, make 'em jealous); others can hold their horses till you're back.
Living on a Jet Plane (or a Ford)
On the move this summer? First, get on the Net. Some sites are as handy to travelers as a Swiss Army knife. Need a heads-up on flight delays? FlightArrivals.com constantly updates arrival and departure times at U.S. airports. Find out how many lire or drachmas two bits gets you at the "Full" Universal Currency Converter (www.xe.net/ucc/full.shtmi). MapBlast.com offers driving directions between any two addresses in the U.S. (with guide-posts to ATMs and burger joints along the route). Prep for that rain-forest hike by figuring out what vaccinations you'll need at www.cdc.gov/travel—and see which countries made Uncle Sam's list for warnings about nonmicroscopic threats (bandits, terrorists), plus the lowdown on snagging a passport, at travel.state.gov.
Give Pisa a Chance
Picking a place to relax can be a lot of work, but on the Web, destination shopping is as easy as buying a Shania Twain CD. Good first stops for trip planners: Fodors.com and Frommers.com, from the venerable guidebook outfits-or, if you have the spirit (or budget) of a backpacker, www.lonelyplanet.com its message board is the place to lasso a trekking companion or a latte in Laos). Enter the name of a target city at kasbah.com to get linked to scores of sites for visitors, from tourist bureaus to bike-path maps. If you're taking Fido, www.petswelcome.com lists animal-friendly hotels and beaches. And Travelite.org and tips4trips.com, crammed with advice about packing, will keep you from arriving wrinkled in paradise.
Climb Every Mountain
The Web's best base camp for adventure seekers-the kind of folks who get their vacation ideas from the trailer for Mission: Impossible 2—is Gorp.com (short for the Great Outdoor Recreation Pages). You can find hiking and biking trails throughout the U.S. and get advice on everything from choosing a canoe to persuading your teenager to stop saying "whatever" and get psyched about camping. For the exotic-minded, specialtytravel.com describes trips in out-there categories like iceberg-viewing cruises and camel safaris. And when it's time to wash off some of that trail dust, Spafinder.com has getaways to suit your every mood-from Xena to the Queen of Sheba.
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