TIPS FOR FEMALE TRAVELERS
A tour company is offering a free copy of a new booklet called "101 Tips for Women Travelers."
Overseas Adventure Travel vice chair Harriet Lewis says the booklet draws on advice offered by hundreds of guides, employees and women who've traveled with the company. There are sections on packing, health and hygiene, safety, going solo, communications, digital photography and more, including foreign phrases and an international time zone chart.
A few of the tips:
--Use dental floss to hang laundry or string broken jewelry; wrap duct tape around a pencil so you'll have the tape handy for emergency repairs of anything from a suitcase to a shoe.
--Bring cash, a debit card and a credit card, but stash them in different places, some in a money belt, some in a wallet.
--When water is suspect, keep yourself from ingesting while showering by putting mouthwash in your mouth.
--Carry a whistle to blow in case you need help.
--Bring a large scarf. The booklet lists 25 uses for scarves under the heading, "Bandanarama," including cold compress, sleep blindfold, pillow cover and accessory.
To order a free copy of the booklet, visit http://www.oattravel.com/101-tips .
THE POPE, THE IMPRESSIONISTS, THE DEMOCRATS
Philadelphia's planning for some headline-grabbing visitors: the pope, the Democrats, and the Impressionists.
The last one's not a time-travel trick. It's an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art opening June 24 called "Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting." Duran-Ruel was a Parisian art dealer who championed Impressionism in its early stages, and the show will include more than 80 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas, Manet and others.
Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the City of Brotherly Love in September for the World Meeting of Families conference. He's expected to do two massive public events on the Ben Franklin Parkway, one for the festival of families on Sept. 26 and a Mass Sept. 27.
Other events unfolding in Philly this spring and summer include the launch of a Bike Share program, which will offer 600 bikes for rent at 60 stations; the opening of an observation deck at One Liberty Place, and exhibitions and programs at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia celebrating the 150th anniversary of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" beginning Oct. 14.
Looking ahead to July 2016, Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention.
For more details on what's happening in Philadelphia, visit http://www.uwishunu.com/2014/12/roundup-top-15-things-to-look-forward-to-in-philadelphia-in-2015/ .
NEW LONELY PLANET SERIES
The travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet is launching a new series May 1 called "Make My Day."
The first six books in the series will feature Barcelona, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo. Pages in the book are sliced into thirds that you can flip to mix and match activities for morning, afternoon and evening to create the perfect day. Each guide is $10, includes a pullout map and a code that can be scanned so the content can be downloaded. Each attraction is listed with a recommendation for nearby dining.
Lonely Planet is also launching a separate "Make My Day" app that can be purchased separately for $3.99 for each city or $7.99 for all six. App users are invited to post their perfect morning, afternoon and evening combination for one of the six cities on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #makemydaylp.