Wanderlust and Lipstick Newsletter – May 2009
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I’ve just returned from 12 spectacular days in Bhutan with 14 great women from around the U.S. and from all walks of life. We had an amazing time breathing in the fresh air of the Himalayas and trekking through this beautiful Kingdom where the lifestyle is based on Gross National Happiness. The return to Seattle is always bittersweet but I have some wonderful memories (and photos) to reflect upon.
Now it’s back to reality…
In case you missed your opportunity last month, I still have a few copies of Wanderlust And Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo available for only $10. I’m clearing out my inventory to make room for Traveling with Kids and the 2nd edition of the Solo book. My supply is LIMITED so order now.
This is the time to pick up a copy for yourself or for that WanderGal wanna-be on the edge of travel but not quite there yet.
Wanderlust and Lipstick Tours
Gals (and guys): Don’t miss a Wanderlust & Lipstick tour this fall!
BHUTAN – PHOTOGRAPHY
Join award winning photographer, Brenda Tharp, as she leads a 12-day, co-ed photography tour to Bhutan beginning September 23rd.Don’t wait – this trip is filling fast!
The Himalayas are your backdrop as you capture images of the harvest season (wheat and chili peppers) and cultural festivals. Included are light treks and visits to monasteries, all while you have the opportunity to learn from a professional photographer and experienced tour guide. See the full itinerary.
Ever want to experience India in all its frantic glory? Come with me on the women-only trip in October. We’ll visit some of the country’s most iconic locations including the Taj Mahal and the ghats of Varanasi as well as festivals such as Diwali and the Pushkar Camel Fair. This trip is a well-rounded mix of culture and sightseeing – sleep in the desert, shop for fabric and volunteer at a home for widows. See the full itinerary.
Watch this video on Varanasi to spark your India Wanderlust.
BHUTAN – BUDDHISM
This co-ed Buddhism-focused trip to Bhutan and Dharamsala, India is in the fall of ’09 (immediately following the women-only India trip). Take part in a meditation class, meet His Holiness Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye, hear lectures on Buddhism and visit the Haa Valley, until recently closed to tourists. See the full itinerary.
Join both the India and Bhutan trip for a discount!
For a visual journey of Bhutan, visit my WanderGallery.
Two pair of chicBuds will be sent out to the winner(s) of the April contest. One pair will go to a new subscriber to my newsletter and/or blog and another pair to some lucky Wanderer who sent me a CD of travel music.
Winners will be announced on my blog once I’m firmly settled back in Seattle as well as in next month’s newsletter.
New WanderBlog – Pampers & Pakhlava and The Flying Salmon
Beth Shepherd and her husband are adopting a child from Armenia! In he new blog, Pampers and Pakhlava, she’ll be sharing her experiences as she navigates the world of adopting abroad.
She’ll be exploring the country of Armenia, the adoption process AND what it’s like to be a first time mom at 50 (yes, 50, doesn’t she look awesome?).
Join Beth on her journey!
Meanwhile, the other Beth has hung up her travel blogging hat at the Seattle Post Intelligencer and moved her Pacific Northwest Blog to the WaL site. She’ll be sharing the The Flying Salmon with Angela Dollar.
As a native Washingtonian, an intrepid hiker, lover of outdoors and all-around-knowledge- hound of the PNW, Angela rocks.
(Want to become a WanderBlogger, too? Email Beth for more information.)
Despite the fact that I’m starting to wean myself from fish and seafood, linguini with clam sauce has a special place in my heart as it’s a meal that I grew up eating. It was always accompanied with toasted garlic bread… mmmm, I can taste it now.
Myscha’s recipe is the budget version. For anyone saving their bucks for travel rather than eating, this recipe is for you! She even recommends a variety of pastas for this clam sauce.
For more ethnic eats, see Myscha’s blog, World Eats and Readers’ Treats.
On the Bookshelf
To Timbuktu for a Haircut by Rick Antonson
This is one of the most thoughtful and interesting adventure memoirs I’ve ever read. Rick was able to take a subject, travels through West Africa, and turn it into such an interesting story that I now want to go there myself! This book covers his one month journey to Timbuktu and beyond and along the way you meet some very interesting characters and are privy to Rick’s keen wit and observations. Read my Q&A with Rick. Available on Amazon
In the iPod
Rodrigo y Gabriela (self titled album)
You’re in for a treat if you’ve never heard this guitar duo. Mexican-born, living in Ireland, Rodrigo and Gabriela deliver pumping rhythms and skilled guitar sounds heavy on the Central and South American accents. You’ll not be able to stop your feet from tapping. Available on Amazon
In the DVD Player
Rendition with Jake Gyllenhaal
This is the story of an Egyptian-born man (married to an American woman) who’s detained in North Africa and tortured by the CIA. It’s particularly interesting to watch this movie given the change in government policies in just the first few months of the Obama administration. But, this takes on even more significance since the arrest, detainment and conviction of news reporter Roxanna Saberi in Iran. Available on Amazon
Need something to inspire your travel dreams?
Just in time for Mother’s Day! Copies of Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids have arrived! Be among the first to receive a signed book!
Written by Leslie Forsberg and Michelle Duffy, highlights include tips on saving money, packing and booking your flights, product recommendations from strollers to baby slings and much more.
Pick up a copy for yourself or a wanna-be travel mom.
India is a magical destination that awaits you. Discover the joys and challenges of the subcontinent in For Women Traveling to India and start planning the journey you’ve always dreamed about. This book incorporates stories and tips from dozens of women who’ve made the journey to the country themselves.
Don’t even THINK about going to India without it. Seriously!
This is the definitive guide for all women travelers. Don’t wait another moment to pick up a copy of Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo.
Move-em-out-of-my-garage-sale. ONLY $10/each.
All books are signed and are guaranteed to INSPIRE!
Wanderlust in the News
This month…a biggie!
• Lisa France, from CNN.com, wrote a really interesting piece about The Ugly American and featured a few quotes by yours truly.
• Catch my latest article on Transitions Abroad – The Accidental Expat: Turning Your Travels into a Temporary Home.
WanderGear from CafePress
Wanderlusters across the country have been ordering products from the Wanderlust and Lipstick shop at Café Press! Be an insider and join others by treating yourself to a fun and funky Wanderlust shirt, messenger bag or coffee mug.
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