Archive for the "Trip Preparation" category

WanderGear Wednesday: Rough Guides

by Beth Whitman (March 17th, 2010)

Before setting out for 5 weeks of travel through Southeast Asia, I stocked up on the Rough Guides to the region. For my time in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, I not only researched using the individual country guides but was delighted to find that they publish a complete guide to the area called Southeast Asia on […]

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Making a list, checking it twice – Preparing for 5 weeks of travel!

by Beth Whitman (February 22nd, 2010)

I leave in about 48 hours for Hanoi. (Aaaaaah!) But Vietnam isn’t the only country I’ll be visiting in the next 5 weeks. I’ll also be in Cambodia, Thailand and Bhutan. It appears that temps will range from the 90s in Bangkok and Saigon to the 30s (at night) in Thimphu, Bhutan. As the queen […]

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Papua New Guinea – Off the Charts

by Beth Whitman (February 8th, 2010)

It’s been a very very long time since I sat down with a guide book to read up on a destination that I know little about. Last week my Lonely Planet guide to Papua New Guinea arrived from Amazon. PNG is a country that I’ve wanted to visit for something like 20 years. I’ve seen […]

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One-bag Packing

by Beth Whitman (July 6th, 2009)

My regular readers know that I never check a bag on my way TO my destination (the return trip’s different as I may have a bag of souvenirs). But for those of you new to Wanderlust and Lipstick and my philosophy of packing light, you might be wondering how a gal could ever fit everything […]

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Girls’ Camping and Travel Guides

by Beth Whitman (July 15th, 2008)

Me in the Sierra Nevadas taking a break from hiking I was thinking about a camping trip now that summer has finally arrived. (For anyone living outside of the Pacific Northwest, you can’t imagine the miserably cold start to summer we had – record low temps in June meant the heat was still kicking in […]

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Sinking Dollar – 5 Destinations Where Your Money is Still Good

by Beth Whitman (March 21st, 2008)

Ack! I’ve been receiving emails from friends who are postponing trips to Europe due to the sinking dollar. Not a bad idea to avoid popular European destinations, but don’t stay at home. Here are just 5 destinations (I’m sure there are plenty more) to consider for your summer travels. 1) India – Having just returned […]

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MetroSafe Product Review Video

by Beth Whitman (March 10th, 2008)

The MetroSafe 200 from PacSafe is a shoulder bag with a wire reinforced shoulder strap and slashproof panels. Hear why else it’s one of the best shoulder bags I’ve come across. See more Wander Gear reviews. Read my travel blog on at the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Join other Wanderlusters and help make this the most […]

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Traveling to India – 5 Tips for What to Wear

by Beth Whitman (February 15th, 2008)

(Looking for a tour to India? Join a women-only tour to either North India or South India with Wanderlust and Lipstick.) I regularly get asked for my suggestions on what to wear in India. GREAT question gals! Despite the revealing clothes worn by Bollywood hotties like Aishwarya Rai, India is a socially conservative country. As […]

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Frayed Nerves and Happy Holidays!

by Beth Whitman (December 30th, 2007)

The last week + has been a whirlwind of holiday celebrations in Seattle with Jon, travels to NJ for more holiday happenings with the family, and preparation for my month-long trip to India. To say the least, my nerves have been a little frayed. Intellectually I know that as long as I have my passport […]

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6 Travel Tips for Dealing with Money

by Beth Whitman (December 21st, 2007)

Next week I depart for India (OMG). As I gather up my clothes, electronics, passport, toiletries and books, I’m also sorting out my currency for the month-long trip. Here’s what works for me and what I suggest for others preparing for a trip abroad. 1. Carry cash. Depending on the length of your trip and […]

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