Wanderlust and Lipstick Newsletter – January 2008
Greetings from India!
As you read this, I could very well be strolling along the ghats of Varanasi or perhaps sleeping soundly on an overnight train to Calcutta. It’s more likely, however, that I’m scraping cow poop off my shoes and trying desperately to ignore the incredulous stares as locals stop to gawk at this solo blond woman making her way across busy city streets with a backpack.
Whatever the scenario, you can be sure that I am loving every moment of being assaulted by the sounds, smells and sights that make up India. Read about my (mis)adventures on my Wanderlust blog and Seattle PI blog over the next month. Ahhh, technology!
Please email me if you’ve traveled through India and are available to be interviewed for my next book, Wanderlust and Lipstick: For Women Traveling to India. I’ll be leaving in late December for a month of travels there. I’d love to hear about YOUR favorite city, village, restaurant or sight so that I can add it to my list of possible places to visit.
Yes, indeed, it can be done. And our two ace travelers, Michelle (our WanderMom blogger) and Leslie (writer and editor extraordinaire) are working on a book to inspire and encourage travel with children.
Have you traveled with your babies, toddlers, tweens or teens? We’d love to hear your stories! Send me an email and we’ll set you up for an interview early next year.
Wander Gear from Cafe Press
Didn’t get what you wanted for the holidays? Why not treat yourself to an item from the Wanderlust and Lipstick shop at Cafe Press?
This online shopping adventure features items with the Wanderlust and Lipstick logo. You can choose from a variety of goods including a hoodie, thong underwear (wink wink) or a coffee mug.
Go on, show your Wanderlust pride!
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Wander Blogs Continue to Grow
World Eats and Readers’ Treats is a healthy mix of ethnic recipes AND book reviews. Myscha Theriault is your guide to the culinary delights she’s discovered during her travels and the books she reads so that she’s virtually traveling even when she’s not literally on the road.
Want to blog at Wanderlust and Lipstick? Please contact me (Beth) for more info.
Coming in February – travelgirl Contest
Next month you’ll have the opportunity to win a subscription to travelgirl Magazine! travelgirl includes lifestyle trends and journeys for today’s traveler – just what a true Wanderluster needs!
More details to follow in the next issue. Tell your girlfriends to sign up for the Wanderlust and Lipstick newsletter so they can be in on the fun!
The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World by Ed Hasbrouck – Who knew there was any practicality in being a nomad? Ed Hasbrouck (and his foot-long beard) knows all too well and has written the book to teach the rest of us. His 600-page guide provides offbeat tips such as how to take advantage of U.S. tax loopholes for sabbatical seekers as well as discussions on issues such as the political economics of airline safety. Hunker down during January to soak up all the practical advice this experienced traveler has to offer.
Blue Flame by Simon Shaheen – Nominated for 11 Grammys, this CD is a fusion of western and Arabic music. Simon is a master of the oud (aka lute), a fretless stringed instrument and is backed on this album by his band, Qantara. It’s quite literally a rare “brings-tears-to-my-eyes” CD because of the play between his fast fingers and the band’s eclectic jazz backing.
The Quiet American with Michael Caine – For someone who loves Vietnam as much as I do, I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to see this movie. Perhaps I thought I wouldn’t like it. I did, however. Very much. Not only is it a sweet love story, but it incorporates intrigue and a bit of Vietnam War history as well. Brendan Fraser co-stars.
Hot Travel Tip
Two things about the Organic Bath Company’s line of products caught my eye. The first is that they have a travel-size package of goodies for the gal-traveler. The second is that their products are free from parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates and artificial colors, are super light on fragrance, not tested on animals and 100% vegetarian. With bath salts, body washes, lotions and scrubs to choose from, you’ll be feeling pretty girlie after that trek up Mt. Killi.
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Til next month,