Dark streets and secret joys, a look at Bangkok

Bangkok is one of those cities that is transforming faster than it is possible to catalog. A city of terrible crime, sex slavery, wide spread prostitution and exploitation, it is also a city for millions of Thai families, workers and country people living their daily lives. There are areas that have to be avoided such as the dark side-streets of Patpong, and areas that are …

Outdoors Woman’s Daypack – Checklist

The outdoors is always trying to lure us out.  Blue skies, sunshine,  and great views can suck you out of doors before you know it.  Just for a little while, not for long.  Except that we know that can often turn into a few hours or a day out. And, on rare occasions, the night out because mistakes were made on directions.  Because the unexpected …

Petite Climber Exceeds Expectations

IWTC’s metaphor for travel is rock climbing with ropes, meaning that we all should go have adventures, but do them sensibly. So when we had an opportunity to talk with Lea Sachs, a real rock climber, we couldn’t resist. IWTC: How did you get into climbing? Sachs: I have been climbing since I could walk. OK, so I was about 4 when I was on …

Marriage Proposals While Traveling?

Dear Nellie Bly: How do I handle marriage proposals while traveling? Desirable *** Dear Desirable: Marriage proposals must be handled carefully because 98% of the time they are a nuisance and to be dealt with accordingly.   These proposals fall in three categories:  1) Opportunistic – he wants sex, money or a visa to your country; 2) Complimentary – he really thinks you’re attractive; and 3) …

Little-Known Places in New York City that Everyone Should See

Dark gritty places, weird stories, women’s art, protest sites, street art. These are some of the little known and less trumpeted places that make New York City special, places that are a bit off the beaten track, but important to see.  Here are six of my favorites. 1. HERE Arts Center The HERE Arts Center, a space for innovative and cutting edge art performances, is …