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Women: Don't Worry, Go Traveling
by: Sheila Swan Laufer

What card should you "never leave home without"? It's not the one you think. It's the new "Triple-A" card -- Attitude, Awareness and Attention tips, offered by authors Sheila Swan & Peter Laufer in their new book Safety & Security for Women Who Travel. Wherever you go, whatever you do, whoever you're with, no matter how far you stray from home, carry this card to remind you to stay alert in your surroundings. Trust your intuition and instincts.

Swan and Laufer, world travelers, help lay to rest fears as well as provide guidance for women to travel confidently anywhere in the world. The book offers specific and tested tactics and techniques to help women travel safely and securely. Find practical information on what to do:

Before you leave: Pack a destination-specific medicine cabinet.

En route: Remember the buddy system, find a companion on the plane or at the train station.

Driving: Lock your doors when you get in the car as well as when you get out of the car.

Lodging: Conceal your gender by registering at hotels with your last name and first initial only.

Also find details about more complicated issues, such as:

Money and scams: Guard your PIN carefully as phone card thieves use binoculars.

Dealing with officials: Do not carry things that can be interpreted as illegal or threatening.

When a threat is real: Noise is effective; practice screaming before you leave home.

In all aspects of travel there is an element of risk which can be reduced with attention, attitude and awareness.

The book contains memorable anecdotes as well as tips and wisdom. It will empower the most timid and most seasoned woman traveler.

Sheila Swan Laufer has been traveling the world for fun and business since the 1960's. She has experienced the extremes travel offers -- taking notes all along the way.


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