Rough Guide to Women Travel

Rough Guide to Women Travel

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The book comprises over 120 personal accounts of travel to more than 70 countries, backed by informed country-by-country introductions, listings, contact addresses and travel notes. Tales of cycling across the Nubian desert, setting up home in a village in Bhutan, hopping cargo boats around Melanesia or biking coast to coast across America are mixed with evocative descriptions of finding a new place among new people - in a ghetto in Istanbul, a village in the Bolivian Andes or a barge on the Seine - and descriptions of the pleasures, problems and concerns women face in adjusting to different customs and cultures. This book covers a range of different perspectives: from travelling as a single mother with a toddler around Morocco to setting out as a black British woman in support of the Australian aboriginal struggle; a Chinese American woman getting to grips with her second class status in the People's Republic or a British Asian woman backpacking in India. And there are revelations about the everyday concerns, issues and pleasures of all women. Questions of harassment and safety are dealt with head on and woman advised whether they are likely to be treated as an honoured guest, an honorary man or a temporary wife. Country-by-country introductions and travel notes detail the special problems, laws and customs of relevance to women. Listings are provided for women organizations, venues or specialist provisions, while political updates highlight the issues of importance to women in the country more

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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 28mm | 411g
  • Rough Guides Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • maps and plans
  • 0747102139
  • 9780747102137

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This is a guidebook with a difference and, given its particular brief, all the more useful for that. Women who wish to travel alone or without male companions are often daunted by the prospect of dealing with cultures which consider women to be second-class citizens, or else with people who simply refuse to accept that women are perfectly capable of travelling alone. This guidebook is composed of the accounts of 100 women who have travelled extensively across the world, and of the pleasures and difficulties they encountered in travelling and living abroad. Particular note is taken of special problems experienced by women, and in addition, each country's entry is accompanied by useful contact addresses, recommended reading, and relevant health and travel advice. All in all, an essential companion for any woman traveller. (Kirkus UK)show more

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