Club of Wakefield

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PRESENTATION -  Travel Tips from Experienced Wakefield Rotarians

Posted by Jim Blackerby & Pam Ancheta
Jim Blackerby, Chris Van Hemelrijck, Phil Tracy & Linda Hennessey - Travel Knowledge & Advice
 
Jim started off the presentation by modeling his preferred travel outfit and then using his trusty travel backpack as an example of his preferred type of luggage. Along with travel writings of Rick Steves, the travel guide book Lonely Planet, and another recommendation from Martin Vincent--three recommendations for travel guide literature were mentioned.  Click here for more info from Jim Blackerby.  
 
Then Chris Van Hemelrijck did a presentation of his Top Ten List of Medical Advice for World Travelers:
10. Visit a travel clinic a few weeks before you go
9. Get all recommended vaccinations
8. "Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" - plan out your tirp and understand the conditions of the geographic area you'll be visiting
7.  Review your heath insurance plan
6.  Don't get on a ladder before your trip!
5.  Don't feed or pet the animals in "exotic" places
4.  Food warning:  boil it, cook it, peel it or forget it (talked about the controversial and, to some folks, very disgusting Durian fruit)
3.  "Past performance is no guarantee of future results" - just because you didn't get sick the last time, it doesn't mean you won't need to prepare for the next trip to the same place in the future
2.  "Tincture of Time" - allowing time to recoup is best remedy for jetlag -- talked about other recomendations for dealing with long travel time like taking aspirin to help thin blood for circulation during long flights & taking time to walk the aisles
1.  "Know Thyself" - keep activities & indulgences within your known limits
 
Phil Tracy started out by discussing his treacherous travel experience in the military.  He had some harrowing flights.  He then transitioned his presentation into travel "training" and his experience on Amtrak travel across the country with his wife Sarah.  They both are experienced train travelers and recommend exploring our country this way.  He talked very highly about reserving sleeping cars and the great service you get with that--although it's admittedly pricey.  He mentioned a few memorable fellow travelers including a TV producer of cooking shows and learned about "porning up" food as a way tv food programs make their dishes look more desirable. That you meet interesting and diverse types of people was the point of his mentioning fellow travelers.  He did mention that train delays are both inconveniences and opportunities:  while stranded at a practically empty train station, Phil and Sarah decided to practice their dance lesson moves; he learned that "big brother" was watching when he heard a laugh and a station attendant told the dancers that cameras were everywhere watching lobbies and platforms.  He also mentioned times when train delays had been caused by individuals planning their suicides by and from moving trains.
 
Linda Hennessey talked about her experience as a world traveler.   She's visited 38 countries and her husband, Tim, traveled to 42 before he passed away.  Linda's advice about traveling is to plan, yes, but to make sure you, "just do it."  She finished by talking about travel books--her volumes, and volumes, of travel notes she's compiled for her to reminisce about all her world experiences...but, she says, it is now mostly to document what happens in case your travel companions argue about the details.  She also puts together picture books of trips, too.  She brought her picture book of a trip to Iceland to show members.