Once when I was in Switzerland, I met a local woman who went out of her way to show me around the resort town of St. Moritz. She refused payment - and even my attempt to pay for lunch. When I finally had time to pick up a gift for her, it was Sunday, and all the shops were closed. Except, of course, the touristy one. So I bought her a box of chocolates. I gave a Swiss woman a box of Swiss chocolates! Fail.
More single women 50-plus are traveling alone this winter season. Some prefer the easy package of a cruise or resort. Others head for adventure, exotic locales or the culture of a foreign city. Travel is always a challenge and safety is now an extra issue. We like feeling comfy and independent but polish gets us upgrades, service and assistance when required. After decades of schlepping around the world on photo shoots, I've let go of "excess baggage." Five travel tricks let you do it, too.
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