No Reservations Travel Club

Location: Sacramento, California, United States

Started as a club for budget and independent travelers, we have been in existence since July, 2001. We meet at 7:00 pm the first Tuesday of each month, February-December, at the Arcade Public Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Avenue, as a library sponsored program. The meetings feature a speaker, plus time for exchanging information within the group. There are no membership dues. The second Tuesday of each month we have dinner at an ethnic restaurant. Each summer we have a potluck dinner at my home. In 2005 I added club tours to our activites and they have been very successful. To be added to the e-mail list, or for further information, contact Judith Anshin by e-mail at and please put "travel club" in the subject line.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

April Meeting

Our April meeting is Tuesday, April 1st at 7 pm at the Arcade Library Community room.  The speaker is long time club member and experienced traveler, Linda Hite, who will speak about traveling independently in Ladakh and Tibet.   She will have an overview of Ladakh, India, including the highest mortorable pass in the world, Kardung La, and a relatively easy 20,000 foot mountain to climb, Stok Kangri.  In Tibet her visit included a trip to the most sacred mountain in the world to both Hindus and Buddhists, Mt. Kailash.  Her pictures are always quite beautiful, so be sure to attend.

May Meeting

The May meeting of the club is Tuesday, May 6th at 7 pm at the Arcade Library community room.  Our speaker will be Jay Fehan of Collette Vacations and his presentation will cover traveling in Ireland.  Jay has guided tours there in the past, and he is always a lively, fun speaker.  Don't miss this wonderful evening.

Friday, February 07, 2014

My Travel Philosophy

This quote from James Michener eloquently states my long held travel philosophy:

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Travel Consulting

I, Judith Anshin, am available to consult with travelers to plan trips, find best deals, etc.  I am a member of the Century Club, having visited over 130 countries and having lived in many for various periods of time. I have been the leader of this travel club since 2003 and am also a contributing editor with International Travel News and have been a travel writer for over 40 years.  I have many connections with tour operators in this country and in other countries as well.  I usually can save you a substantial amount of money.

The only charge for a consultation is a donation to the Friends of the Belle Cooledge Library.  Please email me if you are interested in a consultation.

Monday, January 17, 2011


On my recent trip to Antarctica I learned that what is sold as Chilean Sea Bass is not a sea bass at all but a threated species known as Patagonian Toothfish. When it wouldn't sell under it's real name, the name Chilean Sea Bass was given to it, but the fish is not even a bass to begin with. Please help protect this threatened species by not buying it in supermarkets or restaurants, and passing the word to your friends.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Finding Travel Companions

Many people in the club are single and are looking for companions for trips. I am starting a new service of putting such travelers in touch with one another. If you wish to participate, send me an e-mail telling me what you are looking for in a travel companion, such as only males or females, a non-smoker or someone more interested in cultural trips than adventure travel, etc. Also tell me what countries you wish to visit and I will post the names of these countries on this site so that interested parties may respond. Also, if you are particularly interested in something such as snorkeling, as I am, or hiking where the destination is not so important, let me know that. I will not put any names on this site, but will keep it confidential until such time as I put the two parties in direct contact.

Any suggestions you may have on how to handle this new service will be greatly appreciated. My email is


Middle aged woman, non-smoker, seeks only female companions for travel in US, Panama Canal and Antarctica. Available for travel any time.

Older woman seeks male or female non-smoking companions for cultural or snorkeling trips. Open to any ideas and dates.

Senior female, retired teacher, interested in cultural travel to Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy and possibly Hawaiian Islands, with females.   (Johnson)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Southern India, 2008

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

International Medical Assistance

The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers is a nonprofit group with a database of English speaking physicians in 125 countries. Membership is free although the group asks for a donation to defer costs. Visit their website for more information: