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, in alternate months February through December, at the Arcade Public Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Avenue. We no longer meet monthly because the library no longer sponsors us and the booking rules for the community room made the change necessary. The meetings feature a speaker, plus time for exchanging information within the group. There are no membership dues. The second Tuesday of the alternate months between meetings, 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 activities 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.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

June Meeting

The June meeting of the No Reservations Travel Club is Tuesday, June 5th at 7 pm at the Arcade Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Ave.  I, Judith Anshin, will be the presenter and my topic will be my recent Crystal Cruise from Qatar to Cape Town, with stops at many interesting places.  This was truly a fabulous trip and I look forward to sharing it with you. 

Looking for a travel companion

A recently retired woman is looking for another woman to join her on a 128 day world cruise on Viking Ocean Cruises, departing Miami on January 3, 2019.  If you would be interested in joining her, please contact me by email and I will put you in touch with her.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

A great travel agency

Some of you will remember Gina Morovati of Northstar Cruises from her presentation to us in April, 2016.  I booked a cruise with her on Crystal to sail from Dubai to Cape Town, and she did an amazing job for me.  The best part, apart from the thousands of dollars in discounts and ship board credits she got me, was being upgraded to a suite with a butler!  My travel companion and I are so anxious to begin our journey in a suite on a newly refurbished ship. While you can't expect an uncommon upgrade such as this each time, she will help you get the best bang for your bucks!

Her web site is and she books much more than just cruises, so give her a call and tell her I recommended her.  I don't get any commission, just the satisfaction of knowing you will be in great hands for whatever trip you book.  Email me at if you have any questions.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Looking for Snorkelers

Another club member and I are doing a snorkeling trip to Yap and Palau in April, 2019.  The snorkeling in these places is outstanding, from people I know who have been, so I am inviting anyone else who might be interested to join us.
Contact to get information on the trip.  It would be fun for a small group of us from No Reservations to be on the trip together!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wildfires in South Africa

Earlier in June, 2017, the area of Knysna, South Africa, was ravaged by wildfires.  Friends of mine, Gill and Graham Maskill, owner of Africa 2000 Tours, were able to escape with their two pets, and their house survived.  The fire burnt to within two feet of their front door!
However, the devastation includes the local flora as well as the wildlife in the area.  They are working hard to clear the area and replant the flora, provide food and water for the wildlife, as well as veterinary care.  Much of the wildlife were burned and have had to be euthanized by the vets.
Money is needed to fund all of this, so if you are willing to make a donation, of any size, it will do much good.  Just $25 is enough to fund two workers for a day, in clearing and re-planting the area.  You can make donations via Pay Pal to:
PayPal.Me/eastfordglendisaster for the housing area work and to for the animal rescue/rehabilitation work.  

Thank you for caring.  


Northwest Passage

I, Judith Anshin, am looking for a roommate to sail the Northwest Passage in 2019.  Crystal Cruises will have a new, small ship that year designed for this type of sailing.  It begins in Anchorage, and includes three stops in Greenland before ending in New York City.
If you might be interested, contact me by email, at the address above.

Easter Island

A retired female traveler is looking for someone to travel with her to Easter Island in 2018.  If you are interested, contact me, Judith Anshin, at the email address on this blog, and I will put you in touch with her.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Snorkeling Etc. warning

If you are thinking of booking a snorkel trip with Wendy Simon and Snorkeling Etc. you would be wise to contact me first for some important information about them.  Email me at

Monday, June 13, 2016

M/V Carpe Vita and Snorkeling, etc.

If you are thinking of booking a trip to the Maldives with Snorkeling, etc. or sailing on the M/V Carpe Vita, email me to enquire about my experience with them.  I'm happy to share with you.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Monthly Dinners

For many years we have been having dinner at local ethnic restaurants on the second Tuesday of each month, in months when I am not traveling.  Often the restaurants serve generous portions, and many of us take home our doggie bags.

For about 25 years I have always brought with me to any restaurant I patronize, my own plastic or glass container.  I am adamantly against the use of Styrofoam because of the chemicals and the harm to the environment, so I am asking each of you to join me in bringing your own take home container.  While some restaurants use biodegradable containers, we can't always know in advance whether or not a particular restaurant does so; so come prepared with your own and take this small step with me in protecting our planet.