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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

August Meeting

The August meeting of the club is Tuesday, August 1st at 7 pm at the Arcade Library Community Room.  Our presenter is Marcia Jaffee of the Bali Institute for Global Renewal, and she will speak about the work of the organization as well as the sites in Bali.  This is a different presentation than our usual travel only talks, so it should be quite interesting.

Looking for Snorkelers

Another club member and I are doing a snorkeling trip to Yap and Palau in April, 2018.  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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

E-Mail problems

If your email service is or, you probably are not getting my two email messages each month.  Many, many members are having this problem.  It appears these providers treat my group mailings as spam and they are diverted from the inbox.  You need to find a mailing in your spam box and mark it as safe so you will get the messages in the future.  Once my address is on your safe list, you should get the two messages I send each month.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Burglar Alarm problems

A few times over the years we have had a problem with people not following instructions to only exit the meeting from the back door onto the patio.  Because the library closes at 8 pm, before the end of our meetings, the rest of the building has an armed burglar alarm.  When people use the rest rooms and then exit from the front of that hallway, ignoring the do not exit sign, the burglar alarm is set off.  At the end of the November meeting, it was set off again!  This puts us in a difficult position with the library because the library is charged for the false alarm, even when we immediately call the emergency number to report it as a false alarm.

If this continues, I will have no choice but to declare the rest rooms closed after the meetings.  Please help me resolve this problem short of this drastic step.