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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Future Meetings

I will not be posting any information regarding meetings for this year as it appears the library where we meet will not be open this year.  Unless everyone starts following the rules on social distancing and wearing masks in public, I fear things will only get worse.  We cannot have meetings without the library meeting space, and a safe environment for us to gather in.  
Once life returns to something like normal, I will again schedule meetings and post information.  I hope none of you or your friends and family members have been infected.  Stay safe and follow the rules and we will be through this, I hope!  

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Paul Gauguin cruises

In October, 2019, I sailed on the Paul Gauguin for the fourth time. It was the first sailing under the new ownership, Ponant Cruises.  I was horribly disappointed by the many changes.  I don't know if the changes were the result of the previous owner not keeping things up and Ponant hadn't had time to make changes, but I felt it was not worth the cost.  If you are thinking of taking a cruise with them, you may want to check first and make sure things are back up to par.  If you want more details, email me. 

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Best Air Fare source

For many years I have been asked about the best place to get good air fares.   I have been flying business class for nearly 20 years now, and I have had the best success with Nick Algier at Alpha Flight Guru.  He books all classes of service, economy, executive economy, business and first class.  I have sent more than 50 people to him over the years and everyone has been extremely happy and been repeat customers.  Even with economy he has gotten friends better prices and connections than anyone else.
His phone contact numbers are:  direct line:  650-763-3486 and toll free: 800-359-5175, X 120.  He is on the east coast, so be aware of the time differences.
Please tell him I have recommended him to you!

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.

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.