I have just had a couple of weeks vacation and am now back at my desk. I thought it might be fun to compare travel experiences and expectations of today with those of a more than a century ago.
For example, the following is an excerpt from our e-book, Etiquette of Traveling.
"A lady, in traveling alone, may accept services from her fellow-travellers, which she should always acknowledge graciously. Indeed, it is the business of a gentleman to see that the wants of an unescorted lady are attended to. He should offer to raise or lower her window if she seems to have any difficulty in doing it herself. He may offer his assistance in carrying her packages upon leaving the car, or in engaging a carriage or obtaining a trunk. Still, women should learn to be as self-reliant as possible; and young women particularly should accept proffered assistance from strangers, in all but the slightest offices, very rarely."
This advice would apply almost as well today as it did in the 1880s. Women nowadays are pretty self-reliant but most would not turn down to offer of help from a kindly gentleman. I'm fortunate in that I married such a gentleman who routinely offers to carry my bags or help me out. I can generally handle raising or lowering my own car window, but you get the idea.
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