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.

Friday, November 06, 2015

December Meeting

Join us for the annual dessert potluck on Tuesday, December 1st at 7 pm at the Arcade Library Community Room.  Bring a dessert to share, along with any needed serving utensil, and enjoy a wonderful evening of good food and interesting conversation.  We have some wonderful cooks in the group, so this is always a very popular event.
I will provide decaf coffee, plates, forks, and napkins.  Bring your appetite!

Speakers Needed for 2016

I'm looking for speakers for next year's meetings and have openings for April through November.  If you are interested, or know someone who may be, email me at the address above.
Here is your chance to share a much loved trip with everyone in the club.

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.

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. It is often illegally fished, and the endangered albatross are often ensnared in the nets, killing them.  Please help protect these threatened species by not buying the fish 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)

Middle aged female, non-smoker, seeks female companion (mid-40s to early 60s) for cultural travel in US (New England), Italy, France, Japan, Spain, UK.    (Hummel)