Like all working mothers, I wear a lot of hats, often on the same cross-country flight. I’ve been a mom traveling alone with kids and a business traveler at the same time, and I’ve combined a work trip with both a family vacation and a romantic getaway (we were lucky enough to have local friends to babysit).
Maybe that’s why I’m skeptical of travel sites and books that try to cater to an overly specific demographic. A business travel site won’t tell me everything I need to know, and neither will a family travel site.
When I first pulled up new Web site See Jane Fly, I thought this would be another overly targeted site. The first thing I saw was a piece about what to wear on a plane, and I thought, really? Do we women really need travel advice that’s different from your average guy’s?
The site’s sample destination guides changed my mind. They are quick-and-dirty cheat sheets for a city, and they are customized to the type of trip — business, girls’ getaway, romantic or tots-in-tow. So far, the site only has guides up for San Francisco, but I was very impressed by the information they included. In the tots guide, they listed a manicure salon that has babysitting — something I never heard of in my seven years living in San Francisco. Another of the guides included a shoe repair shop. Hey, that is something that we girls might need to know about a destination but guys would not.
The site says it will also be offering perks such as discounts and free upgrades to readers, but they don’t have any up yet.
Next time I take one of my multi-hatted trips, I will definitely check in with this site to see if they’ve added more destinations. I may have to print out three different guides for the same city to fit all my roles, but at least I’d be getting them all from one Web site.
Photo by Kaunokainen, used via Creative Commons license.