Sheila Simkin is not a Travel Agent, has no affiliation with any agency or airline and tells it as she sees it. Her goal is to encourage you to take the big step and travel to more exotic, remote destinations with tips, anecdotes and reassurance that, yes, you will come back alive.

Sheila, a native Chicagoan, has been traveling the world since 1960. The travel bug first hit on her honeymoon in Miami. Fidel Castro had just taken over Cuba and lured by rock-bottom prices, Sheila sweet-talked her ex-husband into abandoning Miami for Cuba. That marked the beginning of her lifetime travel passion and addiction.

There are very few countries that are not on her to-see list no matter how remote and/or difficult they may be. The U.S. State Department recognizes 193 independent countries and she has visited 150 in over 40 years of travel (but…who’s counting). Touring, hiking, trekking, rafting, snowshoeing, skiing, cruising, volunteering on archaeological digs, family trips and, she must admit, occasionally sitting on a beach and compulsively shopping.

Travels With Sheila and goats in Tunisia

trekking in the gorgeous mountains of Kyrgzystan

Travels With Sheila and dogsledding puppy, Tromso, Norway

Travels With Sheila with Flores Island children


Travels With Sheila attempts to deliver the hard and truthful facts. Answer questions that will help plan your holiday. Whether it be a tight budget or upscale, Sheila has probably been there… done it.  She has built up a network of trusted tour operators who will plan an individualized trip and arrange treks for around the same price a group tour would charge. Perhaps, even for less. Sheila will give information about pensions, inns, hotels, train travel, air, adventures without sugarcoating.

hanging around in Timbuktu, Mali

a well-fed Komodo Dragon, Rinca, Indonesia





Happy Traveling!

7 Responses to About

  1. Rich McCormick says:

    Do you have any UA IAH to GIG videos?

  2. Elena says:

    HI Sheila!
    Could you tell me how /where to take the Bus at the arrival of Gare the Lyons CDG to go to the airport ORLY (ORY). Is there an alternative way to go from CDG to ORY. Thank you.

  3. Greg Clark says:

    Hi sheila love your clips and am going to india for 4 weeks and wanted some advice on spending money. We have a 22d tour booked so we just need money for food and souvenirs. Any suggestions on how much we should take

    • Sheila Simkin says:

      Hi Greg: You are in for a great experience. Food is very reasonable in India and the same for souvenirs. Use an ATM and I’d say begin with $200 USD equivalent in Rupees. The exchange rate makes for a bundle of rupees which is why I say only begin with $200 USD and see how it goes from there. Nice restaurants, hotels and good stores accept credit cards. Can I assume you are traveling through major cities where there are ATMs? Is it a tour? Let me know and I can give more input. Thanks for visiting my YouTube channel and website. Best, Sheila

  4. Tom Romanski says:

    Dear Sheila:

    I have enjoyed viewing a number of your trips as shown on “The Aviation Channel” accessible through ROKU. Your candid comments and attention to detail are most enjoyable!

    On one such show you outlined your experiences flying on a United Airlines Boeing 777-222 from Chicago – ORD to Frankfurt, Germany. You commented you weren’t certain what the difference between a 777-200 and a 777-222 is.

    I am a retired Project Manager of Aircraft Interiors for United. The very simplest answer to your question is that a 777-222 is essentially custom built to United Airlines specifications and the “-222” represents that. Boeing has thousands of customers that order any of dozens of aircraft types Boeing currently offers for sale and production.

    Each airline that does business with Boeing has a highly specific document – usually thousands of pages across dozens of volumes that spells out precisely what options they require. Some are choices from Boeings catalog of options while others are highly customized options requiring very specialized design, development, and manufacturing.

    While most Boeing family aircraft look the same on the outside that’s where it ends. Within the millions of details that go into production of a modern airline are the details that differentiate a United 777-222 from an American 777-223. This highly detailed differentiation goes way back to the start of the jet age with the 707. Once the specialized designation is assigned to an airline, it usually stays with that carrier forever. So any Boeing aircraft United orders will almost always have a -222, -322, -422, -522, -622, -722, -822, or -922 added to the base model. Here are some examples:
    777-222, 757-222, 767-322, 747-422, 737-722, 737-822, and 737-922.

    Some other airline specific custom designations are:
    Lufthansa 747-430
    British 777-236
    Delta 767-332
    American 777-223
    The list has almost a seemingly infinite number of combinations.
    Other aircraft manufacturers have somewhat similar systems that further differentiate their products.
    Once an aircraft is custom built to an airline’s specification – for example a 757-223 for American, that designation forever remains with the aircraft even if it is sold to another carrier. This allows Boeing to ensure the aircraft will forever receive the correct service and parts based on its unique feature.

    Hope this helps answer your question. I would be happy to assist you with such technical questions as they arise or put you in touch with the most appropriate professional. Thanks, Tom Romanski

    • Sheila Simkin says:

      Dear Tom:

      Your very complete answer certainly fills in whatever a person would ever want to know about an aircraft! Thanks so much and thank you for watching the videos. I only wish I had time in the videos (according to YouTube stats, the average viewer watches for less than 2 minutes) to add some of this knowledge into the flight report. Sigh… I really, really appreciate your offer of assistance and thanks again for taking time to share this knowledge. Best regards, Sheila

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