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5 Things to Do for Car Safety Before Hitting the Road this Labor Day Weekend

5 Things to Do for Car Safety Before Hitting the Road this Labor Day Weekend

Before you hit the road, here are some basics everyone driver needs to know for car safety and to save money. Avoid expensive repairs that you don’t want or have to make—you’ve got a tan to catch! In light of the recent Tesla Model S crash and automatic brake failure, it’s vital to be proactive in […]

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Travel Tips for Good Health

Travel Tips for Good Health

Getting sick while traveling can put a damper on all your plans. This is how you you can minimize the germs you are exposed to and avoid getting sick. 1. Use hand sanitizers often. Carry disinfectant wipes and use them to cleanse the tray table, arm rest, rim of the seat pocket and the door handle to […]

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Best Places to Heal

Best Places to Heal

My mother shared her love of gardening with me when I was young, and when she died after a long illness, I planted myself in my garden to tear out weeds and wail to the winds.   Two months after her passing, I was on a business trip in Los Angeles and tacked on a […]

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Debit and Credit Card Fraud

Debit and Credit Card Fraud

Unfortunately, debit and credit card fraud are hazards of travel. Although rates of fraud vary in different countries, according to Forbes, “Mexico and the United States are more prone to fraud with 44% and 42% of respondents there saying they’ve experienced card fraud.” What can you do to protect yourself? Unfortunately, debit and credit card fraud are hazards of […]

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Gutsy or Adventurous? Bike Tours or Pedal Cross Country?

Gutsy or Adventurous? Bike Tours or Pedal Cross Country?

Bike tours? Wasn’t it enough to take bike tours? Well no. For reasons that made perfect sense to us, but not to my husband or most of my friends, we chose to bike from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast, camping, preparing our own meals and charting our own course unassisted by a professional support […]

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The Best Travel Apps for 2016

The Best Travel Apps for 2016

As avid travelers, we want to share the best travel apps we have found useful before and during our journeys worldwide.  Trip Planning Apps Solotraveller app (notice the double ll in the word “traveler”) is a cool tool for  you to expand the network of people you know in the world and connect instantly with […]

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Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua travel on the rise

Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua travel on the rise

Seasoned travelers know that if you want to know where the next hotspots on earth will be, you ask the backpackers, fishermen and surfers. They are the first to sniff out the deals and find untouched beaches and cultures.Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua are increasingly popular and it’s easier than ever to travel between countries. […]

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South Africa Standouts

South Africa Standouts

  South Africa is seductive; it is wild; it is a photographer’s paradise, a gourmet’s Valhalla, an adventurer’s Utopia.   Story and photos by Marybeth Bond. Article first appeared in Travelgirl Magazine.  From the dazzling city of Cape Town, curled around the base of a 3,500-foot-high Table Mountain, to the mountainous Winelands, to five-star, big […]

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Five tips for traveling where you don’t speak the language

Five tips for traveling where you don’t speak the language

Living in a rural village in Nepal taught me a thing or two about surviving in a country where you don’t speak the language. With a little help from your smartphone and a healthy dose of humility, it is easy to enjoy yourself regardless of your lingual abilities. Travel Tips Translator Apps  are an excellent alternative to […]

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Family Travel. The best and the worst family getaways.

Family Travel. The best and the worst family getaways.

Family travel is a time to make memories that last a lifetime. Over two decades and to over two dozen countries, I traveled with my kids, usually without an adult partner to help out. If you want to do more than beaches and amusement parks, then read on for tips and scroll down for suggestions for […]

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