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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. Translator Apps are an excellent alternative to flipping through a […]

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Step into history in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Metropole Hotel

Step into history in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Metropole Hotel

Hanoi is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful colonial Indochinese cities. It was a bucket list item for my adult daughters and me — to stay at the crowning jewel of Asian colonial-style hotels, the Hanoi Metropole. This Grand Dame, built in 1901 by the French, is in the same luxury league of “Legendary Hotels” […]

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Ten things you need to know before you go to Vietnam

Ten things you need to know before you go to Vietnam

Marybeth Bond, Gutsy Traveler I just returned from Vietnam, an outrageously exciting country to travel to. A little preparation before you go can take the headache out of simple things like crossing the street or avoiding dog or cat meat.             To cross the street (–and stay alive), slowly wade […]

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Machu Picchu. Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

Machu Picchu. Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

Lots of trips to Machu Picchu and the other South American destinations stop in Lima for 8-18 hours.  When my husband and trekked in Peru many years ago — Machu Picchu, the Cordillera Blanca — we too had a long lay-over in Lima.  Recently I returned to Lima en route to Easter Island and discovered […]

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Even the most experienced traveler forgets things and learns from travel tips. 

Even the most experienced traveler forgets things and learns from travel tips. 

Even the most experienced travelers forget important items and are constantly learning new travel tips. Once again, I find myself leaving for an international trip in two days and I’m still making lists. To make my next trip, and yours, easier, here is my last minute list.   1. Call your credit card company to […]

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A scorpion hunt for nature enthusiasts.  Follow the call of the weird and wild.

A scorpion hunt for nature enthusiasts. Follow the call of the weird and wild.

In addition to birding or hiking, many nature enthusiasts look for the weird and wild such as a scorpion hunt to break out of the mold. Consider these wild and wooly events some national wildlife refuges have planned this spring. Earn bragging rights on a Scorpion Hunt Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge – Alamo, NV Moapa […]

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Culinary Adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Culinary Adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Many of us travel for the love of food. Here are my favorite travel tips to help you survive your culinary adventures worldwide.           My culinary adventures include eating yak eyeballs in Tibet, bamboo grubs in Thailand, fried crickets in Myanmar and Rocky Mountain oysters (cow balls) in Wyoming.     […]

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Historic Hawaiian Hotels

Historic Hawaiian Hotels

  Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Mauna Kea Beach Hotel History with a twist of luxury is seductive.   When I think of famous, elegant hotels – the Ritz in Paris, the Plaza in New York and the Pera Palas in Istanbul – come to mind. When I think of  Hawaii two historic properties join the club […]

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 Ten travel tips from the Womens Travel Fest

 Ten travel tips from the Womens Travel Fest

          Last weekend I picked up great travel tips at the sold-out Womens Travel Fest. I had the honor to share the stage with  with Patricia Schultz,  author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die,  Felicity Aston, the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone […]

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California Wine Country. Where to hike, bike, sip.

California Wine Country. Where to hike, bike, sip.

I live near California Wine Country, not far from Napa and Sonoma, and I love to be active by day and sip and eat  sinfully by night.  Based upon dozens of trip to wine country, here are my suggestions of where to hike, bike and sip in dozens of wine regions.  Visit a Castle. That’s […]

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