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Holiday Travel Road Tips

Holiday Travel Road Tips

December is one of the the busiest travel seasons, and this years is shaping up to be no different. Heavy traffic, long lines, inclement weather and drowsy drivers can play havoc with holiday driving. Consider these tips for your holiday travel. 1.Prep Your Vehicle  Schedule a routine vehicle inspection to avoid any potential issues or […]

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San Francisco, Santa Rosa Holiday Highlights.

San Francisco, Santa Rosa Holiday Highlights.

 Broadway Stars launch the holiday spirit If you can’t go to New York this season for a Broadway show, the next best thing, in fact, even better, is the musical review “Joy to the World” in Santa Rosa. We award 5 stars to the live performance of the Transcendence Theatre Company’s “Joy to the World”. […]

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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.  Walking tours anytime by local experts Detour, is a cool new app for people who hate conventional walking tours (meeting with large groups at an appointed time, having to follow along at the tour […]

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Easy Getaways in Canada and the California redwoods. 

Easy Getaways in Canada and the California redwoods. 

Canadian Bargains This fall is a great time to discover Canada and take advantage of our strong US dollar that buys approximately 1.3 Canadian dollars. Explore the Gulf Islands From wildlife spotting to wine tasting, the Gulf Islands off the coast of southern Vancouver Island, close to the lovely city of Victoria, are the perfect […]

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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. Many friends suggested eating my favorite chocolate as I racked my brain for the best places to heal. Here’s […]

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Ireland by Bike: Pedaling Through the Emerald Isle

Ireland by Bike: Pedaling Through the Emerald Isle

If life seems richer, greener, and more melodic in Ireland, that’s because there is simply more clear air, clean water, verdant countryside, and heart-lifting music in everyday life. Join me as I explore Ireland by bike. For ten entrancing days, I cycled the quiet back roads of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula […]

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Tips for Healthy Travel

Tips for Healthy Travel

Getting sick while traveling can put a damper on all your plans. Healthy travel is so important to a successful trip. Here’s how to 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 […]

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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. 1. Learn how to cross the street (–and stay alive), slowly wade out into the […]

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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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