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Women Travel Safety: Attacks in India and Mexico: Travelers Do’s and Don’ts

Women Travel Safety: Attacks in India and Mexico: Travelers Do’s and Don’ts

From Acapulco to New Delhi — in tourist bars, hotel rooms, taxis and deserted streets, women are less safe than ever. Traveling to see the world is exciting and entirely safe for most of us, most of the time. Bad things can happen in New York, Los Angeles or Paris. Read up on your destination […]

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In Nepal, One Women Helps End Child Slavery

In Nepal, One Women Helps End Child Slavery

In Nepal, child slavery wasn’t on the national radar until one women came upon the scene.  Olga and I became friends over a decade ago. At that time she told me  “some women fall in love with men–I fall in love with countries.” She visited Nepal in 1984 to go trekking in the Himalayas where she […]

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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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Polar Bears and Beluga Whales

Polar Bears and Beluga Whales

“Polar bears  move as if the country has belonged to them always.” John Muir, on a visit to the Arctic in 1899 Less than an hour after we landed in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada at the remote lodge on Hudson Bay, we saw our first polar bear. In fact, it was a cuddly-looking mother and cub […]

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Gutsy? Adventurous? Reckless? We Biked Across America for Osteoporosis Charity: the Toughest Thing I’ve Ever Done!

Gutsy? Adventurous? Reckless? We Biked Across America for Osteoporosis Charity: the Toughest Thing I’ve Ever Done!

WHY?  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 van. Our roadblocks were logistical challenges and unanswered questions.  How […]

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Changing Women’s Lives in Turkey with Exercise.

Changing Women’s Lives in Turkey with Exercise.

I’m going to tell you right away what the best part of traveling and my job is: meeting amazing people when I travel. I looked up a friend-of-a friend in Istanbul recently and was really glad I did. Part 2 of the Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Feats Series.Part 1. Nepal. Bedriye began the women-owned and operated B-Fit […]

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In Bali new friends lead to a magical memory

In Bali new friends lead to a magical memory

In Bali, I was reminded that there are all kinds of people who transform a ho-hum trip into a magical memory. One morning as the roosters announced a new day, my husband, two daughters and I met Mahdey, our hiking guide, in the hotel lobby in Ubud, Bali. He grinned widely, and enticed 9-year-old Annalyse and […]

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Women Travel Statistics and Women Travel Trends

Women Travel Statistics and Women Travel Trends

Women travel statistics indicate that women consumers now drive the world travel economy. Women are earning more, spending more and influencing all levels of the travel industry. Women’s purchasing power in the travel segment has never been higher. Women’s Purchasing Power and  Spending Power Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases including everything from autos […]

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Philanthropic Travel Ideas: How to Volunteer on Vacation

Philanthropic Travel Ideas: How to Volunteer on Vacation

If you want to make a difference and lend a hand, here’s how to volunteer on vacation. I promise you, you will never be the same. Philanthropic travel is a life-changing experience. You might teach English to children in Brazil, do art projects with Nepalese orphans, help African women learn to use computers, or live […]

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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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