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Top ten must-dos in Quebec City and Nearby Nature

Top ten must-dos in Quebec City and Nearby Nature

North America Quebec City is a delicious slice of old Europe and North America. Quebecers like to say that their capital city is like France without the jet lag. You’ll love the aimlessly wandering and narrow (and safe) streets, passing boulangeries, old churches, and slate-roof granite house with balconies dripping with flowers. In the morning […]

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Why Visit Portugal … Soon

Why Visit Portugal … Soon

Portugal has quickly gone from an emerging destination to a red hot one. Not only for being the small nation that conquered Europe – yes, the Portugese are  still talking about the Euro 2016 Soccer tournament victory – but also, because for the past four years, tourists have been flocking to Portugal. Me included! Lisbon […]

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The Power of Pet Therapy at a Hotel.

The Power of Pet Therapy at a Hotel.

We already know that, like humans, dogs and cats release the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin. When I pat my dog, or look her in the eyes, I produce Oxytocin hormones, those same hormones women experience when breastfeeding that relaxes the mother and increase her nurturing response. This hormone release can also help to enable sleep. Click […]

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Girlfriend Getaway: Ashland, Oregon

Girlfriend Getaway: Ashland, Oregon

For a girlfriend getaway, or mother-daughter trip, check out Ashland, Oregon. Theater lovers, foodies and nature enthusiasts all agree that this small hamlet north of the California border is a cultural epicenter the over 50-years of staging Shakespeare and modern plays. It’s not a secret any more, so reserve your tickets early. Girlfriend Getaways I […]

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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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Travel Tips for Good Health

Travel Tips for Good Health

Getting sick while traveling can put a damper on all your plans. Knowing these travel tips for good health, will help you 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 […]

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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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