Archive for 2012

Safety Tips Before You Go and On The Road

Safety Tips Before You Go and On The Road

What should you know when you check into a hotel? What should you take out of your wallet or purse when you go out on the town? What can you do to protect your home before you go out for an evening or on a trip? How do you make your home look “lived-in”? Here […]

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Where is the Gutsy Traveler Now?

Where is the Gutsy Traveler Now?

South African Game Parks and the Kalahari Desert

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Ten Ways to  Make Holiday Travel Easier

Ten Ways to Make Holiday Travel Easier

Whether you go by car, train, or plane this holiday season, you will be traveling with millions of other people who are in a hurry. So here are some things to consider before you go. Beware: the most dangerous seat on the plane can be the aisle seat. An estimated 1,500 U.S. travelers are hurt […]

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Ten Things to Do Before an International Trip.

Ten Things to Do Before an International Trip.

Before beginning a long trip, I review my checklists. I hope they help to make your packing and planning easier. For the Airplane 1. Silicon ear plugs. 2. Eye Shield. 3. Warm sweater. 4. Comfortable Socks. 5. No Jet Lag Pills. Begin taking them as soon as you board. Emergenc-C or AirBorne tablets are immune […]

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Seven Haunted Hotels…Stay Here if You Dare

Seven Haunted Hotels…Stay Here if You Dare

 To celebrate Halloween, check out the seven spookiest hotels in the U.S. While we all know about the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park where the movie The Shinning was filmed, check out these hotels where you may just cozy up with the ghosts. We can’t say if the “haunted” title is earned or added for […]

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Top 10 Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Top 10 Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Even the most seasoned traveler, like me, still makes mistakes. Here are the worst dumb mistakes that could have ruined my trips, but I’ve been very lucky. Learn from me and avoid unnecessary disasters. Look Backwards 1.     Before you leave for your next destination, glance in the rear view mirror as you pull away from […]

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Where’s the Gutsy Traveler?

Where’s the Gutsy Traveler?

We gasped in awe at the first glimpse of the well-preserved Inca ruins standing regally under a piercingly blue sky. Live updates at: https://www.facebook.com/marybeth.bond.7 

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Where is Machu Picchu?  The Lost City of the Incas?

Where is Machu Picchu? The Lost City of the Incas?

Where is Machu Picchu?                  Somewhere in South America, right? I’ll admit Machu Picchu’s exact location was a bit fuzzy to me before we visited last month. This world famous Inca city is located in Peru in the Cusco Region nestled among gigantic mountains and often blanketed in […]

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Temples for a First-Time Visitor to Kyoto, Japan

Temples for a First-Time Visitor to Kyoto, Japan

The intriguing history and beautiful traditions of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, stretch back over 12 centuries, but how does a first-time visitor choose which to see among the Kyoto’s 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines? April Orcutt describes her first trip to Japan and the seven temples that were her favorites – […]

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Traditional and Hip Ryokans in Kyoto, Japan

Traditional and Hip Ryokans in Kyoto, Japan

To get the true feeling of traditional Japanese culture… as it’s evolved over the centuries stay in a small inn called a ryokan. The key word that goes with “ryokan” is “service.” I certainly received the best and most personal hotel service I’ve ever had in two ryokans – one truly traditional and one hip […]

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