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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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Family Travel. Language school and living with a family in San Miguel, Mexico

Family Travel. Language school and living with a family in San Miguel, Mexico

A mother worries about safety living in Mexico with her young daughters. I was misguided in my anxiety. “Are you scared, Mommy?” whispered my seven-year-old daughter in the back seat of the battered Mexican taxi. The driver accelerated, swerving into the left lane to pass a farm truck full of cows. The pale hazy sun […]

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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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San Francisco Locals Share the 6 Best Things to Do Outside Super Bowl City

San Francisco Locals Share the 6 Best Things to Do Outside Super Bowl City

By Marybeth Bond/GutsyTraveler Super Bowl 50 is almost here and we’re gearing up for it.  Here are our suggestions of where to go beyond “must see” tourist places: Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Ghirardelli, and The Golden Gate Bridge. Free Wildlife Viewing. PIER 39  Watch mammoth sea lions cavort in the water, jump onto the docks and push […]

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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, among other reasons, for the love of food. These 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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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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Where the Pacific meets the rainforest. The Wickaninnish Inn

Where the Pacific meets the rainforest. The Wickaninnish Inn

You can tell a lot about a luxury hotel by the way it greets its guests. You might expect a formal doorman to meet you at the curb. That’s not the case at The Wickannish Inn, located on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, amidst towering cedar and spruce trees.      A smiling, wholesome […]

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Active days, comfortable nights in  the Canadian Rockies.

Active days, comfortable nights in the Canadian Rockies.

Only an hour from Calgary, and three hours from San Francisco, the Canadian Rockies are a fabulous destination for adventurers and nature lovers. I’ve visited many times, summer and winter, and these are the most popular things to do there: visit Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper and the Icefields Parkway. If you go, you shouldn’t miss […]

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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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