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Travel Life Lesson #2: Feeling Small

Travel Life Lesson #2: Feeling Small

I’ve stood at the precipitous edge of the Grand Canyon and felt as tiny as a flea. I’ve climbed to the top of Mt. Nimbus in the Canadian Rockies with my daughter and walked across a precarious suspension bridge, feeling dwarfed by the natural wonders around me. I’ve plunged into the paradise blue of the ocean […]

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Face-toface with Polar Bears in the Canadian Arctic – Churchill, Manitoba

Face-toface with Polar Bears in the Canadian Arctic – Churchill, Manitoba

Less than an hour after we landed at the remote lodge on Hudson Bay, we saw our first polar bear. In fact, it was a cuddly-looking mother and cub who lumbered along the shoreline. We photographed them from the safety of the lodge windows and settled in for a “safety talk” before we headed out […]

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British Columbia’s Quirky Attractions: Vancouver, Victoria, Okanagan Valley and Beyond

British Columbia’s Quirky Attractions: Vancouver, Victoria, Okanagan Valley and Beyond

Everybody loves a road trip and kitschy, small-town landmarks are part of the fun. We’ve all seen them on highways and rural byways, massive roadside attractions that elicit a gasp or a guffaw — buffalo as big as locomotives, a helicopter-sized mosquito or a cowboy boot that would fit King Kong.More than 30 totem poles  […]

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Kick up Your Heels in Canada’s Festival City – Edmonton

Kick up Your Heels in Canada’s Festival City – Edmonton

I put down my blanket and settled into the grassy hillside of the ski resort in Edmonton Canada with fellow folk music lovers. We were old and young, mellow and magnanimous.  My spirit soared to the music of Arlo Guthrie and Dougie MacLean – one of Scotland’s biggest stars and creator of the music for […]

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Ten Romantic Travel Destinations

Ten Romantic Travel Destinations

Pick the perfect romantic destination for you and your loved one with a little help from The Gutsy Traveler and our good friends at Marriott International!

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Adventure Hiking and Climbing the Comfortable Way

Adventure Hiking and Climbing the Comfortable Way

TIP:  Unless you both love roughing it, select a trip with comfort, great food and activities you both love. During the peak of the wildflower season, we joined a group of hikers with Canadian Mountain Holiday (CMH). Our group ranged in age from 5 to 75 and the majority of us were women. Naturally we […]

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Riding the Rails in the Rockies

Riding the Rails in the Rockies

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” –Robert Louis Stevenson “A-a-a-all abora-a-ard,” chimed the conductor at Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station as we hurried down the platform toward the crisply-uniformed train staff standing by to welcome us aboard “The Rocky Mountaineer.” We were […]

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10 Best USA Cities for Live Music

10 Best USA Cities for Live Music

1. New Orleans, Louisiana, www.neworleanscvb.com “New Orleans bleeds music – it’s in the air, in the water, in the people. You can’t go to New Orleans without the music swallowing you whole.” One of North America’s “Top 10” destinations for live music. Lisa A. Tomaszewski, travel editor, HMP Communications. 2. New York City, www.nycgo.com “Where else […]

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Riding the Rails in the Rockies

Riding the Rails in the Rockies

“A-a-a-all abora-a-ard,” chimed the conductor at Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station as we hurried down the platform toward “The Rocky Mountaineer.” We were about to embark on one of the world’s classic train journeys, from Vancouver, British Columbia to Banff, Alberta. Many call this the most spectacular train trip in the world. Built over a century […]

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