About Marybeth. National Geographic writer, author, adventurer

Bond team biking with bridge

National Geographic writer, author Marybeth and her daughter at the beginning of a 3,115-mile bike trip across the USA for three months. She raised $52,000 for Osteoporosis research and education.

Marybeth is a National Geographic author, writer and adventurer. She’s written 12 books, including three for National Geographic.


Five years ago, Marybeth bicycled 3,000 miles from California to Virginia with her 22-year-old daughter. They used social media, their blog, and television appearances, and a corporate sponsor to raise over $52,000 in support of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Recently Marybeth tracked polar bears and swam with Beluga whales in the Canadian Arctic, and kayaked through icebergs in Antarctica.

Marybeth’s 12 award-winning books include A Woman’s World, a national best seller that won the Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for the Best Travel book from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. Marybeth was a featured guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” with her book Gutsy Women.

Marybeth has appeared on more than 250 television and radio shows, including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS Morning News and National Public Radio. She also acted as the “Smart Traveler” radio host for the nationally syndicated Outside Radio show and as the Travel Expert/Columnist for the Travel Channel on ivillage.com. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Elle, Cosmopolitan, More Magazine, First for Women and others. She has been a Contributing Editor at TravelGirl Magazine for twelve years.

Marybeth has her BA and Masters in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne, in Paris France, MB Outside Magazine Coverand a BA in English from Miami University, Oxford Ohio.

Marybeth was on the cover of Outside Magazine, featuring her story of “How to Make the Great Escape” and how she found romance in Kathmandu” (he ended up her husband). She also hosted her own syndicated travel radio show for the magazine.

Marybeth had her own Travel Radio Show and appears often on TV and radio as a travel expert. In a past life, Marybeth was a successful businesswoman with Xerox and Honeywell. However, Marybeth’s insatiable taste for adventure could not be quelled, so she quit her job in San Francisco and spent 2 years traveling the world alone.

Marybeth has lived with nomads in the Thar Desert of India, Sherpa families in Nepal, Karen Tribes in Thailand, the “Black Thai” hill tribes in Vietnam, Gamblin musicians in Bali, Gaelic dairy farmers on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland, and Navajo sheep farmers on tribal lands in the American Southwest.

Marybeth ranks #1 in Google searches for Women Travel Expert.


How I Became a Gutsy Traveler

In my 20’s I lived in Luxembourg, Paris and New Caledonia. At age 29, I left my career and traveled solo around the world for two years. In my 30’s and 40’s I lived with nomads in the Thar Desert of India, Sherpa families in Nepal, Karen Tribes in Northern Thailand, the hill tribes (Black Thai) in Northeast Vietnam, Gamblin musicians in Bali, Gaelic dairy farmers on the Dingle Peninsula, Mayans in Mexico and the Navajo on tribal lands in Arizona.

To afford this lifestyle I created a brand (GutsyTraveler), wrote books (12 in total, including Gutsy Women), blogged for National Geographic and GutsyTraveler.com, been on radio and TV as a travel expert, and been a corporate travel spokesperson.

So far I have visited over 100+ countries, all 50 US states, and rode my bike with my daughter across nine states from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.

I have hiked, biked, dived, danced, snow-shoed, skied, climbed, copter-ed, tuk-tuked, trekked and traipsed my way through seven continents, from the depth of the Flores Sea to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Along the way I studied in Paris for four years and earned two degrees.

I wasn’t always a Gutsy Traveler. I grew up in Ohio and cried my way through lonely summer camps. At age 18, with a lot of encouragement from my mother, I landed a job as a waitress in Grand Teton National Parkat Jackson Lake Lodge. That summer away from Ohio stuck with me for years. A friend planted the seed of studying abroad so I studied a year in Luxembourg then four in Paris. That’s when I was committed to travel as a lifestyle.