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Nature Escapes near Quebec City

Nature Escapes near Quebec City

                  After you’ve explored the Old Town, visited the brew pubs, enjoyed the street artists and eaten steak, french fries, oysters and pastries, get into nature. “It’s part of our DNA to get into the great outdoors. One hour from downtown Quebec we’re there,” said Paule Bergeron, […]

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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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Hawaii. The Big Island

Hawaii. The Big Island

    As the jet makes its arching descent across Hilo Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii, we’re mesmerized by the tropical tableau below–translucent blue water fringed with green rolling hills. The couple across the aisle compares the scenery to Ireland. But when my husband and I step off the plane, the floral fragrances […]

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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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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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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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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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Travel Bali

Travel Bali

It’s the name that immediately comes to mind when you think of the romantic ending of Eat, Pray, Love. The lush, languid island of Bali lingers, embedded in our imaginations from Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling book and the movie starring Julia Roberts. As much as Bali is known for its romantic resorts, sandy beaches and luscious green […]

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South Africa Standouts

South Africa Standouts

  South Africa is seductive; it is wild; it is a photographer’s paradise, a gourmet’s Valhalla, an adventurer’s Utopia.   Story and photos by Marybeth Bond. Article first appeared in Travelgirl Magazine.  From the dazzling city of Cape Town, curled around the base of a 3,500-foot-high Table Mountain, to the mountainous Winelands, to five-star, big […]

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San Francisco Locals Share the 6 Best Things to Do

San Francisco Locals Share the 6 Best Things to Do

By Marybeth Bond/GutsyTraveler The tourist season, when we have lots of out-of-town visitors 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 […]

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