RSSTravel Magazine

Solo woman traveler. Tales and tips.

Solo woman traveler. Tales and tips.

No one expected me to be a solo woman traveler. I had never eaten a meal alone in a restaurant or traveled on my  own — except for business trips. I surprised everyone, including myself. Shelving a lucrative career at the age of 29, I fulfilled a childhood dream and took off for two years […]

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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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Gutsy? Adventurous? Reckless? We Biked Across America for Osteoporosis Charity: the Toughest Thing I’ve Ever Done!

Gutsy? Adventurous? Reckless? We Biked Across America for Osteoporosis Charity: the Toughest Thing I’ve Ever Done!

WHY?  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 van. Our roadblocks were logistical challenges and unanswered questions.  How […]

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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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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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Women Travel Statistics and Women Travel Trends

Women Travel Statistics and Women Travel Trends

Women travel statistics indicate that women consumers now drive the world travel economy. Women are earning more, spending more and influencing all levels of the travel industry. Women’s purchasing power in the travel segment has never been higher. Women’s Purchasing Power and  Spending Power Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases including everything from autos […]

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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.             To cross the street (–and stay alive), slowly wade […]

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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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