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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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Romantic Wine Country Getaway in Sonoma Valley

Romantic Wine Country Getaway in Sonoma Valley

From the moment I pulled into the discrete entrance to the Kenwood Inn and Spa, I felt like I’d returned to Tuscany.  I almost expected the friendly Concierge to welcome me with the familiar greeting — Ciao Bella. Yes, it really feels like Italy; from the honey-colored Mediterranean-style buildings to the fountains and flower-filled courtyard.  […]

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Travel Rip-offs and How to Avoid Them

Travel Rip-offs and How to Avoid Them

Let me share my travel tips of how to avoid theft, frauds and over-paying while traveling.   1.) Avoid baggage fees. Depending upon the airline you can pay $15 to $75 for the first checked bag, and more for overweight bags. When possible, pack lightly enough to carry-on one bag or fly airlines that still allow free […]

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Step into history in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Metropole Hotel

Step into history in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Metropole Hotel

Hanoi is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful colonial Indochinese cities. It was a bucket list item for my adult daughters and me — to stay at the crowning jewel of Asian colonial-style hotels, the Sofitel Hanoi Metropole. This Grand Dame, built in 1901 by the French, is in the same luxury league of “Legendary Hotels” […]

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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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Even the most experienced traveler forgets things and learns from travel tips. 

Even the most experienced traveler forgets things and learns from travel tips. 

Even the most experienced travelers forget important items and are constantly learning new travel tips. Once again, I find myself leaving for an international trip in two days and I’m still making lists. To make my next trip, and yours, easier, here is my last minute list.   1. Call your credit card company to […]

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Royal India: Rajasthan, the “Land of Kings”

Royal India: Rajasthan, the “Land of Kings”

From the moment I step off the plane, India starts working its magic on me. The air swirls with smoky sandalwood and spices, and the streets are teeming with people, cars, and cows. One of my favorite places to visit is Rajasthan, the “Land of Kings.” The Land of Kings Rajasthan is one of India’s most […]

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Ways to explore in a new city

Ways to explore in a new city

Finding your way around a new city by trial and error makes for great stories after the fact, but usually isn’t so fun at the time, and wastes a lot of time and money.  Go beyond what the guidebooks suggest and find the hidden gems of a new city. 1. Taking a peek at a […]

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Travel safety for women, students, seniors

Travel safety for women, students, seniors

Travel safety is the number one concern for women, students, seniors and world adventurers. I’ve written chapters in my books and spoken at universities and at travel shows about “how to stay safe and travel the world”. Here are ways to prepare ourselves and avoid trouble.   1. We can be aware of our surrounding. […]

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