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Now’s the time to visit Portugal

Now’s the time to visit Portugal

Lisbon, Porto and the Duoro River Valley have become “all the rage”.     One of the Great European River Journeys The Duoro Valley east of Porto, in northern Portugal, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to it’s scenic beauty and wine producing history dating back 2,000 years. My husband and I left […]

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The Best Travel Apps for 2017

The Best Travel Apps for 2017

As avid travelers, we want to share the best travel apps we have found useful before and during our journeys worldwide.  Walking tours anytime by local experts Detour, is a cool new app for people who hate conventional walking tours (meeting with large groups at an appointed time, having to follow along at the tour […]

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Best Places to Heal

Best Places to Heal

My mother shared her love of gardening with me when I was young, and when she died after a long illness, I planted myself in my garden to tear out weeds and wail to the winds. Many friends suggested eating my favorite chocolate as I racked my brain for the best places to heal. Here’s […]

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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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Tips for Healthy Travel

Tips for Healthy Travel

Getting sick while traveling can put a damper on all your plans. Healthy travel is so important to a successful trip. Here’s how to minimize the germs you are exposed to and avoid getting sick. 1. Use hand sanitizers often. Carry disinfectant wipes and use them to cleanse the tray table, arm rest, rim of […]

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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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Hike the Pacific Crest Trail in Sections

Hike the Pacific Crest Trail in Sections

Best day, weekend and long hikes and how to plan.  You read the book,  Wild, you cried during the entire movie, and if you only had eight months to hike…maybe you could do it. Who has that kind of time? I have lived about four feet from the Pacific Crest Trail in Kennedy Meadow, CA for […]

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Normandy as painted by the Impressionists

Normandy as painted by the Impressionists

Normandy is like a beret perched askew on a Frenchman’s head, the 360-mile Normand coast curls along the north and northwest of France. After visiting Rouen, I headed for the coast to soak in the beaches and soft-green landscapes bathed in shifting light. Claude Monet’s Etretat “I count on doing a large canvas of 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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Managing Airport Stress

Managing Airport Stress

No one escapes stress. All people can do is to manage it. There are a multitude of causes, but airports rank among the worst of them. A neuropsychologist remarked while passing through London Heathrow, the sixth busiest airport in the world, that it was a similar experience to being in a riot, according to the Telegraph newspaper […]

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