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Valentine’s Day without a lover

Valentine’s Day without a lover

If a significant other is not part of your life right now, join the crowd! I spent many years without a partner and I learned to “turn off” all the Valentine’s Day babble and Hallmark messaging. I either went out with friends or bought a special take-out dinner and luxuriated in a long bubble bath. […]

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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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Travel dangers for women

Travel dangers for women

These days, it’s discouraging to read all the stories about travel dangers, especially for  women whose vacations have become nightmares. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe while you indulge your wanderlust in this big, wide, wonderful world. Pack your street smarts along with your hiking boots and bikini. Remember Aruba. Natalee Holloway, […]

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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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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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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.   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 five animal safaris, South Africa should be on every travelgirl’s bucket list. I’m […]

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Volunteer vacations for a day.

Volunteer vacations for a day.

Volunteer Vacations Many tourists hunt for a meaningful service project overseas, however, most volunteer vacations are for a week or longer. Family Vacations What do you do with three teenage kids in Cambodia? Anthony Damaschino found a unique opportunity for his family to volunteer with Give A Day Global. They made all the arrangements 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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