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Gutsy Travelers. NewYorkTimes

Marybeth is a journalist, editor, author based in San Francisco. She writes for National Geographic, and freelances for national magazines and newspapers. She has visited more than 100 countries and 7 continents.  Outside Magazine featured Marybeth on the cover, the New York Times profiled her in the Travel Section, and she was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show as the The Gutsy Traveler. More here.


New York Times Travel Section. Profile of Marybeth Bond

Marybeth's books, including 3 for National Geographic. Gusty Women has sold over 90,000 copies and been translated into 3 languages.

Marybeth’s best selling books, including 3 for National Geographic

Annalyse in Bergen, Norway.



Annalyse hiking in Norway.

Annalyse is the real deal. A new generation of gutsy traveler. She braved bears, loneliness, and blisters when she hiked the 215 mile John Muir Trail ALONE. She crossed the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. That’s not all. She has dived off cliffs in Indonesia and Costa Rica. Annalyse trekked hut-to-hut in Norway and in the Dolomites. She camped through the National Parks of the Western USA for 6 weeks. She lived in Florence, Italy and traveled extensively from Bali to Burma and Vietnam to Croatia, and many more countries. When she’s not on an adventure trip, she teaches in an elementary school in Oakland, California. You may run into her in National Parks in Northern California, or in a mountain hut abroad. Read her blog posts to see how she has perfected the art of traveling on a budget. 

April Orcutt writes for National Geographic Traveler,, the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle & moreWoman holding a kuala bear in Australia


Marybeth and Annalyse hiking and climbing in the Canadian Rockies.

Marybeth in Antarctica.

Marybeth in Antarctica.