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Loving Lucerne

Loving Lucerne

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Along the shores of Lake Lucerne, ringed with snow-capped peaks, couples promenade arm-in-arm as the sun dips behind the mountains. Families, catching the last light, head home pushing strollers past docks decked with flower boxes spilling red geraniums. Seagulls swoop across colorful boatyards and swans skim across the cobalt lake, floating above the world of […]

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Solo traveler. Tales and tips.

Solo traveler. Tales and tips.

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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. You too can travel alone. I discovered it’s not lonely, it’s empowering. You’ll learn to talk to people: from taxi drivers, […]

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Travel dangers for women

Travel dangers for women

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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

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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

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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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Travel Bali

Travel Bali

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It’s the name that immediately comes to mind when you think of the romantic ending of Eat, Pray, Love. The lush, languid island of Bali lingers, embedded in our imaginations from Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling book and the movie starring Julia Roberts. As much as Bali is known for its romantic resorts, sandy beaches and luscious green […]

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New York Times Features Marybeth “Pioneer in Women Travel”

New York Times Features Marybeth “Pioneer in Women Travel”

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For advice, ideas, tips on women travel, the New York Times recommends Marybeth. Marybeth is a journalist, editor, author based in San Francisco. She has traveled to over 100 countries on 7 continents and writes for National Geographic.  Outside Magazine featured Marybeth on the cover with her travel stories and advice and The New York Times […]

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Marin County. Easy getaway near San Francisco.

Marin County. Easy getaway near San Francisco.

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When the frigid fog rolls into San Francisco, locals head across the Golden Gate Bridge to hike, bike or drive to Marin County where the wether is sunnier and the temperatures are warmer.     Although Marin was the birthplace of George Lucas’ Obi Wan Kenobi and home to the Grateful Dead, it is the […]

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Girlfriend Getaway: Ashland, Oregon

Girlfriend Getaway: Ashland, Oregon

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For a girlfriend getaway, or mother-daughter trip, check out Ashland, Oregon. Theater lovers, foodies and nature enthusiasts all agree that this small hamlet north of the California border is a cultural epicenter the over 50-years of staging Shakespeare and modern plays. It’s not a secret any more, so reserve your tickets early. Girlfriend Getaways I […]

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Women Travel Safety: Attacks in India and Mexico: Travelers Do’s and Don’ts

Women Travel Safety: Attacks in India and Mexico: Travelers Do’s and Don’ts

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From Acapulco to New Delhi — in tourist bars, hotel rooms, taxis and deserted streets, women are less safe than ever. Traveling to see the world is exciting and entirely safe for most of us, most of the time.  However, for us, for women, we move around the world with a different mind set, one […]

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