Marybeth Bond

National Geographic author, writer. Twelve books, explored overed 100 countries on 7 continents. Featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and founder of www.Alsunnah.info She has been featured over 1,000 times on TV, radio and print. She is a Contributor to National Geographic, Yahoo Travel, Travelgirl Magazine, CNN, CNN Airport Network.

Speaker, spokesperson, author, travel expert, Marybeth, the Gutsy Traveler walks the talk. She's an adventurer; biked 3,200 miles, two months across the USA, traveler to over 100 countries. Media travel expert for CBS News, CNN, ABC, NBC, NPR and National Geographic.

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Paris Tips for women, solo travelers, romance.

Paris Tips for women, solo travelers, romance.

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  Paris promises something for everyone – sophistication, beauty, culture, history, cuisines, art, escape and that nebulous quality called ambiance and tips from a resident help you capture it all. Hopefully when you visit Paris you’ll carve out time to do more than rush to the major tourists sites; the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the […]

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Magic in the heart of the Austrian Alps

Magic in the heart of the Austrian Alps

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From ski slopes with stunning vistas to fine food at the top of the world, the Austrian Alps roll out the welcome mat. Not far from the violin harmonies of Mozart in the gilded halls of Salzburg, I discovered a quieter perfection – the sound of a gurgling mountain stream and cowbells while hiking through […]

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Iceland by sea: explore the land of puffins, elves and fjords

Iceland by sea: explore the land of puffins, elves and fjords

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Despite its name, only 10% of Iceland is actually covered in ice. In fact, the country about the size of Maine, is gloriously green. Wildflower fields, lush meadows, and rich tundra blanket a landscape of astonishing variety: black sand beaches, tumbling waterfalls, active volcanoes, bubbling hot springs in the middle of the wilderness, and snowcapped […]

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Eyeball a Penguin from a kayak in Antarctica

Eyeball a Penguin from a kayak in Antarctica

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One penguin, one iceberg, one day – that’s all it took to fall for Antarctica. To be honest with you, I wasn’t too sure about Antarctica; it was my husband’s dream. I worried about being cold, bored and sea sick. I was so wrong.  I didn’t get sea sick (OK, queasy for a few hours, […]

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Ski or hike in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Ski or hike in Zermatt, Switzerland.

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Head to Zermatt, Switzerland for spectacular powder runs, stunning trails and the romantic charm of an idyllic Alpine village.  Matterhorn Magic Walt Disney was inspired by the majestic sharp mountain in southern Switzerland and copied it for the famous Disneyland ride. It’s easy to fall in love with the Swiss winter, especially in the shadow of […]

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Luxury Hotel on Vancouver Island

Luxury Hotel on Vancouver Island

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You can tell a lot about a luxury hotel by the way it greets its guests. You might expect a formal doorman to meet you at the curb and leave you at the front desk. That’s not the case at the Wickaninnish Inn, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. A smiling, fit staff […]

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Burgundy by bike, boat or car

Burgundy by bike, boat or car

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  Paris may be crawling with tourists scurrying to monuments and museums, but in Burgundy, a mere 90 minutes south  on the TGV train, sightseeing is never an object. The pace is slow, the countryside bucolic and the pleasures of gastronomy rule supreme. The chandeliers in the Michelin-starred restaurants are eternally glittering and the puffy […]

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Family Travel. The best and the worst family getaways.

Family Travel. The best and the worst family getaways.

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Family travel is a time to make memories that last a lifetime. Over two decades and to over two dozen countries, I traveled with my kids, usually without an adult partner to help out. If you want to do more than beaches and amusement parks, then read on for tips and scroll down for suggestions for […]

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Romantic Ocean View Resorts in Southern California

Romantic Ocean View Resorts in Southern California

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Eat, sleep and soak in Southern California’s most romantic ocean view resorts. The Lodge at Torres Pines, La Jolla and Bacara Resort and Spa, Santa Barbara Balanced on the coastal clips overlooking the Pacific Ocean, above the community of La Jolla, the Lodge has been drawing avid golfers and lovers to its sunny climate and majestic […]

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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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