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Travel safety for women

  Travel safety for woman is the number one concern for students, seniors and world adventurers. I've written chapters in my books and spoken at universities and at travel shows about "how to stay safe and travel the world". Here are ways to be prepared and avoid...

Bucket List Trip: Cruise Australia and New Zealand

  Australia and New Zealand kept calling our names, but let’s face it, they are a long way from home. I was a little overwhelmed by the complicated planning aspects of trying to fly around the huge continent of Australia and how to navigate both islands in New...

Rodeo Fever at the Calgary Stampede. Giddy Up Cowboy.

            I’ve always loved rodeos, and the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada was on my bucket list for years.  I finally dusted off my cowboy boots and joined daredevils, horse enthusiasts, music lovers, families, and wannabe cowboys, at the western extravaganza....

Chasing the Midnight Sun in Norway. Hut-to-hut hiking and Freedom Camping.

Hut-to-hut hiking and Freedom Camping is the way to go in Norway if you love the outdoors and want stay on a budget. Last summer my partner and I hiked above deep fjords, slept in comfy huts, drove scenic remote roads, soaked in panoramic views of sheer mountain faces...

Revel in Barcelona and Beyond

Barcelona’s sensory-rich food scene, stunning Gaudi-designed architecture and glitzy nightlife lure big crowds in the summer. Last year over 18 million tourists descended upon the Catalan metropolis of 5.5 million people. If you want Barcelona to yourself and you want...

Yellowstone Country wildlife. Welcome bear cubs, bison calves and wolf pups

Spring is an exciting time of the year to see Yellowstone wildlife, especially newborns. If you ask the locals, most residents of northwestern Wyoming’s Cody – situated east of Yellowstone National Park – will tell you the season truly begins when the babies make...

Loving Lucerne

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...

San Francisco Locals Share the 6 Best Things to Do

By Marybeth Bond/GutsyTraveler The tourist season, when we have lots of out-of-town visitors is almost here and we're gearing up for it.  Here are our suggestions of where to go beyond “must see” tourist places: Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Ghirardelli, and The Golden...

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Magic in the heart of the Austrian Alps

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...

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Semester Abroad – 30 Days ‘Til Departure

Annalyse, a college student from Los Angeles is studying abroad in Florence, Italy. She shares tips, trips and tales from Europe. Why do I have my best ideas and worst worries seconds before I fall into a deep sleep?  Last night as I was tossing and turning I...

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Summer in Norway on a Budget

Is it possible to travel in Norway on a tight budget? Yes. We found a way. Last summer my partner and I hiked hut to hut above deep fjords, drove scenic remote roads, soaked in panoramic views of sheer mountain faces and camped, under the never setting midnight sun....

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Berlin on a Budget

Berlin is top of the list for cities that are “in” right now and here's how to do it on a budget. Twenty-six friends from California, New York, and London joined my partner and me last summer to share the cost of a modern, industrial loft for a week. We cooked many...

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The Best Travel Apps for frequent travelers

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...

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Nightlife in Berlin: Clubs and Entertainment

Then nightlife in Berlin is world famous with clubs that feature gardens, a swimming pools with a swing, a fake beach, beach, even a large tree house offering fluffy pillows and couches.  Be prepared to dance all night and 'til 10 am and to listen to top quality...

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Europe Riverboat Cruises Offer Ease and Old World Beauty

Seeing Europe from a riverboat is an intimate way to navigate the historic Old World waterways. We were close to the water, so close in fact, that quacking ducks awoke us one day and chirping birds and chiming church bells another. This kind of trip is not about...

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Burgundy by bike, boat or car

  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...

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Revel in Barcelona and Beyond

Barcelona’s sensory-rich food scene, stunning Gaudi-designed architecture and glitzy nightlife lure big crowds in the summer. Last year over 18 million tourists descended upon the Catalan metropolis of 5.5 million people. If you want Barcelona to yourself and you want...

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