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Join us, a Smashbrothers and freelance writers for tips and inspiration to journey around the world.
I'll admit, it's easy to be "wowed"by Paola's accomplishments. She retired at age 55 from a marketing career and traveled to 55 countries to interview women for her 5 books. When I met her at an art show in Northern California a few weeks ago, she was jetting off to...read more
Living in a village in Nepal —in the middle of the tourist off-season, I might add—has taught me a thing or two about surviving in a country where you don’t speak the language. With a little help from your smartphone and a healthy dose of humility, it is easy to enjoy...read more
With over 40 hilltops (and 70 by some accounts), San Francisco is the second hilliest city in the world. While we residents are accustomed to our unusual topography, visitors can get weak in the knees just thinking about some of our epic ascents. As the founder of...read more
From Cape Cod to Lake Tahoe, luxury properties at ski resorts and beaches offer deep discounts in their off season - springtime. Here are some springtime getaway ideas for travelers with wanderlust. Ritz Carlton (Lake Tahoe, California): Beginning May 6th, starting...read more
As a travel writer, I frequently fly across oceans and time zones. Here are my travel-tested tips to avoid jet lag or minimize jet lag fatigue. 1. Avoid alcoholic beverages, or salty drinks (like Bloody Mary mix) and caffeine during the flight. 2. Drink a glass of...read more
When Judy's doctor called and gave her the good news about her remission from breast cancer, we screamed, laughed and cried together. "Let's do something big - let's take a trip," Judy suggested. For several months we were always too busy --work, family, doctors...read more
Let's face it. Packing for a trip is not easy. Even the most organized or seasoned traveler, like me, still makes stupid mistakes. Learn from my “almost disasters” and leave the stress at home. Here are my tried and true packing tips for travel: Look Backwards 1. ...read more
Packing is such a pain. Lists help me reduce the stress. Here's my list of last minute items I’ve forgotten in the past: cell phone charger, night gown, toothpaste, washcloth (many hotels overseas do not provide them), large safety pin or clothespin to fully close...read more
My friends all thought I was crazy. "Climbers fall you know. Splat -- on the pavement. That could be you," I was warned. After all, I'm not a so young any more and I had never rappelled off a skyscraper. Nor had I ever done a "free" rappel -- you have no with...read more
Truth be told I didn’t expect to be so spellbound by Sunnylands. The name put me off. I rather expected a Hollywood set. The 200-acre historic estate, located in Rancho Mirage, CA near Palm Springs, is quite the opposite; filled with priceless art, gorgeous gardens,...read more
Smashbrothers Mamas: Travel Tips and Wisdom for Mothers on the Road In this pocket tome, Marybeth Bond dispenses invaluable advice on staying healthy on the road, traveling to third world countries and close to home, traveling to adopt abroad, and keeping children of all...read more
Flying soon? Here are packing stip that will help you get through that line a little quicker, from gutsy traveler Marybeth Bond: Remember the 3-1-1 rule. httpv://www..com/watch?v=GOi3z1ZwkNkread more