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Gutsy Women: More Travel Tips and Wisdom for the Road (Travelers' Tales) Paperback – August 28, 2007

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"...essential reading for women travelers of any age." -- Chicago Tribune

"...filled with practical suggestions on everything from getting yourself pumped up to go, to planning emotionally and mentally..." -- Times (California)

"...this book is fresh and insightful, even for the most-seasoned traveler." -- Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Travelers' Tales
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales; 3rd edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932361510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932361513
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,254,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The author has written a book packed so full of valuable information and wisdom that every woman who travels anywhere should read it over and over again. Many of the tips are just as valid when applied to domestic travel as to travel in foreign lands.
Some of the topics are safety and security (TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS is her mantra), women traveling together, health and hygiene, keeping in touch, bargaining, tipping, packing.
I especially appreciated these tips:when to purchase plane tickets (Wednesdays) and when not to do so (Saturdays); to carry a combination lock -- you never know when it might come in handy; always carry enough money in your shoe to get you out of a tight spot----these are things I probably could have thought of but hadn't.
Bond leads the traveler-to-be through all she should do to adequately prepare: reading guidebooks, making an itinerary (and leaving a copy of it at home with family and friends), getting information from other travelers, doing research, learning a few words in the language of the countries you are visiting, and making checklists.
This book is wonderfully organized and is a MUST for every woman who wants to travel and feel both safe and well-prepared.
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Marybeth Bond has packed a tremendous amount of relevant and heart-felt information in this short book. Not only is this book practical and informative, but it is also sensitive to women's particular concerns and needs while traveling. As a young, single, aspiring traveler, I am concerned about possible obstacles and risks that I may encounter while traveling alone. This book addressed every aspect I had thought of and more - from the all important safety issues, to health and hygeiene to romance on the road and tips for staying in touch with loved ones while gone. I also appreciated the new chapters on volunteering abroad, special interest programs and traveling with other women (be they your friends, mother, or children).
This book inspired me, gave me courage, and set my worried mind more at ease. She gives straightforward, womanly advice on virtually everything that may come up for the solo woman traveler and, through her own experiences and the experiences she conveys of other women travelers, proves that women can and should travel safely, confidently, and joyfully.
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Gutsy Women is a book not just about travel; it's about how to live. From the introduction, in which Ms. Bond invites the reader to decide whether her life will be "a treadmill, saga or pilgrimage," she shows a woman how she can depart from the familiar, her sphere of control, and journey beyond what she knows to embrace the exotic, wherein she will discover the depth of her own resources.
From her wisdom garnered over many years of travel, much of it solo or with her daughters, and from quotations of others who have "been there," this little volume (packs easily in a purse) prepares a woman to approach the unknown with equanimity. Its primary focus is practical. Ms. Bond thoroughly covers the "how to's" and "what if's," of travel, imparting advice that is both sensible and ambitious, emphasizing how to get the most from the travel experience without sacrificing a sense of well being.
Gutsy Women contains hints for anyone and everyone, e.g. how to protect one's self from bad air in planes, but is particularly valuable for young women, older women, mothers and grandmothers. Its only failing in my mind is that it was not available to me 30 years ago.
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Marybeth Bond is one of my favorite travel writers. Whether she is compiling stories about women's travel: "A Woman's Passion for Travel," "A Woman's World" or "A Mother's World" or providing us with sound travel advise through the Gutsy Women's series, Marybeth is a source of sound advice, untempered passion for adventure and an umitigated belief in the strength of women. Read her books and you will be inspired, touched and ready for adventure.
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I sometimes fear I may lose the desire to travel. It's so much easier to stay in my own little home. It's so much easier on my husband and family when I am content to be at home.
But...ooops!!! I read one of Marybeth's books and off I go again, dreaming about my next trip.
Marybeth and I are old friends and travel buddies. We met in Nepal many years ago and established a wonderful friendship based on many things, but the bottom line was our love of travel.
"Gutsy Women" is an important book for all of us to read. Marybeth has garnered all the important information we need for safe adventures. She left out only a couple of tips which I think should be passed on to all her readers: 1. Don't hang your coat on the light fixtures in your small hotel rooms. (Yes, your coat will start a fire when you turn on the light switch and leave it on for awhile. This happened to Marybeth and me in our small hotel on the Left Bank of Paris.) 2. Watch your luggage. Do not leave it unattended. (Yes, this happened to us at the airport in Paris. It was my suitcase which was blown up. We were so excited to be in Paris, we forgot to pay attention.) 3. Ask the rental car agent how to put your car in reverse. (Yes, this too happened to Marybeth and me. While one person handled the steering wheel, the rest of us pushed the car to where we needed it to be to go forward.)
Travel will change your life. Read Marybeth's book and you will change it safely, but you will never give up a chance for another adventure! All of us can be Gusty Women!
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