Friday, January 24, 2020

Munich, Germany

Take yourself to Bavaria, part of southern Germany, for the Black Forest, Oktoberfest any time of year, and even some places that were famous in WW2 as concentration camps. I will guide you on the best places to go and things to do, before you leave town. I also give you my mistakes along the way, so you won't repeat them. Learn from the Best Travelers for Independent Women.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Houston, Texas

Everything is BIG in Texas, and the Doctor tells you a few of her travel bests in Houston. Learn about the touristy things, but also off the beaten path. Pick up some travel tips and my mistakes, too.

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Friday, January 3, 2020


Along the West Coast of Canada is the lovely city of Vancouver, just north of Washington State. Hear about what to do in Vancouver, so your travel appetite will be aroused. You can do this trip. Listen to my mistakes and some tips for travel, too.

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Friday, December 27, 2019


Have you been to Michigan lately? Especially in the summer, there's a lot going on, but you can also enjoy all seasons. Listen to how you can visit on your time and your pace, plus learn some travel tips for independent women. 

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Munich, Germany

 Show Notes Independent Travel Dr. Mary Travelbest: Munich, Germany

In this episode: FAQ what makes someone a good travel companion?  Destination: Munich Germany, My mistakes: Fashion Fo-Pahs and travel advice for avoiding extra fees for carry-on baggage.

FAQ: In your experience, what makes someone a good travel companion?

Answer: My best travel companions have a sense of humor when things don’t go the way we planned, or we lose our way. Being resilient and making do with the circumstances goes a long way when with another person on the road. Patience and curiosity are two great qualities to carry along, too.

Today’s Independent Destination- Munich, Germany

For the Tourist: Two favorite memories of Munich are Oktoberfest (mid Sept-Mid Oct) and Dachau.
The Fest is also called:  Wisen, pronounced “Vizen “ after Therese, one of the originals from a wedding party feast two centuries ago.

Yes, the fest is now 204 years old, and only features beer from Munich. There are 14 very large tents. The most famous one is Schottenhamel because it’s where the mayor taps the first keg and the biggest one is Hofbräu-Festhalle which seats almost 11,000 people.
If the season is not Oktoberfest, you still can visit the Hofbrau House in Munich.

Dachau is a concentration camp about 20 minutes from Munich, where 40,000 people were killed in WW2. Never forget the past kept ringing through my head and heart as I walked through this former prison for unfortunate people from a war torn country.

Off the Beaten Path: Not far from Munich is an area of hills and mountains known as The Black Forest, for its dense evergreen forests and picture-like villages, maybe similar to the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. It’s known for spas and cuckoo clocks. In the center of the towns, you may be able to sit and have a drink and do some people watching and just enjoy the setting. Stuttgart and Freiburg are nearby, and you’ll see Gothic architecture and vineyards. A friend that I met in New Zealand, named Ulrich Gembardt, who worked as a reporter for the BBC in  Germany, took me around the area, exploring the Black Forest, where he had a second home. I found the area to be especially delightful and not so well known in the USA. Visit if you can.

Today’s Mistakes

Two fashion errors today to report. The first was wearing brand new blue jeans in the pouring rain. My waist, backside and legs turned all blue.
That was a poor plan and took several days to get my skin normal. Wash your new jeans before you go in the rain and become a blue person.
And don’t do what I did and wear new hiking boots on a long trip. Be sure you break them in for at least several weeks before you leave town.

Today’s Travel Advice

Airlines want to charge you for extras these day. Here’s a tip for you to avoid extra charges at the gate. If the airline makes you shrink down to only one bag, and you’re carrying two, stuff one bag into the other one. If you need to, you can remove the items from the smaller bag and place them in the larger one. Put things in your pockets if you need to, or add another layer of clothing to your outfit and then re-organize once you get on the plane.
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Houston, Texas

Show Notes Dr. Mary Travelbest: Houston

In this episode: Eating Vegan on the road, Destination: Houston, Mistake is getting pick pocketed, and tips are things to carry in your car if on a road trip.

FAQ- Can I eat vegan or vegetarian while on the road?
Yes, you can and it’s getting easier to do that. Try planning ahead to see what places are vegan. You can always find the staples of Beans and Rice, even when you’re not on the road. Falafel. Eat breakfast, wherever you start out. Carry your own food. Be sure to have protein, including nuts.
I’m not a vegan, but I know that it’s a very healthy lifestyle, so I’ll be more conscious of others who are.

Today’s Independent Destination- Houston

Touristy:  Yes, it’s a Huge city, and the locals like that it’s been “underrated” for many years.
And Texas is a huge state, so consider that everything is BIG here.
What’s there to do? Music is big, think Beyonce. Literature is big, think  Larry McMurtry,
Shopping- the Galleria with 400+ stores, including 60 local ones.
Oil is big in Texas. The Bush family lives here, right?
Steaks-I’m sure they are Texas sized, too.
Johnson Space Center-NASA-held the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

It’s a sports town, NBA Houston Rockets

Off the beaten path: One of our best men from our wedding, Pico Mina, held his wedding here. Some great memories of a horse driven carriage and a lovely bride, Catherine. …Pappadeaux Restaurant chain was founded here. Great seafood and more.

Another time in Houston was not by choice. I was stranded overnight at the airport due to bad weather. I found a local guy named Howard, who was in my same predicament and spent the night at his place, not a romantic event, just two travelers who would return to the airport the next day and try to get away. That story did not work out, as I never did get to my destination. But that will be for another day!

Today’s Mistake-
My friend Becky wanted me to share her story. She told me about getting robbed right after she got to Europe, because she was a little jetlagged and not herself. Her friend had her wallet in a purse, zipped, and inside the jacket, closed. They were on the subway, and it was crowded, but the friend did not even know they were picked. That’s a good pickpocket, because they never saw it happen. Don’t get robbed. Stay on top of your surroundings. The end of the story was that they got their wallets back, minus the cash. They did have to cancel their credit cards, but the bank was very supportive and helpful, even giving them some personal support and advice for the future.

Today’s Travel Advice- Are you going on a road trip? Consider these things….
Things to keep in your car:
Spare tire with jack, charger for your phone, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water, blanket, registration and proof of insurance, jacket, wine opener, raincoat or poncho, reflectors, and remember that if you bring it, you likely won’t need it. But if you forget it, you will certainly need it!
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Independent Travel Show Notes: Michigan

Welcome to Dr. Mary Travelbest’s Independent Travel Guide. This is for women who travel, who want to travel, and especially for those who want to travel independently.

In this episode: FAQ When is the best time to plan a trip? Destination: Michigan, Mistake: spinning around off the highway on ice, and tip on making copies of your passport.

FAQ- When is the best time to plan a trip?
I like to plan my trip on the way home from the last one. It just makes sense when you can do that. You’ve got that last bit of energy and excitement from where you’ve just been. Take a few minutes to put together a plan, and then start researching why you’d want to go there and when. From there, it’s up to you on getting the plan moving forward. You don’t always need someone to plan with you. You can just plan your own trip, you  know! It will be fun once you get going and start believing that you’re really going.

Today’s Independent Destination- Michigan

Lake Michigan is a paradise, especially in the summer.
Places to remember forever, like the dunes, sand dunes, sailing and Macinac Island.
You can visit the island, stay at the Victorian Grand Hotel, like from the movie, Somewhere in Time and imagine you are on the front porch with Christopher Reeve.
The island has only 500 residents year round, but plenty of travelers in the summer. Almost no cars on the island, which is mostly a nature preserve.

 the motor city has a lot of great things to explore. I remember visiting the Renaissance Center   when it first opened. Seven interconnected buildings. Free tours most days. GM is headquartered here.

It’s motor city, where cars are really the stars. The auto shows are exceptional. It’s also Motown City, with great music. Last year, I went through Detroit’s airport and found it to be really easy to get around, too. Walking through the tunnels was a very colorful experience. Murals moved and so did I!
Windsor, Canada is right across the border, and yes you can cross easily, for free.
Skiing is great in Michigan if you happen to be there in winter, but be sure you’re protected from the elements.
Fall colors are so special here, with plenty of views.
Living in Chicago, I visited Michigan often. It’s not too far of a drive, and the people in Michigan are really very lovely to know. There’s a lot to do from Manistee in the north, to Grand Rapids, down further south.
Traverse City, one of the most resort-like towns is great to vacation in the summer. I’ve been there in the winter, too, and it’s much different. The skiing is not too bad at Iron Mountain, in the UP.
If in Flint, don’t drink the water.
U of M Ann Arbor has some great football games, or just visit the university and say “GO BLUE”

Today’s Mistake-

We got stuck in the middle of the road in Indiana in a snowstorm, twisted around and helpless. It was scary as we did not know how we would get out. I think we eventually got a tow and then stayed in a lousy motel that night nearby.
Thanksgiving Vacation. Listening to “miracles” song by Jefferson Starship
Maribeth Meersman, Maureen Dowdle and right off highway 70.
It was a miracle that we were safe and drove out of there. Don’t drive on ice.

Today’s Travel Advice-

Make copies of your travel documents, especially your passport and your credit cards. What would happen if you lose these? So don’t make the mistake of being lost with no resources. Leave one set of copies home and bring the other one with you, as a picture on your phone.

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