Monday, August 6, 2018


Want to learn more about Independent Travel from Dr. Travelbest. Here's a short video on the topic of why you should GO!

Dr. Travelbest wants to know your travel questions and what's on your bucket list. Here is a sneak peek at our future podcast on travel. Be sure to let me know you heard it and if you like it, join our Facebook Group for more info.
I want to hear from you.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Dr. Mary Travelbest in Washington and Oregon?

Are you travelling in the great Northwest this year? If you are, what is your favorite activity to do on the road? We just returned from a 4500 mile car trip, the ultimate road trip, really. We went north through all of the US through to Canada and even up into Banff and Jasper National Parks, before going west to Vancouver, then down through Washington and Oregon before returning to San Diego, California.
This image includes some of the activities in Oregon (top two) and Washington (bottom two). The top left is on the beach in Brookings, Mill Beach. A residential area with only about 5 parking spots, so I doubt this will ever be a busy beach. Brookings is just north of the California border on Highway 5. The top right photo, also Brookings, shows a man on a boat called Lady Louise who sells crabs. These are the freshest crabs that I ever tasted. He catches them using traps during the morning, sells them all that day. He offers a fair price and then steams them for you. You will find him in the harbor.

The bottom left is when we were in Shelton, Washington. At the other end of this lake is the State Capital, in Olympia. From this photo, it's a 20 minute boat ride and 40 minutes if you drove. We had a very low tide at this point, so we walked in big boots all the way out to the shore and found some oysters. We put them whole on the barbeque and steamed them. The shells just fell open for us after a few minutes. The best oysters are the freshest from Shelton. We also toured a factory that sells wholesale crab. So if you own a restaurant, perhaps you will call Salish Seafoods, on Sqaxin Island. They are in Shelton. Ask for Rod and call 360 426-4933. They only sell to wholesalers. Who knows, you may get some great deals. This is NOT a sponsored post, by any means.
The bottom right image is from the Olympic Peninsula. This area is a National Forest/Park. This is a fish hatchery, run by the US Fish and Wildlife. Here, we see where 600,000 baby salmon are now living. They will be released in May to the river. And, 18 months later, they return to the place they came, if they are still alive. You will find the Skokomish River and some Indian Reservations (including casinos) in this region. One is called the "Lucky Dog." What do you think of that name?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The World's First Guide to Independent Travel for Active Senior Women

Learn about the newest guide from Dr. Mary Travelbest, for active senior women. We hope you enjoy this free sample of Book Chapters in the link. Below you see some original images and a description of the newest version, and pre-order. We are grateful for your comments, too.

You say you want to go, but don’t take the steps you need. Why not? Because you aren’t yet ready. This Independent Travel Guide, the original title, with hundreds of thousands of satisfied readers, will take you where you need to go, down the path to Independent Travel as an active senior.
What trips are on your Bucket List? We want to inspire and guide you toward finding your journey and making the most of it.
25 years ago, we identified the Independent Traveler and published the first-ever guide, and now we want to guide the Active Senior Traveler, who wants to travel, but maybe doesn’t have anyone to go with them. That should not stop you from going! Our website was created with the independent traveler in mind, and we’ve been blogging about you since 2007. We have thousands of social media followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogspot, YouTube, Google and other platforms, who love to travel like you. We’re listening to you and now that’s part of the conversation of travel.
Travel is a trillion dollar industry, with financial and sustainable impacts across all sectors. France and the USA lead the world in popular destinations, and thanks to technology, you can be connected while you go, wherever you like. We have a chapter on this, helping the active senior stay connected on the road.
Destinations, like Costa Rica, with lovely beaches, volcanoes, spider monkeys, alligators and zip lining are all awaiting the Active Senior traveler. Yes, you can do it alone, or with a friend. We will guide you in how to make this happen, and enjoy it so much, so you will be planning your next trip on the way home.
This mother and daughter team of authors will delight and inspire you to get up and go. We’ve crossed the globe solo and travelled together and can’t wait to share our stories and advice with our readers.
Dr. Mary and Tina Travelbest
The Golden Years are not always golden for many. This book can change the trajectory of seniors lives from being wishful to being active. I wrote the First Guide to Independent Travel to help launch my own business, in 1993, and then married, had four children and grew the business while still travelling. This perspective allows "Dr. Travelbest" as a trusted icon, to help you, instead of allowing a stranger to ​direct your trip. You take charge of your trip and your life by following your personal goals for travel.