Friday, November 15, 2019

San Antonio


Dr. Travelbest will guide you through San Antonio, Texas. Listen to your FAQ, the destination, my mistakes and travel tips.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

USA National Parks


Have you been to a few national parks in the USA? What is your favorite?  I'd like to hear from you about that. I'd like to feature the best of them. I will share my experiences and also give tips and some of my many mistakes too.


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Hawaii


We share travel destinations, answer your questions, tell mistakes and give tips for women travelers worldwide. Give us a few minutes and we will change our world.


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Australia


Listen to the stories from the Land Down Under, a beautiful place for anyone to visit, Australia. Share your bucket list with Dr. Travelbest.


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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Atlanta, Georgia



Dr. Mary Travelbest takes you to Atlanta, Georgia.
Caption: Big Creek Parkway in Alpharetta, Georgia


In this episode: FAQ, Mosquitos, and how to avoid being their dinner. Destination: Atlanta Georgia; My mistake was trusting the balloon pilot, and tip is to buy your airline tickets when there’s a sale.

FAQ- What to do about mosquitos? In the summer these pests are more than just a pain. What can we do to stay bite free?
Here’s a list of things: stay indoors at sunset, when they are hungry. Use Deet and Neet and other topical sprays. B1 vitamins, long sleeves and pants, netting for your sleeping and maybe your hat has a net. Does the country you are visiting have Malaria? Be sure to get shots if you can ahead of time.

Today’s Independent Destination-Atlanta, Georgia

I’ve been going to Georgia since 1974.
Underground Atlanta was one of my first memories, and it’s still there. Six city blocks of underground shopping and eating and entertainment near the Five Points area.
What’s there to do in Atlanta? Indoors or out, there’s a lot going on.
If you like to eat, the restaurants are outstanding. The food is special, for example getting a Frosted Orange at The Varsity. That’s a chain of local fast food  places.

If you like to be outdoors, Stone Mountain is a hiking area you will enjoy. Trek to the summit.
Summers are hot. The Peachtree Road Race is a 10-kilometer run held annually in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 4, Independence Day. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is the world's largest 10-kilometer race, a title it has held since the late 1970s.
 In this episode: FAQ: Mosquitos, and how to avoid being their dinner. Destination: Atlanta Georgia; My mistake was trusting the balloon pilot, and tip is to buy your airline tickets when there’s a sale.


FAQ- What to do about mosquitos? In the summer these pests are more than just a pain. What can we do to stay bite free?
Here’s a list of things: stay indoors at sunset, when they are hungry. Use Deet and Neet and other topical sprays. B1 vitamins, long sleeves and pants, netting for your sleeping and maybe your hat has a net. Does the country you are visiting have Malaria? Be sure to get shots if you can ahead of time.

Today’s Independent Destination-Atlanta, Georgia

I’ve been going to Georgia since 1974.
Underground Atlanta was one of my first memories, and it’s still there. Six city blocks of underground shopping and eating and entertainment near the Five Points area.
What’s there to do in Atlanta? Indoors or out, there’s a lot going on.
If you like to eat, the restaurants are outstanding. The food is special, for example getting a Frosted Orange at The Varsity. That’s a chain of local fast food  places.

If you like to be outdoors, Stone Mountain is a hiking area you will enjoy. Trek to the summit.
Summers are hot. The Peachtree Road Race is a 10-kilometer run held annually in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 4, Independence Day. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is the world's largest 10-kilometer race, a title it has held since the late 1970s.

The MARTA will bring you anywhere you want, quickly, and it’s inexpensive. Traffic can be terrible, but you can plan around rush hours on the freeways.
Visit Coca Cola, the CNN tour, Peachtree everything, It’s humid in the summer.

My parents lived in Dunwoody, and then in Alpharetta. I go there twice a year and find new places to see.
 Live Music Concerts
Outdoors activities year round….
Big Creek Greenway in Alpharetta. The concrete trail is approximately 8 miles and meanders along Big Creek parallel to North Point Parkway, from Windward Parkway at Marconi Drive on the north end to Mansell Road on the south end. A soft mulch trail encircles a large wetland between Haynes Bridge Road and Mansell Road. Wildlife such as blue heron, deer, ducks and Canada geese can be observed in this preserved water setting.

 Don’t miss the…Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It houses more than 100,000 animals and represents several thousand species, all of which reside in 10 million US gallons of marine and salt water.
Universities are a plenty.

Walk around the area of the Olympics from 1996 https://www.britannica.com/event/Atlanta-1996-Olympic-Games

Today’s Mistake-Trusting the balloon pilot.
I went on safari alone. Well, I did meet friends on the plane. One was a girlfriend who I still consider a good pal, even though we have not seen each other lately. The other was a balloon pilot, let’s call him Bob. Bob invited me to his camp to ride a hot air balloon. So about a week after arriving in Nairobi, I landed in his camp and he was delighted, but said I had to sleep with him to get the balloon ride. So, naturally, I declined and found a proper tent and slept there alone. I never saw him again, until watching the Today show. Bryant Gumbel was on a balloon with Bob. Really. It was the same guy. I wonder if he had to sleep with him. The mistake was my lack of judgement. I believed in this guy, but I was mistaken.

Today’s Travel Advice-Book your flights in sale periods.
The best time to book a flight is during a “sale”. For example, Southwest Airlines has many sales, some for 48 hours. Book your flight in late Aug-Dec. Non-holiday times. That is their slow season. Plan ahead if you can. Save about 50% of the cost of your travel. Sign up for the emails with your favorite travel companies.

The MARTA will bring you anywhere you want, quickly, and it’s inexpensive. Traffic can be terrible, but you can plan around rush hours on the freeways.
Visit Coca Cola, the CNN tour, Peachtree everything, It’s humid in the summer.

My parents lived in Dunwoody, and then in Alpharetta. I go there twice a year and find new places to see.
 Live Music Concerts
Outdoors activities year round….
Big Creek Greenway in Alpharetta. The concrete trail is approximately 8 miles and meanders along Big Creek parallel to North Point Parkway, from Windward Parkway at Marconi Drive on the north end to Mansell Road on the south end. A soft mulch trail encircles a large wetland between Haynes Bridge Road and Mansell Road. Wildlife such as blue heron, deer, ducks and Canada geese can be observed in this preserved water setting.

 Don’t miss the…Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It houses more than 100,000 animals and represents several thousand species, all of which reside in 10 million US gallons of marine and salt water.
Universities are a plenty.

Walk around the area of the Olympics from 1996 https://www.britannica.com/event/Atlanta-1996-Olympic-Games

Today’s Mistake-Trusting the balloon pilot.
I went on safari alone. Well, I did meet friends on the plane. One was a girlfriend who I still consider a good pal, even though we have not seen each other lately. The other was a balloon pilot, let’s call him Bob. Bob invited me to his camp to ride a hot air balloon. So about a week after arriving in Nairobi, I landed in his camp and he was delighted, but said I had to sleep with him to get the balloon ride. So, naturally, I declined and found a proper tent and slept there alone. I never saw him again, until watching the Today show. Bryant Gumbel was on a balloon with Bob. Really. It was the same guy. I wonder if he had to sleep with him. The mistake was my lack of judgement. I believed in this guy, but I was mistaken.

Today’s Travel Advice-Book your flights in sale periods.
The best time to book a flight is during a “sale”. For example, Southwest Airlines has many sales, some for 48 hours. Book your flight in late Aug-Dec. Non-holiday times. That is their slow season. Plan ahead if you can. Save about 50% of the cost of your travel. Sign up for the emails with your favorite travel companies.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

What's stopping you from travel?


What's stopping you from travel?

Why are you staying home when you can go places on your own, like Yellowstone National Park, for example. You could be out there watching nature alive, and feeling connected to the world in a new way. Most people only visit for four hours, but I would stay for at least a week if you can. Have questions, ask a ranger or the doctor (that's me).
We are conquering your fears and lack of experience with our podcast. Go ahead and give a listen to these specially focused independent travel tips, mistakes and adventures we've had along the way. Now you can keep going. 
Please be sure to write a review and share with your women friends, too!Where can you find it? Here on the blog, and on every major podcast channel. If you don't find it, let us know.
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Monday, September 30, 2019

Colorado


Dr Mary Travelbest helps you with your fear of flying. She guides you to Colorado, USA. Tips are for travel in Thailand. Enjoy your independent travel.


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Phoenix, Arizona


Dr Travelbest brings you on a visit to Phoenix. She also gives tips on how to exchange money. How do you use an alarm clock when you travel? Learn when to use a travel agent.


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Yosemite


This guide is for women who travel, and Yosemite is one of the most natural wonders you'll ever see. Be sure to catch the waterfalls if you can.


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Boston


This episode for the independent woman traveler takes us to Boston to learn some things to look for when you visit. I also answer your FAQ's, share my mistakes, and offer travel tips for the woman who has a bucket list. Do you fit in here?


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Friday, September 6, 2019

China


Yes, you can visit China as an independent woman. I will tell you how on this episode. Plus, I'll respond to your FAQ's, offer my mistakes, and give travel tips.


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Friday, August 30, 2019

London


In this episode, I respond to your FAQ's, describe some of the reasons to visit London, explain my mistakes, and give you actionable travel tips. I hope you write a review and ask a question for our next show.


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Thursday, August 29, 2019

First Episode


This is full of tips, insider experience, my mistakes and some destinations for the independent woman traveling without a tour guide. Enjoy filling up your bucket list here with us. 


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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

New Zealand


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Alaska


Dr Mary Travelbest guides you through your independent travel journey, answering your questions, giving tips and her mistakes. Here is some helpful advice and things you should know about travel in Alaska.


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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Palm Springs, California


Take a visit to Palm Springs independently. What's there to do?

Learn about how to go off the beaten path and create your own adventures.

This is a short and fun travel experience you can learn from and build your own travel confidence. 


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Monday, August 19, 2019

Japan


Are you drawn to Japan, but off the beaten path? Explore the many sides of the Japanese culture and geography as you learn about the country. Dr Travelbest also shares FAQ's, tips and my mistakes, so you can enjoy how NOT to travel, too. Have fun.


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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Dr Mary Travelbest Boston


Dr Mary Travelbest Boston 


Key Takeaways:
FAQ: Advice on how to express your opinions in a foreign country, where you are a visitor and a guest.
Boston is a walking city, with real weather, and has the best fall colors around. You will be charmed by the wonderful people, especially the highly educated environment.
My mistake: Speaking badly to the TSA when I was in the airport security line as a high schooler.
Do your homework on the internet before you leave for your trip. Dr. Travelbest provides a list of places to review and consider how to make your travel arrangements that works best for you, as an independent traveler.

·         FAQ: What is your advice in terms of talking about your political views while traveling in other countries?  Should I be outspoken or shy away from expressing my politics?
·         My advice is to keep it quiet. You are a guest. Act like one. Be respectful. You can disagree with the policies, but it’s not your place to bring your culture there, but to experience their culture. I may not always get this right myself, but this is what I think is best practice.
·         If one is asked about the US politics, you can answer, but stick to the facts.
·         In China, I was asked about my opinions of President, then, Reagan. The people there had a limited amount of news.


Today’s Independent Destination- Boston
What about Boston is so special? It’s a great walking city.
The people are so real. Yes, they have an accent, but they are full of life.
Best time is the fall, fall colors
Summer in Cape Cod
Cold in the Winter
Spring is back to being green. Still snows sometime.

My daughter went to college there, and 1 out of every 5 people there is in college, so it’s all about education.

Red Sox
Cambridge
Rowing
Historical perspectives
Seafood

The Boston Marathon that I did not attend. That was tragic, and a sad memory for the great people of the city.



Today’s Mistake- Speaking badly to the TSA when in high school. I’m embarrassed about this, and I was warned and never did it again. I made some bad judgements when in the security line in the Denver Airport in Colorado. I was by myself. No one got hurt, but I was immature. Be careful what you do when going through any security situation. Don’t do what I did!
A few years later…in my late 40’s, I remember having to remove my belt, which was cotton, and I had a baby and three toddlers with me. Still, I did it. I had no one to help me, but that was the rule, so I followed it.
TSA

Today’s Travel Advice-Research your trip on the internet
Find out what you like about the trip. Plan for day one. Look at the map, make a list of your favorite places to see, learn, eat. Imagine YOU in that destination.
What sites should you look at? Trip Advisor, AirBNB, Expedia, search the city information office or tourist office. Think of people you know and contact someone from the city you want to visit if you can.
I’ve been doing research on how mobile phones are used and there are really only two companies, Expedia and Booking, which was Priceline. So you don’t really have much choice there. Southwest Air is not included in these sites, so look there first. Shop around and find what’s best for 


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Dr. Mary Travelbest Chile


Dr. Mary Travelbest Chile


Key Takeaways:
Take care when going out at night. Learn the maps as best you can before you arrive. Keep your passport safe and always have extra copies elsewhere.
Chile is a wonderful destination, even if you don’t speak Spanish. You may be the first American that the locals have met. You can ski there in July! The mountains are wonderful, but can be very scary in a vehicle in a snowstorm.
Mistake: Missing the boat, plane or other.. Learn from your errors and don’t be like me.
Advice: Have fun, no matter the circumstances.

FAQ- My friend Patti asks…..What are things that you should think about if you are a woman traveling by yourself-opportunities and/or dangers?
Opportunities:
Strangers are just people you have not yet met, most of the time.
Appear to be confident, even if you are not.
Be yourself
Learn a new language, skill or sport
Learn technology, esp. how to read a map

Dangers:
New shoes
Altitude sickness
Don’t leave valuables in your car if you are in a hotel.
Drinking at night and then going home alone in a foreign city is not a good plan.
Swimming alone
Emergencies at home
Keep your passport safe and copies elsewhere
The unexpected


Independent Destination-Chile

South America is opposite for seasons.
Great travel all year long
On your way to Antartica
It’s a very long and narrow country that has all four seasons. The people are simple and generous, like those from small towns in the US. They don’t speak much Englsh, but you can communicate with some basics. Try to learn, especially to count.
They meet few people outside of South America. You may be the first from North America they meet. Valparaiso, near Santiago, bus trip.
Invited me to his mother’s home for lunch. I was the first North American in their home, ever.
Skiing is powdery like Utah and resorts are plenty.The Andes. Ski above the tree line. No visual points of reference. White out skiing.
We took a taxi, somewhat expensive, but worth the experience.
The bus is a privat industry.
Los Farrallones and El Colorado, two resorts, that were combined. Also we went to Valle Nevado. Coming down the mountain was one of the scariest moments of my life. 33 hairpin turns. Single lane. No guardrails. Driver had never driven in snow before. Glad to be at sea level that evening.


Today’s Mistake- Missing the boat.
Missing the plane…missing your trip starting point

Missing the boat: Tahiti
Missing the Plane: Chicago
Missing the trip due to error on ticket: in Tahiti. Stayed two more days.


Today’s Travel Advice-How to have fun even when things don’t always go your way. The weather, for example, may not be what you expected. You may have a disaster or you may be sick. What can you then do to make the most of it?
Do what you can with what you have. All you have is a deck of cards? Then use them and make the most of it.




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Dr. Mary Travelbest China


Dr. Mary Travelbest China 


Shanghai, 1989

Shanghai, 2016
Key Takeaways:
Inspiring women who are Independent travelers: Look for some in your circle of friends and get to know them. I talk about a friend who just left for a one year adventure, Cindy.


FAQ- Can you name some independent travelers who inspire you, Dr. Travelbest?


Yes, I would like to call out several people, and today, I want to call out my friend, Cindy, who is setting out on a long trip. She will be gone for a year, at least. This is in recognition of the many years of friendship and great times. Cindy retired a couple of years ago, and has a travelbug. She needs to make this happen, while she is still able to and willing to go places. So she is planning a trip that includes many countries, many cities and many outstanding adventures. She knows that she can go to the EU for 180 days out of a year, so she is going there, and strategically leaving the northern countries during the cooler months. She loves the hot weather, so she is planning accordingly. I don’t know when I’ll see her next, but she will be on my mind and she inspires me to travel more and BEST.

Destination: If you have not yet been to China, consider it for your next big adventure. I’ve been twice, and glad to share the stories here.
Mistake: Do you know when to stop? That was my mistake. I took the “last run” of the day and ended up in the ski patrol sled all the way down the mountain and hurt for a long time later. That was the end of my ACL.
Advice: Take the subway, when you are looking to maximize your travel itinerary. It’s the fastest, cheapest and sometimes most revealing ways to learn about the people in a city.

Mentioned:
EU Travel Requirements


Schengen Rule


Visa not required, YET



Independent Destination-China
Talk about 30 years ago, my mom’s inspiration, teaching in Guangzhou, my daughter in Shanghai, Beijing before Tienaman square, getting a tour behind the scenes at the Hall of the People. The Great Wall, The Pandas in Beijing, Hong Kong.


More travel sites in China below you can browse.





Today’s Mistake- Last run of the day! Never take the last run. Always say you have one more run, so you will not try to use every ounce of energy. We always hurt ourselves on the last run, so don’t have one. I was at Copper Mountain, and my friends were all better skiers, so I took the easier way down, and was in a hurry to catch up. I took a really bad fall, and ended up snapping my knee. It was very painful and I was unable to ski all the way down, so the ski patrol had to take me down the hill. No longer do I have an ACL, or if I do, it’s like spaghetti. So…don’t take the last run.

Today’s Travel Advice-Take the subway. If at all possible, take the subway. If you are in a large city, you will get there faster and you will see the people who live there better. Travel light, so you will be able to move around, and try not to be during the rush hours. I’ve been on subways in NYC, London, Chicago, Barcelona, Paris, Shanghai, Taipei, Bangkok, San Francisco, and so many others I can’t remember them all.

Subway maps for many cities here:  NYC, London, Chicago, Barcelona, Paris,
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Dr. Mary Travelbest London, New York, Arizona




 Dr. Mary Travelbest London, New York, Florida, Arizona


FAQ: A listener asks: “ I’ll be in London. Should I get the 2 day bus pass? Do I take the jump on jump off bus?”
Response: It depends on the weather. If it’s raining, then you may not want to do this trip.
This kind of trip helps you understand the city in a short time span and will be best. If you are new to the city, it can make sense, depending on you.

Destination: New York City
Dr. Travelbest shares some of her experience in New York, growing up. What’s different about travel in New York? Is it safe? As long as you stay in open areas and don’t tempt the bad guys, you should be okay. What museums?


Mistakes:
The missed flight, which was another two days until we could leave.
Stranded for three days total.
One of a kind experience made the most of a mistake by our travel agent.

Sedona, Arizona
Population is less than 12,000 people.
Stay there off season if you can.

Grand Canyon National Park


Destination: Florida
Snowbirds from New York. Orlando, with Disney
Bahamas are nearby.

Mistakes:
The missed flight, which was another two days until we could leave Tahiti.
Stranded for three days total.
One of a kind experience made the most of a mistake by our travel agent.

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Dr. Mary Travelbest My First Independent Trip


Dr. Mary Travelbest My First Independent Trip





Who is Dr. Travelbest? Dr. Mary Beth McCabe and in the future, her daughter, Tina Shubat will take over the role.

Assess your travel needs first to find your travel space.

FAQ: For a recently divorced woman, how should I travel?
Start small and be comfortable Go local. Try 10-15 miles from home and make it an adventure regularly. Move up to 30 miles and then to the next state and make conversations at these new places. You will gain so much from your travel.

Tips: Safety precautions: health, safety and more tips can protect you.

How To: Packing. Travel light to save energy and time. Pack half of a small suitcase. The other half can be for things to give away. Consider a small backpack instead of a suitcase if possible. The basics: medications, cosmetics, and one of a kind items.

Attitude: Keep saying “yes”.
Face your fear of going alone. Meeting people may be a challenge. Talk about the weather, transportation, or ask a question. Common sense is critical here. Confidence building is like a snowball.

My travel as a teenager: Solo Travel to New York City. Three weeks on my own was a very special experience. This helped build my travel experiences over the past decades. Travel is much better than getting “stuff.”

FAQ: I’m invited to Spain but don’t want to go alone. What should I do? Don’t let not having someone to go with keep you away. Don’t let yourself be held back.

Mistakes and missteps:
1. Spilling my tomato juice all over myself was distressing. What an ordeal. I was able to change my clothes and get a new seat cushion, so the rest of the flight was ok.
2. How to deal with getting lost: Getting lost in Shanghai in 1988 riding a bicycle was a terrible experience, but I was able to figure it out thanks to the Peace Hotel. This was a really distressing experience, but it all worked out.

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Dr. Mary Travelbest New Zealand with a bonus destination of Baja, Mexico


Dr. Mary Travelbest  New Zealand with a bonus destination of Baja, Mexico



Key Takeaways: Travel with confidence, no matter the situation. Visit your favorite places, near and far. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience traveling, you can do New Zealand and learn a lot. What can you expect there? We share a few insights about that and also Mexico, especially the Baja area from Tijuana south. We discuss driving, insurance, and what is a good city to visit.

Today’s Independent Destination-New Zealand and Mexico

New Zealand

Christchurch bombing
Auckland
Queenstown
Kiwis
Fjords
Franz Joseph Glacier plane ride
WW2 in New Zealand


Destination: Mexico travel
Tijuana, Mexico, close to the San Diego border
A culturally defining moment for many Americans
20 miles away, but a world apart
Passport required

Things to buy at the border: Elvis Posters,
Restaurants
Ave. Revolucion
Safety
Border rules
Flavors, colors
Walk across
Taxi into town
Driving in Mexico
Insurance needed for your car
Baja
Rosarita
Ensenada
Valle de Guadelupe

Today’s Mistake- Mistake in Mexico
I drank the can of juice from a vending machine.
I was sick for three days.
Be careful what you eat and drink.


Today’s Travel Advice-
You want to be confident when you travel. Visit your ancestry. What would you be doing now if they had remained there? Ask.
Explore new places.
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