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
Historical perspectives

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.

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?
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

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.

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?

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.

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
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,
Ave. Revolucion
Border rules
Flavors, colors
Walk across
Taxi into town
Driving in Mexico
Insurance needed for your car
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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Dr. Mary Travelbest Alaska with a lot on Taipei

Dr. Mary Travelbest  Alaska with a lot on Taipei

Question from a listener: I want to travel solo for several weeks, but my current job only gives me two weeks paid vacation per year. I’m comfortable with working on the go and can use the tools without being in the office. What should I do?

The answer from Dr. Travelbest includes a step by step approach to travel in short trips then leading to longer ones. It also could involve some work from the road, if the boss is flexible. Digital nomads are popping up all over. They work while on the road traveling.

Today’s Independent Destination- Alaska

Seeing Homer, Alaska on July 4 at 11:30pm when the sky was still bright

Rental Car in 2019. Minivan

Today’s Mistake- Getting soaked and frozen while fishing in Alaska Salmon Fishing.
Licenses for fishing

Today’s Travel Advice- from Yumi Cho, S.D. Symphony violinist from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She went to the Everest Base camp, booked on trust.

Advice: Try not to look like a tourist. Don’t be a target for a pickpocket. Zip up and look confident.
Meaningful travel is where we are going.

Let’s talk about Taipei, Taiwan and what’s to do there
Ice Monster restaurant (pictured above)
Naked sulfur baths, Yangmin National Park
New Taipei City
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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Dr. Mary Travelbest in France on the Eiffel Tower

Will you join Dr. Mary Travelbest as she helps women travel the world? We'd love to see more of you and hear what's on your bucket list. You can listen to the podcast at "Go Solo Live" and enjoy the night views of the Eiffel Tower and the daytime views of the Pyrenees, in Luchon, France.