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EP 062 The Biggest Lesson in Life: Just Say Yes

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Release Date: 02/02/2018

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Key Takeaways: Watch out for mosquitos. Atlanta is a vibrant city. Don’t trust the balloon pilot. Save on airfares in sale periods and shop around. Mentioned in This Episode: Use Deet  Underground Atlanta  https://www.atlanta.net/things-to-do/shopping/underground-atlanta/ Stone Mountain  MARTA  Big Creek Greenway  Georgia Aquarium  https://www.britannica.com/event/Atlanta-1996-Olympic-Games Bryant Gumbel  Trip Advisor AirBNB Expedia Booking Southwest Airlines Connect with Mary Beth: Website Drmarytravelbest.com Mary Beth on Twitter Dr. Mary...

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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...

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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. Mentioned in This Episode:  Chile Santiago Andes Mountains...

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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. 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...

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Key Takeaways: 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...

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Key Takeaways: If you are a starting out as a traveler, you need to listen to this episode. 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,...

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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,...

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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...

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What to do when you get sick on the road? Destination: National Parks: USA and Canada, Mistake: Getting a hair cut in Hong Kong  Tip: Go where the locals go.   What do I do when I am sick while traveling?   Today’s Independent Destination: National Parks, USA Why? Because they are not to be missed. Our national heritage. Why our country is so special. You will love America more after visiting. Dr. Travelbest shares her trip to the National Parks in the West.   What are the fees to get a Senior Pass to the National Parks?   $80 lifetime pass, plus a $10 handling...

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What  should you share on social media?  Destination: Seychelles, Travel Mistake, Travel Tip What ways should you be careful in terms of sharing about your travels on social media? What should you be careful about for the content you post and your replies? Learn about the country of Seychelles It’s in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa.  One thousand miles from the coast of Kenya, more than 100 small islands, north of Madagascar. First language is French Creole, followed by English. Some language issues. Lush vegetation, Coco de mer or sea coconuts, Tortises, scuba...

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Leyla Alyanak has been zigzagging all over the world for the last two decades (actually, it’s been a little bit more than that). As a journalist, she’s traveled into war zones and even got lost in the Amazon rainforest. These days, her solo trips are much calmer and deliver such an enriching cultural experience that she doesn’t plan to ‘cool down’ anytime soon. At nearly 65 years old, Leyla has been to 86 countries, thus far, and currently resides in France. Find out more about Leyla and her travels on this week’s episode!

 

Key Takeaways:

*Leyla is currently living in France; where are some of her favorite places to go?

*Why did Leyla decide to live in Europe?

*What are some of the pros and cons of traveling all over the world?

*How does Leyla manage her time and the logistics of this nomadic lifestyle?

*Moving within Europe is so easy, but getting a visa into Europe can be very difficult.

*Has Leyla ever been in a situation where she thought she wasn’t safe while traveling solo?

*Leyla has had to travel to war zones as a journalist. There’s nothing romantic about getting shot at or killed!

*Countries coming out of conflict are a different story. They are mostly safe for women to travel to.

*Use the same common sense in a foreign city the way you would when you walk out your front door.

*With that being said, do some research on the differences in culture. A woman walking alone in the afternoon can send the wrong message to certain cultures.

*Leyla was left alone/abandoned in the Amazon rainforest by her guide. She thought she was never going to make it out.

*What kind of tried-and-true lessons has Leyla learned over the years?

*Right now in the world today, there is such an ‘us vs. them’ mentality taking place. When you start traveling, this perspective changes.

*Where is Leyla’s favorite place to go to?

*The first thing Leyla does when she gets to a new city is to hop on a bus!

*Jennifer always plans with the idea that she’ll be back ‘next time’; that way she doesn’t overplan and stress out!

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Transformviatravel.com

Transform via Travel on Facebook

@GoSoloLive on Twitter

Email: Jennifer@TransformviaTravel.com

Patreon.com/gosololive

 

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