Marybeth Bond (a.k.a. GutsyTraveler) is a National Geographic author, writer, blogger, corporate spokesperson and has traveled to over 100 countries.
She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, LA Times, CNN,BC< CBS and on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.
Two summers ago she biked 3,115 miles across
the USA with her 22-year-old daughter.Last summer she tracked polar bears in the Arctic and swam with beluga whales. She writes about all her adventures for magazines, newspapers and her blog www.GutsyTraveler.com
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Here's my experience and the roots of all the wanderlust in my soul.
In my 20’s I lived in Luxembourg, Paris and New Caledonia. At age 29 I left my career and traveled solo around the world for two years. In my 30’s and 40’s I lived with nomads in the Thar Desert of India, Sherpa families in Nepal, Karen Tribes in Northern Thailand, the hill tribes (Black Thai) in Northeast Vietnam, Gamblin musicians in Bali, Gaelic dairy farmers on the Dingle Peninsula, Mayans in Mexico and the Navajo on tribal lands in Arizona.
To afford this lifestyle I created a brand (GutsyTraveler), wrote books (12, including Gutsy Women), blogged (for National Geographic and GutsyTraveler), been on radio and TV as a travel expert, and been a corporate spokesperson.
So far I have visited over 100+ countries, all 50 US states, rode my bike, with my daughter, across nine states from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.
I have hiked, biked, dived, danced, snow-shoed, skied, climbed, copter-ed, tuk-tuked, trekked and traipsed my way through seven continents, from the depth of the Flores Sea to the summit of MountKilimanjaro. Along the way I studied in Paris for four years and earned two degrees.
wasn’t always a Gutsy Traveler.
I grew up in Ohio and cried my way through lonely summer camps. At age 18, with
a lot of encouragement from my mother, I landed a job as a waitress in Grand Teton National Park at Jackson Lake Lodge. That summer away from Ohio stuck
with me for years. A friend planted the seed of studying abroad so I studied a year
in Luxembourg then four in Paris. That’s when I was committed to travel as a
I am also the Adventure Correspondent for TravelGirl Magazine, and Special Travel Contributor to CNN Television. My brand, blog and National Geographic Travel Books have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS News, CNN, ABC, NBC, The New York Times, and many more.
I was on the cover of Outside Magazine, featuring my story of “How to Make the Great Escape. And how I found “Romance in Kathmandu” (he ended up my husband).
My first book, A Woman’s World, is a best-seller and won the Lowell Thomas Gold Medal for the Best Travel Book from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.
My 12th book, Gutsy Women has been published worldwide in four
editions and three languages.
I wrote three books about Girlfriends Getaways for National Geographic too.