Travel Safety Tips – Protect Yourself from the Volatility of Nature

Travel Safety Tips – Protect Yourself from the Volatility of Nature

I remember the moment it happened vividly. One moment I was standing on the beach taking pictures and the next I was completely engulfed in the frigid water. My only thought was, I’m going to die. At this point my instincts kicked in and I fought desperately to get out of the icy, turbulent water. It all happened in only a few seconds. So fast that Ann didn’t even realize what had happened. I was on a black-sand beach in…

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32 Hours in Oahu

32 Hours in Oahu

Our last trip to The Big Island (The Ultimate 6-Day Road Trip Around Hawaii’s Big Island) included a visit to the island of Oahu. We only had 32 hours, not enough time to truly experience all that Oahu has to offer, but it was enough time to visit some of the most known places including Pearl Harbor and the famous north beaches. Our first evening was spent in the Waikiki Beach area. The second full day we explored by car,…

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Why Gutsy Girls Travel

Why Gutsy Girls Travel

We’re excited to announce our new blog, Gutsy Girls Travel! Our love for traveling, storytelling and photography inspired us to create this blog. Our goal is to provide honest first hand travel experiences, tips and tricks, and travel inspiration. We hope you’ll come on this journey with us and find your own inspiration! Why did we choose the name Gutsy Girls Travel? Gutsy isn’t about doing crazy things. It’s about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, which can mean…

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The Ultimate Oregon Coastline Roadtrip

The Ultimate Oregon Coastline Roadtrip

Recently, I had an opportunity to drive the Oregon coastline from California to Washington. It stretches for 363 magnificent miles and is one of the most scenic and relaxing drives I’ve ever done. While Central/Northern California coastline is still my all-time favorite, Oregon is a close second. The two coastlines are also very different, Oregon has more sandy beaches, giant sand dunes, interesting rock formations, fantastic tidal pools and lush greenery. Coastal communities vibrate with character, artistry and great fresh…

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Our Favorite Places to Hike in Dallas Area

Our Favorite Places to Hike in Dallas Area

Hiking is one of our favorite things to do. In fact, we met while hiking with friends a few years back. You’ll find us on a hiking trail most Saturday mornings, except for what we call the three months of hell, and others call Texas summer. So, we’re always looking for new places to hike in the Dallas area. Here are a few of our favorites. If you have any other favorite hiking spots around Dallas, send them our way, we’re…

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Five Reasons Not to Miss Brooklyn on Your Next Trip to New York City

Five Reasons Not to Miss Brooklyn on Your Next Trip to New York City

When I think of New York City, I picture Manhattan. From Central Park, the Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, to Broadway, but to truly experience New York City you have to branch out of Manhattan. New York City is made up of five boroughs (divisions) including Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Brooklyn is the largest of these boroughs with about 2.6 million people! So whether it’s your 1st or 10th trip to the big apple here are…

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30 Hours in Victoria B.C.

30 Hours in Victoria B.C.

Recently I had an opportunity to visit Seattle and called my long time friend Cindy in Portland to join me for a whirlwind trip to Victoria. Here’s what we did and how we quite easily managed to fill in the brief 30 hours we spent on the island. We decided that this trip we were going to treat ourselves and not be TOO concerned with the cost of things. Cindy neglected to share this up front with the hubby, but…

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Five Things to Do in Banff National Park in the Winter

Five Things to Do in Banff National Park in the Winter

Have you visited the Banff National Park in Alberta? It contains some of the most beautiful glaciers and glacier-fed lakes in North America. Banff is beautiful any time of year but with snow it turns into a winter wonderland. Ann and I had the opportunity to go for New Year’s Eve with a group of friends. Most of our group wasn’t into skiing, so we researched other ways to enjoy the area. Here are our five recommendations for things to do…

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Architectural Tour of Chicago

Architectural Tour of Chicago

If you’re like me and love seeing intricate architecture and historical buildings, you should definitely plan a trip to Chicago on the Architecture Foundation’s (CAF) of Chicago Open House weekend. The 2018 Open House will be October 13-14. This free event provides behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings in 22 communities across Chicago. The list includes skyscrapers, historic theaters, private clubs, offices, churches, re-purposed mansions, etc. You can check out previous years’ sites here for full listing. The 2018…

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Top 5 Things To Do in Sedona

Top 5 Things To Do in Sedona

Just two hours from Phoenix, Sedona is nestled against striking red sandstone formations at the edge of a beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. The surrounding areas offer amazing hiking, biking, swimming and camping opportunities. The town itself bustles with gourmet restaurants, art galleries, and new age relaxation places. This is a perfect a long weekend trip for spring or fall, but don’t go in the summer unless you like 100-degree weather, way too warm for my taste. Here are top 5 things…

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