One for the Road: Gutsy Mamas

Our next pick for a travel book that celebrates motherhood is Travelers Tales inspiring Gutsy Mamas: Travel Tips and Wisdom for Mothers on the Road. Although published ten years ago, I’m sure the advice offered up by author Marybeth Bond (the official Gutsy Traveler) is a collection of timeless tips, many of which must still hold true today. This pocket guide for roaming mothers (and grandmothers) serves as a useful tool to anyone traveling with toddlers or teens in tow.

Know an expat mom raising a family overseas? Or maybe a girlfriend who’s in the midst of making multiple trips abroad to finalize an adoption? Bond dispenses invaluable tips for moms of all kinds, with suggestions on how to stay healthy and what works best for keeping kids entertained while en route. The book is also peppered with personal anecdotes from traveling mothers around the world. So whether your a great-grandmother or an expectant mom (or dad!) this book should provide some trusted travel strategies and even a touching story or two as well.

As a follow up to her first gutsy guide, Marybeth released Gutsy Women: More Travel Tips and Wisdom from the Road. She has written a wide variety of travel books for females…and we may even mention another one before this mother-loving week is through.

Seven Kinds of Travel Stories You Should Be Able to Tell Before You Die

Here’s a cutesy travel piece out of the San Francisco Chronicle. I missed the first installation, but the author John Flinn sets the premise that it’s not enough to just go, do, and see all the wonderful places found in the New York Times best seller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. In order for your travels to have some type of street cred, you’ve got to come back with some cold hard traveler’s tales. I’m almost certain Mister Flinn isn’t suggesting you go out searching for tales to tell or to create them. They should just sort of happen. In last’s week edition he talked about the first two which were Third World bus stories and bathroom stories. This week he adds scary air and animal stories while sharing two of his own. I have to admit the scary air tale he told tops many that I’ve heard and I don’t know where he got the balls to get in a plane with a pilot like that.

What do I know? If you’ve got to be some place bad enough I suppose you’d take chances with any pilot. Go take a peek and see if you’ve got some real travel stories of your own to tell. If not, maybe it’s time to take a ride on the wild side and look out for next week when he goes over a hotel story, a food story and a guide story.

P.S. The sheep in the bag in the back of the jeep is from an animal tale of my own, but really, it wasn’t that eventful.