November 27, 2012
Passport to Discovery: Adventure, Creativity and Change Through Travel
Travel offers us an opportunity to discover new worlds, cultures and ways of thinking. It can be our ticket to adventure, a psychological breakthrough or a vehicle for changing the world. As a global traveler and National Geographic author of 11 travel books including Gutsy Women, Gutsy Mamas, the Girlfriend Getaways series, Intelligent Travel, and the award-winning A Woman's World, Marybeth has done it all. She has hiked, biked, dived, danced, snow-shoed, skied, climbed, copter-ed, trekked and traipsed her way through seven continents, and 90+ countries, from the depth of the Flores Sea to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. She will speak – with passion and from experience – about how travel experiences with family and girlfriends can stimulate growth and self-discovery, boost our spirits and enrich our lives.
Gutsy Traveler Marybeth Bond left a career with Xerox and Honeywell for a two-year solo trip around the world. She has hiked, cycled, climbed, dived and kayaked her way through more than 90 countries, from the depths of the Flores Sea to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – and met her future husband in Kathmandu after a month of trekking.
Returning home to San Francisco, she launched her own business writing, consulting, and continuing to travel with her husbandchildren, aging parents, and girlfriends. The award-winning author of 11 travel books, including Gutsy Women, Gutsy Mamas, and the Girlfriend Getaways series, she also writes for National Geographic as well as her own popular Gutsy Traveler.com blog. She has appeared on more than 250 television and radio shows, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS. Her books and website have been featured over 1,000 times on TV, radio and print. She is a Contributor to CNN, CNN Airport Network and CNN.com.
During the summer of 2010 she and her 22-year-old daughter undertook a grand coast-to-coast adventure – 3,114 miles of riding their bikes by day and blogging by night - to raise funds and awareness for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Through mountain passes in the Rockies, headwinds in Nevada, chigger bites in Kansas and wild dogs in Kentucky, they persevered and raised $52,000 for the cause.
In her free time Marybeth blogs for National Geographic and is the Adventure Correspondent for TravelGirl Magazine.