Travel Betty

Encouraging Fearless Independent Travel For Women

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Who is Travel Betty?

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Travel Betty is a woman in love and lust with travel. All kinds of different travel. From pampering to roughing it, she’s an experience collector. Travel Betty desires to be the old woman with the good stories. To her, travel is freedom.

She’s a woman who:

-Will spend two nights in a $7 room in order to offset a splurge in a $200+ room
-Doesn’t do all-inclusive
-Goes where the wind blows
-Won’t eat a still-beating cobra heart unless she really wants to
-Is always on the lookout for other Travel Betties and Boys
-Respects the culture even if she doesn’t agree
-Supports mom-and-pops over corporations
-Can greet and thank people in their native tongue
-Gets her adrenaline pumping
-Likes to be pampered, not gouged
-Doesn’t always do it perfectly, but is grateful to be doing it at all

What does Travel Betty do when she’s not traveling?

She pouts. Then she blogs about traveling. She also works as an advertising copywriter in San Francisco where she lives with the love of her life, Travel Boyfriend. She prefers to copywrite for nonprofits and socially responsible companies, but has been known to shill for some big names like Microsoft and Palm. She used to play bass guitar in Richard Bitch, but gave it up to focus on Travel Betty. Yes, she misses being a rock star, but has found writing about her travel exploits to be extremely rewarding as well. Oh yeah, and she also likes to create alternate personalities for herself and write in third person.

Can I be a Travel Betty too?

Of course! Anyone who wants to can be a Travel Betty. Even boys.

Wanna know what I think?

I encourage your thoughts, questions and comments. To allow everyone to join in the conversation, I encourage you to write your contribution at the end of your favorite Travel Betty posts. But if you do have a question that you’d prefer was just between us, feel free to contact me: 

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28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Linus! // Aug 13, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Hey Tracy!

    This is Linus – we met at through Mike Franzini…. had a job you might be interested in right now… it’s a blogger position…

    are you working?

    you can write me

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  • 2 gugoda // Sep 1, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Really like Travel Betty. You obviously put a lot of time into it and it shows.

    Betty is certainly a modern minded woman. Why, I found this out about her journey’s south of the equator….

    Let’s catch drinks some time.


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  • 3 George // Oct 17, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Betty,

    Cool site. Love your attitude – pampered, not gouged. Have you ever covered any fishing trips for women and couples?

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  • 4 Travel Betty // Oct 17, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Hmm, I never thought about fishing trips, George. But I don’t see why not! I grew up fishing on Lake Erie. Maybe it’s time to dust off the ol’ fishing rod.

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  • 5 Rice // Oct 25, 2007 at 11:05 am

    I just came across your website for the first time today on I, too, write a travel website, although mine is still in the fledgling stages. Mine is – Travel advice, stories & recommendations for the ANTI-TOURIST.

    I love meeting other female travel enthusiasts and writers. Your blog is awesome. I’ll be visiting frequently. =)

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  • 6 Beth Whitman // Nov 19, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Hi Betty,

    Great site!

    I’m the author of Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo and, like you, love to inspire women to travel. If you’d be interested in reviewing my book, I’d be happy to send you a copy – just need your address.

    Happy Travels!

    Beth Whitman

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  • 7 Patrick Witz // Dec 2, 2007 at 1:24 am

    Hi Travel Betty,
    I’m interested in short stories of travel adventures and/or misadventures. I’m sure in your travels you have experienced both. If you would be interested in having any of your exciting or funny adventures published on Gold Country Families E-Magazine in our Reader’s Stories section, please contact me. We are not in the position to offer payment for featured articles or stories, however we can offer published clips and opportunities for writer comps. Please check out the e-magazine website. Take care, happy travels.

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  • 8 Patrick Witz // Dec 2, 2007 at 1:27 am

    oops…forgot the website address

    Patrick Witz

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  • 9 balidreamhome a.k.a bdh // Dec 5, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Betty,
    For everything I’ve been achieve so far in my own life the last thing is traveling free, I found it hard and maybe is just not for me…I wish you pleasant trip always..have a great day..cheers

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  • 10 Randy Hamilton // Jan 3, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    I guess I am a traveling “Bob” my wife and I live in motor home and travel around the US fulltime (and we are not old retired folk :) . I was just starting to check your stuff out and wanted to say hello and safe travels. Check out our blog, it will be right up your alley so to speak.

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  • 11 Mike // Jan 21, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Betty! I have enjoyed reading about your trips, especially Egypt, as I am planning on going there in a couple years. Is it possible you can email your itinerary of what you did if you have one. I wouldn’t mind spending a month in Egypt seeing all the sights and sounds. I have already sent Egypt 7000 an email for more information about their tours. Thanks!

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  • 12 Sam // Feb 12, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Dear Betty,
    First of all, I can not resist not saying how impressed I am with your travel journal. I am sorry for posting this here, but I didn’t fidn any other means to get in touch with you. You can delete it afterwards.

    My name is Sam I am the moderator of an articles section on an internet site. Since you are such a great travel writer, I would like to invite you to share your articles with our visitors
    Registration is free and they can suggest articles, vote and comment on them.
    Visitors usually suggest them by surfing the net, this means it shouldn’t necessarily be theirs. All you need to do for your article to be there is just give the link to the actual location of it and make a short description.
    In this way the visitors are directly redirected to the original location of the article ( in your case, your site) , but the advantage of having them placed here is that you they can comment on them.
    I know this sounds a bit bizarre when explained but please visit:

    and you’ll see it’s in fact very easy and enriching.
    I could have suggested your articles myself, but I thought it would be so much better for you to do it yourself and then receive feedback from the visitors
    Hope to see you there soon!
    Sam Foster.

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  • 13 Esther Garvi // Mar 13, 2008 at 11:51 am

    So when is Travel Betty coming to Niger? If she ever passes by the remote dusty town of Zinder, she should contact a certain Ishtar for all its lovely details… :-)

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  • 14 Travel Betty // Mar 18, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    You know I will, Esther!

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  • 15 Esther Garvi // Mar 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Good! :-)

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  • 16 not.a.diva // Apr 11, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    we have much in common! i’m doing my first all-inclusive in 2 weeks and have no idea what to expect…well, i do. but i’m used to doing things on my own, with the locals….at first i thought i was ‘selling out’ by doing an all-inclusive but i’ll be sure to get off the resort and wander around :) can’t stay on a beach for a week – i’d go crazy!

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  • 17 Melody Platz // Jun 6, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Hi Betty,

    I travel around my city of Pittsburgh when funds are low. When money is flowing, I get going.

    It’s cool that you also see travel as a way of life. I say if I keep my eyes open and my mind curious I will see amazing things, no matter how far I go from my house.

    The Happy Wanderer

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  • 18 Scribetrotter // Aug 25, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Betty – I’ve just come across your terrific blog – don’t know how I missed it so far! It’s wonderful to see an increasing number of women writing about independent travel – well done, and I’ll make sure I don’t miss any future entries.

    I too have a site for independent women travelers – – please visit when you have a moment.

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  • 19 Lisa // Oct 22, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I love your site, and would like to talk with you about partnering with your site. Please e-mail me to discuss!

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  • 20 Jackson Perry // Dec 18, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Hey Tracy

    I know your blog generally doesn’t include posts such as the one I’m writing you about, but I figured I’d reach out anyhow, just in case. I’m writing on behalf of T-Mobile in regards to the current “Free Companion Flights” promotion. We want to make sure you and your readers know about this great offer. There’s been a ton of interest and a lot of questions about how to redeem the free flights, and we want to be here to answer any questions and point customers in the right direction. We would appreciate your consideration for a post on Travel Betty about this promotion.

    Thank you. Please let us know if we can help.

    Best Regards,

    Here’s the website to the promotion:
    Ends December 24th!

    …as well as the FAQ’s:


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  • 21 Greg // Jan 16, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Great site. Love you writing. I really had to smile when I read your experiences at “The Burning Bush” in the Sinai. I’ve been there with 1,000+ other people and it sucked. My company specializes in unique, private spiritual trips (to Egypt and many other destinations) and we’ve just returned from St. Catherine’s where we arranged a PRIVATE visit to the monastery for our group. Being there with just 40 other people on a quiet Sunday morning was a radically different experience!

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  • 22 kate // Mar 17, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    when u were in bali did u find a place where the fish eat away at your feet? if so can u please email me the details… want to take my mum.
    thanks Kate

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  • 23 Travel Betty // Mar 17, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Kate, When I was over there, the only place that had the fish was Singapore. To my knowledge there was nowhere in Bali. However, I’ve also heard the procedure has gained popularity, so perhaps it has spread to the island by now. If so, let us know!

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  • 24 ash // Jun 15, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Just wanted to drop you a note about how charming I thought your blog was! If you’re at all interested, there’s an ongoing collection of travel stories being assembled at, and it’d be great were you to join up! All the best with your blog–

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  • 25 Maria Tuchinsky // Aug 6, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Dear Betty,

    I love your blog – you are so passionate and it shows with each word!

    If you need a good resource, please visit

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  • 26 claire // Aug 8, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Hi Betty,I’m a chinese girl ,18,who always have a backpacker dream.I came across your site in the newspaper,and it’s cool. Though now i have to focus on my study,i’d like to take time to look for info and get prepared for my future journey. hope you can help me.Thank you for your sharing!

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  • 27 Nornor // Oct 20, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Hello, Betty
    I am from Shanghai, travel media, you can call me “nornor”.
    see your article on Egypt, very interested, want to know more about you, if you like, please contact me.
    Msn:[email protected]
    want to publish some information about Egyptof you, Are you willing to do?
    waititing for your reply.


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  • 28 Brittany // Feb 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Betty,

    I was taking a look over your blog and I really enjoyed reading your travel posts! I wanted to let you know about a cool new blog program UpTake is now offering that I would like to talk to you about. So, if you could email me at your earliest convenience, I would love to tell you more about it!


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