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Tips for Planning Your Universal Orlando Vacation

I thought I was a pro when it came to visiting Universal Orlando. After all, I’d been to Halloween Horror Night last year and had been to Universal Hollywood just a few months ago. But with the ever evolving attractions, hotels and restaurants, and coming soon a waterpark, it sometimes feels like I’m at a […]

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Universal Orlando Resort: I’m So Excited

I am an unapologetic Universal fan, whether it’s Universal Orlando Resorts in Florida (I went there last year for Halloween Horror Nights), or Universal Studios Hollywood (I went there on a getaway last month with a family teenager). So you can imagine my enthusiasm when Universal Orlando Resorts asked me to join their Blog Squad, a […]

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Halloween Horror Nights: A Hauntingly Good Time

As daytime segued into evening, the personality of Universal Studios Florida segued from fun and frivolity into apprehension and anxiety. I was in Orlando to attend the 25th anniversary edition of Halloween Horror Night, Was I absolutely crazy for putting myself through an evening of terror? Halloween Horror Night started in 1991 with one haunted […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: CityPass Adds Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is the latest destination to partner with CityPass, packaging discounted, prepaid admission to a city or region’s top attractions. The following attraction are included with the Tampa Bay CityPass: Busch Gardens Tampa – Families love this adventure theme park offering 300 acres of ride, more than 12,000 animals, live shows, and lot more. […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Two Winter Packages at Plantation on Crystal River, Florida

Plantation on Crystal River, Florida

A hidden gem along Florida’s Nature Coast, the Plantation on Crystal River has created two winter packages giving guests the chance to swim with the West Indian Manatee in Crystal River, Florida, the only location in North America where you can legally swim and interact with these sea cows in the wild. The eco-friendly Plantation on […]

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Florida’s Best Beaches

sunbathers on Daytona Beach

While Florida has become particularly well known for its theme parks, there is so much more to this diverse, vibrant and beautiful region than roller coasters and dancing seals. Boasting a year round tropical to sub-tropical climate, Florida is the warmest state in the U.S. and an extremely popular destination for tourists the world over. […]

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Tu Tu Tango Offers Food & Art for Weary Orlando Travelers

Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Orlando

Orlando is a city of theme parks, tourists, and is frequently plastic and sterile. One year it was named the angriest city in America – I guess that fake smile starts to grate after awhile.  When you’re ready to take a break from the theme parks and angry mobs, chances are you’ll be looking for […]

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6 Sports Museums in the South

NASCAR Hall of Fame - Charlotte, North Carolina

The southern United States may be known for seceding from the Union and its checkered civil rights history, but with those issues long in the past (hopefully), the South is now carving out a name for itself with signature cuisine, tourism, and don’t forget those charming accents. Part of the culture of the South has […]

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Beach Shopping at Ron Jon Surf Shop

Cocoa Beach Ron Jon surf shop

Shopping is one of the top activities for travelers.  That’s right, surveys show that millions of travelers want to spend a little time shopping on their holidays.  Whether it’s a major shopping expedition, or just picking up a few souvenirs, I’m not certain, but there’s no doubt that a lot of money is spent shopping […]

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Photo: Daytona Speedway

Daytona Speedway

Last year I had the opportunity to visit Daytona Speedway, and I’m remindsx of it today while the Daytona 500 is running.  To be honest, I’m not a NASCAR fan, nor really of racing in general – although I have plenty of friends and family members who are.  But I went to the speedway with […]

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lotus at Kenilworth Gardens, DC

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Books to Read on Your Next Flight

In honor of World Book Day, I’m updating my progress in the 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge – and in […]

A Dozen Gardens From Around the World

Since the flowers in my garden are not terribly impressive yet - things will be in full color in another few weeks - I turned to some of my blogger friends to get a take on some of their favorite gardens around the world. I selected a dozen of them, one for each month of the year, and hope you can work a visit into one of them during your next vacation.

The days are getting longer, and with flowers blooming in the yard along with a few peeks of the sun […]

Celebrate World Wildlife Day

Today, March 3rd, is UN World Wildlife Day. The UN General Assembly made this proclamation four years ago as a […]