Streets of Havana
Ashley Cruising Kary World Travel

Port of Call: Havana, Cuba

Whenever we would go on a Caribbean cruise that passed Cuba, the captain would usually make an announcement saying that we were passing by the island. For us, Cuba was an elusive place that US citizens were not allowed to go. We were always so curious to see it for ourselves, and when the travel restrictions were eased we booked a cruise as soon as we were able to. Because we love Royal Caribbean, we chose their cruise on the Empress of the Seas that was brought back to the fleet specifically for these cruises to Havana, Cuba. While the cruise also stopped in Key West and Cozumel, Havana was the main attraction and focal point of the cruise.

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Ashley Disney

Review: Disney’s Saratoga Springs

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is a Disney Vacation Club resorted located right next to Disney Springs. It is inspired by the real Saratoga Springs in New York, which is known for horse racing. There are plenty of nods to horse racing, including periodically playing the horse call to race outside of the lobby. This hotel used to be one of our least favorite to stay at, but it has actually become one of our favorites now since Disney Springs has been redone. This is considered a deluxe villa resort, and it has two feature pools, one sit down restaurant, three quick service options, and plenty of golfing. There is also a Senses Spa and great fitness center here. Last time we stayed here they were offering free yoga classes on certain days, which we hope they continue doing! There is also the option to stay in one of the Treehouse Villas, which we have never done but have heard great things about.

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Ashley Cruising USA Travel

Port of Call: Key West, FL

Key West is one of our favorite ports to stop at on a Caribbean cruise. The Conch Republic is known for key lime pie and being the southernmost point of the continental USA. There is also the much photographed 90 miles to Cuba marker. Key West is about a four hour drive from Miami, but we have only been there via cruise ship. It’s a great port of call that offers plenty of outdoor activities, history, and colorful buildings. This town is known for the crazy locals who ride out hurricanes, but everyone is super friendly and the people who live in Key West seem to really, really love it.

There are so many fun things to do while you’re here. Your cruise ship will also have many different shore excursions available, although we’ve never taken a shore excursion through the ship in Key West as everything is pretty easy to get to on your own. Read more

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Viva Las Vegas!

Las Vegas is known as Sin City, and there is no shortage of things to eat, drink, do, and see while you are here. This is definitely a great place to do a quick weekend trip. Anything longer than 3 or 4 days is a little overwhelming!

My friend and I did a Wednesday to Saturday as the airfare and hotel prices were a little more reasonable during the week. Also, there are literally hundreds of things going on in Vegas every night of the week, so don’t feel like you have to go on a weekend.

This is what we did while we were in Vegas:

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Review: Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
Ashley USA Travel

Review: Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using one of these links, we earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting The Traveling Gals. In case you were wondering, we paid to stay at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, and they had no idea we were going to write this review. Thanks!*

Over the summer I went on a trip to Vegas with one of my friends. We stayed at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, which I have never stayed at or even been in before. My friend and I picked this hotel because it is on The Strip and it was more affordable than some of the other hotels. (We were also there to see Britney Spears, and that is where her show is so that may have influenced our decision as well :D).

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Two Days in Boston -
Ashley USA Travel

Two Days in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is the biggest little city that is full of culture, history, food, and fun! While you could spend a lot of time here exploring, we only had two days in Boston and packed in as much as we could.

We stayed at the newly opened Yotel Boston, and it was great! Fair warning: The rooms are small. But if you just need a nice room to sleep in, this is a great option. The hotel, or should I say Yotel, is very trendy and modern. The hotel rooms are actually called cabins, and it really reminded us of a cruise ship cabin! It is located in the Seaport neighborhood and right next door to a T stop.

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10 Things to do in Accra, Ghana
Ashley World Travel

10 Things To Do In Accra, Ghana

10 Things to do in Accra, Ghana

Accra is certainly not the most glamorous city, but there are lots of interesting things to see and do during your stay here. You may not see a lot of tourists while in Accra, but there are plenty of business travelers and expats who are enjoying their time here. Accra is considered one of the safer cities to visit in western Africa.

Between the shopping, food, nightlife, historical sites, and friendly people, you will have a great time in Ghana’s capital city. Here are 10 things you definitely should check out during your stay.

10 Things to do in Accra

1.       Flagstaff House: Completed in 2009, the Flagstaff House is known as the Presidential Palace. The architecture is based on the Asante Golden Stool.

2.       Jamestown Lighthouse: Jamestown is one of Accra’s oldest districts. The lighthouse was built in the 1930s and offers a nice view of the harbor and city (depending on the level of pollution that day.) Be prepared the navigate up a tiny ladder.

3.       Labadi Beach: Labadi Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the coast and is often crowded on the weekends. It is located east of Accra.  If you are not staying at one of the hotels on the beach, you will have to pay a small entrance fee of 5 Cedi.

4.       Accra Mall: The Accra Mall was the first large scale shopping center in Ghana. It has 65 shops and 9 restaurants. According to their website, 30% of the stores/eateries are operated by Ghanaians. This is a nice upscale retail space with a food court and cinema. It is a great place to walk around and enjoy the air conditioning.

5.       Independence Square/Black Star Square: Independence Square contains monuments to Ghana’s struggle for independence. It is the second largest city square in the world.

6.       Champs Sports Bar & Grill: Champs is like an American sports bar, but with “Ghanaian excitement.” This is a really fun place to watch sporting events, listen to music, enjoy good food and drinks, and participate in different events throughout the week like trivia.

7.       Holy Trinity Cathedral: Holy Trinity Cathedral is an Anglican Church that was completed in 1894.

8.       Centre for National Culture: Known as The Arts Centre, this is where you can get some great arts and crafts made by locals. Be prepared to haggle.

9.       Jokers Night Club: Jokers Club is a restaurant/nightclub that makes for quite an interesting and entertaining night out. Enjoy the food, drinks, music, pool tables. Mingle with locals and expats. Just be warned that this place is where prostitutes like to hang out (unless that’s what you’re looking for!)

10.   University of Ghana: This is the oldest and largest university in Ghana. It was founded in 1948. The main campus is in Legon, northeast of the city center. It is a beautiful campus to walk around. You can also stay here in one of the three hostels at the university.

[Read next: 5 Things I Learned Traveling Through Ghana]

Have you been to Accra? What were some of your favorite things to do? Let us know in the comments!

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Disney Springs Town Center
Ashley Disney

Review: Disney Springs Town Center

Updated February 6th, 2018

The new area of Disney Springs called the Town Center finally opened and it is beautiful. This is the second new area to open at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). First was The Landings which features: The Boathouse, Jock Lindsay’s Hanger Bar, STK and Morimoto Asia. Now we have the Town Center, which is the main shopping center that also has some unique dining locations.

Disney Springs Town Center

The Town Center features 23 stores and dining locations and new stores will be opening throughout the summer as well. The architecture and details in this area are amazing. It really is one of the nicest shopping centers. It is not all “Disney-ed” up, but it still has the high level of detail that Disney is known for. The buildings are styled after Spanish architecture and is bright and open. Disney also opened the second parking garage (so now there is Lime & Orange), and parking is still free! There is also valet parking (not free) if you so choose. If you are staying on property, your best bet is still to take the resort transportation because the construction makes for a lot of traffic in the area.

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Ashley World Travel

5 Ways to Fight the Post-Vacation Blues

Tips for Fighting the Post-Vacation Blues

You get home from the airport. It feels so great to use your own bathroom and sleep in your own bed. You head back to work, get back into your routine, and all of a sudden it feels like you never even went anywhere.

Anyone who has been on a trip, particularly a long trip, knows this feeling. It is kind of strange when you are sitting work thinking, ‘Wow last week at this time I was snorkeling/hiking/lounging next to the pool drinking a Mai Tai.’

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Would rather be here.

While this may seem like a ridiculous problem to have, post-vacation blues (or post-vacation depression) is actually considered a real psychological thing that people experience.

Here are some tips that we use to try to not get so dang depressed after coming back from a trip.

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Nangodi, Ghana
Ashley World Travel

5 Things I Learned Traveling Through Ghana

While I was in school I had the opportunity to travel through the beautiful country of Ghana. I visited Accra, Kumasi, and Bolgatanga. I also crossed the border into Burkina Faso. If you don’t know where any of these places are, it’s okay. They are not well known countries. While I was going through airport security the TSA officer had never even heard of Accra. I hope to inspire some to at least learn more about Ghana and its culture!

This trip quickly became one of the most interesting I have ever been on. Traveling through a developing country, meeting and working with locals, and really getting to experience a culture is a truly remarkable experience.

[Read next: Ghana In Pictures; 10 Things To Do In Accra, Ghana]

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