January 25, 2017 The Traveling Gals

Port of Call: Nassau, The Bahamas A popular stop on a Caribbean or Bahamas cruise is Nassau. Nassau is famous for Paradise Island which is home to the Atlantis Resort. Paradise Island is a three mile stretch of land that protects Nassau’s harbor. Nassau is the capital city of The Bahamas, and there are lots of really fun and interesting things to do here even if you are only here for the day. Nassau was contested by the English, French, and Spanish, so there are lots of different cultural influences around the area. There are several museums that showcase the…

January 10, 2017 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

It’s very disappointing when you go on the vacation you planned and saved for and it rains the whole time. We have experienced this before and it’s super frustrating. Most recently it rained the entire time Ashley was in Georgia for New Year’s weekend. Not a great way to start 2017. You might feel like you are stuck in the hotel room all day, but it doesn’t have to be like that! While the rain might alter your plans, you can still have a great time and explore the city you are visiting. Grab your ponchos and have fun. (more…)

November 29, 2016 The Traveling Gals 4Comment

One of the biggest obstacles to traveling is money. When planning a trip, the costs can start to add up and it can be discouraging. We are no strangers to this and have done a lot of things to save up some extra cash for our trips. We also are on the lookout for things we can do for free so we don’t have to spend a lot or any money either at home or while on our trip. Every little bit helps! It helps to have a game plan when starting to save for travel. Here are 50 tips that…

July 5, 2016 The Traveling Gals 20Comment

How Do You Eat Healthy on a Cruise? Healthy eating is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a cruise. You might instead be thinking of the 24 hour buffet. However it is possible to eat healthy. We do it every time we cruise without sacrificing the enjoyment of eating!  It all starts with a positive mindset, some willpower (okay maybe a lot of willpower), and a little creativity. The Basics of Eating Well on a Cruise The Buffet – Often times the buffet gets a bad rap, but it can be your best friend when trying to…

May 24, 2016 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

How to Stay Fit on Vacation When You Don’t Really Want To Work Out… Post by Kary Stairs are your friend!   One of the best parts of taking a vacation is stepping out of your everyday routine. For most of us, working out while on vacation is probably the last thing on your mind. Even though you know you should, you really don’t want to.  For me, I work out extra hard and extra long the entire week leading up to going out of town.  This helps give me the boost I need to not have to maintain my early morning…

March 21, 2016 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Is It OK to Take Your Kids Out of School to Travel? Post by Kary This is a question hotly debated by parents all over the country.  My answer to this question is YES!  You should absolutely allow your child to miss school for travel.  The only caveat being if they are truly struggling and even then you should still consider it. In my own experience, I have never hesitated at taking my daughter out of school to travel from pre-school throughout college.  I am sure this is why she is the main Traveling Gal, Ashley!  Education goes far beyond…

March 9, 2016 The Traveling Gals 6Comment

Dining Etiquette from Around the World Some of the biggest cultural faux-pas’ are made at the dinner table. Different cultures have different etiquettes and this handy infographic gives you the tips to make sure you are a gracious guest! Thank you to The Dunloe for providing us with this great guide! Again, thank you to The Dunloe for this infographic! Have you ever accidentally done something that was considered rude while traveling? Let us know in the comments!

February 26, 2016 The Traveling Gals 10Comment

  The Temples of Angkor: Siem Reap, Cambodia Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia and is bordered by Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. It is on the Gulf of Thailand and the Mekong River runs through the country into the Tonle Sap. It is becoming a popular tourist destination, particularly for Europeans and Australians. It is a bit more difficult for Americans to fly there, but as tourism becomes more popular, more and Americans are heading to Cambodia due to it being a more exotic destination. This country has a very interesting history and culture that we really enjoyed learning about and experiencing…

January 4, 2016 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Sunset Sundowners Sundowners are a beloved South African tradition.  They are a daily happy hour right at sunset as a celebration of another day spent in paradise.  Africa prides itself on rugged beauty and sunsets that astound and there is always something to toast to when you are in South Africa.   Sundowners are a must for any traveler and should be enjoyed in the company of friendly locals surrounded by the natural beauty.  South Africa   Although the sundowners tradition is South African, the ritual of happy hour at sunset is celebrated throughout the world.  In…

December 22, 2015 The Traveling Gals

This is a guest post from one of our very close family friends who came to visit us in Sarasota! We are so happy she wrote this post for us and we hope you enjoy!  Shopping While on Vacation – A Great Way to Preserve the Memories As a first-time visitor to Sarasota, I was expecting beautiful white sand beaches, warm temperatures and lots of sunshine. Even the quality of restaurants didn’t surprise me that much, but I have to say that I was amazed and pleased with the wonderful shopping experience the Sarasota area had to offer. After all,…