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Travel Book Reviews

One of our favorite things to do when we are not on a trip is to read travel books. It’s a great way to learn about a new place, or learn more about a place you’ve already been. We’ve read some really great (and not so great) travel books, so we wanted to share with you our thoughts and suggestions! This post will be updated as we read more books. Please feel free to comment with any suggestions, recommendations, and your own thoughts and opinions on these books!

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50 Ways To Save For Travel

50 Ways to Save for Travel

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 we compiled that can help you get started saving up for your next trip.

[Related: How To Decide Your Next Travel Destination]

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Things To Do In Orlando (Besides Theme Parks)

Orlando, FL is known as the theme park capital of the world. Millions of people visit Central Florida every year to enjoy the theme parks (Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, LEGOLAND, and Busch Gardens in Tampa). While these alone make for a great vacation, if you want a break from the theme parks there are also other fun places in the city to visit.

Here are the top picks for things to do in Orlando

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Why You Should Try Afternoon Tea (At Least Once!)

We <3 Afternoon Tea!

By all accounts, in the 1800’s the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna was a prominent figure in London society and a close friend of Queen Victoria.  She complained of having that “sinking feeling” in late afternoon and wanted something small to tide her over until dinner.  From this, the Afternoon Tea tradition was born and has become the celebrated event it is today.

I have been enamored with Afternoon Tea Service for many years.   I have high regard for the tradition, appreciate the ritual and enjoy the luxurious surroundings that accompany a tea service.    It is an experience that is wonderful alone, but made even more special when being shared with the other gals.

We are from Chicago so have attended several tea services in the city.  The Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Drake and Peninsula are some of teas we have attended.  Although the Drake is the most iconic, the Peninsula is my favorite.  I revel in the strings playing in the balcony above and classy but contemporary feel of the the Lobby.  They have also added a vegan tea service in recent years that features many of my favorites so I can indulge with everyone else.  This is a real game-changer for me!

Traveling Gals Tip:  Afternoon Tea is a great addition to your traveling itinerary!  Try experiencing tea service in different countries and different hotels around the world.   You do not even have to like tea to enjoy  the experience!

Often when traveling we try to reserve an Afternoon Tea.  To name a few, we have had tea at the Ritz Carlton Boston Common, Fairmont Olympic Seattle, Opryland Nashville, Grand Floridian at Disney World, Hotel Don Cesare St. Petersburg and aboard the Queen Mary 2.   The tea room at the Grand Floridian is elegant and classy.  It is a welcome diversion from its casual surroundings.  Tea service at the Opryland was also wonderful.  It was stylish and surprisingly refined with a fun southern twist.  The service was great, but more friendly than formal.  Of course, tea on the Queen Mary 2 was formal and always accompanied by beautiful live music.  The service was exceptional.  We always tried to plan our daily activities around it so we would not miss this treat each afternoon.

I aspire to having tea all over the world.  The British have historically had such an influence on countries around the world so Afternoon Tea is global.  For now, my thirst for afternoon tea will have to be fulfilled at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota this winter!

Have you experienced Afternoon Tea before? Let us know in the comments!

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