May 12, 2016 The Traveling Gals 12Comment

Thank you to Ali Swank at aligoesthedistance.com for this great post and pictures about her recent trip to Costa Rica! Ali is one of my friends I met in college and she is very much into living a healthy and active lifestyle and helping others do the same. Now she has her own personal training business and teaches fitness classes in the Tampa area. If you are interested in running, workout tips, healthy recipes, or personal training definitely check out her website & blog. Fitness, Food, & Fun in Costa Rica! I recently just took a vacation with my family on our first trip…

April 20, 2016 The Traveling Gals 4Comment

Vietnam in Photos Post by Ashley In 2013 we took a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia on a river cruise down the Mekong River and land tour. This trip was really interesting seeing both the developed cities and poorer rural areas. We started in southern Vietnam in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City and traveled around and ended in Northern Vietnam in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. The food, history, people, and culture all made for an excellent trip. We had a wonderful time and wanted to share some of our favorite pictures. Keep your eye out for our post on Cambodia! [caption id=”attachment_1108″…

March 29, 2016 The Traveling Gals 8Comment

Post by Kary Kiss a Sting Ray and have Seven Years Good Luck! The Cayman Islands were first sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1503 when he named the islands Las Tortugas due to the large amount of sea turtles seen swimming nearby.  Sir Francis Drake, an English sea captain arrived in 1586 and named the islands Cayman (pronounced cay-MAN) after the indigenous word for crocodile.  This British claimed territory has a rich history and the English influence is everywhere.  It is one of the only British colonies in the Caribbean still in existence.  Today, the Caymans are a haven for…

March 2, 2016 The Traveling Gals 5Comment

7 Best International Spring Flower Festivals Today is the start of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! In honor of Epcot’s “unofficial” start to spring, check out these 7 places for blossoming spring flowers around the world: Hanami – Japan Cherry Blossoms The cherry blossom holds a very prominent position in Japanese culture. There are several varieties of cherry trees (Sakura) in Japan and most of them bloom for just a few days in spring. The Japanese celebrate the yearly flower viewing with a celebration called Hanami. Hanami is an over thousand-year tradition celebrated by people hosting parties and…

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…

February 10, 2016 The Traveling Gals 5Comment

14 Romantic Destinations to Visit It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means lots of pictures of flowers on Facebook. Even if you don’t have a significant other, these destinations are still great to visit with friends, family, or even for a relaxing solo trip! We personally would love if someone handed us a plane ticket (and their credit card) to one of these romantic destinations: Paris. Disney World. (No it’s not just for kids!) Reykjavik. Maui. (more…)

January 26, 2016 The Traveling Gals

Rios de Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rio Guadalquivir Photo via Britannica.com The Iberian river of Guadalquivir is the second largest in Spain.  The Guadalquivir is distinctive due to its plant and animal life being the most varied in Europe.  It begins in the national park of Cañada de las Fuentes from flowing streams cascading down the Cazorla mountain range.  It passes through Córdoba which was originally part of the Islamic Caliphate that comprised most of the Iberian Peninsula and a capital city of the Roman province.  This unique history provides an historic quarter anchored by the Mezquita,…

January 18, 2016 The Traveling Gals

Is there more to Panama City than the remarkable Canal? The capital of Panama, Panama City is a modern, vibrant city juxtaposed by a cobblestone center and flanked by shantytowns leading to the Panama Canal.   It is a splendid mix of the old and the new.  Panama was founded by the Spanish in the early 1500’s.  It was under Spanish rule until 1821 when it gained independence from Spain and joined with Colombia.  Independence from Colombia came in 1903 and Panama City was established as the capital of the independent Panama.  The USA handed over control of the Panama Canal…

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…