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Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Travel to Pandora: The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom

Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Alpha Centauri Expeditions and Animal Kingdom have brought deep space travel to Disney World! Okay, not really, but they did create an amazing new world to explore called Pandora: The World of Avatar. The tagline is “a world beyond belief,” and they are not wrong about this. It really is an incredibly immersive area.

Full disclosure: We have never actually seen the movie Avatar. When Disney announced that they would be doing an Avatar-themed land, we were excited for something new but didn’t really care that it was about Avatar. It took Disney about 10 years to actually build Pandora, but it just opened this past May 2017 and we were lucky to be able to go on the official opening weekend. We were unprepared for how amazing it would actually be.

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Weekend Getaway: Berkshire County
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WEEKEND GETAWAY: Berkshire County, Massachusetts

 

Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, Ma

Berkshire County, or The Berkshires, is a region in Western Massachusetts. It is known for beautiful mountains, a vibrant arts scene, and plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy all year round.  I spent a week in Western Massachusetts visiting a friend and got to see a lot of this area and had a great time! This part of New England may not be at the top of your list, but it is definitely worth checking out, especially in the summer.

You have a few options for getting to Berkshire County. You can fly into Hartford/Bradley, Boston, Albany, or NYC. You will need to rent a car for your trip, but the drive is so beautiful! Especially when you are not used to seeing mountains. You can also take the Amtrak. Once you are here, there is no shortage of festivals, events, shopping, theater, music, and outdoor fun.

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Review: Caring for Giants Elephant Experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Caring for Giants - Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is perhaps Disney’s most underrated theme park. It is amazing to walk around and see all the details that went into the different themed areas. The best part about Animal Kingdom, though, is the animals of course! Kilimanjaro Safaris is definitely a must do. There are also two wonderful walking trails where you can see some of the animals a little closer, Maharajah Jungle Trek and Pangani Forest Exploration. If you take the Wildlife Express, you will see Rafiki’s Planet Watch where there is a petting zoo. Throughout the park keep your eyes open because you never know what animals you might see! Animal Kingdom is actually accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, so the cast members who work with the animals are very knowledgeable and love to answer your questions. Disney’s Animal Kingdom also offers special experiences where you can get closer to the animals and learn more about them. We did Caring for Giants (because Ashley loves elephants) and thought it was a great experience where we learned a lot.

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Flamingos in Florida + Gift Guide
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Flamingos in Florida + Great Gift Ideas

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Flamingos in Florida + Gift Guide

Is Flamingo Friday a thing? If not, it should be! When you are in Florida, you might see quite a few plastic flamingos adorning front lawns. While the flamingo décor is fun, you might be wondering where you can see real live flamingos. Luckily there are some great places to go where you can see flamingos and learn more about them.

There are actually six known species of flamingos in the world. Flamingos used to be found in the wild in the southern most part of the state, but they are not known to breed here anymore. There are some great spots where you can see flamingos in Florida.

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Sailor Circus - Sarasota, FL #CACMoreThanACircus
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Sailor Circus In Sarasota, FL #CACMoreThanACircus

A Day at the Circus

Last weekend, The Traveling Gals were lucky enough to be invited to spend the morning training at the Circus!  Sarasota and the Circus have a long history together.  Sarasota was the winter headquarters for John Ringling and is known as the “Circus Capital of the World”.  The international circus community continues to be an integral part of the city’s atmosphere.

Sailor Circus - Sarasota, FL #CACMoreThanACircus

This was our first time at the Circus Arts Conservatory and shame on us because it is blocks away from our home.  The slogan More Than a Circus is extremely accurate.   The building is shaped like a big top and is both a training and performance facility.   In addition to training professional circus performers, many classes and camps are available to the local community.  They also have an extensive outreach program to bring the legacy of the circus to the community through education, therapy and performing arts that serve youth to the elderly.  It is very impressive!

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Ghana In Pictures

Ghana in Pictures

Ghana is in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea and bordered by the Ivory Coast, Togo, and Burkina Faso. As it was a former British colony, the main language spoken is English and the people are very friendly. This makes Ghana a great spot for a first time visit to Africa. In fact, many travel guides refer to Ghana as “Africa for beginners.” Accra is the capital city where there is the most to see. Ashley had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Ghana traveling from the south to the northern part of the country.

Here are some photos from that trip that showcase the beautiful country of Ghana:

Street art in Accra

 

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Port of Call: Nassau, The Bahamas

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.

Ships in port: Nassau, The Bahamas

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 different parts of Nassau’s history, including historic villages that were settled by liberated slaves in the 1800s. Perhaps the most intriguing part of their history, though, has to do with pirates. Blackbeard himself resided in Nassau and you can learn more about Nassau’s history with pirates at the Pirates of Nassau museum, which is a must-see. There is also Pirate Republic Brewery, which is the only craft brewery in The Bahamas, where you can grab a beer after taking on the pirates.

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Rainy Day Vacation Ideas

Rainy Day Vacation Ideas

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.

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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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Date Night at Disney World

Date Night at Disney World

Date Night at Disney World

While Disney World is mostly known as a family destination, there are actually some wonderful date night locations throughout. These are great ideas if you live in the area, or if you are on vacation and want to do have a nice night out together. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, or you can spend a ton of money. Disney World has a variety of restaurant and entertainment options that will make your date night at Disney magical. Even just taking a stroll and enjoying one of the fireworks shows can make for a wonderful night out. Check out some of these favorite date night ideas.

[Related Post: Disney World 4 Parks in 1 Day Challenge]

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