October 6, 2015 The Traveling Gals 25Comment

Post by Ashley 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.’ Would rather…

October 1, 2015 The Traveling Gals 13Comment

Learn about Halloween celebrations in a few different countries around the world! Happy Halloween! Ireland Did you know Ireland is considered the place where Halloween originated? The Gaelic pagan festival called Samhain marked the end of summer and beginning of winter, which was considered the darker half of the year and meant death for many. This period is when the dead were thought to return so villagers would light fires to ward off spirits. Irish immigrants brought the idea of All Hallow’s Eve to the USA. By: Kathy Popular Events Banks of Foyle Halloween Carnival in Derry…

September 30, 2015 The Traveling Gals 14Comment

Pumpkin season is upon us! Although it certainly doesn’t feel like fall here in Florida, we still enjoy the change of seasons. By now you have probably seen a lot about pumpkin spice. We wanted a quick and easy way to add pumpkin to a meal, and decided to add it to rice! If you love pumpkin, this is a great way to get your pumpkin fix. (more…)

September 25, 2015 The Traveling Gals 12Comment

Top 10 Tips For First Time Cruisers! Post by Carol 10. Fly in the night before to be on the safe side. It will give you more of a cushion in case of weather delays, lost luggage, etc. 9. If traveling abroad, look into an international call package before leaving (contact your cell provider for suggestions) 8. Stay on board on one of the Port Days. That ship will be less crowded and you can enjoy the onboard amenities and maybe have the hot tub to yourself! 7. Make reservations ahead of time for spa treatments and special dining options….

September 23, 2015 The Traveling Gals 10Comment

Book Reviews: North of Naples, South of Rome by Paolo Tullio and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria by Mark Rotella I have switched gears a bit lately and my reading has been devoted to Italy.  The following are two books I enjoyed reading and made me long to spend time in Italy! North of Naples, South of Rome North of Naples is a recommendation from the Crystal  Cruises website.  The author was born in Gallinaro in the Comino Valley, but was educated and resides in the UK.  He returns to his family home in Gallinaro for summers.  It…

September 18, 2015 The Traveling Gals 47Comment

Fall Foliage in Florida?! We are starting to feel cooler breezes reminiscent of fall. Of course, this is Florida so that means a drop in humidity…not temperature!  Obviously Florida is not the first place that comes to mind when you think Fall Foliage.  When living in Chicago, Fall Foliage meant a weekend trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to see the beautiful leaves turning colors and hiking around the lake for the final time before winter.  Living in Florida, the colors are subdued but there is foliage nonetheless changing into muted hues of yellow, orange and red.  Fall colors can be seen on…

September 17, 2015 The Traveling Gals 6Comment

Liebster Award Nominee Thank you Hannah from London Girl Lost for nominating The Traveling Gals for the Liebster Award! Since getting more into blogging I have seen other Liebster Award nominees’ posts and thought it was a great idea and now I get to write my own post! Liebster Award is an exclusive online mark of recognition given to new bloggers by other bloggers. It is a way to discover new talents and help promote them. Those who have been nominated and choose to accept the award, should follow a set of general rules that come along. The Rules: Write…

September 16, 2015 The Traveling Gals 35Comment

Grilled Sweet and Sour Tofu “Shrimp” from Australia I am always looking for ways to take great recipes and make them healthy.  This adaptation is from the Grilled Shrimp served at the Australia booth in this year’s Food & Wine Festival.  All the ingredients are healthy and while I will eat seafood on rare occasion, I wanted to try an alternative.  I did a lot of research and found that tofu can be a viable alternative. I have never worked with tofu, but now is the time to give it a try. Traveling Gals Tip:  The trick to taking a…

September 11, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

HO’OKALAKUPUA of Polynesian Village for Labor Day Weekend hoʻokalakupua = magic Polynesian Village is the ultimate in combining the magic of Disney and the magic of Hawaii!  We were lucky enough to spend Labor Day weekend at the Polynesian Village.  In some ways, due to all the upgrades it feels like a brand new resort.  The one thing that has not changed is the magical feeling this resort evokes while staying here. It is no secret I have a deep understanding of the “magic” of Disney.  I also experienced a similar “magic” in Hawaii.  After having traveled to so many…

September 9, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Peanut Noodles a la Kona Café After a wonderful Labor Day Weekend at the Polynesian Village, I wanted to recreate my favorite meal from the Kona Café, the Pan Asian Noodles.  This is one of my favorite dishes at Disney.  It is perfect for the Hawaiian vibe and a somewhat healthier option. Traveling Gals Tip:  If you like the Pan Asian Noodles in Kona Café, Captain Hook’s downstairs offers the Pho Noodle Bowl which is similar for a lower price and offers the Pan Asian Noodles as a side in the cooler for an even much lower price!  It is…