June 21, 2016 The Traveling Gals 25Comment

Bloggers Share Breathtaking Places From Around the World While there are many beautiful places around the world, sometimes you visit a place that really takes your breath away. Without further ado, here are some of those breathtaking places. Thank you to all of the bloggers who participated! Giza, Egypt from The Traveling Gals: “Seeing the Pyramids and Sphinx in person was an amazing experience we will never forget!” ∼ Bora Bora – Toniya from The Travelling Panda: “Our trip to Bora Bora was something that completely took our breath away. The beauty of this small gem in such a vast ocean is just…

June 14, 2016 The Traveling Gals 9Comment

Where is your hometown’s Sister Cities? Post by Kary While on a walk through Bayfront Park, I noticed a plaque recognizing Sarasota’s sister cities with a Ceremonial Tree Walk on March 17, 2003.  Sarasota has 8 sister cities!   The placard whose mission and objective reads “To Foster Peace and Understanding and to Develop Respect and Cooperation through Citizen Diplomacy” piqued my curiosity.    The Sister city program was developed by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956.  His vision was to promote citizen diplomacy after having seen the severe hatred and after-effects of World War II.  Sarasota got involved early on in 1963…

June 7, 2016 The Traveling Gals 18Comment

Barrier Islands of Florida Post by Kary The splendor of Florida can be found in its hundreds of barrier islands. Barrier Islands are long, thin sandy stretches of land that protect the coast from the full force of storm waves. Between the island and the mainland is a calm water body such as a bay. Florida has more barrier islands than any other state. They are idyllic places to enjoy the tropical sunshine. By: Keoni Cabral Panhandle There are many barrier islands in the Florida panhandle and many are connected via bridge for easy access. Some…

June 3, 2016 The Traveling Gals 19Comment

Cambodia in Photos In 2013 we had the pleasure of traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia. While in Cambodia we got to see some amazing cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as well as rural villages. We go to experience Angkor Wat, the Killing Fields, and a monastery. There were also lots of beautiful statues and art work. Our trip was both adventurous and educational and we feel lucky to have had the opportunity to visit such an interesting and wonderful country. Here are some of our favorite pictures from that trip. After, check out our photos from Vietnam! (more…)

May 31, 2016 The Traveling Gals 4Comment

The Traveling Gals at Opening Night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom After Dark When we booked our Memorial Day weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge last year, we had no idea how much extra magic we were in for!  All three of us gals arrived just in time for opening night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom AFTER DARK!  In the first phase of the massive expansion happening at Animal Kingdom, the park is now open until 11 p.m. with a spectacular nighttime transformation.  It is always so exciting to see everything you have read about come alive Disney style! Our first stop was the…

May 26, 2016 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

Disney Springs Town Center Post by Ashley The new area of Disney Springs called the Town Center finally opened and it is beautiful. This is the second new area to open at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). First was The Landings which features: The Boathouse, Jock Lindsay’s Hanger Bar, STK and Morimoto Asia. Now we have the Town Center, which is the main shopping center that also has some unique dining locations. The Town Center features 23 stores and dining locations and new stores will be opening throughout the summer as well. The architecture and details in this area are amazing….

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…

May 17, 2016 The Traveling Gals 5Comment

More Things To Do in Sarasota Post by Ashley This is a follow-up to our Top 3 Must-Do’s in Sarasota post! There are so many great things to do in this small city on the Suncoast. After you’ve hit the main areas in Sarasota, you definitely have to check out these other great places in our beautiful city that we are lucky to now call home. Ringling Museum The John & Mable Ringling Museum is one of our favorite places to go in Sarasota. The museum features two great sections, the circus museums and the art museum. We wrote a…

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…

May 4, 2016 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

Guide to the Ringling Museum Post by Kary  Welcome to one of the many very pleasant surprises of Sarasota. For those of you who have traveled the world and visited museums in Europe and Asia, you are probably thinking, what could a museum in Sarasota have to offer? As it turns out, it has a lot to offer and is definitely worth a trip! Set on 20 acres of waterfront property, the museum is the culmination of John and Mable Ringling’s love of Sarasota, art and Italy. There are several sections to the Ringling; The Museum of Art, the Ca’d’Zan, the Historic…