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Disney World Challenge: 4 Parks in 1 Day

For those who love Disney World, a popular challenge is going to all 4 parks in 1 day. While this may sound like an impossible task, with a little planning it can be done. And it is so much fun! It is important to keep in the back of your mind that you won’t be able to do everything. If possible, try to plan some Fast Passes to coincide with when you will be in the park, just to save time. Also bring some snacks like granola bars to keep the energy levels up!

Now we routinely can do 3 parks in one day (Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Magic Kingdom). The one that can cause problems is Animal Kingdom because it is not connected to any of the other parks. You can walk/boat/bus from Hollywood Studios to EPCOT and then take the monorail over to Magic Kingdom. Because of this we suggest starting your challenge at Animal Kingdom. We also highly suggest you use Disney transportation and not your own car if you are not staying on property. The toll booth lines can get backed up and you may end up parking really far away from the entrance. You can park for free at Disney Springs and head over to Saratoga Springs to catch your first bus.(You can also try parking at a resort. If it’s not crowded they will usually let you, but don’t tell anyone that was our idea!)

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[Infographic] Dining Etiquette from Around the World

Dining Etiquette from Around the World

Some of the biggest cultural faux-pas’ are made at the dinner table. Different cultures have different etiquettes and this handy infographic gives you the tips to make sure you are a gracious guest! Thank you to The Dunloe for providing us with this great guide!

Dining Etiquette from Around the World

Again, thank you to The Dunloe for this infographic!

Have you ever accidentally done something that was considered rude while traveling? Let us know in the comments!

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7 Best International Spring Flower Festivals

Spring is in the air! Here are seven flower festivals from around the world:

Flower Festivals Around the World - Hanami, Japan

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 feasts under the blossoming trees. The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC began in 1912 with a gift of cherry blossom trees from the Mayor of Tokyo. The gift was given as a symbol of friendship and the continuing relationship between the two countries.

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Healthy Miso Udon Soup Recipe

Miso Udon: Tofu, Vegetables, and Noodles in a Spicy Broth

It has been a little chilly here in Florida lately, so this is the perfect time to have soup!  Also, after the success with Sweet and Sour Tofu, we really wanted to try another tofu recipe. For some of the ingredients, we visited the local Asian market.  There are two Asian markets nearby and they were very interesting.   Although primarily Vietnamese, they offer other Asian items too.  There are so many interesting ingredients that you can’t find at regular grocery stores.

Healthy Miso Soup Recipe - check it out on thetravelinggals.com!

Please enjoy this recipe by Kary!

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The Temples of Angkor: Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

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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 first hand. Also, just in case you were wondering, Angkor = city.

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Towles Court Artist Colony

Towles Court Creative Arts Community

Tucked away amongst the moss-draped oak trees in the Laurel Park neighborhood of downtown Sarasota is the Towles Court Creative Arts Community.  In 1905 Sarasota’s first Mayor built his home in this area along with a nine-hole golf course.  In the 1920’s William Towles turned the golf course into a small residential neighborhood.  The area went through periods of prosperity and peril until 1983 when NJ Olivieri saw potential in Sarasota and bought up decaying properties in the area with the intention of razing them and building new homes.  Instead friends approached him with the concept of developing an artists’ colony instead.  In December, 1995 Towles Court Artist Colony was born when the first artist signed a lease.

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Traveling Gals Tip:  If you are visiting Sarasota, the third Friday of each month Towles Court hosts an art walk with live music, wine and a chance to experience all the creative arts offered.

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Healthy Oven Baked Fried Rice Recipe

Oven Baked “Fried Rice” – Quick and Easy

Everyone loves fried rice! This recipe is a base and can be easily customized to accommodate your preferences. It is tasty, quick and very easy. It was given the seal of approval by our whole family. Give it a try!

Healthy Oven Baked Fried Rice

Traveling Gals Tip:  This recipe is perfectly paired with Miso Udon Soup!

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups bite-sized broccoli florets or broccoli/carrot slaw chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 cup cubed extra firm tofu
  • 1¼ cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup of blister peanuts
  • Garlic to taste
  • Ginger to taste
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cook the brown rice as directed.  Combine cooked rice and all ingredients and transfer to a 9 x 11-inch or similarly sized casserole dish. Bake covered for about 45 minutes.

This is a favorite of the Gals since it is easy to make and satisfies the craving for Chinese food!  It can also be made ahead and put in the oven later for a quick and easy meal.  You can also add or subtract any vegetables or nuts.  Try the recipe and let us know your take on it!

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Gè bǎo

(Enjoy Your Meal!)

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14 Romantic Destinations to Visit

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.

14 Romantic Destinations: Paris - The Traveling Gals

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Chinese New Year: The Year of the Monkey

Chinese New Year

February 8, 2016 – The Year of the Monkey

The Chinese animal zodiac is shengxiao in Chinese and means “born resembling”.  It is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its corresponding attributes. There are many stories about how these animals came to fruition, but common belief is the animals simply represented dates on the calendar.  It is said the Jade Emperor created a race of animals and the first twelve to win the race would be chosen.  Prior to the race, the cat and rat were best friends.  The rat promised to awaken the cat so they could arrive at the race early.  The rat forgot and ran into the tiger, horse, ox and other animals that ran much faster.  So the rat offered to sing for the ox if the ox would carry him across the river.  The ox agreed assuming he would automatically win the race.  The rat slid of the ox at the end and ran ahead to become the first lucky winner of the race.  The other animals arrived and that is why they follow the rat on the zodiac calendar in the order of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.  The cat overslept and was too late to participate and hated the rat from then on.  This is why every time they meet, the cat will chase the rat.

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Sail Away on a Caribbean Cruise

Sail Away to the Caribbean on a Cruise!

Every year our family goes on a Caribbean cruise out of Tampa with Royal Caribbean. It is a great way to relax and have fun in the warm tropical weather. This year’s cruise was 5 nights and stopped in Cozumel and Grand Cayman. It was especially nice because we left while Florida was having a bit of a cold spell, but the weather in the Caribbean was great.

We have been fortunate enough to go on a lot of cruises over the years and have become very loyal to Royal Caribbean due to their fantastic loyalty program, Crown & Anchor Society. You can read all about this program here.

The ship we were on this year was the Brilliance of the Seas. She is a medium sized ship that has great amenities and a fantastic crew. This is our favorite size ship to sail on.  Here is an overview of our 5 day cruise with our tips. We will also have a list of our best tips at the end!

Day 1: Tampa, FL

Brilliance of the Seas in Tampa, FL

We suggest that you head to the cruise terminal around 11am. If you go to early, the ship’s not ready and you have to wait. If you go later in the afternoon, that’s when most other people arrive so you also have to wait. Unfortunately boarding the ship usually requires waiting in a few lines, so be patient and prepared by eating a snack beforehand. Luckily we did not have to wait too long and headed straight to the buffet for lunch.

Check out our tips for first time cruisers.

We always like to take a tour of the ship to see where everything is and what’s going on. It’s good to know where the Guest Services is located, the dining room, and your room. Typically the rooms are not ready until around 1 or 2pm and your luggage should be in front of your door. If it’s not, don’t panic yet! It’s probably on it’s way. When the room is ready we like to unpack and freshen up a little before heading to the Sail Away Party on the Lido Deck!

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