November 11, 2015 The Traveling Gals 12Comment

Weekend Getaway: Anna Maria Island Anna Maria is a barrier island about seven miles in length located south of Tampa Bay and in Manatee County on the west coast of Florida.  It is an absolute treasure that is geographically stunning with gorgeous blue waters and sandy beaches accessible only by fabulous bridge crossings. This “Island in the Sun” was originally used for hunting and fishing by various Indian tribes and was not inhabited by permanent residents until the 1890s. Anna Maria preserves the feel of old Florida while still feeling fresh with charming restaurants, shops and entertainment. The island is…

November 6, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

The Vacationers By Emma Straub The Vacationers is a novel about a family in crisis forced together on vacation in a rented house in Mallorca for 2 weeks.  Each person is at a crossroads and inadvertently work out their problems together in a witty and funny way.  Although set in gorgeous Mallorca, this book is far more than a beach read. The Post family has drama involving each generation and a couple friends to boot!  While they each have problems on their own, they also have lingering issues with each other that are masked at the beginning of the trip…

November 4, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Savor the 2015 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival with only $25!!!!! We are always trying to think of ways to save money for travel without skimping on the things we love. Kary decided to challenge herself and buy a $25 festival gift card and spend only that amount this Friday evening at the Food and Wine Festival.   While the tastings at each booth around the World Showcase are reasonable, they can add up quickly! It is always a challenge to pick the healthiest fare and spend the least amount of money. $3.50     Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles at Chew Lab I wanted to try something…

October 30, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

We <3 Afternoon Tea! By all accounts, in the 1800’s the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna was a prominent figure in London society and a close friend of Queen Victoria.  She complained of having that “sinking feeling” in late afternoon and wanted something small to tide her over until dinner.  From this, the Afternoon Tea tradition was born and has become the celebrated event it is today. By: Gary Bembridge I have been enamored with Afternoon Tea Service for many years.   I have high regard for the tradition, appreciate the ritual and enjoy the luxurious surroundings…

October 28, 2015 The Traveling Gals

Halloween brings out all the ghouls, goblins, horrors, and hauntings. None do it quite as well as Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Studios Orlando. Considered one of the top Halloween events in the world, this event transforms the park into a seriously scary place with haunted houses, scare zones, and shows. This year being the event’s 25th anniversary, they did it up big which meant a scary good time for everyone attending. Because we have premier passes to Universal Studios Orlando, one of the great perks is one admission into HHN on select days. We decided to go on a Sunday so that…

October 23, 2015 The Traveling Gals 1Comment

Thank you to Tots2Travel for sharing this post with us! If you are interested in family travel, they have a wonderful blog! Here are some seriously spooky experiences in Scotland that you can enjoy with the kiddies. Nowhere does Halloween like America but this year if your family is looking for history and atmosphere on All Hallow’s Eve then you should definitely let Scotland cast its spell. Here is Tots2Travel’s Top 5 spooky days out to frighten your little devils. Courtesy of The Real Mary King’s Close 1 EDINBURGH The Real Mary King’s Close – what’s…

October 21, 2015 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

How To Decide Your Next Exciting Travel Destination! Traveling the world is full of endless possibilities.  It is exciting to think you can go anywhere in the world.  The hard part is deciding where to go!  Planning your next trip requires many different considerations and options.  The following are some strategies to help you select your next journey. WHO will be traveling?  The choice of who to travel with is significant. Planning a trip with your family is different than planning an adults only or couples trip. WHAT is your budget?  Spend some time carefully considering your bottom line budget…

October 16, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Getting Genki in Japan: The Adventures & Misadventures of an American Family in Tokyo By Karen Pond | Illustrations by Akiko Saito Every time I visit Mitsukoshi at the Japan pavilion in EPCOT, I peruse the rather large book section.  I have read many interesting books from there and Getting Genki in Japan is no exception! A good book and a glass of wine. GENKI = Energetic, Exciting, Full of Life Getting Genki in Japan is a very clever and delightfully illustrated book about the adventures of an American family living in Tokyo.  Tokyo is a character…

October 14, 2015 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

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October 9, 2015 The Traveling Gals 5Comment

Royal Caribbean:  The Finer Things In the world of cruising, family and budget friendly usually come to mind when thinking of Royal Caribbean cruises, not the finer things.  I want to share with you two experiences I recently had on the Vision of the Seas that were quite grand events and elevated my perception of service and epicurean significance. Vision of the Seas Source Lafite Wine Tasting When reserving the tasting, I did not realize it was Lafite and assumed it was the usual tasting offered on board most ships.  It was not!  Royal Caribbean has…