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…

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

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 Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin The Masquerade Mystery at Malahide Castle Family Fun at…

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….