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5 Ways to Inspire Your Wanderlust Today

5 Ways to Inspire Your Wanderlust Today

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READ
A Walk Across France By: Miles Morland
Be instantly transported to a wonderful place of travel adventure and want to hop on a plane and walk across France.

WATCH
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
We have been reading and researching India with both excitement and trepidation. This movie definitely made us more excited to hopefully go one day.

YOUTUBE
Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas
Just watching this quick video of the new Ovation of the Seas will make you want to hop on board immediately and plan a cruise to an exotic location. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtrNsPpLhrY

DOWNLOAD
Download a podcast of a walking tour of Rome. Just listening to this guide brought back such wonderful
memories of visiting Rome.
http://www.italyguides.it/en/lazio/rome/travel-guides/free-audio-guide-of-rome-for-ipod-mp3-players

RESEARCH
Mock plan a trip around the world. When we have a spare moment, we often research different itineraries and luxurious cruises around the world. Even though a trip around the world seems like it could only happen in a dream, research and education on the different options brings it into the realm of possibility!

How do you stay inspired even when you’re not traveling? Let us know in the comments!

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Shopping While On Vacation: A Great Way to Preserve the Memories

Shopping While On Vacation: A Great Way to Preserve the Memories

This is a guest post from one of our very close family friends who came to visit us in Sarasota! We are so happy she wrote this post for us and we hope you enjoy! 

Shopping While on Vacation – A Great Way to Preserve the Memories

As a first-time visitor to Sarasota, I was expecting beautiful white sand beaches, warm temperatures and lots of sunshine. Even the quality of restaurants didn’t surprise me that much, but I have to say that I was amazed and pleased with the wonderful shopping experience the Sarasota area had to offer. After all, I am from Chicago! I had no problem finding souvenirs, and to my surprise, I was able to complete much of my Christmas shopping while sightseeing in Sarasota and the surrounding islands.

Shopping in Sarasota
Downtown Sarasota

While in the downtown area, I wandered into a charming shop on 1st Street called Envie where I found unique gifts that my artist sister could appreciate including a gorgeous dragonfly ornament and a decorative bejeweled box. Down the same street, I discovered I Tesori where I purchased a shiny keychain wallet for my niece. This shop also had an impressive collection of Murano glass beads, designer jewelry and clothing. It seemed that everywhere I turned there were interesting shops, boutiques and galleries.

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How To Decide Your Next Travel Destination

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.

How to Decide your Next Travel Destination

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 for this trip (including dining, shopping and extraneous spending money).  This is a very important step.  It allows you to be realistic in choosing a destination and experience that is attainable.

WHEN are you able to get away?  The time of year is very important.  The weather is such a vital component in a successful trip.  Some destinations are accessible only during certain times of the year.    The southern hemisphere seasons are reversed from the northern hemisphere.  The cost is different depending on time of year, also.  The time you are available can open up possibilities you did not think were possible or preclude you from you thought were easily attainable.

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