September 20, 2016 The Traveling Gals 17Comment

River Cruising Along the Mekong in Vietnam & Cambodia A few years ago, we went on land/river cruise trip through Vietnam and Cambodia. We had  an amazing time seeing these two countries. There is so much history and culture. Some of the history is hard to take in, especially visiting sites like The Killing Fields and the “Hotel Hanoi” where American POW’s were held during the Vietnam War. Seeing these places in person though is an eye-opening experience. It was sad because so much of the Cambodian history is unknown to many people. But meeting the amazing, resilient people who can always find a…

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…

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…

March 21, 2016 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Is It OK to Take Your Kids Out of School to Travel? Post by Kary This is a question hotly debated by parents all over the country.  My answer to this question is YES!  You should absolutely allow your child to miss school for travel.  The only caveat being if they are truly struggling and even then you should still consider it. In my own experience, I have never hesitated at taking my daughter out of school to travel from pre-school throughout college.  I am sure this is why she is the main Traveling Gal, Ashley!  Education goes far beyond…

March 9, 2016 The Traveling Gals 6Comment

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! 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!

March 2, 2016 The Traveling Gals 5Comment

7 Best International Spring Flower Festivals Today is the start of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! In honor of Epcot’s “unofficial” start to spring, check out these 7 places for blossoming spring flowers around the world: 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…

February 22, 2016 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

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…

February 10, 2016 The Traveling Gals 5Comment

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. Disney World. (No it’s not just for kids!) Reykjavik. Maui. (more…)