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7 Reasons to Visit Edison & Ford Winter Estates

If you are even the slightest bit nerdy about inventions, mechanics, botany, antiques or architecture, then you’ll be fascinated by Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Before I made the trip to the Ft. Myers residence with visiting family, I had no idea that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were friends, let alone Florida neighbors. Here are seven reasons why you should carve out 4 hours of your day for the homes, gardens, laboratory and museum when you’re in The City of Palms.

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Tips for Travel-Lovers Planning Their Honeymoons

I was never one of those girls who had their entire weddings planned out by the age of 10. I was more concerned with studying, working, traveling, volunteering – you know, all the important things – until it happened. I fell in love. (Warning: You may meet your prince charming at a fall festival chili cook-off under a circus tent in the backyard of a church. At least that’s where I met mine.)

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Chase Fall Colors to These 7 Destinations

By now I’m used to wearing shorts to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the great Floridian compromise: seasons are swapped for sunshine. My friends and I have fake fall parties. We wear our only sweater, crank down the air conditioning and burn candles that supposedly smell like autumn. It’s fun, but nothing compares to sipping apple cider on a brisk day surrounded by trees the color of school buses, stop signs and oranges.

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Explore the Shores of the Great Lakes

East Coast cities, Florida and California receive all the hype, leaving the Great Lakes repeatedly underrated. Did you know that these five massive lakes combined are nearly as large as the United Kingdom? In other terms, as a whole, it’s the world’s largest body of fresh water. Yes, it’s really cold water, even for swimming in August, but why don’t we call it refreshing?

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Travel Is _____

Travel is almost always a voyage of discovery, but it means different things to different people. Consider your experiences. Did travel transform the way you look at the world? Did it allow you to meet the love of your life? Or did it rescue your life from the throes of monotony? Below you’ll find a number of meanings. Pin your favorite or comment with a new description at the end of this post.

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Ways to React When Traveling Doesn’t Go Your Way

If you’ve traveled a lot, then you know that things do not, will not, always go as planned. That’s part of the adventure that’s so fun to embrace. Yet the choice of how to react is up to you.

Here are classic reactions from some of our favorite TV and movie characters. Choose wisely on your next vacation!

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A Guide for Feasting on Your Next Carnival Cruise

My second Carnival cruise was even better than my first. The Western Caribbean lived up to its reputation and my Fun Ship cruise was, well, fun. Part of the fun is eating, especially when it’s complimentary and unlimited. Here are some tips to navigating the Carnival gastronomy that you might not realize without a few cruises under your belt.

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The Real Rio de Janeiro

Like a finger, Sugarloaf Mountain points to the heavens as white buildings crowd the seaside; it’s as if a child spilt LEGOs on a green carpet. Further inland, the immovable Christ the Redeemer never ceases to bless the city, his perpendicular pose topping off Corcovado Mountain. He looks downward as a sea of tourists and adventurous Brazilians climb and climb. They never stay long but always return to Rio de Janeiro inspired.

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