David Abolafia

Eccentric, Eclectic and Essential Austin

aerial view of Capitol building in Austin the Capital of Texas

Hippie Haven. Bat City. The Big Nap. These are just three of the dozen nicknames heaped upon one of America’s most unusual – the locals prefer the term “weird” – places to visit: Austin, Texas.

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David Abolafia

An Elemental Adventure Around Anaheim

Since 1955, the city of Anaheim, California, has been virtually synonymous with Disneyland. And by virtue of being home to “the Happiest Place on Earth,” it’s not surprising that Anaheim remains a top destination for travelers from all across the country and around the world.

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Janette Wider

Top 10 Reasons to Take a Cruise for Your Next Vacation

Have you ever wondered why so many people take a cruise for their vacation or come back raving about what a nice time they had the last time they went on one? More often than not, they were already planning their next cruise before they even got off the ship! Read these ten reasons to cruise to see what all the fuss is about.

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Ruth Baucom

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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Ruth Baucom

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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Ruth Baucom

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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Ruth Baucom

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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Ruth Baucom

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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Ruth Baucom

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Shark Teeth on Florida’s Gulf Coast

One of my first dates with my now husband consisted of hopping on the back of a motorcycle for a terrifying ride (not my thing) to a beach to look for shark teeth. Shelling has always been a pastime of mine but I had only found one shark tooth in all my years growing up in Florida. I approached this outing with skepticism and a tinge of excitement.

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Ruth Baucom

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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