Travel Tips

  • Florida,  Travel,  Travel Tips

    Tips to Save Time and Money at Universal Orlando

    Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, can be an expensive trip, especially if you have children. As I planned our visit, I searched for ways to save time and money, compiling a list of top tips from various websites and YouTube videos, which I am now sharing with you. 1. Order Tickets Online Before the Trip Ordering tickets online before you go to the park saves time and money. First, it saves time because you don’t want to waste time after the park opens in line purchasing tickets. That’s time you should be enjoying in the park. And it also saves money because tickets at the gate are usually about $20…

  • Amazing Earth,  Self Care,  Travel Tips

    Reef Safe Sunscreen

    Coral reefs are one of the most valuable and beautiful ecosystems on Earth. They provide food, coastal protection, and tourism. However, coral ecosystems around the world face serious threats from several sources, such as climate change, land-based pollution, coastal development, disease, and invasive species. But did you know that scientists have recently discovered that chemicals found in sunscreen and other personal health products threaten the health of coral reefs? And several vacation areas, such as Hawaii, the Florida Keys, Cancun, Aruba, and the Virgin Islands, have already banned certain types of sunscreens. This is because studies have shown that each year, 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen washes off swimmers’…

  • Orange Beach/ Gulf Shores,  Travel,  Travel Tips

    Beach Essentials

    I spent most of my life near the Gulf of Mexico and have many fond childhood memories of going to the beach with my parents. They would load up the car with beach gear and a cooler full of food, and we would spend the day soaking up the sun and playing in the sand and waves. Now that I’m a parent myself, it’s up to me to pack everything my family needs for a beach day. Over the years, I’ve developed a list of beach essentials that I always bring along. 1. Sunscreen When vacationing at the beach, it’s essential to wear sunscreen. It’s easy to get lost in…

  • Healthy Body,  Orange Beach/ Gulf Shores,  Travel Tips

    Are You Beach Safe?

    Before heading out to any beach, always play it safe. You have your sunscreen and sun gear, but do you know about Rip Currents? Because about 100 people drown in rip currents every year. Did you know they can be deadly? According to SciJinks, Lifeguards in the U.S. rescue approximately 30,000 swimmers from rip currents each year. Do you want one of them to be you or one of your family members? One way to learn about this is to check for current beach conditions to ensure you have a safe and fun experience. There are several ways to check beach conditions. One way is to look for beach signals, like…

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    Pre-Vacation Checklist

    A checklist makes preparing to travel less stressful. It might even encourage you to travel more and heighten your excitement for doing so. Pre-vacation checklist help you stay organized and not forget those necessary items. Printable Checklist Here One Month Before Your Trip 1. Research Your Destination Trip Advisor: This is where I usually start because TripAdvisor is a great travel resource that provides insights into landmarks, attractions, accommodations, and transportation. When you search for things in a specific location, you get a list of results in categories by groups so that you can focus on what interests you and quickly narrow down the picked activity by selecting more related…

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    Tips to Help You Pack Lighter

    Traveling with less luggage gives you more freedom to move around. It allows you to easily navigate through congested areas, quickly retrieve your baggage, and make impromptu plans without the burden of carrying your luggage. This is particularly beneficial now that numerous airlines charge fees for bags that are over a certain weight or size limit. Therefore, packing light is a wise decision. 1. Pick a color palette. When packing light, a great tip is to choose pieces that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. It’s recommended to pick a color palette that you enjoy and can stick to, such as navy or black. Once you’ve selected…

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    11 Hotel Room Hacks

    I love to travel and have spent a lot of time in hotel rooms. These are some of the tried and true hotel room hacks that I have found to make a hotel room more comfortable and safe. Pant Hanger to Keep Curtain Closed No one likes to be awakened by the light coming through because the curtains will not fully close. The pant hanger is a great way to clamp the curtains together so you can sleep in for as long as you wish. Silk Pillow Case Silk pillowcases are great for preventing wrinkles, and I use one at home on a daily bases. So I take one with…

  • Travel,  Travel Tips

    Road Trip Essentials

    Because I love to travel, I am always planning a trip. I thoroughly enjoy a road trip with family and friends. I was packing for my last road trip and started writing down some things I never travel without on a long car vacation. I also added a few more road trip essentials to the list that I did not pack but realized I needed during our trip. Hopefully, my list will help you have an enjoyable and stress-free trip. First Aid Kit Scrapes, bug bites, and blisters are common on a road trip, so to be prepared, I always carry a first aid kit. This kit is great because…

  • Travel,  Travel Tips

    What “NOT” to Wear on an Airplane

    I started researching what to wear on the internet and found a lot of ideas. But I found very few articles about what “not” to wear. So in this article, I am making a list of what “NOT” to wear on an airplane. 1. Short shorts  The obvious reason is hygiene. Even though airlines have begun more extensive cleaning routines lately, the seats are still quickly cleaned. Putting my “private area” on a seat that everyone else has had is very disquieting. But also because it is freezing on board an airplane, and I always need extra layers. Wear Instead:  Comfortable jeans, stretchy pants, or even leggings.  2. Laced or Non-zip-up shoes…

  • Travel,  Travel Tips

    10 Hacks for an Enjoyable Travel Day

    Air travel can be exhausting and very stressful. So I have developed ways to reduce stress while traveling. Here are ten hacks for an enjoyable travel day: 2. Check-in Early. Check-in is available up to 24 hours ahead of time. It allows you to print your ticket or download it to your phone. I always do both just in case I lose one. If you have only a carry-on, you can bypass the check your bag line and go directly to TSA. 3. Keep all documents in one place. I keep all my documents in one folder so that I only have to look at one place in my carry-on…

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