Archive | December, 2012

Another Reason to Travel

14 Dec

Explore, Live, Love, Appreciate.  Life is a gift.

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Planning Your Trip

13 Dec

Planning a trip can be extremely overwhelming.  Once you figure out where you want to go you then have to figure out how you’re going to get there and what you’re going to do.  The internet is a useful tool in mapping out trips, but it can also be mind-boggling.  It seems like every site is offering some sort of “deal” and travelers can easily be taken advantage of with hidden fees.  Where to start and what sites to trust can be difficult to sift through.  Fortunately for us there are lists of the most helpful websites that have been researched and compiled so you don’t have to do the dirty work.

CNN compiled a top 10 list of sites specifically geared around air fare, hotel rates, car rentals, activities, and travel organization.

Wisebread’s list is a bit more expansive and focuses more on cheap flights and accommodations, guides and communities, and magazines and blogs.

Weekend Getaway: Key Largo Edition

6 Dec

Key Largo is home to the only living reef in the continental U.S. and is a great spot for divers and snorkelers alike.  John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park offers many ways to explore the reefs, marine life, and shipwrecks.  Not one to get your head underwater?  You can always venture out on a glass bottom boat tour to viewthe world beneath the ocean.

Swim with a sea lion and dolphins at Dolphin Plus.  Dolphin Plus offers structured and open water natural swims.  Visitors can participate in both if they’d like.  You can alsos be a trainer marine biologist for the day to learn more about the facility and animals.  This adventure may be a little more on the costly side but it is definitely something everyone should experience. 

Outside the waters, visitors can hike and camp in the Everglades National Park.  This park is the third largest park in the continental United States and has been declared a Nationa Heritage Site.  Everglades National Park is home to many species of birds, fresh, brackish, and saltwater fish,  mammals and reptiles.  HIkers have many paths to chose from in varying degrees of dificulty.

Get Out and Drive

4 Dec

The idea of taking a roatrip is very exciting to me.  Cruising, music, scenery, and exploring stops along the way with good company is a recipe for a very memorable experience.  It doesn’t matter whether you take a day trip or a week long trek, there is definitely something to be found along the way.

For a little inspiration check out this video compilation from Mike Matas.  Mike and his girlfriend travelled across country from San Fransisco to New York and compiled their photographs to create this video of their journey.

It’s a beautiful world out there.

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