Top 5 Multigenerational Vacations for Every Budget
According to findings from the 2015 MMGY Global Portrait of American Travelers survey, more than 40 percent of Americans reported taking a multigenerational trip in the previous year. And demand continues to rise, with MMGY Global forecasting multigenerational trips to increase by 7 percent in 2016.
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Kids Clubs - Do They Have A Future At Resorts And On Cruises?
The Driscolls' vacation every year with extended family at a family-centric resort or on a cruise line known for morning-till-night supervised kids' activities. But the five kids - all eight and under - rarely take part in organized kids' programs. "The cousins entertain each other," said Anna Driscoll, playing in a resort pool with the f...
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A King's Home: Elvis Birthplace adds statues of the boy and the entertainer
As a child, Elvis Presley would climb a hill behind his two-room birthplace in Tupelo and dream about the future. With his $7.75 hardware-store guitar on his knees, the Mississippi boy would imagine becoming a singer. "We didn't know how his life would turn out," says childhood buddy Guy Harris. "He was just one of us. He w...
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Best Family-Friendly Airlines, According to Family Travel Experts
Is booking a flight for your family vacation a dreaded activity? As you peruse the available options, do you wonder which are the best family-friendly airlines? Are they worth the extra money over budget-friendly flights? What airlines offer the best service for families? Are there any airlines that really welcome children? And which airl...
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Galveston TX - A Little Island with Big Appeal
If you've never been to Galveston, you're missing out! This small tropical island (spanning just 32 miles long and 2 1/2 miles wide) along the Gulf Coast of Mexico in southern Texas makes a great vacation destination, and not just for the warm water beaches. There are so many things to do in Galveston, TX! I visited the island last summer...
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My Stay At Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Amelia Island is a twenty minute drive off of I-95 in Florida. The eye-catching drive will bring you through calm marshland and sandy beaches. You will pass people fishing along the shores and see signs advertising fresh shrimp at every turn. Slowly, you approach the sign for the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort at the first roundabou...
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This Is Africa
Christopher Riley
Travel Media Showcase is proud to share "This Is Africa: A journey from Kenya to Uganda," a spectacular photo essay by New Jersey-based landscape and portrait photographer Christopher Riley. We want to encourage this talented young man to follow his dreams of being a journalist and hope that everyone enjoys this sample of his work.
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Indy 500 roars in May
May 7, 2017
The rumble of snarling engines mingles with the thunderous roar of an estimated 100,000 people at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Resplendent in a spiffy white suit, Carl Fisher drives the pace car, a Stoddard-Dayton roadster, to lead the pack of 40 race cars on the first of what would become a Memorial Day tradition.
10 Tips for a Stress-Free Road Trip with Kids
March 7, 2017
The family road trip. For many it's a means to an end, a necessary evil you must endure for the reward of a great family vacation. But it doesn't have to be that way. With over a decade of road trip experience, I've learned a few things - from keeping a change of clothes within easy access when traveling with an infant to how to settle the "she's looking out my window!" bickering that comes from too many hours of confinement.
Magnificent Architecture in Columbus, Indiana
February 8, 2017
Surrounded by flat Indiana cornfields, Columbus (population 45,775) seems an unlikely place for an architectural treasure trove. But worldwide travelers have discovered that the Hoosier city is home to more than 70 buildings and pieces of public art designed by some of the world's greatest architects. Like the famed explorer for which the city is named, Columbus has dared to reach great heights in its architectural quest.
Galveston Hotels Worth Checking Out and Checking In
January 24, 2017
Where you choose to stay when traveling has the potential to greatly enhance a vacation or put a pall over it, and I think it's one of the most important things to consider when making travel plans. I've stayed in many perfectly pleasant hotels, but when I'm traveling and come across exceptional properties like these two Galveston hotels, they deserve to be called out with their own post.
4 Places For Decadent Dining In Irving, Texas
January 6, 2017
Late this summer, I was invited on a blogger press trip to visit several cities in Texas. Truthfully, I had no idea where Irving, Grapevine, and Frisco were geographically located; I just wanted to go to Texas! Learning that the city of Irving was a suburb of Dallas was a major shocker, but a nice surprise. In fact, the city's metropolitan vibe left me believing at once that I was going to like it here. Hello Irving, Texas.
Hot Spots To Visit In The Hoosier State
December 30, 2016
Make 2017 the year to visit Indiana, see the sights and hear a few stories. By the time the group returns home, they too will be Hoosiers at heart.
My 16 Best Eats of 2016
December 23, 2016
Being a travel and food blogger, I am in constant contact with amazing restaurants and delicious dishes that impress both my taste buds and Instagram followers. 2016 has been an incredible year, full of new food experiences and a wide array of fabulous eateries. I love sharing my restaurant review posts and food pictures with you! Here are my best eats of 2016, a most palatable year.
Slow Trip In Time On On The Tule Princess
December 22, 2016
The 19th century was an era of romantic steamboats navigating the waterways of America. Steamboats were at their heights as the world entered the industrial age. It was an age of glamour and leisurely travel way before the time of jets and high speed interstates. You can catch a glimpse of that time on the Tule Princess, the last operational, full size walking beam steam engine, powering a side wheel paddle steamboat anywhere in the world. The Tule Princess is navigating on Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo, Texas.
San Angelo's Eye Candy
December 22, 2016
Have you ever wondered where one of the world's most prestigious collections of waterliles in the US can be found? Probably the last place you would guess is San Angelo, Texas but you would be wrong. Ken Landon, the owner and director of this collection displays it at Civic League Park in San Angelo. The facility is called The International Waterlily Collection. Gazing over the seven raised pools filled with a treasure trove of eye candy in the form of rare and even one-of-a-kind waterlilies you will be amazed at the beauty. And this is only a portion of Ken's collection.
Filoli: Not Your Average Country Home
December 22, 2016
Filoli Mansion and Gardens is a bit off the beaten path and way out of the ordinary. It's near Woodside about 25 miles south of San Francisco. Many visitors might miss it. Big mistake! This is one of California's real treasures with the emphasis on real. Filoli is a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Frontier Texas - It's For Real
December 22, 2016
Some museums pack a punch. You walk away feeling "been there, done that" in real time. Frontier Texas is one of those. You feel as if you are listening to real people talking just to you when you experience an encounter with one of Frontier Texas's nine spirit guides. Spirit guides are not supernatural phenomena although they create an almost perfect likeness of a living, breathing person. They are three-dimensional hologram images of several Native Americans, a former slave, a frontier soldier, a buffalo hunter, a cattle driver, a frontier woman running her boarding house, and Cynthia Ann Parker, the white mother of the last Comanche chief, Quanah Parker, that Frontier Texas uses to bring the era when Abilene was the frontier (1780-1880) vividly to life. It's also the official visitor center for Abilene and the Texas Forts Trail Region.
Everything is Bigger at Gaylord Texan
December 22, 2016
The Gaylord Texan Resort is six miles from DFW Airport and light years away from average. The Gaylord Texan is a total resort with dining, shops, multiple indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a fitness center, and pretty much everything you need to have a wonderful time all within the resort. Do find time to tear yourself away and explore Grapevine while here.
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