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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Landmark Park: A Taste of Rural Life in Alabama's Wiregrass Area
Landmark Park is a step back to Dothan's early farm heritage in the 1890s. It pays tribute to the Wiregrass Area agricultural heritage. Laura Stakelum, Public Relations Director, explained how Landmark Park came into existence about forty years ago. "We started with the white farm house that used to sit on the corner of the circle an...
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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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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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A Different Kind of President
July 31, 2017
Once before we had a president who was involved in real estate. This one didn't build using other people's money for his own profit. This one built, with his own hands, homes for people who would not have a home of their own otherwise. Jimmy Carter was a different kind of president and a different kind of person than the average politician. I recently visited the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta. It brought back my nostalgia for those times.
15 Places In NW Georgia To Make You Skip Atlanta
July 31, 2017
Take a road trip to discover there's more to Georgia than Atlanta. From the mountains of northwest Georgia to some classy cities that lie just north of Atlanta and are often overshadowed by their big sister city, you will visit some of the quirkiest attractions and some of Georgia's best places you've never heard about.
Retelling Anderson County's Mining History
July 31, 2017
The words "I owe my soul to the company store" didn't originate with Tennessee Ernie's iconic song Sixteen Tons. A recent visit to Anderson County Tennessee brought the coal miners struggles to life. Coal Creek Miners Museum in Rocky Top (formerly Coal Creek), Tennessee tells the miner's story in pictures and artifacts focusing on three major crisis in the area's mining history, The Coal Creek Wars and two mine disasters; the Fraterville explosion in 1902 was the worst mining disaster in Tennessee history, then just nine years there was an explosion in Briceville's Cross Mountain Mine that killed 84 workers.
A Visit To Mother Earth
July 31, 2017
It's so easy to just tear down the old and throw up a new building nowadays. With lodging, the result is usually a cookie-cutter hotel just like multiple other places. I find it so exciting when someone revives the old and creates a refreshing new image for an old icon. Such is the case with Mother Earth Lodge in Kinston, North Carolina.
A Piece of Americana Frozen In Time: Red Oak II
July 31, 2017
The U.S. is full of deserted ghost towns, small places abandoned when jobs ran out and residents moved to larger cities in search of work. This was common during the post WWII years. Farmhouses aged and succumbed to weather. Old gas stations hovered near the crossroads, their out-of-date pumps dusty and rusting. But sometimes ghost towns can be reincarnated. Such is the case in Red Oak II near Carthage, Missouri just off Route 66.
Just Throw Me That There Roll: Lambert's Cafe
July 31, 2017
Lambert's Cafè in Sikeston Missouri is known for throwing your food at you. Yes, at least the rolls. The rest of the side dishes, they bring to your table and heap your plate to overflowing. You pay a ridiculously low price for the amount of food and the entertainment of watching those "Throwed Rolls" is free.
Table And Main: Southern Comfort Food
July 31, 2017
Did you know Roswell, Georgia is one of the newest up and coming foodie destinations? With over 200 independent restaurants - let's not even worry about the other 100 or so chains - on Canton Street alone, it might be hard to choose where to dine. But, hey, we're in the South and what's more southern than fried chicken?
They Walked Into History
July 31, 2017
A visit to The Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton, Tennessee is a lesson in a painful part of American history. One we should all visit. It's a simple place where we can all imagine ourselves at the center of a storm of hatred. Picture yourself a teen boy or girl in August of 1956. You want to go to high school. Seems normal. Should be no problem. No problem that is unless you happen to be a Black graduate of Green McAdoo Elementary School.
Down-to-Earth Food: Buffets and Delis
July 31, 2017
Nothing says comfort food like a buffet or a deli. These are the spots where the food is plentiful and home style. They are the go-to for filling lunches where the emphasis is on the taste not the presentation. Here are a few I visited lately. All had delicious and reasonably priced meals. Each has their own personality.
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.
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