BeachCampingMichiganTravel

How to Have the Most Epic Summer Road Trip in Michigan

Ah, the days of sweet summer sunshine mixed with endless backyard barbecues and children laughing while running through sprinklers are finally upon us. After a long winter like the one we just had, I’m extra itchy for some sort of epic family adventure – a “Mother-of-all-trips.” Something to be savored …

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FloridaTravel

5 of the Best Natural Springs in Florida to Visit This Summer

While Florida might be notorious for its scorchingly hot summers, but thankfully it’s also plentiful in solutions for beating the heat. One of the most popular options for cooling off on a hot summer day are venturing out to its plethora of more than 700 natural springs spread across the …

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Disney Planning Tips
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Disney Planning Tips for a Stress-Free Family Vacation

My last visit to Disney World was for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party a few years ago, just a couple of moms with one toddler each. This time around, visiting the theme park was a whole different ball game. My own family had expanded by one and this time my in-laws …

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FloridaTravel

Orlando For Grown-Ups: Universal Orlando Without Kids

Living across the country from family, it’s rare that my husband and I get the opportunity for a proper date night with two young children. It’s an even rarer occurrence to be able to go away overnight. So when his family came to stay in Orlando with us for a …

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AdventureBeachFloridaTravel

6 Things You Can Only See In The Conch Republic

Do you want more than just a standard beach getaway? If you are looking for a vacation that offers up new, exciting fun as well as weird, fascinating and even historical, check out the Conch Republic. Never heard of the Conch Republic? It is actually the micro-nation that includes Key West …

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AdventureBeachFloridaTravel

Why a Dry Tortuga Seaplane Excursion is Worth the Green

Do you plan your vacations around the cheapest airfare you can find and whatever budget hotel has a great deal for a room with two twin beds? You and your hubby can always push them together, right? While ninja bargain hunting can allow you to take trips you might never …

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CultureHawaiiTravel

Polynesian Dances and Chants Explained

What would you do if you had no way to write or record anything in your life? How would you remember anything? From day to day life to ancestry, we rely solely on the written record to safeguard history. Before the written word existed, cultures found their own ways to …

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BeachPuerto RicoTravel

Activity Junky or Beach Bum? Where to Stay in Puerto Rico

What is the first thing you want to do on a girl’s getaway? Hit the beach or hit the ground running? Whether you jam-pack your itinerary with activities from dawn ‘til dusk or prefer to do absolutely nothing, Puerto Rico is a great destination. At the Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan, you …

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Family TravelHawaiiTravel

5 Family Friendly Things to Do in Maui

Miles of coastline, incredible sunsets, gorgeous views and endless activities draw millions of people to Hawaii annually. One of the things that makes Hawaii so unique is that it’s appeal is wide and varied. Paris may be for lovers, but Hawaii is for lovers, solo travelers, adventure seekers, surfers, hikers, beach …

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Residence Inn Maui Puts the Relaxation Back in Vacation for Parents

Have you ever come home from a family vacation and felt like you needed a vacation from your vacation? As a child, my memories of family vacations play through my head like a highlight reel, remembering only the best parts. Being a parent is like getting the chance to see …

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CaliforniaSnow and SkiTravel

Mountain High: Where Los Angeles Goes to Ski

This winter, California has seen an unprecedented amount of snowfall. Everywhere from Tahoe to Big Bear has seen record breaking snow showers, and Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, CA is no exception. I was lucky enough to be invited for full day of fun in the snow by the kind …

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Family TravelFloridaTravel

Photographing the Hidden Gems of Jacksonville

  If you’re the type of traveler who is looking for authentic travel experiences, a delicious culinary scene and the opportunity to interact with locals, then a visit to Jacksonville, Florida might just be for you. Jacksonville is the city where you can find yourself serenaded by the Jacksonville Symphony …

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Winter Activities Around the Country…That Don’t Involve Skiing

If you don’t ski or snowboard, winter can feel like an endless season of boring. Instead of hiding in the lodge on your winter vacation, wishing away all that snow, try one of these other winter related activities. All around the country, cold weather states have plenty to offer during …

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CaliforniaEntertainmentTravel

La La Land: A Love Letter to Los Angeles

Summit Entertainment’s critically acclaimed new film, La La Land, is a love story. Not just one about a boy and a girl, but a love story about a city that has appeared time and time again in films since the dawn of cinema: Los Angeles. While the plot of the …

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HawaiiTravel

The Best Ways To Experience Hawaii: Land, Sea and Air

Aloha and e komo mai (welcome)! Ask almost anyone you know what their dream vacation is and chances are they’ll say, “Hawaii”. For good reason too – with relatively steady temperatures, a deep and rich history reflective of it’s unique cultures, and sheer beauty, it’s no wonder. Factor in its delicious …

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MichiganTravel

The Best Michigan Fall Color Tour Road Trips

This is a sponsored post by Chase Ultimate Rewards. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Surf and Sunshine. Michiganders are as divided over the way we feel about winter as we are over team Michigan or Michigan State, but I don’t know a single one of us …

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