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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Don't Let Them Get Your Goat; Visit Harley Farms Instead
Back in the day, it was believed that a goat had a calming effect on high-strung racehorses so owners would put a goat in the stall with their horse before a race. Unscrupulous opponents would sometimes steal the completion's goat in the hopes of making that horse lose the race thus the phrase "don't let them get your goat" referring to s...
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Where Texas Gets Real!
Grapevine is one of the oldest settlements in Texas and as such it's sites and attractions chronicle the state's history in a unique way. Simultaneously the city manages to be thoroughly modern with more than 200 restaurants and 20 hotels designed to fit every taste and budget. Grapevine is located a few miles from Dallas Forth Worth Airp...
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Most Festive US Cities to Celebrate the Holidays with Kids
As the holidays approach, a sense of excitement begins to vibrate through the air. Decorations are pulled from storage with joyous anticipation of an evening spent trimming the tree while family-friendly movies play on the television. Whimsical displays fill the stores, and the sounds of Christmas songs carry in the still, cool air. Celeb...
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After quitting her job as a teacher, this woman traveled to 95 countries and turned traveling into a career
Traveling hasn't always been easy for Lisa Niver. You wouldn't know it from watching her 600+ videos and reading her insights on We Said Go Travel, but she's had to overcome vision problems and her biggest fear in order to have some of her best adventures. Through her work as a teacher, she found that a positive outlook and a can-do attit...
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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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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.
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.
Nash Farm: Grapevine's Window Into Yesterday
December 22, 2016
My favorite Grapevine historic/agri adventure is Nash Farm, the oldest operating farmstead in Tarrant County. It all began in 1843 when General Sam Houston negotiated a treaty of peace between the Republic of Texas and 10 American Indian nations with claims on the area. The following year, the first settlers started arrived in covered wagons. In 1859 Thomas Jefferson Nash came from Kentucky to the Grape Vine Prairie to create a better life for his family. He found a piece of farmland he loved and bought the farm for $500. It proved a good investment. Thomas, his family, and his brother, William, ran the farm for many years.
A Trip On The Strip
December 22, 2016
Pittsburgh was named #1 Food City in the US in 2015 by Zagot. One section of the 'Burgh stands out as the heart of its foodie movement, The Strip. Sounds like a naughty adult club but it's PG rated, mostly. It a mile and a half long section of Pittsburg filled with every type of ethnic restaurant and some drinking that will take you back in history. For those of you who want to do it yourself, you will find several farmer's markets scattered through The Strip. The produce looks fresh and is local.
Granbury, Texas
December 13, 2016
Granbury, Texas, in Hood County, is notorious for the number of sites believed to be haunted as well as for the number of famous, quirky residents who have called it home. The earliest of these notable residents were dinosaurs that lived near an ancient ocean. Dinosaur Valley State Park boasts some of the nation's best-preserved fossilized footprints. Prints can be seen in limestone layers near the Paluxy River. The Taylor Site within the park has been the scene of controversy because of what appears to be "man tracks" beside the dinosaur tracks. This has been used as proof that dinosaurs lived alongside humans. Reputable scholars state they lived 60-million years apart. The park also offers hiking, swimming, camping and biking.
Old West celebrated at National Ranching Heritage Center
December 1, 2016
Once upon a time, the one-room schoolhouse was where the children of cowboys, ranchers and homesteaders learned how to read and write. Built near the turn of the 20th century and used until 1937, the Bairfield Schoolhouse had a cast-iron stove set on stones so sparks wouldn't land on the wooden floor and burn down the small school.
Midcentury Modern Marvel: Historic Columbus home is ready for the holidays
December 1, 2016
When Xenia Miller decorated her home for Christmas, she kept in mind the true meaning of the holiday. Her famed architectural showcase was filled with some of the more than 100 nativity scenes, also called crèches, that the world traveler had collected over the years. "Her collection truly was a very global representation," says Erin Hawkins, marketing director for the Columbus Area Visitors Center. "It is so interesting to see the different cultures represented in her collection."
Smooth Traveler: Grapevine, Texas, where the Prairie greets the City
November 16, 2016
Grapevine is one of the oldest settlements in Texas, and as such its sites and attractions chronicle the state's history in a unique way. Simultaneously the city manages to be thoroughly modern with more than 200 restaurants and 20 hotels designed to fit every taste and budget. Grapevine is located a few miles from Dallas Forth Worth Airport (DFW) entrance and is a great destination, hub for travel throughout the state or day trip from the airport. Organized tours are available from DFW that are a perfect adventure during a layover.
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