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2017

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Would You Ever Cruise Solo?

May 17, 2017 |
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After I posted about How to Plan a Cruise, I received lots of feedback from Solo Cruisers who asked specific questions about keeping their costs down.  While I haven’t cruised solo, I know lots of people who do, so I pulled together some information that I hope might be helpful.

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The beach is stunning at Secrets Maroma Beach in Mexico

Secrets Maroma Beach – A Long Weekend

May 8, 2017 |
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Ah…..Mexico!  Heading down to Mexico for a long weekend is pretty easy for us since we’re in Texas.  Houston has many direct flights into Cancun that are not very expensive if you keep your eye on the flights.

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View of the cliffs at the Caves, Negril

The Caves – Negril, Jamaica

May 3, 2017 |
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Do you ever want one of those vacations that allow you to drop off the face of the earth for a little while?  If so, then check out The Caves in Negril, Jamaica.  Not only is it beautiful, but the service I experienced there has made me return several times over the years.

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Introducing Las Olas Travel

April 27, 2017 |
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I was recently contacted by the co-founder of Las Olas Travel, Rachel Wilson, to find out if I had ever done volunteer work during my travels.  While I haven’t yet, it is definitely on my bucket list in the very near future.

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Quick Trip to Austin, Texas

March 29, 2017 |
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I had to visit Austin last week for business, which happens every once in a while since my main client is there.  It also gave me a chance to see Kid #1 and his fiance (Kid #1.5?) and Kid #2.  It was booked kind of last minute, but I was able to get a room using my Hyatt points and was upgraded to a Sweet Suite at the Hyatt Regency on Lady Bird Lake. 

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Isn't it pretty?

World of Color Dessert Party

March 21, 2017 |
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On our recent trip to Disneyland,  Kid #3 and I were able to attend the World of Color Dessert Party once again.  This party was first introduced last year and seems to be a big hit.

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Frozen Live! at the Hyperion

March 18, 2017 |
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If you get the chance to see Frozen Live! at the Hyperion showing in Disney’s California Adventure, go!  The show has been playing since last summer but is still very popular, so there is some planning involved if you want to get a good seat.

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Disneyland and the Grand Californian

March 17, 2017 |
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Kid #3 and I were able to head to Disneyland while she was on Spring Break from the University of Mississippi.  The weather was perfect and the crowds were out in droves, but we had a wonderful time on our short trip. Despite the crowds, we were able to ride all of the rides we wanted to ride and also had time to meet some Princesses!

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Whale Watching on Kauai

February 10, 2017 |
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One reason my husband and I like to visit Hawaii in January/February is for whale sightings.  Whales!  They are magnificent!  Every morning, we watched whales breaching while we had breakfast on our lanai.  My understanding is that Maui is probably better for spotting whales, but we saw plenty during our time on Kauai.

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Kauai writing in the sand by the Traveling Empty Nester

Kauai – my happy place

January 23, 2017 |
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We arrived on Kauai safe and sound to cloudy skies and crazy wind!  Winds are gusting over 30 miles per hour, which is not the norm.  While the surfers may like it, we’ve seen electricity poles snapped in half and the power has been flickering on and off.  But, I’m still on Kauai and I couldn’t be happier.

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