That’s Not Very Green, Orlando!

Jason and Jennifer Helvengston are residents of College Park, a section of Orlando, Florida.  This area is close to downtown and popular among the working age citizens, of which the majority are homeowners.  But, if you are a homeowner, do you have the right to do whatever you want on your land? No, according to College Park officials. See, Jason and Jennifer decided to set up a 25 x 25 foot micro-irrigated vegetable garden in their front yard.  City code says your yard has to look “finished” and kept clean to keep property values up.  Therefore, officials told Jason he … Continue reading

Can You Afford a Winter Getaway?

You certainly can if you hit the road in the next three weeks. From popular newspapers to morning news shows, travel experts are popping up just about everywhere today hammering home the latest and greatest industry catchphrase:  “dead zone.” A travel “dead zone” is defined as the weekend after Thanksgiving until roughly the week prior to Christmas.  It’s a time when most people have little incentive to travel far from home.  Consequently, hotels, rental car companies, cruise operators and commercial airlines offer a slew of travel bargains in order to remain profitable between the two busiest holidays of the season. … Continue reading

Making Math and Science Fun for Kids

If you struggle to get your kids excited about science and math, then you might consider taking to the stars. Turn this spring break into a learning experience by traveling to the Kennedy Space Center, located just 45 minutes east of Orlando. While most families instantly think of Mickey, Shamu and Universal when visiting Florida, the Kennedy Space Center provides kids with out-of-this world fun that they won’t soon forget. You’re not promised views of a launch everyday, but there’s still plenty to see and do at the Kennedy Space Center. There are IMAX movies, including one narrated by Tom … Continue reading

Disney Hikes Prices—How Much You’ll Have to Spend to Visit Mickey

Getting into the House of Mouse is going to cost you more. New admission prices went into effect today at Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida. Tickets for guests aged 10 and older to Walt Disney World in Orlando now cost $75 (up from $71), while tickets for children aged 3 to 9 are now priced at $63 (up from $60). At Disneyland in Anaheim, one-day prices are now selling for $69 (up from $66) for those aged 10 and older, and $59 (up from $56) for children aged 3 to 9. In addition, the park hopper option, … Continue reading

Super Summer Fun: Wet and Wild Waterparks (Florida)

What would a trip to Florida be without visiting one of the areas many waterparks? The Sunshine State is home to more major waterparks than any other state in the entire country. It makes sense given that the region sees some the hottest year round temperatures than any other state in the nation. If you are planning a summer road trip to the sticky south you might consider making a pit stop to cool off at the following Florida attractions. They are wet, wild and filled with wonderful ways to beat the scorching summer heat: ORLANDO Aquatica by SeaWorld is … Continue reading

Sizzling Summer Airfare Bargains

It took the demise of one of my favorite airlines and the introduction of an insane new carrier fee for me to finally stop procrastinating and sign up for a service that tracks down the most affordable airfare rates available. It what might be the smartest move I’ve made in a long time–I finally became a member of the team. I can’t say enough about the incredible deals offered by this travel site that employs analysts to monitor every airline and search for the lowest fares on the market. What I love about this site is that once you … Continue reading

Visiting Orlando with Teens

Mention Orlando, Florida and most travelers instantly think mouse ears, roller coasters, and Shamu. All are wonderful assets to the area, but when you are traveling to the area with teens you might want to have more on your to-do list than just meeting Mickey and Minnie (if that even makes the list in the first place). If you live with adventurous adolescents who enjoy exploring the great outdoors and soaking in the local scene as much as they do taking in the thrills and chills of major amusement parks then consider visiting the following Orlando-area attractions: Gatorland This 110-acre … Continue reading

Make Your Summer Travel Plans Now

Now that you know where to go in San Diego if you are working on a limited travel budget let’s move to the other side of the country. I’m shining the summer travel spotlight on Florida today—-specifically Orlando. Personally, I place Florida in the same category as Hawaii. Neither (in my opinion) needs much in the way of an introduction or any quirky tidbits on why you should visit the area at least once in your life. However, I think it is helpful (especially for repeat visitors) to stay on top of any new attractions the area has to offer. … Continue reading

HOT Educational Vacation Destinations

It’s below freezing where I live, but instead of the weather getting me in the mood to research winter travel destinations, it only makes me want to seek out sunny locales all the more. If you plan to jump on the educational vacation bandwagon this season (for those of you who are not familiar with the trend of educational vacations, they are nothing more than trips to desired locations that feature an opportunity to learn something new) you might consider the following packages. SCUBA in St. Lucia Various resorts in St. Lucia offer SCUBA packages. You have a variety of … Continue reading

Budget Travel Tips: Florida and Las Vegas

FLORIDA If your holiday travel plans include a trip to one of Florida’s many theme parks you can save your screams for the rides instead of shattering eardrums at the admission gate. Ticket prices at Florida theme parks are enough to send a lot of folks screaming from the gates, but if you are planning to visit the parks this holiday season you will be thrilled to learn that your wallet won’t be hit as hard as in years past. Busch Entertainment Corporation—–the owners of SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens and other Florida based theme parks—just unveiled new a new pricing … Continue reading