Alternative Orlando Gems You Don’t Read About

Orlando is the theme park capital of the world, and its 60 million annual visitors tops everywhere else on the planet. While many tourists visit Orlando primarily for Disney World and Universal Studios, the city has a lot more to offer asides from Mickey Mouse and kitsch tourist shops. I grew up in Orlando and…

Great Day Trips from Tampa

Tampa was our home from 2005 to 2008. We recently returned to the area and were reminded why it’s such a great destination to visit year round. While Orlando is the theme park capital of the world, Tampa has great theme parks like Busch Gardens and is more of a foodie & cultural town compared…

Tips for Visiting Disney World Over the Holidays

The holiday season can be a great time to visit Disney World. Cinderella’s Castle is especially spectacular covered in colorful lights. And the parks, already pretty, have an added charm with Christmas decorations galore. The downside is that the holidays are a busy time to visit Disney parks, and it’s important to have a good strategy…

Local Tips on Where to Eat and Drink in Orlando

Orlando is the theme park capital of the world and the planet’s most visited city, with an estimated 60 million visitors annually! But most visitors skip downtown Orlando and spend all their time at the theme parks and touristy International Drive and Kissimmee. And with so many parks, you can’t blame some tourists, especially those…

Where We Traveled in 2015: 6 Countries, 16 US States

2015 was another big year of travel for us, though it was the most American centric year for us since 2007, the year before we relocated from Tampa to Europe to live between 2008 and 2014. There was only one major European trip in 2015, but it was a big one that saw me organize…