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15 Songs for Your Florida Summer Road Tripping Playlist

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15 Songs for Your Florida Summer Road Tripping Playlist

Dreaming of vacation? Here are 15 songs for your Florida summer road tripping playlist, hand-selected by me, Solo Travel Girl!

As a second-grader, I wanted to be a postal delivery person when I grew up, because I loved mail. In sixth grade I wanted to be a veterinarian because I loved animals. When I was 16, my heart was set on becoming a disc jokey to rival Casey Kasem and Rick Dees because I loved music. More than three decades later, music continues to be an important part of my life. For those jumping in the car and heading out on the road to explore Florida this summer, here’s a road-tripping playlist including some of my favorite tunes and includes some iconic Floridians.

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Florida Travel: Reconnect at Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center in Milton

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Florida Travel: Reconnect at Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center in Milton

Looking for a place to reconnect either with yourself, family, or friends? I’ve found it at Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center in Milton, Fla., about a 35-minute drive northeast of Pensacola.

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Florida Travel: Getting a Grip on Gators at Gatorama

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Florida Travel: Getting a Grip on Gators at Gatorama

Cupped in the palm of my hands was a latex-like white egg and when I held it to my ear, I heard a little chirping sound. Inside was a baby alligator, called a hatchling, and within seconds, the little guy pierced the interior membrane and exterior egg shell with its egg tooth. My job, with the assistance of a volunteer, was to help the hatchling out of his shell. Soon enough, I was holding a baby gator in the my hands he was so dang cute!

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Travel to Germany: Walking Tour Uses Five Senses to Discover East Berlin of Yesteryear

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Travel to Germany: Walking Tour Uses Five Senses to Discover East Berlin of Yesteryear

Following Dirk down the sidewalk along Karl-Mark-Allee, a boulevard built during the days of the German Democratic Republic, and looking at the pre-fabricated apartment buildings, I imagined what life was like in a 1949 – 1990 East Berlin behind the Berlin Wall. Admittedly, I am ignorant when it comes to historical events around the GDR, a totalitarian Communist dictatorship, but with each step during the tour, Dirk painted a vivid image of what that life looked like through engaging the five senses.  Dirk Engelhardt is a journalist who has lived in Berlin for about 30 years and has done so much research on what life was like behind the Wall that he has researched and published a guidebook about East Berlin during the GDR days (currently only available in German). He has also written other travel guides, such as 111 Places in Barcelona That You Must Not Miss. I found him through Airbnb’s Experiences options which connects travelers to locals for authentic experiences. I’m not a fan of big groups and the tour group consisted of a young couple from the Pacific Northwest and me.    During this nearly three-hour tour, through the use of the five senses, Dirk brought the former East Berlin to life. Sight: Seeing Architecture and Design of the GDR Obviously, this walking tour of East Berlin was a very visual experience which beings the World Clock in Alexanderplatz, a major gathering point and transportation hub, and Dirk quizzed participants on whether we thought specific buildings were built before, during, or after the GDR. Within the experience, I learned how to determine if a building was built during the GDR. The best I can describe it is the Mike Brady Style of Architecture. I don’t think Mike Brady Architecture is a “thing” but in my warped mind it is. I’m referencing Mike Brady of the 70s sitcom The Brady Bunch, who was an architect, and the design has distinct angles and long rectangles, somewhat similar to the Sarasota School of Architecture which is of a similar time period. In addition to Kino International (a cinema which screened state-produced films at the time, today it’s an art house and was screening a film called The Florida Project, which I thought was a little ironic), some of the other buildings I saw with this style of architecture were a Soviet Union-era restaurant called Café Moskau, and Neues Deutschland headquarters, which was the official socialist newspaper and today is a bit more mainstream (there was a way, cool non-stop elevator called a paternoster. I didn’t get to try it out but Dirk demonstrated), I also viewed a mural with specific socialist message and prefab apartments which could be built in a day. There were really so many interesting sights on this tour including a billboard advertising LKW Tatra Motokov on top of an apartment building on Karl-Marx-Allee. Tatra is one of the oldest auto brands in the world, a Czech-based company founded in 1850. Many buildings lining Karl-Marx-Allee in East Berlin had billboards, it was a way to promote a product (although, products were limited and controlled by the government) during the military parades. I learned this particular billboard is the only one left and the residents of the apartment building insisted it remain as a reminder. She Said “Ja” While waiting...

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Tips for Saving During Your 2018 Florida Summer Vacation

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Tips for Saving During Your 2018 Florida Summer Vacation

Who doesn’t love saving a buck when traveling? I’m always looking for ways to stretch my dollars and with summer rolling in, I hope you find these tips useful for saving when visiting Florida attractions.

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Florida Travel: Teen-Owned Sage Paddle Company Offers Fab Fun on Navarre Beach

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Florida Travel: Teen-Owned Sage Paddle Company Offers Fab Fun on Navarre Beach

“Are you having fun?” 16-year-old Sage Offutt asked with a smile as she pulled up next to me on her teal-colored scooter. Her long, strawberry-blonde hair was loosely tied up in a bun on top of her head and she wore a tie-dyed T-shirt which read, “Just Livin’ the Dream.”

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Florida Travel: Horseback Riding on the Beach at Cape San Blas

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Florida Travel: Horseback Riding on the Beach at Cape San Blas

There are about a dozen places in the United States where horses are permitted on public beaches and only three locations in Florida with Cape San Blas in Gulf County, Florida, near Port Saint Joe, being one. The other two locations are Amelia Island in the northeast and Hutchinson Island in the southeast. On a lovely May evening, I experienced horseback riding on the beach at Cape San Blas.

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Where to Eat in Cape San Blas: Skully’s Low Country Boil

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Where to Eat in Cape San Blas: Skully’s Low Country Boil

Driving Cape San Blas Road toward T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, off to the right I spotted a big black banner hanging on a white and blue building. Sandwiched between a pair of white skull and crossbones, it read “Skully’s Low Country Boil.” Something told me it served really good food and hoped it would be open later in the afternoon. Especially since I was camping and it appeared restaurant options on Cape San Blas are limited.

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Things to do in Gainesville: Visit the University of Florida Bat House and Barns!

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Things to do in Gainesville: Visit the University of Florida Bat House and Barns!

Looking for unique things to do in Gainesville, here something for ya – check out the University of Florida bat house and barns! Footballs and baseballs aren’t the only objects soaring through the sky at the University of Florida. Tens of thousands of bats inhabit the campus and their departure from the UF Bat Barns and Bat House each evening is one of Gainesville’s most interesting ecotourism attractions.

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#TravelprAna: Spring Showers Won’t Spoil My Dose of Vitamin Sea

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#TravelprAna: Spring Showers Won’t Spoil My Dose of Vitamin Sea

Who heads to the beach on a Monday evening? This gal. It’s so #TravelprAna. And if you live within a stone’s throw to a beach, I highly recommend you take advantage of an evening seaside stroll for a good dose of Vitamin Sea. For some strange reason, the beach has been reserved for the weekends to unwind from the workweek. But I say, carpe diem and dip those toes in the sand.

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