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Traveling Solo to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Traveling Solo to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

If you were give an airline ticket to visit any place in the world, where would you go? Traveling to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was a big check off my bucket list and don’t think it would have ever happened without the assistance of Turkish Airlines. See, in October 2015 they ran a campaign launching new air service between Miami and Istanbul, Turkey.

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Getting Social With NASA Changed My Life

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Getting Social With NASA Changed My Life

I’ll never forget my first time. The ground shook beneath my feet. A roar rumbled in my gut. Goosebumps tingled over my skin. I stood in awe watching rockets push away from the launchpad and skyrocket into the sky. The year was 2011 and I witnessed the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour and the second-to-last space shuttle launch before the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ended the program.

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Has the Outdoor World Abandoned YETI Because of Fake News?

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Has the Outdoor World Abandoned YETI Because of Fake News?

I have to wonder, how is the NRA benefiting by spreading misleading information? I wonder how much money they received in donations over the weekend. Will anyone who believed the NRA release and now knows the other side feel betrayed and continue to believe them?

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Traveling Solo to Kansas City, Missouri

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Traveling Solo to Kansas City, Missouri

Traveling solo to Kansas City wasn’t my original intention when planning to attend BlogPaws, the pet bloggers’ conference earlier this month. I was hoping for an adventurous road trip with my dog Radcliff. As the conference date grew near, I did the math and decided it was more economical to fly on Allegiant nonstop from Punta Gorda into Kansas City and leave Radcliff with his pet sitter rather than driving two or three days each way.

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Florida Travel: Do You Call it Soda or Pop? Either Way, Sip it in Sebring

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Florida Travel: Do You Call it Soda or Pop? Either Way, Sip it in Sebring

Do you call it soda or pop? Either way, sip it in Sebring. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when I learned there was a shop designated to soda pop in Sebring. For months I had the inaugural Sebring Soda Festival on my calendar and even told visiting friends and family who planned last-minute Florida trips I could not meet with them because I had plans to see how high I could get my blood sugar by sampling some of the 200 sodas available during the festival. TWO HUNDRED SODAS.

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Circle the Center With New Travel Guidebook About Florida’s Labyrinth

Posted by on 11:36 pm in Featured, Florida Fun, Travel Resources, Travels with Dog | 1 comment

Circle the Center With New Travel Guidebook About Florida’s Labyrinth

Those who love Florida and venturing off-the-beaten path will be thrilled with the new travel guidebook by award-winning author Lucy Tobias. Titled Circle the Center: Labyrinths in Florida, Lucy traveled throughout Florida and either walked or contacted more than 130 labyrinths and selected 95 for the book. She walked most solo but sometimes her adorable corgi Obi joined her.

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My Airbnb in Berlin Was Eclectic and Awesome!

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My Airbnb in Berlin Was Eclectic and Awesome!

I don’t say this lightly but my Airbnb in Berlin, Germany, was eclectic and awesome! This was my first Airbnb experience (and you’ll hear more about that in another post) and I’m thrilled to report it was a positive one.

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Florida Travel: Vacation in Fort Myers & Sanibel Like a Pro

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Florida Travel: Vacation in Fort Myers & Sanibel Like a Pro

Sometimes, the best kept secrets are right under our noses. I have lived in Florida for more than 20 years and have explored this state from top to bottom from Pensacola to Dry Tortugas and everywhere in between. Yet, every day I am learning something new about the Sunshine State. I’m guessing there are thousands of lesser known gems and secrets waiting to be experienced. Knowing who to ask and how to find these treasures is the challenge. A new guidebook, called 100 Things to do in Fort Myers & Sanibel Before You Die, reveals some of Lee County’s secrets and must-see activities. It was written by Nancy Hamilton who spent more than two decades sharing the destination with the world in her role with the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Visitor & Convention Bureau which is Lee County’s tourism office. Prior to her nearly 25 years with Lee County, she worked for the Chamber of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers and the Naples Daily News. “I really wanted to give back to the tourism community that gave me a career for all those years,” Nancy said when asked why she wrote the book, “It was the people and places I got to know that were just outstanding and I wanted to share the information I had about this.” Did you know a Christian ministry formed an organization to fight world hunger in North Fort Myers? It’s called the Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO Global Farm) and the public can tour and see some of the agricultural solutions being taught in more than 180 countries. Or, established in 1898, the Red Coconut RV Park is one of the few remaining oceanfront campgrounds in the state? Mina Edison, wife of Thomas Edison, held ladies’ teas in the property’s pavilion. And a utopian communal society called the Koreshan Unity Settlement was established in the mid-1890s in Estero? The last Koreshan member passed away in 1982 and part of that settlement can be viewed at Koreshan State Park. The 142-page guidebook shares more of these gems and is an excellent resource for daytrips and getaways to Lee County. The guide is divided into sections the sections of food and drink, music and entertainment, sports and recreation, culture and history, and shopping and fashion. Tips, fun facts and recommended itineraries are included, too. 100 Things to do in Fort Myers & Sanibel Before You Die was released by Reedy Press in January and due to demand, it is already being reprinted. The guidebook retails for $16 and is available at local and online retailers. For a personalized copy, contact the author directly, 100thingsfortmyerssanibel@gmail.com. For book updates, search for “100 Things Fort Myers Sanibel” on Facebook. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to support this blog, my traveling habit, and my special-needs...

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Outdoorswoman Journal: Southwest Florida Fishing Resources for Female Anglers

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Outdoorswoman Journal: Southwest Florida Fishing Resources for Female Anglers

Share what you know and living in Southwest Florida, here are a few fishing resources to help female anglers gain confidence and get out on the water to catch the big one. Or at least, reel in their first catch. My earliest memory of wetting a line was with my grandfather during one of many family spring break trips to Sarasota, Fla. Maybe it’s so memorable because of this image I have (see below). I fondly remember boating with my grandpa and how he stopped the boat at sandbars in Sarasota Bay so the “adults,” my parents, uncles, and grandfather, would collect large seashells. I also remember stopping at Hart’s Landing before heading to the fishing pier and seeing what the anglers were reeling in. Throughout my life, I have been an intermittent angler, meaning, it’s not something I regularly do and I’m not sure why. I guess a lot of it is lack of confidence in my ability to fish, which seems silly when you think about what fishing is. Knowing the regulations seems overwhelming. Figuring out how to tie a proper knot so the hook, bait/lure, and fish stays connected. Knowing how to properly release a fish without harming it or harming myself (if it’s a catfish). I don’t necessarily have someone to fish with which is really ironic because part of my job is to promote fishing in the destination I represent. I know dozens of guides and recreational anglers and it’s only occasionally do I receive an invitation to fish. With that all being said, at least I have had the experience and know the thrill and challenge of catching a fish. I know the patience it takes; the relaxation of being around water; and the stunning scenery and views, whether it’s from a boat and seeing dolphins or from a shoreline and watching birds. I know, for whatever reason, there are women my age (late 40s) who have never fished and don’t know the joys of landing their first fish. It doesn’t matter the size of a fish, reeling in your first one is a rush. According to the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, although women are giving fishing a try, they are not sticking with it. Reasons women do not continue with fishing once introduced could include they don’t see other women fishing and therefore can’t see themselves fishing, it’s a male-dominated activity with gear geared toward men (although it is getting better), and they are looking for other ways to spend times with kids/family. My question to you, do you fish? Do you want to but don’t know how? Here are my ideas on Southwest Florida fishing resources for female anglers if you do not have someone to show you hook, line and sinker. Find a Fishing Club I recently attended a monthly meeting of the Englewood Fishing Club where seasoned and new anglers meet to learn fishing techniques and where to find the fish. They learn from each other and an invited guest, typically a local fishing guide. This club, like others, plans outings near and far, and oftentimes, other anglers are looking for others to fish with. No matter where you live in Southwest Florida, I’m confident there’s a fishing club near you. Learn to Be Fly West Wall Outfitters is...

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Things to do in Berlin: Walking in the Woods with a Pack of Dogs

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Things to do in Berlin: Walking in the Woods with a Pack of Dogs

A walk in a German forest with a man and his pack of dogs sounds like the beginning of a Lifetime movie and not necessarily the one with a happy ending. Meeting a man I have never met in a forest, in another country really seems like a bad idea. Add to that 15 dogs I never met and it seems like an even worse idea. Doing this goes against all common sense as a solo traveler. But, this is one of the things I did in Berlin and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life!

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