Winter at the beach has a lot to offer, and officials at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission remind folks it's a perfect time for collecting shells. Shells are Fun and Useful As a former island dweller, seashells have become an integral part of my home ...
  To assist with driving, The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has launched its Holiday Travel Campaign to ensure motorists "Arrive Alive" to their destination. The holidays are a peak travel period and millions of Floridians and visitors are expected to travel on Florida roads over the next two months. Therefore, the Department of Highway...
  There are lots of day trips in the Sunshine State, in fact, some of us like to make them overnighters if  we can discover the appropriate accommodations.   Nevertheless, our friends from Florida Backroads Travel have put together a compendium of some 250 recommendations based on different themes. They have split out nearly two dozen different ideas including outdoor...
In the past, when it came to gift giving, we used to give material goods as presents. That CD they wanted, a sweater, Star Wars mug or some other thing that we'd heard that was a heart's desire. However, as we have gotten older, we have decided that giving experiences has been much more rewarding.    In this brave...
   In our travels we have visited lots of locales - but we've never actually been on any kind of organized tour.    Oh, we have taken a lot of trips around the Sunshine State.  But our favorite destinations have been smaller, funky and interesting towns that we've explored on our own. Matlacha for instance, is tiny but there is...
   From classics like Key Largo, Easy to Love and Kid Galahad - to more recent offerings like The Longest Yard, Scarface and Wrestling Earnest Hemingway there's been more than 160 major motion pictures filmed in Florida.    Melbourne's Mike Noga compiled the list of these films for the internet site Imdb. Originally  from Southern Tasmania, Australia Noga relocated to...
  As I was growing up, our idea of going on vacation was to blast as hard as we could to get to our destination, in an effort to spend as much time there as possible, then get in the turnpike and blast home in time to be back at work or school.     However, as I have gotten...
   The summer travel season is now over, yet many Floridians are not ready to put their luggage away.  A new AAA Consumer Pulse Survey reveals nearly three-quarters of Florida residents will take at least one vacation sometime from September through November.    “There are many advantages to a fall vacation,” said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA –...
  Have you ever been Glamping? Do you even know what it is? The word actually is a contraction of "glamour" and "camping." It describes a style of outdoor accommodations with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with "traditional" camping as we know it.   It's a lot more than hiking to a destination, pitching a...
To be honest, we've never been big on taking guided tours as we wend our way through the Sunshine State. However, recently we have become aware of a group in central Florida that might change our minds.   Ingeniously dubbed "Mosquito County Tours," it's the brainchild of Mandy Longo.   About a decade ago, she began taking walking tours hosted by...

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