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 ...
   The gift of time may be the best gift you can give.    When it came to gift giving, in the past 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...
   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...
   Officials of the American Automobile Associations say a new study shows that American workers took an average of 17.2 days of vacation last year. According to new research from Project: Time Off that shows a half-day increase from 2016. This marks the highest level for American vacation usage since 2010  when we took an average of 17.5 days...
    Officials from the AAA say every year Half of Floridians fail to use all their time off, creating a stockpile of 33 million unused vacation days.  A study by the AAA, in collaboration with Project: Time Off, says the most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning.  Yet only 54 percent of American...




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