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...
  Happy New Year to all our Florida Fun Zone readers. First off, we would like to thank you and all of the folks who have stopped by here and our other social media platforms to look at our posts regarding our travels, helpful hints and suggestions for upcoming events.   It has been a little over a year since...
  We have seen a lot of travel blogs on how to pack. There are dozens of great suggestions from how to roll your clothes to carrying your toiletries in plastic bags. There are recommendations on what to carry in your car, from automotive tool kits to first aid bags.    There are so many things to think about in...
  Back in September we did a piece on Florida bourbons in honor of "Bourbon Heritage Month." Little did we know it would lead to one of the great Christmas presents of our adult life.    There are three bourbon distilleries here in Florida, including the Timber Creek Distillery in Crestview - up in the panhandle.  We were stunned when...
For some time we had heard about the legendary shelling at Sanibel Island but it was not until recently we packed up the Funmobile and headed out to see what the fuss was all about.  Mrs. Funmeister had done the requisite due diligence and found us overnight accommodations at the Castaway Cottages so that we would have a place...
   While traveling through scenic Hardee County we came across a roadside sign announcing "The Bee Barn."  Intrigued, we decided to make a visit and found a true hidden gem. The sharp-eyed Mrs. Funmeister, who also serves as the navagatrix for our trips spotted the small roadside sign.   "That looks like a fun place," she opined. I agreed and...
   When we travel, we have a check list to make certain that everything we need is in the cabin of the vehicle, situated in its optimum space and ready to go.  There is nothing more frustrating than getting on the road and realizing we have left something of importance at the house. That means we either have to...
This is October - as we swing into the tenth month of the year, it's beginning to cool off, the hurricane season is over and there are a lot of resasons to celebrate. Here are a few of the "official" month designations, we will look at some of the weeks and days as we get further through this month's...




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