Travel Ideas

48 Hours in The Everglades, Florida

by Terry Ward. Posted Mar 6th 2014 10:30 AM
Everglades, Florida, USA
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One of the great dualities of Florida is the presence of spectacular natural places and wildlife within easy striking distance of the most people-packed urban areas. And Everglades National Park - covering more than 1.5 million acres in South Florida - is as off-the-charts-wild as U.S. parks get. While the most remote areas of the park are largely inaccessible, there are plenty of spots within a stone's throw of Miami and Naples (around the small towns of Florida City and Everglades City) where you can get a real feel for the "River of Grass."

The Everglades was originally given protected status in 1947 in order to preserve its extreme biodiversity, and the vast sub-tropical wilderness here continues to flourish as a habitat for alligators, Florida panthers, manatees and crocodiles as well as hundreds of species of plants and birds. For one of the wildest Florida escapes, this is the place.
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Orlando Spring Break Crawl: Disney World and Beyond

by Terry Ward. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Typhoon Lagoon Orlando
Orlando isn't on the ocean, but Disney's Typhoon Lagoon provides plenty of water activities. Photo: Typhoon Lagoon
There's no ocean in Orlando, but the city lures spring breakers all the same for its heady mix of thrill rides, water parks, and nightlife.
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Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Spring Break Crawl: Eat and Drink on Florida's Gulf Coast

by Terry Ward. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Cayo Costa Fort Meyers
Spring break in Fort Myers and the Florida Gulf Coast islands nearby is all about the beach. Photo: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
With more than 50 miles of some of the finest beaches in the world, Fort Myers offers some old-fashioned spring break fun.
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Discover Something New at Home in Orlando

by Terry Ward. Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AM
Lately, it's been all about the ever-evolving artisanal food scene in Orlando's thriving downtown neighborhoods like Thornton Park and Audubon Park. Every time you turn around, there's a new tapas bar opening or a bespoke tasting event. The city's neighborhoods that focus on fine and affordable food are truly flourishing.
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5 Tips for Changing Travel Plans on Short Notice

by Terry Ward. Posted Oct 16th 2013 09:00 AM
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You've spent months fine-tuning the details of your vacation only to have a last-minute situation -- a work crisis, a dog or house sitter who bails or, gulp, the dreaded family emergency -- change your plans entirely.

Travel insurance can protect you in such situations. But what happens if you haven't taken out coverage on vacation logistics and are forced to cancel in a hurry?
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Letters to Our Younger Selves: Dear Terry

by Terry Ward. Posted Oct 7th 2013 08:50 AM

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Dear Terry,

I see you cruising down I-95 in the family station wagon. You're wrestling with Janet and James and crying out, "Are we there yet?" Your parents are in the front seat singing along to Bob Dylan and blocking out the mayhem.

You don't know it now, but this is the start of a life full of adventures. Relax, settle in and enjoy the ride.

Those summer trips to the Outer Banks were your first step into the greater world. For a young girl raised in the privileged suburbs of Washington D.C., North Carolina was a wonderland of beaches that breathed danger and adventure with frothy riptides and tow-headed surfer boys from faraway places like Florida.
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Diving with the Great White Sharks of Guadalupe Island

by Terry Ward. Posted Aug 5th 2013 11:00 AM
shark dive Guadalupe Island

The margaritas flowed as we left land behind and the Solmar V scuba-diving boat morphed into a party cruise for the 18-hour crossing from Baja, California. There was a lot to celebrate: we were heading out to the land of great white sharks and planned to dive with the ocean's most feared predator. It was something I'd long wanted to scratch off my bucket list, and, after talking to the other passengers, I learned I was hardly the only one.

But in the morning, when Guadalupe Island finally appeared through gauzy layers of marine fog hovering above the horizon, I felt the hollow in my stomach outgrowing my courage. The mood among my fellow passengers had changed, too. The previous night's party vibe had stilled into something more reverent and wary as we all quietly took in the striking scenery and let our minds settle on what was lurking below the water's surface.
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How to Deal With an Over-chatty Seatmate and Other Annoying Fellow Passengers

by Terry Ward. Posted Apr 10th 2013 10:28 AM
annoying passengers

You know the types: the over-chatty seatmate, the pre-teen blasting LMFAO at full decibels through his headphones, the log-sawing snorer who doesn't realize he's depriving you of a good flight's sleep. Traveling often means finding yourself exposed to sounds, sights, and stomach-turning stenches you'd rather avoid. Here are a few tips on how to deal with common travel annoyances.
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How to Find Under the Radar Travel Spots

by Terry Ward. Posted Mar 27th 2013 02:41 PM
under the radar travel spots

Don't get us wrong: We love a good guidebook. But when it comes to finding under-the-radar travel spots-the little seafood joint with no sign that was the highlight of your Caribbean trip or the candle-lit hut in Austria where you sipped mulled wine with the locals after sled runs under the stars-you usually have to dig deeper than the official editor-approved must-do's. Here are a few ways to go about unearthing travel tips that will really make your vacation one to remember.
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