Walt’s Wider World—5 Ways To Feed Your Disney Addiction As An Adult

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While most people think of kids and families when they think of Disney fans, there are a lot of adults who are just as ardent of fans. As an adult Disney aficionado, you have unique opportunities to celebrate your love of all things Disney in ways that go well beyond just donning mouse ears and riding the rides. Here are 5 unique ways to both be an adult and enjoy all that Disney has to offer on any budget. D23. The official Disney fan club, D23, offers its members access to special events, mixers, behind-the-scenes tours and advance screenings. Special member screenings and lunches with Disney legends can give you the perfect way to feel like an insider. Roughly every other year, the fan club event calendar is highlighted by D23 Expo, which offers previews of upcoming projects and celebrates Disney history with your fellow fans.  Cosplay. If you don’t live near the big parks, you may still find that you have a chance to celebrate Disney with fellow fans at comic book or pop culture conventions throughout the country and around the world (such as this one in Denver, Colorado). Costuming (or “cosplay”) is increasingly popular at conventions and gives you a chance to embrace your inner princess. For an added bonus, try costuming as a group with local fans or your friends. With attendees—both young and older—eager to take pictures with you, you just might really believe that wishes can come true.  Skip the Rides. If you’ve visited Disney World or its fellow parks too many times to count, try deviating from the traditional ride-filled path for a while. Disney parks offer some great activities both inside and outside the park. Consider a fishing trip, diving at DiveQuest, taking surfing lessons at Typhoon Lagoon or riding the historic “Lilly Belle” train car at Disneyland.  Adventures by Disney. For those with a less limited budget, Disney offers a variety of tours of destinations around the globe. These well-organized guided tours can take you throughout Europe, Africa and Asia to visit castles, national treasures and experience local cuisine or entertainment. Some trips—such as a “Brave” themed visit to Scotland—are designed to explore the world that inspires some films. For the full Disney experience, talk with your travel agent about an “Adventures by Disney” guided tour to a Disney park location that also includes things like a tour of the Kennedy Space Center or a Hollywood tour. By looking beyond the traditional fan experience both at the theme parks and around the country, any adult Disney fan can find a variety of ways to celebrate their love of Walt’s empire. All you have to do is wish upon that...

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When Do You Still Need A Travel Agency?

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For a few years following the rise of online booking services, travel agents were starting to look like an endangered species. Now, however, as consumers become overwhelmed with options and the complicated logistics of travel, the true value of travel agencies is becoming obvious once again. Although you may be better off booking a simple one-way flight online, there are still plenty of circumstances where a travel agent can save you both time and money and spare you from a travel nightmare.  When You Are Traveling Overseas  Whenever you are heading somewhere requiring passports, customs and paperwork, you are better off booking through a travel agent. Your agent will have an experienced, professional understanding of the documents and scheduling you’ll need to travel between countries and ensure that you are ready to go before you hop on your first plane. Furthermore, should anything go wrong while you are abroad, your travel agent will be able to put you in contact with the right people to return you home quickly and safely. These extra services, not offered by online booking sites, could end up saving your vacation.  When You Are Traveling in Large Groups It’s hard enough to get adjacent seats on a flight when you only have two people in your party, but try keeping your family or corporate group together when there are more than ten of you. If you are flying as part of a large group, there is a good chance that you will not be able to book everyone into the same flight and hotel through an online system. Your travel agent, on the other hand, can negotiate with airlines and hotels to create a packaged deal for your group that will keep you together throughout your journey.  When You Want an Efficient Flight Itinerary If your only flight options on an online booking service involve three or four layovers and a few unnecessary airports, a travel agent may be able to help you find a more efficient and inexpensive route. Even the most comprehensive travel sites do not have access to every airline and hotel. Certain airlines for example, avoid online booking sites while still providing quick, affordable and enjoyable air travel. These are opportunities that you may miss if you rely only on online booking. A travel agent can examine every available option, present the most promising choices and then book the flight for you without forcing you to run the comparisons yourself.  When You Want to Relax  Many honeymooners use travel agents to avoid the hassle of planning an extended trip directly after their wedding. Similarly, couples and families often employ a travel agency to plan their cruises and theme park visits, placing their vacations in safe hands and avoiding the frustrations of charting out a complex getaway. An experienced travel agent will have personal dining recommendations for you, as well as a suggested itinerary of places to visit and events to see. If you are looking to make the most of your travels instead of making do with the bare minimum, call your local travel agent today to begin planning your dream vacation without the stress of handling it on your own.  For more information, contact a company like Lake City Travel &...

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Three Pointers For Taking A Cruise

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Cruises are popular options for travelers due to the fact that everything you need is on board, the food and entertainment is plentiful, and you get to visit multiple locations on your trip. This $36 billion industry is one that a number of people take advantage of, and you can as well if you move forward with the right information. Follow these three tips in order to get the most out of your cruise, so that it is fun and memorable.  Tip #1: Pack Wisely, So That You Have Plenty Of Wardrobe Changes And Options For All Occasions Since cruises are filled with many different types of scenery and a need for wardrobe changes, you will need to be sure that you pack accordingly. The different cruise lines will have their own dress codes when it comes to the formal dinners hosted aboard. Some cruise lines are more upscale than others and require dressy clothes during the formal dinners. Research your cruise line ahead of time so that you understand exactly what sort of clothing options you need, which will allow you to plan and pack properly. Also, keep in mind that these cruise lines also provide tuxedo rentals if necessary, in addition to laundry options. Tip #2: Beat The Potential Sea Sickness By Bringing The Right Medicines And Foods Seasickness is often the main thing that first time cruisers are worried about. There are a number of things you can do to prevent the onset of seasickness. Dramamine is a popular medicine that you can take in order to avoid seasickness. In terms of natural remedies, you can try ginger root, green apples, and crackers to keep seasickness at bay. Further, the ship will have a medical center on-site that you can take advantage of, should you not feel your best. Tip #3: Plan To Stay Overnight Before The Cruise For Extra Fun And Peace Of Mind To put your mind at ease and to extend your trip a bit, consider staying overnight prior to embarking the next day. This will completely wipe out the possibility of a flight or traffic, causing you to miss your ship. You will be able to stroll on board rested and relaxed  This also gives you a great opportunity to check out the first port and to get a good night’s sleep. Follow these three pointers so that your cruise is fun and peaceful. For more trip advice, talk to a professional like Exploring...

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Long Distance Moves: 5 Tips To Reduce Stress

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Relocating to a new home in a new city is incredibly stressful—especially if you are moving a long distance. Although you cannot eliminate the stress induced by moving, you can minimize it. How? Preparation. Preparation. Preparation. When it comes to moving, it really pays to be prepared. Don’t forget to double—or triple-check—everything, as well. While you are at it, use these five helpful tips for moving long distances: 1. In-House Estimate An in-house estimate may be more time-consuming, but it is very beneficial. Instead of you guessing how much stuff you have and its weight, the company will send a professional to weigh and make an inventory of your items. It is tedious, but it is very handy. By opting for an in-house estimate, you will know exactly how many boxes and big items the movers are taking with them. You will also know exactly how much you will pay—and it may be less than you think, especially if you were to just guess. 2. Pack Thoughtfully You can save a lot of time and frustration by packing thoughtfully. Make sure you pack a box—or two—with the bare necessities. Toilet paper, toiletries, snacks, soap, tools, and utensils are a must-have for your new home. Pack all of your bare necessities into a box and take it with you personally, or have the movers pack it last. This way you will have easy access to your most used items as soon as you get to your new home. Additionally, you may want to pack a box of personal valuables. Family photos, jewelry, and heirlooms should all go with you in your vehicle—or on the plane. This will prevent panicking should the moving company get into an accident or lose some of your boxes. 3. Breakdown Large Furniture If you will be taking large furniture with you, try to break it down into smaller pieces. Many furniture pieces require assembly, which makes them very easy to disassemble. However, even if your furniture came already assembled, you may be able to disassemble it. Breaking down your large furniture pieces will make it easier on the movers. It will also save space, which will save you money. If you worried about re-assembling your furniture, make sure you take a photo of the item and place the assembly instructions in a safe place. You may also want to place the hardware in a small baggie and keep it with you. 4. Visit the Vet If you will be moving a pet long distance, make sure you take them to the vet first. The vet can ensure your pets are healthy and up-to-date on shots, as well as provide you with helpful advice for keeping them calm. Sometimes the vet can also prescribe a medication that will help keep pets calm during the move. 5. Ensure Boxes are Full Finally, make sure you pack all of your boxes to the brim. Half-full boxes can easily become smashed during transport, especially if they are stacked. If you do not have enough items to pack into a box, fill the empty space with excess clothing. You can also use newspaper, packing peanuts, and shredded paper. Although moving can be stressful, these five tips can help make it easier. To make moving even easier, hire a long distance...

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4 Reasons To Work With A Travel Agent

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A vacation is a wonderful time to relax and unwind, but planning a trip can be stressful and frustrating. Luckily, travel agents are available to plan all of the small details of your vacation so all you have to do is enjoy yourself. If there is a vacation in your future, there are many benefits of working with a travel service that employs experienced travel agents. The top reasons for using a travel agent include: Save You Time Planning a trip requires a lot of time. You could spend hours upon hours searching for accommodations, airfare, a rental car or other transportation, and tickets for any attractions or activities that you may want to enjoy on your trip. Your time is valuable, so when you want a wonderful vacation without having to spend all of your time planning it, you can turn to a travel service to create an itinerary and book all of the details of your trip. Save You Money The Internet has made it easier to plan vacations yourself, but if you are not a travel professional it may be difficult to recognize the best prices and know how to find them. Travel agents are adept at finding the best deals possible for their clients, and many travel agents have access to fares and hotel rates that may not be available to the public. You can count on your travel agent to work within your vacation budget and ensure that you get the most for your money. Travel Expertise You may be interested in traveling to a certain region or area, but you may not know about the best place to stay or the most interesting places to visit. A travel agent makes it a point to know as much as possible about popular vacation destinations so they can guide their clients and help them choose the best options for their personal travel style and budget. Many travel agents also travel a lot themselves, so your agent may be able to give you personal recommendations based on first hand experience with a destination. Help if You Have Any Problems on Your Trip Hopefully your trip will go smoothly, but if your flight is cancelled or your hotel is overbooked when you try to check in, you won’t have to deal with the issues yourself—all you have to do is call your travel agent and he or she will make alternate arrangements for you and your family. This peace of mind will allow you to go with the flow and ensure that you will not have to scramble to fix a problem while you are away from home. Contact a company like Bon Voyage Travel Service to get started planning your next...

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