Top 10 in Travel News: Week of January 21, 2015

Denver Airport Marriott

THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Marriott Bows to Pressure on Wi-Fi Blocking But There’s Lots of Wiggle Room This Is Happening: U.S. Eases #Cuba Travel Restrictions, No License Needed US preclearance at Abu Dhabi coming for all Etihad flights Orlando launches curbside valet parking DOT fines Southwest a record $1.6 million for […]

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood for the Who-lidays

The girls and I with the Grinch

Who doesn’t love a fab-Who-lous event to begin the Who-liday season? The annual Grinchmas event is back at Universal Studios, and it promises a magical and wonderful time for the entire family! On December 4, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came out to kick off the merry Grinchmas holiday season with a sensational tree lighting ceremony, which was accompanied […]

Four Seasons finds magic in Orlando

Four Seasons Orlando room (Credit: Four Seasons)

Just over two months from now, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will open its doors, and doors to the magic that is Walt Disney World. The 444-room boutique hotel—boutique by Disney standards, anyway—is within Golden Oak, a prestigious, gated resident community on Disney World property; custom-built homes within Golden Oak begin […]

Sun, golf and rental cars at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show

National station on Demo Day

A month into 2014, paralyzing cold fronts continue to paint life blue across much of North America. Flights are being cancelled. Classes are being cancelled. If not for the efforts of unsung heroes like beet juice, life itself may just have been frozen still. Yes, things are pretty bleak—but not in Florida! And so without much knowledge […]

Big surprises at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Grande Lakes Spa pool

Pampering and pumpkins I was really looking forward to a three-day weekend in Florida at Grande Lakes Orlando, a 500-acre resort consisting of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and the JW Marriott Grande Lakes. I was expecting a carefree time in the spa, by the pool and sampling the different restaurants. To my delightful surprise, I got this […]

The Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek: Close—but not too close—to Disney

View of Epcot fireworks

Are you considering a trip to Walt Disney World but worried about Disney overload? Is the thought of too much Mickey-and-the-gang making you question if you even want to go on vacation? If so, a great Orlando alternative is the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. Located within the gates of Walt Disney World, this […]

The Little Trick-Or-Treater’s Guide to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Halloween decoration at the Magic Kingdom

Every year, thousands of families flock to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. And while great fun can be had by all it’s important to keep in mind that getting your money’s worth does not necessarily mean having a good time. The basics: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is an annual […]

Website of the Week: Smart Destinations

Smart Destinations

Everyone wants to save money when they travel—including me! If you plan on traveling to a U.S. city and doing a lot of sightseeing (alone or with the family), then you should seriously consider getting a Smart Destinations Go Card, because it’ll save you up to 55% on top attractions. For example, those traveling to […]