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How To Make Your Trip To New York City Absolutely Amazing

by Jennifer Wieland
Five great tips to make your trip to New York City absolutely amazing!

Five great tips to make your trip to New York City absolutely amazing!

If you’ve decided to travel to New York City soon, it’s important to think and act strategically. Doing so will help ensure that you have fun, save money, and leave the city feeling enriched and rejuvenated. Here are five techniques you can implement to ensure that your trip to the Big Apple is incredible:

1. Book Everything In Advance.

One great way to make your trip to NYC absolutely amazing is by booking everything in advance. This strategy will enable you to save money while also avoiding the frustrations that tend to transpire when you wait until the last minute to book your hotel, flight, etc. There are several websites that make booking simple and strategic, including This website empowers you to compare and contrast the pricings of several companies so you can make a cost-effective decision.Five great tips to make your trip to New York City absolutely amazing!

2. Take A Bus Tour.

Another great way to make your trip to NYC phenomenal is by taking a bus tour. These tours enable you to enjoy the sight-seeing process and familiarize yourself with the history of the city without the hassles that come with walking. NYC bus tours companies like Go New York Tours are pleased to provide clients with a wide range of package options that will enable them to enjoy local attractions. This company also offers clients discounts for purchasing their packages via Internet.

3. Make Health A Must.

In addition to taking a bus tour, remember to make health a must while you travel. This step is important because many people throw wellness out of the window while on vacation and then find themselves feeling and looking horrible during and after the trip. Avoid this negative outcome by implementing health strategies that will help you look good and feel great throughout your traveling experience. One technique you can employ to make it happen is booking a hotel that features a gym. In this setting, you can keep yourself lean and trim by using great equipment like the treadmill, elliptical, cycling machines, and whatever else they feature.

Another great way to stay healthy while on vacation is finding restaurants that feature delicious, nutritious foods. An example would be vegan restaurants that enable you to avoid the typically high fat content of animal products. You can also pack healthy snacks for your plane flight to avoid fattening foods like sodium-rich peanuts.

4. Go With A Group.

If you really want to have an amazing time on your trip to New York City, be sure to go with a group. This technique will empower you to save money on your hotel and flight while also ensuring that you can share your experience with people you love.

5. Research All Service Providers.

One final strategy you should employ to ensure that you have a fabulous time in NYC is researching all service providers. Doing business with reputable retailers is a great way to avoid scams, poor customer service, and other realities that tend to transpire when you utilize the products and services of a sketchy company. There are several strategies you can employ to ensure that you’re purchasing your services and products from ethical companies. One is to check each company’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. If the company does not have a BBB rating, be sure to carefully read the online reviews left about them.


If you’re planning to travel to NYC soon and want to have a fabulous time, now is the time to implement techniques which ensure that you can. You can utilize some or all of the travelling tips outlined in this quick reference guide to ensure that your trip to the Big Apple is absolutely amazing!






Top 10 Tech-Free Kid’s Travel Activities at the Dollar Store

by Jennifer Wieland
Top 10 Tech-Free Kid's Travel Activities at the Dollar Store




Check out Top 10 Tech-Free Kid's Travel Activities at the Dollar Store

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Loading up the car, hopping on a train or jetting off to brand new locations is one of the staples of summer. The kids are out of school, the weather is warmer and it’s the perfect time for everyone in the family to reconnect. At least everyone used to reconnect. When my older kids were young there weren’t tablets, laptops and phones owned by everyone in the family. There weren’t TVs in cars to keep little ones entertained on a road trip. Nope, we used good old fashion tech-free things to keep the kids occupied for the sanity of not only the parents but other passengers if you were on plane or train as well. If you want your travels to have little to no tech devices this summer then these top 10 tech-free kid’s travel activities at the dollar store are definitely something you are going to want to get.

The other great thing about these items is that not only will they make your travel time easier but it will also work to keep kids busy at the hotel as well. They make a great way to end the night before bed while you are trying to get the kids to relax and unwind after a day full of fun and excitement.


SeaWorld Orlando – The Beauty, Magic & Wonder of Your First Visit

by Jennifer Wieland
The beauty, magic and wonder of visiting SeaWorld for the first time.
Thank you so much to SeaWorld Orlando for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The week before Christmas my family and I had the chance to travel down to Orlando for a vacation. Aside from visiting my parent’s vacation home in Wisconsin Dells this was our first real family vacation since my ten-year old was a baby. To say that this was a much-needed thing for us would be an understatement! We felt that our two boys who are on the Autism Spectrum were finally doing well enough developmentally for us to attempt a big trip. (Go big or go home, right?) While we were there SeaWorld Orlando was kind enough to have us come and spend a day at the park.

Prior to our trip I was the only one in my household who had ever been to SeaWorld and it had been at least 25 years since I went. I was so excited to take my husband and the kids because I remember my trip to SeaWorld still after so many years. It was one of my favorite tourist attractions of all time and I wanted it to be that for my kids too.

The beauty, magic and wonder of visiting SeaWorld for the first time.

We do have quite a nice aquarium here in Chicago and they already love going there whenever we can but I knew SeaWorld would be unlike anything they were used to. I had tried to prepare them but I think in their minds they just figured it would be like going to the aquarium here. You walk around and look at a lot of small to medium-sized fish in glass tanks and get to touch a couple of small to medium sea creatures. They have seen the Beluga whales at the local aquarium so I think they thought the whales at SeaWorld would be about the same size.

The beauty, magic and wonder of visiting SeaWorld for the first time.

The reality of the whole day though was so much more exciting than I could have ever possibly hoped for! The kids were all smiles and were in awe of so many of the things that they saw. From the silly and boisterous seals and sea lions, to the reality that many sharks are not as big or as scary as they thought, to the beauty, magic and wonder of seeing a Orca (killer whale) for the first time and realizing how huge and beautiful they are all at once. The even better thing was watching my husband help them feed the animals and think it was just as cool as the kids did.

The beauty, magic and wonder of visiting SeaWorld for the first time.

Something that was new for me that was not there when I went as a child were the rides. While we skipped the big, loud and scarier rides we did make a point of heading to Shamu’s Happy Harbor for the kids to play and go on some rides. The kids really loved playing here!

The beauty, magic and wonder of visiting SeaWorld for the first time.

This kid was all smiles all day long and getting him to smile is a huge thing. Seeing smiles this big made my day.

 My ten-year old is not much for rides but when he saw the Net Climb his face lit up and he played here for a long time while the other two went on all of the rides. The Net Climb was four stories of netting, tubes and slides just perfect for loads of fun for any child who loves to climb.

The beauty, magic and wonder of visiting SeaWorld for the first time.

My seven and five-year olds were all about hitting the rides. They went on the Jazzy Jellies, Ocean Commotion, Sea Carousel, Swishy Fishies, The Flying Fiddler and of course the Shamu Express. When we reached Shamu’s Happy Harbor my seven-year old was getting a bit tired and lagging a bit. As soon as he saw the rides though he perked back up and they had a blast before joining my ten-year old on the Net climb.

My thoughts on the day? My family loved it here! The kids learned so many new things all while having fun. Their favorite fact they learned? Humans are much more dangerous to sharks than they are to us.

If you’d like more information on any of the SeaWorld parks then be sure to visit their website for information and to see any current specials. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook or if you are like me with kids at home you can follow their YouTube channel. There you can watch some great animal videos with the kids and play some fun games and apps.


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