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This is Not the Best List of Road Trip Apps

What are the best road trip apps? Everyone has a list and everyone thinks their list is the best. That’s why they write them, right? To get likes and pins on Pinterest? I’m not here to tell you what the best road trip apps are. I’m sure there’s someone out there with that list. Just search on Pinterest and you’ll find …

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How to have Couple Time when Traveling as a Family

It’s not always easy to have couple time when traveling as a family. Of course, part of why we travel is to spend more time with our children, create family memories, experience new things blah blah blah. Okay, don’t get me wrong. I love love love spending time as a foursome. But with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’m …

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Caution: These Seats are in a Breathtaking Splash Zone

At first the idea of doing a waterfall rappel with my two children in tow sounded a bit intimidating. I have never rope climbed, rappelled, zip lined (at this point) in my life so attaching myself and my children to a rope for 165 feet drop felt risky. I had nothing to be worried about however as the Pure Trek guides …

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Reasons I Love the Interstate

I love the expressway and interstate highways. That’s probably not a statement you hear from many road trip travelers. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all about the back roads and the local places and finding the neat little points of inspiration. However, there’s something about the expressway and the speed of getting to where I’m going that excites me.   …

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The Amazing Costa Rica Food I still Crave (in Photos)

When we went to Costa Rica in November of 2014, I was blown away by the fresh delicious food we encountered everywhere we went. Fresh tropical fruit at every breakfast (I know have an affinity for papaya thanks to the trip) black beans at many of the meals prepared in different ways and the literally farm to table coffee! Here’s …

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How To be Family Travel Volunteers

Do you do community service? How about when you travel? This is something I’ve always wanted to do but unfortunately have not taken the time to do it. Okay, in all honesty when I’m planning a vacation I’m planning the vacation. So in light of Martin Luther King, Jr day (January 18) and National Day of Service (January 19) I …

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What Technology to Bring on your Trip

There’s two sides to the travel coin when deciding what tech to bring with you when you’re traveling. I tend to fall on the more is better side when I travel. However, I can appreciate the simplicity of being completely immersed in the moment and living it rather than trying to capture it on film. Not to mention, there’s a …

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Meet the Fam

The team behind the DOT is more than a team, we’re family. When I started the DOT my goal was to travel more with my family. But I realized that we travel quite a bit, by my local travel definitions. We travel around Florida to see the natural sites and to go beyond the local tourist sites. That’s not to …

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Hey there, howdy and hello!

In the beginning there was this girl that longed to see more than just the lakeside town where she was from. That girl was me. Along the way I’ve added a husband, a son and a daughter who enjoy staying in hotels, eating a local restaurants and discovering the new and unique attractions along the way. I started the Detail …