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ETW #70 Travel to Beautiful Charleston, South Carolina - landlopers

ETW #70 Travel to Beautiful Charleston, South Carolina

This week we’re talking about what to see, do, eat, drink and where to stay on your next visit to the remarkable Charleston region. Long heralded as one of the country’s “must-visit” travel destinations, this week we chat with local experts to find out what makes Charleston, South Carolina so special. You can listen to … ETW #70 Travel to Beautiful Charleston, South Carolina Read More » The post ETW #70 Travel to Beautiful Charleston, South Carolina appeared first on LandLopers.
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Beyond the Capitol: Washington - solo trekker 4u

Beyond the Capitol: Washington

President John F. Kennedy once quipped that Washington, DC was a city that had “Northern charm and southern efficiency”. He would hardly recognize it today. Since I arrived to attend law school, the city has become a vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis. New gyms, cafes and shops have replaced the ol...
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Will You to Swim Bridge to Bridge to Change the World? - we said go travel

Will You to Swim Bridge to Bridge to Change the World?

Sydney is swimming from Bridge to Bridge to raise money for Glide Church! How can you help change the world? My name is Sydney and I have been training for a 10k swim across the Bay, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge, for months. I will be doing my swim on the … Continued The post Will You to Swim Bridge to Bridge to Change the World? appeared first on We Said Go Travel.
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5 Survival Secrets For Solo Female Backpackers in Australia

Ready for adventure? See these 5 Survival Tips for Solo Female Backpackers in Australia: a guest post by John Brooks*: Australia is a country with a ton of sceneries to explore; there’s wilderness, beaches, scorching deserts, and much more! You can join a photo tour to learn how to capture the be...
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How To Prepare For A Trip To The Amusement Park - pommie travels

How To Prepare For A Trip To The Amusement Park

Are you looking for a fun-filled adventure for your summer vacation? If so, it may be time to consider amusement parks. These venues are filled with a variety of activities, including roller coasters, boat and train excursions, water slides, bumper cars, and drop towers. In... The post How To Prepare For A Trip To The Amusement Park appeared first on Pommie Travels.
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Solo Destination: St. Ives, Seaside Surf Town

Looking for a new solo travel destination? Read on and discover: St. Ives, Seaside Surf Town, a guest post by Michelle Williams. For more great surfing spots and tips, you can find her here. St Ives is a is an attractive old seaside town situated on Cornwall’s North Coast of the Celtic Sea....
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Essential Experiences for Anyone Visiting Niagara Falls - pommie travels

Essential Experiences for Anyone Visiting Niagara Falls

 There’s little wonder as to why Niagara Falls attracts millions of visitors each year. As one of the foremost wonders of the natural world, the Niagara Falls are truly a sight to behold, and anyone with an appreciation for nature’s majesty should see them at... The post Essential Experiences for Anyone Visiting Niagara Falls appeared first on Pommie Travels.
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Essential Items That Casino Players Must Pack for a Trip Away

There is nothing better than escaping away to do something you love. We all have different hopes for a trip like this, but for some people, there is nothing better than escaping away to a casino resort for a few days. This could be a... The post Essential Items That Casino Players Must Pack for a Trip Away appeared first on Pommie Travels.
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Favorite Photos From My First Trip to Charleston - landlopers

Favorite Photos From My First Trip to Charleston

There are some spots around the world and certainly around the US that I really should have visited before now but, for whatever reason, just haven’t. Until just a couple of weeks of those one of those glaring travel omissions was colorful Charleston, South Carolina. There was no reason for it either; I wanted to … Favorite Photos From My First Trip to Charleston Read More » The post Favorite Photos From My First Trip to Charleston appeared first on LandLopers.
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Solo Traveler Tips Wildlife Adventure Tour Safety

5 solo traveler tips wildlife adventure tour safety: As travel resumes, many tourists will visit national parks and view wildlife in their natural habitat at home and abroad. Unfortunately, interactions with animals can present dangers for animals as well as tourists. In the past week, reports di...
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Single Traveler Tips-Get 50% Off Easily

Single Traveler Tips-Get 50% Off: During the height of the summer season or the Christmas/New Year’s festivities, airfare, hotels and even safari game parks are at their height.  It may seem like the only option is to cut your trip short or take a lesser standard in accommodations or tours....
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The 5 Best Beaches in Florida for Avoiding Crowds - pommie travels

The 5 Best Beaches in Florida for Avoiding Crowds

In a good year, Florida attracts over 126 million tourists, so you can rest assured that things get pretty crowded during peak season.  Those who like a little more reserved experience needn’t stay away though. Florida has plenty of secluded spots where you’ll still get... The post The 5 Best Beaches in Florida for Avoiding Crowds appeared first on Pommie Travels.
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ETW #69 The Finger Lakes Region of New York - landlopers

ETW #69 The Finger Lakes Region of New York

Since 2020 will be the summer of the road trip, this week we’re highlighting an amazing place to explore – the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Once known for slightly sweet wine and hokey attractions, today the communities surrounding the Fingers Lakes are home not only to some of the best food and wine … ETW #69 The Finger Lakes Region of New York Read More » The post ETW #69 The Finger Lakes Region of New York appeared first on LandLopers.
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Money Matters! 5 New Travel Tips

In today’s world with ATM/credit and debit cards, cash can seem like a remnant of the Stone Age.  However, when you travel abroad, money matters sometimes in the oddest ways. So check out our 5 tips: 1. Before leaving home, find out if your local currency works at your destination. This can...
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Best places to visit in Las Vegas - pommie travels

Best places to visit in Las Vegas

Vegas is famously known as the sin city. The coverage it has received in recent years is appreciable, especially the fact that it became the center of Hollywood in the late 1970s. Even though the Casino industry was growing at that time, the promotion in... The post Best places to visit in Las Vegas appeared first on Pommie Travels.
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Trekking in Ladakh: Sham valley and Markha valley - pommie travels

Trekking in Ladakh: Sham valley and Markha valley

Most of tourists come to Ladakh with specific destinations in mind. Most of the time it is the Golden Triangle comprising Leh, Pangong Lake and Nubra valley. The Golden Triangle is often seen as the major highlight that needs to be visited and seen in... The post Trekking in Ladakh: Sham valley and Markha valley appeared first on Pommie Travels.
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The Road Less Traveled: 11 of the Best-Hidden Vacation Spots in the US - pommie travels

The Road Less Traveled: 11 of the Best-Hidden Vacation Spots in the US

Are you dreaming about your next vacation? Well, you’re not the only one. Popular travel destinations like New York City, Miami Beach, and Los Angeles are packed with tourists year-round. Sure, everyone should visit the popular travel destinations at least once in their life. However, these famous... The post The Road Less Traveled: 11 of the Best-Hidden Vacation Spots in the US appeared first on Pommie Travels.
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The Best Places to stay in Valencia, Spain!

Ladies and gentleman, we have lift off! As the world slowly starts to emerge from the nightmare of lockdown and the Coronavirus pandemic, many countries are beginning to open their borders again. Spain will soon be back in business and welcoming tourists for the busy... The post The Best Places to stay in Valencia, Spain! appeared first on Pommie Travels.
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ETW #68 Heritage & Ancestral Travel - landlopers

ETW #68 Heritage & Ancestral Travel

Traveling to connect with one’s heritage and ancestry is one of the fastest growing styles of travel and with good reason. It’s fun to reconnect with one’s family and to see where we come from. This week we chat with two people who undertook their own very personal journeys & share how you too can … ETW #68 Heritage & Ancestral Travel Read More » The post ETW #68 Heritage & Ancestral Travel appeared first on LandLopers.
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Solo Travel Holiday Destination-SE Asia

Solo Travel Holiday Destination-SE Asia: Every summer I start looking for the best solo travel packages to avoid the dreaded “Home Alone for the Holidays”.  I have found one of the best travel for singles is via a river cruise abroad. One year I went upriver on the Amazon. The next I ...
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Finding An Unlikely New Home at the Four Seasons Orlando

Finding An Unlikely New Home at the Four Seasons Orlando

landlopers - 8 months ago

Today Im pleased to share a guest post from good friend and fellow lover of all things Disney, Brandon Owen. Brandon has spent decades visiting Disney Parks around the world, amassing a treasure trove of great tips and tricks along the way. Thats just one reason of many why Im thrilled he agreed to share his own unique experiences at the Four Seasons Orlando, a resort that I also dearly love. To learn more about Brandon as well as follow his own travels around the world, please be sure to follow him on Instagram and also check out the interview I conducted with him all about Shanghai on this episode of the Explore the World Travel Podcast.

Looking down at my clothes and back up at the luxurious entrance to the Four Seasons Orlando, I began to wonder if I should have dressed up for my arrival. It was my first time at the resort, although Id been quietly stalking it online since it opened in 2014, so I thought I knew what to expect. Of course no amount of Instagram images could have prepared me for what was a day in Orlando that I know Ill never forget.

No, I wasnt dressed to the nines, or even in a tragically hip pair of designer jeans. Instead, I was comfortably decked out as I would be anywhere else; in a decades old pair of Levis, and a (not so new) pair of New Balance sneakers. If you looked closely, youd even see a few drops from the previous evenings festivities at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival haphazardly dribbled on them. To my great surprise, and ultimate pleasure though, I wasnt out of place. I wasnt made to feel less or not adequate; far from it. I was about to be welcomed into a luxuriously appointed, but incredibly homey resort experience.

Some would call me an expert on all things Disney, although I dont personally consider myself to be a pro when it comes to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Instead, decades of both intense interest and lots of personal experience have given me a certain insight into the Disney Parks that I admit, isnt normal. This love of the Mouse though also means that I have mentally filed away any number of facts, including a press release I happened to read about the Golden Oak development – the ultra-luxury neighborhood that the Four Seasons calls home. Also included in that press release were some fairly high dollar figures that, I thought, put any experience in this ritzy part of Orlando out of reach for me; until it wasnt.

Central Florida has changed in any number of ways in recent years and if you havent visited lately, you will be surprised by what you find. Sure, those kitschy (but incredibly fun) Disney themed hotels are still there, as are roadside motels in Kissimmee. The options in and around Orlando though are so much more expansive than they were only a few years ago. Central Florida has begun to shed its bargain basement vacation image in favor of a world-class destination that boasts every sort of accommodation. These include The Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf-Astoria, and yes, even the Four Seasons.

Im not the first person to fall in love with the accepting atmosphere of the Disney Parks, but even I was a little surprised to see that this inclusivity extends past the main gates to the on-site hotels, including the Four Seasons Orlando. A self-described hillbilly, my first thought wasnt that I was out of place, but how welcoming everything felt. From the valet to the front of house staff and beyond, I was met only with broad smiles and incredible hospitality during my far too short stay at the resort. Ultimately, its that kindness and hospitality that defines any luxury travel experience and is a skillset that the staff at the Four Seasons Orlando have clearly mastered.

That welcoming feeling extends well beyond the front desk, most notably to the 443 well-appointed rooms throughout the 17-story resort. I physically let out a sigh of relief as I walked into my room, inspecting the many elements that separate it from almost every other property on-site at Walt Disney World. Gone were my concerns from the real world I had once again plunged into the wonderful alternate reality that is Disney, but without ever walking into a theme park.

What truly won me over though was the five-acre relaxation masterpiece Explorer Island. This jewel of the resort features any number of ways to decompress and enjoy your time on the property, but for me the highlight was the lazy river. To be clear, this is not some half-baked effort that was added on a whim to a 1970s-era Daytona beachfront hotel. No, this is something so special and so unique, that I would stay again for the sole purpose of enjoying this water-themed extravaganza. So much more than a few pools and a lazy river though, Explorer Island features an attention to detail that, well, is very Disney-like. With landscaping that would make the gardeners at Versailles blush with embarrassment, everything is assembled to maximize the resorts natural beauty.

I normally wouldnt consider myself a luxury traveler, well, not exclusively. Instead I just like to explore and enjoy the world, which sometimes means a hammock on a deserted Caribbean island, but other times it means a retreat like the Four Seasons Orlando. My brief experience enjoying as much as I could at this unforgettable property wasnt just a weekend I know Ill always remember, but it has well and truly convinced me that yes, sometimes where you stay can honestly transform a trip from the average to the extraordinary in a proverbial blink of an eye.

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