Caroline Knowles, Gulf Coast TravelingMom

Caroline Knowles, Gulf Coast TravelingMom

Caroline Knowles lives on the Gulf Coast in Fairhope, Alabama with her husband and two children (ages 17 and 10). She is the owner of Magical DIStractions Vacations, a travel agency that specializes in sending her clients anywhere their heart’s desire. She is an AMResorts Master Agent, Certified Sandals Specialist, Hawaii Destinations Specialist, and an Orlando Certified Travel Expert, among others. She is also the founder of Magical DIStractions, a website focused on her love for Disney travel.


OWA Amusement Park Review

White sand beaches and clear turquoise waters attract thousands of families to the Alabama Gulf Coast each year. Because of the area’s popularity, OWA, an Alabama amusement park and entertainment destination, recently opened to the public. Gulf Coast TravelingMom has the ins and outs of this new exciting destination in her OWA Amusement Park Review. OWA Amusement Park Review OWA, the new amusement and entertainment destination, opened in July 2017 in Foley, Alabama. This world-class family destination  features a theme park, a shopping and dining district, and on-site lodging. Located just north of the beautiful Alabama beaches, OWA is...

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6 Reasons to Visit the National Shrimp Festival Gulf Shores

October is an ideal month to visit coastal Alabama as a result of the milder weather, lower rental rates, and breathtaking sunsets. If you’re a foodie, or someone who enjoys a good Fall Festival, plan your visit the second weekend in October. Experience one of the largest festivals in the Southeast while relaxing at the beach. Gulf Coast TravelingMom shares 6 Reasons to Visit the National Shrimp Festival Gulf Shores. The Annual National Shrimp Festival is a Gulf Shores, Alabama tradition dating back to 1971. As a matter of fact, the Shrimp Festival began as a way to bring tourists...

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7 Reasons to Sail Carnival Fantasy from Mobile

Deciding to take a Carnival cruise is a no-brainer. However, choosing the ship can be a difficult task as Carnival Cruise Lines currently has 25 ships in its fleet with more on the way. The best way to narrow it down is to start with the most attractive itinerary and work from there. If you are in the market for a 4 or 5-day Caribbean cruise, these Carnival Fantasy tips will show you why sailing out of Mobile, Alabama is a great choice. Carnival Fantasy Tips: 7 Reasons to Sail Carnival Fantasy from Mobile Yes, the Carnival Fantasy is the oldest ship in the...

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6 Reasons Adults Will Love Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Planning a vacation to Universal Orlando? Do you like to stay in luxurious accommodations when you travel? Whether you are planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway or a weekend trip with your girlfriends, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando is the perfect place to stay. Inspired by the seaside town of Portofino, Italy, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a destination in itself. 6 Reasons Adults Will Love Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Contrary to popular belief, not all theme park visits are planned around children. As a travel agent I have planned many honeymoons, romantic weekends and girlfriend getaways that were...

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7 Useful Tips on How to Book a Disney World Vacation

There are a lot of decisions required when booking a Disney World vacation. When do I want to go? Where do I want to stay? Are Park Hoppers worth the extra money? Do I need a Dining Plan? Do I REALLY need vacation insurance? There are thousands of blogs, books and other resources that can keep you informed, or completely overwhelm you. 7 Useful Tips on How to Book a Disney World Vacation I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, planning a Disney vacation can be overwhelming. In an effort to simplify things, I’ve put together 7 tips to help make the process...

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Celebrate New Years at MoonPie Over Mobile

Looking for something different to do this New Year’s Eve? The City of Mobile, Alabama welcomes over 50,000 people each year to their MoonPie Over Mobile New Year’s celebration. Party the night away as you await the main event –  a 600 pound giant MoonPie drop at midnight complete with a laser light show and fireworks. Welcome the new year with a little Mardi Gras flavor. After all, carnival season is just around the corner. MoonPie Over Mobile – A New Year’s Celebration Thousands of people gather in the streets of downtown Mobile to await the moment when the giant MoonPie...

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Benefits of Using a Disney Travel Agent

Planning a Walt Disney World vacation is overwhelming. There are so many details and deadlines to be aware of. Ever tried to book reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table, only to be told you should’ve done that 6 months in advance? You too can dine with Cinderella – with a little advanced planning. Speaking of Cinderella, she had a Fairy Godmother guide her along the way. So why shouldn’t you have the assistance of an expert too? Benefits of Using a Disney Travel Agent People often think that simply visiting The Most Magical Place on Earth is all it takes to ensure joy for the entire family. Wrong!...

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6 Reasons to Visit the Louisiana Northshore

If you love outdoor adventures, fabulous food and family friendly activities, schedule a visit to St.  Tammany Parish on the Louisiana Northshore. Located just 45 miles north of New Orleans, this area has some of the best food and fun to be found in the Southeast. Whether you love to kayak, fish, hike, drink beer, or eat a lot of great food, there is something for everyone on the Louisiana Northshore. 6 Reasons to Visit the Louisiana Northshore I often hear clients talk about their desire to visit New Orleans along with their fear of taking their children along with them....

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Fascinating Adventures at the Global Wildlife Center

Ever dream of being eye to eye with a giraffe? Ever wanted to feed elk from your hand? You can do this and more at the amazing Global Wildlife Center on the Louisiana Northshore. Named “The Best Kept Secret in Louisiana” by Louisiana Life Magazine, the Global Wildlife Center is fun for the entire family. Fascinating Adventures at the Global Wildlife Center Recently when planning a trip to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, I stumbled across an advertisement for the Global Wildlife Center. Their motto is “learn through touch.” Touch a giraffe? I had to see this for myself....

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Mom Approved: Baby Care Centers in Walt Disney World

Trying to decide if you should take the baby with you to Walt Disney World? Afraid it will be too much of a hassle? Before you pick up the phone and call grandma, take a look at all of the amenities offered at Disney’s Baby Care Centers. Still breastfeeding? No problem. Mom Approved: Baby Care Centers in Walt Disney World My motto is you are never too young for Disney. If you want to take baby with you on your Disney World vacation, have no fear. Disney has gone to infinity and beyond in making sure parents are at ease when bringing...

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