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.


Universal Dining Plan Explained

Deciding to book a Universal vacation is simple. Determining whether or not you should purchase a dining plan isn’t always that easy. While many prefer the ease of having everything bundled together into one package, others prefer to be as economical as possible. The best way to decide if the Universal Dining Plan is right for your family is to review all of the details and compare them to your family’s needs. Gulf Coast TravelingMom sets out all the details on the different dining plans in her post, Universal Dining Plan Explained. Universal Dining Plan Explained First of all,...

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Let the Good Times Roll! Kid Friendly Universal Studios Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras has officially kicked off in the Big Easy and Mobile. Worried that Mardi Gras may not be appropriate for your kids? There is a perfectly kid-friendly Mardi Gras celebration in Orlando, Florida. Yes, in FLORIDA!  Each year thousands travel to Orlando to celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Orlando. With nightly parades, concerts, Cajun food, and more, what’s not to love about Universal Studios Mardi Gras?  Laissez les bon temps rouler… Let the good times roll! For over 15 years Universal Studios has been bringing the Mardi Gras celebration to life in Orlando. While the Mardi Gras experience...

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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 unique New Year’s celebration, MoonPie over Mobile. Party the night away as you watch 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. Celebrate New Years at MoonPie Over Mobile Thousands of people gather in the streets of downtown Mobile to await the moment when the giant MoonPie drops from the sky,...

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Tips for Avoiding Motion Sickness at Universal Studios

Universal Studios Orlando is an amazing theme park the whole family will enjoy. That is, if no one in the family is prone to motion sickness. Many of the attractions at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure have 3D motion simulators which tend to trigger motion sickness. Which attractions are they? Gulf Coast TravelingMom has all the details in Tips for Avoiding Motion Sickness at Universal Studios. Tips for Avoiding Motion Sickness at Universal Studios Motion sickness is no joke. In fact, I’ve struggled with it my entire life. Little did I know on my first visit to Universal...

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Sick at Disney World? What you Need to Know

Walt Disney World is referred to as “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” but let’s face it, sometimes things happen making the trip, well, less than magical. Did you know the First Aid Stations located throughout the Walt Disney World parks are not just for band-aids and boo-boos? Familiarize yourself with the services offered in the First Aid Stations so the next time you’re sick on vacation you’ll know where to go. Gulf Coast TravelingMom has the scoop in Sick at Disney World? What You Need to Know. Sick at Disney World? What you Need to Know My husband surprised me one year...

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6 Travel Tips for Visiting Fairhope, AL

Southern Comfort is what you will find in the charming bayside village of Fairhope, Alabama. Conveniently located just miles from the Gulf of Mexico and a couple of hours from New Orleans, this is the perfect destination to kick off your shoes and unwind. From golf, shopping, fishing, exceptional seafood, local events and much, much more, there is something for everyone here. Gulf Coast TravelingMom shares her local insight with 6 Travel Tips for Visiting Fairhope, AL. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thanks for helping support...

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7 Best Keto Diet (Low Carb) Travel Snacks

So, you’re on a low carb or Keto diet? One of the most frustrating things about traveling while on a diet is finding the right things to snack on. Typical road trips involve multiple stops at gas stations where you’ll be tempted to grab unhealthy options rather than healthy, low carb snacks. Good news! If you’re one of many navigating your way through the life to a better you, we have the low down on Keto diet snacks. Gulf Coast TravelingMom has the scoop on the 7 Best Low Carb (Keto Diet) Travel Snacks. Every time you turn around...

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8 Tips for Avoiding Migraines When You Travel

More than 38 million men, women and children in the United States suffer with chronic migraines. Traveling with migraines can put a real damper on your trip. Routine is a large part of every day survival for those who get migraines. Have a headache-free trip with these tips for traveling with headaches. Gulf Coast TravelingMom suffers with chronic migraines and shares her 8 Tips for Avoiding Migraines When You Travel. 8 Tips for Avoiding Migraine Headaches When You Travel I have suffered with chronic migraine headaches for the last ten years. I’ve tried acupuncture, chiropractic, therapeutic massage, Botox injections, physical therapy,...

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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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