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.


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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Why Kidani Village is the Ultimate Disney Luxury

As a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder, I visit as often as I can, each time staying in a different resort. As a Travel Agent, I find it easier to assist clients with resort selection if I’ve personally been there. This summer, I finally stayed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village. Wow! Just Wow! It is going to be really hard staying anywhere else. DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE – KIDANI VILLAGE I’ve always avoided staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge due to its distance from the parks. After spending a week at Kidani Village, I learned to actually appreciate the distance. This is hands down the most...

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Imagination Takes to the Streets of Fairhope, Alabama

Fairhope, Alabama has been bombed. Yarn bombed that is. What is yarn bombing you ask? In essence its basically removable graffiti. A new form of street art. This community art project known as Art on a Limb is drawing attention to my lovely hometown. Many are flocking to the streets to enjoy this already eclectic southern destination. The Art of Yarn Bombing The near-forgotten art of knitting has taken to the streets with great force. This funky form of art, also referred to as “urban knitting,”, is invading the streets with its colorful sense of humor. This inoffensive graffiti can be found on the...

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5 Ways to Reveal a Disney Surprise to the Kids

You’ve been working for months to plan the perfect surprise Disney vacation. Your dining and FastPass+ reservations are booked. You have the packing list and everything is good to go. Now, it’s time to decide how to reveal the Disney surprise to the children. Many wait until the day of departure to avoid the “how many more days?” questions. Others give Disney vacations as birthday or Christmas gifts and count down the days. There are so many different ways to add some extra pixie dust to your big reveal. Disney Surprise: The. Best. Gift. Ever! I have surprised my children several times with...

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7 Reasons to Visit The Wharf at Orange Beach

Heading to the beach during off-season? Looking for activities that don’t require a swimsuit? Whether you are traveling as a family, a couple, or a girlfriend’s getaway, the Wharf at Orange Beach is the premiere resort destination on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The Wharf at Orange Beach Contrary to popular belief, not all beach vacations are taken during the summer months. My favorite time to go to the beach is during the Fall. The tourists are gone, the temperatures are lower and the sunsets are to-die-for. Some beach destinations “close up shop” after Labor Day without any activities scheduled until Spring. Sa hello...

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Valuable Details on First Aid in Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is referred to as “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” but let’s face it. Sometimes things happen making the trip 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 as you never know when you might need their help. My husband surprised me one year with a trip to Walt Disney World for my birthday, sans children. This was a bucket list item for me. Sadly, I woke up the morning of my birthday sick with...

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Why Families Will Love Loews Cabana Bay Beach Resort

If you’re planning a visit to Universal Orlando and are looking for endless family fun, look no further than Loews Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Just minutes from the parks this on-site resort is designed for families. Themed as a retro beach resort from the 1950s and 60s, families can enjoy 2 zero-entry pools, an on-site bowling alley, a lazy river, special daily themed activities and more. The resort has my June Cleaver stamp of approval. THE BENEFITS OF AN ON-SITE RESORT When traveling to theme parks I always opt for staying in an on-site resort hotel for the extra...

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