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...Read More
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.
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...Read More
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...Read More
More than 38 million men, women and children in the United States suffer with chronic migraines. I am one. If you’re like me and love to travel, there are ways to prevent episodes from occurring. Travel can be difficult; routine is a large part of every day survival for those of us who get migraines. Have a headache-free trip with these tips for avoiding migraines when traveling. ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD As a travel agent I’m accustomed to planning and organizing every little travel detail for my clients. Having a travel itinerary is key for avoiding stress, which is a common migraine...Read More
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...Read More
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. This is the perfect spot for a family vacation or a romantic getaway. Fairhope, Alabama has been named “Best Small Southern Town” by Southern Living Magazine; one of the “Top 25 Places to Retire” by CNN Money;...Read More