Renee Virata, Quick Weekender TravelingMom

Renee Virata, Quick Weekender TravelingMom

Renee Virata is a Navy wife, mother of 3 and a self proclaimed adventurer. She currently calls San Diego home, but as a military family โ€œhomeโ€ changes frequently which feeds her need for adventure. When Renee isn't traveling you can find her pretending to run her way to a half marathon medal or cooking up her next traveling exploit. She has a passion for all things Disney and shares that love with readers as a writer for Magical DIStractions where she also serves as the Media Director.


Why Families will Love Gulf Breeze Zoo in Pensacola, Florida

Visiting Pensacola, Florida and looking for an adventure away from the sandy beaches? Look no farther than the Gulf Breeze Zoo. This zoo is kids tested and mom approved! The Gulf Breeze Zoo offers a wide range of activities, including hands on exploration of farm animals, up close and personal giraffe feedings, and so much more. Why Families Will Love the Gulf Breeze Zoo My husband was in Pensacola, Florida for Navy business, so the kids and I packed our bags and hit the road for a quick weekend visit. We adore a relaxing beach trip, but we wanted...

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Point, Click, Save: Using Deal Websites for Travel

Travel is all about the adventure and many times that comes with a price tag. Not everyone has an overstuffed wallet, so when budget is a concern deal websites can be travel-savers. With the wide range of deal websites available to consumers nowadays, getting discounts on inclusive travel packages, experiences and restaurants is easy as pie. How to Save Money on Travel Using Websites When we travel I’m pretty budget conscience as we do not have unlimited funds. I try to save throughout the year, but let’s be honest. Most of the time life gets in the way. I...

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GIVING THE GIFT OF TRAVEL – TOP 4 DESTINATION IDEAS

Toys, electronics, clothes – Oh my! It seems like kids have everything nowadays. Which makes finding that perfect gift a daunting task. If you are looking for a gift that won’t be forgotten in a week, but will instead provide lasting memories – look no further. Give the gift of travel. My kids are getting older and coming up with gift ideas gets harder each year. It is coming to the point that they struggle to make a wish list. I have always wanted to surprise them with a trip on Christmas, but it never seems to work out....

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8 Easy Tricks to Prevent Lost Luggage

There you are at the luggage carousel, watching it go around as you wait for your luggage to show up. The crowd slowly dissipates. You’re still waiting. Nothing puts a damper on a vacation faster than lost luggage. Follow some simple ways to help prevent losing your luggage. We’ve all heard the horror stories of lost luggage. I’ve been lucky and have never lost my luggage during travel (knock on wood!). But lost luggage is my biggest traveling fear. I have researched and researched ways to prevent it from ever happening to me. Read on for 8 easy tricks...

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4 Tips For Traveling With Elf on the Shelf

Does your family participate in the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon? We all know the drill. Elf on the Shelf drops in, causes havoc and reports back to Santa.ย The thought of Santa knowing all their daily ups and downs canย make even the most mischievous child behave. But that little guy or gal can throw a wrench into holiday travels plan.ย These tips can make traveling with your Elf just a little bit easier. Traveling? Elf on a Shelf Ideas Our elf, Narky Norman, invaded our home a few years ago much to my children’s delight. I’m still trying to figure...

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Why We Adored Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Planning a trip to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California? The hotel choices can be overwhelming. But if you are looking for a hotel that offers boundless family entertainment, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is just for you. From bright beachy decor to the thrilling downward spiral of California Streamin’, this hotel was created for families. Just a short walk to and from the parks, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Living in Southern California is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to visiting Disneyland. We are lucky enough...

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Sea Lions and Sandy Beaches โ€“ San Diegoโ€™s La Jolla Coastline

San Diego, California, offers an abundance of sunshine, warm temperatures year-round and 70 miles of glorious coastline. Nestled in the hills lies the neighborhood of La Jolla where sandy beaches and gorgeous blue waters delight with swimming, snorkeling, surfing and sea lions. With tweens and a teen in the house, itโ€™s unusual for everyone to agree on anything, but hitting the beach is something they all enjoy. And lucky, for them (and my sanity) we live within minutes from 10 or more beaches. The kids most requested destinations are the beaches of La Jolla. La Jolla Cove Our favorite...

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FAMILY FRIENDLY SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF WASHINGTON DC

As our nationโ€™s capital, Washington D.C. is a top tourist destination for families. Washington is filled magnificent monuments, memorials and museums that celebrate Americaโ€™s history. It also happens to be one of the easiest cities to navigate. Washington D.C. visitors have many choices when it comes to seeing the sites, but nothing beats a self-guided walking tour. (Plus itโ€™s FREE! And nothing beats free.) While living in Washington D.C., our family played tour guide for many of our friends and family. Our first time touring the city, we forked over the big bucks for a double-decker multi-day pass. But...

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Discover Aliens in Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico is a pop culture sensation with the hype surrounding an alleged alien encounter in 1947. ย Many conspiracy theories surround the controversial UFO encounter, making Roswell a tourist hot spot.ย  My family had the opportunity to spend a day in Roswell on a recent cross-country trip from New Orleans to San Diego. Diving headfirst into the alien phenomenon was our only goal as we explored the quaint town. Check out these Roswell NM attractions! Weโ€™re a military family of five with kids ranging from 18 to 9 years old. Being military means we move a lot, and...

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