Part of travel is figuring out what you like and seeking out those things in the world. Thanks to Adera Causey of Hunter Museum of American Art for an inspiring adult art camp session that I’m still thinking about one year later.
As we embark on our adventure around the world, we would be remiss if we didn’t share our favorite things about our current hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee.
How do you have a magical time for yourself when you aren’t visiting Disney with kids? Check out my top 11 ways to enjoy Disney World as an adult!
For the past 25 years, Walt Disney World in Florida has hosted the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival each spring. The theme park’s already beautiful gardens are made even more fun with the addition of dozens of character topiaries, and special exhibits and behind-the-scenes tours give flora fans even more of what they love.
In looking for our next home, it must be a place that inspires stories. Our globetrotting friends have so many wonderful stories of their own, and this guest post from Lanise Lovestone shares her adventures on an anniversary trip to Savannah, Georgia.
My dad and I had some pretty incredible experiences on our first father-daughter trip. We took a sunrise hot air balloon ride followed by a champagne brunch, saw dozens of beautiful classic cars, enjoyed the Jun Kaneko sculpture exhibition at the Desert Botanical Garden, and, perhaps most importantly to us as amateur foodies, we enjoyed a lot of amazing meals over the course of our week together.
I have never met a person who doesn’t love food. Ask someone what their favorite food is, and you have a guaranteed conversation starter. In fact, that was the opening question posed by our guide from Taste It Tours, who we joined for a culinary walking tour in Scottsdale, Arizona.
For the past few years, my mother and I have taken an annual girls’ trip in search of beautiful flowers. We’ve visited Biltmore Estate with its springtime gardens and timeless greenhouse, and this year we took our second trip to Disney World for the annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. In all my life, however, I’ve never taken a father-daughter trip with my dad.
I set out to rectify that this year and left the destination up to him. He chose Phoenix, Arizona, and I booked the tickets without delay.
Perhaps it’s my childhood filled with trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and other theme parks, but I like a national park with a well-themed tour. After lots of time hiking across the country in the rugged deserts of Canyonlands, Arches, Guadalupe Mountains, and Bryce Canyon, I was ready for another St. Louis-style touristy tour.
Carlsbad Caverns fit the bill perfectly. After all, there is a bat cave.
We set out on a cross-country journey several years ago with the intention of seeing America. We wanted the boys to experience the splendor of the national parks and spend some time swimming, hiking, and playing the way we did as kids.
Part of the journey was returning to my birthplace, which I hadn’t visited since I was a toddler. My father was stationed in San Diego, California, with the U.S. Navy at that time, and I was born in Balboa Naval Hospital. I grew up hearing stories of beach time in La Jolla, drives across the bridge to Coronado and the Hotel Del, and afternoons at the San Diego Zoo. I wanted to experience all of those things as an adult and share them with Mike and the boys as well.