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Photo Of The Day: A Hammock View In Florida

Photo Of The Day: A Hammock View In Florida Aug 14th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Whenever I start to feel the weight of the world on my shoulders, I conjure up a mental image that is very similar to today's Photo of the Day, taken from a hammock at the Gulf View Waterfront Resort in Marathon, Florida. "This was a great place to take a nap," says Flickr user Chuck Oliver. Oh, the joys of vacation. What personal travel photos stroke your wanderlust? Upload your shots to...

Inside The Fawlty Towers Nudist Resort

Inside The Fawlty Towers Nudist Resort Aug 3rd, 2012 at 11:00AM: In tough economic times, some hotels and resorts are ready to try just about anything to revive their sagging fortunes. On May 1, The Fawlty Towers Motel in Cocoa Beach rebranded itself as a "clothing-optional resort" in a bid to revive its sagging fortunes, and according to David Broad, 54, a Welsh national who manages the resort, business is picking up. But not everyone in Cocoa Beach is...

Space Center Adds Up-Close Tours

Space Center Adds Up-Close Tours Jul 21st, 2012 at 4:00PM: While Kennedy Space Center will not be launching space shuttles anymore, the 39-acre complex in Florida has not shut down for lack of anything to do. In addition to ongoing space programs, travelers visiting the Space Coast of Florida have some new options with up-close tours, some that were never before possible in the 50 year history of the facility. "You're going to be close to where...

Google Street View Helps Visualize Cool Summer Attractions

Google Street View Helps Visualize Cool Summer Attractions Jul 11th, 2012 at 4:00PM: As summer blazes on, travelers are looking for cool places to go. A quick escape from summer heat to a water park, beach or lake might be just what they have in mind too. But how about a look first? Google Street View can give us a panoramic view from positions along many streets in the world, including some major summer attractions. A little warm where you are today? Click on one of...

Mission Aquarius: Journey To The World's Last Undersea Research Station

Mission Aquarius: Journey To The World's Last Undersea Research Station Jul 11th, 2012 at 12:00PM: For 50 years, the underwater Aquarius Reef Base in the Florida Keys has been an important center for oceanic exploration. Today, it is the last remaining undersea research station in the world. But funding for the program is about to be cut and unless a new source is found, Aquarius will soon be shut down. To bring attention to this issue, One World One Ocean and MacGillivray Freeman Films are...

Magic Kingdom Worker Gives Candid Interview About Crazy Guests And Working For Disney

Magic Kingdom Worker Gives Candid Interview About Crazy Guests And Working For Disney Jul 6th, 2012 at 12:30PM: During an IAmA (I am a...) discussion on Reddit, a turnstile and parade audience control worker for the Magic Kingdom at Disney World allowed people to ask uncensored questions about crazy guests and what it's like to work at Disney. Read below to learn what happens when adults act like children, who the worst guests are and which cast members are the most difficult to work with. Note: These...

5 Free Things To Do In Orlando That Are Not Theme Parks

5 Free Things To Do In Orlando That Are Not Theme Parks Jul 3rd, 2012 at 2:00PM: Travelers planning a trip to Orlando usually have plenty of things to do – for a price. Central Florida attractions draw millions of visitors every year spending billions in travel dollars. Often saving up for years to make a magical Florida vacation reality, families visit the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, Sea World and others. But while there is no shortage of attractions...

Coral Castle: Testament To A Broken Heart

Jul 3rd, 2012 at 10:00AM: Almost a hundred years ago in southern Florida, a heartbroken man accomplished something incredible. Edward Leedskalnin was an immigrant from Latvia. He moved to Florida in 1918 hoping to cure his tuberculosis. But it wasn't only his lungs that were sick; his heart was sick too. When he was 26 back in Latvia, so the story goes, he had been engaged to Agnes Scuffs, ten years his junior. His...

Alligator Bites Hand Off Everglades Tour Guide

Alligator Bites Hand Off Everglades Tour Guide Jun 16th, 2012 at 8:00AM: A group of tourists traveling with Captain Doug's Everglades Tours got far more excitement than they bargained for earlier this week. The three women and two children set out for an afternoon excursion with airboat captain Wallace Weatherholt hoping to catch a glimpse of an alligator and ended up getting far closer to one of the creatures than they ever imagined. Around 4 p.m. on Tuesday,...

Top 3 Places In The US To Experience LEGO-Mania This Summer

Top 3 Places In The US To Experience LEGO-Mania This Summer Jun 10th, 2012 at 5:00PM: LEGOs – show me a man, woman or child who doesn't love these little plastic building bricks and I'll show you three exhibitions that will impress them to pieces this summer. LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition National Building Museum, Washington, DC Through September 3, 2012 The LEGO exhibit "Towering Ambition" has been wowing visitors to Washington, DC's National Building...

Photo Of The Day: Venus And Jupiter At Sunset

Photo Of The Day: Venus And Jupiter At Sunset Jun 7th, 2012 at 7:00PM: This week, millions looked to the sky at sunset (or sunrise, depending on your location) to see the Transit of Venus. This now once-in-a-lifetime event – the last time Venus was visible crossing the sun's path was 2004 – won't happen again until 2117. Today's Photo of the Day is from a more frequent event: sunset. Taken by Flickr user woofboy111 in Deltona, Florida, in November...

Vietnam Military Service Recalled At Flight Museum

Vietnam Military Service Recalled At Flight Museum May 28th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Vietnam veterans will gather at Florida's Fantasy of Flight museum in June to share their personal stories of strength, survival and patriotism during America's longest and most controversial military conflict on foreign soil. During the Legends & Legacies Symposium Series: Reflections of Vietnam, several veterans will interact with guests in open forum/question-and-answer sessions,...

The Volvo Ocean Race Sails Through Miami

The Volvo Ocean Race Sails Through Miami May 28th, 2012 at 9:00AM: It's raining in Miami, and we're sitting inside of the Camper pavilion waiting for the weather to clear, Josh with his forehead on the table while I make idle conversation with the woman across from us. "It's embarrassing," she says, gesturing to the low turnout for the day of in-port racing, though considering the weather, I imagine there were several factors in play. Still, there's no...

Ritz-Carlton Demonstrates Customer Service Excellence With Missing Stuffed Animal

May 23rd, 2012 at 5:00PM: I think I must be hormonal, because this story just made me tear up. The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Amelia Island, Florida, is getting some social buzz this week because of the video posted above, which details their quest to go above and beyond for exceptional customer service. The story is simple: a family went on vacation and left behind their son's beloved stuffed animal, Joshie. Riley, the...

Travel Hubs To Avoid For Memorial Day 2012

Travel Hubs To Avoid For Memorial Day 2012 May 9th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Holiday travel can be hectic, especially when it comes to transportation. Despite the potential to be a scary experience, AAA statistics show that 34.9 million Americans used plane, train and automobile transportation last Memorial Day. With this year expected to be just as crazy, Foursquare has compiled data from 20 billion users, to let travelers know what the busiest travel hubs are expected to...

From the Gadling Archives: Travel smarter in 1982

From the Gadling Archives: Travel smarter in 1982 Mar 24th, 2012 at 10:00AM: The following post was uncovered while we were researching our Travel Smarter 2012 series. Deep in our archives, we discovered this article, titled "Travel smarter in 1982," which was published in the spring 1982 edition of "The Illustrated Gadling Quarterly." We are republishing it here as a reminder that, though a great deal has changed in 30 years, travel is still pretty tubular. We have...

The Boca Bind: are we obligated to do travel-y stuff when we travel?

The Boca Bind: are we obligated to do travel-y stuff when we travel? Mar 19th, 2012 at 12:00PM: People don't walk in Boca Raton. Instead they drive their steel monoliths that pass for automobiles down the wide, palm-lined streets flanked by pink mansions. Or, in one case, they run, evidenced by the shirtless (six-packed) camelback-wearing dude burning off his mojitos from the previous night. And then there's me: dressed for a New York autumn in a blue button-down shirt, a brown V-neck...

Luxury spring break options for the budget traveler

Luxury spring break options for the budget traveler Mar 10th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Do you wish you could afford to relax on a beach in the Caribbean with private butler service, or watch the sunset from the veranda of a luxury villa this spring? Thanks to Jetsetter Home's spring break sale, now you can. Jetsetter Homes boasts properties all over the world, and during select dates this spring, some of their most affluent properties will be on sale. The private villas are each...

National Parks Foundation picks 5 most romantic park getaways

National Parks Foundation picks 5 most romantic park getaways Feb 16th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't continue to incorporate a little romance into your life, especially if it happens to involve travel as well. Earlier this week, the National Parks Foundation selected their five most romantic national park escapes, and they are so good, they're practically guaranteed to score you points with your significant other. The five romantic...

"Historic" Hooters now reopened, complete with company museum

Feb 14th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Who knew that a Hooters restaurant could be considered "historic?" But that's exactly how the company, famed for its guy-centric combo of bosomy waitresses and spicy chicken wings, is billing the reopening of its original location in Clearwater, Fla. The Hooters Management Corp. empire, which spans 44 states, 27 countries and once encompassed an airline, began as a beach bar concept on...

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