Mermaid Show at Weeki Wachee Spring

Mermaids have been a roadside attraction in Spring Hill, Florida since 1947 – yes, mermaids. At Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, you can watch the famous Hans Christian Anderson’s story of “The Little Mermaid” come to life.

Not only will you hear the tale of the mermaid who makes a deal with a sea witch to have legs like the prince she loves, only to have given away her beautiful voice.  The mermaids perform underwater acts, including eating and drinking underwater.

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Hiking Zion National Park solo

Located near Springdale, Utah, Zion National Park is 229-square miles of stunning views, unusual plant and animal life and mountains, canyons, rivers and arches to explore. In other words, it’s a hiker’s dream.

The beautiful dramatic landscapes of Zion National Park have even been documented in great artworks around the world, from such artists as Frederick S. Dellenbaugh and Howard Russell Butler, whose works you can see at the Park’s museum after your hike where you will enjoy the Park’s wonder and beauty first-hand.

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Tips for Traveling with a Child with Autism

Traveling already comes with its own challenges, but if you are the parent of a child with autism, it can make traveling even tougher. After all, not all children with autism like change. Instead, they prefer the comforts of home, their own favorite items and a structured schedule. All of that typically puts the kibosh on any travel plans, but it doesn’t have to.

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Falconry school at Ashford Castle in Ireland

Hawks are beautiful birds, from their expansive wingspan (up to 55 inches) to their long coasting flights. If you’ve ever been fascinated by this fowl, travel to Ireland and visit the School of Falconry at Ashford Castle.

The coolest part about your visit to this amazing venue is that you will be able to walk with a hawk or hawks, a process called falconry. You’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold a hawk on your arm and then let them go. You’ll step back and watch as the hawk goes from tree to tree before it lands back on your arm.

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Outlander

If you’re a fan of Starz’s “Outlander” series, a trip to Scotland, the land that inspired the show, is a must.

Outlander is a British-American television drama series that is based on the series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. The Starz show started three years ago and it is currently in its third season. “Outlander” follows Claire Randall, a nurse who travels back in time to 18th-century Scotland and meets the warrior Jamie.

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How to register your overseas trip with the US State Department


Before you head out of the country on your next great vacation, you should take time to register your overseas trip with the U.S. State Department.

Why? There is so much unrest going on in the world as well as hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. When you’re in a foreign land, it’s comforting to know that you can be reached in case of an emergency or if something is happening back home and your family is trying to reach you.

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2 days in Split Croatia

Split is Croatia’s second-largest city and its mix of stunning ruins, a rich history and beautiful landmarks and landscapes, Split is worthy of a visit. Take two days to visit the area and make sure to enjoy these noted attractions:

Diocletian’s Palace and Mausoleum: These Roman-era ruins are one of the most popular attractions in the city.  According to its history, the ruins of the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace date back to the late 3rd to early 4th century A.D., where he lived for the last 10 years of his life. Unfortunately, after he died, the city was abandoned. The city was first called Spalatto by the Italians and then later changed by Slavic Croatians to Split. Today, filling the old buildings of the ancient fortress, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, are shops, cafes, restaurants and apartments.

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