Tag: Florida

Jared’s Return Visit to Orlando

Jared’s Return Visit to Orlando

Back in September, I was happy to host my younger brother Jared for his second annual Orlando trip. Okay, maybe it’s not an annual tradition yet, but I can hope! Jared’s first Orlando visit was centered around the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, and […]

Life Lately : Volume I

Life Lately : Volume I

As promised, here I am with a little update on what has been going on in my personal life lately. My mind has been all over the place in the new year, and I’ve been finding it really difficult to really sit down and focus […]

Vacation in Style at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Vacation in Style at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Come here often?

If you do, then you already know how much I love a weekend getaway at any one of Universal Orlando Resort’s onsite hotels. Located on the manicured grounds of Universal Orlando, just a stroll away from the front gates of the resort’s world-famous theme parks, onsite hotels are the perfect place to relax, indulge, and escape from the stresses of everyday life. The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and the Hard Rock Hotel have been the backdrop to some of my favorite memories while living in Orlando, from girls’ weekends to romantic getaways. A fourth hotel, the Loews Cabana Bay Beach Resort, is the one onsite hotel I have yet to experience, but seems like the ideal place for families to settle in and enjoy their vacations. Tucked away from the excitement of the theme parks, Universal Orlando’s hotels really are the perfect place to relax, enjoy a drink or two, and just be in the moment. (more…)

Blogaversary Round Two: Looking Back on a Year of Travel & Storytelling

Blogaversary Round Two: Looking Back on a Year of Travel & Storytelling

Today, Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere turns two years old! A small part of me can’t believe it’s been two years already. As a part-time traveler with a full-time job and minimal spending money, two years is a long time to continue finding ways to […]

Eating Around the World at the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Eating Around the World at the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Hey all! Today I want to take a break from writing about my recent trip to Paris and Rome, and share a peek of what I’ve been up to since returning stateside. Blog-wise, it looks like I’ll be in Europe through the end of the […]

Where to Next?

Where to Next?

What a year it has been. So far I’ve visited family in Washington State, taken a weekend trip up to Canada, and vacationed in France and Italy. Before I get to writing about Europe, however, I wanted to take a moment to talk about what comes next. Dan and I spent a year and a half saving and planning for Europe. All that saving meant we didn’t have much money left over even for small trips to the beach. It’s an odd feeling, now that our Euro trip has ended, to have full wallets and no big trips on the horizon. (more…)

The 2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

The 2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

It’s time again for the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival! I debated whether or not to write about this year’s event, since I already covered last year’s festivities. If you’re looking for tips on how to make the most of your time and money (hint: […]

A Muggle’s Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

A Muggle’s Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Welcome, Muggles! By now, you’ve surely heard that the world of Harry Potter exists in Orlando, Florida. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which first opened at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure park in 2010, takes fanatics and casual readers alike into some of the most […]

Why I’m Keeping My Disney Pass

Why I’m Keeping My Disney Pass

If you’ve ever been to a Disney park, you know it doesn’t come cheap. And if you haven’t been to a Disney park, I’m guessing the insane cost is one of the biggest factors in that decision. As a traveler, I like to spend my money wisely. Instead of buying boatloads of expensive shoes, I save money regularly to put toward future trips. But there is one thing that I do pour an exorbitant amount of money into, something that pops up frequently in my blog posts. Year after year, I pay hundreds of dollars to have year-round access to Walt Disney World. (more…)

My First Travel Blogaversary: Seven Treasured Travel Memories

Today, Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere turns one year old! I started this blog in part to force myself to pursue my travel dreams, and so far, it’s been a smashing success! In the past year, I’ve traveled to California, Washington and Utah, and shared […]