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Tips & Tools Help Stay Organized on Vacation

Whether you’re taking the entire family to Orlando for an unforgettable Disney experience or just escaping to a cabin in the mountains for a romantic getaway, you want to leave work life and stress behind. By doing so, you can relax to the fullest extent of the word. By doing just a little bit of prep before you leave, you can avoid the little scramblings—missed turns, getting lost, forgetting your toothpaste or bathing suit, missing a luau because you didn’t check ahead to see that they only go on Saturdays and not Sundays—that add up to precious lost time. Here’s how to stay organized on vacation.

Relax and stay organized on vacation

Pack Smart & Stay Organized on Vacation

When it comes to staying organized on vacation, nothing works as good as a checklist. Whether you use an old-fashioned pen and paper or a smartphone checklist app like Evernote or todoist, you’ll never get to the beach without your snorkel again. To make your checklist brainstorming even simpler, browse travelchecklist.com for the perfect template.

Another important piece of the packing smart pie is to choose the right luggage. Will you be moving around a lot, whether changing places you stay or walking around a lot during the day? Ditch the heavy suitcase or roller luggage for a suitcase-backpack combination instead, like this one. You’ll have the organization and structure of a standard suitcase with the mobility of a backpack.

Plan What You’ll Wear Before You Leave

There’s nothing like staring at a mess of clothes deciding on what you should wear, too many choices, to slow down a good time. It might seem easy to throw everything in “just in case” but you’ll be weighing yourself down (literally), increasing your bag fees, and giving yourself too many choices—and on vacation, you need to fully appreciate every single moment you get to relax! Stay organized on vacation and plan out your outfits beforehand so that you know what you’ll feel comfortable in, what goes or looks good together, and what will be the most sensible depending on the weather/circumstances of your trip. Pack layers, so that you can always be prepared, and base it on the capsule wardrobe. Keep your shoes to 2 pairs max if possible. You can always use a washing machine if need be.


We know, and we get it—you’ve got enough spreadsheets to update every day at work, right? But this is one that’s sure to put a smile on your face—it’s full of all the adventures you’ll be having, after all!

Use this itinerary template to map out where you’ll be going and when, as well as any important extra details like transportation, cost, etc.


If you’re like us, you can never seem to find that darn phone charger cord. Make sure you never run out of juice on your phone for pictures on the go. While you’re at it, make sure you’ve got all necessary backups, batteries, and portable devices (especially portable phone chargers) like these. This will certainly help stay organized on vacation.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If visiting any of the Orlando theme parks, be sure to download their app to your smartphone. This will help make your day at the attractions much more enjoyable. Some apps can help schedule your ride-times, help locate where you are in the park, find restrooms and more!

By doing a bit of research beforehand, you’ll maximize your free time in paradise and have your best vacation yet.

About Our Guest Author: Taylor McKinney is a Marketing Associate at TrustRadius, a trusted website for B2B software reviews. When she is not writing small business trends she is enjoying Austin’s culture with her husband and two kids.

Vacationing With Your Dog In Orlando

Featured post provided by guest author, Lucy Wyndham

Vacationing with your dog in Orlando may be easier than you think. Orlando has 20 different dog-friendly activities, including doggy bakeries, dog parks that are better than any human playground, and even a variety of hotels and home rentals that accommodate dogs. You might think that this city is all about amusement parks, but it could be the perfect place to take your dog instead of your kids. But by the time you end up in a wine bar with your dog for “yappy hour,” you will want to come to Orlando with your dog every year.

Dine with Your Dog

Vacationing is all about treating yourself, so after getting some treats of your own, head to Woofgang bakery for your furry friend. If you have a car, make sure to take a 45-minute drive to the free Yappy hour at the Wine Den in Mount Dora. Vacationing with your dog in Orlando also offers tons of options for a date night with the dog. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If your dog ends up eating something that he or she is allergic to, it’s important to bring along some antihistamines in a small backpack, along with a cold compress in case your dog gets a minor injury, and bandages for cuts and scrapes.

Vacationing With Your Dog In Orlando

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Get Social While Vacationing With Your Dog In Orlando

If Orlando’s dog parks don’t outnumber the human ones, they do certainly outdo them. Constitution Green dog park, for instance, is planning to add a dog-wash. There are also several dog-friendly beaches near Orlando where you can tire your pup out with a few rounds of frisbee. Going outside and exploring new places is not only a good way to meet new playmates, it is also important so that heavier dogs can shed some weight. Especially if you are going to treat them at the dog bakery beforehand.

Go to an Amusement Park?

Dinosaur Park may not be the amusement park you think of when you’re headed to Orlando, but it is just as entertaining and free for dogs. Even if vacationing with your dog in Orlando has Disney in the plans, there are kennels where attendants walk, cuddle, and even give ice cream breaks to your dog. If your dog needs medication, an attendant will take care of that for a $2 fee.

Relax and Have Fun

Going on vacation should be fun, even though you have the added responsibility of a dog. As long as you plan ahead and take your dog to places that can accommodate pets, and even make your dog’s vacation a blast, everything should be fine. There is no reason to leave your dog behind. Vacation with your dog the next time that you go to Orlando.

Death Defying Excitement on Your Orlando Vacation

There are always a few tourists that need death defying excitement on their Orlando vacation. Most thrill-seekers are content with roller coaster rides, alligator shows or zip line adventures. I know I am! No doubt there are many exciting things to do during your vacation here. However, you might want to know about a couple of exciting attractions – one will not be available for much longer, and one is a once-a-year event. If you plan to check out these two exciting events, you’d better use some of your adrenaline and do it soon.

Exotic Driving Experience

Want to drive this awesome car? You’d better do it soon!

WDW Speedway / Richard Petty Driving Experience

The Walt Disney World Speedway and Richard Petty Driving Experience will be closing this summer. One of the thrilling aspects of this attraction was the Exotic Driving Experience. Read our earlier post about this experience. Starting July 1, 2015, you will no longer be able to race around the track at unheard of speeds in a car you might only be able to dream about driving.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If this closing will affect your late summer vacation, never fear. You can travel an hour and a half northeast of Disney and have the same Exotic Driving Experience at the Daytona International Speedway. It will still require advanced planning due to the Speedway in Daytona undergoing a huge renovation.

Sword SwallowerWorld Sword Swallower’s Day

So you want to be a sword swallower? Ripley’s Believe It or Not will hold a free sword swallowing performance on February 28, 2015. This will be the 8th annual celebration. There are only a handful of people in the world that are able to practice this art. I wonder why…

If you are also curious about this death defying act, you’ll be able to watch these three professionals:

  • Dan Meyer, World Sword Swallower’s Day founder and America’s Got Talent finalist, will attempt several death-defying feats. Meyer has swallowed as many as 21 swords at one time.
  • Franz Huber, who is coming all the way from Germany to participate.
  • Haley Hall, who at just 16 years old may be the youngest sword swallower in the world.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: This event is very entertaining. It also raises awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made in the field of science and medicine. Not many know this, but they also raise money for esophageal cancer research.

The FREE show will be held February 28 and starts at 1:30 p.m. The official “swallow” will commence at 2:28:15 pm, just like the date 2/28/15. This isn’t so odd, after all, this special event in Orlando is held at the Odditorium! You may also be able to catch this death defying show at Odditoriums in New York City, Hollywood, San Francisco, Baltimore, Gatlinburg, Myrtle Beach, Branson, Atlantic City, Orlando, St. Augustine, Panama City Beach, Key West and Grand Prairie. For more information, visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not web site.

Not everyone needs this level of excitement while on vacation. The theme parks in Orlando offer many thrills. Let us know what your most-thrilling ride or theme park is by commenting below. What gets your adrenaline going?

Legoland Florida Lines Up Yearly Special Events

The 2015 special event lineup for Legoland Florida will feature a new event, a Lego Club Weekend featuring the Lego Star Wars Miniland model display. This event will take place February 21 and 22. Star Wars fans of all ages will want to participate in character meet and greet opportunities. Who wouldn’t want to see a Lego Darth Vader?! There will be other out-of-this-world fun such as building activities, costume contests, giveaways and an interactive guided Lego Star Wars Miniland Tour.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you’ve got a Star Wars super fan in your family, make plans to return to Florida between May 15 and June 14, 2015. Disney’s Hollywood Studios puts on a galactic special event each weekend during Star Wars™ Weekends and the force will be with you unlike any Florida vacation you’ve ever experienced! It may seem like a galaxy far, far away, but May will be here before you know it! Plan this Orlando vacation now!

Later in the spring (March 28) Legoland will reopen its Water Park which can fill an entire day of water play. Build your own Lego inner tubes and float down a 1,000-foot lazy river! Many other fun features are included in this Central Florida Water Park. Be sure to include it in your ticket, which will cost a little more than your park-only ticket.

On April 11 Legoland will host the Brick Dash 5k Run and Walk. This special event benefits the Winter Haven Foundation’s Fund for Women and Children. All ages can participate. After the run/walk, enjoy exclusive discounts to enjoy the theme park!

It all heats up in July with the annual Red, Brick & Boom event celebrating the 4th of July from the 3rd to the 5th of July. Build a brick flag! Then watch the fireworks through special glasses that convert the explosions into flying bricks!

Legoland Fireworks Show

Brick-or-Treat returns again this year on select dates in October. This safe, family-friendly Halloween festival features trick-or-treating, build activities, a haunted scavenger hunt, the largest Lego jack-o-lantern and more! If you’re vacationing in the area during this fall holiday, be sure to enter your kids into the costume contests and win prizes!

The holiday season will feature Legoland’s Christmas Bricktacular on select dates throughout December. See a 30-foot tall Christmas tree made of 270,000 Lego bricks! Of course Santa and his reindeer are at this theme park too. The fireworks also return for this special event.

Kid Standard Time (otherwise known as 7:00 p.m.) marks the count down Kids’ New Year’s Eve event. Watch a giant Lego brick drop. It is fun for the entire family.

Legoland is a fun Florida theme park to attend any time of the year. It just gets better with a special event involved. Be sure to check their web site for special theme park ticket deals. You’ll often find Florida resident deals and other multi-day vacation packages. In fact, they are currently promoting a Pick-A-Date and Save Deal which can discount your ticket up to $15! This time of the year has fewer crowds, so you can experience more attractions within the park. Perfect for 2 to 12 year olds!

The Cost of a Warm Vacation in Central Florida

beachIf it has been awhile since you’ve vacationed in the Central Florida area, you may be in for sticker shock when you see the prices of the Orlando theme park tickets. Over a week ago Disney raised their ticket prices which prompted a rise in some of the Universal Studio tickets. While Disney has increased nearly all of their tickets, only gate prices at Universal have gone up in price. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Because of this increase in gate price, it is almost always better to purchase your tickets online ahead of time. Be sure to research various theme park discounts that are available, including military specials, Florida resident specials and others.

It would not be a surprise to see more Orlando theme park tickets go up in price. Gatorland raised their ticket prices last December and general admission is now $26.99, $18.99 for ages 3 to 12. Other smaller attractions are sure to follow this lead and also increase their theme park tickets.

On the contrary, SeaWorld has brought back one of their more popular promotions with a return of their $50 weekday ticket. SeaWorld tickets normally are $92 for a one-day ticket; $84 for ages 3-9, so this is a significant savings. Busch Gardens will also honor a similar special. What makes this so great is that it continues through May 5, 2014, which covers spring break and the beginning of SeaWorld’s 50th anniversary celebration later this month (begins March 21). It also will cover a few days of the new attraction opening in Busch Gardens, Pantopia.

There are almost always some freebies or discounts to be found. Currently a nice one from Disney includes a free Memory Maker package for guests booking their vacation with a qualifying WDW vacation. If you are already planning to book a Central Florida vacation through their site, be sure to ask if it qualifies for this freebie. There are quite a few exceptions.

Dispite the rise in ticket prices, vacationing in Central Florida is a great way to escape, especially after the brutal weather the northern states have experienced this Winter. It is hard to put a price tag on warm weather and sunshine. Orlando theme parks are offering plenty of that right now.