It’s Flashback Friday! I hope you will have family vacation memories to share too!

Happy Friday! One of my hopes to-do on this Friday is to continue encouraging parents to make sure that you plan to travel with your kids too if you can!  On this Flashback Friday I am remembering Florida family vacations.  Orlando has so much to offer a family to experience and enjoy together.  So much has changed and evolved there since my last visit so I know that I’ll need to get back to see all the new expansions soon.

It’s not too late to book your 2017 family getaway if you haven’t done so already! It’s also not too early to begin planning for your 2018 vacation either!

Disney World 1987

Disney World 1986; Orlando, Florida! Those little girls are 35 years old now!

I was a newbie Travel Agent back in 1986! This was my 2nd trip to Disney World when I took my oldest daughter and my niece to visit the Mickey Mouse neighborhood, 30 years ago!

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My niece and oldest daughter (now 35 yrs old) met Minnie Mouse 30 years ago at Disney World Orlando!

Busch Gardens 1986

We traveled from Disney World in Orlando to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa on the same vacation in 1986.

 

Disney World 2005

2005, my 3rd trip to Disney World taking my two youngest kids who are now 18 and 20 years old.

My now 18 & 20yr olds at SeaWorld in 2005

We made sure to include a visit to SeaWorld on our family vacation in 2005.

 

We realize that many families can’t or are just not that interested in traveling out-of the country with their children.  TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises is commited to including affordable domestic-travel vacation options for families to enjoy too.

Be sure to follow-us on Facebook for family vacation offers, especially from Disney Parks, Universal Resorts, and SeaWorld in Orlando, Fl.

Family Vacations, the benefits are numerous, the memories are priceless! Contact us for assistance with planning and booking your next/first family vacation.

SeaWorld Dolphin 2005

Plan to Travel WITH Your Kids! #TLCTravels!

 

 

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About Matthew, Hurricane Matthew That Is!

Good morning Thursday! Unless you live under a rock or are completely off the grid you have been seeing and hearing all about #HurricaneMatthew this week.

Continuing on his north-easterly track up to the United States after causing devastation in Haiti and other Caribbean islands, I wake this morning with eyes and ears wide open again as he heads our way for an uninvited, personal meet and greet with the southeast coast States!

Read and see more via Hurricane Matthew barrels toward Southeast U.S. as officials ready for potentially strongest storm in a decade

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Map update via Weather.com

 

Hello New Year 2016! Ready or Not…

It has been a minute or two since my last post. Like many others, I too have been dealing with #Life’s challenges and family health issues which absolutely brought me to my knees. Think I missed a few heartbeats over the last 30+ days too.

Anywhoo,… I am beginning to see the light at the end of this tunnel  and will be rolling back shortley.  Not sure just yet if I will be riding along on the same track as I did in 2015-(probably not) but 2016 is sure to bring a new way of being for me and I am ready to do and be the best that I can in this New Year 2016!  What about you?

Wishing you and yours a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year 2016! ~ #PEACE

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Just how did Stella get her groove back? She went to Jamaica of course!!

Yes, she sure did!  That’s not the Hudson River providing the backdrop in this pic!  That’s the Island of Jamaica floating out in the Caribbean sea! (I’m not 100% sure but you get the point! 😉

Stella's Groove "Got" Back in Jamaica!!

Stella’s Groove “Got” Back in Jamaica!!

“How Stella Got Her Groove Back” a popular movie released in 1998 and based on the same titled novel written by Bestselling Author Terry McMillan tells the story of two long time friends, living separate busy lives, meeting up and experiencing #Jamaica at a critical time in life for each of them.  I won’t go into a long synopsis here as that has been done and done again so if you are not already familiar with the novel and/or movie, read about it here.

While thinking of destinations to promote for the upcoming 2015 Travel Season, my thoughts went to Jamaica of course and how this story of “Stella” touches on the unimaginable that happens when visiting the beautiful Island of Jamaica.  From adventure to relaxation, and/or cultural awareness to a Spiritual awakening,  Jamaica offers you countless opportunities to “Get All Right” however you need to accomplish just that.

So, is it about that time in your life for you to visit Jamaica?  Do YOU need to get your groove back?  Well, you know what they say; why rewrite the story? Do as the groove-backers have already done for “umteen” years now, plan to go to #Jamaica and now would be the perfect opportunity for you to do just that!!  Our Ladies Days Jamaica Getaway invites women from across the globe to experience Jamaica over Mother’s Day Weekend 2015.  This “Freestyle” group is open for booking to the young at heart seasoned traveler to the 1st time “going anywhere” travel late-bloomer.  Mothers and Daughters, BFF girlfriend groups and Solo/Single travelers are welcome to come to Jamaica to “Get Your Groove Back” or just “Get All Right” on a beautiful Caribbean Island.

“Freestyle” means you are free to “do-you” in whatever way you want and need to (law-abiding of course 😉 .  Whether your choice is to fellowship privately with your friends/family, experience new island excursions/tours or just to get some “me time” in with Spa pampering and Zen relaxation, your choices are endless at the Hilton Rose Hall Golf Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica!

You are invited to contact Tina at TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises for more information and reservations!

Tina Little-Coltrane, Group Travel Coordinator – NCTina -aka- TLC

“INSTEAD” of wondering when your next vacation is,…..” Whoa! What!??

So, I keep seeing this quote being shared on Social Media lately:-> “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from” and I’m thinking, “Huh?!?”  I’m just not understanding why someone would indicate that these two actions, (Planning to Vacation and Creating a happy life), would be mutually exclusive!  Since when did “wondering” or making plans for your next vacation mean that you haven’t or aren’t creating a stable, happy home or successful business life?  Really?  Just because someone wants to take a break, getaway or “escape” their daily life routines for a week or two each year? Hmmm…

I have read a few of Mr. Seth Godin’s inspiring quotes so I mean him no disrespect, actually am encouraged by what positive energy he is spreading throughout the world but “Everyone” doesn’t go on Vacay to “escape life”.  Honestly, I’m not even sure of how he intended the “instead” quote to be received but every time I see it, with shaking of my head and a frown on my face,… “What!?”.  I guess the issue that bugs me the most about this quote is the use of the word “Instead” and that the folks who are posting and agreeing with the quote, clearly, don’t understand the positive effects of Travel.  Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinions but as more and more people are continuing to discover the beauty of stepping out of their neighborhood/city/country boxes to explore this big beautiful world, many have implemented goals consisting of creating and living a life which INCLUDES the ability to plan and take annual vacations and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Get the #TravelEffect

Get the #TravelEffect #Plan2Travel

The major benefits created through Travel are just too numerous to name but here is a great perspective just in case you need a reminder.  A few obvious gems are; Family bonding and creating unforgettable memories as well as Couples rekindling and strengthening relationships and committments to one another. Mental and physical health/wellness retreats have proven to be life savers for many single/solo travelers and group travel takes vacationing to an entirely different level providing an opportunity for all types to come together for large family socializing, business networking and/or like-minded special interest groups. The chance to broaden your mental horizon by learning, first hand, of other communities and cultures is a priceless opportunity not to be missed in your lifetime.  Find out more information about the benefits of including Travel in your life plan at: The #TravelEffect here!

I wrote a post yesterday about this “Instead” statement on my Tumblr blog which was meant to briefly touch on my disagreeance with the reference made to stop focusing on when to travel.  Apparently, I had a few more feelings that I needed to express about this quote so here I am again.  I realize that maybe, just maybe, I am a little biased when it comes to the subject of #Travel so I also might be a little too sensitive when people don’t get it.  “It” being, the mind changing benefits from #Traveling either domestically or internationally as you discover that life in this world is not just all about you.

Travel for life not to escape you!

Travel for life not to escape you!

Suffice it to say; I believe Travel to be one of the best forms of Education, not only for children but for adults as well so contrary to Mr Seth Godin’s quote, I highly encourage you to “set-up” or create a life that INCLUDES wondering “When and Where to Travel to Next?”  Start or continue planning for your next travel experience, getaway or escape!  Call it whatever you want to, just do it! Plan to #TRAVEL not to escape life, but for life not to escape you!  Life really is too short not to INCLUDE Travel in your life’s plan!!

Tina Little-Coltrane (TLC) ~ TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!