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Insider’s Guide

REVIEW: Zombie Farm Paintball Hayride

October 27, 2017 |

Our first Halloween in Florida and about 30 miles from home, we found a Zombie Paintball Hayride on the Smith Family Ranch, in Lakeland. The first time I heard about such an activity was on the Travel Channel. I don’t know if the episode was talking about Millers Thrillers (Spring Hill, TN), Night of Terror (New Jersey), or ScareFest (St. Louis, MO). Read More

REVIEW: Tampa Lowry Park Zoo

September 20, 2017 |

If you’re patient enough to stay in one place and observe the animals, you typically can witness some different behaviors on every visit… especially for any newborns (i.e. on our visit – the orangutan newborns) at the zoo. We have an annual pass… only $129 / 2-person and there’s so much to see still after only two(2) visits so far this season. There hasn’t been a crowd yet as we’ve visited on weekdays. Read More

Review: Fernandos Hotel (Sorsogon, Philippines)

December 29, 2014 |

For a combo Christmas / New Year’s celebration, we had the help of Jessica of DonsolEcoTour.com to help arrange a 10-day Bicol Region Vacation Itinerary which started in Legazpi. Our first hotel was at Fernandos Hotel in Sorsogon, about 1-hour from Legazpi Airport. We enjoyed our stay here for 3 nights. Read More

Review: (Airbnb) SM Jazz Residences Studio in Makati, Philippines

December 26, 2014 | 3

We enjoyed staying in Debbie’s New & Clean Makati Condo w/Balcony between Dec.16-26. Fairly new travelers renting from owners versus staying at a hotel, you always have some doubt if the ad matches what you actually get upon arrival. Happy to say that the pictures, represented on Airbnb, matched what we saw when we walked into the studio. Read More

Review: (Airbnb) Avida San Lorenzo Tower Studio in Makati, Philippines

December 7, 2014 | 5

We enjoyed staying in Jayme’s Brand New Studio Unit in Makati between Dec.3-7. Fairly new travelers renting from owners versus staying at a hotel, you always have some doubt if the ad matches what you actually get upon arrival. Happy to say that the pictures, represented on Airbnb, matched what we saw when we walked into the studio. Read More

Review: Seeker’s Hive – Vacation Home Rental (Orchidland, Big Island)

October 31, 2014 | 2

Centrally located between Hilo and Kalapana on the East side of the Big Island, we had chosen Seeker’s Hive – A Home Away From Home. We rented the Pele Room for $49/night. Glad we did and in the future will rent again from these salt-of-the-earth hosts: Jay, Vijay and Sangeeth. They had just recently moved to the Big Island from Minnesota so they shared their passion for their new home! Read More

Where To Stay: A’Zambezi River Lodge (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe)

June 4, 2014 |

A’Zambezi River Lodge was our gateway to experience all that Victoria Falls had to offer. Sunset cruises, fishing trips and such were located right on or beside the property. All of our tours provided pickup whether it was for our Canoe Safari on the Upper Zambezi River, Victoria Falls helicopter tour, or Morning Lion Walk… everything was convenient. The lodge didn’t disappoint as base to experience all this. Read More

Things to Do: Walk with the Lions (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe)

June 2, 2014 | 1

We had arranged this morning adventure with lion cubs through the A’Zambezi River Lodge concierge (a Wild Horizon Representative). Having just arrived late afternoon yesterday but what a great way to start our visit to Victoria Falls! The Lion Encounter still receives a 4.5 out of 5 rating based on 285 reviews on TripAdvisor. They’ll get another raving review from us!
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