Tag Archives: Travel

Travel: Vacation in Puerto Vallarta

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Puerto Vallarta puts Mexico in a different headspace. I’d visited the resorts of Cancun and Riviera Maya and was expecting Puerto Vallarta to show a similar face. But, I was wrong: Vallarta, as the locals call it, brings tourists something different  — authentic Mexico with a friendly flair.

Travel: Visit Ocala horse farms

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Ocala, in central Florida, bills itself as the “Horse Capital of the World.” I always figured that title belonged to Kentucky, but I discovered I was wrong. The Ocala/Marion region leads all other counties in total number of horses and ponies in residence, with more than 70,000 acres of thoroughbred breeding and training farms.

Travel — River Cruising in Portugal

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

River cruising on ships smaller than ocean liners and with only 100 – 250 passengers have gained tremendous popularity, especially with the Boomer generation. The trend includes what is called “experiential travel” or connecting the visitor with the history and culture of a destination. I recently took a Viking River Cruise in Portugal that met those goals.

Travel: Visiting pandas in China

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

“You’re going all the way to China and not seeing the Great Wall or the Terracotta Warriors?” asked my daughter.

“Well, yes,” I replied, “but I’m going to see pandas!” China is the only place where the endangered Giant Pandas live.

Travel | Northumberland: Noble and Noteworthy

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

On a recent trip to the United Kingdom, I chose to avoid London and Edinburgh for budgetary reasons and instead discovered a hidden gem: Northumberland, the region of England below the Scottish borders. Northumberland offers dramatic coastlines, mountain crags and picturesque farmland dotted with medieval castles, World Heritage sites and blooming gardens. Plus, all the attractions are less crowded, as Northumberland is the least populated county in England.