A popular landmark since 1956, the Florida Citrus Tower in Clermont, FL is definitely worth a visit! It’s about 30 minutes from Orlando — a nice leisurely drive through orange groves along rolling hills, lakes, and wetlands. This is REAL Florida… and you can see it all from atop this 226-foot tall tower!
Here are my photos of dogs riding motorcycles… at fast speeds on highways! I never thought I’d see this in person… but I did. If you’re considering riding with your dog on the motorcycle, please also consider a dog motorcycle carrier of some sort, dog goggles, and a dog helmet. Or a motorcycle dog trailer — like my friend uses when motorcycling with her two large dogs! (See pictures here.)
One book that I’ve found to be a fun read is 101 Things To Do Before You’re Old And Boring by Richard Horne and Helen Szirtes. This book is really great inspiration for making your own Bucket List! See all of the things they say you just have to try before you’re old & gray… plus my personal favorites. Also, see all of the fun Bucket List Guides we’ve created to inspire you to make your own Summer bucket list, Life bucket list, Jeeping bucket list, Travel bucket list, Dog bucket list and more!
Looking for things to see and do in Dahlonega? From museums and boutiques to mine tours and camping, this cute north Georgia town has it all. And the Dahlonega wineries are incredibly popular! Definitely lots of fun things to do in Dahlonega for all ages in this quaint little town.
Looking for unique (maybe even slightly odd or crazy) things to do this summer? We’ve come up with a list of nearly 200 summer fun activities for adults for your summer bucket list!
See why parking your RV on grass is a bad idea. (Hint: rust forms in no time!) Plus, how to prevent RV rust and how to remove it once it appears. And 3 alternative parking on grass solutions you need to know.
One of my favorite things to do in Asheville is visit the North Carolina Arboretum! I hope you enjoy my virtual tour of the Asheville botanical gardens – along with my best tips for visiting this beautiful landmark.
I recently got a good deal on an RV — and I couldn’t wait to hit the dusty trail and unplug for a few days! As a first-time RVer, there are a few things that I had overlooked. Take it from me, here are 8 must-have RV supplies you’ll want to take on your first RV trip… things I wish I had remembered to pack!
Are you a fan of the 1980s TV sitcom Cheers? If so, then you HAVE to visit the actual bar that inspired the show! I’ve been there a few times. Here’s what it’s like inside the original Cheers bar in Boston. There’s actually lots to see and do there!
RV resale value is a tricky thing. Because RV dealers are looking for trade-ins that still look like they just drove off the lot last week. And personal RV buyers may not have the same appreciation for what you think looks good inside an RV, or for the add-on features that you believe enhance RV life on the road. That said, there are a few things you can do to get more money for it when it comes time to sell your RV! Here are 5 ways to get a higher trade-in value from an RV dealer + 5 ways to get a higher RV resale value when selling your RV privately.
See how much your RV is worth (RV values explained), plus the top 10 things that decrease the value of your RV. The biggest takeaways here are: 1) Seriously consider every single change you want to make to your camper BEFORE you make it, and 2) Evaluate the degree to which that change could be detrimental to your RV’s resale value (because not everyone will appreciate what you happen to like). So… pick the best RV for your needs from the get-go. Then, get out there and use it (rather than keep it parked). Take care of your camper… and use it!
How do you feel about gambling on the weather? If you’re afraid that your event or travel plans might get canceled due to the weather, you can buy weather insurance to protect you. Travel weather insurance protects both your event and your travel from delays and cancellations due to bad weather! (Includes rain insurance, snow insurance, temperature insurance, wind insurance, severe adverse weather and event cancellation insurance, as well as travel insurance and trip insurance.
Every RVer will eventually make the mistake of turning down a road or path that won’t support their rig. The desire to explore remote camping locations makes the chance of getting stuck a real danger. It happened to me! Since then, I carry some specific RV gear and equipment with me at all times. See my list of RV self-rescue gear you need. Plus tips that I’ve learned firsthand to help you get out of a bad situation when you’re stuck in your RV.
How much can you make driving for Uber? Here are some eye-opening salary facts if you’re thinking about driving for Uber. Plus testimonials from Uber drivers and Lyft drivers — including driver pay, little-known secrets, and insider tips & tricks.
The top 2 auto repair manuals are Chilton manuals and Haynes repair manuals. As a DIYer working on your own vehicle, you’ll need to decide which one will serve your needs best. I can help by showing you how these 2 popular auto repair manuals are different from one another — with examples. See the one MAJOR difference between Chilton vs. Haynes manuals and which one most DIYers prefer.
Just like the items inside your house, RV components have a certain life expectancy. Following is a list of all the items in and on your RV — and their expected lifespan. Items are listed in the order they are most likely to wear out, with time ranges showing the approximate number of years each item typically lasts. The list includes all major RV components — from the drivetrain and electronics to slideouts, roof vents, toilets, refrigerators, and more! A checklist of RV repair issues that you should be prepared for + DIY tips to make things last longer.
What’s the meaning of a Jeep check engine light flashing? Jeep warning lights & trouble codes explained. Onboard Diagnositics (OBD 1 & OBD 2) and DTC (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) for all cars.
Wondering how to avoid hitting a deer with your car? Here are some things you can do to avoid hitting a deer in the first place… and how to minimize the damage if you do. Plus a few sweet and funny things about deer, dogs, and hunting.
In preparation for my very first airplane ride recently, I did a lot of research — because there’s a lot to know before flying the friendly skies! Here, I’m sharing everything I’ve learned and experienced firsthand with you… so you will have a better idea of what to expect before your first plane ride.
I spent the first 38 years of my life avoiding planes due to my fear of flying. Here’s what I did to overcome flight anxiety and enjoy flying… finally!
How do you dewinterize an RV and get ready for summer RV camping? Our Spring RV Maintenance Checklist includes 8 tasks that will quickly verify that no damage was done by winter’s wrath while your RV was in storage and ensure that your RV is safe to drive for the spring and summer RV camping season.
See a list of fall/winter RV maintenance tasks that are most important. These are the things you should do every year during the fall before winter hits. One of the MOST important is RV roof maintenance… see why!
Driving an RV is very different than driving a car! Most of us learned how to drive an RV the hard way — through trial and error (and a lot of mistakes). But sitting behind the wheel of a large RV on your first road trip is not the best time to figure out all the challenges and nuances that come with driving RVs. Here are 12 important first-time RV driving tips for newbies to learn before renting an RV… or buying one.
I have an electric bike and I love it! But you need to do some careful research to make sure the one you choose will fit your needs properly. I did about 6 months of research before I bought mine. It’s a small, foldable, fat tire electric bike — the Lectric XP E-Bike. I compared it to the Rad Power E-Bike and I’m very happy with my choice. I’ve got some tips to help you choose your first electric bike. Here’s what you need to know about e-Bike tires, fat tire ebikes, electric assist, pedal assist, electric bike range, maximum speeds, eBike classes & laws regarding where you can ride an electric bike.
Wondering how to cook a turkey in an RV? I’ve cooked plenty of large turkey feasts for family gatherings and special occasions in my RV — and I have some quick & easy RV cooking tips for you! You can prepare this RV Thanksgiving dinner in just 10 minutes, and it will be finished cooking in under 2 hours.
We have 3 dogs and 2 vehicles. I use the 3-in-1 iBuddy dog cargo cover / dog car hammock to protect the inside of our SUV from dog fur, dog drool, and dog toenail marks. See how I also use this dog seat protector as a cargo kennel — and why I love it!
Wondering what other RVers do for Halloween on the road? Here’s what you can expect to see at the RV parks and RV campgrounds – a fun Halloween guide for RVers. Plus tips for making your own RV Halloween decorations!
How RV nomads plan their seasonal RV travel routes. These are the best RV apps to use when following 70-degree temps is your main goal. Find places to stay!
When does fall start in Florida? September! When do fall colors in Florida reach their peak? November! Yes, autumn in Florida can be quite colorful. As a Florida native, I’ll tell you when and where to see the most beautiful show of autumn hues if you want to experience fall in Florida.
I’ve been to Cape Henry Lighthouse and Cape Henry Memorial Cross (First Landing Cross) in Virginia Beach several times. My tips for planning a trip there — so you can make the most of your visit!
The Intracoastal Waterway offers more than just beautiful scenery! I’ve traveled a lot and have enjoyed boating the Intercoastal Waterway — because there is so much to see and do. Here are my suggestions for how to plan your boat trip, navigate the canals on your own, plus tips for eating and sleeping along the way.
The Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville, Florida – See what it’s like visiting the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History and how to make the most of your trip to this unique Butterfly Conservatory.
Here’s how to enjoy a stress-free day on the beach in your Jeep – what to do before driving on the beach… AND what not to do! Plus, sand driving tips, tire pressure advice, and a list of beaches you can drive on.
If you want to use solar power when you’re RVing, but you fear taking on a DIY project that involves wiring and mounting solar panels & charge controllers, an RV Solar Suitcase may be exactly what you’re looking for! Here are the pros and cons of using a Solar Suitcase for RV boondocking.
The Spruce Flats Falls trail is rated “moderate” because some portions are rocky and steep… and there are lots of exposed tree roots that are easy to trip over. The hike to the waterfall definitely requires some effort. It’s almost a 1.5-mile round trip. It took us 30 minutes to hike to the falls carrying my toddler son in his hiking carrier. The Spruce Flats Falls hike (with time spent at the swimming hole and waterfalls) takes about 2 hours. See my best tips before you go…
Looking for a Jeep Wrangler car rental? We’ve compiled the ultimate list of Jeep rental companies where you can rent a Jeep for a day (or a week) — and take it offroad if you want. This list of Jeep Wrangler rental agencies is organized by state… and country.
RV Shipping 101 – How much does it cost to ship an RV? See how freight carriers ship RVs, how to prepare your RV for shipping, and how to find RV movers.
A Weehoo bike trailer gives your child an open-air experience while cycling. Here’s my review of the Weehoo Turbo bike trailer, the features we like best, how to install it on your bike, and how to find the best deal on a used Weehoo trailer.
I wanted to go cycling with my toddler. Working within a tight budget, here’s how I chose the best child bike seat for our needs and an affordable used bike for me. All of my best advice to start family cycling adventures together — including the bike accessories we use most and a comparison of the various ways you can bike with a toddler.
My hands-on DIY cargo van insulation tips. See step-by-step how to insulate a van roof, how to insulate cargo van walls, and how to insulate a van floor. I’ve done it myself… and you can too!
East Tennessee is hot, and when you’re looking for a way to cool down with your family and friends, floating down the river is where it’s at! For me, the River Rat Tubing season pass was a no brainer — because it’s the most convenient way to get on the water without the commitment, logistics, or work of a canoe or kayak. Our entire party of 10 people (including teens and toddlers) had a blast their first time there, and I’ve been tubing with River Rat several times now.
Going to be in Bethlehem, PA (near Allentown) soon? See photos I took while touring the old Bethlehem steel stacks & abandoned factory. I’ve also got some tips for making the most of your visit to SteelStacks, the arts and culture hub there.
I recently visited Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia. Here’s a photo scrapbook of my trip, a list of things to see and do there, and my tips for visiting Longwood Botanical Gardens.
One of my favorite waterfalls in Tennessee is Ozone Falls. With 2 dogs and 2 kids, my friend and I enjoyed a full day of hiking, swimming, picnicking, and sightseeing at Ozone Falls! Here’s what you can expect, and a few things that are good to know before you go…
A list of all the must-have items that you absolutely MUST pack on long distance motorcycle rides. Plus, clever tips for packing things in the saddlebags on your motorcycle, and the best motorcycle luggage that is lightweight and fits on the back of your bike.
I’m a huge fan of the hit NBC TV show The Office, so I made a trip to Scranton, PA (where the show is based) to visit key landmarks from The Office TV show. Join me in reliving some popular episodes from The Office while visiting the places in Scranton that were represented on the show.
If you travel a lot, you can save money if you buy your airline tickets on a certain day… and at a certain time. Here’s what travel experts say is the best day to buy plane tickets AND the best time to buy plane tickets.
I have a list of must-see waterfalls in Tennessee, and I enjoy checking them off the list each time I see a new one. Today’s was Benton Falls! Here are directions to Benton Falls TN, what you’ll find at Chilhowee Recreation Area, what it’s like at the top of the falls, what it’s like at the bottom of the falls, and what it’s like to hike the entire Benton Falls Trail with a 2-year-old and 2 dogs.
Driving to Florida soon? There’s nothing like a Florida road trip if you want to enjoy beaches, palm trees, theme parks… and more! Here, a Florida native reveals the truth — what you can REALLY expect on your trip to Florida, some unique things waiting at the Florida border for you, important Florida road rules, what it’s really like driving in Florida, and what you need to know about Florida drivers!
I’ve created this list of 60 helpful tips (31 main tips + 29 bonus tips!)… things you’ll definitely want to know before you go on a Disney cruise. My Disney cruise tips reflect my honest feelings & experiences on board the Disney Dream cruise ship. Plus, my own clever cruise hacks that I plan to use on our next trip with Disney Cruise line.