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Sunday, May 26, 2019

All You Need to Know When You Visit The World Class John and Mable Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida

The Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida is one of the most Beautiful Museums You Will Ever Visit! A legacy left by John and Mable Ringling, who made their fortune as part of the famous Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus.  Your admission gives you far more than just one museum.

All You Need to Know When You Visit The World Class John and Mable Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida

Within the 66-acre grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay you can see the Circus Museum recapturing the heady days of the traveling circus, tour the magnificent Ca’ d’Zan Mansion and the extensive gardens, and visit the Florida State Art Museum, the original Asolo Theatre or the more recent Glass Pavilion, making this a great value-for-money attraction.  LTD gives you restaurant recommendations in the Sarasota area to make your visit a great "Day at the Museum!"

Enjoy our Video about John and Mable Ringling on the Museum grounds where we show you Ca' d'Zan live!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Waves Of Honor Gives Free Tickets to Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and More to Active Duty, Reserves, Veterans AND Their Families!

Every year since 2005 SeaWorld Parks has offered free admission to Military Members AND Veterans, first through their Here’s to the Heroes Salute then starting in 2013, the name was changed to the Waves of Honor Program.

This is a fabulous offer that they have extended year in year out. Their caring and support for our military is greatly appreciated!

SeaWorld Parks are available all over the US and here are some examples of available offers:

Active Duty or Veterans get a FREE single day admission to SeaWorld Orlando plus up to 3 additional guests. The complimentary ticket(s) must be obtained online and redeemed at the park for visitation by July 15, 2019 at:

  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • Busch Gardens Tampa or Williamsburg 
  • SeaWorld San Diego

You must register by June 9, 2019.

To plan your visit and see what offers may be available to you:  CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE OFFICIAL WAVES OF HONOR WEBSITE!

When you take your family to the parks, don't forget the sunscreen!  Kids love this stuff and will stand still long enough to let you put it on them, because it smells like an Creamsicle! PLUS it is TSA compliant for your carry on!  Click the photo below to learn more and buy at Amazon.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Almost Lost to Time But Now a Real Find for the Traveler to Asheville, North Carolina: The Foundry Hotel

Asheville in North Carolina is not a conventional destination, and The Foundry Hotel is not a conventional hotel.  Visit Asheville NC for its hip vibe, great weather, unique food and spirits with some recommendations here, and did we mention its newest hotel, literally on "The Block"?

Almost Lost to Time But Now a Real Find for the Traveler to Asheville, North Carolina:  The Foundry Hotel

They lay waste in “The Block” Neighborhood of Asheville, host to rats, marred by graffiti, and even trees that grew through the floors of the formerly vibrant factory. A factory that supplied metal works to the Biltmore or Jackson Building, the first North Carolina skyscraper.

The East Asheville neighborhood known as “The Block” around Eagle and Market Streets, was home to Asheville’s black community and was filled with business owners who thrived in the heavily segregated southern city. The community has been a part of Asheville since its founding - first populated by slaves, who later formed their own community following the Civil War.  It was quite the vibrant community in Asheville overall, especially The Block.

To Check other reviews of the Foundry Hotel, rates and book at TripAdvisor Click Here!!

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Legacy Trail Between Sarasota and Venice Florida is a Great Place to Bike, Skate, Walk or Run!

This is paradise for the active traveler! The trail has no traffic, is scenic and runs for miles!

The Legacy Trail is a dedication of historical and environmental lands which  provide a place for visitors and residents to view wildlife in different habitats, relax in an undeveloped environment, discover local history and exercise.

Look at our visit to the Legacy Trail in this video and hear about the great features of this trail by watching us live!


The first passenger coach ran on the brand new Seaboard Air Line Railway Sarasota to Venice extension on November 12, 1911. The Venice Train Depot, built by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, was opened March 27, 1927. The railroad helped Venice survive during the Florida real estate bust and the Great Depression.

On April 30, 1971, the last passenger train arrived in Venice. Limited freight service continued until January 1992. Regarded as Florida’s number 1 tourist attraction prior to Disney, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was billed as “the greatest show on Earth!”  The circus used the railway to reach its Winter quarters in Venice from 1960 to 1992.

The Legacy Trail Between Sarasota and Venice Florida is a Great Place to Bike, Skate, Walk or Run!
Photo courtesy of Sarasota County Department of Historical Resources

Sarasota County purchased and restored the Venice Train Depot and it was dedicated on October 24, 2003. Today, the Historic Depot serves as a historical resource with tours by the Venice Area Historical Society and as a regional transportation hub for Sarasota County Area Transit. The Depot is a wonderful place to stop for restrooms, shade and water, but most importantly to learn more about the local area.

In 2004 after more than a decade of planning, the county’s $11.75 million purchase of the scenic CSX railroad corridor was accomplished in partnership with The Trust for Public Land. At nearly 12.5 miles long, the 100-foot-wide CSX corridor stretches from just south of Clark Road in Sarasota to Center Road in Venice.

The Legacy Trail links to the Venetian Waterway Park (VWP) at the historic Venice Train Depot at the Venice Avenue Bridge, where trail users can continue south on VWP mainland trail to the Shamrock Park Nature Center or cross the Intercoastal Waterway to the VWP island-side trail and south to Caspersen Beach and Park. It is about 15 miles from the trail’s beginning point near Sawyers Loop Rd. in Sarasota to either of the southern trail heads at Caspersen Beach or Shamrock Park.

Historical markers are located all along the Legacy Trail providing often forgotten history of the local area including the unfortunate Turpentine Camps of the early 20th century.  The collection of turpentine, also known by its more formal name “Naval Stores,” started during the Colonial Era and continued into the 1950's.  No longer forced to work, many former slaves took jobs in the turpentine camps to supplement their incomes. Over time, this lead to the development of African-American communities within the turpentine camps. Large camps could have as many as 100 workers. The workers and their families would live at, or near, a main camp.  The history of the turpentine camps along the Legacy Trail are well described by historical markers.

The Legacy Trail Between Sarasota and Venice Florida is a Great Place to Bike, Skate, Walk or Run!

Wildlife Galore!

Like much of the state, nature is close at hand along the trail and you’re likely to see many types of birds, lizards, snakes, tortoises, and rabbits. Watch for the trail’s many interpretive signs to identify and learn more about the regional flora and fauna!  In Venice along the water, look for Manatee, Dolphins, and birds of prey!

The Legacy Trail Between Sarasota and Venice Florida is a Great Place to Bike, Skate, Walk or Run!

Since there are limited water stops available along the trail, we suggest a Camelbak hydration pack with the High Visibility color!  Click the photo below to learn more or buy at Amazon:


  • Want to visit the beach?  Should you have extra time and energy, explore the 8.6-mile Venetian Waterway Park Trail, which heads south from the Historic Venice Train Depot to Caspersen Beach (perhaps best known for the prehistoric shark teeth that wash up on shore) and then continues back up the other side of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
  • Stop to view the bronze statue of circus star Gunther Gebel-Williams, heralded as “The Greatest Wild Animal Trainer of All Time" at the Venice Train Depot.
  • The Historic Venice Train Depot (303 E. Venice Ave.) at the southern terminus of the trail before heading onto the Venetian Waterway Park Trail, offers parking, restrooms, and drinking water.
  • Bike repair stations are located all along the trail (see our video to view them)
  • Covered benches are available all along the trail to get some rest and shade
  • 9-1-1 markers are present every 5/100 mile in case of emergency so you can be located expediently 
  • Parking is available throughout the trail including the following locations: 

  1. Patriots Park (800 Venetia Bay Blvd., Venice)
  2. Nokomis Community Park (234 Nippino Trail East, Nokomis)
  3. Laurel Park (509 Collins Rd., Laurel)
  4. Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey)
  5. Bay Street Park (300 Bay St., Osprey)
  6. Potter Park (8587 Potter Park Dr., Sarasota)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Your Guide to the Best Mother's Day Gifts for your Favorite Globetrotting Mom!

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to splurge on your mom, or any loved one who is a mom, and give her something extra special!

The 20 Best Mother's Day Gifts for your Favorite Globetrotting Mother!

Let's face it - she may not have the time or knowledge to look for great traveling items herself.  Fortunately, LTD can give you some outstanding selections for all budgets that will certainly put a smile on her face!!  Our guide includes items that are fashionable, healthy, useful and practical for the traveling female.  Click on the product photo if you wish to learn more!

1.  Our favorite travel pants are Prana Halle Pants  

Durable, moisture managing, water resistant, and reinforced at the knees, the versatile Halle Pant is prepared for mountain hikes, desert bouldering, a long day of touring and anything else she can throw at it.  Wear them long or as a capri, her imagination will limit her before the Halle ever does.

2. The MIZOO 120db Emergency Personal Alarm Keychain is perfect for Self Defense.  

While some may use their car key alarm as a safety when walking to your car, what do you do when you're traveling or away from your car?  This compact alarm has a flashlight and a loud Alarm.  Test it outside because it is LOUD.  It comes in 5 different colors with a wristlet and a chain hook to keep it handy.

3. Solar Escape Ladies' UV Sierra Hat. 

Remind her to stay healthy by reducing sun exposure and look great at the same time!  This product Features:
  • UPF 50+ Sun Rating
  • 3 1/2" Wide Brim
  • Internal Adjustable Sizing
  • Sunglasses Holder
  • Wicking Sweatband
  • Adjustable Chinstrap
  • Fully Packable

4.  Steam Compact Steamer.  

Ever hear of a Mom who doesn't have time to Iron?  This is a great steamer for the price and is lightweight and effective. It's also easy to pack for a quick get away. Did we mention it's pink?

5.  Essential Oils for Travel 

Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally.  Why not give your favorite Mom a variety of oils to take with her to help her well being?

6.  Wasserstein Square Handbag Light with Integrated External Battery Pack to Charge your Phone or Tablet.  

What a great idea!  This is perfect for the Mom who is always searching for something in her purse.  This light and charger attaches to her purse and allows for charging devices on the go.

7.  ONEHOPE Glitter Bottles.  Wine with a purpose.  

Buy these famous glitter bottles at great prices & support important causes with each bottle purchased. Enjoy wine & give back today!  LTD tasted this sparkling wine from California and it tastes delicious and makes you feel good about giving back! You must be 21 to purchase (see restrictions at  Wineskins are great if you think she will want to travel with this great looking bottle of bubbly! Or see another carrying suggestion which is our #12 recommendation!

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8. Solo Mio Sonic Face Cleanser and Massager Brush.  

Know a Mom who uses a Clarisonic?  This is a great travel alternative that is lightweight and holds its charge for nearly a month.  

9.  Unidapt USB Wall Charger with US UK EU AUS International Travel Adapters

This gift is perfect for the Mom who travels internationally with more than one type of electronics.  This is compact, will charge multiple items at once and has all of the adapter built in - she will never forget the right adapter.

10.  Her Eyes Deserve the Good Stuff and Eyebobs have the most awesome glasses!  

For the Mom who just wants to read at the beach, why not get her a great pair of reader sunglasses?  We like this bifocal pair because she can read her book but still see the Sea through the top lens without looking like Grandma Moses looking over her spectacles!  The entire collection can be found at or you can find select pairs at Amazon.

11.  Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds everyday items in seconds—like her phone, luggage, and passport.

The Tile Mate and Slim Combo pack allows for your favorite Mom to track anything that she cares about.  This GPS tracking system is useful for anyone who is absent-minded (Aren't we all???) but is especially important for the traveler.   See the last place you had your keys, luggage, phone, wallet or anything you attach it to, on a map and make it ring when you get close. 

12.  WineHug provides safe passage for air traveler with wine bottle

We've used a variety of travel bags, including neoprene and those that involve adhesives, but the WineHug is easy to use — and RE-USE. Its self-inflating action, provides precise protection. This is great for the Mom who travels with wine or comes home with bottles of wine or olive oils!

13. Travalo Refillable Perfume Spray

This is one of our favorite items!  Why spend huge amounts of money for travel size scents?  Just refill from your large bottle.  

14.  A Great gift For the Coffee Lover Mom

What Mom doesn't love coffee or need coffee? Cold brew on the go a portable and vacuum insulated way to brew coffee.  Cold brew is the next generation of the typical iced coffee. Using hot water on your coffee granules creates a more acidic bitter drink while using cold water with coffee and allowing it to steep as with the Asobu cold brew creates 80% lower acidity, deeper and smoother, naturally sweet taste and also gives it that extra punch of caffeine. Not having any heat in the process also preserves antioxidants making the cold brew coffee a healthier more natural choice.

15. Give Her the Perfect Portable Hair Styling Appliance

With its mini lightweight size that’s perfect for purses and dual voltage that works worldwide, this half-inch flat iron can be her constant companion where ever she goes.  The titanium plates allow for even heat that’s gentle on hair.  The 3D Floating plate provides better contact and straighter results.

It is a fully portable travel size, with 100-240V Dual voltage design for worldwide use.

Negative Ions to make her hair shiny and healthy.

Max Temp 410F within 60 seconds, helping hair retain natural moisture for silky shiny free styles.

16.  A fashionable But Functional Security Backpack

Stylish, practical, and boasting state-of-the-art safety technology, Baggallini’s anti-theft convertible backpack combines the functionality she will love with new features she can count on. Locking pickpocket-proof zippers, a removable RFID-protected phone wristlet, anti-cut straps, and innovative slash-proof Secure fabric panels protect your possessions (and her bag!) in beautiful fashion.

17. Bobeau Soft, Cozy & Comfortable Women’s Signature Sweater 

Bobeau Signature Sweater Cardigan, is available in more colors!

Made of signature brushed fabrication, this asymmetrical hem cardigan is as comfortable as it gets. Lightweight, yet cozy, you’ll want to wear this lounging around at the airport or on the plane. With the option to wear open or closed with the one button at the neckline. 

18.  Garmin fÄ“nix 5s Plus, Multisport GPS Smartwatch

She will look great and stay healthy at the same time.  For athletes and outdoor adventurers, the Fenix 5S Plus multisport GPS watch is the rugged, high-performance timepiece that meets big challenges and fits smaller wrists.

19.  Bluetooth Headband Sleep Headphones

This Bluetooth headband will bring her great sound quality, style and comfort to wash out noise and light while sleeping on the plane or in a hotel.

20.  Diva AntiBacterial Pillow Mist

When traveling, there are so many surfaces that are full of germs!  Why let her worry about her pillow too?  Give her the gift of this pillow mist that is an all-natural formula designed to fight bacteria and kill germs that cause acne.  And it smells great too! 

21. AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Open-Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones with Brilliant Reflective Strips

For the active, cycling or walking mom, these bone conducting headphones are a great item to keep her entertained and safe all at the same time!  They allow the user to listen out for oncoming traffic or other noises by keeping the ear clear.  Each side is fully adjustable with your phone to allow sound in only one ear for special circumstances like listening for traffic approaching on only one side.  Multiple colors are available.

Didn't find anything that interests you?  You can always find some other recommendations at our sister website Travel Gadget Depot or you may find something at our Valentine's Day Gift post.

If you don’t find any of our ideas perfect for your favorite mother, Amazon always has a sale page for every upcoming holiday! Click below!

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Remember, if you have questions related to your health, always consult your doctor or medical professional. The information presented here is informative only and is not medical advice.