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By Kimberly Milnes

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

 

So excited for even more Star Wars fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I was just there with my family and we got to experience the new Star Wars Launch Bay, which had so much to see and do.  Also, Star Tours has been updated with a few Star Wars: Force Awakens friends.

Starting April 4, 2016 you will be able to experience  the new Star Wars live entertainment experience Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away. This new stage show celebrates iconic moments from the Star Wars saga with live vignettes featuring popular Star Wars characters, such as Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul. The show will take place multiple times each day at the Center Stage area near The Great Movie Ride.  

Also starting April 4th, Captain Phasma will lead a squad of First Order stormtroopers as they march in formation from Star Wars Launch Bay to the Center Stage area.

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By Kimberly Milnes

Lake Placid – A Gold Medal Family Vacation

Since our boys were in summer school this year we needed to stay close to home.  But still wanting to get away, we decided to hit the road and take a long weekend up in Lake Placid. We had never been this far north, so we were excited to check out a new destination close to home.

We packed up the car and headed North up Interstate 87. Once you exit off of 87 you begin to drive the 28 beautiful and scenic miles in to Lake Placid.  I would suggest making sure to drive in during the daylight hours to be able to really take in all the beauty.  There are many areas along the road to stop for photos, check out the river that runs along the highway or even take a little hike to stretch your legs.

Lake Placid is an idyllic small town, which is actually on Mirror Lake.  The downtown area is full of wonderful local shops and restaurants. The kids favorite was the candy store, A Pinch or a Pound. I found some amazing olive oil and specialty salts at Saratoga Olive Oil. As well, you can check out the Olympic Center “Home of the Miracle on Ice” and the  Lake Placid Olympic Museum. The Olympic center also offers you an opportunity to see Olympic figure skating hopefuls and past Olympians perform every Saturday night during the summer.

 

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By Kimberly Milnes

New Carry-On Bag Rules – Don’t Get Stuck Paying Another Fee!

 

Since airlines introduced the “Check Bag Fee”, many of you have been packing light or trying to stuff it all in to your carry-on bag.  Well, recently many of the airlines introduced new size restrictions for carry-on bags. That means if your bag does not meet the new size restrictions you will have to check the bag and pay that $25 fee.  Even, worse if you have already checked a bag you might have to pay an additional $35, $40 or even $100, depending on where you are flying. It is CRAZY.

The biggest change is the width of the bag. It is now down to 14 inches, but most carry-on bags are 15 inches. So, as we approach the big Summer travel season I wanted to make sure you know the new rules so you can avoid being charged another fee.

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By Kimberly Milnes

Where To Go In 2014

Where are people traveling?  What are the “hot” travel destinations?  Trip Advisor just released their list of the top destinations for 2014.  They created this ranking based on the number and quality of reviews that they received over the last year.   I wanted to share the list, as I think it can be a great place to start in choosing your next destination.

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By Kimberly Milnes

Travel Tips To Help You Save

I am always looking for ways to save on my client’s travel, as well as my own.   When I think about saving money, I put value at the top of my list. I believe it is best to not just see the total price, but to really look at what is included in that price.   A great example, my husband and I going to Cancun at the end of the month. Since we won’t have the kids we are OK with having a stop in our trip if it will save us money. But in the end saving $50 did not make sense when we can fly non-stop each way.

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Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Lake Placid – A Gold Medal Family Vacation
New Carry-On Bag Rules – Don’t Get Stuck Paying Another Fee!
Where To Go In 2014