For those of you who have been following this Mindanao lifestyle and travel blog, you may know that I was sent to the U.S. earlier this year to participate in a U.S. State Department fellowship. One of the U.S. cities that I visited was Orlando, Florida. Now if you’re thinking of bringing your family there soon, this article will be useful for you. Read on…
Low cost family holidays are the ticket to oversee adventures and quality time with your nearest and dearest. When it comes to your first time travelling abroad, short haul destinations such as holidays in Turkey, Majorca or the Greek Islands are an excellent choice.
Spreading your wings a little further afield, holidays Florida style are bound to be the trip of a lifetime for you and your youngsters. Known as the ultimate holiday hot spot for children and theme park fans, your Orlando escape will blow all other child friendly getaways out of the water.
Yes, Florida can be expensive. With such an overwhelming number of theme park tickets, attractions and events available, it can be easy to bust your budget without considering food, drinks and shopping for souvenirs.
To be frank, all of Orlando’s theme parks are out of this world, and taking a ten-hour flight and missing out any of the action would be foolish.
The most cost effective way to discover Orlando is to purchase a FlexPlus Ticket that will give you unlimited 14 day access into some of the most loved attractions in the area. This includes both Universal Parks, Wet n Wild, Aquatica, and SeaWorld.
In addition, with your FlexPlus Ticket, a shuttle service from Universal will transport you and your family to and from Tampa, where you can let your brood loose in the highly-acclaimed – and not to be missed – Busch Gardens Resort.
Most importantly, do not forget to purchase your Disney World Resort Pass. Currently a 14 day ticket is available for the price of a week’s entry, and gives you unlimited return access to all areas.
Most of all, expect long days, lots of travelling about and tired youngsters, but with these being the only cons, Orlando has plenty of pros to wash away any troubles.
Orlando Florida, the place where magic comes to life. Book your 2013 break today.
I first shared some of my Washington DC USA photos awhile back. A lot of you have been asking me for more photos taken around the capital of the United States of America. Well, I’m here to please
The photos below were taken during our Washington DC day tour, which took place a day after my fellow International Visitor Leadership Program 2012 delegates and I arrived in the USA. Like I previously mentioned, never mind if it was freezing cold that day. We were all stoked that we finally set foot in the land of milk and honey!
By the way, here’s the reason why I was in the States for about a month Yep, I was the only Filipino in the group and the only female I will share all about my USA and IVLP adventure using the America category. I have previously written about my trip from Manila to Japan to Detroit to Washington.
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Like I previously mentioned in this blog, I had the chance of a lifetime to accompany US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas, Jr. for two days. It truly was an honor to be that up close and personal with the American ambassador, who I found to be very smart, direct and friendly.
As a part of his party when he visited Cagayan de Oro City for the very first time last week, I got the chance to accompany him in various events. We attended the distribution of HACCP and ISO certificates to 10 Mindanao companies, the roundtable discussion with CIPMYL graduates in Xavier University and the launch of the Cities Development Initiative in CDO.
Another event that I got to witness was the turnover of donations to Bulua National High School. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) donated several Internet-ready computers and thousands of school supplies, furnishings, educational materials and bags to Bulua National High School, one of the schools in Cagayan de Oro that got badly devastated by Typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi) last December 2011.
US Ambassador Harry Thomas, Jr. led the turnover. USAID Mission Director Gloria Steele and Bulua National High School officials were also present.
Here are some photos I took during the event:
Thousands of students welcome US Ambassador Harry Thomas, Jr.
US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr.
The ambassador joked, “Many of you took photos of me so now it’s my turn to take photos of all of you. Pogi and ganda!”
To the delight of the students, teachers and school administrators alike
Ambassador Thomas also talked to some students. Here he is with a campus journalist
Read more about my special 2-day experience accompanying Ambassador Thomas