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3 Tips for Beating Post-Vacation Blues

I talk a lot about planning and preparing for vacation, but what about the moment you board the plane or get in the car to go home? The days just after vacation, when you have to try and get back into the routines that make up real life? I’ve been fighting off the post-vacation blues since we got home from the Walt Disney World Resort in January, so I thought I’d share some of my tips. 3 Tips for Beating Post-Vacation Blues So how do you get over the post-vacation blues, without swearing off vacations forever? Here are my top 3 tips: Start Planning Your Next Vacation It’s never too early to start dreaming of your next vacation! If your family is like mine, a week at the Walt Disney World Resort isn’t an annual thing, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the dreaded “#8221; I’m pretty sure...
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Handling Spring Break Crowds at Disney Parks (Without Losing Your Mind) – Travel Tip Tuesday

There are a few questions that can spark an instant debate among Disney fans. One of them is whether or not to take the kids out of school to go to Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. Some families do, some prefer to schedule their Disney trips around school breaks. On this week’s Travel Tip Tuesday, I’m Riding the Rails with Magical Blogorail and looking at strategies for handling Spring Break crowds at Disney Parks – without losing your mind. Handling Crowds at Disney Parks Any time school is out, the Disney parks are going to be more crowded. Our family tries to schedule our vacations to avoid crowds, but if that’s not an option for you, here are some ways you can deal with the crowds: Get to the parks early: The Disney parks tend to be less crowded earlier in the day. If you enjoy character dining,...
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Travel Tip: Disney Gift Card Discount at Target

Today’s Tuesday Travel Tip: Get a 5% Disney Gift Card discount at Target. This could save you a few hundred dollars on your next Disney trip.  Erin Benge first shared this tip in an interview she did with me on Affording Disney: Expert Tips for Disney Savings. I took her advice and saved me almost $300 on our upcoming vacation. I’m sure I’ll come up with something to do with the extra cash! Erin’s expert tip: Buy Disney gift cards using your Target RedCard. You’ll get an instant 5% discount off the face value of the gift cards. That means if you buy $1000 in Disney gift cards, you’ll only pay $950. You’ve instantly saved $50 that you can put toward your travel expenses. I did some research and found a lot of conflicting information about this, so I decided I needed to try it out for myself and...
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4 Road Trip Disasters – And How To Avoid Them

My family took a quick road trip to Chicago last weekend. It’s only about three hours away, and it’s a trip we’ve done hundreds of times. No big deal, right? It was the poster child for road trip disasters! And most of the things that went wrong could have been avoided, had I followed my own advice and been more proactive about planning and preparation. I was lulled into a false sense of security – It was just a weekend getaway, and we had done this trip so many times, I didn’t need to do any special planning. Or so I thought. To save you the stress of a weekend getaway that leaves you needing a vacation, I’ve listed out my top 4 road trip disasters, and offered advice on how to avoid them. “Where’s the __________?” “Wait – you forgot WHAT?” Just a short list of the stuff...
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Should I Book my Vacation Through a Disney Travel Agent?

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which help support Return to Disney when you request a free Disney vacation quote from Destinations in Florida. All opinions expressed are my own. DIY or Call a Disney Travel Agent? I know how to plan a Disney vacation. I’ve researched all the attractions, shows, and experiences. I watch for the best discounts and promotions, and can tell you when to travel to minimize costs and avoid the crowds. I’m also freakishly busy. With kids, work, deadlines, and all the other stuff that goes into keeping life going, I won’t turn down a little help now and then. When we went to Walt Disney World in 2010, I planned the whole thing myself. Honestly, it just didn’t occur to me to contact a travel agent. When we started planning our current trip, we really went back and forth over whether to do it ourselves...
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