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Holidays and Trip reviews

When doing a road trip it is worth stopping at the first rest area upon entering each state. They are normally called Welcome Centers . The staff are very helpful and have a wealth of knowledge regarding activities, transport, accommodation etc. available. There is also free coffee!!!

eg. When we stayed at the NRB in New Orleans the staff at the Welcome Center advised us that we could park our car for $5.00 for the day and travel to the French Quarter by free ferry. This excellent information made our visit more relaxing and enjoyable without having the added pressure of finding expensive parking in an extremely busy area of the city. The ferry runs from 6am to 12 midnight.

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Weekend in Raleigh, NC

111 We were looking for a weekend away somewhere a bit different from the coastal tourist areas, but wasn’t too far away. After speaking to some American friends and doing some research we decided that Raleigh North Carolina would be our destination.Raleigh is about 3 ½ hours’ drive from Virginia Beach which 2 years ago …

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Baltimore Review

A historic seaport, Baltimore’sbeautiful Inner Harbour is host to some fantastic old ships (including the USS Constellation) and should be the first stop for any visit to the city.   There are plenty of fantastic bars and restaurants which offer beautiful waterside views, in particular ‘Wit and Wisdom’ was excellent, serving ‘poshed up’ fast food like lobster …

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Boston Suggestions

Boston is a great destination for a short city break, particularly if you have been living in the US for a while and you’re feeling a little homesick, as it has a very British feel to it. This isn’t just due to the British history all around you but also the buildings, the streets and the general layout of …

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West Coast Road Trip Review

If you’re planning a trip to the West coast, it may be worth looking at what others have done previously when considering places to see on your trip. Below is an account of the Lewis’ West Coast Trip from 2012. Hope you enjoy: Travel – Flights and Hire Car We flew with United Airlines from …

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Snowshoe Mountain from the chair lift

Skiing at Snowshoe Mountain Review

Skiing at Snowshoe Mountain – A Family Holiday We drove to Snowshoe on the 27th of December; setting off late morning. The drive took around 7 hours, but our street hadn’t yet been cleared of snow when we set off and only one lane of the highway was clear so it was a little slow …

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Disney Review – Get the most out of your trip!

I have heard a few of you discussing going to Florida this year. This will naturally involve going to see the big mouse for those of you with kids. I did the trip in October with wife, 2 kids and 9 members of her family so we were obviously looking for the cheapest tickets. The …

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Review

A flying adventure to the West Rim We flew to the Grand Canyon from Boulder, near Las Vegas, our daughter described it as scary and exciting! There are several different tours starting at about $120 pp and going up to $500 pp if you take a helicopter tour to the bottom of the canyon. Our …

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Hawaii Review

How do you holiday in Hawaii cheaply and still have a good time? If you are Active Duty military (British) you are entitled to many of the benefits that the USA armed forces currently receive. The US Military have many bases, RV Parks, cottages all over America, Hawaii being one of them. First stop – …

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Washington DC Review

The nation’s capital is only 4 or 5 hours drive from Virginia Beach so it’s a good place to go for your first holiday. There are many many hotels to choose from and everyone has different priorities, so it’s impossible to give a definitive recommendation. Basically have a look at a city map and choose …

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Outer Banks Review

The Outer Banks, NC in November 2014: Having been extremely lucky enough to win a short break for two in Kill Devil Hills in the Outer Banks, to be used by the end of 2014, we chose to visit over the Thanksgiving weekend. Our certificate entitled us to a two-night stay in the Comfort Inn on the Oceanfront …

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Outer Banks Suggestions

Great things to do in the Outer Banks – OBX! The Outer Banks has a distinctive culture and primitive charm. It’s a must visit location and these are some fun things to do. Kill Devil Hills – Wright brothers took their first flight in 1903. Visitor Centre: Manteo. The sand dunes are incredible and you …

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Florida Road Trip Review

A fun-packed family holiday in Florida St Augustine Our first stop and although touristy we really enjoyed it. Great fort which has reenactments/live cannon fire at various points during the day with lovely views over the bay – felt very European (Castillo de San Marcos). Ate lunch in a great little Spanish bakery & sat …

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New Orleans Review

If you are looking for a city break where you can just relax rather than dashing about everywhere, New Orleans is the place to go. Choosing our holiday dates based purely on the availability of cheap flights, we accidentally booked to arrive on the final day of Mardi Gras, the big “Fat Tuesday” itself. This …

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Barboursville

Charlottesville Review

We took a break near Charlottesville, VA and stayed at a brand new Uphill House B&B run by mother and daughter, Joyce and Lynn Russenberger. We stayed there as it was really close to the winery we were visiting –Barboursville Vineyard is only 2 miles away. There is a strong English connection (Joyce comes from and ran …

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Chincoteague, Eastern Shore Review

REVIEW #1: Sep 2014 We visited Chincoteague over a standard weekend, wanting somewhere relatively nearby to go and stay overnight and, as new arrivals in the US, to start our explorations of thecountry. This fits the bill prefectly. We left at lunchtime on Saturday and drove directly to Assateague to walk the wildlife refuge walks. These are well maintained and …

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Breckenridge Slopes

Denver, Colorado Review

Skiing at Breckenridge – 21-29 Nov 2012 My family and I recently took a trip to Colorado for a week in November. We began by flying out from Newport News Airport with Frontier, who when checking in our bags wavered the bag fee, as we were military. We then made use of the excellent USO …

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Travel tips and useful links

Always stop at the Welcome Center On a road trip it is worth stopping at the first rest area upon entering  each state.  They are normally called Welcome Centers. The staff are very helpful and have a wealth of knowledge regarding activities, transport, accommodation etc. available.  There is also free coffee!!! e.g. When we stayed …

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Discount websites for Holidays

I know we are all after the best value for money when it comes to splashing out on a family holiday. If you are flexible on dates and don’t have a fixed destination in mind, you may wish to consider some of the offers on the these websites: We love to save as much as …

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Natural Bridge, Lexington and Appomattox

Natural Bridge and Appomattox Where did you stay:  Natural Bridge Hotel and Best Western Hotel, Lexington Date visited: 16 – 18 Jan 16 Top attraction or tip for this location: Appomattox CourtHouse – FascinatingHaving the long weekend for Martin Luther King Day, we decided to go West for a couple of nights to the other side of …

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