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  1. Travel to Orlando, Florida - Episode 431 - Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

    Hear about travel to Orlando, Florida as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jason Cochran who is the editor of Frommers.com and the editor to the Frommer’s Guide to Orlando Florida about vacationing in America’s favorite destination spot. We talk about Walt Disney World, the increasingly popular Universal Studios, with a mention of some of the other things to do in Orlando.

    “The two Universal Theme Parks that are in Orlando area were in the upper teens in terms of the top 20 or 30 theme parks in the world. They are now edging towards the top ten and sometimes popping into the top ten depending on the year. This is a significant change. Disney has always been in the top 10, all 4 of its parks in Orlando but Universal now has a legitimate stake in that market.”

    Your health insurance may not travel with you. Take travel insurance provided through Travel Guard. Travel insurance starting at $30Rand Mcnally 2015 Road Atlas Large ScaleDisney has 4 theme parks (and 2 water parks) in Orlando as part of Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Universal has two theme parks in Orlando: Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. In addition, SeaWorld is nearby and Jason also recommends adding a day to your visit to go to Cape Canaveral. Both Disney and Universal are doing more to keep you on property with new hotels being built and pick up service right from the airport.

    “I think if you are a first time visitor and you are a family of four you should probably stick with the Disney ones first depending on the age of your children. The most interesting to children under 10 is probably Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and to a smaller degree Animal Kingdom. If your kids are a little older they start to hunger for the thrill rides a little bit more and then all four parks are pretty much fair game. Magic Kingdom is the number one choice. It is also the most visited theme park on the planet.

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    Show Notes

    Frommer’sJason CochranFrommer’s Guide to Orlando (2015)Universal OrlandoIslands of AdventureDisney WorldKennedy Space CenterMagic KingdomEpcotHollywood StudiosAnimal KingdomPark Hopper OptionDouble DumboWizarding World of Harry PotterEscape from GringottsFastpass+Monsieur PaulLe Cellier

    SpringfieldSea WorldDisney’s Contemporary ResortDisney’s Polynesian ResortBackstage MagicFrommer’s Guide to Orlando (2014)

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  2. Vancouver, British Columbia (plus Victoria, Whistler) - Episode 60 - Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

    I’m not sure if people look to these comments for advice, but here’s three pieces

    First, If you don’t have much money a good substitute for Buchart Gardens in Victoria are the gardens at Royal Roads University – italian, japanese, rock, water, rose, etc. all set around a 19th century baronial mansion. You can drive, take the bus or cycle there on the Galloping Goose Trail on a rented bike.

    Second, a good substitute for the Capilano Suspension Bridge is the suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon park, also on Vancouver’s North Shore. It’s shorter than Capilano, but just as high and hte canyonis more dramatic. Turn left after you cross and the trail leads to a deep coldwater pool where teenagers dive in from cliffs to impress their peers.

    An area of Vancouver I suggest people visit that you did not mention is the campus of the University of B.C. Take the low road along Spanish Banks beaches to get there. the views are spectacular. There’s a youth hostel at Jericho Beach and reasonable pub food with a view at the Jericho Marina. On the campus itself is Vancouver’s best museum – the Museum of Anthropology designed by Arthur Erikson, the Chan Centre for Performing Arts, Nitobe Japanese gardens, Wreck Beach (nudist beach), sports faciliites, libraries and everything you expect at a top global university plus stunning views up Howe Sound (especially from Cecil Green Lodge if you can get in there).


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