Category Archives: TRAVEL

Carnival Mardis Gras Cruise Terminal Breaks Ground in Nearby Port Canaveral

At a space-themed ceremony, the Canaveral Port Authority and longtime cruise partner Carnival Cruise Line officially broke ground for construction of Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3 complex. The new terminal, dubbed the Launch Pad, will be the home of the Carnival Mardi Gras, the cruise line’s newest and most innovative ship, beginning in 2020!

Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal Carnival Mardi Gras

Currently under construction, Mardi Gras will arrive at Port Canaveral mid-October 2020. It will feature:

  • BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea
  • 20 passenger decks
  • 6 distinctive theme zones of fun, dining and entertainment:
    • Grand Central
    • The French Quarter with Emeril’s Bistro 1396, the first restaurant at sea created by famed New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse
    • La Piazza
    • Summer Landing
    • Lido
    • The Ultimate Playground

We can’t wait to see the Carnival Mardi Gras in all its glory!

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Beaches Resorts for Beginners | 10 Things to Know Before You Go to the Turks & Caicos

If you are lucky enough to reside in Boca Raton, Florida and have our town’s pristine beaches at your disposal year-round, it’s hard (at least in my opinion) to justify going on a “beach vacation” with your family. Nine times out of ten, I’d rather spend my holiday budget on a cruise, Disney World or a country residing on the other side of the Atlantic. But after my first visit to Beaches Turks and Caicos for the 2018 Social Media on the Sand Conference (SMOTS), call me a convert!

first visit to beaches turks and caicos
Grace Bay, 2018

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So You’re Planning a Disney Trip with Friends | 5 Tips from a Disney Mom

So you’re planning a Disney trip with friends… I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason why you’ve decided to do this. Perhaps you’re headed there for a special celebration? Or maybe your daughter has insisted on experiencing all the princesses with her BFF? Any way you slice it, traveling to Disney in a larger group (outside of your own family) can quickly become stressful without some advanced planning. Especially if the friends you happen to be traveling with are Walt Disney World novices. Yes, they do exist! 😉

Planning a Disney Trip with Friends

Here are some essential tips to make planning a Disney trip with friends as stress-free as possible!

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Are Blog Retreats & Conferences Worth It for a Hyperlocal Blogger?

I’m not made of money. I know– I’m sure it’s an absolute shocker coming from a fellow Boca Raton resident. Especially with our town’s stellar reputation for financial success… 😉 But as a small business owner and mom of one, money tends to walk out the door quickly these days. Even though I 100% believe in investing in myself and my business, I have to be rather choosy about what events and conferences I attend on behalf of Modern Boca Mom. After all, I’m “just” a hyperlocal blogger.

A hyperlocal blogger with Palm Beach style… 😉

If you’re not familiar with the blogging world (and I certainly don’t expect you to be), there are tons of blog conference options out there for you to learn, grow and connect with potential sponsors. If you’re a blogger with a large or growing national audience, it definitely makes sense to find a conference or two in your niche (parenting, lifestyle, health, design, the list goes on…) to become more visible in your industry and increase your bottom line. Continue reading Are Blog Retreats & Conferences Worth It for a Hyperlocal Blogger?