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Vacation Music

I love my mp3 player. It’s so great for traveling. I actually plan music anytime we take a trip. I set up a “family” playlist of music that we all enjoy, and we listen to this music while we drive. Once before a particularly long roadtrip, I even created playlists that sort of matched the different areas we drove through. I was accused of having too much time on my hands, but it helped make the drive a little more interesting.

I also create/update my own “beach” playlist. This is an essential part of planning for me, and I always put a lot of thought into what music would best enhance my whitesand, Albama Gulf Coast beach-lounging experience. Choosing the right music really helps me relax, and choosing the wrong music…well, it’s certainly not going to ruin my good time, but it can be annoying to have to keep skipping over a song that I’ve decided I don’t actually like!

If you have your own beach/vacation music, get it out and listen to it. It might help inspire your entry into the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach contests. If you haven’t already, visit www.myspace.com/algulfcoast to learn more.

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Beach House Names

I wonder who started the beach house name trend, and why. Did some random homeowner decide to assign a cutesie name to their beachside abode and the neighbors followed suit? Were they trying to compete with condominiums and hotels whose names are well known among potential renters?

Whatever the reason, I’m glad it stuck. It’s always amusing to see the different names as I drive my family by the strip of houses on our way to our own rented beach house. It’s become a tradition to call out our favorite house names as we pass them, and to marvel over the various combinations of words like “sea,” “sand,” and “ocean.”

One of my big dreams is to buy my own beach home one day when I’m rich (after I figure out how to become rich) and give it an awesome beachy name. Too bad this hasn’t happened yet—the pictures of me and the family enjoying our Gulf Shores beach house for the first time might have made a great entry for the “Show Us Your Best Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Vacation Ever” contest (www.myspace.com/algulfcoast).

Posted by Carol W 20:14 Archived in USA Tagged armchair_travel Comments (0)

Collecting Seashells

As a child, one of my favorite things to do at the beach was collect seashells. I would spend hours walking along the shore, examing the various shell pieces, looking for that perfect whole shell. One time, during an evening walk with my family, I was so engrossed in what I was doing that I got ahead of the group and walked past our hotel—way past. Luckily my Dad was not too far behind. He had followed me the whole time to see how far I went before I realized I’d missed the hotel! He still teases me about that to this day.

Now I take my own kids on vacation, and I love to watch them enjoying the same activities. I walk with them along the beach, with the waves from the Gulf splashing at our feet. They get just as excited as I used to at the different seashells they find.

Perhaps a video of a seashell hunt along the Alabama Gulf Coast would be good to submit for the “Show Us Your Best Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Vacation Ever” contest? Be sure to enter this and other contests: www.myspace.com/algulfcoast.

Posted by Carol W 22:22 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel Comments (0)

Write About Vacation, Win a Vacation


There are so many benefits to a great vacation and so many things that always make my vacations especially enjoyable, like after-dinner walks on the beach and playing with the kids in the gulf.

Now I have the opportunity to add even more value to these experiences by entering the “What Makes You Flip for Gulf Shores/Orange Beach?” contest. All I have to do is pick one of my favorite things about Gulf Shores/Orange Beach and write about it—the hard part will be deciding what I like best about the area! If I win, I’ll get a fabulous prize package, including a two-night stay and a Flip Video Camera. I have until April 15th to enter, and there will be another chance to enter between June 1st and August 15th.

Anyone interested in entering this contest can find more information on the Alabama Gulf Coast MySpace page at www.myspace.com/algulfcoast.

Posted by Carol W 20:13 Archived in USA Tagged tips_and_tricks Comments (0)

Avoiding the Dreaded Weight Gain


One thing I do before I go on vacation, particularly a vacation that will involve wearing a bathing suit, is put dieting and exercise into overdrive. I work out at least once every day and eat nothing but healthy foods to try to trim up as much as possible. It does work, and for about a day during vacation, I feel pretty good.

And then the eating starts. I guess in my mind, a vacation is a break from everything in my day-to-day life, including good eating habits. Thus, after a day or two, that new bathing suit suddenly doesn’t look as good as it did when I bought it.

While I’m not going to diet during vacation, I have found that a little exercise can help stave off the effects of recreational munching. In particular, bike riding is an enjoyable way to work out while taking in the fresh air and scenery. I rent a bike fron a local bike shop, leave the kids with their dad for an hour and voila! I’ve got a cardiovascular workout and some time alone to clear my head.

Anyone interested in bike rentals at the Alabama Gulf Coast can visit www.thebeachiscalling.org. Go to Travel Tools and select “specialty rentals.”

Posted by Carol W 12:37 Archived in USA Tagged bicycle Comments (0)

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