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Why I Travel – Guest Blog Post

Why do you travel? In my job I travel a lot, and over the years I’ve been asked that question a lot. Recently on a flight from somewhere to somewhere else, a lady sitting next to me struck up a polite conversation as travelers often do. I guess I didn’t get my ear buds in quickly enough because normally I’m the quiet, let’s get some work done or let’s just relax for a bit on this flight kind of guy. So as we chatted the question came up as it often does, “are you traveling for business or pleasure”? And then, the one that surprised me, “do your enjoy traveling”? The question didn’t surprise me as much as my hesitation to answer did. I really had to think about it for a moment.

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Remember I said we were heading from somewhere to somewhere else? It was one of those trips that just seemed to run on from the last couple of trips. That “I’ve been on the road and away from home far more lately than I like to be feeling”. So I paused to think about her question, “do I like to travel” So before I could stop myself, the answer came rolling out, “sometimes” I said. That’s it, isn’t it? We travel for many different reasons, business, pleasure, to visit family and friends, seeking adventure, relaxation and sometimes just to escape.

And the more I thought about it, for me, sometimes wasn’t a good answer. I mean, I’m the travel guy! I own a travel agency and have been involved in planning vacations for others for nearly twenty years. How could I like to travel just sometimes. I remembered the commercial on TV, “Some say travel isn’t what it used to be…I say travel is what you make it”. And then I made my decision. When the inevitable question comes up, “do you like to travel” my answer will always be an unequivocal, “absolutely!” , “from anywhere to anywhere else, I love to travel!

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So then with my new found mantra and an unshakable resolve, why is it that we love to travel? In another recent conversation with a friend, she told me she was seeking a more minimalistic life and was going to travel less. She believes many people travel to escape something because they are not happy where they are and are running away trying to find something else. And while this may be true for some and I do realize escapism is a valid reason for travel, It’s not my main reason. Who hasn’t gotten caught up in the mundane day to day of life or become stressed out at work and need a much deserved overdue getaway? But there is a difference in needing a visit to the land of palm trees and margaritas and just wanting to run away from your life. We all need to escape from time to time.

Among my favorite reasons for travel are discovery, inspiration, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures and of course I have to mention food! To discover a culture and learn about it’s people can only be completely done by experiencing the local food delicacies and the way they are prepared.

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In a recent post here, I wrote, That’s What Travel is Supposed To Do, and that’s why I travel. Travel should change us, it should give us a deeper appreciation for living, expose us to the awe of God’s creation and give an appreciation for how big the world is. I love this quote by Marcel Proust, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

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That’s it’s for me then, that’s why I travel, to discover new landscapes and gain new eyes to look upon them with.


rickRick is President of Kingdom Magic Vacations, and as you might guess, he loves to travel! His wife Leslie have two great kids, teens actually, and they love to travel together as a family. They love cruising also, and most of all they love Walt Disney World!

You can find Rick at www.TravelwithRick.com where he loves to share with you the place (Walt Disney World) and the places (anywhere else around the world) that we love to visit. I’ll do that with articles, video and pictures.


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Here Is How You Can Save Money On Your Next Disney Cruise

If you are like me, I love to find a great deal.  I clip coupons, seek out the latest weekly deal at the grocery store, buy gift cards on double bonus point month and plan well for my vacations.

Here Is How You Can Save Money On Your Next Disney Cruise

One of our family’s favorite vacations is setting sail on a Disney Cruise Ship. Whether it be a short getaway tacked on to our Walt Disney World stay, seeing the wonderful natural beauty of Alaska or discovering history in Europe we are never disappointed with a Disney Cruise vacation.  The service is exceptional, the staterooms are comfortable and the family activities and adult only venues make it perfect for the whole family.

As with any family vacation, budget is one of the main contributing factors during the planning phase.  With a family of 5 that usually means, two state rooms, or the Deluxe Family Stateroom on the ship.  We learned early on that planning in advance offers us the best price.  As so as new Itineraries become available, that is when we set the date, but the key to making the most out of our budget is planning for our next cruise while we are still on the cruise!

Here Is How You Can Save Money On Your Next Disney Cruise

How does that work?  When you sail on a Disney Cruise ship you have the opportunity to book your future cruise while still on the ship and get a great discount, ½ deposit and an onboard credit.  Another fantastic bonus is that when you book your future cruise with Kingdom Magic and your Travel Planner you get an additional shipboard credit as well.  All together this translates into a great savings!

Important things to remember:

  1.  You can ONLY take advantage of the savings while you are still on the ship.
  2. You visit the future booking desk and deposit a future cruise.  If you don’t know the date, just let them know and they will book a place holder cruise for you.  Then when you decide on the date and the Itinerary let your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner know.
  3. Make sure that you tell the Cruise Desk that you want to book your vacation with Kingdom Magic and use the same travel planner.
  4. When you return home, your travel planner will touch base will you so you can start dreaming about the next time you will set sail!

Sounds easy!  It is!  You have another perfect vacation planned for the future and you have saved money!

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Kingdom Magic Quick Tip – Epcot’s American Pavilion

Rick Howard, from Kingdom Magic Vacations, takes you around the American Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase to see all that this amazing pavilion has to offer!

We hope you enjoy this week’s video and share it will all you friends!

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Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The new character greeting location for Cinderella and Rapunzel (as well as their princess friends) officially opened its doors earlier this morning at the Magic Kingdom!  According to the hall’s storyline, Princess Fairytale Hall is a gift from the King to Cinderella, and acts as a place where she and other princesses can greet subjects.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Located in the New Fantasyland, guests can choose to meet either Cinderella and a visiting princess, or Rapunzel and a visiting princess.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The new hall is filled will small touches and details that pay honor to all the Disney princesses.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Cinderella has even graciously allowed Walt Disney World to display one prized slipper for guests to enjoy.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The New Fairytale Hall is open daily at the Magic Kingdom.  The easiest way to tell which princesses will appear at the hall on the day of your vacation is to check the My Disney Experience app or pick up a Times Guide on the way into the park.

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Kingdom Magic Vacations Quick Tip – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

This week’s Kingdom Magic Quick Tip shows you how to enjoy Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and get the most  thrills and chills out of this not-so-spook-tacular party!

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Have You Heard from Disney Cruise Line Lately?

Have You Heard from Disney Cruise Line Lately?

Disney has already mailed notifications to Platinum, Gold, and select Silver Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club Members with an offer to receive a $100 on board credit when they book a 4- or 5-night Disney Magic cruise departing from Miami Nov. 1 – Dec. 18, 2013 (excluding Nov. 24 and Dec. 8, 2013).

Your can use this credit for a variety of on board activities and experiences, including spa treatments, shopping, adults-only dining and more!

Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Members will automatically receive the $100 on board credit when booking an applicable sail date.

Silver Castaway Club Members must have sailed on four Disney Cruise Line sailings in order to be eligible for this offer.

Have You Heard from Disney Cruise Line Lately?

To book this offer for eligible Silver Castaway Club Members, please let your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner that you want to take advantage of this great offer.

Additional Details:

  • The number of staterooms for this offer is limited.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
  • Onboard credit is per stateroom booked, nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

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Kingdom Magic Quick Tip – How to Pack for A Holiday Visit to Orlando

Laura from Kingdom Magic Vacations gives tips on how to properly pack for a Winter vacation to Orlando to visit Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and all the other great destinations!

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Kingdom Magic Vacations Disney Cruise Quick Tip – Rotational Dining

Rick and Leslie Howard explain how rotational dining works on a typical Disney Cruise in this week’s Kingdom Magic Vacations Disney Cruise Quick Tip.

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Kingdom Magic Vacations Quick Tip – Morocco at Epcot’s World Showcase

Rick Howard from Kingdom Magic Vacations take us on a quick tour of the Moroccan Pavilion inside Epcot’s World Showcase to see all the sights and sounds from Morocco!

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Kingdom Magic Vacations Cruise Quick Tip – Daily Navigator

Leslie and Rick Howard show you the Disney Cruise Line Daily Navigator, a great too to use to find out what is going on during your Disney cruise!

We hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment and share it with your friends!

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Kingdom Magic Vacations’ Quick Tip – France Pavilion at Epcot

Experience all the sights and sounds of France with this week’s Kingdom Magic Quick Tip.  It’s a beautiful day to spend some time enjoying a croissant or maybe some fine French cuisine, and it’s all here at the France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase!

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A Special ‘World of Color’ Announcement from Imagineer Steve Davison from Disney California Adventure Park

Listen up, “World of Color” fans! We have some exciting holiday-time news from Disneyland Resort.

Check out the video below for a special announcement from Steve Davison, vice president of Parades and Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, who has very exciting news to share about the “so wonderful, so beautiful” nighttime spectacular at Disney California Adventure park.

What is it? Watch the video and find out!

Mark your calendars because “World of Color – Winter Dreams” will begin November 15, 2013, at Disney California Adventure park.

A Special ‘World of Color’ Announcement from Imagineer Steve Davison from Disney California Adventure Park

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Kingdom Magic Vacations Quick Tip – Wilderness Explores at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Parkhopper John shows us one of the newest interactive game at Walt Disney World where you can sign up to become a Wilderness Explorer and collect Wilderness Explorer Badges from all across Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park!

We hope you enjoy this week’s episode and share it with your friends!

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See the All-New Levels of Fun for Adults on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

Everyone knows there’s magic for kids and families aboard the Disney Magic. But what about fun just for grown-ups?  Take a sneak peek at the fresh new adult spaces planned for the re-imagined Disney Magic!

Join Danny Forster and our Walt Disney Imagineers once again for the scoop. From music, dancing and entertainment to adult-only dining, new hotspots and quiet getaways – there’s surprises around every corner.

Check it out.

Don’t miss out on all the amazing new “Magic” on board this amazing ship sailing out of Miami this Fall!

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Kingdom Magic Vacations’ Disney Cruise Line Quick Tip – Wave Phone 101

Rick and Leslie Howard explain what Wave Phones are and how to use them while you are aboard a Disney Cruise Line! Wave phones are a great way for families to stay in touch with one another while on board the ship and ashore at Disney’s Castaway Cay.

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