Photo of the Week: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Hogwarts

If I lived in an alternative universe, I would live in Harry Potter’s world. I’d explore the halls of Hogwarts, learn my spells and potions, and hopefully make the Quidditch team. The mystery of magic from the pages of those books continues to stick with me into my 20’s. Visiting Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of my favorite things to do. Who said you can’t be a big kid at heart?

Spirit Airlines: Bare Fare Hesitations

Spirits Airlines has found a home in Cleveland. But, I must say I am hesitant to fly them. Why? Let’s talk.

1. Bare Fare: This concept sounds great. Spirit’s largest expense, along with other airlines, is fuel. So this Bare Fare concept helps cover the cost of fuel. You get to bring a personal item. But the fine print is that the personal item is not your standard carry on bag. Your personal item must not be larger than 16” x 14” x 12”. It’s really not much larger than a small backpack, states their website.

2. Bags don’t fly free: Normally that’s the case, unless you’re Southwest Airlines. However, normally your carry on flies for free. Need an actual size carry on? That’s more money. Are you going on a longer trip and need to pack an actual 50 lb. bag? That’s more money. Why? Because the more a plane weighs, the more fuel it needs. The more fuel it needs, the more money Spirit needs to fork over. With each dollar Spirit needs to fork over, you need to fork over more money. All the little add-on prices can really sink your pocketbook.

3. An even smaller Economy: Spirit seems to pack you in like sardines. Their website even calls out that they’re “light on legroom.” If they’re lighter on legroom than United and U.S. Airways, that concerns me. It’s already hard enough to get comfortable on the big airlines with the limited space for your legs. And their seats don’t recline. Yikes.

4. And you get nothing to drink: That’s really all airlines give us for “free” these days. It’s a small thing, but if you’re on a long flight and are looking for a refreshment you better be prepared to buy it.

So my hesitations are still lingering. Have you flown with Spirit? How was your experience? Share in the comments below or on Twitter! @tripintotravel

Image from Google Images

Cedar Point Rumors: True or False

At the end of the 2014 season we said goodbye to Mantis so it could be renovated into a new coaster: Rougarou. This in itself is exciting news. I talked about this in a previous post.

I may, or may not, have more exciting news for you Ride Warriors of the world. There’s a rumor spreading on the local news of Cleveland televisions. Are you ready for it? There may be a Dive Coaster coming to the Roller Coast. That’s right!

“The Sandusky Register says they obtained a memo that originated from a coaster company, which indicates a $15 Dive Coaster is among the park’s plans for 2016,” says an article from WKYC. The details in the memo show that the coaster will be record breaking.

The ride would be 223 feet with a vertical drop that sends you into a tunnel. Riders would tackle 3,625 feet of track at a maximum speed of 80 mph.

I really can’t hide my excitement right now and hope these rumors turn into a reality for the 2016 season! I’ll keep my eye on this, folks. A Dive Coaster sure would look great on that skyline, wouldn’t it?

Image from Google Images

Photo of the Week: Not Snow

cropped-img_21080.jpgWarm water. Beaches. Blazing sun. It’s January in Ohio and that is what I’m dreaming of. Not snow. I want to be back on the little boat we took around the island of Capri. Lounging on the boat and catching the sun’s rays was one of my favorite activities, minus the sea sickness. Until we meet again, sun. I am missing you.

My 2015 Wish List: Places I’d Love to See This Year

When it comes to travel we all have a wish list. At the start of the year, I can bet all of us sit down and think about all the places we would like to see this year. Unfortunately, we all have our limits. We have our home lives, work lives, financial limits and more. So how do we decide where to go?

Well, it all starts with the overall wish list. I’m creating this list with the hopes of making a handful of these trips realized in 2015. So let’s begin!

London, England

I really want to make it to London this year. In 2014, I didn’t go on an international trip. I don’t think it’s an unrealistic goal for me to go on a trip abroad every other year, or each year, from this point forward. I hope 2015 is the year for London.

I want to see all the tourist sights like the Tower of London, Westminister Abbey and the London Eye. But I also want to have a Harry Potter spin to my trip. I talked about this in a previous post. There seems like there’s so much to do in London and it looks like I need to get my research underway!

Boston, Massachusetts 

In 2014, I was able to travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts for a quick business trip. I unfortunately didn’t have time to explore — plus it was December and cold! My best friend and I want to get to Boston this spring or summer for a little girls trip. I foresee a lot of girls trips this year.

Washington D.C., Maryland

Another girls trip! We’ve been discussing going to D.C. for probably a year now and it’s about time to make it happen. Me and my new camera would love the shots we’d get of the Nation’s Capital. Plus, I watch Scandal. It’s time to do D.C., Olivia Pope style.

Nashville, Tennessee 

I love country music and I don’t get enough of the country music scene in Cleveland. Broadway, The Grand Ole Opry and the chance to see country royalty all sound like a good time to me. This place seems to be flooded with events year round.

Las Vegas, Nevada 

My cousin recently moved to Vegas. A free place to stay and someone who knows the city makes a great vacation. Plus, Britney Spears extended her concert dates. Even more reason to see Sin City!

Boca Raton, Florida

More of my family has moved in 2014 and it’s a necessity that I pay them a visit. Don’t you think? I’ve been to Orlando plenty of times, but that’s really the only place in the state I’ve visited. I haven’t experienced the Florida beaches and it’s about time I change that. Who can refuse time on a beach and a boat? Not this girl.

*All images from Google Images

Picture Blog: My favorite moments of 2014

One of the hobbies I wanted to pick up in 2014 was photography. I must say, I have a lot to learn. I purchased a new camera and have had a blast using it this year. Here are some of my favorite moments of 2014!

Who says there’s nothing to do in Cleveland?

If you’re just tuning into my blog for the first time, you should know that I’m a big advocate of Cleveland. I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and feel the city gets a bad rep.

So when I came across this article by The Plain Dealer, I had to share. Whether you’re looking for some family friendly activities or a night out on the town with your friends, here are 365 things to do in Cleveland in 2015.