Ladies Who Link: Travel Tips & Vacation Suggestions

Hello and thanks for stopping by to see what’s going on over here at Coast to Coast. Today I’m co-hosting with Allie from A Gal Named AlTrina & Sara from Mom’s Coffee Date,  Tara from Mommy In A Nutshell and Holly from Pink Lady who happen to be  some of my favorite blogger buddies for the  Ladies Who Link party. Grab our graphic (or just link to one or all of us) and let’s talk about our best travel tips & vacation suggestions. We have this fun little party the 3rd Thursday of every month and we’d love you to join. The more the merrier is what I always say…except when it comes to vacation weight…LOL.

This one turned into not only what I hope will be some helpful info, but a long walk down memory lane in the form of pictures, so grab your coffee and get to scrolling. Mom and Dad, you’re going to love this post.❤️

As luck would have it I’m in the process of planning a special celebration trip for Kent and myself this fall. We are planning to go to Hawaii to celebrate our 25th anniversary and a milestone birthday for myself. I won’t say the number but I will tell that I will have been married for HALF my life. WOW! Now there’s your word problem for the day. PLEASE, if you have a favorite island or resort I should be looking at tell me. As of right now I’m thinking Maui is going to be the winner, but you might change my mind. Who knows?

I’m currently exploring the travel packages that Costco offers. Since I’m a DIY travel agent. I think the last time we used a bonafide travel agent was when Kent booked our honeymoon.  I’m a real DIY’er, even when it comes to travel. If you know the benefits of using a travel agent and have a good one (yes, I know Mix and Match Mama does travel) please leave your thoughts in the comments.

We do a fair amount of traveling these days with our kids both living in Nashville for school and now Benny actually residing there permanently with a real job. #winforhim #winfortheparents

So let’s talk about a few of the major aspects of travel first.


I’m a loyal Southwest traveler. I used to always go on Kayak or one of those type sites to look for airfare when we were traveling, but I’ve found Southwest is consistently the cheapest and with their 2 bags FREE benefit, well, let’s just say for those of us who are members of “overpackers anonymous” that’s a major score.

Car Rentals

We also now frequently get rental cars and I would typically go about finding those the same way as flights up until the last couple of years. I stumbled upon It’s also a comparison site, but I’ve had great luck with them finding me the best deal.


Thankfully most of the places we visit we are blessed to have friends to stay with but when I do need to find a hotel I turn to…you guessed it. A comparison site such as Kayak.  I see what’s available through them and then I also go straight to the hotels site and see if they have the same or even occasionally a better deal. I prefer not to book through 3rd parties because sometimes it can make it difficult if you need to cancel.

Okay,  now let’s talk about our favorite vacation spots.

For years and years we went to Myrtle Beach, SC for our family vacations and LOVED it! I’d go back in a heartbeat if it wasn’t so far away and a little challenging as far as flights go.

It was the first place we took Benny and Katie to the beach.

We continued to go to Myrtle Beach most summers for a long stretch of time.

Living in Virginia for the majority of my life and up until Benny and Katie were 15 and 12, meant we were able to see and do a lot of great things. Richmond is central to tons of great tourist spots and history.

One of our favorite spots was always Williamsburg. We were fortunate to live about an hour away and would frequently go just to hang out for a day. These pictures and a lot of the ones that follow are with our friends who were just here to visit us last week. They are our favorite travel partners and we’ve taken quite a few trips together.

We lived 2 hours from D.C and it was yet another place we could make an easy day or weekend trip out of.

If you’ve never been to the Great Smokey Mountains, you’re missing out. Think the fun of the beach in a mountain setting. Places to hike, go-carts, miniature golf, Dollywood and lots of fun places to eat.

The Biltmore is quite the sight to see. Sitting in an absolutely gorgeous part of North Carolina, it’s just amazing to think people actually lived like this. We saw this way before Downton Abbey came out, but it totally reminds me of it if you are a fan.

Once we moved to Minnesota we were closer (as in still an 8 hour drive) to Chicago and went there for a weekend. So many fun things to see and do and I’d love to go back.

Anyone who knows me also knows my first love involves sun and sand. We expanded our beach trips once our travel had to be done by plane and for a couple of years went to Panama City. If you want a check list, so to speak, check out this post.

Most recently we’ve come to love Orange Beach. It’s right on the Florida/Alabama border. Living on the West Coast now I can promise you that East Coast beaches and beaches on the Gulf of Mexico are far superior to any over here. Sorry to anybody that offends…just telling it like it is.

Laura Horton…does what’s on the screen of my computer look familiar to you?😄 I just happened to notice this when proofing. Even on vacation, I’m keeping up with my blogger friends.

I’m looking forward to reading all of your travels tips and seeing your favorite vacation spots. Mark you calendar if you’re a blogger for our next link up when we’ll be talking about back to school prep. And all the mama’s just said, “no…make it stop!”

If you’ve missed any of the previous Ladies Who Link I’ve participated in you can check them out here:

Best Organizational tips & tricks

Favorite products in my makeup drawer

Go-to Crock-pot recipes

Favorite Target Finds

Memorial Day plans/kicking off summer

Summer plans, recipes and activities

Link up below and have a great day! It’s almost Friday…again.




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