Winter travel tips from the Travel Mom

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For fun in the sun, one of my favorite getaways is greater Ft Lauderdale and now is great time to escape the cold because jet blue has a big sale with non stop air fares starting at just 89 dollars.  whether you are looking for terrific shopping, outstanding restaurants or arts and culture, Ft Lauderdale offers something for everyone. 23 miles of coastline and festivals like the south beach food and wine festival next month and the Tortoga music festival this spring will certainly brighten your mood. sunny.org  has a variety of packages available at a wide range of hotels including one at the world famous diplomat.  you might be even happier to know i am giving away a stay there on my Facebook page, the Travel Mom.

When it comes to uplifting experiences, Peggy Goldman, founder of tour operator friendly planet travel believes there is a transformative power in traveling.  When you are absorbed in a different culture or immersed in a new destination, you are lifted from your daily routine and positively changed. Peggy's picks for some top spots for 2016 include Peru, where you will be amazed by the splendor of Machu Pichu, Cuba, where you can dive into a sensory loaded cultural experience and South Africa where you can marvel at nature and animals on a safari. friendlyplanet.com is home to a wide variety of travel options and great place to get more information about tours.

I have always been "wowed" by the Royal Caribbean cruise ships and now that it is wave season there is more reason to get excited because this is the time of year when there are offers that run from discounts to added value. wave season takes place through march however you aren't required to actually sail by that time - just take advantage of the awesome deals and Royal Caribbean has a fantastic one right now. If you book between now and February 15th, when you buy one cruise, the second person is 50 percent off, plus you can get up to 300 dollars in shipboard credits royalcaribbean.com is the place to go to get more information.

Happy Travels!