All Things Travel

All Things Travel

Join Travel Advisors and Disney Destination Experts Ryan Hedstrom and Shayne Seymour as they share travel tips, travel ideas, and travel experiences to help you become a Travel- Planning Superhero. Maximize enjoyment of your travel with the Must-DOs, avoid stress and misery with the Must-Do-NOTs, or dream along as Ryan, Shayne, and their guests regale their travel stories. You’ll enjoy travel tips, ideas, and stories so that you can experience the magic of amazing travel destinations like Disney, Universal, and Europe as well as cruising, all-inclusive resorts, and the newest and hottest travel destinations. Hit Subscribe so that you never miss an episode!

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May 5, 2021 45 min

Do you want to ensure you get the most out of your Disney vacation? We share the best ways to Maximize Your Time (and minimize your stress) at Disney World in this post!

Today we continue our series on planning an amazing WDW vacation by discussing what it is actually like when you are ON your vacation. We will give you lots of tips and suggestions to maximize your time and minimize your stress.

We’ve been discussing WDW planning for...

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Bonus episode! Today Ryan shares stories of travel and food and how funny it can be when things get lost in translation!

We’ll start having short, bonus episodes featuring travel stories on the first Monday of each month. For today’s travel story Ryan shares humorous anecdotes regarding food during a recent vacation in Mexico.

Check out these episodes mentioned in today’s travel story:

  • Episode 45: Ryan’s complete tale of their vacatio...
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    Who’s ready for an all-inclusive vacation? Today we are going to discuss an ultimate destination for families of all types. Ryan’s family just returned from Hard Rock Riviera Maya Resort and we’ll find out why this resort needs to be on your “must visit” list!

  • Where is Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya?
  • Setting up transfer beforehand (Cancun airport is nutzo!)
  • The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya's 2 "sides"
  • The Hard Rock Hotel Rivi...
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    Today we are continuing our discussion of planning a WDW vacation and it’s all getting closer to our trip! What are those last-minute decisions and tasks you need to take care of to make your trip an unforgettable experience? We’ve got your planning covered!

    One Month Before Your Trip (30 days)

  • Make your final payment.
  • Update Disney with your flight info and arrange transportation to your resort.
  • Order your magic bands.
  • Set up and get f...
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    We’re back with more about Universal! Today, it’s all about the rides and attractions. We’ll break them down and let you know which are the best rides at Universal.

    Since time is money in a theme park, we want to save you time by giving you the complete rundown of all the rides. We also want to make sure that you know which are the best rides at Universal Orlando.

    We list our favorite rides in each section of each land in Universal S...

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    April 7, 2021 44 min

    Are you confused about planning Disney dining and overwhelmed by all of the options? This episode covers everything you need to know about dining and the rest of your plans 60 days before your trip.

    60 days out from the first day of WDW vacation is an important day!

    Today we are continuing our discussion of planning a WDW vacation, and it’s all about Disney Food. We’ve brought our friends from The Happiest Plate on Earth podcast to h...

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    Are you a fan of U2, Guinness, or James Joyce? Have you always dreamed of visiting Dublin, Ireland, and don’t know where to start with planning? Today, we cover what you need to know if you want to visit Dublin, and Ryan may treat us to a few stories from his trips to Dublin.

    Why is Dublin high on so many people’s bucket lists?

    "Dublin: foreign, but familiar."

  • What to do in Dublin?
  • Check Out the Dublin Pass
  • Day Trips from Dublin
  • ...
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    Interested in taking a cruise, but don’t know if it’s right for you? Check out these stories of exemplary cruise customer service experiences.

    Our friends Gene and Chris are back to share a few of their experiences of cruise customer service.

  • Gene’s Disney Cruis Line Experience
  • Chris’ Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line Experiences
  • Taking Kids on Cruises and how the experiences affect them

  • Question: What are your experiences with c...

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    Ready for a Disney and confused by all the options? We help you choose and book the best Walt Disney World vacation options for you?

    Topics covered:

  • When is a good time to go to Disney?
  • How long should we stay?
  • What type of tickets should I purchase?
  • Where should we stay?
  • How much will our Walt Disney World vacation cost?
  • Extra activities during your vacation
  • How to have peace of mind when booking your vacation
  • This is continuing our series...

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    Have you heard the phrase, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?” Get the inside scoop into Ryan’s Las Vegas family vacation and why Vegas could be a great trip for you!

    A Las Vegas Family Vacation

  • Context of the trip.
  • Where we stayed.
  • How we prepared (The Go Vegas Pass!)
  • Our daily Vegas fun!
  • Finding attractions in the casinos
  • What it’s like for a family on The Las Vegas Strip
  • Considerations, pros, and cons of a Las Vegas family trip
  • What ...

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    Do you want to travel and are hesitant to travel with kids? Feel at ease and start packing! Here are loads of expert tips to help you enjoy traveling with kids more!

  • 5 Tips for Help Boost Your Mindset When Traveling With Kids
  • 16 General Tips for Traveling with Kids
  • 5 Tips for Traveling with Older Kids
  • 6 Tips for Traveling With Kids On Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • 5 Tips for Theme Parks and Cities
  • Listen for the Bonus Tip!
  • Links mention...

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    Today we describe what you need to think about from the very beginning of planning your next Walt Disney World vacation! Whether you’re planning your first vacation to the “world” or a seasoned Mouseketeer, we will share our expert tips.

    How Did We Get Into the Travel Business?
    ?
    ?“It all started with a Mouse.”
    ?– Walt Disney

    How Ryan and Shayne’s families became ginormous Disney fans.

    Ryan and Shayne were both listeners to Disney Travel...

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    How do you keep yourself safe and your home secure when traveling? If you travel, you definitely want these essential tips for travel safety and security.

    Top Things You Need to Know for Travel Safety and Security:

  • Situational Awareness: Why and How You Need It!
  • The Best Clothing for Travel for Travel Safety and Security
  • Always Purchase Trip Insurance!
  • Crucial Social Media Tips for Travel Safety and Security
  • How to Protect Your Home Whil...
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    Want to enjoy a Universal Orlando vacation at a more affordable price? We’re thrilled to report on Universal’s Endless Summer Resort Dockside Inn & Suites.

    Staying at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn & Suites

  • Our room,
  • The Kitchenette
  • Amenities
  • The Resort layout and amenities
  • Getting to the parks
  • Who is this resort right for?
  • Question: ? What do you think about Universal’s Endless Summer Resorts?
    ?
    ?**Let us know on F...

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    Are you yearning to get back to the parks as soon as you feel comfortable? Today, we are comparing Disney World and Universal Orlando in January 2021.

  • How are the parks handling COVID safety precautions?
  • How were the crowds?
  • How were the parks in general?
  • Ryan’s advice for getting the most out of your park day.
  • Park-hopping at Disney
  • Did Shayne finally venture outside of the Wizarding World?
  • Battle of the Fish & Chips: The Leaky Cauld...
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    January 27, 2021 33 min

    One of our favorite things about travel is getting to tell the tales of your trips. Today we treat you (and ourselves) to a few of our favorites!

    A Few Travel Stories

    Today we are going to relive a few experiences traveling. We hope you’ll be entertained and also inspired to start writing (or continue writing) your travel stories.

    Funny Stories

  • Lost in New York (and can’t find a restroom!)
  • A comedy of errors in Europe.
  • Scary Stories

  • Wande...
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    January 20, 2021 44 min

    Dreaming of a trip to Hawaii but don’t know where to start? We’re giving you a great place to start in this episode. Listen and enjoy Ryan’s tour of O‘ahu!

    Overview of activities and areas on Oahu (don’t know specifics with COVID). https://www.gohawaii.com/

    For Honolulu, Windward Coast, North Shore, Central O’ahu, Leeward Coast (listen to episode 3)

    The Grand Tour of O’ahu

  • Central O’ahu
  • Windward Coast (The Coastal Route to Kailua)
  • North ...
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    January 13, 2021 36 min

    Smartphone technology has significantly changed travel. Here are a few of our favorite travel apps to save you time, stress, and even a little money.

    Types of apps discussed.

  • Destination-specific Travel Apps
  • Part of the Trip
  • “Regular” Apps We Use For Travel
  • Keep all of your travel apps together on your phone, so they are easier to find while you’re traveling.
  • What are some of your favorite apps for travel?
    **Let us know on Facebook and I...

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    What's going on with cruising? Who knows? Amy Southgate tells us what we can look forward to enjoying with some Royal Caribbean cruise updates.

  • Current State of cruising
  • Perfect Day at CocoCay
  • Booking Royal Caribbean
  • Great advice for a 1st-time cruiser
  • Understanding Keys, Cays, and Quays
  • Question: What do you want to know about Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines?

    **Let us know on Facebook and Instagram.**

    Current Promotion:? Grab your fr...

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    Did you know that we are in the middle of a pandemic? We want to keep you healthy, inform you, entertain you, and help you enjoy travel in the future.

    Today’s Discussions:

    Our travels just before the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic started.

    Being careful, safe, and healthy now.

    Preserving the future of Travel and Entertainment.

    Things to consider when planning travel:

  • Do you feel safe traveling?
  • What are the guidelines for where you are?
  • What ar...
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