Traveling to Florida #family #vacation #florida

Have you ever had a friend or coworker come home from a trip only to tell you, the one who was stuck at home or the office, “I need a vacation from my vacation”? That expression has always annoyed me, but as much as it pains me, I’ve been able to relate to it before. Actually, I may even be guilty of having said it before.

Traveling to Florida

Typically, air travel is tiring and stressful. You deal with airport security, layovers, and sometimes jet-lag. If you’re traveling with your children, those small people introduce an entirely new level of travel frustration to your experience. Anyone who has successfully gotten three kids, two strollers, and multiple carry-ons past TSA agents knows exactly what I mean.

Regardless of the inevitable annoyances we faced while traveling, back in August my family and I had – due in very large part to Tara and to Global Resort Homes – one of the best vacations ever. I tried to think of a more creative superlative than “best,” but it really sums up our trip most accurately.

On our way to Florida on August 16, we dealt with a lengthy layover in Baltimore and arrived in Orlando to find that the airline had damaged two of our checked bags and lost one of our car seats. The airline shall remain nameless, but to their credit, they ultimately took care of the issues. After picking up a loaner car seat at the counter, we headed out to the rental lot and discovered that our rental car company (who shall also remain nameless) had no minivans on the lot, even though I’d reserved the vehicle about five weeks before our trip.

Like I said, travel is stressful, but even I was starting to lose my cool now.  We had to wait awhile, but once a van arrived, things started to get easier. My father-in-law and I have mastered the art of car seat installation and we can fit seven people and ten days’ worth of luggage (and two strollers!) into any minivan we encounter. We headed for Kissimmee and arrived a short time later at our insanely awesome accommodations for the next ten days: 8951 Majesty Palm Road in Paradise Palms Resort.


We all walked through the front door and the day’s stress just seemed to melt away. While the girls ran around, checking out the pool area and their bedroom, we adults noticed with great appreciation Global’s CARE package of bottled waters, fresh fruit, coffee and a “Welcome home, Andersons!” note. There were even gift bags for the kids that contained sunglasses and assorted candies, and out by the pool, we discovered noodles and inflatable tubes waiting for us. Oh, and um, did I mention the place was beautiful?


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Not unlike this woman, as you can see, this was not a place we were going to leave willingly. There were huge bedrooms, four bathrooms, an amazing kitchen, and we were a short walk from the neighborhood’s clubhouse, playground, and pools. I’ll get to those awesome perks in my next post. Two summers, two fantastic stays with Global Resort Homes. Read on in the coming weeks to discover why I came home from this summer’s trip actually relaxed instead of needing a vacation from my vacation.

*My family and I were invited to stay and Global Resort Homes in exchange for a honest review of the home.  All opinions are my own. 



  1. What a gorgeous property! I am usually only in Kissimmee for a short trip so I’ve never rented a vacation home. I’m aching for a week-long Disney trip next summer and will have to book one! Hopefully it will also include noodles! LOL!

  2. Travel can be stressful, and I think it mostly happens right in around that part of travel that you encountered it in – but once you get to your lodgings, if that works out fine – you should have a wonderful trip. I am going to Disney for the first time in 2014. I need all the tips I can get. I can’t wait.

    • Hi Elizabeth – I completely agree. The nice thing about staying at a Global Resort Home though is that, after a long, jam packed day of parks, beaches, or whatever else you do, you can come home to your place, spread out and actually RELAX. Nothing worse than trying to pack a bunch of people into a small hotel room when you desperately need to unwind, right? Thank you for reading.

  3. What a comfy place to stay, it definitely looks relaxing! I am guilty of that same phrase, usually because my vacations involve going home to England from the US and involve quite a bit of jet lag when I get back, LOL!

  4. I would say MOST of our vacations we come home saying we need to rest as we are usually crowded in a tiny hotel with 4 kids. We got to stay at Global Homes though a bit over a month ago and it was THE most relaxing vacation I’ve ever had! Sooo nice!!

  5. You know it’s been a successful vacation when you are actually sad to leave the place where you are staying because it’s better than your own house! 😛

  6. I’ve had the priv. to stay at Global and it’s really amazing. I wasn’t with the family but I absolutely would bring them- and love it. Hotel stays are for the birds and I find the lack of place to ‘chill” is what exhausts me most!

  7. Each time I watch that video it cracks me up! I’m right with you with how stressful travel is. We drive 16 hours to Florida and we have stayed at Global Resort Homes – and I agree, the stress just melts away when you walk into that home.

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