travel

Not all Passports are Equal

A passport is a passport. Right? An official document issued by your government certifying the holder's identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries.

For some, a passport is your gateway to the world. For others, it presents a barrier to the freedom they seek, states the Henley Passport Index — the only passport index based on data from the International Air Traffic Association (IATA).

Planes, trains, or automobiles

Living far away from family has its disadvantages, particularly at holiday times. 

As we kick off the 2019 winter holiday season this Thanksgiving, more than 55 million people will travel 50 miles or more to be with their family, the AAA travel organization reported. 

Estimates so far will make it the second-highest travel volume since the AAA began tracking Thanksgiving travel volume almost 20 years ago.

Trains, planes or automobiles?

By SUE QUIGLEY
HERNANDO SUN

Living far away from family has its disadvantages, particularly at holiday times. 

As we kick off the 2019 winter holiday season this Thanksgiving, more than 55 million people will travel 50 miles or more to be with their family, the AAA travel organization reported. 

Estimates so far will make it the second-highest travel volume since the AAA began tracking Thanksgiving travel volume almost 20 years ago.

Belgium: Land of beer, pommes frites and chocolate

By SUE QUIGLEY
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

Belgium: A tiny little country but huge on beer!

When you think of Europe and beer, Germany springs to mind, Ireland or even the Czech Republic, the ancestral home of Budweiser. 

But Belgium has probably the widest selection of beers in the world and can brew delicious, fruity beers from practically anything — cherries, raspberries, strawberries, apricots, honey, orange peels, cinnamon, black pepper, nuts, chocolate and even wheat. So many of these wheat beers can now be seen to be gracing the shelves in Publix.

Experience Ireland

It was an impulsive decision. I frequently get homesick and long to be back home in Europe, so I chose to fly across the pond to meet friends and relatives and explore a small part of Europe in a short six-day visit.

Airline ticketing can be complex but I opted for Delta Airlines via Atlanta to get to my destination of Dublin. As a frequent traveler, I invariably choose Delta Airlines to go to Europe; firstly, because they’ve always been reliable and partly in honor of my late husband who flew for Delta out of JFK.  

A pocket of tranquility

It’s a beautiful sunny day and I’m sitting under a shady palm, book in hand, a cold drink in the other. There’s a gentle breeze coming off the blue-green water, and the soft chirping of sea birds is the only noise disturbing my afternoon reverie. 

I could almost be on a tiny South Seas island, hours away from civilization but in reality, I’m on a tiny, tiny piece of Florida called Palm Island. 

Palm Island is located about 9 miles south of Englewood, Florida, off the coast from Cape Haze. Not really an accurate name as it is made up of 4 interconnected islands.

Touring Florida State Capitol

by Melissa Fordyce SPECIAL TO HERNANDO SUN

Want to learn about our state government and history? Instead of reading about it in a book, take a day to explore the Florida State capitol in Tallahassee.
On a recent vacation, we had the opportunity to spend a few hours in the state’s capital and it allowed my kids to experience a little of our state history as well as learn how our state came about.