This Orlando animal attraction takes a lot of crap from Disney

SOS Iden with grapefruit

Not every business in Florida readily admits to taking a lot of crap from Disney. Except maybe Showcase of Citrus. As a matter of fact, this organic citrus grove, blooming with heirloom fruit trees, accepts it by the ton. The family-owned farm has what can best be described as a unique relationship with Disney's Animal more »

In Orlando, there’s a new challenge in the trees

TT Aren and Iden climb ladder

Zip-line courses may be a prerequisite for any self-respecting tourist destination, but Orlando has a reputation for taking its attractions to new heights. The recently-opened Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park -- a series of obstacle courses set among windswept pines -- is a worthy addition. And this one's definitely got altitude. The aerial course is a more »

Yeehaw! See the sea cow roundup in Florida’s Citrus County

Snorkelers with manatee

Every January for the last 28 years, Citrus County has commemorated the return of the sea cow -- also known as the Florida Manatee -- to their winter home with in a raucous two-day party. Think of the Florida Manatee Festival as the Sunshine State's version of the round up, minus the cowboys. When the temperatures more »

New year, new Away is Home

2015 Fireworks party - New Year Display!

Welcome to the new Away is Home. Again. If you've been following our adventures — and misadventures — for the last six years, then you know this site changes with predictable regularity. Call it continuous innovation. Call it throwing spaghetti at the ceiling to see what will stick. Either way, we're always evolving, exploring, pushing the boundaries. That's more »

Don’t ask for a pass on these parking offenses

Drivers Arguing After The Accident

When was the last time you were in a parking lot and didn't have commentary on at least one thing you witnessed there? Anyone? I can't remember, either. In a 2012 survey, Consumer Reports asked 895 Americans to share their top gripes about their fellow motorists. Among them: ✓ Able-bodied drivers parking in designated handicapped more »

Season’s eatings! What to do about those holiday extras

Eating Healthy

I've been dreading the arrival of the winter holiday season, since early September when the first party invitations started showing up in my email. After all, I spent the summer months finally slimming down after the previous year's revelry. I really don't want to go through that again. Still, I'm torn between knowing that I more »

Elevator etiquette 101: Don’t stand so close to me

Drowning in people. Top view of fearful young woman in formalwear feeling trapped by the crowd while standing in elevator

My arm is numb by the time the elevator reaches the fifth floor. I have ten more floors to go. The weight of my luggage is exhausting every muscle from the top of my shoulder to the tip of my stubby little pinky finger. One more ding and the dripping wet child to my right more »

If you’re sick, stay home

Medical Health Care Worker Showing Stop Sign

Thank you for reading the Away is Home newsletter. We've spun off our destination site into a new blog and newsletter -- and you're reading it. Remember, you can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here. What you need to know this week If you're so sick, why didn't you just stay home? We kick off this week's more »

Can you ever outgrow a destination?


When I found out that my lifelong friends were planning one last trip together before we left town to make our way in the world, I was thrilled. The details of the trip sounded wonderful -- at least at first. But to my horror, my friends picked a destination I have no interest in visiting: Cancun, more »