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Tips for Making the Most Out of Your Trip to SeaWorld

Please join us in welcoming Stephany Wiestling to The Window Seat. She is an avid traveler and runs the website where she shares family vacation tips from her own travels and from other parents who’ve been there.

My son is a huge animal lover, and he especially loves marine animals.  No matter where we go, his favorite attractions are aquariums.  Of course it’s a no-brainer that SeaWorld is hands-down his favorite theme park.   (You can witness his enthusiasm in his SeaWorld video review .)

Time to get your green on: 10 great St. Patrick’s Day celebration destinations

The greenest time of the year is just around the corner – and no, we’re not referring to spring, although that is too!

Shamrock Cookies

Originally a holy day in Ireland, it wasn’t long before St. Patrick’s Day was synonymous with celebrating all things Irish, making it one of the most spirited and celebrated holidays of the year.  And while we’d all love to visit the “emerald isle” itself to partake in the festivities, don’t worry,   St. Patrick’s Day celebrations span the globe, and can be just as “sham-rocking.”

We’ve gathered 10 great St. Patty’s Day getaway destinations – truly channelling the spirit and diversity of Irish pride.

Melanie Waldman from Travels With Two Shares Simply Smashing Tips with Yours Truly

Editor’s Note: Periodically the Travelocity Roaming Gnome will interview a few of his favorite travel friends about all things travel. Please welcome them to The Window Seat.

Melanie Waldman is the editor of Travels With Two, which features stories of her many trips with her husband to inspire working couples to use their vacation time to travel. In addition to checking out her blog for photos, tips, itineraries and reviews, you can follow Melanie’s adventures on Twitter.

Melanie Waldman

ROAMING GNOME: Despite my dashing good lucks, I’m still flying solo.  What do you look for when traveling with your mate?  I look for great adventures, smashing people and umbrella drinks.

MELANIE WALDMAN: I’m truly sorry to hear about your lack of traveling companions, but of course, a good umbrella drink can help to ease that pain. What I enjoy when traveling with my husband is a long and winding drive, a wandering stroll that’s sure to get us lost, a lingering lunch in the sunshine and an evening whiled away over wine and cheese. We never turn down snorkeling, a good museum or an afternoon nap, and there’s always a healthy dose of laughing.

HotelChatter’s Juliana Shallcross and I Share a Love of Hotels and Mini-Toiletries

Editor’s Note: Periodically the Travelocity Roaming Gnome will interview a few of his favorite travel friends about all things travel. Please welcome them to The Window Seat.

Juliana Shallcross is the managing editor at HotelChatterJaunted and VegasChatter.  She’s an expert on one of the Gnome’s favorite topics – hotels. From hotel openings and amenities to hotel bars and celeb sightings – she knows it all. In addition to reading her blogs you can follow Juliana on Twitter.

Julianna Shallcross, HotelChatter

ROAMING GNOME: Staying in a hotel is one of my favorite things about travel. There´s something about mini shampoos, toothpaste, and soap that makes me feel at ease. Why do you love hotels so much?

JULIANA SHALLCROSS: Ooo, I love the mini hotel toiletries too! But what I really love about hotels is that each one is a different experience. Hotels today have moved way beyond just offering a nice place to sleep. Now, they go all out with interesting and diverse decor in the guestrooms, a hotel bar and restaurant you actually want to drink and eat at and really fun new services and amenities.