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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza

Girls weekend shopping trip. Sounds great, right? It was a nice shopping trip with my mom. Our itinerary for this trip was to shop at Tampa's International Plaza Mall. For this trip we chose to stay at Marriott's Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Mall. We chose this hotel for it's location and décor. If you want a hotel close to the International Mall you can't beat this hotel. The Renaissance is attached to the mall and a short walk to all the shops and restaurants.

I was very impressed by our short stay here. From the moment we arrived the staff was friendly and helpful. Our room wasn't ready when we arrived, so we took advantage of their luggage storage and began our shopping trip. Concierge called us when our room was ready (before regular check-in time). The décor for this hotel is very unique from the moment you step into the lobby.

luxury hotel in Tampa
I was very much charmed by the décor throughout the whole hotel, including our rooms. I was very impressed by this Marriot "boutique" styled hotel. Breakfast is not included in your stay, however they offer an excellent array of breakfast options. 


- Free high speed wireless internet in rooms
-Fitness Center
-4:00pm Check-in
- Noon Check-out
- Complimentary parking
- Valet parking $19 daily
-Continental Breakfast $11 daily
- Buffet style Breakfast $18 daily 
Expedition: Wanderlust Tip: *When booking your stay don't forget to ask about a AAA discount (if your a member), and don't forget to use your Marriott Rewards # (this is a category 6 property)*

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Take Nothing but Pictures, Leave Nothing but Footprints

I have recently decided it's high time I start discovering all my state has to offer. I'm excited to start Take Nothing but Pictures, Leave Nothing but Footprints "campaign".  I foresee visits to state parks, theme parks, and state beaches in my future. While I'm unable to travel full time, I'm hoping to travel locally in between my international trips. I chose to refer to my Florida travels as, Take Nothing but Pictures, Leave Nothing but Footprints, because I think it sends an important message. It's important to me that we take care of our surroundings and nature in general. Ecotourism is on the rise and there are so many beautiful places in the world to travel to. However, they wont survive over time if we don't take care of them. I'm always amazed when I hike and experience nature and traveling.

By traveling around my state I'm hoping to bring a locals perspective to anyone visiting Florida, recommendations and tried and true tips. Keep a look out for upcoming posts for Tampa and Orlando! Anywhere you would like me to visit in Florida? Leave a comment below.