The New Ban On 78% Of Sunscreens, New WDW Pass Options, How To Keep Your IHG Points From Expiring, & More

Happy Sunday y’all! We hope you had a good week! Here are some travel articles we’ve recently seen that we think you may enjoy.

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We FINALLY Saw The Austin Bats (a.k.a. “Normy & Sam Were Good Luck!”)

Joe and I just came back from a whirlwind 5-day trip to New Braunfels, Austin & San Antonio, Texas. We’ve done bits and pieces of this trip almost every year since 2006 or so, but this was the first time we brought our friends Norman (Normy) and Samantha (Sam). They live in Georgia, had never been to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels (our main reason for the annual jaunt…although Buc-ee’s, one of the best hotel employees in the world and some of our favorite restaurants in the area [The Salt Lick and Huisache Grill, among others] are a close 2nd, 3rd and 4th), and Sam had never been to Texas, period. So we had reason to do a few more touristy things than usual, including the Austin sign and the Alamo (both of which were perfect opportunities to add to my photobomb collection, LOLOL!).

Normy had mentioned he would like to see the bats in Austin. Now, Joe and I had already tried to see the bats twice before while standing on the South Congress Bridge, with absolutely NO results. So we figured this visit would be “3 strikes and you’re out,” or “3rd time’s the charm.”

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How To Bring “Must Stay Cold” Food (& Medicine!) In Your Carry-On

Everyone has their favorite foods from certain places, whether it’s bratwurst from Wisconsin, kielbasi from New Jersey or Aunt Mary’s famous lasagna. They taste great while you’re visiting, but bringing them home with you on a plane could be difficult because of the need for refrigeration for all those hours. For Joe and I, a perfect example is when we bring home meat from our favorite barbecue place in Texas, The Salt Lick. For the first several years we did this, we always worried if how we packed it would keep the food cold enough for several hours to still be safe to eventually eat. But by now we’ve pretty much perfected our technique, and we’re happy to share it with you.

Oh, and the cool thing is that the same technique works if you need to bring medication on the plane that has to stay cold!
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Our Favorite Places to Eat When Visiting Schlitterbahn (Austin, New Braunfels and Driftwood, TX)

We love to visit Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels, TX. We’ve been going for over a decade and in that time we’ve managed to find some restaurants that keep us going back to them time after time after time. They are our local comfort foods and we enjoy eating at these places so much that it’s difficult for us to break away and try anywhere else. Just like when we go to New York and have to eat pizza, bagels and corned beef sandwiches, when we go to Texas we need to eat barbecue, grilled meats and down home Texas comfort food.

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Our Visit to Buc-ee’s in New Braunfels, Texas (a.k.a. Sharon Is NOT obsessed)

As I mentioned in a post a while back, Buc-ee’s is a chain of roadside gas and convenience stores located in Texas (soon to be expanding into Florida!) and I just LOVE them! So during our pretty-much-almost-annual visit to New Braunfels to go to Schlitterbahn Water Park & Resort nearly every summer, I make sure we visit Buc-ee’s at least twice (occasionally more). Our visit a couple of weeks ago was no exception.
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How To Bring Your Favorite Hometown Foods Back Home With You

Everyone has their favorite foods from certain places, whether it’s bratwurst from Wisconsin, kielbasi from New Jersey or Aunt Mary’s famous lasagna. They taste great while you’re visiting, but bringing them home with you on a plane could be difficult because of the need for refrigeration for all those hours. For Joe and I, a perfect example is when we bring home meat from our favorite barbecue place in Texas, The Salt Lick. For the first several years we did this, we always worried if how we packed it would keep the food cold enough for several hours to still be safe to eventually eat. But by now we’ve pretty much perfected our technique, and we’re happy to share it with you:
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Buc-ees Is Coming To Florida, I Am Thrilled To No End & Here’s Why You Should Be, Too!

Buc-ee's04Buc-ee’s is a chain of roadside gas and convenience stores located in Texas and I just LOVE them! So I am THRILLED it was announced the other day that they are planning to open their first location outside of Texas, in Daytona, Florida! You guys, that’s only, like, an hour and a half from here! SQUEEEEE!!!

To be honest, neither Joe nor I are even sure how we originally discovered Buc-ee’s. We’ve been visiting Schlitterbahn Water Parks & Resort in New Braunfels TX nearly every year for a good decade or more and when the Buc-ee’s opened Continue reading “Buc-ees Is Coming To Florida, I Am Thrilled To No End & Here’s Why You Should Be, Too!”