Planning a Florida Family Vacation? I’m Your Insider! #traveltuesday

by Carrie McLaren with 10 comments

Before my girls were born, I had a career in the travel industry – a career that involved promoting great destinations and activities for families.

I wouldn’t trade staying at home with my girls for anything in the world.  I was recently approached with a fantastic new opportunity that would allow me to continue to be at home, but also fulfill my love of travel.  I’m thrilled to tell you about my latest adventure… I am the new VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider!

Jacksonville Beach Florida Pier

I’ll be working with the state’s tourism department sharing my adventures and thoughts about family travel throughout my native Florida. I’ll be taking a trip once a month to explore a “new to me” Florida destination, filming video blogs and experience the Florida lifestyle to share with those planning trips to our beautiful state.

I would love for you to follow along with me on the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider Facebook page and on Twitter at @VFFamilyInsider.

And I’m truly excited that in my new role as the VISIT FLORIDA Insider, I’ll still be able to continue my journey as Carrie with Children too!  (It’s always good to wear a few hats, right?!)

So… where would you like to travel in Florida?  Have a favorite Florida family vacation spot?  Tell me..

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  • Melissa

    I’m so excited for you, you are prefect for this! Well, my favorite place in Florida is Disney World but I sure could go for a beach trip right now!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you so much, Melissa! It’s going to be a very fun adventure!

  • Lori Beth

    Congratulations!!! I look forward to hearing about all your travels. :) Our favorites are Captiva Island and Amelia Island.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Lori Beth! :) You’ll have to let me know the next time you visit Amelia Island – I’m just down the road in Jacksonville! Would love to see you

  • Felicia

    This is perfect timing! We are heard that way this summer because Graham really wants to visit his granddaddy. We thought we would like to find a quiet and unique place on the gulf coast. Any ideas??

    • Carrie with Children

      Yay! I’m excited you are headed to Florida this summer – how fun! I really love Anna Maria Island on the Gulf Coast – beautiful beaches and laidback. Perfect for families.

      Hope you have a great trip!

      • Felicia

        Thank you!

  • Donna

    What a wonderful job to have! Good luck. I am right on the Florida/Georgia line in Valdosta, so we love getting away to Florida. I can’t wait to see where you travel.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks so much, Donna! I’m in Jacksonville – we are almost neighbors! :) I hope to share a lot of fun Florida adventures!

  • Nicole

    Hi Carrie, my daughter has been granted a Make A Wish trip. She has Leukemia and is nearly 4 years old. Her Wish is to see baby sea turtles hatching. I saw your comments regarding the turtle release from a Conservation and Rehabilitation place on the Visit Florida site. Ideally seeing them in the daytime scampering to the water beats waiting on a night hatch that may or may not happen…We are looking for a local’s perspective on a quant and hidden gem of a place to stay and visit. We are not theme park folks but enjoy the natural world, shelling and sight seeing wild creatures. Got any insider ideas for us?