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With so many people online these days, you can find any information on the Internet. This means that travelers can learn about their destination before they leave home. If you are going to Florida to stay in a vacation home or villa rental, there is a lot of planning involved: apartment and car rentals, plane or train tickets, the packing, and your itinerary. Figuring out what you want to spend your time doing is easier than ever with sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor. But then again these sites don’t guarantee you’ll agree with their reviews. If you are looking for a more nuanced and local approach to planning your vacation check out these blogs and websites for more information.

http://www.authenticflorida.com/blog/

With the tagline “simple and delightful pleasures for Florida living” this blog appeals to me because of its emphasis on nature and self-reflection. Staying in an apartment rental means that you can experience Florida in a way that’s impossible in a hotel. This blog has ideas for cooking, gardening, and exploring Florida. While vacations are fleeting and the tourist experience can be a superficial dash through a destination, there is something to be said for the sincerity found in this blog.

Then again, when it’s all said and done, sometimes you just need to let loose. This site: http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/orlando/articles/orlandos-top-5-attractions will give you ideas and information on Orlando’s top 5 attractions. If you are staying in a house for rent by owner you will save a significant amount of money as opposed to staying in a hotel. A splurge at one of these parks and attractions can really make your vacation special.

We’ve talked about beaches near Orlando before but here is a more comprehensive list of beaches. You can make more informed choices about excursions away from your holiday villa or house rental. Plus, there are pictures! http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/beach/os-best-beaches-florida-photogallery.html

Of course, restaurants are always a big part of vacation. As a vacationer you might be relying on shots in the dark when it comes to dinnertime. There are online reviews but you could look to local advice by checking out the Orlando 2014 Dining Awards here: http://www.orlandomagazine.com/Orlando-Magazine/May-2014/2014-Dining-Awards/

With awards for the best restaurants in 61 categories you are sure to find something delicious. Even though many holiday houses and luxury villas have kitchens, a special dinner out is always a treat.

Golfers can have a look at: http://www.golf.com/courses-and-travel/best-golf-courses-orlando-florida to find the best golf courses in Orlando. Many condo rentals and villa rentals are in communities with golf courses included in the long list of amenities, but there are so many options you might be persuaded to visit some of the courses on this list.

While you are staying in Orlando in a Florida holiday villa or vacation home rental you can look at these Orlando-specific sites for news, information, and updates on general goings-on:

Visit Orlando http://www.visitorlando.com/blog/

Orlando Magazine http://www.orlandomagazine.com/

Hype Orlando http://www.hypeorlando.com/

Orlando Weekly http://www.orlandoweekly.com/

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