Do You’d like to nonetheless are uneasy about getting on an airplane or a cruise ship (or paying the extreme prices), It Might be time for a Florida staycation.

Two recently up So far journey e-books — Visiting Small-Metropolis Florida and 100 Issues to Do in Tampa Bay Earlier than You Die — supply good ideas for staycations and day journeys, So that you will Have The power To revenue from dwelling in A spot that vacationers flock to. A lot of their ideas primarytain away from The huge, properly-acknowledged factors of curiosity, supplying native gems That are off the crushed path.

Travel informations can have A quick shelf life, so it helps that each e-books reviwebsited and up So far their ideas and journeys. Tampa native Bruce Hunt recently launched his fourth version of Small-Metropolis Florida, supplying chew-sized profiles and restaurant and storeping recommfinishations for “79 of Florida’s most fascinating small cities.”

The Ozona Village Hall historic website marks the place The primary housesteaders started arriving On the flip of the Twentieth century. [ LUIS SANTANA | Occasions ]

Kristen Hare, a journaitemizing with the Poynter Institute and contributor to the Tampa Bay Occasions, simply launched the third version of her information to dwelling like a vacationer Inside the Tampa Bay space. The premise is a bucket itemizing Idea that took on a gooder resonance for her By way of the pandemic.

“Whereas that wink On the bucket itemizing felt cute with The primary and second versions, By way of the pandemic it has taken on A mannequin new sense of urgency for me,” Hare said. “Life Is short-term. Nothing is assured. How we spfinish our time — and the people we spfinish it with — is As a lot as us.”

Some ideas from the authors coincide. Confacetr Small-Metropolis Florida’s suggestion To Search out tiny Ozona.

“Palm Harbor has grown up round Ozona, However the little village nonetheless manages To primarytain on to its quiet, quirky allure,” Hunt writes. You’ll Uncover a scenic part of the Pinellas Path bike overpass And a few good meals at Ozona Pig and Molly Goodhead’s Uncooked Bar, housed in a circa 1919 house. For storeping, Antiques and Uniques subsequent door to Ozona Pig “has a treasure trove of basic collectibles.”

Antiques and Uniques, the store subsequent door to Ozona Pig, has a treasure trove of basic collectibles and Florida-themed inside decorations. [ LUIS SANTANA | Occasions ]

As with A lot of the small cities in Hunt’s e-book, it solely takes A day to see its sights. However Ozona is Shut to A pair of of Hare’s day journey ideas. In close by Tarpon Springs, the affect of its Greek immigrants and sponge divers make a go to “really feel …….


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