It was my first time visiting Orlando, Florida, and after a long 15 hour flight we finally touched down around lunchtime.

The weather was gorgeous and sunny, and knowing that my sleep pattern would be completely messed up if I went to bed straight away, a few of us opted to share an uber to the nearby outlet mall once we’d checked in and freshened up.

We agreed on a time to meet later for dinner, and split up to hit the shops.

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On a recent layover in Fort Lauderdale, having visited Miami the previous time, I decided to head out to the Everglades in the hope of spotting some alligators.

Once again we had a 50-something hour layover, which gave us plenty of time to do some exploring. After getting a few hours of sunshine in by the pool (which the hotel forgot to mention was empty and under construction …. at least I got a tan!) 6 of us met for dinner.

Our captain had hired a car big enough for everyone to fit in, so we drove down to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, which wasn’t too far.

We had a recommendation for a restaurant called Aruba Beach Cafe, and it was a great choice! We got a table out on the terrace, and ordered up a seafood feast.

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