Five Experiences: Indianapolis NCAA Tournament Fun

Indianapolis NCAA Tournament

The Midwest Regional of the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament is in Indianapolis, and I can think of no better place for fans than this capital of basketball. This weekend, fans of Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee and Michigan will descend on Downtown Indianapolis for Friday’s Sweet 16 games and Sunday’s Elite Eight tilt. And while basketball will be the focus of the weekend, don’t overlook the awesomeness that is Indianapolis. Here are my recommendations to have some Indianapolis NCAA Tournament fun.

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Vacation Exercise: Thinking Outside the Box

Vacation Exercise

Not sure how much exercise this tour provides, but a beer tour of Indianapolis while pedaling has to provide some cardio.

Do you ever find yourself on an exercise regimen only to be on a trip and skipping out on a week of workouts? Unless you’re training for a marathon or triathlon, skipping four or five days of workouts doesn’t matter. Trust me. It. Does. Not. Matter if you skip several days of exercise as you enjoy a destination. But as a former competitive runner, I do know the importance of getting in some quality vacation exercise. And as a parent, I know how hard it can be to get in vacation exercise while enjoying a destination and watching the little ones. So here are a few ways I’ve managed to break a sweat while traveling. And I’m not talking about 12-ounce curls. I’ve tried all of these alternative ways to get in some vacation exercise.

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Five Spring Break Alternatives

spring break alternatives

Spring break season is upon us, that time when families flock to the theme park madness in Central Florida, find a spot in the sand on the crowded beaches of the South or hit the slopes for a week of fun in the snow. But not everyone wants to fight the spring break crowds. In fact, I’d venture to say many families don’t travel during March and April because of the crowds and inflated prices. But if you are looking for spring break alternatives, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for five spring break alternatives. Continue reading

Indianapolis Children’s Guide (A Child’s Perspective)

Indianapolis Children's Guide

When we visited Indianapolis a few months ago, it was an experience that had something for the whole family. We enjoyed great food, shopping, art museums and plenty of activities our then-6-year-old son would love. It’s hard for me to say what was his favorite activity. He didn’t want to leave the massive Indianapolis Children’s Museum, he’s been asking to ride a surrey ever since our experience at the Indianapolis Central Canal, he loved the dolphins and sharks at the Indianapolis Zoo, had fun playing drums at the Rhythm Discovery Center, and was thrilled to get a special tour of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers. So instead of trying to put into words what Indianapolis was like for a child, I’ll let our now 7-year-old son tell you. Introducing Colby Wiedower with his Indianapolis Children’s Guide, which also happens to be his first published story.

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2013 Travel Year in Review

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

This past year has brought so many great travel experiences and discoveries, not to mention wonderful people I’ve been able to meet. Trips By Lance was launched in 2012 as a travel-planning business, but in February 2013 I switched the focus to a travel blog to share the wonderful experiences we are discovering in this great world. 2013 exposed me to new ideas, experiences and places. Here are some of my favorites in this 2013 travel year in review.

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