Dawn Henthorn

Dawn's earliest memories from the road include numerous day trips with her family to some of Florida's most historic destinations. Over the years, she has traveled the highways and byways of the Sunshine State witnessing the enormous changes that now make Central Florida one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world and South Florida one of the most diverse.


Dawn Henthorn is an editor and freelance writer who grew up in, and loves, Florida. She was previously the editor for Wire to Wire, Florida's Horse Racing Digest, and a contributing writer for Orlando Family Magazine.

Dawn Henthorn

Each week, I'll introduce you to a new Florida adventure and the seemingly endless wonders of the Sunshine State. Travel with me to well-known attractions or those little-known, but "great places to pull over."

Like all the Expert Guides at About.com, I'm a real person. However, writing and managing a site as large as Florida Travel is extremely time consuming. While I enjoy hearing from visitors to Florida Travel, due to the volume of email I receive, I may not be able to answer every inquiry in a timely manner.

How to Find the Help You Need

You may find your answer more quickly by:

  • Checking the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below to see if you can find the answer to your question.
  • Use the search function at the top center of the home page.
  • Check the "Florida Travel Essentials and Categories" on the left-hand side of the main page.

If you still can't find the information you are looking for on Florida Travel, you can email me at AboutFloridaTravel@gmail.com, and I'll try to find the answer for you. I always look forward to hearing from my readers. Thanks for visiting!


When is the best time to go?

When you take your vacation is often dictated by the school calendar; but, if that isn't a consideration, you can plan your vacation around the best weather conditions or perhaps a special event. Check Florida Travel's calendar, monthly guides and event listings before making your travel plans.

Is it cheaper to fly or drive to Florida?

Deciding whether it is cheaper to drive or fly is getting more difficult as gasoline prices and airline tickets are constantly in flux. This question is best answered by using these tools to compare the number of driving miles to the price of an airline ticket.

What will the weather be like during my vacation?

Florida's weather is generally mild all year long; however, summers throughout the state are long, warm, and fairly humid. Winters are mild with periodic invasions of cool to occasionally very cold air. Coastal areas in all sections of Florida average slightly warmer temperatures in winter and cooler ones in summer. Learn more about Florida's climate and weather and specific average temperatures for major destination cities.

Can you help me plan my Florida vacation?

If you have specific questions after browsing my Florida Vacation and Travel Guide, I would be happy to answer them. This guide offers a wide variety of general Florida travel information, including choosing the best time to go and a destination, where to stay, where to eat, what there is to do, getting the most from your vacation dollar and more.

Can you help me plan a Disney World vacation?

Use our handy Disney World Vacation Planner for all the information you'll need to plan your Disney World Vacation. Also, check our Disney World Tips for helpful hints on getting the most from your Disney World vacation.

Can you help me plan an Orlando vacation?

Orlando is Florida's number one vacation destination; but, there is so much to see and do, planning a vacation can be overwhelming. Our Orlando Vacation Planner not only offers information on getting there, the weather, where to stay, best places to eat, and all the wonderful attractions there are to see, but also money-saving tips.

Can you help me plan a Florida camping vacation?

Florida's mild climate allows for year round camping and the state offers a wide variety of camping experiences, including wonderful state parks and beachfront camping.

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