One of the reasons CENTRAL PA is so AWESOME is that you can get to so many great places in JUST A FEW HOURS DRIVE.


Here’s a nice piece from a couple of local CRUISE CONNOISSEURS, Lauren and Ryan Blazi of Dreaming Tree Adventures



Cruising Local: Getting the Most Bang for Your 
Vacation Buck


When I was approached to write an article about great travel ideas for Central Pennsylvanians, the gears immediately started turning, as we have some fantastic vacation options within just a few hours. Whether you’re a wine aficionado looking for new varietals in the Finger Lakes in New York, a sun worshiper hitting the beaches of Ocean City Maryland or New Jersey, or a history buff taking the family to experience some history in Williamsburg, Virginia, we have so much to choose from! But then I remember a conversation I had with a friend almost ten years ago who turned me onto what I have since decided is the best vacation you can take – a cruise!




Everyone wants an enjoyable vacation, creating family memories to last a life time while not breaking the bank in the process. But if you’re already thinking of hitting the beach, add the following in your head 1) How much will a week’s hotel at Ocean City cost? 2) How much will dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner cost for 7 days for you and your family? 3) How much will you spend on activities to entertain you and your family? It’s a lot, right?




This is where I encourage you to take that figure and try taking a cruise! And better still, you don’t have to fly to Florida to take a great voyage! You can hop in your car and cruise out of great ports within a short drive of Central PA, like Norfolk, Baltimore, and New York. A cruise ship is like a floating resort, and included in your fare you will enjoy amenities such as: room and board for a week, amazing food, waking up in exotic locales with crystal clear water, free shows and entertainment, water parks, rock climbing walls, and 24-hour pizza! All of this can cost the same amount as a week at the beach in Maryland or New Jersey! If that wasn’t enough, cruising allows you to create amazing family time, unplug for a week, experience multiple destinations while only unpacking once, shop duty free, and receive high-level service from attentive staff.




All of this can be available within a few hours of Central PA. A doorway to a wider world awaits, so make sure you consider a cruise when you plan your next adventure! Sea ya later!


Check out Ryan, Lauren, and Dreaming Tree Adventures here…


Dreaming Tree Adventures







Categories: Uncategorized

Derek Bicksler

Born and raised in Central PA. I spent a happy childhood in the Allison Hill area of Harrisburg before moving to and attending high school at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High. I love the two different environments and cultures I was exposed to as a child, it has made me more tolerant of those different from me and given me a somewhat unique perspective of the world. Son to two wonderful giving parents, Harriet and Dale, who are both my inspiration for my community service. They’ve done too many good things to mention, I really look up to them. (and my grandparents were missionaries and ministers and community servants, so I have a long line of selfless givers to live up to and hopefully make proud) Husband to my charming, witty, and beautiful wife, Katie, who’s my best friend and partner in kicking butt! We enjoy being active together, living a healthy lifestyle, and being the best parents we can be (like our parents were for us). Katie has so many qualities that I admire, and I love her more and more each day. Father to my super smart and talented daughter, Piper. She amazes me everyday and I know she will grow up to do awesome things. Like any parent, words don’t say how much I love her. She is the reason. Successful Real Estate Professional since 2006. I sell and list homes 24/7, but more importantly, I help my clients reach their real estate goals and achieve their hopes and dreams. There’s nothing else I would ever consider doing (except maybe be a rock climbing bum in another life LOL) and I work diligently every day to make sure my clients are happy and uber satisfied with their home selling or buying experience. It’s all about my clients. Industry Leader. I enjoy giving back to my profession and taking on leadership positions; I feel it is my duty to my industry and my clients. I stay involved and in touch with what is going on in our local and national housing markets and with legislation so that I can better serve my clients and protect home ownership. Here are just a few of the positions I hold or have held in the Central PA real estate housing market: -Board of Directors - Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors (GHAR) -Board President - Greater Harrisburg Realtors Foundation -Committee Chair - GHAR Member Value & Communications Committee -Volunteer, Donator, & Mascot – GHAR Thanksgiving Food Drive -Committee Chair - GHAR Member Information Session Committee -Contributor - PA Association of Realtors social media instructional videos Volunteer in the community and in my industry. I have a standing gig as the technology tutor for senior citizens at Messiah Lifeways’ Mechanicsburg Place Senior Center in Downtown Mechanicsburg and I’m active with many other groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters (check out their latest event…talk about a FUNdraiser  ), Habitat For Humanity (I love demo!), New Hope Ministries, and Central Penn Food Bank just to name a few.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *