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5 tips for drivers hitting the open road this spring

(BPT) - Americans are ready for spring weekend getaways and road trips. According to the latest Gauge Index survey from Hankook Tire, most of us are planning an outdoor getaway. The beach (51%) is the top vacation Americans are planning this spring, followed by a national park (39%) for the outdoorsy type and an amusement park (31%) for the thrill seekers.

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Tuesday 04/16/2019
Tips for the ultimate vacation with your pet
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - With the warmer weather, you’ve likely kicked your travel plans into high gear. From a tropical getaway to an adventurous excursion, dream destinations are a staple of the season. Whether your dog is coming along for the trip or staying behind, here are four ways to be fully prepared for a family vacation, keeping your furriest family member in mind.

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Tuesday 04/09/2019
Explore the American Evolution: Virginia as the gateway to modern America
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - While we often think of history as being so — yesterday, the truth is that the America of today wouldn’t be what it is without the events of the past that shaped our country. And there is no better way to connect with the roots of modern America than to return to Virginia, where so many of our vital institutions, traditions and movements first began.

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Monday 04/08/2019
5 tips for a great trip to celebrate Pride this year
Posted: April 08, 2019

(BPT) - How badly do LGBTQ travelers want to attend Pride this year? A recent survey by Orbitz found that 80 percent of LGBTQ travelers would give up their cell phone during Pride in exchange for free tickets, meals and hotel accommodations for the weekend. And nearly half (42 percent) of respondents said they plan to travel more than 50 miles to Pride events this year.

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Going Away? Tips To Keep Your Home Safe While You’re On Vacation
Updated: April 10, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—Peace of mind is important to just about all homeowners, including when they’re away on a hard-earned vacation. When warm weather arrives, however, crime rates increase, according to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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Thursday 04/04/2019
How you can make a difference on your next vacation
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Looking for a vacation that’s not only fun, but also meaningful? Wish you had more time to volunteer in a way that really makes a difference? There’s a simple solution: Plan your next vacation around a great volunteer opportunity.

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Stress-Free Group Travel Planning
Updated: April 06, 2019 - 2:39 am

(NAPSI)—Most people would agree that there are few things better than taking a trip with friends or family members, dropping the distractions of everyday life and simply being together. Staying in vacation rentals is a popular option for families and groups of friends because these accommodations offer ample space and privacy, many have unique amenities such as a backyard or pool, and guests can split the cost several ways.

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Friday 03/29/2019
Family safety: Public transportation is 10 times safer than traveling by car
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

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Ten Tips On Leaving School
Updated: April 04, 2019 - 2:51 am

(NAPSI)—Once your college years are behind you and your future before you, the first step into that future is to move out of your dorm or college apartment.

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Friday 03/22/2019
After a cold winter, what’s in store for spring and summer?
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re heading to the beach or hitting the slopes this spring, the weather just may be on your side.

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Thursday 03/21/2019
5 reasons a river cruise is the ideal way to see Europe
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

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Tuesday 03/19/2019
Celebrate life's major milestones in Myrtle Beach
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - From birthdays and weddings to anniversaries and retirements, life is all about celebrating those special moments with the ones we love. What better way to make the occasion unforgettable than to travel to an amazing destination?

For any important milestone, find the perfect way to celebrate by traveling somewhere special. Whether you’re looking for unique entertainment and fun for a group of friends on your birthday or a bachelor/bachelorette party, a quick getaway with your spouse to mark an anniversary, a romantic honeymoon destination or a family trip with the kids, everything you want can be found in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Happy birthday to you!

Whether you’re bringing the entire family or rounding up your besties for a weekend to celebrate a birthday, look for activities you know everyone will enjoy.

For the kids, take a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, check out the sharks and stingrays at Ripley’s Aquarium or, for adventure and a little learning, wander through the interactive experience known as WonderWorks. After a morning relaxing on the beach with the kids, you can all head out to one of the area’s dozens of mini-golf courses for a friendly game or make a trip to The Track Family Fun Park for a go-kart race.

With your friends, charter a boat for a cruise or fishing excursion during the day, then enjoy dinner at one of the dozens of great seafood restaurants, followed by a show at the GTS Theater or The Carolina Opry. For the more adventurous, visit Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure for an unforgettable experience among the trees.

Romance your sweetheart

To surprise your special someone, celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary, or even pop the question, spring for a getaway in Myrtle Beach to spend quality time together.

Enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings by strolling through the gorgeous, 9,000-acre Brookgreen Gardens, which include an incredible sculpture garden and zoo.

Then take a sunset cruise or book a couple’s massage at a local spa. Make a reservation for an intimate dinner at one of the area's fine restaurants, like Aspen Grille or Thoroughbred’s Chophouse and Seafood Grille.

Celebrate with your wedding party

Plan the best bachelor or bachelorette party ever with the members of your wedding party.

You and your girlfriends will find plenty of exciting shopping at The Market Common and Barefoot Landing. For adventurous bridesmaids, rent jet skis at Action Water Sportz for an awesome day on the water. At night, toast the bride-to-be with craft cocktails at The Chemist, then dance the night away to live music at the historic Bowery.

Entertain the groom-to-be by hitting the links. Myrtle Beach is one of the country’s premier golf destinations, with 90 unique, challenging golf courses. Then get your adrenaline going by parasailing with Express Watersports, or take the wheel at the NASCAR Racing Experience at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Cap off the night by sampling local beers at New South Brewery and listening to live music at Tin Roof.


Sure, you’ve heard of honeymoons, but why not take a last chance at a peaceful few days with your partner before your new little one arrives? Look for restful, relaxing environments to enjoy your peace and quiet ... while you still can. Stretch out and catch some sun along the area's 60 miles of beaches, enjoy the natural beauty of the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk or stroll along the historic Conway Riverwalk.

Then you can catch the stunning view from the SkyWheel. This spring, Visit Myrtle Beach is giving away a Babymoon vacation package, which will include three nights of accommodations for two adults, airline tickets and more — complete with the lighting up of the SkyWheel in blue or pink to reveal the gender of your new baby.

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Monday 03/18/2019
RV popularity taking off with younger audience [Video]
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

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5 reasons to visit Florida’s Space Coast this year
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Searching for a vacation destination that’s out of this world? Look no further than Florida’s Space Coast — the primary home of NASA rocket launch operations and the origination point for numerous historic missions that have defined U.S. space exploration. For the science, technology and sci-fi enthusiasts in your family, there’s no better way to truly experience the excitement of the modern-day space race than to view a rocket launch in person during the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which in 1969 landed humans on the moon for the first time.

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Saturday 03/16/2019
Get Geared Up for Fishing Season
Posted: March 16, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a serious angler or you only dabble with the sport, the right gear can make your next fishing trip a success.

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Monday 03/11/2019
Enjoying the benefits of living life on the edge
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

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Monday 03/04/2019
Auto insight: Smart guidelines for buying a used car
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Buying a used car can be a great decision. Oftentimes, that's where you'll find a deal. On the other hand, you've got to make sure there won't be any surprises.

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Wednesday 02/27/2019
10 Tips to Prep for a Wisconsin Dells Family Waterpark Adventure
Posted: February 27, 2019

(StatePoint) You don’t have to wait until summer to pack up the family for a fun waterpark adventure. The indoor waterpark concept was first pioneered in Wisconsin Dells and the region is now chock-full of both indoor and outdoor parks. Here are some great tips to prepare for and enjoy a family getaway in the Dells, the self-proclaimed “waterpark capital of the world!”

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Monday 02/25/2019
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Are You Ready for the Next Season?
Posted: February 25, 2019

(StatePoint) As outdoor enthusiasts know, there are important preparations to make for extreme weather conditions. However, having gear that easily transitions between seasons means that you will always be organized and equipped to hit the road for an adventure whenever the mood strikes.

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Tuesday 02/19/2019
Priceless pics: 5 ways to capture better photos on your next vacation
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - If you’re already planning your next fun vacation, congratulations! New places, people and experiences await.

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Wednesday 02/13/2019
These are the 7 things you should absolutely do to save money on travel
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Average airline ticket prices rose about 5 percent in 2018, and when you factor in the cost of a hotel, car rental and other expenses, trips in 2019 could become even more expensive. Now more than ever it's important to be smart and utilize a range of ways to save when making travel decisions. Savvy travelers — whether for business or for pleasure — learn what travel experts have discovered: How and when you book can make a big difference.

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Friday 02/08/2019
5 ways to stay healthy on the road
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re traveling for business or for pleasure, if you spend your career on the road or even just take an occasional road trip, it may seem tough to maintain a healthy lifestyle while you’re on the go. The sedentary hours spent behind the wheel, combined with the seemingly limited healthy food options along the highway, can take a toll — especially on your heart.

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Wednesday 02/06/2019
Nanjing, China: Come for the history, stay for the food
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Savvy travelers know Nanjing as a hidden treasure, offering an array of rich historical and cultural sites for visitors to explore. Located in Jiangsu Province just outside of Shanghai, this city of more than 8 million sits along the Yangtze River, with the majestic Purple Mountain rising in the east. One of China's four ancient capital cities, Nanjing enjoys a relaxed pace compared to mega-cities like Beijing and is easy to navigate, with modern public transportation and plenty of taxis. Once you’ve enjoyed Nanjing's cultural traditions and historical attractions, relax and enjoy the remarkable hospitality and incredible food.

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Friday 02/01/2019
Newborn to 13+: Car safety tips for kids of all ages
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - For many parents, you buckle up your kids and off you go to day care, school or the park. You trust their car seat or booster seat will keep your child safe should something happen, but are you sure the seat you installed months or years ago is truly secure?

"I am deeply concerned that nearly half of all car seats are not used correctly," says Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "You don’t have to be a parent to play a part in protecting children. I urge everyone to follow these simple tips to ensure kids stay safe in the car at every age.”

The right car seat is the best protection in a crash

Every 33 seconds, a child under 13 years old is involved in a car crash, according to NHTSA data. Even more startling: Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1-13.

One of the most common mistakes parents and caregivers make is moving children to the next car seat too soon. No matter their age, you need to make sure that the car seat you use is the right one for your child's age, as well as their size (based on their weight and height).

Newborn to 3 years (infant and rear-facing car seat)

The youngest passengers should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum weight or height of their seat. This positioning better absorbs the force of an impact, making it a better option for small passengers whose necks and spines are still developing. In fact, car seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (under one year old) in passenger cars.

Keep in mind, even if your child’s feet touch the back of the vehicle seat, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready for a forward-facing seat. Parents shouldn't move their toddlers into a forward-facing car seat until they've hit the maximum height or weight limit of their current car seat.

4-7 years old (forward-facing car seat)

At this age your child will likely use a forward-facing car seat with a harness. One critical step for installing this car seat correctly is making sure to secure it with its tether, not just a seat belt. The tether is an adjustable strap with a hook that can be found at the top of most forward-facing car seats. When you secure the tether to the tether anchor in your vehicle, it keeps the car seat from moving forward in a crash, helping protect your child from head and neck injuries.

Additionally, always make sure the chest clip is secured across the chest rather than on the belly. These clips have a tendency to move down, so it's up to caregivers to align it properly. Make it a habit to always slide the clip up to the appropriate place after buckling your child in to their seat.

8-12 years old (booster seat)

After a child exceeds the age and size limits of their forward-facing seat, they can transition to a booster seat. A booster seat lifts a child up and helps their body properly align with the vehicle's existing seat belt.

Kids should stay in a booster seat until they are big enough to sit properly with the lap and shoulder belt securely buckled. That means the lap belt is snug across their upper thighs, not their stomach, and the shoulder belt is snug across their shoulder and chest, not their neck or face.

"Tweens" and preteens (seat belt)

Once your child is big enough to ride safely without needing a car seat or booster seat, keep in mind the back seat is still the safest place. All kids 13 and under should ride in the back, even if they try to convince you the front is the "cool" place to be.

For more advice and to find a car seat check location near you, visit

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Thursday 01/31/2019
Discover the legacy of African-American history in Virginia
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Looking for a window into the past? For families, history buffs, students — and anyone aspiring to understand the legacy of African-Americans who helped shape our country's history — there's no better place than Virginia. Explore the significance and impact of African-American history by visiting these sites from the 17th through the 19th centuries, which bring to life the amazing stories of the people who shaped the American Evolution.

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Great Tools for Winter Adventures
Posted: January 31, 2019

(StatePoint) It may be winter, but that’s no reason to put your outdoor adventures on hold. When you’re properly equipped, you may find you can brave all kinds of weather.

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Thursday 01/24/2019
5 tips for your next road trip
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Are you planning a classic American road trip? With a tank of gas, the right attitude and some smart supplies, you can explore amazing locales on a budget.

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Tuesday 01/22/2019
3 ways to prepare for stormy weather
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - No matter where you live, the weather can be unpredictable any time of year. Storms can disrupt your family’s routine, but a little preparation can mean reducing the stress that unexpected weather events can cause. Preparing for storms or other weather conditions just takes a few practical, proactive steps that can save you time, money and give you peace of mind.

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Wednesday 01/09/2019
5 unique cultural festivals in Hawaii
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - While you may not need more reasons to visit Hawaii beyond its natural beauty and pristine beaches, the islands also celebrate unique cultural events to make any vacation truly memorable. The melting pot of cultures in the Aloha State make Hawaii different than any other place on earth. Planning your 2019 visit around one of these five festivals from March through July will make your trip even more special.

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Saturday 01/05/2019
Have a whale of a time in Hawaii
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - While Hawaii is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches, it may not be the first location that pops into your mind when you think of whale watching. If you’re a fan of the most majestic marine mammal on earth, you owe yourself the opportunity to view North Pacific Humpback Whales in person. Here are a few facts about whale migration to Hawaii that you may not know.

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Wednesday 01/02/2019
A cruise line makes its float debut [Video]
Updated: February 07, 2019 - 2:37 am

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Friday 12/28/2018
5 futuristic concepts drivers want most
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Do you remember being a child, sitting in front of a glowing television? The familiar theme song would play, color would fill the screen and there they’d be — that futuristic family in a flying cartoon car. It was an incredible sight, one that filled us with wonder and excitement, and the hope of having our very own airborne automobile by 2020.

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Thursday 11/15/2018
Holiday Tips for Houseguests and Hosts This Season
Posted: November 15, 2018

(StatePoint) Planning for the holiday season? Whether you’re a guest or a host, there are easy ways to ensure that everyone enjoys their time with family and friends. Check out these tips for a joyful holiday season:

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Monday 11/12/2018
Great Tips for an Outdoor Winter Adventure
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) There’s no need to resign yourself to the gym all winter long. Outdoor adventures are the perfect way to stay fit and have fun, even during the chilliest months of the year.

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Thursday 11/01/2018
Cultural Cuisine: Roy Yamaguchi's 6 tips for cooking pan-Asian inspired meals at home
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - The preparation of a good meal can be about much more than satisfying your family’s hunger. Not only can the process be fun, creative and rewarding, but it can be a meaningful way to share and learn about different cultures.

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Tuesday 10/30/2018
6 tips for shopping in Guadalajara
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 4:12 am

(BPT) - As one of Mexico’s top artisanal hubs, Guadalajara offers culture, cuisine and shopping. Travelers can find everything from expertly crafted pottery to luxe leather goods in markets throughout the city. For those who travel the world in search of the best locally produced, stylish souvenirs, Guadalajara provides a vibrant, festive atmosphere — after all, this is the birthplace of mariachi, tequila and charrería, the Mexican rodeo! 

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Thursday 10/04/2018
Touring through the best Italian wines
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:44 am

(BPT) - Dreaming of an Italian vacation? You can experience the country's ancient, romantic regions without even leaving home. The wines of Italy embody the heart and soul of the regions in which they're grown.

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
How to make sure your door hardware makes the grade
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:42 am

(BPT) - Short, chilly days mean more time spent indoors with family and friends. This is the perfect time to focus on home improvement, starting with finding the right door hardware. While home security is typically top-of-mind, door hardware such as locksets and deadbolts are generally overlooked and purchasing new locks is not a simple decision. Does it need to withstand repeated, long-term use? Or heavy impact, in the case of an intruder? Does it need to be capable of withstanding certain weather conditions?

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Wednesday 08/29/2018
7 savvy ways to save on your next trip
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 4:11 am

(BPT) - Looking to spend time away without spending a ton of money? Your wanderlust doesn't have to directly compete with your desire to save. With a few smart tips and tricks, you can cut costs and make the most out of your trip. These seven savings strategies make travel more accessible, enjoyable and affordable than ever before.

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Friday 08/24/2018
Fall family travel from leaf peeping to star gazing
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:42 am

(BPT) - The gradual seasonal change is an ideal platform for leaf peeping, stargazing, weekend camping, long drives and getaways that can bring your family closer during the cozier fall months.

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Thursday 08/16/2018
Why Myrtle Beach is the perfect fall vacation for families
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:42 am

(BPT) - When it comes to vacation planning, millennial families with young children have the edge over school-aged families — no strict school schedules to obey!

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Friday 08/10/2018
9 savvy traveler hacks that will save time, money and headaches
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 4:13 am

(BPT) - Are you a savvy traveler? Do you shop around to get the best deals? How about knowing the ins and outs of saving money when planning a trip?

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Thursday 08/09/2018
Why Puerto Rico plays a vital role in agriculture
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:42 am

(BPT) - For a region the size of Connecticut, Puerto Rico packs a big punch when it comes to its contribution to world agriculture.

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Wednesday 08/08/2018
Why Hawaii is a great destination for single female travelers
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:42 am

(BPT) - Whether it's traveling solo or a girlfriends getaway, Hawaii is becoming a prime destination for single female travelers. This lush paradise offers plentiful opportunity to experience a vacation of your lifetime, with many ways to customize your trip to match your personality perfectly. Adventurous, educational, indulgent — whatever fits your tastes, Hawaii has even more to offer than you think.

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Tuesday 07/31/2018
5 insider tips to plan an unforgettable African vacation
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:41 am

(BPT) - When you get lost in wanderlust, do you find yourself dreaming of Africa? This exotic continent is on many people's travel bucket lists, but planning a trip can be intimidating. If you are ready to stop dreaming and start planning an unforgettable African adventure, here are some simple tips to help you get the most out of your trip.

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Thursday 07/26/2018
Top Ways Air Travel is Changing for Passengers
Updated: December 21, 2018 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) At any given time, up to 5,000 aircraft are in American skies. Ten million passenger flights took place in 2016. The “Golden Age” of air travel may feel like it’s long gone in a time of heightened security and since the advent of mass affordable flight, but experts say that consumers can expect flying to be more comfortable and convenient in the coming years -- even when you’re riding coach.

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Friday 06/29/2018
Explore Australia's largest and undiscovered fringing reef
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - Where do the red and orange hues of Australia’s iconic outback meet white sand beaches and turquoise blue water? Where can you walk off the shore and instantly experience pristine coral reef during a special drift snorkel? It’s where the best marine encounters in the world are part of everyday life. Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, along the stunning Coral Coast, is one of the region’s best-kept secrets.

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Wednesday 06/27/2018
4 Vacation Destinations for Wine Lovers
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) Love wine? Build your next vacation around it! Wine regions have delicious food, beautiful views and amazing history.

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Monday 06/25/2018
Must-Know Health Tips for Summer Vacation
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) More than half of Americans are planning to take a vacation this summer, according to a Bankrate survey. While these excursions are meant to be fun and relaxing, road trips and long flights can lead to health risks that you know about, like jet lag, and some you may not be familiar with, such as leg swelling and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Experts advise travelers to take precautions for a healthy travel experience.

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