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Saturday 08/12/2017
It’s Not Too Late to Plan Your Summer Road Trip
Updated: August 12, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Road trips are the most popular type of vacation in the U.S., with one in three Americans slated to hit the open road this summer, according to AAA. With the season coming to a close, there’s still time to take a last-minute summer road trip.

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Thursday 08/10/2017
Top Tips for Staying Connected While In-Flight
Updated: August 12, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Over 2.2 million Americans fly every day, according to Airlines for America. Whether they are heading to a Disney-themed family adventure or jetting off for a romantic rendezvous, the most indispensable companion for many of these modern, mobile travelers is their smartphone.

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Monday 08/07/2017
Stress-busting tips to stay organized while on vacation
Updated: August 15, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Vacation is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but more than half of Americans say vacations cause them stress, and 46 percent say stress interferes with their enjoyment of traveling, according to a survey by HomeAway. Vacation stress comes from multiple sources, including crowded airports, making transportation arrangements, booking lodging and more.

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Dos And Don'ts To Help You Keep On Truckin'
Updated: August 08, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Picture this: You’re at the wheel of a real truck, driving down the highway, with everything you own in the back.

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Friday 08/04/2017
Travel tips to keep bed bugs at bay
Updated: August 12, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Planning an upcoming trip – maybe a long weekend getaway, or a family vacation before the kids head back to school, or perhaps you’re a road warrior who travels frequently for work? No matter what type of trip you have planned, you’ve probably already put together a packing list of what to take along.

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Wednesday 08/02/2017
5 late-summer road trip tips
Updated: August 10, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Last call for your summer road trip. Grab the family, call your friends: The Great American Road Trip still awaits. Don’t let summer fade into the sunset without a last hurrah.

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More than fun: 5 tips for planning a healthy vacation
Updated: August 10, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Taking a vacation is more than a fun getaway from the daily drudges of life. Turns out, travel has a multitude of benefits that can impact your health and wellness, too.

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Tuesday 08/01/2017
4 steps to pack the perfect bugout bag
Posted: August 01, 2017

(BPT) - If you’re the type of person who loves the outdoors, then this is probably your favorite time of year. The weather is beautiful, the daylight hours are long and everything is green. Whether you call it a hike, a climb or even a safari, this is the perfect time of year to get back to nature and your adventure-seeking roots.

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Thursday 07/27/2017
Plan A Memorable Family Vacation
Updated: July 28, 2017 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—Multiple studies confirm that many Americans don't take all their paid vacation days. One theory is that the pressure people put on themselves to plan a perfect getaway leads them to plan nothing at all. After all, dreaming of the perfect family vacation is one thing, actually planning it another.

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Wednesday 07/26/2017
Celebrate the Chisholm Trail's 150th anniversary with these 6 historic Texas towns
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - This year, 2017, marks the Chisholm Trail’s 150th anniversary. The Chisholm Trail is the greatest migration of livestock in world history that relocated cattle from South Texas through Oklahoma all the way to Abilene, Kansas. The first herd to make the journey using the Chisholm Trail set off in 1867 and continued until 1885, relocating more than 5 million cattle and a million mustangs. Take a look back into the Texas cowboy way of life by visiting the Texas towns and countless museums that continue to pay homage to the trail and the cattle industry’s history. You can explore the rich Texas history of ranch hands, cowboys and cattle by planning a trip to any one of these towns or all six.

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3 reasons to study abroad during high school
Updated: August 03, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Think about how your teenager will spend their next summer vacation.

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Monday 07/24/2017
Have 48 hours? An incredible itinerary awaits in Boise
Posted: July 24, 2017

(BPT) - Weekend travel is a growing trend as more people seek to use their days off to enjoy an adventure away from home. It's amazing how much fun and relaxation you can pack into 48 hours if you know the right places to visit!

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Visiting Hawaii Or Puerto Rico? Bring Back Memories, Not Invasive Species
Updated: July 26, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Considering a trip to Hawaii or Puerto Rico? These exotic destinations offer adventure and beauty without the headache of passports, immunizations or foreign currency. While Hawaii and Puerto Rico are rich in unique plants, flowers and fruits, they are also home to insects and plant diseases—some invasive and not found in the continental United States. If your travel plans include these islands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging you to pack in the adventure and bring back the memories, not invasive pests.

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Tuesday 07/18/2017
Memories by the mile [Video]
Updated: July 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Monday 07/17/2017
Let's go boating: 4 ways to get out on the water this summer
Updated: July 18, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Want to get away this summer? Skip the plane ride or long car trip and get out on the water. Whether it’s an hour after work cruising, a morning of fishing or a weekend of watersports, boating provides all the benefits of vacation at your convenience, close to home.

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Tuesday 07/11/2017
6 tips to make the most of your visit to the zoo
Updated: July 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Children can’t help but be drawn to animals, so a visit to the zoo is always a winning and memorable choice for a summer outing. Introducing children to animals of all kinds, especially endangered species, will help foster a lifelong appreciation of them. With more and more animals needing help, educating children about conservation is more important than ever. However, cranky moods brought on by long lines, hot sun and worn out legs can quickly mar a day at the zoo.

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Monday 07/10/2017
5 reasons to make your summer road trip a flight instead
Updated: July 18, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Summer break is an American institution, and that midyear break is often best enjoyed through travel. This year is no different; in fact, many experts expect this year’s summer travel season to be among the busiest ever. That is particularly true when it comes to air travel.

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Friday 07/07/2017
Do these 5 things for a stress-free summer adventure
Updated: July 15, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The beloved summer season tends to come and go too fast, so there’s no time to waste when planning a summer trip with friends or family. Whether it’s a bike ride, hiking for the day or a family vacation at the beach, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for the adventures that lie ahead. Check out these five essential on-the-go travel tips that will ensure a safe and stress-free trip.

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Thursday 07/06/2017
Use a rack to haul your gear during a summer road trip
Updated: July 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Summer has arrived, and for many that means it's time for a road trip. In a survey conducted by the American Automobile Association, 80 percent of families surveyed said they are planning a road trip vacation this summer, a 10 percent increase from last year.

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Thursday 06/29/2017
3 tips to ensure you're ready to hit the road safely
Updated: July 07, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Temps are higher, the days are longer and road trips are planned.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
In the City of Bridges, You Gotta Regatta
Updated: June 29, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Pittsburgh, Pa., is one of the world’s hottest travel destinations right now. For proof, just consider the accolades recently bestowed upon the City of Bridges. From Zagat naming Pittsburgh the “No. 1 Food City” in the U.S. to Harper’s Bazaar choosing the city among the “Best Places to Travel in 2017,” Pittsburgh is heating up in a super cool way!

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Tuesday 06/27/2017
10 reasons summer in Billings has never been hotter
Posted: June 27, 2017

(BPT) - Billings, Montana, has your ticket to summer, including amazing concerts, outdoor festivals, sporting events and more. In addition, Billings features Montana’s only walkable brewery district and some of the best restaurants and shopping around. Voted Outside Magazine’s “Best Town Ever,” Billings boasts amazing adventure and outdoor recreation for all ages and thrill levels. Whether you want to catch a great show followed by a night on the town or head into the great outdoors, you’ll find your perfect summer playlist in Billings.

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Monday 06/19/2017
Attractions for all: Your next adventure starts in Arkansas
Updated: June 20, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Thanks to its natural beauty and multitude of attractions, Arkansas tourism is thriving, recently breaking a record by drawing 19.6 million overnight guests in just a year.

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Wednesday 06/14/2017
Family fun: 5 tips for going off-roading
Updated: June 22, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Summer’s here and it’s the perfect time for the family to hit the road … off-road, that is. From Connecticut to California, there are scenic off-road trails of all varieties — rock, sand, dirt, water and mud — that are ideal for a family off-road excursion. Call it an off-the-beaten-path vacation.

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5 Adirondack paddling trips for 5 personalities
Posted: June 14, 2017

(BPT) - Whether you're an outdoor adventurer or a first-time paddler, it's easy to discover a unique adventure waiting for you in Tupper Lake, New York. The winding waterways, open lakes, and expansive wetlands of this pristine region of the Adirondacks offer a variety of outings, from short paddles to multi-day excursions. Connect with the ideal paddling trip for your personality!

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Tips For A Hassle-Free Summer Road Trip
Updated: June 15, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Did you know that more Americans are expected to hit the road this summer than last? If you’re one of them, we know you have a lot on your mind, planning where you’ll go and what you’ll do, but don’t forget to also prepare your vehicle for the haul ahead. Whether the jaunt is 50 miles or 500 or more, you and your family are going to be spending a considerable amount of time in your vehicle, so you’ll want to make sure it’s safe.

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Monday 06/12/2017
10 reasons people are talking about fishing in Tupper Lake
Posted: June 12, 2017

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Monday 06/05/2017
Great Outdoors Month: Tips to Make the Most of Your Next Adventure
Updated: June 05, 2017 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Spending time enjoying nature is good for the body and mind, helping to reduce stress, increase focus and provide opportunities for physical activity, say studies. Unfortunately, our busy schedules sometimes don’t allow us to get outside as often as we would like.

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5 Essential Travel Hacks for On-the-Go Parents
Updated: June 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Getting from point A to point B with young kids is an adventure within itself. Whether by plane, train or automobile, parents are on the search for ways to make family travel a little less stressful.

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Thursday 06/01/2017
The new urban destination that has the web buzzing
Updated: June 02, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - There was a time when cities like Paris, Berlin, New York or Tokyo were at the top of many travelers' lists. The glamour, the glitz and the history of these cities lured many, but times have changed and more people are eager to discover some of the lesser known gems. Cities that, though smaller and less renowned, are just as stunning and full of surprises.

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A magical family vacation awaits at Florida's Space Coast
Updated: June 09, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When planning a Florida vacation for the entire family, two things typically first come to mind: winter getaway and busy theme park. Nothing wrong with that, but if you stop there, you're limiting your possibilities.

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Wednesday 05/31/2017
10 ways to get your history fix
Posted: May 31, 2017

(BPT) - People have been drawn to the Adirondack Coast for centuries. Since Europeans first explored it, this fertile valley and its resources have been sought after and fought over, and we have the historic sites and museums to prove it. Spend a day or a week hopping from location to location and enjoy the breathtaking landscape along the way. It’s history with a side of scenery — what could be better?

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Monday 05/29/2017
Tips to keep favorite vacation spots fresh and exciting, every time you visit
Updated: June 06, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - You can love everything about a destination, but after your family has visited the same spot multiple times they may start to feel as if they’ve done and seen everything the location has to offer. When a vacation destination fits your budget, lifestyle and the amount of time you have for getting there, you may not want to give it up, no matter how many times you’ve already been there.

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Friday 05/26/2017
Mother Nature is calling: Check out the 6 most popular RVs and get outdoors today
Posted: May 26, 2017

(BPT) - The smell of the fresh air. The gentle rustle of the wind through the trees. The wonderment of kids exploring Mother Nature. More families are joining the movement to unplug from their electronics and get outdoors. Is your family one of them?

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Thursday 05/25/2017
Legendary Travel Guides Celebrate 60 Years By Honoring Military Families
Updated: May 26, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—While for over six decades millions of Americans have depended on the Frommer’s line of travel guides to help them experience unforgettable vacations and adventures, few of those travel fans know that it all started with Arthur Frommer giving travel advice to fellow GIs in Europe after World War II. Now, to celebrate this landmark 60th anniversary, the Frommer’s family is tapping into the iconic travel brand’s origins by offering the vacations of a lifetime to incredibly deserving military families.

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Wednesday 05/24/2017
Bridging the summer learning gap: Travel and education
Updated: June 01, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” — Saint Augustine

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Tuesday 05/23/2017
5 budget strategies to enjoy your summer vacation
Updated: May 31, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The American summer vacation is a seasonal tradition. It's when memories are made, experiences are shared and sometimes when bills pile up. In fact, research shows that more and more families across the country are planning responsibly and considering their budget when it comes to summer travel plans to make the most of their vacations without breaking the bank.

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4 quick tips to keep you safe on the road
Updated: May 31, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The warmer weather means longer days, backyard barbecues and weekends away. Before setting out on the open road, make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the journey ahead. Hankook Tire took a look at driving trends and behaviors to identify what drivers do (or forget to do) to keep safe on the road this season.

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Staying Healthy While Traveling Overseas
Updated: May 31, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Each year, travelers from the United States (U.S.) head to popular destinations. And while many have Zika on their mind while traveling, and are aware of the need to bring sunscreen, bug repellant and other travel necessities, many don’t know that cholera may be a bigger threat than they thought and most don’t take the necessary measures to protect themselves from it.

Cholera – an infection that affects the intestinal tract and can cause severe watery diarrhea is currently estimated to be present in over 60 countries, mostly in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. Of the top 20 international travel destinations for U.S. travelers, five are to cholera-endemic countries, such as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, China, India and the Philippines. Mild forms of cholera can be mistaken for traveler’s diarrhea, which can leave travelers in an uncomfortable state due to diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and mild to severe dehydration and ruin travel plans. You can get cholera by eating or drinking contaminated food and water.

Every year, millions of people around the world become ill due to cholera. However, fewer cases are reported to health authorities than the global estimates. There are more than 8 million U.S. travelers per year going to countries where cholera is endemic. In recent years, there has also been a re-emergence of cholera in Ecuador, Haiti, Cuba and Mexico. However, despite the recent re-emergence, cholera remains underreported.

Still, plans to go abroad don’t need to be canceled or changed to avoid getting sick. You can protect yourself from cholera (and other food and waterborne illnesses) by drinking clean (filtered or bottled) water, washing hands frequently and eating foods that are from sealed packages or cooked well. However, almost 98 percent of travelers do not comply with these guidelines.

Getting a vaccine before travel may also help to ensure that your travel plans are not inconvenienced by illness. The CDC recommends that adult travelers (ages 18-64) who are going to areas of active cholera transmission get vaccinated for cholera.

If you are traveling abroad to an area where cholera is present, make sure you are prepared by talking to your doctor or pharmacist at least two weeks in advance about getting vaccinated for cholera.

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Monday 05/22/2017
Military Appreciation Month: Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As a day to remember those who fought and died in service to our country, Memorial Day was originally called "Decoration Day." Waterloo, New York, was declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson to be the birthplace of Memorial Day back in May of 1966.

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Friday 05/19/2017
4 tips for less stress and more fun during this year's summer vacation
Updated: May 20, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Highlights of summer travel include exploring new cities, theme parks, sightseeing and sampling local eats with loved ones. Yet too often, the logistics of planning a summer vacation can create stress that makes it difficult to appreciate the trip itself. By making smarter choices, the planning process will be easier and the journey more enjoyable.

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Thursday 05/18/2017
Take Your Getaway From Vacation Stressed To Vacation Ready
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Raising families, navigating jobs, balancing social commitments—there’s a lot on Americans’ plates these days. In fact, 51 percent of U.S. vacationers admit they’re more stressed today compared to a year ago, according to a recent study from Wyndham Vacation Rentals. When you add to that the pressure of vacation planning, the stress is not only preventing many from enjoying their vacation to the fullest but stopping them from going in the first place! Fortunately, there are a number of simple tips that the majority agree reduces stress and helps them get the most out of vacation by being more vacation ready.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Burglaries peak in summer: Is your home secure?
Updated: May 25, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Monday 05/15/2017
Pack your bags: Pittsburgh makes for a fun-filled family vacation
Updated: May 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With all the fun things to do around here, it’s no wonder that Pittsburgh is KidsBURGH! Enjoy new activities as a family this year at up to 50 percent off regular admission prices when you book on So what’s there to do, you ask?

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Monday 05/08/2017
Have A Great Texas Barbecue—In Your Own Suite
Updated: May 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—May is National BBQ Month and the official start of the summer grilling season. But instead of firing up with the traditional grilling fare, why not flip the grill and give taste buds something new to savor?

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Friday 05/05/2017
5 once-in-a-lifetime experiences to enjoy in vacation travels to southwest Idaho
Posted: May 05, 2017

(BPT) - You’re planning your summer vacation and one question keeps popping up in your head: Is this the year you do it? Throw off the mindset of the same-old, same-old and opt for a new vacation destination. Choose to go somewhere you’ve never been and venture toward once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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Thursday 05/04/2017
5 ways to make your staycation feel like an actual getaway
Updated: May 12, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - No stringent schedule. Eating new, exotic foods. Getting lost in a page-turning novel. Trying a new activity that takes you outside your comfort zone.

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Monday 05/01/2017
Don't sweat your summer move: 10 tips for smarter moving
Updated: May 09, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Summer isn’t just vacation season, it’s also peak moving season. Studies show more people move during summer months than any other time of year; kids are out of school and weather is less likely to delay moves. However, moving is hard work no matter what time of year you do it. You’ll need careful planning and smart packing to ensure your summer move goes smoothly and safely.

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Thursday 04/27/2017
The advantages of an RV vacation [Video]
Updated: April 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

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