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Attractions for all: Your next adventure starts in Arkansas

(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 VisitPITTSBURGH.com. So what’s there to do, you ask?

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Tuesday 05/09/2017
Let's go boating: 4 ways to vacation on the water this summer
Updated: May 10, 2017 - 3:31 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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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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Wednesday 04/26/2017
Go fish! 5 favorite spots along Malone's Salmon River
Posted: April 26, 2017

(BPT) - It's nearly impossible to miss the Salmon River if you've been to Malone, New York. It runs right through downtown and heads into the backcountry, making countless options for fishing in or out of town. The best part is, the river is stocked yearly with different trout species. Look along the shore for the yellow public fishing signs, which mark the safest places to drop a line. But before you head into the field, check out five of our favorite Malone fishing spots below.

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Monday 04/17/2017
RV Maintenance Tips
Updated: April 18, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—In order to truly enjoy the great outdoors, routine RV maintenance is essential. These three tasks will help extend the life of your RV, quiet squeaking parts and prevent breakdowns. Check your owner's manual because timing and instructions vary by vehicle.

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Thursday 04/13/2017
How to find a hotel that can cater to your technology demands
Updated: April 21, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You arrive at your hotel and pull out your smartphone. After an incredibly long sign-in process, you connect to the Internet. It works fine in the hallway but not in your room, so you go to the business center to check email and print tickets to tonight's show. The center is packed, so you head back to your room to wait. Meanwhile, your kids are trying to stream a movie and the Internet connection is slow.

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Monday 04/10/2017
Checklist: 5 Camping Essentials for a Safe and Enjoyable Adventure
Updated: April 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) More than 30 million Americans camp in tents yearly, according to the Outdoor Foundation. As with any outdoor adventure, having the necessary equipment is crucial.

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Thursday 04/06/2017
Don’t Let Your Wireless Bill Ruin Your Big Trip
Updated: April 06, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Travel can be rife with inconvenience, from delayed flights to lost luggage and more. And the high cost of staying connected via mobile devices is an additional headache for a growing number of travelers, especially those with international adventures ahead.

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
Must-do tips to get your vehicle ready for spring
Updated: April 06, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With the sun out and shining for spring, drivers are getting themselves and their cars ready for more outdoor activity. Before setting off on that next adventure, drivers should check the health and maintenance of their vehicle, as April marks the start of National Car Care Month. In light of the awareness month, Hankook checked in with drivers across America to see how they maintain their vehicles, uncovering trends on general upkeep around tire replacement, vehicle mishaps and roadside emergencies.

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Tire tips for those in the fast lane
Updated: April 06, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The weather’s finally warming up, the roads are dry and your sports car is beckoning you to hit the road for a fun trip. The question is: Are your tires up to the task?

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Tuesday 03/21/2017
Experiential Getaways: Making Your Vacation A True Adventure
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—American travelers today are looking to get more out of their vacation. No longer content just hitting the regular tourist hot spots, they want to explore a destination’s local culture and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In an American Express survey, over 72 percent of respondents said they would rather spend money on experiences than things and nearly nine in 10 said travel is the No. 1 item on their life’s bucket list.

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Thursday 03/16/2017
10 must-read books to inspire travel
Updated: March 17, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - A great book is an essential travel companion. But what if you are months from vacation, low on travel budget, or need inspiration for your next trip?

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
Journey To The Music: Tips For Music Festival Travel
Updated: March 09, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—In the U.S. alone, there are now more than 800 music festivals annually, and according to Nielsen, 32 million people go to at least one of these festivals a year, traveling an average 903 miles to get there. If you're one of these travelers, you know how rewarding and exhilarating it is to see some of your favorite bands beside a few hundred thousand fellow fans. If not, you may want to consider these cool benefits of festival travel.

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Wednesday 02/15/2017
7 tips to conquer your packing challenges while traveling
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Whether it's business travel, family road tripping or a romantic getaway, exploring new places is exciting. You may be counting down the days until you leave, but if there's one thing you dread, it's packing. Deciding what earns a spot in your suitcase is hard enough, let alone figuring out how you can fit it all in.

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Tuesday 02/14/2017
Outdoor adventures offer out-of-this-world fun on Florida's Space Coast
Updated: February 15, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Monday 02/13/2017
A Fairy Tale Come True—Stay In A Castle
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you or your kids have been dreaming about living like princes and princesses—at least for a while—you may be glad to know it's possible to live your own fairy tale. You can join the more than 9,000 people who this year will choose to rent a castle through HomeAway® instead of more traditional vacation rentals like beach houses and mountain cabins.

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Thursday 02/09/2017
Reducing risks while taking care of business: Tips to avoid distracted driving
Updated: February 17, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they’re driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries every year.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Top reasons to love Titus Mountain
Posted: February 08, 2017

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7 steps to secure your home while you're on vacation
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Warmer temperatures, budding trees and blooming flowers are all lovely parts of spring, but what you really look forward to is the start of vacation planning season! Deciding where to go and what to see, making arrangements and planning your wardrobe are all exciting aspects of summer vacation planning. But before you pack up to leave on your getaway, be sure to take care of the most important asset you’ll be leaving at home — your home itself.

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How to plan a successful spring getaway
Updated: February 09, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - No matter where you live, spring travel is synonymous with the search for warm weather. While the sunshine may help keep the blues at bay, it takes more than just golden rays to make a trip unforgettable.

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Tuesday 02/07/2017
6 ways to save money on your spring road trip
Posted: February 07, 2017

(BPT) - With the thermometer hovering around freezing and snow still on the ground, it may not feel like it now, but spring is fast approaching. It will soon be time to step outside the house, enjoy the warmer weather and take that vacation you’ve been planning for months. Yes, it’s time for a spring road trip.

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Monday 02/06/2017
5 reasons ridesharing is on the rise
Updated: February 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The rideshare industry has exploded in popularity over the past several years, with companies devoted to making transportation safe, reliable and enjoyable. At the swipe of a finger and tap of a button, you can hail a car through your smartphone. Within minutes, you are picked up at your desired location and whisked off to your final destination, whether it’s the grocery store, movie theater or the hottest restaurant in town.

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Friday 01/27/2017
5 family-friendly cities you should visit in 2017
Updated: January 28, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Family vacations are as unique as the families that enjoy them. If your family vacations in 2016 involved returning to the same destinations again and again, 2017 is a great time to take embrace the weekend, step away from the traditional and explore a new city. So grab your family, pack your bags and plan your next family vacation around the activities available in any of these five family-friendly cities.

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Monday 01/23/2017
Discover the magic of winter
Updated: January 24, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Were you lucky enough to grow up making snow angels? Did you spend the better part of a day building a snow fort or rolling up a snowman? If you have fond memories of playing in the snow, but for some reason haven’t put on insulated pants or boots in a long time, then it’s time to rediscover winter.

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Wednesday 01/18/2017
Great Winter Getaway Tips
Updated: January 18, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) If you think winter is a great time to get out of town, you are not alone. More than 65 percent of respondents in a recent TripAdvisor survey said they were planning leisure travel for winter. And it’s no surprise that the same survey found the majority of destinations to be in warm weather locales.

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