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Monday 02/12/2018
Take a pre-cruise vacation and 'live like a local' on Florida's Space Coast
Updated: February 17, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - There's something magical about taking a cruise. Is it the open ocean? The indescribable feeling of warm sea air blowing through your hair? The endless access to world-class food, drinks and entertainment? Whatever the reason, each year millions of people around the world set their sights on the fun, adventure and luxury that cruise ships have become known to deliver.

Thursday 02/08/2018
South African culture, history, and heritage come alive in Durban
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Think of South Africa, and images of majestic savanna landscapes and roaming wildlife may come to mind. A South African safari is an unforgettable experience, but no visit to the country is truly complete without a cultural immersion. Luckily, the vibrant city of Durban combines the best of both worlds in the most stunning of settings. Located along the Indian Ocean coast just an hour from Johannesburg by air, Durban offers an eclectic array of activities where you can explore the city’s important role in world history, the rich heritage of its Zulu people, and innumerable natural wonders – from the beach to the bush.

How to inspire your teen to expand their horizons and find their passion
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - With mounting pressures and expectations, the high school years can feel overwhelming — for students and parents alike. Teens grapple with questions like: Which colleges should I apply to? What should I choose as a major? What do I really want to do with my life? What if I don’t have a clue?

Wednesday 02/07/2018
5 ways travel will change in 2018
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - As international travel gains popularity each year, new destinations are added to bucket lists and new travel gadgets and accessories appear on the market. The way we travel has changed in the past few decades, but that age-old itch to explore and discover new places and experiences remains the same. So how and why are people traveling now? The results of Visa’s recently released Global Travel Intentions (GTI) Survey reveal some interesting travel trends — and tips — to keep in mind for 2018.

Monday 02/05/2018
6 must-know spring break hacks
Updated: February 13, 2018 - 4:32 am

Would direct sales work for you?
Updated: February 07, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The Federal Reserve Board discovered in a survey of working Americans that nearly half of U.S. adults don’t have enough cash on hand to pay for a $400 emergency. If that’s a concern for you, you might be thinking about joining the 44 million Americans who have found ways to make money in addition to their main source of income. Common options include waiting tables, working retail, becoming a rideshare driver and direct selling.

Top tips for planning an epic family vacation
Updated: February 13, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Are you dreaming about an incredible family escape your loved ones will always remember? Perhaps your dream vacation is filled with adventure while eating around the world and exploring castles in faraway places, or maybe it’s relaxing on a private island with picturesque views of crystal clear water. Before taking off, you need to tackle the logistics. Fortunately, with a few tips from those in the know, creating an unforgettable getaway can be as magical as taking one.

Wednesday 01/31/2018
Chinese history comes alive in Nanjing
Updated: February 08, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - In southern China, the ancient capital city of Nanjing beckons travelers who long to immerse themselves in Chinese history and culture.

Friday 01/26/2018
Vacation Home Rentals: Tips For First-Timers
Updated: January 27, 2018 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—According to a survey by HomeAway®, the world leader in vacation rentals, more than 90 percent of people say that vacation is very important to them. Yet half of leisure travelers who wanted to take a trip in 2017 did not, primarily because they didn't think they could afford it.

Wednesday 01/24/2018
3 things you might not know about boat shows
Updated: January 30, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Winter may be frigid for many, but it’s an ideal time to plan for warmer days ahead and make dreams of owning a boat a reality. Boat shows across the country offer some of the hottest deals around, with special pricing and incentives on new boat models and marine accessories — a major draw for the 142 million Americans who take to the water each year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. For those ready to plan their summer adventures on the water, boat shows are the best place to start.

Clear winter roads: What works and what doesn't
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - It is no surprise that in the winter we see many articles about how our roads get plowed and treated. Nor is it particularly surprising that winter maintenance practices often lead to debates over different methods and materials used to keep roads clear. One often-heard rebuke is that road authorities should go back to using sand or abrasives for winter maintenance, instead of using salt. Unfortunately, that would be very counterproductive for many reasons.

Wednesday 01/17/2018
1 in 5 drivers can't fix a flat tire. Can you?
Updated: January 25, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - For many Americans, fixing a flat tire remains a mystery. According to a survey from AAA, nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers don’t know how to change a flat. This is compounded by research saying there are 220 million flat tires annually — and each driver will experience up to five flat tires in their lifetime.

Thursday 01/11/2018
Improving visibility on the road this winter
Updated: January 19, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - As winter progresses, we are likely to see more visibility-reducing weather. Heavy rain, frost, ice and snow can all impair visibility while driving, including reducing the performance of windshield wipers.

Wednesday 01/10/2018
Tips to save money and energy this winter
Updated: January 17, 2018 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Winter is a time of year when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Thankfully, Chip Wade, HGTV expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and ultimately money, this year:

Tuesday 01/02/2018
5 Winter Getaway Tips
Updated: January 02, 2018 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) Winter is an ideal time to travel, whether your motivation is to escape the cold weather or to frolic in it. Here are five travel tips for better winter vacations.

Friday 12/22/2017
Prescription for a healthy holiday: Tips to safeguard your medicines
Updated: December 30, 2017 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - For many people, the holiday season means extra visits with family and friends, creating fun memories, sharing traditions and enjoying the warm glow of family.

Wednesday 12/20/2017
Staying safe on the mountain this winter
Updated: December 28, 2017 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - You can feel it in the air: The ski and snowboard season has arrived, and some areas in the U.S. are already open for business. As snow sports continue to gain popularity, millions of people will be hitting the slopes this winter. During the 2016-17 ski season, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) reported that U.S. ski areas tallied an estimated 54.7 million skier and snowboarder visits, up 3.7 percent from the previous season’s 52.8 million total.

5 cold-weather hacks for winter driving
Updated: December 28, 2017 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - As drivers bundle up to take on Old Man Winter this season, having a few tricks up your sleeve can be a big help in keeping your cool on the road. Here are five hacks for battling the elements and staying safe on the roads.

5 ways to capture the perfect family photo during your holiday travels
Updated: December 21, 2017 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is the time to travel, and while memories last forever, there’s nothing like having the perfect picture to bring you back to the happy moments — but how do you get the right shot?

Java journeys in El Salvador offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences
Updated: December 22, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Americans' love for coffee is inspiring them to embark on java journeys around the world, leading them to stunning locations where coffee is an important part of daily life.

Monday 12/18/2017
Hitting the road for the holidays? Stay connected on the go
Updated: December 26, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Traveling for the holidays but worried about being disconnected? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. In fact, plenty of other road warriors are making sure their devices are packed and ready to go so they won’t miss a beat.

Friday 12/15/2017
The hidden benefits of winter road maintenance
Updated: December 22, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - More than 70 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas affected by snow and ice. Each winter the average driver in these areas will see more than 5 inches of snow on the roads. And when the snow is falling, there are few things more comforting than the sight of snowplows and salt trucks making highways safe for commuters, shoppers and travelers.

Tuesday 12/12/2017
Bring the family back together in the RV experience [Video]
Posted: December 12, 2017

Friday 12/08/2017
5 strategies for protecting your valuables
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Home is your sanctuary, your castle, the place where you feel the most secure and protected. It is natural to feel this way. So, it is not surprising that you store your prized possessions and valuables at home as well. But is that the best choice for all your valuables?

Need a vacation where it's warm? How about a quick weekend escape to this sunny coastal getaway?
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Step outside. Is it cold, windy and gray? Snowy even? Yep, those are sure signs winter is upon us. The bright leaves of autumn have faded, the pumpkin-flavored beverages are starting to wane, and the kids already are developing a serious case of cabin fever. But there’s a remedy for all this gloom. Winter’s bitter cold is the perfect excuse to head south with the family for a quick vacation getaway.

Thursday 12/07/2017
5 Ways to Ease Holiday Travel Stress With Your Phone
Updated: December 09, 2017 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Holiday travel is slated to reach post-recession highs this year, with more than 68 million Americans traveling this season. Fortunately, your most helpful tool to make winter travel less stressful is right in your pocket: your smartphone. Not only does it make planning your perfect trip easier, your phone can keep you connected and entertained when you’re away. Here are some tips to optimize your phone before you go.

Monday 12/04/2017
The hidden dangers of oversharing on social media
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Locking doors and windows and leaving a light on used to deter criminals from breaking into homes when you were away on vacation, but our obsession with sharing photos and experiences in real time on social media has created a whole new security risk for travelers. According to Mercury Insurance, burglaries involving social media have become all too common these days.

Friday 12/01/2017
3 essential tips for traveling with a pet during the holidays
Updated: December 09, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays mean different things to different people. Every family seems to have its own set of traditions, but one thing seems to be common among Americans during this time of year, and that’s traveling.

Wednesday 11/29/2017
The first rule of the road: Focus on driving
Updated: December 07, 2017 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Have you noticed that traffic seems to be worse lately? There’s a good reason for that — there are more vehicles on the road than at any time in recent history. Unemployment is low and gas is affordable, which means more people are driving more miles. And more drivers means an increased risk of getting into a collision, which impacts the number of auto insurance claims and, potentially, the cost of insurance premiums.

Tuesday 11/28/2017
5 reasons to plan a snowcation this year
Posted: November 28, 2017

(BPT) - As the mercury in the thermometer drops, and people start to bundle up in scarves and warm layers, you might be ready to take a vacation. No, we’re not talking about running away to the desert or a crowded beach. There’s a better way to enjoy winter — a way that lets you really get at the heart of the season.

Top safety tips for teen drivers
Updated: December 06, 2017 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - Once a newly licensed teen gets behind the wheel for the first time without a parent or guardian, the taste of freedom is exhilarating.

Monday 11/27/2017
Go from vacation deprivation to vacation inspiration
Updated: December 05, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Pop quiz: When was the last time you took a vacation? A real vacation, not one of those staycations where you stuck around town to finish a project at your home? Do you even remember your last vacation? If you don’t, then you are officially vacation deprived.

5 things to know about connected cars
Updated: December 05, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you could go back in time and tell people that in the near future there would be a handheld device that would allow them to listen to virtually any song, watch virtually any movie or television show and have access to pretty much any book, they would probably think you were crazy.

Wednesday 11/15/2017
Don't let asthma ruin the holidays
Updated: November 23, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - With colder months arriving, there are a few things on everybody’s minds: festive treats, gift shopping and of course, time spent with family and friends. As many people look forward to the holiday season, asthma sufferers need to be aware and prepared for all the triggers this time of the year can bring. The change in weather, traveling or being in a relative’s home with new allergens can all trigger an asthma attack.

Tuesday 11/14/2017
9 Reasons: Winter + Lake Placid = Perfect
Posted: November 14, 2017

(BPT) - 1. Snow globe life

Thursday 11/09/2017
From cultural offerings to the spectacular skyline, here are 9 reasons to visit Pittsburgh
Posted: November 09, 2017

(BPT) - See for yourself why everyone — from visitors to media — is raving about Pittsburgh. From the abundance of cultural offerings to the spectacular skyline, here are nine reasons to visit Pittsburgh

Winter Winners: Adirondack Playdates
Posted: November 09, 2017

(BPT) - Why do we love Lake Placid?

Friday 11/03/2017
6 ways to save on your next cruise vacation
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Tuesday 10/31/2017
6 tips to help keep your drive distraction-free
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(BPT) - As you drive down the street, the threat of potential distractions is everywhere. Federal research shows that distracted driving is a factor in one out of every six crashes, and accounts for 5,000 automobile crash-related fatalities each year.

Monday 10/30/2017
What's the deal with teen driving crashes?
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(BPT) - It’s no surprise that teen drivers get into more traffic collisions than their older counterparts, but why? Some reasons include less driving experience, a higher willingness to take risks and passenger distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 350 teen drivers got into collisions due to some type of distraction, according to data from 2015. Forty-one of those fatalities were because of other occupants in the vehicle.

5 tips for planning memorable holiday travel
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(BPT) - The holiday season can be the perfect time to travel. With school and work days off, it's a special way to reconnect with family and friends as you get to bask in that cheerful holiday spirit.

Wednesday 10/25/2017
The Caribbean is open for cruise vacations
Updated: October 26, 2017 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Contrary to what some may think, the hurricanes in September had little to no impact on the vast majority of the Caribbean — a far-reaching region covering more than 1 million square miles.

Tips to Safely Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Cooler Months
Updated: October 25, 2017 - 4:35 am

(StatePoint) It may be chilly, but that’s no reason to stay indoors. Some of the best opportunities for outdoor exploration can only take place during the coldest months of the year; it just requires special preparation.

Tuesday 10/24/2017
5 savvy strategies to calm your travel worries
Updated: November 01, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Traveling can make for some of the best moments of your life, but it is not without its challenges. After all, there are rooms to book, activities to plan and, of course, luggage to worry about. Without the right strategies, these challenges can seem pretty daunting.

Monday 10/23/2017
Holiday havoc? Consider it handled
Updated: October 31, 2017 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is full of magic and wonder — until your flight gets cancelled, your budget is blown and you fall ill at the worst possible time. Fortunately, staying merry despite common holiday conundrums is easier than you think with the right attitude and a few simple steps.

Thursday 10/19/2017
Do vacations cause you stress? Try these tips
Updated: October 24, 2017 - 4:33 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 crowded airports, making transportation arrangements, booking lodging and more.

Tuesday 10/10/2017
5 ways your hotel can help you live a healthy lifestyle while traveling
Posted: October 10, 2017

Friday 10/06/2017
5 preparation tips to make any cruise smooth sailing
Updated: October 14, 2017 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - When it comes to a dream cruise, everyone has their own idea of the ideal vacation. The beautiful ocean waves breaking against the bow beneath you, the warm breeze blowing against your hair and the lure of new, unexplored destinations off in the distance. If you’re lucky, maybe your dream vacation is already in the works and you’re eagerly counting down the days until it’s time to board. And if you’re still in the dreaming phases of your perfect cruise, you realize that dreaming of your vacation is almost as much fun as living it… almost.

Thursday 10/05/2017
5 smart solutions when flying gets frustrating
Updated: October 09, 2017 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Decades ago, taking a flight was truly a privilege. People looked forward to comfy seats, cold drinks and friendly service.