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Friday 08/10/2018
6 ways to make the most of your summer getaway
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

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Thursday 08/09/2018
Tire confidential: Tips on picking the right one for you
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - To most people, a tire is a tire is a tire. To the naked eye, that’s absolutely correct: They are black and round. However, upon further inspection, tires are one of the most technologically advanced parts of a car, influencing the braking, steering, comfort, handling, safety and fuel efficiency. They are also the only parts actually touching the road.

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52 weeks of growth: 4 ways Puerto Rico is key to world agriculture
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 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: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 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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Thursday 08/02/2018
5 bucket list-worthy destinations for your next cruise
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - If you’ve ever dreamed of finding adventure by exploring another country, cruising is an excellent and simple way to make those dreams a reality.

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Tuesday 07/31/2018
5 insider tips to plan an unforgettable African vacation
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 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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Monday 07/30/2018
Military move? 5 key tips that can smooth the way
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Changing residences can be an emotional and logistical challenge for any family.

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Thursday 07/26/2018
100 years of history: Historic hotel celebrates worker heritage
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - If you’re the curious sort who enjoys exploring historic sites in your free time, you’re far from alone.

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Top Ways Air Travel is Changing for Passengers
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 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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Tuesday 07/10/2018
Family Fun In The Sun
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(NAPSI)—When vacation time rolls around, many families head to a place that combines the quiet solitude of an undeveloped beachfront with the amenities of a destination spot. The beaches are uncrowded, and just a few miles inland, wilderness adventures await. The kids can have a supervised blast while parents can escape for some much-needed downtime.

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Thursday 07/05/2018
5 tips for planning the easiest summer vacation ever
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Where will your travels take you this summer? Are you planning a trip to an exotic island, or are you hitting the road? Wherever you’re headed, preparing for a great trip takes smart planning. Here are five simple tips for planning your next vacation.

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Tuesday 07/03/2018
Boating Better With Quality Fuel
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

By Don Onken

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Friday 06/29/2018
Your Next Extraordinary Adventure: Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Have you ever heard of Australia’s other reef? A place where the red and orange hues of Australia’s iconic outback meet white sand beaches and turquoise blue water, where you can walk off the shore and instantly experience pristine coral reef during a special drift snorkel, and where the best marine encounters in the world are part of everyday life. Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, located along the stunning Coral Coast, is truly one of the region’s best-kept secrets and one of those stunning spots you must experience for yourself.

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5 reasons Arkansas is a natural for retirees
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Natural beauty. Endless adventure. Southern cuisine. Economical living. Whether searching for a place to retire or simply looking for the perfect setting for a new home, Arkansas has it all. The Natural State offers quality of life with a diverse array of things to do and see.

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Wednesday 06/27/2018
4 Vacation Destinations for Wine Lovers
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 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: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 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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Thursday 06/21/2018
Be prepared: 5 smart items to stash for family travel
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - For many Americans, summer is a time for creating memories with kids by embarking on trips to fun destinations.

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Wednesday 06/20/2018
A vacation for the ages: 7 off-roading tips
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Summer’s here and millions of folks are gearing up for the Great American Road Trip. Instead of hitting the highway, how about taking a sharp turn off-road instead? That’s the suggestion of 79-years-young Jim Brightly, a still-active off-road and outdoor journalist who has a vast array of publications on his resume, including Four Wheeler, Truckin’, Trailer Life and Field & Stream.

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Tuesday 06/19/2018
Green Bay's Titletown is a travel touchdown
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Some travel trends come and go, but others have staying power. Sports-themed travel is gaining momentum, and experts predict that it's only going to get bigger. If you like the thrill of competition, the history of the game and the joy of being a fan, consider sports-themed destinations for your next vacation.

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Monday 06/18/2018
Simple ways to earn extra money without owning a car
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re new to a city and are getting on your feet, or you don’t want the commitment of a longtime lease or loan, there are countless ways to put some dough in your pocket without the need to purchase a car. Working with a flexible schedule doesn't necessarily mean that you need to be tied to traditional car ownership. Here are five simple ways to make money on your own time.

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Thursday 06/14/2018
Back to campus? 7 tips for a manageable college move
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - In many areas of the country leaves are turning, apple orchards are attracting crowds, football teams are starting practice and nighttime is bringing a chill to the air. For better or worse, that means college students’ thoughts are turning to studying and everything else that goes with campus life.

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Friday 06/08/2018
Tips for empty nesters to maximize summer travel
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - With the kids out of the house and newfound independence, summer is the perfect time of year for empty nesters to embark on bucket list trips they’ve always craved. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Tracfone, 68 percent of empty nesters say that traveling is a priority now that their kids have left home, but 62 percent are concerned they won’t be able to fulfill their travel goals due to budget concerns.

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Wednesday 06/06/2018
5 pet-friendly preparations for your summer travels
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - On your most challenging days you can always count on your pet to greet you at the door when you come home or cuddle up in your lap in the evening. They are a vital part of your home life all year long, but when your life takes you away from home — as it often does during summer travel — are you thinking of them before you head out the door?

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Tuesday 06/05/2018
Commuter Kate's Tips On Public Transit Etiquette
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(NAPSI)—Americans take about 11 billion trips on public transportation every year. The next time you're among them, consider these 10 tips on proper etiquette from blogger Commuter Kate.

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Friday 06/01/2018
One school's impact on the city of Chicago
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - One hundred years ago, the poet Carl Sandburg famously called Chicago the “hog butcher of the world,” and the “nation’s freight handler.” The character of the city has changed with each decade, and throughout the years.

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4 tips for keeping your pet safe this summer
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - There are thousands of reasons to love the summer, and if you’re a pet owner, you love summer more than most.

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Thursday 05/24/2018
5 tips for creating lasting memories on summer vacation
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - There’s a lot to love about summer: School's out, everyone’s wearing flip-flops, the trees are a brilliant green and you tend to grill out more nights of the week than not.

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5 tips for women to conquer summer discomforts
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - The summer season means balmy weather, fun outdoor activities, frequent travel and the opportunity to take a dip in your newest swimsuit. However, whether hiking or soaking up the sun, sweat and moisture can quickly become an enemy of summer activities, ruining fun and relaxation time. With these tips, your skin will be able to conquer sticky situations that may come along as summer heats up.

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Wednesday 05/23/2018
Summer nausea is a thing: 4 tips to prevent nausea from ruining fun in the sun
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Summer is the long-awaited season for fun and relaxation, warm weather and quintessential outdoor activities. However, the season’s most anticipated and exciting events can also lead to a not-so-fun problem: nausea. Whether it’s chasing kids through the park, dreaded long commutes in the heat or seeing the season’s newest 3D blockbuster, plans can quickly be ruined by the onset of nausea. According to a new survey from Dramamine-N, nearly one third of Americans note that nausea is debilitating and gets in the way of living their everyday lives. In fact, nausea is making stomachs so uneasy, that more than one in ten Americans actually have a fear of nausea and vomiting, called emetophobia, placing that fear on par with the fears of flying and needles.

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Tuesday 05/22/2018
5 things you didn't know about Pinot Grigio
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - A warm summer evening, a cold glass of Pinot Grigio and a light dinner al fresco. Sounds like heaven. This is the season for Pinot Grigio, one of America’s favorite white wines. It pairs perfectly with the lighter dishes of spring and summer — flaky fish, angel hair pasta with lemon and basil, steamed clams — and its crisp, bright, refreshing flavor makes it easy to sip.

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Sizzling sips: The summer's hottest wines are made in South Africa
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Summertime means weekend adventures, sunsets and toasting with friends and family. With so many wine options on shelves, selecting the perfect summer sip can be daunting. For those looking to impress guests with wine recommendations that extend beyond the the usual suspects, look no further than South Africa for inspiration with white wine varietal, Chenin Blanc.

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Wednesday 05/16/2018
5 must-sees on a road trip from Boise to McCall, Idaho
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Any list of classic American road trips includes the Overseas Highway from Miami to Key West, California’s Pacific Coast Highway, and the historic Route 66. But there’s one road trip you probably haven’t heard about unless you’re from southwest Idaho. It’s one of the state’s best-kept secrets, a gem that locals know about but tourists generally don’t. It’s the drive on Highway 55 from Boise to McCall. Here are five must-see stops along the way.

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Tuesday 05/15/2018
Why world travelers are going cashless
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - What’s your dream vacation?

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Monday 05/14/2018
4 tips for better vacation pictures
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Whether your vacation takes you on a hiking adventure in the mountains, to the beach, to explore a new city or vineyards, chances are you will end up with a bunch of photos.

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Wednesday 05/09/2018
5 steps to the perfect fishing trip with dad
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - When you were a kid and needed to learn something new, you went to Dad, right? He's the one who taught you how to ride a bike and drive a car. He's also the one who taught you how to bait your hook for the first time.

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6 summer essentials to stay healthy and maximize the season
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - The long summer months are full of potential. From hitting the beach to hitting the open road, there are plenty of activities for you to get outdoors and explore the warm weather. To make the most of the sunny days and star-studded nights, you need to be prepared so you have fun, stay safe and keep your health top of mind.

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Tuesday 05/08/2018
5 tips for towing trailers, boats and campers
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 20,000 people require medical attention every year because of crashes involving trailers towed by passenger vehicles.

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5 surprising things people love and despise about traveling
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

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Friday 05/04/2018
Tips to keep your pet healthy in the heat
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Spring is here, summer is approaching fast and it’s time to get outside and start taking advantage of the warmer weather. Dr. Jeff Werber, Emmy award-winning celebrity veterinarian, has a few tips and tricks on how to keep your pet happy and healthy in the heat.

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Wednesday 05/02/2018
5 easy ways to relax and recharge on a boat this summer
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Looking to get away from the daily grind this summer? The answer may be to leave your stress on land and take those summer plans on the water. Four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a Discover Boating survey.

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Lake Placid, a perfect summer getaway
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - The word vacation was invented in the Adirondacks; this came about as the wealthy of Boston and New York City vacated the city for the fresh mountain air of the Adirondacks. Once you visit, you will understand why. Maybe it is the feeling you get as soon as you enter the park. The feeling of relaxation as the real-world problems melt away. Breathing in the mountain air. Whatever it is that creates that feeling of peace, it is evident in the Adirondacks.

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Tuesday 05/01/2018
5 ways to mountain bike in Wilmington, New York
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

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Friday 04/27/2018
Dogs can catch the flu? What dog parents need to know
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Did you know that humans are not the only ones who can catch the flu? Unfortunately for man’s best friend, dogs are also susceptible to their own version of it.

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Wednesday 04/25/2018
Step up, America: 5 ways public transportation is crucial to our small towns
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

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A home expert shares top tips for a worry-free vacation
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - When it’s time to embark on your well-deserved getaway, the last thing you want is to worry about the things that could go wrong at your unattended house.

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Monday 04/23/2018
Consider a new way to see the world: The benefits of group travel
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Many people long to see another part of the world but are reluctant to travel on their own or take on the stress of planning a vacation. Researching destinations, transportation, accommodations and activities can be a lot of work. Expedia research has shown that leisure travelers visit an average of 38 websites to get information and compare prices before finalizing their plans. If this sounds especially daunting, you’re not alone!

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Thursday 04/19/2018
In your face: Top 10 cities with beard bragging rights
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Each year, men’s grooming leader Wahl pinpoints cities from across the country most likely to embrace their bearded brethren. So where are these havens for the hairy? Check out this year’s Top 10 Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America.

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