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(StatePoint) Hitting the road for an outdoor adventure or just headed to a local park or pool? Get prepared. Before summer fun, comes summer safety.

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Tuesday 06/28/2016
Tips for Better Family Road Trips
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) Taking the family on a road trip? When kids are in tow, an extended car ride means thinking ahead to help avoid headaches and squabbling over personal space. A little planning can go a long way in making the trip enjoyable for passengers of all ages.

Friday 06/24/2016
Enjoy your travels with this effective, drug-free remedy for motion sickness
Updated: June 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

Wednesday 06/22/2016
Drive away distractions to protect teens behind the wheel
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Today’s teens face more distractions than any generation before.

Friday 06/17/2016
5 reasons to visit the African American Festival in Baltimore this summer
Updated: June 18, 2016 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - You feel the beat pulsing through your body and the crowd's energy encouraging you to move with the music — you haven't felt this alive in years. The thrill of listening to live music at a festival, surrounded by hundreds of people coming together for the day, is an experience many never forget. The African American Festival offers this kind of exhilarating live music, along with 16 acres of free fun and learning for every family member.  

5 Steps to Mastering the Art of the Road Trip
Posted: June 17, 2016

(BPT) - Summer is synonymous with beaches, family barbecues and vacation adventures, making it one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. As Americans gear up to the hit the road, it’s important that all drivers have their summer road trip checklist in place. In order to help drivers this summer, here is a five-step guide to surviving a summer road trip.

Thursday 06/16/2016
What Airport Travelers Really Want
Updated: June 17, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s good news for travelers: Enhanced customer service is paramount for business and leisure travelers and savvy airports are making it a top priority. Through innovative design and technology, airports can evolve into destinations that accommodate sophisticated customers with hassle-free air travel and shorter wait times. Here are four hints that can take them far:

Wednesday 06/15/2016
Traveling on a budget: 5 ways to save money on vacation
Updated: June 16, 2016 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - When the daily grind starts to wear you out, nothing rejuvenates quite like a vacation. Whether it's a long weekend across the country or two weeks spent abroad, a trip offers the chance to escape routine, try new experiences and come alive once more. Of course, planning a vacation takes time, and more importantly, money. Many of us do not have the budget to plan a luxurious adventure whenever the feeling strikes. Or do we? 

Thursday 06/09/2016
5 reasons to tee off in Malone
Posted: June 09, 2016

(BPT) - We can give you countless reasons to book your next golf vacation in Malone, New York, but no one wants to read an endless list. Instead, we've sliced off our five favorite reasons to tee off here.

Saturday 05/28/2016
5 Essential Things to Know Before Visiting a National Park this Summer
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) This year, the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of encouraging adventure and preserving the great outdoors, making it the perfect time to get out and explore.

Thursday 05/26/2016
Why bedbugs are winning at our favorite hotels
Updated: June 03, 2016 - 4:35 am

(BPT) - The summer travel season is upon us, offering an opportunity for families across the U.S. to reconnect. The goal is simple — to make memories that last a lifetime. For example, the Smith family is in vacation-planning mode. Mrs. Smith typically takes the lead with dreams and aspirations of planning their family’s best vacation ever. She starts with a look at her hotel choices on Trip Advisor. According to their website, Trip Advisor is the world’s largest travel site, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors with reviews of more than 6.5 million accommodations. Mrs. Smith does her research. Is the hotel family-friendly? Does it have a pool? Is it clean? Scanning the reviews of a hotel on her list she reads one traveler’s review that includes a descriptor that no one wants to hear: bedbugs! Mrs. Smith immediately hits the back button. Bedbugs are the very last souvenir she wants her family to bring home. Cross that hotel off the list.

Tuesday 05/24/2016
6 ingredients for an unforgettable vacation
Posted: May 24, 2016

(BPT) - There are big skies, big rivers and of course those big mountains. The sheer size of the western frontier has attracted explorers and families for hundreds of years. While the days of covered wagons and cattle drives have passed, there's still more than a lifetime of adventure to be found in the west.

Top tips to make the most of your family's outdoor plans this summer
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - With winter in the rearview and warm weather finally here, millions of Americans have come out of hibernation and are looking to breathe in the fresh summer air. This year marks the centennial celebration of America’s National Parks and according to AAA, gas prices are at their lowest in 12 years, so there is no better time for Americans to head outdoors.  

Thursday 05/19/2016
Travel tips for 3-day weekends
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 4:42 am

(BPT) - The arrival of warm weather signals the season of three-day weekends and more people are using that time to travel. Whether it’s three glorious days off due to a holiday, summer office hours or simply cashing in on precious PTO time, weekend warriors are taking advantage.

Tuesday 05/17/2016
Looking for adventure? Take a Mississippi music road trip
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Full of natural beauty and historic landmarks, Mississippi is a destination that attracts many travelers. But did you know the state is also home to a strong music legacy? Known as the Birthplace of America's Music, Mississippi paved the path for modern music with its seminal contributions to blues, rock, country and gospel. No matter your favorite genre, Mississippi is the place to be for live music festivals, famous museums and more. Let these 10 music destinations help you plan your next trip to the South:

Monday 05/16/2016
10 Mississippi music destinations for your bucket list
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Full of natural beauty and historic landmarks, Mississippi is a destination that attracts many travelers. But did you know the state is also home to a strong music legacy? Known as the Birthplace of America's Music, Mississippi paved the path for modern music with its seminal contributions to blues, rock, country and gospel. No matter your favorite genre, Mississippi is the place to be for live music festivals, famous museums and more. Let these 10 music destinations help you plan your next trip to the South:

Wednesday 05/11/2016
Getting Away From It All, Altogether
Updated: May 12, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—If your family is like all too many these days, you didn’t get to go on vacation last year. According to the travel industry analyst Skift, nearly half of America didn’t take a single vacation day in 2015.

Friday 05/06/2016
3 ways to celebrate the healing power of comedy in Jamestown, NY
Updated: May 14, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - You begin Monday in your usual morning mood — grumpy. The day quickly turns around, however, after hearing a few funny stories from coworkers. Suddenly you find yourself laughing and enjoying the morning. Your outlook is positive and your spirits have been lifted, and all it took was one hilarious joke. It has to make you wonder: why don't we laugh more often?   

Gas station myth or fact: What you need to know when you refuel
Updated: May 14, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - On any given day, some 40 million Americans stop at gas stations to fill their tanks. For many, it’s a weekly routine, one they don’t spend much time analyzing, but are there things you think you know about your fill-up that just aren’t true?

Wednesday 05/04/2016
Planning a Summer Road Trip? Pack These Tips
Updated: May 04, 2016 - 4:39 am

(StatePoint) Americans from across the country will be hitting the road for a well-deserved summer vacation.

Tuesday 05/03/2016
Outdoor Tips from TV 'Survivorman,' Les Stroud
Updated: May 03, 2016 - 4:39 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re into extreme outdoor activities or “glam-ping” is more your style, everyone can use a few tips to make the experience safe and enjoyable.

Saturday 04/30/2016
Land, sea or air: 3 ways to plan your North West Australian adventure
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Rugged gorges, epic waterways and beautiful ocean views: this could only be describing the bewildering terrain of Western Australia. But if you’re really looking for the best sightseeing and activities, head north to the Kimberley, the gem of North West Australia. Famously known as being “the last wilderness” region, the Kimberley is the ultimate “bucket list” destination for adventure-seeking travelers.

Friday 04/29/2016
You Need A Vacation: Five Hints Can Help
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 4:37 am

(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Travel Association, the average American worker leaves nearly five paid vacation days on the table—almost an entire week of time that could be spent with family and friends or investing in yourself.

Thursday 04/28/2016
Discover these 4 transformative vacations
Updated: May 06, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - With the busy travel season upon us, people comb through travel websites and brochures looking to find their ideal vacation destination. Some search for stunning examples of wilderness found only in America; others seek a cultural experience, a chance to taste new foods, visit historic sights and see a different side of life. For those seeking to make their vacation fun as well as educational and enriching, there are a host of photography workshops throughout the country that not only offer a chance to see amazing places, but instruction on memorializing their experiences through digital imaging and photography.

Enjoy Some Downtime In The Mountain State
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)—Home to the “Original Gateway to the West,” West Virginia is the gateway to a quick and relaxing getaway that’s a fit for all ages.

Tuesday 04/26/2016
Spring into summer in the Lone Star State
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - When it comes to spring and summer vacations, Texas is full of possibilities, boasting more than 600 miles of coastline, scenic mountain ranges, historic sites and more. With activities like dolphin watching, deep sea fishing, bird watching and hiking, visitors will never be bored.

Thursday 04/21/2016
Inspiration For Your Next Vacation
Updated: April 22, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Dreaming about a getaway can seem easier than planning one. From choosing a destination to narrowing down lodging and transportation, getting a vacation on the calendar takes some legwork. But once it's booked, you immediately reap the benefits. Experts say vacationers actually feel most happy before their trips thanks to the anticipation, according to a study in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life. To help you enjoy the happy effects of travel planning, try these tools that can streamline the process.

Wednesday 04/20/2016
10 smart security steps for seniors
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - From identity theft to home burglary, it’s an unfortunate fact that senior citizens are often a target for criminals. By taking simple security measures while at home and out traveling, you can dramatically reduce the likelihood you or a loved one is victimized.

Thursday 03/31/2016
What To Know Before Booking A Vacation Home
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Renting a vacation home has become a popular choice among travelers, made easier than ever by trendy peer-to-peer sharing sites. Rather than squeezing into a hotel room, vacationers are spreading out and taking advantage of such benefits as extra space, convenience and privacy. Before booking a home base for what’s meant to be a relaxing getaway, however, travelers need to consider from whom they’re renting to ensure a trouble-free experience. Here are some important things to know before booking:

Don't Let High Pressure Blow Your Vacation: Know Your PSI
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Taking five minutes to check your tires before your next road trip can be well worth it, considering the potential dangers and time lost by blowing out a tire.

Wednesday 03/30/2016
5 easy ways to relax, recharge and have fun on a boat
Updated: April 07, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Feeling stressed? Adding water to your summer plans may be one of the best remedies. More than four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a 2015 Discover Boating survey by Wakefield Research.

Monday 03/28/2016
Ten Hints To Help You Get Home From College
Updated: March 29, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—As Walt Whitman is quoted in numerous graduation speeches as having said, “Not I—nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself.” However, as most graduates have discovered, the first place they have to travel is probably away from school.

Tuesday 03/22/2016
Five Ways To Get More From Your Vacation
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 4:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to the travel industry analyst Skift, nearly half of America didn’t take a single vacation day in 2015. If you don’t want to be among the vacationless this year, now would be a good time to start planning—and booking—your next trip.

Tuesday 03/15/2016
The gal's guide to an unforgettable girlfriends' getaway
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - Looking to satisfy your wanderlust? There are no better travel partners than your girlfriends. From Mayo Clinic to Harvard University, research shows friendships improve health, happiness and longevity, so it is time to seize the day, or in this case, the weekend. Whether you want to reconnect or simply experience something new, planning a girlfriends’ getaway will not only make you happier and healthier, but is a snap if you keep a few expert tips in mind.

Friday 03/11/2016
Here comes the rain: Expert tips for wet weather driving
Updated: March 19, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - When it comes to driving in the rain, windshield wipers, headlights and brakes will only get you so far. More than 1 million car crashes occur each year as a result of weather conditions, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Most of them have to do with wet roadways, and many of them could likely be prevented by the right set of tires.

Thursday 03/10/2016
Smart Travel Tips for Family Vacations
Updated: March 10, 2016 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) The best way to get your kids to stop asking “are we there yet?” is to never have them ask in the first place!

Tuesday 03/08/2016
Now's A Great Time To Get Away To A Great Time
Updated: March 16, 2016 - 9:42 am

(NAPSI)—While almost everyone agrees that they want to travel, few people agree on the perfect destination. To discover more about dream destinations, Wakefield Research conducted a study to find out whether Americans are planning a vacation this spring, and to where they would most like to go. Here are the results:

Monday 03/07/2016
Relax and engage: 4 ways to learn on vacation
Updated: March 15, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - With busy schedules and jam packed to-do lists, people often view vacations as a time to simply lounge by the beach and soak up the sun. And while that may sound like paradise, when was the last time you truly pursued a passion, goal or curiosity?

Monday 02/29/2016
5 simple security steps for spring travel
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Monday 02/22/2016
Tire tips for parents on the go
Updated: March 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - A growing number of children are not content to keep all their efforts inside the classroom or play video games. They seek out different outlets like sports — especially soccer, which makes the largest youth sports organization in America — in order to learn, socialize and have fun. According to data from the U.S. Census, nearly six out of 10 children between the ages of 6 and 17 are involved in at least one after school extra-curricular activity. Children are stepping out to stay active, but they need some help to get there – literally. Even world-class soccer players on English Premier League champion Chelsea FC once needed parents to drive them around.

Thursday 02/11/2016
5 golden rules of planning a group destination wedding
Updated: February 18, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Soft sand warms the soles of your feet and the smell of sweet flowers fill the air. The salty mist of the ocean kisses your cheeks while the laughter of friends and family brings joy to the heart. This isn’t just an amazing vacation for your loved ones, it’s your wedding day.

Monday 02/01/2016
Taking responsibility on winter roads
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - You can find a large number of alarming videos on the Internet showing cars crashing on snowy roads. We can see from these videos that driving too fast on snow or ice covered roads is risky and leaves you vulnerable to crashes. However, it’s not just fast driving that causes accidents, but also failure to take proper care in these types of conditions.

Monday 01/25/2016
Five hacks to travel smart with your smartphone
Updated: January 26, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple or with your entire extended family, there’s one thing you likely won’t forget to bring on your trip: your smartphone or tablet. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, according to the Pew Research Center, and almost half own a tablet. Right next to socks and a toothbrush, your mobile device is one of the most important and useful items you’ll bring with you.

Thursday 01/07/2016
New year, new boat: Why winter is one of the best times to buy a boat
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Post-holiday sales aren’t the only deals to be found this winter. Winter boat shows offer some of the best pricing and incentives of the year — a major draw for the estimated 87 million Americans who take to the water each year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. For those ready to plan summer fun, boat shows can be a good place to start.

Drive safer at any age using the top vehicle technologies
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - New technologies are responsible for many of the advances, comforts and conveniences of modern life, from the smartphone to wearable items such as “smart” wristwatches and eyeglasses. That’s no different in the car, where new technology is helping people drive more safely.

Saturday 12/05/2015
Tips to Make Holiday Travel Merry
Updated: December 05, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season is one of the busiest long-distance travel times of the year. In fact, 98.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home, according to AAA.

Thursday 12/03/2015
Resolve to Save for Travel in 2016
Updated: December 03, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) If your budget didn’t allow you to take the vacation you wanted in 2015, don’t let the same reason hinder your wanderlust in 2016. A few resolutions, made around the New Year, can help you reach your vacation goal.

Tuesday 11/17/2015
Tips to Ease Holiday Travel Stress
Updated: November 17, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) An estimated 94.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for the holidays, according to AAA.

Thursday 11/05/2015
Smart Budget Travel Tips for That Dream Vacation
Updated: November 05, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Dream vacations come in all shapes and sizes. For some, it may be visiting every ballpark nationwide. For others, it’s island hopping in the Caribbean.

Monday 11/02/2015
What to Consider When Making Holiday Travel Plans
Updated: November 02, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) The holidays can be an excellent time to take advantage of days off from work and school to get out of town. Before you make your plans, travel experts say it’s a good idea to consider alternative options to your regular vacation routine. New alternatives may work better for you and your family.

Monday 10/26/2015
Tips for Successful Outdoor Adventures this Season
Updated: October 26, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) The great outdoors do not hibernate in the cooler months, and neither should you. To be well-equipped for safe and fun outdoor adventures, consider the following.