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    7 tips for holiday road trips with kids

    (BPT) - Whether the length of your drive is three hours or 30 minutes, it can seem an eternity with a bored child in the car. If you’re planning a road trip with one or more children, plan ahead so you'll have a happy and safe trip, no matter where you’re going.

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    4 things to do when the tire pressure warning light turns on

    (BPT) - It’ll happen to every driver and likely at the most inopportune moment — like when you’re running late, on a family road trip or commuting to work. A familiar light will flick on in your car’s dashboard. Sometimes, the low tire pressure indicator can mean it’s time to add more air, caused by regular wear-and-tear or a sudden change in the weather. But other times, the light leads drivers down a road that requires them to buy a new set of tires. So how do you know?

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    5 tech-forward innovations every holiday traveler can look forward to

    (BPT) - If you're like most, you shudder at the idea of traveling during the holiday season. With all those long lines, tight timetables and crowded spaces, who wouldn’t feel like a Grinch? To add more comfort and joy to your journey, the travel and hospitality industries are quick to embrace innovation and new technology. From the time you hail the airport ride-share to the moment you step outside your hotel for an evening of holiday wonder, here are some travel tech advances to look for this season.

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Thursday 12/05/2019
Travel Trends To Inspire Your 2020 Vacation Planning
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(NAPSI)—Some things never change when it comes to traveling with friends and family, but every year new trends arise as travelers discover new places and ways to travel. With data and insights from its global vacation rental marketplace, Vrbo identified where, how and why Americans will travel for vacation in 2020.

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Wednesday 12/04/2019
Kick off 2020 by getting outdoors and enjoying state parks
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - For many people, modern life means spending more time indoors. In fact, Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This has had numerous direct and indirect health impacts, from respiratory issues due to poor indoor air quality to reduced physical activity due to an indoor sedentary lifestyle.

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3 tips for safe holiday driving
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - The holidays are wonderful. They can also be stressful.

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Tuesday 11/26/2019
Air travel can be dangerous for passengers with disabilities
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - During the busy holiday travel season, everyone suffers from the stress and strain that accompanies flying today. Unfortunately, travelers with disabilities face even more barriers to air travel such as damaged wheelchairs, delayed assistance and untrained airline staff. These obstacles are not only inconvenient and uncomfortable, but can be dangerous.

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Friday 11/22/2019
5 easy ways to give back during the season of giving
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Over the holiday season, it’s natural to look for ways to give back to those in need, whether in your own community or beyond. With everyone’s schedules being full to the brim over the season, and with so many other demands on your energy and your funds, it’s sometimes hard to know the best method to donate. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can make a big difference in the lives of others, even while going about your holiday errands and outings.

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Best Flu Hacks Every Traveler Should Know
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) While everyone wants to make the most of their vacation, travel can do a number on one’s health, and during flu season, the risk of feeling unwell is even higher. Feel your best with these tips:

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Wednesday 11/20/2019
Prepare for the unexpected: Travel tips for peace of mind
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Do you have a case of wanderlust? Traveling is a great way to explore new places and try new activities, going beyond the ordinary to create lifelong memories with family and friends.

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7 things you may not know about car seats and seat belts
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Parents and caregivers want to keep kids safe in the car but keeping up with the latest recommendations can be tricky, especially as your child grows and their needs change. It's sometimes hard to know if you're doing everything you can to keep children as safe as possible.

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Tuesday 11/19/2019
How to find a bucket list worthy sailing adventure
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:55 am

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Monday 11/18/2019
5 easy ways to save during the holiday season
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is a time of family, friends and … spending. In the process of hosting and attending large or intimate holiday gatherings, the inevitable costs of travel, presents, decorations and food tend to stack up. With thousands of Americans celebrating holidays in November and December, it is no surprise that according to the National Retail Confederation the holiday season is the largest consumer spending time of the year. So, instead of starting the New Year with a nasty credit card bill, here are five simple tips to protect your finances during the holiday season:

  1. DIY festive wrapping paper: Use the brown paper from grocery store bags when wrapping gifts by cutting the bag at its corners and removing the handles to become a flat piece of paper. If you feel the minimalist kraft paper look is too plain for your liking, decorate the paper using markers or cotton swabs dipped in paint. For a more festive touch, try stringing a pinecone or stick of cinnamon to the package using twine.
  2. Use the NEW Exxon Mobil Rewards+™ app: Before making the trek to your holiday gathering, download the new Exxon Mobil Rewards+ app to start earning points on your journey over the river and through the woods. By paying through the new app, you avoid having to battle the elements at the pump and from now to February 2020, you can earn 5 cents per gallon when you pay through the app to be used at later fill-ups. If you are an existing Exxon Mobil Rewards+ member with Premium Status, you can earn up to 10 cents per gallon!
  3. Shop holiday décor at a thrift store: Over the past few years there has been an uptick in online thrift stores, such as LetGo or The RealReal, that sell high-end secondhand items. Score vintage pieces for your next holiday party or decor to style your home for the season.
  4. Book holiday travel smart: The holidays are one of the most expensive times to fly, but if your holiday feast is waiting for you a plane ride away don’t fret, as there are still ways to save on travel. While there is speculation around savings on the day you book, it is true the day you fly can drastically change the price tag. According to CheapAir’s 5th annual Airfare study, you can save if you fly in or out on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Apps like Hopper monitor and track trends in flights prices, with helpful notifications of when the best time to buy is.
  5. Make your Friendsgiving a potluck: Instead of catering or cooking your Friendsgiving feast, invite your pals to participate in the fun. Potluck dinners take out the pain of hours of preparation, giving you the chance as the host to spend more time with your guests. You can even make it themed by having each person bring a dish they grew up eating around the holidays, which can spark interesting conversations about family history and sentimental story telling.

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8 simple ideas to prevent home break-ins
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - Did you know most burglaries are home break-ins? Keeping your home secure is vital to the safety of yourself, your family and your belongings. Here are several simple ideas to increase your personal safety.

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Friday 11/15/2019
Therapy dogs help ease stress during busy Thanksgiving travel season
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - This Thanksgiving is gearing up to be one of the busiest travel seasons since 2005, according to travel organization AAA, with Wednesday, Nov. 27, expected to be the worst travel period nationally.

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Friday 11/08/2019
12 Ways to Sleigh Holiday Travel
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:55 am

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Wednesday 11/06/2019
Why brighter headlights are better
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - The end of daylight saving time marks the start of longer, darker nights. That means many of us will spend more time over the next few months driving in the dark, relying on our headlights to light the way. Are your headlights up to the task?

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Tuesday 11/05/2019
How to choose tires that are better for the environment
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Did you know tires could be green?

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Thursday 10/31/2019
Road Trip Destinations: Autumn in Arkansas
Posted: October 31, 2019

(BPT) - As the leaves begin to change and cooler weather arrives, fall is the perfect time of year to take a road trip getaway and experience all the season has to offer. With all its natural beauty, a trip through Arkansas is sure to be unlike anything you’ll experience elsewhere.

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Wednesday 10/30/2019
Did you know that all-season tires don’t always work in all seasons?
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - Here’s something you may not know: All-season tires are only meant for year-round driving if you live in the extreme southern United States.

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Monday 10/28/2019
The Holiday Travel Guide to Vitamin Supplements
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re traveling for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s, gummy vitamins can provide surprising and unexpected health benefits for beauty, digestion, and sleep. Many people don’t realize they’re not alone when they can’t sleep in a strange bed or eat properly because they are bloated from not being on their “regular” schedule and as a result, they don’t look or feel their best. Traveling can throw your body’s natural clock off so getting a good night’s sleep can be next to impossible. And, that means waking up feeling exhausted.

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Monday 10/14/2019
5 hacks to save money while traveling for college football games
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - The fresh air. The roar of the crowd. The sweet smell of looming victory. Is there anything better than rooting your favorite college football team to a big win? Being at the game is an energetic experience like no other, but for many people, traveling to see college football is expensive.

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Friday 10/11/2019
Winter is coming: Be prepared for costly, damaging storms
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Winter weather is difficult to predict. Use these tips to help protect your home from the costly damage winter storms can bring.

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Thursday 10/03/2019
Are you protecting your digital house from cybercrime?
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - As the pace of technology advances, cybersecurity threats do, too. Data breaches, identity theft, phishing and malware make headlines seemingly every day. Internet-connected devices, social media, digital assistants and mobile apps have become indispensable in our everyday lives, but their connectedness makes us increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. Recent reports estimate that damages relating to cybercrime are expected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021.

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Thursday 09/26/2019
Top 5 exciting reasons to visit Baltimore this fall
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - Baltimore is a city with a rich history, thriving culture and eye on the future. Quickly becoming one of the top destinations for travel enthusiasts, visiting this vibrant city satisfies wanderlust any time of year, but it’s the upcoming fall season that really has travelers enthused. Here are five reasons to visit Baltimore this autumn and embrace all the excitement kicking off on Oct. 1.

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Friday 09/20/2019
Tips for keeping kids safe on the road
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - With all the distractions on today's roads, parents are feeling increasingly anxious about keeping their children safe while driving. According to a new study by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll, more than six in ten American parents believe roads today are more dangerous than ever, and are actively seeking guidance on how to properly protect their loved ones when they’re on-the-go.

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Monday 09/16/2019
6 great reasons to visit Pittsburgh with your family
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - Seeking a great vacation spot? Look no further than Pittsburgh, an ideal destination for an unforgettable family getaway. Pittsburgh has plenty of entertainment options for kids of all ages — and their parents. Pull up a chair (and maybe a highchair or two) and book your perfect Pittsburgh adventure.

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The country's favorite fair foods, region by region
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Perhaps the main reason most people go to the fair is for the food — delicious, over-the-top savory and sweet items you just can’t get anywhere else, whether on a stick or not. In fact, most people are willing to put up with the heat, crowds, expense, and even long lines just for a taste of their favorite fair foods.

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Monday 09/09/2019
3 things you didn’t learn in driving school
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - If you had to go back to driving school today, would you pass the parallel parking portion? What if the instructor tested your knowledge of car maintenance?

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Thursday 09/05/2019
Start your cruise vacation with some home port adventure
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - It’s said life is a journey, not a destination. That should especially be true when you and your family are planning your next cruise vacation.

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Wednesday 08/28/2019
The United States of Streaming: Road trip trends across the U.S. [Infographic]
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - Windows down, volume up. It’s summertime and Americans are hitting the highways in droves for road trips, weekend drives and cross-country treks in the car. And the most important part of any road trip? The music. There are over 2 million road trip playlists on Spotify, and streaming of road trip playlists bumps up more than 40% in the summer months.

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How To Save On Your Next Family Getaway
Updated: August 31, 2019 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—The travel industry uses the term “shoulder season” to talk about the slower, cheaper time after school is back in session. The savings are real if you can get a group together not bound by the school calendar or just sneak out of town for one more quick weekend at the beach.

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Monday 08/26/2019
5 essential car safety tips for pets
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Face it, everyone loves their pets. And they often want to take their pets wherever they’re going. In fact, a recent survey by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll found that 39% of pet owners would rather go on a road trip with their dog than a family member.

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Sunday 08/25/2019
Stretch your summer in Myrtle Beach
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Has summer just flown by? Did you run out of time to take a vacation, or just can’t stand to see summer end? Maybe you want to use up the year’s vacation days before they expire.

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Saturday 06/01/2019
Make the Most of Your Camping Trip This Great Outdoors Month
Posted: June 01, 2019

(StatePoint) Great Outdoors Month, celebrated in June, is the perfect opportunity for a camping expedition.

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Saturday 03/16/2019
Get Geared Up for Fishing Season
Posted: March 16, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a serious angler or you only dabble with the sport, the right gear can make your next fishing trip a success.

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Monday 02/25/2019
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Are You Ready for the Next Season?
Posted: February 25, 2019

(StatePoint) As outdoor enthusiasts know, there are important preparations to make for extreme weather conditions. However, having gear that easily transitions between seasons means that you will always be organized and equipped to hit the road for an adventure whenever the mood strikes.

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Thursday 01/31/2019
Great Tools for Winter Adventures
Posted: January 31, 2019

(StatePoint) It may be winter, but that’s no reason to put your outdoor adventures on hold. When you’re properly equipped, you may find you can brave all kinds of weather.

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