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Planning a road trip? You're not alone [Infographic]

(BPT) - Read on for results of a recent survey revealing the road trip plans of 2,000 people in the midst of COVID-19.

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Friday 11/20/2020
Top Considerations for Cool Weather Camping
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) It’s almost never too cold to head outdoors when you’re well-prepared. On your next cool-weather hike or camping trip, keep these considerations in mind for a safe and comfortable experience:

Thursday 11/19/2020
Seven Common Mistakes Travelers Make When Renewing Their Passport
Posted: November 19, 2020

(BPT) - Americans are ready to travel this holiday season. Airline bookings are up and a recent survey shows 74% of people plan to fly during the December holidays. Whether you're planning a Caribbean or Mexican getaway for the holidays, or looking forward to a cruise since the ‘no sail’ ban has lifted, you need to check your passport now. To help the wanderers among us, passport and travel expert David Alwadish, founder of The ItsEasy Passport App, shares the seven most common mistakes travelers make when renewing their passports.

Planning a road trip? You're not the only one [Infographic]
Posted: November 19, 2020

(BPT) - Check out the results of a recent survey that reveals the road trip plans of 2,000 people in the midst of COVID-19.

Planning a road trip? You are not alone [Infographic]
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - People are ready to get back on the road. Read on for survey results revealing the road trip plans of 2,000 people in the midst of COVID-19.

Would you attend a timeshare sales presentation in exchange for a discounted vacation?
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - If you're a frequent traveler to popular vacation hotspots like Orlando or Las Vegas there’s a good chance you’ve been approached by someone and asked to attend a timeshare sales pitch, often in exchange for a heavily discounted vacation or free tickets to a show or theme park.

Tuesday 11/17/2020
Jamaica: Top 10 Attractions
Posted: November 17, 2020

(BPT) - Discover Negril’s Seven Mile Beach

Monday 11/16/2020
5 noteworthy travel trends in the age of a pandemic
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - COVID-19 has changed the way we travel. When the pandemic began, many people put vacations on hold, shelving their wanderlust. As the pandemic continues, people are starting to travel again, but in different ways that prioritize health and wellness. This has led to some interesting travel trends, showing Americans' love for travel is still vibrant, it's just a bit different than before.

Wednesday 11/11/2020
Ely, Minnesota. Room for your next vacation.
Updated: November 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

Monday 11/09/2020
Be here for Duluth’s winter wonderland
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - When you imagine your favorite winter activities, pristine slopes of fresh powder, twinkling holiday lights, sparkling rinks of ice, or sled dogs racing through the snow may come to mind. Good news! This winter you can enjoy it all — and much more — in Duluth, Minnesota.

Monday 11/02/2020
Headlight savings time: Switch today, see better tonight.
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Daylight saving time is coming to an end, but Headlight Savings Time is just starting.

Wednesday 10/28/2020
Convenient, Functional Gear Prepares You for Adventures or Emergencies
Updated: October 29, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) The new normal and natural disasters are dominating the headlines. At the same time, consumers have embraced socially distant adventure travel. Whatever your reasons for wanting to be prepared, easy to carry, functional gear will prepare you for what’s to come. Here’s how:

Tuesday 10/27/2020
5 car seat tips to keep your kids safe
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - From the moment your child is born, you do everything in your power to keep them safe. Most parents and caregivers know the importance of car seats for protecting children, but it’s also important to make sure you are choosing and using them correctly. Free online resources can help.

Wednesday 10/21/2020
Are there benefits to buying a timeshare in this day and age?
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Once upon a time, if you said you owned a timeshare, you might get a side eye from a well-meaning friend who was concerned you caved to a hard sell for a vacation option. But times have changed, and a quiet revolution in the industry now shows that timeshares can be a savvy vacation strategy.

Monday 10/19/2020
62% of teens experiencing COVID-19 related disruption in driver education/licensing [Infographic]
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Michelin North America, Inc. partnered with Governors Highway Safety Association to provide resources to parents during National Teen Driver Safety Week.

Thursday 10/15/2020
Strong Solutions for Sticky Situations During Any Outdoor Adventure
Updated: October 20, 2020 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Americans love the great outdoors and are venturing out to trails, rivers, lakes and campsites more often for a breath of fresh air from the COVID-19 restrictions in place across the country.

Wednesday 10/07/2020
New survey: How do Americans feel about traveling now?
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

Survey: Pandemic has shifted how Americans view travel
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable, unavoidable impact on the world — from the way you conduct business, to how you shop for groceries. It may have even shifted your idea of what is important in life.

Monday 10/05/2020
From Cave Paintings to Graffiti – The Evolution of Street Art
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - For many of us, art can still feel out of reach. We think of paintings hanging in a museum, chosen by curators and viewed at a price, or private art collectors in possession of influential pieces never seen by the wider public.

Friday 10/02/2020
4 tips to help juggle difficult family schedules
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Due to the coronavirus’ impact on our daily routines, we’re juggling more than ever. From complex school schedules, to working and living in the same place — it can be difficult to control what’s on our plates.

5 tips to stay safe as you get back on the road
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As the nation navigates a safe and socially distant return to work and travel, states are loosening restrictions on stay-at-home orders. As your car may have been relatively idle over the last few months, the following tips can help ensure your vehicle is ready when you are.

Thursday 10/01/2020
How regular maintenance keeps your car firing on all cylinders
Updated: November 12, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Car maintenance is often a scheduled chore when you’re regularly driving. However, if you’re driving less due to the current environment, maintenance can easily become a lesser priority or even completely forgotten. Hankook Tire’s latest Gauge Index found that as daily driving decreased as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, nearly one-third (30%) of Americans have done less car cleaning and maintenance too.

Monday 09/28/2020
Is it safe to travel during a pandemic?
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - According to the CDC, traveling safely during a global pandemic comes down to two basic things: avoiding close contact with strangers and following a few common-sense precautions.

Thursday 09/24/2020
Top Tech to Bring With You on Your Next Outdoor Adventure
Updated: September 26, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Hitting the trail for a hike is good for the mind and body. Fortunately, there are still plenty of opportunities to get out and do so this fall. As you plan your next outdoor adventure, consider supporting your journey with the following tech tools and gear:

Wednesday 09/23/2020
Ready for adventure? Expand your horizons from home
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Spending more time at home can be a great opportunity to find new avenues for expanding your horizons and learning more about the world — and beyond. Fortunately, there are plenty of enjoyable ways that you can explore different regions, cultures and even time periods from the comfort and safety of your own home.

6 can't-miss Florida beach vacations for year-round travel
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - If you’re gearing up for a fall getaway or looking to use some of your remaining vacation days this year, Florida has plenty of family-friendly, affordable options for you to consider. These six Florida destinations should be at the top of your list, since they’re known for their amazing scenery, exhilarating atmosphere and excellent accommodations all year long.

6 bucket list items to check off without leaving home
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - It may be a while before you can see the sights in France or climb Mount Fuji in Japan. But even if your bucket list is dominated by world travel and adventure, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on it altogether. Instead, think outside the box, or the bucket in this case. You may be surprised by what you can “check off” from the comforts of home.

Thursday 09/17/2020
Tips on Getting Your Kids (of All Ages) Involved in Planning Travel, According to a Family Psychologist
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - With travel mostly on pause, many people are spending time at home with their families, dreaming about their next vacation. This time together creates the perfect opportunity to engage the whole family in planning the next adventure and make memories before the trip even begins.

Wednesday 09/16/2020
Arkansas is ready for travel
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Arkansas is open and ready to welcome visitors back to The Natural State. Autumn is the perfect time to visit because of the state’s spectacular beauty.

Monday 09/14/2020
3 tips for selecting the best travel rewards credit card
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Planning your next vacation may not be at the top of your to-do list right now, but savvy travelers know that maximizing your future travel perks starts with a great rewards credit card.

Top reasons fall is the perfect time to escape to the beach
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - You may think fall is time to put the sandals and sunscreen away, but autumn months offer a great opportunity to explore beaches near and far. Consider these eight reasons to escape to the beach with your family and create a fall you'll always remember.

Thursday 09/10/2020
Tips to Take a Safe and Affordable Fall Road Trip
Updated: September 12, 2020 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) As American families continue to track developments of the pandemic, many are opting for regional travel experiences this fall.

Wednesday 09/09/2020
Are you buying illegal LED replacement bulbs for your car?
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Safety should be paramount on roads — not only for drivers, but for cyclists and pedestrians. One of the easiest ways to make sure everyone stays safe on the road is to have well-functioning headlights.

Friday 09/04/2020
How to enhance your next road trip in 4 easy steps
Updated: November 16, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Travel might look different right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the journey. Whether it’s a day drive up the coast or an overnight camping trip in the mountains, you can still fuel a sense of adventure by simply getting behind the wheel. And with travelers spending more of their free time on the road, it’s the perfect time to upgrade any vehicle with the latest in auto tech, accessories and equipment, starting with your tires.

Thursday 09/03/2020
Wyoming’s road trip revival: Your guide to responsible recreation
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - People want to start traveling again, yet many are understandably unsure about how that looks. The desire to satisfy wanderlust but in a safe manner has inspired the revival of the great American road trip, where your vehicle is your guide to expansive destinations and unique locations. The state of Wyoming tops many people’s road trip bucket lists.

Monday 08/24/2020
Have pets, will travel? Check out these pro tips on traveling with your furry friends
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - There’s nothing like hitting the open road with your best friend, especially when they happen to have a furry face, four legs and a tail. While dogs and cats love being around their favorite humans 24-7, travel can be stressful for pets, especially if they’re out of their routine and staying overnight in an unfamiliar place.

Friday 08/21/2020
Time To Hit The Open Road? Rent An RV!
Updated: August 28, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Consumer preferences have changed drastically since the start of the pandemic, with travel being no exception. Thousands of Americans have opted out of airline tickets and hotel reservations in favor of RV rentals, a safer method of travel that allows for self-contained excursions with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen all on-board.

As more Americans become increasingly comfortable with the idea of getting back on the road, RV travel appears to be making its way into the mainstream. RVshare, the first and largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, has seen RV bookings quadruple since last summer.

A Travel Sentiment survey conducted by RVshare found that nearly 70% of respondents plan to travel in the next three months, with the majority reporting that they will not be flying any time soon and would instead opt to travel via RV.

Don’t own an RV? No problem. RVshare lists more than 100,000 RVs across the U.S. for rent by owners looking to make a second income off their asset that otherwise might be sitting unused. With options ranging from a luxury motorhome to a confined camper, there is something for everyone at any pricepoint.

Tips for Renting an RV:

•Use a trusted site: Use a trusted site like RVshare.com where your payment is protected and the owner of the vehicle is verified. RVshare also offers roadside assistance, 24/7 customer service, insurance and other perks to protect your trip and payment.

•Have a plan before booking: Have an idea of where you plan to take your vehicle. Make a reservation to reserve a spot at the campground. If you’re not planning on staying at a campground, factor in that you’ll be using the generator for an extended period of time, which may cost extra.

Enter your destination, dates and filter by preferences: Start by filtering by your pick-up destination, the dates you’d like to rent the RV and filter any other preferences you may have, like pet-friendly or type of vehicle. Worried about driving a big rig? Find an owner who offers delivery for a hassle-free experience.

•Review the full listing: The listing is full of information including pricing, fees, rental amenities including supplies on-board. RVs aren’t always outfitted and you may have to bring towels, linens and cookware.

Interested in learning more about how to book an RV rental? Visit RVshare.com.

 

Wednesday 08/19/2020
4 Ideas for Late Summer Adventures from Expert Drivers and Road Trip Veterans
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - With just a few more weeks of summer, families are looking for ways to squeeze in a late season adventure, but it’s challenging to find the right activity that is fun and responsible given the times. Road trips are a great way to have a family adventure while maintaining social distancing and other health and safety guidelines and still have a great time. To help, Cooper Tire asked some of their sponsored athletes and friends, who are expert drivers and veteran road trippers, to share their suggestions for late summer travel across the U.S. Here are their top four recommendations for vehicle-friendly destinations, as well as some tips to make sure your tires are road-ready as you embark on your own (safe and fun) outdoor adventures.

Tuesday 08/18/2020
Upcoming National Museum To Honor All Soldiers
Updated: August 20, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you know is a soldier, Army veteran, Army family member or other proud military supporter, you can become a permanent part of history at the National Museum of the United States Army.  

An historic project led by the Army Historical Foundation and the U.S. Army, the Museum is going up at Fort Belvoir, Va., just south of Washington, D.C.   

“We are proud to build a national museum that will tell the history of the Army—and our nation—through the eyes of American soldiers,” said Foundation President U.S. Army Retired Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz. “The timeline for opening the Museum was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we promise it will be worth the wait.”  

To be included in the Museum’s story, soldiers and Army veterans can submit their stories of service in the Registry of the American Soldier, which will be one of the largest collections of American Soldier profiles ever assembled. Stories can also be submitted on a veteran’s behalf, at no cost. The Foundation currently features the Registry on its website and the collection will be made available on kiosks in the Museum. Stories can be submitted at www.armyhistory.org/the-registries/

Members of the Army community can also be a permanent part of the Museum by ordering a customized commemorative brick to be laid on the grounds of the Museum. More than 8,000 bricks have already been installed, honoring soldiers from all 50 states. Among the bricks are those for such well-known Army veterans as Senator Bob Dole and General Eric Shinseki. Individuals and organizations can order bricks at www.armyhistory.org/bricks.  

To stay up to date on the project, including announcements about opening day, visit www.armyhistory.org.

 

Family friendly travel-inspired activities to do from home
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The past few months have brought changes to every family, including postponing or changing plans for fun vacations. Whether your vacation plans were put on hold or you enjoyed a scaled-down trip or staycation, now’s a great time to engage the whole family in exploring virtual vacations — and planning future adventures together. While at home, you can foster a “vacation state of mind” by reminiscing about past trips and sparking everyone's imagination about future travels.

Wednesday 08/12/2020
4 driving tips that can help save lives and lower your insurance rate
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Bad driving habits aren’t just obnoxious, they’re also dangerous — motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S., with more than 38,000 people having lost their lives and nearly 4.4 million injured in collisions in 2019, according to the National Safety Council.

Monday 08/10/2020
10 rules of tires every driver should follow before they hit the road
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Every time you drive, you trust your tires with your safety.

Friday 08/07/2020
Fun in the sun: 5 things you should know to ride a watercraft
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - In this new era of staycations and social distancing, there has been a heightened interest in outdoor recreational activities, especially with watersports and watercraft. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, watercraft sales are up as much as 75% compared to last year, making it one of the fastest growing activities out there. With the rise in popularity of watercraft and more boats out on the water, Sea-Doo maker BRP is offering tips to those who are ready to venture out in the open water.

Thursday 08/06/2020
Vacation Safety Tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Posted: August 06, 2020

(BPT) - For many Americans, vacation plans look different from years prior, due to COVID-19. As a result many vacationers are opting to rent properties with features such as kitchens and private space that allow for social distancing rather than staying in hotels or motels. In the past several years, it’s been increasingly popular to book a stay through online companies that connect vacationers to individual rental property owners.

Wednesday 08/05/2020
How to make sure your vehicle is ready to get back on the road
Updated: September 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - During a season that’s usually devoted to adventure, many have been forced to stick a little closer to home. When it’s finally time to return to your globetrotting ways, it’s vital to make sure your vehicle is ready.

Friday 07/03/2020
Top Ways to Take a Safe Vacation
Posted: July 03, 2020

(StatePoint) After months spent indoors at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s clear that many people are itching to get back out there and take a vacation. This is with good reason. Staying isolated for too long can take a substantial toll on one’s mental health and well-being, according to the American Psychological Association.

Tuesday 06/30/2020
Get Equipped for Your Best Camping Trip Yet
Posted: June 30, 2020

(StatePoint) Camping is always a great time, but especially when you’re well-equipped. Here’s what to take along with you on your next overnight into the great outdoors:

Monday 03/23/2020
3 Technologies to Help You Feel Connected to Far Away Loved Ones
Posted: March 23, 2020

(StatePoint) When it’s not possible to be near loved ones, being connected becomes more important.

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