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Tips on Getting Your Kids (of All Ages) Involved in Planning Travel, According to a Family Psychologist

(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.

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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: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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.

New survey: Americans are getting back on the road again
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

Tuesday 08/25/2020
5 car seat tips to keep your kids safe
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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.

Monday 08/24/2020
Have pets, will travel? Check out these pro tips on traveling with your furry friends
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 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.

Tuesday 07/21/2020
The basics of virtual car buying
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Online car buying has become more popular in recent years. Instead of having to go out to visit dealer lots, car shoppers have found it’s easy to look at inventory, set up test drives, secure financing, negotiate price and complete the purchase — all online, from the comfort and safety of home.

Thursday 07/16/2020
8 simple tips to travel responsibly in 2020
Posted: July 16, 2020

(BPT) - Thousands of families put travel plans on hold due to COVID-19. As the travel industry is reopening and favorite tourist spots are welcoming guests, people are making vacation plans that keep safety and responsibility top of mind.

Outdoor adventures to indoor attractions — Duluth has you covered
Updated: August 19, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you’re searching for the ideal vacation destination — with plenty of space for physical distancing — you couldn’t pick a better place than Duluth, Minnesota. Outdoor beauty and exploration abound along the shores of Lake Superior, which is big enough for everyone, with plenty of recreation options, sightseeing and amazing attractions.

Thursday 07/09/2020
RV Owners are the Surprise Financial Success Story of the Year
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Millions of Americans who own an RV have it parked in their driveway or a storage facility for the better part of the year. With many families wary of airplanes and hotels these days, it may be time to consider renting your rig to make some serious cash.

According to peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace RVshare, RV bookings have reached unprecedented levels of demand, increasing more than 1,600% since the beginning of April and already tripling 2019 figures. As a result, RV owners are poised to capitalize on the surge of families discovering the unique and adventurous nature of RV travel for the first time.

In fact, the average RV owner who rents on the RVshare platform can earn up to $60,000 a year in rental income. The amount of money you can make from renting your RV can vary based on the type of vehicle you own. 

The most in-demand rentals on RVshare are Class C vehicles, which strike a great balance between features and price, making them popular with first-time renters. Class C rentals have an earning potential of $38,000 a year.  Class B vehicles, or camper vans, are the fastest growing in popularity on RVshare. With demand skyrocketing for these units, Class B rentals can earn up to $30,000 a year when listed on RVshare.

“During this time of financial instability, an RV can be converted into a significant money-making asset that many owners may not have previously considered,” said RVshare CEO Jon Gray. “For those who do not own an RV, now may be the time to invest. It’s not just pocket change that RV rentals can bring in.”

You can offset much or all of the cost of RV ownership from rental income. A survey of RV owners found that more than half (51%) are able to cover 76% or more of their RV’s financing cost through renting to travelers, with more than a third (35%) covering all or more of their financing cost.

RVshare’s Earnings Calculator can help evaluate the income potential of renting your RV, and to ease the minds of those new to the practice, RVshare provides owners with several tools and features to protect vehicles and their owners including:

•$1,000,000 Liability Insurance

•User Verification

•Secure Payments

•One-on-One Rental Coaching

•24/7 roadside assistance

Additional information on how to get started renting an RV can be found at https://rvshare.com/list-your-rv.

 

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.

Thursday 07/02/2020
The Return of the Great American Road Trip
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Road trips offer exploration, discovery and adventure at your own pace. Car picnics, roadside attractions, historical sites, lake visits, rolling through the Great Plains or canyons, up to the mountains or down to the beach — regardless of where you go, memories are sure to be made at any age. The pandemic has prevented many from traveling these past few months and the summer offers the opportunity to test drive socializing again with family and friends who may live far away.

Tuesday 06/30/2020
Tips for the perfect summer camping trip
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Summer is officially here.

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 06/29/2020
Shifting gears: More Americans get back behind the wheel
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable, unavoidable impact on our world — from the way we conduct business, to how we shop for groceries. It has shifted our idea of what is important in life, and according to Hankook Tire’s latest Gauge Index, Americans say spending time with family is a top priority. In light of everything 2020 has brought so far, Americans are shifting gears with a renewed emphasis on things we may have previously taken for granted: from time spent with loved ones, to road trips to our favorite vacation destinations, and even surprisingly, our daily commute.

Three creative road trips and the tires needed to get you there
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Are you ready to hit the road?

Friday 06/26/2020
Thinking about a road trip? How to get back behind the wheel safely
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

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

Monday 06/15/2020
The water is open: 5 tips to relax and recharge on a boat this summer
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Looking to get away this summer while social distancing? With annual traditions such as camps and sporting events cancelled, the best way to seek relief and recharge with your loved ones may be to “Get On Board” for a summer on the water. Recent data suggests that interest in fishing and boating has grown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent Harris poll, 1 in 5 Americans said they’re more likely to try these activities than they were prior to the pandemic. And among parents, the statistic is 1 in 4.

Friday 06/12/2020
Indulge Your Wanderlust Now by Planning for Future Travel
Posted: June 12, 2020

(BPT) - As travel restrictions begin to slowly lift, millions of Americans are looking to travel again. Put that energy to good use by planning for your future trip.

Monday 06/08/2020
5 reasons to accelerate your car maintenance
Updated: September 21, 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 percent) of Americans have done less car cleaning and maintenance too.

5 tips: Now's a prime time for a car seat safety review
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Although many families aren’t driving as much these days, it’s always important to make sure you are keeping your kids as safe as possible in the car.

Tuesday 05/26/2020
Moving Safely During the Coronavirus Crisis
Updated: June 04, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you and your family plan to move soon, you’ll be pleased to know that moving is considered an essential service. 

How professional movers go about that, however, varies from state to state and the manner and degree to which they’re enforcing social distancing and permitting businesses to operate if they’re considered essential.

So, if you or someone you know needs to move, the experts at the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) recommend you regularly check such resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay up-to-date on the latest news. 

Smart Moves

To keep consumers and movers healthy and safe during the pandemic, AMSA offers these 10 moving-time facts and tips:

1.For the health of your family and moving crew, always follow CDC guidelines.

2.Work directly with your movers to determine the best time and method for your move. 

3.The moving company you choose should alert you if there are any disruptions in service as a result of federal or state action.

4.Help your movers serve you in the safest way possible. Notify them ahead of time if anyone in your household may have contracted coronavirus, or may have been exposed to someone who has. 

5.Check your professional mover’s website and feel free to ask questions on how the company is mitigating health risks. 

6.If you’ll feel more comfortable, ask if your professional mover can provide virtual estimates, rather than one based on an in-home visit. 

7.Try to provide your moving crew access to a sink, soap, and paper towels throughout your move. If this isn’t practical, provide hand sanitizer or wipes.

8.If you plan to prepack any items, purchase new moving boxes and tape from your mover; this isn’t the time to use recycled boxes from online sources, or from stores. 

9.Your mover may also have plastic bins available for rental. Wipe down the interior and exterior with a disinfecting wipe before packing anything in them. 

10. Consider deep cleaning your new home before unpacking to mitigate further the risk of contracting disease.

Learn More

For further information, go to www.moving.org and follow @amsapromover on social media.

 

Friday 05/22/2020
5 simple ways to protect the ocean
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in how vast the ocean is, but we need to be reminded of its importance and vulnerability. The ocean contains up to 80% of life on Earth, and provides an important source of fish protein to more than 3 billion people on our planet. To celebrate National Oceans Month, here are five small actions people can take to make a lasting impact on a healthy ocean and make sure we can enjoy the seafood we love for for years to come:

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.

Friday 11/22/2019
Best Flu Hacks Every Traveler Should Know
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 2:46 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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