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    Clear winter roads keep us safe and the economy humming

    (BPT) - Across the U.S., more than 70 percent of the population lives in areas affected by snow and ice. Each winter the average driver in these areas will see more than 5 inches of snow on the roads. And when the snow is falling there are few things more comforting than the sight of snowplows and salt trucks making highways safe for commuters, shoppers and travelers.

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    Coffee tourism in El Salvador jolts interest of worldly travelers

    (BPT) - Americans' love for coffee is inspiring them to embark on java journeys around the world, leading them to stunning locations like El Salvador where coffee is an important part of daily life. In fact, coffee farming has fueled the economy in El Salvador and defined its rich culture for more than 200 years.

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    Don't let asthma ruin the holidays

    (BPT) - With colder months arriving, there are a few things on everybody’s minds: festive treats, gift shopping and of course, time spent with family and friends. As many people look forward to the holiday season, asthma sufferers need to be aware and prepared for all the triggers this time of the year can bring. The change in weather, traveling or being in a relative’s home with new allergens can all trigger an asthma attack.

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Tuesday 11/14/2017
9 Reasons: Winter + Lake Placid = Perfect
Posted: November 14, 2017

(BPT) - 1. Snow globe life

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Thursday 11/09/2017
From cultural offerings to the spectacular skyline, here are 9 reasons to visit Pittsburgh
Posted: November 09, 2017

(BPT) - See for yourself why everyone — from visitors to media — is raving about Pittsburgh. From the abundance of cultural offerings to the spectacular skyline, here are nine reasons to visit Pittsburgh

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Winter Winners: Adirondack Playdates
Posted: November 09, 2017

(BPT) - Why do we love Lake Placid?

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Friday 11/03/2017
6 ways to save on your next cruise vacation
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 2:39 pm

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Tuesday 10/31/2017
6 tips to help keep your drive distraction-free
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 2:39 pm

(BPT) - As you drive down the street, the threat of potential distractions is everywhere. Federal research shows that distracted driving is a factor in one out of every six crashes, and accounts for 5,000 automobile crash-related fatalities each year.

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Monday 10/30/2017
What's the deal with teen driving crashes?
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 2:39 pm

(BPT) - It’s no surprise that teen drivers get into more traffic collisions than their older counterparts, but why? Some reasons include less driving experience, a higher willingness to take risks and passenger distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 350 teen drivers got into collisions due to some type of distraction, according to data from 2015. Forty-one of those fatalities were because of other occupants in the vehicle.

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5 tips for planning memorable holiday travel
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 2:39 pm

(BPT) - The holiday season can be the perfect time to travel. With school and work days off, it's a special way to reconnect with family and friends as you get to bask in that cheerful holiday spirit.

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Wednesday 10/25/2017
The Caribbean is open for cruise vacations
Updated: October 26, 2017 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Contrary to what some may think, the hurricanes in September had little to no impact on the vast majority of the Caribbean — a far-reaching region covering more than 1 million square miles.

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Tips to Safely Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Cooler Months
Updated: October 25, 2017 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) It may be chilly, but that’s no reason to stay indoors. Some of the best opportunities for outdoor exploration can only take place during the coldest months of the year; it just requires special preparation.

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Tuesday 10/24/2017
5 savvy strategies to calm your travel worries
Updated: November 01, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Traveling can make for some of the best moments of your life, but it is not without its challenges. After all, there are rooms to book, activities to plan and, of course, luggage to worry about. Without the right strategies, these challenges can seem pretty daunting.

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Monday 10/23/2017
Holiday havoc? Consider it handled
Updated: October 31, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is full of magic and wonder — until your flight gets cancelled, your budget is blown and you fall ill at the worst possible time. Fortunately, staying merry despite common holiday conundrums is easier than you think with the right attitude and a few simple steps.

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Thursday 10/19/2017
Do vacations cause you stress? Try these tips
Updated: October 24, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Vacation is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but more than half of Americans say vacations cause them stress, and 46 percent say stress interferes with their enjoyment of traveling, according to a survey by HomeAway. Vacation stress comes from crowded airports, making transportation arrangements, booking lodging and more.

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Tuesday 10/10/2017
5 ways your hotel can help you live a healthy lifestyle while traveling
Posted: October 10, 2017

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Friday 10/06/2017
5 preparation tips to make any cruise smooth sailing
Updated: October 14, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - When it comes to a dream cruise, everyone has their own idea of the ideal vacation. The beautiful ocean waves breaking against the bow beneath you, the warm breeze blowing against your hair and the lure of new, unexplored destinations off in the distance. If you’re lucky, maybe your dream vacation is already in the works and you’re eagerly counting down the days until it’s time to board. And if you’re still in the dreaming phases of your perfect cruise, you realize that dreaming of your vacation is almost as much fun as living it… almost.

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Thursday 10/05/2017
5 smart solutions when flying gets frustrating
Updated: October 09, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Decades ago, taking a flight was truly a privilege. People looked forward to comfy seats, cold drinks and friendly service.

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Wednesday 10/04/2017
Must-see Pittsburgh: In city experiencing change, visual arts remain vibrant
Updated: October 05, 2017 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - As more Americans choose to invest in experiences, fall and winter getaways take priority spots on desk planners. Many will visit Pittsburgh, to explore its evolution as a rust belt city that has polished its grit.

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First Artifacts in Place at National Army Museum
Updated: October 05, 2017 - 3:38 am

(NAPSI)—The National Museum of the United States Army is under construction, and four artifacts are already in place. These unique pieces of Army history are so large that crews pre-positioned them early in the construction process so the Museum's walls could be built around them.

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Tuesday 10/03/2017
Find inspiration along El Salvador's artisan trail
Updated: October 04, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - While many would welcome an escape to paradise to delay the onset of winter, there are those of us who crave a getaway that takes things a step beyond the usual basking, rest and relaxation.

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Book Your Ski Trip Rental Now
Updated: October 04, 2017 - 3:35 am

(NAPSI)—"S'now foolin'": Winter is coming. That means now's a good time to book your ski vacation.

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Monday 10/02/2017
Road salt means safe roads
Updated: October 10, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - State and municipal departments of transportation are gearing up their winter maintenance plans to prepare for snow and ice. In addition to plows, road salt is an important tool to keep roads clear. Every year these agencies stockpile sufficient salt to last the winter season and store it in strategically placed barns.

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Tuesday 09/26/2017
How to Prepare for Your Next Adventure or Stay-cation
Updated: September 26, 2017 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Whether you seek adventure from the comfort of an armchair or the top of a mountain, great books can either help you get your travel fix or prepare you for that next big trip.

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Monday 09/18/2017
Vacation Planning Simplified: Making Your Dollar Go Farther
Updated: September 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Beach or mountains? Domestic or international? Deciding where to take a vacation can seem a daunting task—but it doesn’t have to be. Although the explosion of online options vying for travelers’ dollars makes choosing where to book your vacation challenging, the best option for many travelers is a full-service online travel agency.

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Wednesday 09/06/2017
Riding is the new driving: How to make the most of your ride
Updated: September 14, 2017 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - New to ridesharing? So are most people, both drivers and passengers alike. Ridesharing matches you with a nearby driver who will pick you up and take you where you need to go. Calling a ride is as easy as opening up a ridesharing app and tapping a button; a driver will then arrive within minutes. By using a ridesharing service, you can help your community by reducing traffic, connecting with your neighbors, and keeping your local economy strong.

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Thursday 08/31/2017
6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
Updated: September 08, 2017 - 3:59 am

(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.

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Tuesday 08/29/2017
Back-to-school lessons for drivers
Updated: September 06, 2017 - 6:11 am

(BPT) - With Americans around the country adjusting their daily commutes and driving habits to accommodate back-to-school schedules, it is a great time to brush up on Driving 101. Take the stress out of back-to-school travel by practicing these safe driving tips.

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Monday 08/28/2017
How Americans use public transportation in their everyday lives [Infographic]
Posted: August 28, 2017

(BPT) - Public transit is the backbone of a multimodal lifestyle. People use it to go to and from work, and a growing number are taking it to go shopping and for leisure activities. Here is a look at how public transportation is “Keeping America On Track."

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Friday 08/25/2017
Traveling soon? Tips to stay sharp and avoid fraud
Updated: September 02, 2017 - 12:28 pm

(BPT) - If your suitcase is full, don’t worry — protecting yourself from fraud doesn’t mean more packing.

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Tuesday 08/22/2017
Suite rescue: 6 kid-friendly craft ideas to fill rainy vacation days
Updated: August 23, 2017 - 3:36 am

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Monday 08/21/2017
5 ways to explore the 'final frontier' on Florida's Space Coast
Updated: August 29, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - When it comes to outer space, there is much to wonder over and dream about. Where else are there such colossal challenges paired with the infinite possibilities of discovery? For stargazers, dreamers and those who believe anything is possible, Florida has the perfect vacation spot for experiencing that sense of cosmic adventure, and letting your imagination run wild. Just zoom in on a certain strip of Atlantic seaboard known as the Space Coast — your portal to “the final frontier.”

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Saturday 08/12/2017
It’s Not Too Late to Plan Your Summer Road Trip
Updated: August 12, 2017 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Road trips are the most popular type of vacation in the U.S., with one in three Americans slated to hit the open road this summer, according to AAA. With the season coming to a close, there’s still time to take a last-minute summer road trip.

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Thursday 08/10/2017
Top Tips for Staying Connected While In-Flight
Updated: August 18, 2017 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Over 2.2 million Americans fly every day, according to Airlines for America. Whether they are heading to a Disney-themed family adventure or jetting off for a romantic rendezvous, the most indispensable companion for many of these modern, mobile travelers is their smartphone.

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Monday 08/07/2017
Dos And Don'ts To Help You Keep On Truckin'
Updated: August 08, 2017 - 3:35 am

(NAPSI)—Picture this: You’re at the wheel of a real truck, driving down the highway, with everything you own in the back.

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Friday 08/04/2017
Travel tips to keep bed bugs at bay
Updated: August 12, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Planning an upcoming trip – maybe a long weekend getaway, or a family vacation before the kids head back to school, or perhaps you’re a road warrior who travels frequently for work? No matter what type of trip you have planned, you’ve probably already put together a packing list of what to take along.

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Wednesday 08/02/2017
5 late-summer road trip tips
Updated: August 10, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Last call for your summer road trip. Grab the family, call your friends: The Great American Road Trip still awaits. Don’t let summer fade into the sunset without a last hurrah.

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More than fun: 5 tips for planning a healthy vacation
Updated: August 10, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Taking a vacation is more than a fun getaway from the daily drudges of life. Turns out, travel has a multitude of benefits that can impact your health and wellness, too.

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Tuesday 08/01/2017
4 steps to pack the perfect bugout bag
Posted: August 01, 2017

(BPT) - If you’re the type of person who loves the outdoors, then this is probably your favorite time of year. The weather is beautiful, the daylight hours are long and everything is green. Whether you call it a hike, a climb or even a safari, this is the perfect time of year to get back to nature and your adventure-seeking roots.

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Thursday 07/27/2017
Plan A Memorable Family Vacation
Updated: July 28, 2017 - 3:35 am

(NAPSI)—Multiple studies confirm that many Americans don't take all their paid vacation days. One theory is that the pressure people put on themselves to plan a perfect getaway leads them to plan nothing at all. After all, dreaming of the perfect family vacation is one thing, actually planning it another.

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Wednesday 07/26/2017
Celebrate the Chisholm Trail's 150th anniversary with these 6 historic Texas towns
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - This year, 2017, marks the Chisholm Trail’s 150th anniversary. The Chisholm Trail is the greatest migration of livestock in world history that relocated cattle from South Texas through Oklahoma all the way to Abilene, Kansas. The first herd to make the journey using the Chisholm Trail set off in 1867 and continued until 1885, relocating more than 5 million cattle and a million mustangs. Take a look back into the Texas cowboy way of life by visiting the Texas towns and countless museums that continue to pay homage to the trail and the cattle industry’s history. You can explore the rich Texas history of ranch hands, cowboys and cattle by planning a trip to any one of these towns or all six.

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3 reasons to study abroad during high school
Updated: August 03, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Think about how your teenager will spend their next summer vacation.

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Monday 07/24/2017
Have 48 hours? An incredible itinerary awaits in Boise
Posted: July 24, 2017

(BPT) - Weekend travel is a growing trend as more people seek to use their days off to enjoy an adventure away from home. It's amazing how much fun and relaxation you can pack into 48 hours if you know the right places to visit!

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Visiting Hawaii Or Puerto Rico? Bring Back Memories, Not Invasive Species
Updated: July 26, 2017 - 3:35 am

(NAPSI)—Considering a trip to Hawaii or Puerto Rico? These exotic destinations offer adventure and beauty without the headache of passports, immunizations or foreign currency. While Hawaii and Puerto Rico are rich in unique plants, flowers and fruits, they are also home to insects and plant diseases—some invasive and not found in the continental United States. If your travel plans include these islands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging you to pack in the adventure and bring back the memories, not invasive pests.

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Tuesday 07/18/2017
Memories by the mile [Video]
Updated: July 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Monday 07/17/2017
Let's go boating: 4 ways to get out on the water this summer
Updated: July 18, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Want to get away this summer? Skip the plane ride or long car trip and get out on the water. Whether it’s an hour after work cruising, a morning of fishing or a weekend of watersports, boating provides all the benefits of vacation at your convenience, close to home.

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Tuesday 07/11/2017
6 tips to make the most of your visit to the zoo
Updated: July 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Children can’t help but be drawn to animals, so a visit to the zoo is always a winning and memorable choice for a summer outing. Introducing children to animals of all kinds, especially endangered species, will help foster a lifelong appreciation of them. With more and more animals needing help, educating children about conservation is more important than ever. However, cranky moods brought on by long lines, hot sun and worn out legs can quickly mar a day at the zoo.

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Monday 07/10/2017
5 reasons to make your summer road trip a flight instead
Updated: July 18, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Summer break is an American institution, and that midyear break is often best enjoyed through travel. This year is no different; in fact, many experts expect this year’s summer travel season to be among the busiest ever. That is particularly true when it comes to air travel.

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Friday 07/07/2017
Do these 5 things for a stress-free summer adventure
Updated: July 15, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - The beloved summer season tends to come and go too fast, so there’s no time to waste when planning a summer trip with friends or family. Whether it’s a bike ride, hiking for the day or a family vacation at the beach, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for the adventures that lie ahead. Check out these five essential on-the-go travel tips that will ensure a safe and stress-free trip.

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Thursday 07/06/2017
Use a rack to haul your gear during a summer road trip
Updated: July 14, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Summer has arrived, and for many that means it's time for a road trip. In a survey conducted by the American Automobile Association, 80 percent of families surveyed said they are planning a road trip vacation this summer, a 10 percent increase from last year.

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