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The Galveston County Daily News: Travel

December 8, 2016


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Who do you know that gives the most during the holidays?

(BPT) - Everyone has favorite moments from the holiday season. For some it's a present from a distant relative or greeting family members with a warm hug when they get off the plane. For others it's sitting down together to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner. Some of these moments are steeped in tradition and others are new occurrences your family will be talking about for years. But old or new, each moment is special in its own way.

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Monday 11/28/2016
Vacation Destinations Where You Can Stretch Your Dollar in 2017
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Getting more out of a vacation starts with finding ways to stretch your travel budget.

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Tuesday 11/22/2016
Holiday Travel Tips for Wheelchair Users
Updated: November 22, 2016 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) The stress of holiday travel can impact anyone, but add in the need to find wheelchair-accessible transportation, hotel rooms or restaurants, and that stress is amplified considerably.

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Monday 11/21/2016
A guide to holiday traditions worth starting in 2016
Updated: November 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Every family has their own set of traditions. Some involve going to holiday parties or shows like the Nutcracker, baking batches of cookies or a trip to the Christmas tree farm.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
5 steps to take the stress out of your holidays this year
Posted: November 16, 2016

(BPT) - The holidays are here again — that wonderful time of year when you reconnect with family and friends, get away from the office for a few days and just celebrate the season. It all sounds so perfect — so why do we always feel so much stress this time of year?

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Baby on board? 8 tips for stress-free infant travel
Updated: November 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether it's a quick weekend away or a weeklong adventure, family travel is a great way to bond and create lifelong memories. However, if you have an infant, you may be hesitant to pack all those bags and venture to the unknown.

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Hit the road with your team for the ultimate weekend adventure
Updated: November 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Team loyalty comes with benefits: There is simply no easier way to plan a little escape than to hit the road for an away game. And while you're at it, you can experience the best of what a new town has to offer. By combining your love of sports with having new experiences in new locales with your family, you join a new segment of travelers Hampton by Hilton has identified as Seekenders.

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Monday 11/14/2016
8 stress-free family travel tips for dads
Updated: November 22, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Family travel is a great way for everyone to bond and create lifelong memories. However, before you can hit the road, you need to do a little planning.

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4 undeniable reasons to travel in 2017
Updated: November 22, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Do you dream of getting away from the stress of your everyday life? Are you looking for a way to reconnect with loved ones? Do the winter blues have you dreaming of warm sunny days?

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Friday 11/11/2016
Dickens, ice slides, beaches and roller coasters: Holiday magic awaits at Galveston's Winter Wonder Island
Updated: November 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When you think about it, heading south is a pretty great way to spend a holiday vacation.

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Thursday 11/03/2016
5 ways guys can plan the perfect vacation
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - When it comes to vacation planning, Clark Griswold has given guys everywhere a bad name. The first National Lampoon's Vacation movie saw his plans to bring his family to Walley World fall apart at every turn. Then his planned trip to Europe was a disaster. He couldn’t even plan a simple family Christmas without it becoming a complete catastrophe.

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Wednesday 11/02/2016
Go West! Adventurers, film buffs flock to Rocky Mountain resort
Updated: November 10, 2016 - 2:31 am

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5 travel tips for a last minute getaway
Updated: November 03, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - There’s something so exciting about planning a vacation, yet more than half of American workers let their vacation days go to waste. But having time away from the stresses and daily grind of your job is crucial to a work-life balance. You work hard to earn your vacation days, so why not take full advantage of them with a last minute getaway?

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Salt storage barns: The key to safe winter roads
Updated: November 10, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For most of us, if we ever think about salt storage, the salt shaker on our table probably comes to mind. However, for your local road and transportation department, salt storage is all about keeping road salt properly covered and safe so it is available for the department to use when it starts to snow.

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Holiday Travel Made Easy: Is Your Tech Ready?
Updated: November 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) As families prepare for the holiday season, they also prepare to make big family trips, so make sure not to leave home without the proper tech reinforcements this year!

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Monday 10/31/2016
5 reasons you'll love your next vacation
Updated: November 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Thursday 10/27/2016
5 bold steps to reshape your life
Updated: November 04, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Time to reflect back on 2016 and set your sights on 2017. How did the year progress, and what did you accomplish? Maybe your goals included: A new promotion, a new car, a bigger house, better health or more meaningful relationships. Did they happen?

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
3 tire tips to cruise through winter, safely
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping and winter will soon be here. While snow can be pleasant to look at, it can also wreak havoc on roadways and create hazardous driving conditions during the winter months.

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Planning a Florida vacation? Discover this gem off the beaten path
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - This year, you'll be traveling to Florida for a theme park experience of a lifetime — and your family can hardly contain their excitement. While thrill rides and fun games make up the majority of your itinerary right now, it's a good idea to research other attractions in the area you can add to the list.

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Monday 10/24/2016
Beer Lovers Drink In The Beauty Of America
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Americans, it seems, are in love with craft beer. According to the Brewers Association, a national trade association dedicated to promoting American craft brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts, craft beer sales rose by 12 percent to about 24 million barrels last year—roughly 700 million more pint glasses of beer in 2015 than in 2014. With about 4,800 craft breweries operating across the country today, there are plenty of quality brews from which to choose.

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Monday 10/17/2016
Celebrate 100 years of majesty with a visit to a national park
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It has been 100 years since an important American institution was born. On August 25, 1916, the National Park Service was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson and was established as a new federal bureau to oversee the country’s national parks and monuments.

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What every new driver needs to know about tires
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When you get behind the wheel, some actions come automatically, without thinking, such as checking your fuel gauge, using your turn signal and snapping on your seat belt.

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Friday 10/14/2016
Top Tips for Planning Fall Family Getaways
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Fall is a busy time for both parents and kids. Planning a family weekend getaway gives everyone something to look forward to and provides a much needed break. Of course, traveling with children isn’t always easy; but with a bit of research and some advanced preparation, you can help ensure a fun few days no matter your destination.

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Thursday 10/13/2016
Setting The Record Straight: Common Myths About Vacation Rentals
Updated: October 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Vacation rental homes are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, 89 percent of travelers who have never rented a vacation home before would consider it, according to a recent study. However, popular misconceptions prevent some people from doing so. Here are a few facts that can help.

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Friday 10/07/2016
5 steps to a truly life-changing visit to Cuba
Updated: October 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With the recent easing of travel restrictions to Cuba, Americans are now busily writing their Cuba vacation checklists. They likely look something like this: Drink a mojito in a Havana bar, smoke a really good cigar, try to dance the salsa, wear a new Che Guevara T-shirt and take a selfie doing all of the above at once.

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Tuesday 10/04/2016
4 ways to make your hotel feel more like home
Updated: October 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - After a few weeks of staying in hotels, you let out a sigh of relief as you walk through the front door of your home. As someone who travels for work, whether it be for relocation, training or sales, you know the feeling of coming home after a long trip — but you should also feel comfortable when you're away.

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Monday 10/03/2016
Unpack these simple luxuries to decompress at your hotel
Updated: October 04, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Traveling on business sounds glamorous, but it's actually as hard as a day's work — more than one would expect. After the day whirls by, whether it was spent wooing clients, leading training seminars, networking or closing sales, there’s a big appetite at the end of the day for a relaxing evening.

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Friday 09/30/2016
Building new family traditions through travel this fall
Updated: October 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Exploring the beauty of unique destinations. Trying new food and seeing new sights. Bonding with loved ones by creating lifelong travel memories.

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
4 Smart Reasons to Upgrade Your Home Security System
Updated: October 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Think of what has changed forever in the span of a decade. How do you watch movies at home? You’ve replaced the DVDs with digital streaming. How do you send a picture of your kids to your parents? You skip the printing and post it on social media or send a quick text.

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Friday 09/23/2016
4 regions to get your golf drive on
Posted: September 23, 2016

(BPT) - Do you love sinking a putt in the quiet serenity of nature, or nailing a drive and watching it disappear into a backdrop of towering peaks? How about docking your boat, hopping on a shuttle bus and getting a few rounds in before an evening of lakeside dining? Whether you want to be near the action or away from it, you'll find something to love on Essex County's golf courses. Just don't forget to take your eye off the ball once in a while — in the Adirondacks, eagle isn't just another way of saying "good game.”

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Thursday 09/22/2016
Travel tips to help introverts enjoy every journey
Updated: September 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you’re an introvert, traveling can be a challenge. Being introverted can increase the anxiety you feel when engaging in already-stressful business travel, and undermine your enjoyment of a leisure trip. Being forced to sit next to and even socialize with numerous other people, many of them strangers, can be torture for introverts.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
Cruise Lines: Protecting And Preserving The Environment
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—More Americans are choosing cruise vacations than ever before. Over 12 million people are expected to cruise out of U.S. ports by the end of 2016, up from 11.3 million in 2015, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Sometimes a weekend is all it takes [Infographic]
Updated: September 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you’re looking to add a new ingredient to your relationship or a more personal way to say “I love you,” then it’s time you became a Weekend Escape Artist and surprise your partner with a weekend getaway. If that feels like a talk task, it’s not, as long as you remember the advice from women who recently shared their insights about trip planning in the Travel MANager Weekend Escape Artist survey.

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Monday 09/12/2016
Driving 101: Smart tips to ace the road
Updated: September 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The backpacks are full, the car pools are set, and the homework is piling up as we continue to transition away from summer and back-to-school. Whether you are walking your child to the bus stop, dragging your teen out of bed or dropping your child off at school, the morning routines for millions of Americans around the country have changed. Hankook Tire recently polled Americans about driving this fall and found that the start of school impacts traffic, morning routines and driver behaviors.

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Friday 09/09/2016
Kick-start your planning with the 4th Annual Baltimore Family Reunion Expo
Posted: September 09, 2016

(BPT) - Family roots are what provide the foundation for our strongest ties, ties so strong that scientists discovered that the experiences of our ancestors shape our DNA, even generations later. Family is the source of everything; it’s where our individual stories begin. 

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Thursday 09/08/2016
5 fascinating fishing facts
Posted: September 08, 2016

(BPT) - The Lake Champlain region is host to numerous ponds, rivers, and of course, the big lake itself. Knowledgable anglers know that all these bodies of water offer terrific fishing opportunities, but here are five Lake Champlain Region fishing facts for the rest of us.

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Wednesday 09/07/2016
9 Adirondack fall outings everyone can enjoy
Posted: September 07, 2016

(BPT) - If you're looking for fall foliage, you'll find it in the central Adirondacks. But did you know there's more than one way to see nature's most vibrant display of the year? Check out this list of our nine favorites.

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
4 Adirondack birding destinations to flock to
Posted: September 06, 2016

(BPT) - The secret is out — the central Adirondacks is a special place, and birds know it.

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Thursday 09/01/2016
Fabulous food finds puts Pittsburgh on every traveler's 'must visit' list
Updated: September 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - While the french fry and coleslaw-garnished Primanti Bros. sandwich and pierogies are traditional culinary staples of Pittsburgh, the food scene in this city of three rivers has exploded, much like the city itself.

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Thursday 08/25/2016
From the mountains to the seashore, explore the Lone Star State's nationally recognized sites
Updated: August 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - History buffs, beach bums and backpackers know that Texas has more than a few options to choose from when it comes to enjoying their hobbies, but did you know that the state is also home to national parks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the longest section of undeveloped barrier island in the world? Pack your bags and head to the Lone Star State for some nationally recognized fun.

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Tuesday 08/23/2016
Tips for last-minute family travel
Updated: August 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Everything takes more time with young children in tow. When even a simple grocery store trip takes strategic planning, most parents forget about organizing a weekend getaway, especially if it’s spontaneous.

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Monday 08/22/2016
10 packing hacks to streamline your move
Updated: August 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Moving brings a mix of emotions. Excitement about living in a new home is paired with angst and anxiety about the actual moving process. The most dreaded task is the one that takes the most time: packing.

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Friday 08/19/2016
From cliff jumping to paddleboarding: What it's like to spend a weekend in Maine
Updated: August 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The power of nature is undeniable — all it takes is a few moments outdoors to feel refreshed and have your spirits lifted. So why limit yourself to short bursts of warm sunlight? With the wide-ranging landscapes that make up this country, there’s no shortage of unique experiences waiting to be discovered.   

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Thursday 08/18/2016
Foot care tips to keep vacationers on the go
Updated: August 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Clothing, passport, toiletries, accessories — when you travel you have a lot of important items to fit into your suitcase. But two of the most essential ingredients in an enjoyable vacation don’t go in your luggage: your own feet. Whether you’re walking on a sandy beach or strolling through a bustling marketplace, healthy feet that feel and look great can make the journey much more enjoyable.

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Monday 08/15/2016
Summer Smarts: Be Aware Of Cyber Threats When Booking Online Travel
Updated: August 16, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—The Bureau of Transportation Statistics shows that mid- to end of summer is a busy travel time for many Americans, increasing business for vacation rental marketplaces like Airbnb, HomeAway (VRBO) and others. Traveling can be fun but it often comes with unwanted frustrations like high hotel expenses, the top headache for many travelers, according to a survey by the American Automobile Association (AAA).

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Saturday 08/13/2016
A foodie's guide to finding the best restaurants
Updated: August 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - This is the golden age of food. Diners are passionate about quality, freshness and experience. And like a performer feeding off an enthralled audience, chefs are putting more energy and dazzle into the restaurant experience.

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Wednesday 08/10/2016
5 tips to surprise your significant other with a weekend getaway
Posted: August 10, 2016

(BPT) - Whether it’s driving up the Pacific coast, touring Civil War battlefields or spending a week in New York City, everyone has their list of dream vacations. While it’s easy to get caught up in dreaming about these big trips, we often forget that every weekend brings an opportunity to get away, relax and experience something new and exciting.

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Tuesday 08/09/2016
5 maneras de mantener la piel bella y saludable este verano
Updated: August 11, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Es hora de disfrutar los placeres del verano: vacaciones, descanso junto a la piscina, la playa o en la montaña, comidas al aire libre con paisajes de ensueño... Pero, si bien estar al aire libre nos ayuda a relajarnos y desconectar, también puede suponer un riesgo importante para la piel. Según una investigación publicada en el Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, la mayoría de los estadounidenses no utiliza factor de protección  solar a diario para protegerse de los dañinos rayos del sol.

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Save money, cut stress with savvy small-business travel tips
Updated: August 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you work for a small business, you're in good company. There are 28 million small businesses in the United States that provide 55 percent of all jobs, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Monday 08/08/2016
5 reasons to bring your pet on a Gainesville vacation
Updated: August 10, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Your bags are packed and the car is ready to go; it’s time for a much needed vacation. But do you have the most important co-pilot of all? As a pet lover, your dog is a cherished member of the family and vacation wouldn’t be the same without your best friend along for the ride.

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