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The Galveston County Daily News: Travel

January 20, 2017


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Great Winter Getaway Tips

(StatePoint) If you think winter is a great time to get out of town, you are not alone. More than 65 percent of respondents in a recent TripAdvisor survey said they were planning leisure travel for winter. And it’s no surprise that the same survey found the majority of destinations to be in warm weather locales.

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Friday 01/13/2017
5 smart money-saving travel strategies
Updated: January 14, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As the new year unfolds, now is the time to plan weekend escapes to ensure you have a chance to reset and refresh throughout the year. As Seekenders know, every weekend is a new opportunity for adventure and spontaneity. By planning your weekend getaways early, you’ll set up key points to rejuvenate throughout the year. That’s all it takes to reset — explore, follow passions, discover new places and create lifelong memories with loved ones.

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Wednesday 01/04/2017
Touch down in Houston for the big game
Updated: January 12, 2017 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - February is fast approaching, and with it the year’s largest football event. Fans will come from across the nation to experience the highly anticipated Sunday football game in Houston, Texas.

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Tuesday 01/03/2017
How To Create Lasting Vacation Memories According To Science
Updated: January 04, 2017 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—For most people, vacations are a luxury that come only once or twice a year. So once you’ve planned, set the date and saved, you want to make sure the memories are going to last.

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Monday 01/02/2017
11 Reasons Billings, Montana, Was Named 'America's Best Town'
Updated: January 05, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether it's a quick weekend trip or a weeks-long adventure, you want to visit a unique travel destination that's equal parts excitement and relaxation. One location has something for everyone, with countless awards and accolades: Billings, Montana.

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Thursday 12/29/2016
Forget post-holiday sales: Find the best deals at local boat shows
Updated: January 06, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Post-holiday sales aren’t the only deals to be found during the winter months. Starting in January, boat shows take place across the country. They offer some of the best pricing and incentives of the year — a major draw for the millions of Americans who take to the water each year on more than 12 million boats in the U.S. , according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. For those ready to plan their summer fun, boat shows are often the place to start.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Resolutions on the road: Cruising into 2017 with plans for better car care
Updated: January 05, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Every new year brings a flurry of resolutions, and Hankook Tire checked out the road-related improvements Americans resolve to make happen in 2017. Whether you’re looking to save money or are determined to make that cross-country road trip a reality, the Hankook Tire Gauge Index found Americans are looking to take the well-oiled wheel of 2017 with better car care.

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Tuesday 12/27/2016
Wintery Wisconsin: 5 vacation destinations that can help you relax
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It may sound contrary to the holiday hype, but the winter season following the holidays can be a perfect time for a relaxing, soul-soothing getaway.

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Stretching Your Vacation Dollar
Updated: December 21, 2016 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—U.S. travelers collectively spent $2.6 billion a day on trips in 2015, which equates to $30,033 a second, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Eating out, accommodations, rental cars, plane tickets and other expenses can make taking a vacation costly. But don’t let the thought of a potentially lofty price tag deter you. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to save without sacrificing your travel experience dream.

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Friday 12/16/2016
Before you cruise, embark on a fun-finding mission in your port city
Updated: December 24, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - When booking a sea cruise vacation, it may seem like a good idea to schedule your flight to the port of departure for the same morning your ship sets sail.

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Tuesday 12/13/2016
Tips to 'get a grip' this winter
Updated: December 21, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - ’Tis the season for silks, boots and blazers, sweater vests, premium cuff links and choker necklaces. Winter is here, along with all the festive parties. But before you step out, make sure your stylish shoes have the best grip while walking up and down that slippery driveway. A slip and fall is a definite fashion faux pas, so here’s a trick to avoid one this season: simply spray “shoe adhesive” on the bottom of your shoes and voila!

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Monday 12/12/2016
Staying safe on winter roads
Updated: December 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a perfect time to enjoy the company of family and friends. Celebrating the season and exchanging gifts also means a lot of travel, and for most people that means driving to visit loved ones as well as to shopping centers and stores. For those who live in snow-belt states, winter driving can be especially challenging.

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5 tips to make your holiday driver safer this year
Updated: December 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - In the popular Christmas carol, the best way to reach grandmother's house is to travel by sleigh over the river and through the woods. However, these days, most people find their personal vehicles a far more reliable option.

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Onward! 4 ways explorers can enjoy China's ancient capital
Updated: December 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you enjoy exploring new and unique cultures when you travel, you’re far from alone. In a 2016 Trip Advisor study, 47 percent of travelers worldwide chose foreign destinations to visit in hopes of being exposed to other cultures and people.

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Friday 12/09/2016
Top four tips for planning the perfect mom's girlfriend getaway
Updated: December 10, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As much as moms adore their kids, they sometimes look back fondly on those carefree days before the demands of parenthood. Those were the times Mom could grab a few friends and go to a concert, a party or plan a spontaneous weekend getaway. But once that motherly instinct kicks in, it’s hard to shake. Moms who are so busy taking care of their families too often end up neglecting someone: themselves.

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Thursday 12/08/2016
5 cornerstones of an unforgettable African travel experience
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you love to travel, chances are you have a bucket list filled with once-in-a-lifetime destinations you simply cannot wait to visit, whether you dream of exploring the homeland of your ancestors, cities renowned for their culinary feats, or a place known for its wildlife.

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Your moments at the gas pump are about to get more entertaining
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Who do you know that gives the most during the holidays?
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 2:32 am

(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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