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The Galveston County Daily News: Travel

September 27, 2016


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4 regions to get your golf drive on

(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 27, 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 21, 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
Planning a Florida vacation? Discover this gem off the beaten path
Updated: September 20, 2016 - 2:31 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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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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Role reversal: Why dads should take the travel planning lead [Infographic]
Posted: August 08, 2016

(BPT) - - Don't let work and other obligations get in the way of family fun. No matter what time of year it is, dads can take the lead when it comes to travel planning. Whether it's a national park, a sporting event or an amusement park, see how dads are hitting the road with their kids.

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Thursday 08/04/2016
The smart traveler's guide to affordable autumn travel
Updated: August 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Are you in need of a vacation but would rather skip the cost and the crowds during the busy travel months? You're in luck; fall is considered the shoulder season at destinations across the country, which means you can relax and enjoy America's beauty without breaking the bank.

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Veteran NASA Astronauts Brian Duffy And Scott Parazynski Inducted Into United States Astronaut Hall Of Fame
Updated: August 05, 2016 - 2:31 am


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Wednesday 07/27/2016
Crave a fun, illuminating vacation? Visit a lighthouse!
Updated: August 04, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Long before global positioning devices made it possible for ships of all sizes to independently sail with confidence anywhere in the world, lighthouses and lighthouse keepers protected the safety of seafarers. Today, ships use other methods for navigation, but lighthouses remain an important part of America’s maritime heritage. Across the country, lighthouses have been converted into museums, living history centers and even hotels.

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5 ways to save on summer fun
Updated: August 04, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Summer is a time to get out and enjoy yourself, and you can find plenty of ways to have fun without breaking the bank. Follow these five tips for straight summer savings:

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Backpack season: 7 tips toward a comfortable pack
Updated: August 04, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Racks of colorful backpacks are hitting the shelves at retailers nationwide, reminding us it’s time for students of all ages to start picking out their school supply packs for the coming year.

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Tuesday 07/26/2016
Keeping Kids' Brains From Going On Vacation During Summer Break
Updated: July 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—With millions of children across the U.S. on summer break, now is an important time to focus on the year-round support kids need to ensure their development doesn't go on vacation.

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Monday 07/25/2016
Moving Yourself Right
Updated: July 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Many people these days are taking things into their own hands when it comes to moving to a new home. If you’re ever among them and you need to rent and drive the moving truck, there are a few facts and figures that can help you save time, trouble and money:

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Thursday 07/21/2016
Top reasons why Toronto is the ultimate stopover city this summer
Updated: July 29, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Picture yourself in a small café, sipping coffee with patrons cheering in Portuguese as a Brazilian soccer game plays on the television. Blocks away you stop by an Italian butcher shop for some prosciutto. As you walk you see more unique stores and hear people speaking over 20 different languages, from French to Hebrew. Outside your hotel at night the green and red lights blaze through the streets, announcing the latest theatrical runs and shows.

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Wednesday 07/20/2016
From sea-to-table: 5 must have lobster dishes in Maine
Updated: July 23, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - You’ve heard of the “farm-to-table” movement, but what about sea-to-table? In the same way that farms sustain agricultural communities, the sea-to-table movement is the foundation of coastal communities everywhere.

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Tuesday 07/19/2016
Tips for navigating the sharing economy
Updated: July 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Thousands of people stayed in rooms and houses last night that belong to strangers. More hopped into cars with people they’d never met and accepted a ride to a restaurant or to their home. A young woman rented a designer dress she saw listed online.

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Celebrate the last days of summer with a weekend getaway for the whole family
Updated: July 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Before those magical summer days vanish into fall, now is a good time to pack your suitcases, load up the car and escape on a final summer adventure.

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Wednesday 07/13/2016
Why an RV may be the ticket to your dream vacation [Video]
Updated: July 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Tuesday 07/05/2016
Teach Your Kids To Cook On Vacation
Updated: July 06, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Cooking with your children can be a rewarding activity. It teaches them about nutrition, gives them a useful life skill, and exercises their knowledge of math and reading. It can be a lot of fun and give you a new way to bond as a family.

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Friday 07/01/2016
Top 5 ways you could have your own personal "Brexit Boom"
Updated: July 09, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - By now, we’ve all heard about Brexit — the term used to describe Britain’s exit from the European Union — and a serious decision that will play a crucial role in the overall health of the global economy for months and possibly years to come. On the flip side, there are some immediate affects that could be great for your personal economic situation.

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Thursday 06/30/2016
10 must-see sites in Acadia National Park
Posted: June 30, 2016

(BPT) - Whether you’re interested in hiking up mountains or just hanging out at the beach, Acadia National Park’s attractions are all about appreciating the great outdoors. As one of the premier destinations in the state of Maine, the park has everything from beautiful views to adventurous activities. There is so much to do and see when you visit the park, but make sure you don’t miss out on these 10 attractions:

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Summer travel: 3 common credit card myths busted
Updated: July 08, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As temperatures rise, so do the number of Americans planning to get away. In fact, three-fourths of consumers plan to pack their bags this summer and head out on vacation, according to recent surveys.

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Wednesday 06/29/2016
How to Stay Safe During Outdoor Summer Activities
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Hitting the road for an outdoor adventure or just headed to a local park or pool? Get prepared. Before summer fun, comes summer safety.

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Tuesday 06/28/2016
Tips for Better Family Road Trips
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Taking the family on a road trip? When kids are in tow, an extended car ride means thinking ahead to help avoid headaches and squabbling over personal space. A little planning can go a long way in making the trip enjoyable for passengers of all ages.

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Friday 06/24/2016
Enjoy your travels with this effective, drug-free remedy for motion sickness
Updated: June 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 06/22/2016
Drive away distractions to protect teens behind the wheel
Updated: June 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Today’s teens face more distractions than any generation before.

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Friday 06/17/2016
5 reasons to visit the African American Festival in Baltimore this summer
Updated: June 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You feel the beat pulsing through your body and the crowd's energy encouraging you to move with the music — you haven't felt this alive in years. The thrill of listening to live music at a festival, surrounded by hundreds of people coming together for the day, is an experience many never forget. The African American Festival offers this kind of exhilarating live music, along with 16 acres of free fun and learning for every family member.  

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5 Steps to Mastering the Art of the Road Trip
Posted: June 17, 2016

(BPT) - Summer is synonymous with beaches, family barbecues and vacation adventures, making it one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. As Americans gear up to the hit the road, it’s important that all drivers have their summer road trip checklist in place. In order to help drivers this summer, here is a five-step guide to surviving a summer road trip.

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Thursday 06/16/2016
What Airport Travelers Really Want
Updated: June 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s good news for travelers: Enhanced customer service is paramount for business and leisure travelers and savvy airports are making it a top priority. Through innovative design and technology, airports can evolve into destinations that accommodate sophisticated customers with hassle-free air travel and shorter wait times. Here are four hints that can take them far:

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Wednesday 06/15/2016
Traveling on a budget: 5 ways to save money on vacation
Updated: June 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When the daily grind starts to wear you out, nothing rejuvenates quite like a vacation. Whether it's a long weekend across the country or two weeks spent abroad, a trip offers the chance to escape routine, try new experiences and come alive once more. Of course, planning a vacation takes time, and more importantly, money. Many of us do not have the budget to plan a luxurious adventure whenever the feeling strikes. Or do we? 

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Thursday 06/09/2016
5 reasons to tee off in Malone
Posted: June 09, 2016

(BPT) - We can give you countless reasons to book your next golf vacation in Malone, New York, but no one wants to read an endless list. Instead, we've sliced off our five favorite reasons to tee off here.

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Saturday 05/28/2016
5 Essential Things to Know Before Visiting a National Park this Summer
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) This year, the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of encouraging adventure and preserving the great outdoors, making it the perfect time to get out and explore.

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Thursday 05/26/2016
Why bedbugs are winning at our favorite hotels
Updated: June 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The summer travel season is upon us, offering an opportunity for families across the U.S. to reconnect. The goal is simple — to make memories that last a lifetime. For example, the Smith family is in vacation-planning mode. Mrs. Smith typically takes the lead with dreams and aspirations of planning their family’s best vacation ever. She starts with a look at her hotel choices on Trip Advisor. According to their website, Trip Advisor is the world’s largest travel site, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors with reviews of more than 6.5 million accommodations. Mrs. Smith does her research. Is the hotel family-friendly? Does it have a pool? Is it clean? Scanning the reviews of a hotel on her list she reads one traveler’s review that includes a descriptor that no one wants to hear: bedbugs! Mrs. Smith immediately hits the back button. Bedbugs are the very last souvenir she wants her family to bring home. Cross that hotel off the list.

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