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A vacation for the ages: 7 off-roading tips

(BPT) - Summer’s here and millions of folks are gearing up for the Great American Road Trip. Instead of hitting the highway, how about taking a sharp turn off-road instead? That’s the suggestion of 79-years-young Jim Brightly, a still-active off-road and outdoor journalist who has a vast array of publications on his resume, including Four Wheeler, Truckin’, Trailer Life and Field & Stream.

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Tuesday 06/19/2018
Travel spotlight: Titletown is a touchdown for sports enthusiasts
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - Some travel trends come and go, but others have staying power. Sports-themed travel is gaining momentum in 2018, and experts predict that it's only going to get bigger. If you like the thrill of competition, the history of the game and the joy of being a fan, consider sports-themed destinations for your next vacation.

Monday 06/18/2018
Simple ways to earn extra money without owning a car
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re new to a city and are getting on your feet, or you don’t want the commitment of a longtime lease or loan, there are countless ways to put some dough in your pocket without the need to purchase a car. Working with a flexible schedule doesn't necessarily mean that you need to be tied to traditional car ownership. Here are five simple ways to make money on your own time.

Thursday 06/14/2018
Back to campus? 7 tips for a manageable college move
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - In many areas of the country leaves are turning, apple orchards are attracting crowds, football teams are starting practice and nighttime is bringing a chill to the air. For better or worse, that means college students’ thoughts are turning to studying and everything else that goes with campus life.

Friday 06/08/2018
Tips for empty nesters to maximize summer travel
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - With the kids out of the house and newfound independence, summer is the perfect time of year for empty nesters to embark on bucket list trips they’ve always craved. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Tracfone, 68 percent of empty nesters say that traveling is a priority now that their kids have left home, but 62 percent are concerned they won’t be able to fulfill their travel goals due to budget concerns.

Wednesday 06/06/2018
5 pet-friendly preparations for your summer travels
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - On your most challenging days you can always count on your pet to greet you at the door when you come home or cuddle up in your lap in the evening. They are a vital part of your home life all year long, but when your life takes you away from home — as it often does during summer travel — are you thinking of them before you head out the door?

Tuesday 06/05/2018
Commuter Kate's Tips On Public Transit Etiquette
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(NAPSI)—Americans take about 11 billion trips on public transportation every year. The next time you're among them, consider these 10 tips on proper etiquette from blogger Commuter Kate.

Friday 06/01/2018
4 tips for keeping your pet safe this summer
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - There are thousands of reasons to love the summer, and if you’re a pet owner, you love summer more than most.

Thursday 05/24/2018
5 tips for creating lasting memories on summer vacation
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - There’s a lot to love about summer: School's out, everyone’s wearing flip-flops, the trees are a brilliant green and you tend to grill out more nights of the week than not.

5 tips for women to conquer summer discomforts
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - The summer season means balmy weather, fun outdoor activities, frequent travel and the opportunity to take a dip in your newest swimsuit. However, whether hiking or soaking up the sun, sweat and moisture can quickly become an enemy of summer activities, ruining fun and relaxation time. With these tips, your skin will be able to conquer sticky situations that may come along as summer heats up.

Wednesday 05/23/2018
Summer nausea is a thing: 4 tips to prevent nausea from ruining fun in the sun
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - Summer is the long-awaited season for fun and relaxation, warm weather and quintessential outdoor activities. However, the season’s most anticipated and exciting events can also lead to a not-so-fun problem: nausea. Whether it’s chasing kids through the park, dreaded long commutes in the heat or seeing the season’s newest 3D blockbuster, plans can quickly be ruined by the onset of nausea. According to a new survey from Dramamine-N, nearly one third of Americans note that nausea is debilitating and gets in the way of living their everyday lives. In fact, nausea is making stomachs so uneasy, that more than one in ten Americans actually have a fear of nausea and vomiting, called emetophobia, placing that fear on par with the fears of flying and needles.

Tuesday 05/22/2018
5 things you didn't know about Pinot Grigio
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - A warm summer evening, a cold glass of Pinot Grigio and a light dinner al fresco. Sounds like heaven. This is the season for Pinot Grigio, one of America’s favorite white wines. It pairs perfectly with the lighter dishes of spring and summer — flaky fish, angel hair pasta with lemon and basil, steamed clams — and its crisp, bright, refreshing flavor makes it easy to sip.

Sizzling sips: The summer's hottest wines are made in South Africa
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - Summertime means weekend adventures, sunsets and toasting with friends and family. With so many wine options on shelves, selecting the perfect summer sip can be daunting. For those looking to impress guests with wine recommendations that extend beyond the the usual suspects, look no further than South Africa for inspiration with white wine varietal, Chenin Blanc.

Wednesday 05/16/2018
5 must-sees on a road trip from Boise to McCall, Idaho
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - Any list of classic American road trips includes the Overseas Highway from Miami to Key West, California’s Pacific Coast Highway, and the historic Route 66. But there’s one road trip you probably haven’t heard about unless you’re from southwest Idaho. It’s one of the state’s best-kept secrets, a gem that locals know about but tourists generally don’t. It’s the drive on Highway 55 from Boise to McCall. Here are five must-see stops along the way.

Tuesday 05/15/2018
Why world travelers are going cashless
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - What’s your dream vacation?

Monday 05/14/2018
4 easy ways to snap better pictures on your summer vacation
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - For millions of Americans, summer vacation is just around the corner.

Wednesday 05/09/2018
5 steps to the perfect fishing trip with dad
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - When you were a kid and needed to learn something new, you went to Dad, right? He's the one who taught you how to ride a bike and drive a car. He's also the one who taught you how to bait your hook for the first time.

6 summer essentials to stay healthy and maximize the season
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - The long summer months are full of potential. From hitting the beach to hitting the open road, there are plenty of activities for you to get outdoors and explore the warm weather. To make the most of the sunny days and star-studded nights, you need to be prepared so you have fun, stay safe and keep your health top of mind.

Tuesday 05/08/2018
5 surprising things people love and despise about traveling
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

A pre-road trip checklist to avoid towing trauma
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - The onset of warmer weather means taking to the outdoors, be it boating, camping or simply tackling big jobs in the backyard. The result is a heavy increase in traffic on the roads — and often tagging along with the extra vehicles are the trailers, boats and campers that can put motorists at risk.

Friday 05/04/2018
Tips to keep your pet healthy in the heat
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - Spring is here, summer is approaching fast and it’s time to get outside and start taking advantage of the warmer weather. Dr. Jeff Werber, Emmy award-winning celebrity veterinarian, has a few tips and tricks on how to keep your pet happy and healthy in the heat.

Wednesday 05/02/2018
5 easy ways to relax and recharge on a boat this summer
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - Looking to get away from the daily grind this summer? The answer may be to leave your stress on land and take those summer plans on the water. Four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a Discover Boating survey.

Lake Placid, a perfect summer getaway
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - The word vacation was invented in the Adirondacks; this came about as the wealthy of Boston and New York City vacated the city for the fresh mountain air of the Adirondacks. Once you visit, you will understand why. Maybe it is the feeling you get as soon as you enter the park. The feeling of relaxation as the real-world problems melt away. Breathing in the mountain air. Whatever it is that creates that feeling of peace, it is evident in the Adirondacks.

Tuesday 05/01/2018
5 ways to mountain bike in Wilmington, New York
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

Friday 04/27/2018
Dogs can catch the flu? What dog parents need to know
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - Did you know that humans are not the only ones who can catch the flu? Unfortunately for man’s best friend, dogs are also susceptible to their own version of it.

Wednesday 04/25/2018
Step up, America: 5 ways public transportation is crucial to our small towns
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

A home expert shares top tips for a worry-free vacation
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - When it’s time to embark on your well-deserved getaway, the last thing you want is to worry about the things that could go wrong at your unattended house.

Monday 04/23/2018
Consider a new way to see the world: The benefits of group travel
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - Many people long to see another part of the world but are reluctant to travel on their own or take on the stress of planning a vacation. Researching destinations, transportation, accommodations and activities can be a lot of work. Expedia research has shown that leisure travelers visit an average of 38 websites to get information and compare prices before finalizing their plans. If this sounds especially daunting, you’re not alone!

Thursday 04/19/2018
In your face: Top 10 cities with beard bragging rights
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - Each year, men’s grooming leader Wahl pinpoints cities from across the country most likely to embrace their bearded brethren. So where are these havens for the hairy? Check out this year’s Top 10 Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America.

Wednesday 04/18/2018
Tips and tricks to keep your car looking new this spring
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - The colder weather is fleeting, flowers are blossoming and the grass is just a little greener, which means spring is finally here. While most of your time will be spent preparing your home, clothes and family calendars for the warmer weather, it’s important not to forget about your car.

Friday 04/06/2018
6 reasons to love the Malone Golf Club
Posted: April 06, 2018

(BPT) - A lot of golf courses claim to be the best, but Malone Golf Club has the stats to back it up. Located just south of the Canadian border and within sight of the foothills of New York's beautiful Adirondack Mountains, you'll find a variety of challenges laid out across an undulating landscape. Read on to learn our six favorite things about Malone Golf Club.

Thursday 04/05/2018
Tips to Save You from Sticky Outdoor Situations
Updated: April 05, 2018 - 3:39 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to outdoor adventures, tape is at the top of most gear lists for its wide variety of uses -- from torn tents to broken fishing poles to ripped hiking gear. No matter if you’re an avid outdoorsman or an occasional adventurer, here are a few tape tips and ideas that are sure to stick.

Tuesday 04/03/2018
The First Step After College: Leaving Campus
Updated: April 06, 2018 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—New college graduates may have the whole world at their feet, but first they have to get their feet—and everything else—out of the dorm and into their old home or new place.

Monday 04/02/2018
The travel warrior's nutrition guide: 5 easy steps to be healthy on the go
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - U.S. residents logged 1.7 billion trips for leisure purposes in 2016, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and this number will likely grow in 2018. Whether you’re traveling for leisure or business, you shouldn’t lose sight of nutrition. It’s common to think, “Hey, I’m on vacation, so I can throw my healthy diet out the window.” Wrong. Traveling can throw the body for a loop with time zone changes, shifts in sleep schedules and the availability of fast, convenient and highly processed foods.

Sunday 04/01/2018
6 delightful things in downtown Saranac Lake
Posted: April 01, 2018

(BPT) - Saranac Lake is a beautiful conglomeration of mountains and people. The downtown captures this essence in a wonderful way — eclectic eateries are interspersed among art galleries, music is on everyone’s mind, and mountains and lakes play peek-a-boo from behind the historic architecture. People visit for a lot of reasons, but they always find more than they expected while they’re here. Still not convinced? Check out these six downtown Saranac Lake draws, then pay us a visit. You’re sure to find a few more things to add to this list!

Friday 03/30/2018
Business travel on the rise for women: Road warrior gives 5 tips for traveling like a boss
Updated: April 10, 2018 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - When it comes to business travel, more women are taking to the road and sky to get to their destinations. In fact, women account for 47 percent of all business travel worldwide, reports the Global Business Travel Association.

Wednesday 03/28/2018
Take a trip through history: Visit Arkansas landmarks on the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail
Updated: March 29, 2018 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - While Arkansas is known for its scenic beauty, it is also home to numerous historical sites considered vital in the fight for African-Americans’ civil rights.

Monday 03/26/2018
Travel insurance tips for a worry-free vacation
Updated: April 03, 2018 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Vacation may be a time to relax, but things can take a serious downturn if you lose your passport or if there is disastrous weather at your destination — or worse, you need an emergency medical evacuation. Though travel insurance can seem like just one more expense, without it, an emergency evacuation can cost over $100,000!

Thursday 03/22/2018
Adventurers and travelers: Add this to your bucket list
Updated: March 30, 2018 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Let your soul experience one of the most stunning and pristine places on earth, Western Australia’s Kimberley. Its coastline is so unspoiled, dinosaur footprints still smatter the rocks. Its oceans are so untouched, whales nurse their young in its warm waters. Its indigenous culture is so ancient, no other can match it. The Kimberley is more than a remarkable region in Western Australia; it’s one of the most fascinating and least explored places in the world. As world travelers seek unexplored destinations, The Kimberley has been added to their bucket list of dream vacations. This is a place that commands explorers to indulge in its many wonders.

Wednesday 03/21/2018
Top 5 reasons to visit El Salvador in 2018
Updated: March 29, 2018 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - El Salvador, Central America's smallest country, attracts a wide array of intrepid travelers who come to experience its vibrant culture and diverse outdoor activities. From its rich Maya history, to its volcanic beauty and generations-old artisan heritage, El Salvador provides plenty for travelers to explore.

Tuesday 03/20/2018
What's driving car care and purchases this spring
Updated: March 28, 2018 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - As the weather starts to warm up, Americans will hit the road more often for destinations ranging from family outings to spring vacation destinations. Because cars are such an important part of our daily lives, Hankook Tire examined what drives Americans to keep up with car maintenance, as well as what matters when maintenance can do no more and it’s time to visit the dealership.

Train Like An Astronaut At The New Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Astronaut Training Experience
Updated: March 21, 2018 - 3:39 am

(NAPSI)—The race to Mars has already begun—come be part of it!

Monday 03/19/2018
Beer, bears and Big Sky country: 5 fun features of Billings, Montana
Posted: March 19, 2018

Wednesday 03/14/2018
Outdoor Family Getaways: Springtime in Arkansas, The Natural State
Updated: March 20, 2018 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Spring offers the perfect time of year for outdoor family getaways, and there’s no better place than Arkansas to explore, make memories and enjoy nature together.

Tuesday 03/13/2018
3 keys to lower your golf scores
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - This is the best time of the year. A full season of golf awaits, and you want to get out and play.

Monday 03/12/2018
The unexpected entrepreneurs of Wausau, Wisconsin
Updated: June 21, 2018 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - In September 2018, thousands of people from around the world will congregate in an unlikely place: Wausau, Wisconsin.

Thursday 03/08/2018
Swap Your Way Around The World
Updated: March 09, 2018 - 3:31 pm

(NAPSI)—When your bucket list is full of destinations you'd love to visit, it can be hard to decide where to start and which ones to prioritize. From New York and Los Angeles to Paris and Tuscany, there's a world of unique experiences. The price tag associated with wanderlust often gives people pause, but the sharing economy has introduced alternative travel options like home swapping, which can help make it affordable. Here are some of the benefits of using your house to travel the world.

Five Spring Vacation Tips
Updated: March 09, 2018 - 3:31 pm

(NAPSI)—Presented by Carmex—If you’ll be spending time in sun-kissed climates on your next vacation, these tips can help you keep your skin, eyes and lips protected.

Friday 03/02/2018
Personalize your ride with a new set of wheels
Updated: April 07, 2018 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - The idea of a new car or truck is exciting. What’s even more exciting is making that new vehicle your own.

Summer road trip? 6 great sites to visit on your way to Yellowstone
Updated: March 06, 2018 - 3:37 am