• September 17, 2014

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Students Are Filling A Gap With Travel

(NAPSI)—Increasingly, students and those just out of school are using international travel as a productive way to make the most of the gap of time between high school and college or between college and starting a career. That’s why this type of purposeful travel has come to be known as gap travel.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Fall in love with a trip to the Lone Star State
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - With the summer season winding down, the onset of fall foliage with the cooler temperatures, and a variety of events and festivals, fall presents one of the best times of year to visit the Lone Star State. Fall in Texas means plenty of fairs, outdoor music events, cheering crowds, wine harvests and more.

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Monday 09/08/2014
Just south of the usual: Tips for enjoying a South America vacation
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Colorful is the best word to describe Latin American, thanks to its varied history, cultures, historic sights, natural attractions and wildlife opportunities. From vibrant Rio de Janeiro to the intriguing Amazon Jungle; from the enigmatic Machu Picchu to the fascinating Galapagos Islands and scenic beauty of Costa Rica, adventure awaits any traveler planning a trip to Central or South America.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Floridas Cultural Scene
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The sandy beaches of Sarasota County, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, are just the tip of the iceberg for visitors craving cultural attractions.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Korea offers undiscovered beauty, romantic spa getaways
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Daydreaming of a lush spa getaway? How about an exotic change of scenery? South Korea offers all of this and more. Boasting world-class spas, stunning views, and topnotch shopping, South Korea is the ideal destination for those searching for a unique vacation destination.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Travel secrets revealed: How to experience a destination like a local
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Travelers today want more from their vacations, including authentic experiences that are off the beaten path. Knowing where the locals go and what they like to do is key to discovering the hidden gems of any destination. Fortunately, finding this seemingly secret information is easier than you think if you just follow a few tricks of seasoned travelers.

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Friday 08/15/2014
3 tips to keep technology safe and accessible while traveling
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Are you dreaming of a vacation? Whether you’re planning a family trip, a romantic getaway for two, or a solo adventure, technology will likely be by your side. But using technology while away often requires some advance prep to reduce potential disruptions to your personal services, including Web-based email, apps and cloud storage, and to reduce the risk of criminal activity.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
River cruising news: Room innovations and hot itineraries from the 'World's Best River Cruise Line'
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - For decades – and thanks in no small part to the success of the TV show “The Love Boat” – it seemed that in the minds of most travelers, a cruise vacation automatically implied a languid ocean voyage aboard an oversized ship shared with hundreds, if not thousands, of other passengers.

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
A different kind of godmother: River cruise godmothers stay with ships, cruise line
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Throughout the history of cruising, cruise lines have traditionally called upon celebrities, royalty, heads of state, or others with little or no ties to the cruise industry to serve as godmothers to their ships.  For most cruise ship godmothers, the role is thus largely ceremonial – their involvement with the ship and cruise line ends when the bubbly is cleaned off the bow.

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Monday 08/04/2014
Teenagers not driving safe cars, study shows
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Taking the driving test and earning a license is a cherished rite of passage for teenagers across the country. With their license in hand, they view the road as their gateway to independence and they eagerly look forward to what’s around the next curve. In order to do this, however, a teen must have access to a car.

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Friday 08/01/2014
Providing national defense from the air and the sea: An exciting opportunity from America's Navy
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - When it comes to protecting America, a group of highly trained Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers are ready to serve from the air and the sea. This world-class team maneuvers the most sophisticated airplanes and helicopters to electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Deal Month In Orlando
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—If making nearly half the cost of your vacation disappear sounds like magic, then Orlando just might cast a spell on you this September.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Little known facts about vacation time
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - While many Americans are enjoying or planning their last big hurrah for the summer – the beach, music festivals, campfires and time with family and friends – some may not be quite so lucky. Here are some facts you should know about your prized vacation time.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
5 packing tips to make the back-to-college move easier
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school season has thousands of college students packing their childhood rooms into cars, vans and moving trailers to transport into dorms and off-campus apartments. While college students usually don’t have a lot of belongings that need to be moved, the process can be exhausting and overwhelming.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Home on the road: Insight and advice about America's driving habits
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Our homes may be our castles, but as we do more and spend more time in our vehicles, our four-wheeled chariots are not too far behind.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Religious guidance, moral support and more roles filled by Navy Chaplain Corps
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - When serving domestically and overseas, Sailors are away from home, family, familiar settings and traditions. Many use their beliefs and faith to help them understand and manage the unfamiliar surroundings they’re experiencing. Guidance, moral support and worship opportunities are critical services provided by the Navy to help Sailors through the challenges of the job while maintaining relationships with family and fellow military members.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Plan A Fall Foliage--Or Spring Flowers--Bike Tour
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—While any time of year can be a good time for a bike trip, two of the best are spring and fall, when the highways and byways are both comfortable and colorful.

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Planning The Perfect Family Reunion
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you are like most people in America, you’ve probably been to a family reunion.

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Wild About Wildlife
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Ecotourism’s growing foothold in the tourism industry is driving travelers to seek out destinations for exploration rather than just escape.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Take a drive through road trip history [Infographic]
Posted: July 16, 2014

(BPT) - Some things have changed over the years, but our love for the road has not. According to a recent survey fielded by Jiffy Lube International, today, 78 percent of Americans think a road trip is the best type of vacation. With more drivers on the road than ever before, let’s take a trip down memory lane and see how road trips have transformed over time. 

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
Safety essentials so you can enjoy the great outdoors
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The great outdoors begs to be explored this summer. From week-long camping trips to spending an afternoon at the park with the kids, there’s so much to see and do during the warm weather months that it may be hard to choose where to start.

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
Conquer summer road trips with a kid-friendly, entertainment checklist
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Summer road trips can be tough. From the Cleavers to the Kardashians, being stuck in a crowded car for hours can be hard for any family – and while vacations are fun, surviving the trip is easier said than done. This year, as you haul the family on your annual road trip, remember the key to success lies in the ultimate entertainment toolkit.

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Thursday 07/03/2014
Win A Game In Jamaica
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—One golfer, along with a buddy, and one golf blogger may soon be swept away to play the same courses as are in the Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am “Annie’s Revenge” in Montego Bay when they win a sweet sweepstakes.

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American Space Heroes Join Astronaut Hall Of Fame At Kennedy Space Center
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Space Shuttle astronauts and American heroes Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross recently joined the ranks of legendary space pioneers Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Jim Lovell, Sally Ride and John Young with their induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame during a moving ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Lucid is the only American woman to serve aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, and Ross is the first human to complete seven space shuttle missions. The setting for the induction, underneath the Atlantis orbiter in the new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction at the Visitor Complex, was fitting because Atlantis carried Lucid to Mir for her historic 188 days on the space station in 1996, and five of Ross' seven flights were on Atlantis. The Astronaut Hall of Fame, part of the popular Visitor Complex, features fascinating and historic spacecraft from the U.S. Space Program and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Keep your car cool on the road this summer
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Summer temperatures can be notoriously hard on your car. Whether it’s a summer road trip or your daily commute to work, you could potentially find yourself stranded on the side of the road with an overheated engine or driving with no air conditioning. While you can’t prevent normal wear and tear on your vehicle, it is possible to take preventive measures to protect your car from unfortunate and inconvenient break downs. Here are some simple maintenance tips for you to keep your car cool before the temperatures get any higher.

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Tuesday 07/01/2014
Smart Tips for Summer Getaways
Updated: July 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) Summer: six tiny letters that conjure memories of catching fireflies at dusk, barbeques, running barefoot through the sprinkler and last but not least -- vacation.

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Friday 06/27/2014
Move safely by packing smart [Infographic]
Posted: June 27, 2014

(BPT) - Packing a moving truck is about more than what goes into the truck. It’s all about how you pack the vehicle as well. Learn these tips from Penske to ensure your possessions arrive safe and secure at your new home.

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Packing for your summer trip: wardrobe essentials
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Summer vacation is here and with it, the frustration of packing a suitcase to cover a trip’s worth of activities. But with careful planning and reuse of key items, it’s easy to look fashionable no matter where your travels take you.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
Savvy Planning Can Help You Save on Summer Travel
Updated: June 26, 2014 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) Despite steep transportation costs, domestic leisure travel is expected to rise 1.7 percent this year, to more than 1.6 billion trips, according to U.S. Travel Association projections.

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
What's standing in the way of your weekend down time? [Infographic]
Posted: June 25, 2014

(BPT) - Americans look to the weekend for a break from the work week, but most people aren’t getting that respite these days. What’s keeping people from fully enjoying their weekends? To answer that question, Hampton Hotels launched its Embrace Your Weekend Self campaign and conducted an extensive survey.

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Thursday 06/19/2014
Take A Great American Road Trip
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—The American highway system is now over a century old: In 1913, the Lincoln Highway became the first hard-topped, graded road across the continent.

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Keeping your eyes (and tires) on the road
Updated: June 26, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Have you ever thought about all of the distractions associated with driving? Weather, kids, pets, eating, cell phones, billboards, the radio and even a friend riding shotgun all compete for the driver’s ever-shrinking attention span.

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Thursday 06/12/2014
Get Away And Save
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 2:42 am

(NAPSI)--It’s not always where you’re going but who’s by your side that can create some of your best vacation memories. According to a recent PhoCusWright study, 70 percent of travelers said vacations are more about spending time with the people they care about rather than the destination.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Tackling Your Summer Travel with Ease
Updated: June 11, 2014 - 2:37 am

(StatePoint) The warm weather and long summer days offer the perfect opportunity to take a break from the daily grind. Ironically though, many find vacation planning to be a source of stress.

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The road to a stress-free vacation is as easy as 1-2-3
Updated: June 12, 2014 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Following what was known as the “Polar Vortex” for millions of Americans, the summer travel season is finally here. This year will be the second highest traveled year since 2000, with the vast majority of people – more than 80 percent – traveling by car, according to research by AAA. 

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Saturday 06/07/2014
Five Essential Tools for Summer Travel
Updated: June 07, 2014 - 2:37 am

(StatePoint) Vacation is supposed to be relaxing. But travelers frequently let the details get the best of them. This summer, travel smart by stocking up on new technologies and accessories that can make the experience the breeze it was meant to be.

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Friday 06/06/2014
Prevent theft from being the story of your vacation with these security tips
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Your school days are finished and that summer vacation is within your sights. This year you’ve planned the trip down to the last detail and made all of the final arrangements, but even if you’ve given your destination extensive thought, you may not have considered what you’re leaving behind. And that could be dangerous.

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Seeing the USA? Summer travel that includes unique hardwood hotspots
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Finalizing your summer travel plans? Thinking outside the box to find destinations that combine history, architecture and nature can make travel that much more memorable.

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Thursday 06/05/2014
What happens when camping and glamour collide?
Updated: June 12, 2014 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - You love the great outdoors, you really do but you were somehow gifted with that sweet blood mosquitoes crave. Not only that but your body simply doesn’t do well sleeping on the ground and, let’s be honest, it takes no small amount of lighter fluid and matches for you to warm your hands over an open fire.

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Smart ideas to get your car running, and looking, its best before your next road trip
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Are you a self-proclaimed road warrior who loves when other drivers do a double take to admire your well-cared-for car? Do you like to make others envious of your engine’s soft purr, your car’s immaculate finish, manicured curves and polished accents? Even if you’re not a car connoisseur, summer travel is upon us and now’s the time to get your vehicle road trip ready – inside and out.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Size wise: Intimate experiences, exclusive attractions draw travelers to small-group tours
Updated: June 07, 2014 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Small-group travel is growing in a big way. Intimate experiences, exclusive attractions, and the opportunity to create lasting bonds with other travelers are drawing more vacationers to small groups (24 or fewer people) – and tour companies are adding itineraries to meet the demand.

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Friday 05/30/2014
Travel Like a Local
Updated: May 30, 2014 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has released the results of its annual “Travel Like a Local” Summer Travel Survey, which found that public transportation will be highly utilized by the 124 million Americans who are planning to travel to U.S. cities this summer.

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Current events: River cruising continues as travel's hottest trend
Updated: May 31, 2014 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Ask any travel agent, pick up a travel magazine or put the question to a travel expert, and you’ll learn that river cruising continues to be the hottest trend in travel. When something enjoys this kind of tremendous growth and popularity, you can be sure that it’s changing rapidly as customer tastes evolve, and companies strive to differentiate themselves from the competition with new innovations. 

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How to say goodbye to work worries while on vacation
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Summer has just begun and that long-awaited vacation is on the horizon. Unfortunately, it can quickly pass you by and before you know it, that precious vacation time has been wasted due to inadequate trip planning or a basic inability to relax.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
"Must-Haves" For Travelers
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 6:51 pm

(NAPSI)—Most people know the basic necessities to pack, but what about ways to enhance the travel experience, not just make it happen?

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Pointers On Booking The Perfect Vacation Rental
Updated: May 30, 2014 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for travelers: As more and more families are discovering, vacation rentals can offer twice the space at half the price of a hotel room and are easier to book now than ever. That may be one reason, according to the global travel market firm PhoCusWright, online bookings of vacation rentals increased from 12 percent in 2007 to 24 percent in 2012.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
4 ways military service members can better manage their move
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The military gives individuals and families the opportunity to explore the world, but that exploration often requires frequent moving. Rarely is this a smooth process. Service members can receive assistance through Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and Personally Procured Moves (PPM) programs to help handle the process.

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Tuesday 05/27/2014
Rock out in style this summer with a few simple tips
Updated: June 03, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Is there any better way to spend a beautiful warm night than at an outdoor concert or festival? The sounds of music filling the air, the smell of great food around you and fun times with friends and family…it just doesn’t get any sweeter.

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Thursday 05/22/2014
Best way to handle aggressive drivers? Model better behavior
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Aggressive drivers speed, drive too fast or carelessly, change lanes without warning, cut off other vehicles, tailgate and pass in ways that endanger others. Aggressive driving likely causes “a substantial number” of the 6.8 million crashes that occur every year on American highways, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says. Everyone is aware of aggressive drivers, but you may be surprised to learn how many people think that other drivers are the only offenders; the truth is that most drivers should take a closer look in the mirror – aggressive drivers may be closer than they appear.

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Craving an unplugged vacation? Secrets to keeping the family road trip fun
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Whoever said the journey is part of the fun probably never took a summer road trip with hungry, bored children in the backseat of the family car. Keeping kids occupied and their tummies full goes a long way toward making a driving vacation fun for everyone. But if you don’t want kids to fill up on junk food and spend all their car time plugged into the electronic device of their choice, what are your options?

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
Multi-family travel bridges cultures and inspires life-long friendships
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - What could be better than experiencing a new, exciting place with your children, grandchildren and other family members? Sharing those experiences with other families! Traveling in a group that includes multiple families can vastly enrich the travel experience, build cultural bridges and give everyone in your family a chance to make new connections and gain fresh perspective.

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Thursday 05/15/2014
Have A Surprising, Exciting And Engaging Good Time
Updated: May 16, 2014 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—Surprising, exciting and engaging ways for kids—and kids at heart—to experience the innovations of the present and the future while appreciating the heritage of the past can be found at the John Deere Pavilion and Store in Moline, Illinois.

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Wednesday 05/14/2014
Dare to dream: Feed your imagination to add flavor to life
Updated: August 16, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The monotony of the everyday routine – wake, work, relax, sleep, repeat – can take its toll on even the most enthusiastic individuals. Especially during the long, hot summer.

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Touring Europe? Must-see countries, cities, sights - and sites!
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re a seasoned world traveler or going abroad for the first time, few global destinations deliver the blend of variety and accessibility that Europe does. Visiting Europe – especially on a guided tour – allows first-timers to immerse themselves into inter-cultural experiences and also offers veteran travelers lots of new things to see and do.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
See how amazing vacation destinations keep the water flowing [Infographic]
Updated: June 07, 2014 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Spring is here, and with it, increased travel. Did you know that some hotels use advanced technology to treat their water for guest use? The Gran Melia in the Canary Islands uses desalination technology to treat seawater for use in everything from their swimming pools and spas to showers. Similarly, the Park Hyatt in Dubai is treating its wastewater with reverse osmosis so it can be reused in its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. So, the next time you’re on vacation laying on a warm, sandy beach, make sure you tip your glass to water. 

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Top reasons why your next cruise should be a river cruise
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The travel industry’s hottest trend, river cruising, provides a wonderful alternative to mainstream cruises and megaships. With hundreds of options to sail the amazing waterways of Europe (the Danube, Rhine, Rhone, Seine, Saone and Moselle rivers) and exotic destinations via the Yangtze, Mekong, Irrawaddy and Amazon, small-ship cruising is becoming one of the most popular ways for Americans to both experience and explore the world.

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Monday 05/12/2014
Sea to shining sea: Must-see North America tours for summer travelers
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - From California’s Gold Coast to New England’s charming seaside towns, and from the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country to the thrilling frontier lands of Alaska, North America is filled from “sea to shining sea” with sights and experiences to thrill travelers of all age groups and tastes.

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Don't be stuck in the heat walking on your feet: how to prep your car for summer driving
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It is summer and you can’t wait to get out on the road to head to the cabin, on vacation or just a nice carefree ride with the windows down. But while you may be ready to go, is your car? These quick vehicle inspection tips will help you make sure your vehicle is ready for the open road.

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Tuesday 05/06/2014
The big cover-up: sun-smart tips for skin
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Summer is a time for playing and relaxing in the great outdoors, but activities like volleyball, enjoying a picnic lunch in the park or even driving to work with the sunroof open can lead to unexpected sun exposure.

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Public invited to Dems’ meeting Saturday
Posted: September 16, 2014

The executive committee of the Bell County Democrats will meet from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Agri-Life Extension, 1605 N. Main St., Belton.

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Voter registration planned at 2 local Wal-Mart stores
Posted: September 16, 2014

Bell County Deputy Registrars Kathy Bradley and Verda Jarmon will be at the Killeen Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Thursday registering local residents to vote.

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