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February 17, 2018

3 ways Minnesota soybean farmers are helping clear the air
(BPT) - Soybean farmers in Minnesota wear many different hats: small-business owner, agronomist, equipment expert, accountant and environmentalist. Yes, they are the original stewards of the land, continually evolving their practices to keep natural resources healthy for the next generation.But it ... More >>

Take a pre-cruise vacation and 'live like a local' on Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - There's something magical about taking a cruise. Is it the open ocean? The indescribable feeling of warm sea air blowing through your hair? The endless access to world-class food, drinks and entertainment? Whatever the reason, each year millions of people around the world set their sights o... More >>

South African culture, history, and heritage come alive in Durban
(BPT) - Think of South Africa, and images of majestic savanna landscapes and roaming wildlife may come to mind. A South African safari is an unforgettable experience, but no visit to the country is truly complete without a cultural immersion. Luckily, the vibrant city of Durban combines the best of... More >>

How to inspire your teen to expand their horizons and find their passion
(BPT) - With mounting pressures and expectations, the high school years can feel overwhelming - for students and parents alike. Teens grapple with questions like: Which colleges should I apply to? What should I choose as a major? What do I really want to do with my life? What if I don't have a clue... More >>

5 ways travel will change in 2018
(BPT) - As international travel gains popularity each year, new destinations are added to bucket lists and new travel gadgets and accessories appear on the market. The way we travel has changed in the past few decades, but that age-old itch to explore and discover new places and experiences remains... More >>

6 must-know spring break hacks
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Top tips for planning an epic family vacation
(BPT) - Are you dreaming about an incredible family escape your loved ones will always remember? Perhaps your dream vacation is filled with adventure while eating around the world and exploring castles in faraway places, or maybe it's relaxing on a private island with picturesque views of crystal c... More >>

Chinese history comes alive in Nanjing
(BPT) - In southern China, the ancient capital city of Nanjing beckons travelers who long to immerse themselves in Chinese history and culture.Nanjing served as the capital city of 10 dynasties and regimes over more than 1,800 years and is home to some of China's most significant historical attract... More >>

Clear winter roads: What works and what doesn't
(BPT) - It is no surprise that in the winter we see many articles about how our roads get plowed and treated. Nor is it particularly surprising that winter maintenance practices often lead to debates over different methods and materials used to keep roads clear. One often-heard rebuke is that road ... More >>

Improving visibility on the road this winter
(BPT) - As winter progresses, we are likely to see more visibility-reducing weather. Heavy rain, frost, ice and snow can all impair visibility while driving, including reducing the performance of windshield wipers.Reduced visibility can quickly turn your drive into a stressful situation, especially... More >>

3 things you might not know about boat shows
(BPT) - Winter may be frigid for many, but it's an ideal time to plan for warmer days ahead and make dreams of owning a boat a reality. Boat shows across the country offer some of the hottest deals around, with special pricing and incentives on new boat models and marine accessories - a major draw ... More >>

Staying safe on the mountain this winter
(BPT) - You can feel it in the air: The ski and snowboard season has arrived, and some areas in the U.S. are already open for business. As snow sports continue to gain popularity, millions of people will be hitting the slopes this winter. During the 2016-17 ski season, the National Ski Areas Associ... More >>

5 cold-weather hacks for winter driving
(BPT) - As drivers bundle up to take on Old Man Winter this season, having a few tricks up your sleeve can be a big help in keeping your cool on the road. Here are five hacks for battling the elements and staying safe on the roads.Got stuck? Snow problem! Hazardous winter weather requires that driv... More >>

5 ways to capture the perfect family photo during your holiday travels
(BPT) - The holiday season is the time to travel, and while memories last forever, there's nothing like having the perfect picture to bring you back to the happy moments - but how do you get the right shot?Check out some family-friendly tips for taking candid photos, so you can capture your special... More >>

Hitting the road? Stay connected on the go
(BPT) - Traveling but worried about being disconnected? Don't worry, you aren't alone. In fact, plenty of other road warriors are making sure their devices are packed and ready to go so they won't miss a beat.Intel(R) recently conducted a survey with YouGov to learn more about the tips and tricks c... More >>

1 in 5 drivers can't fix a flat tire. Can you?
(BPT) - For many Americans, fixing a flat tire remains a mystery. According to a survey from AAA, nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers don't know how to change a flat. This is compounded by research saying there are 220 million flat tires annually - and each driver will experience up to five flat tire... More >>

Would direct sales work for you?
(BPT) - The Federal Reserve Board discovered in a survey of working Americans that nearly half of U.S. adults don't have enough cash on hand to pay for a $400 emergency. If that's a concern for you, you might be thinking about joining the 44 million Americans who have found ways to make money in ad... More >>

Bring the family back together in the RV experience [Video]
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5 strategies for protecting your valuables
(BPT) - Home is your sanctuary, your castle, the place where you feel the most secure and protected. It is natural to feel this way. So, it is not surprising that you store your prized possessions and valuables at home as well. But is that the best choice for all your valuables?The recent wildfires... More >>

Need a vacation where it's warm? How about a quick weekend escape to this sunny coastal getaway?
(BPT) - Step outside. Is it cold, windy and gray? Snowy even? Yep, those are sure signs winter is upon us. The bright leaves of autumn have faded, the pumpkin-flavored beverages are starting to wane, and the kids already are developing a serious case of cabin fever. But there's a remedy for all thi... More >>

Tips to save money and energy this winter
(BPT) - Winter is a time of year when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Thankfully, Chip Wade, HGTV expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and ultimately money, this year:* Lighting: LED bulbs are 90 percent more efficient than incandescent light bulbs.* Prevent heat lo... More >>

The hidden dangers of oversharing on social media
(BPT) - Locking doors and windows and leaving a light on used to deter criminals from breaking into homes when you were away on vacation, but our obsession with sharing photos and experiences in real time on social media has created a whole new security risk for travelers. According to Mercury Insu... More >>

The first rule of the road: Focus on driving
(BPT) - Have you noticed that traffic seems to be worse lately? There's a good reason for that - there are more vehicles on the road than at any time in recent history. Unemployment is low and gas is affordable, which means more people are driving more miles. And more drivers means an increased ris... More >>

5 reasons to plan a snowcation this year
(BPT) - As the mercury in the thermometer drops, and people start to bundle up in scarves and warm layers, you might be ready to take a vacation. No, we're not talking about running away to the desert or a crowded beach. There's a better way to enjoy winter - a way that lets you really get at the h... More >>

Top safety tips for teen drivers
(BPT) - Once a newly licensed teen gets behind the wheel for the first time without a parent or guardian, the taste of freedom is exhilarating.But a teenager's lack of behind-the-wheel experience puts them at greater risk of getting into an accident. Add factors like passengers, loud music and stre... More >>

Go from vacation deprivation to vacation inspiration
(BPT) - Pop quiz: When was the last time you took a vacation? A real vacation, not one of those staycations where you stuck around town to finish a project at your home? Do you even remember your last vacation? If you don't, then you are officially vacation deprived.And you're not alone.Research fr... More >>

5 things to know about connected cars
(BPT) - If you could go back in time and tell people that in the near future there would be a handheld device that would allow them to listen to virtually any song, watch virtually any movie or television show and have access to pretty much any book, they would probably think you were crazy.As it i... More >>

There's snow place like Lake Placid [Infographic]
(BPT) - Let's talk snow! Lake Placid specializes in outdoor adventure all year, but this two-time Olympic host really shines when the snow flies. When you're here you can ice skate, snowshoe or fat tire bike across Mirror Lake without leaving downtown. If you'd rather ride than glide, hit the tobog... More >>

The hidden benefits of winter road maintenance
(BPT) - More than 70 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas affected by snow and ice. Each winter the average driver in these areas will see more than 5 inches of snow on the roads. And when the snow is falling, there are few things more comforting than the sight of snowplows and salt trucks... More >>

Java journeys in El Salvador offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences
(BPT) - Americans' love for coffee is inspiring them to embark on java journeys around the world, leading them to stunning locations where coffee is an important part of daily life.Coffee farming has fueled the economy in El Salvador and defined its rich culture for more than 200 years.Today, it is... More >>

9 Reasons: Winter + Lake Placid = Perfect
(BPT) - 1. Snow globe lifeIf you've ever taken a moment to imagine what it's like to live in a snow globe, Lake Placid is about as perfect an answer as you'll find. From quaint storefronts and friendly neighbors, to celebrations of all things winter and, of course, plenty of snow to play in, we can... More >>

From cultural offerings to the spectacular skyline, here are 9 reasons to visit Pittsburgh
(BPT) - See for yourself why everyone - from visitors to media - is raving about Pittsburgh. From the abundance of cultural offerings to the spectacular skyline, here are nine reasons to visit Pittsburgh1. City with an entrance:When a writer from The New York Times said Pittsburgh was 'the only cit... More >>

Winter Winners: Adirondack Playdates
(BPT) - Why do we love Lake Placid?The Adirondacks' Lake Placid Region is the perfect choice whether you're planning a family vacation, romantic getaway or visit with friends.Aside from the myriad outdoor activities, there are mom and pop shops to browse, Olympic venues to tour, high-end spas to in... More >>

6 tips to help keep your drive distraction-free
(BPT) - As you drive down the street, the threat of potential distractions is everywhere. Federal research shows that distracted driving is a factor in one out of every six crashes, and accounts for 5,000 automobile crash-related fatalities each year.While teens are commonly associated with distrac... More >>

What's the deal with teen driving crashes?
(BPT) - It's no surprise that teen drivers get into more traffic collisions than their older counterparts, but why? Some reasons include less driving experience, a higher willingness to take risks and passenger distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that mor... More >>

6 ways to save on your next cruise vacation
(BPT) - The waves breaking below you, the ocean breeze blowing through your hair, the excitement of a destination yet unexplored and a voyage of the finest comforts - does it get any better than a cruise?According to Cruise Lines International Association, cruises enjoy the highest satisfaction rat... More >>

The Caribbean is open for cruise vacations
(BPT) - Contrary to what some may think, the hurricanes in September had little to no impact on the vast majority of the Caribbean - a far-reaching region covering more than 1 million square miles.In fact, of the nearly 100 ports in the Caribbean, almost 90 percent are open and fully operational - ... More >>

5 savvy strategies to calm your travel worries
(BPT) - Traveling can make for some of the best moments of your life, but it is not without its challenges. After all, there are rooms to book, activities to plan and, of course, luggage to worry about. Without the right strategies, these challenges can seem pretty daunting.How daunting? A survey f... More >>


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