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    7 tips for holiday road trips with kids

    (BPT) - Whether the length of your drive is three hours or 30 minutes, it can seem an eternity with a bored child in the car. If you’re planning a road trip with one or more children, plan ahead so you'll have a happy and safe trip, no matter where you’re going.

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    4 things to do when the tire pressure warning light turns on

    (BPT) - It’ll happen to every driver and likely at the most inopportune moment — like when you’re running late, on a family road trip or commuting to work. A familiar light will flick on in your car’s dashboard. Sometimes, the low tire pressure indicator can mean it’s time to add more air, caused by regular wear-and-tear or a sudden change in the weather. But other times, the light leads drivers down a road that requires them to buy a new set of tires. So how do you know?

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    5 tech-forward innovations every holiday traveler can look forward to

    (BPT) - If you're like most, you shudder at the idea of traveling during the holiday season. With all those long lines, tight timetables and crowded spaces, who wouldn’t feel like a Grinch? To add more comfort and joy to your journey, the travel and hospitality industries are quick to embrace innovation and new technology. From the time you hail the airport ride-share to the moment you step outside your hotel for an evening of holiday wonder, here are some travel tech advances to look for this season.

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Thursday 12/05/2019
Travel Trends To Inspire Your 2020 Vacation Planning
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:42 am

(NAPSI)—Some things never change when it comes to traveling with friends and family, but every year new trends arise as travelers discover new places and ways to travel. With data and insights from its global vacation rental marketplace, Vrbo identified where, how and why Americans will travel for vacation in 2020.

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Wednesday 12/04/2019
Kick off 2020 by getting outdoors and enjoying state parks
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - For many people, modern life means spending more time indoors. In fact, Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This has had numerous direct and indirect health impacts, from respiratory issues due to poor indoor air quality to reduced physical activity due to an indoor sedentary lifestyle.

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3 tips for safe holiday driving
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - The holidays are wonderful. They can also be stressful.

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Tuesday 11/26/2019
Air travel can be dangerous for passengers with disabilities
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - During the busy holiday travel season, everyone suffers from the stress and strain that accompanies flying today. Unfortunately, travelers with disabilities face even more barriers to air travel such as damaged wheelchairs, delayed assistance and untrained airline staff. These obstacles are not only inconvenient and uncomfortable, but can be dangerous.

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Friday 11/22/2019
5 easy ways to give back during the season of giving
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Over the holiday season, it’s natural to look for ways to give back to those in need, whether in your own community or beyond. With everyone’s schedules being full to the brim over the season, and with so many other demands on your energy and your funds, it’s sometimes hard to know the best method to donate. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can make a big difference in the lives of others, even while going about your holiday errands and outings.

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Best Flu Hacks Every Traveler Should Know
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 3:05 am

(StatePoint) While everyone wants to make the most of their vacation, travel can do a number on one’s health, and during flu season, the risk of feeling unwell is even higher. Feel your best with these tips:

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Wednesday 11/20/2019
Prepare for the unexpected: Travel tips for peace of mind
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Do you have a case of wanderlust? Traveling is a great way to explore new places and try new activities, going beyond the ordinary to create lifelong memories with family and friends.

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7 things you may not know about car seats and seat belts
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Parents and caregivers want to keep kids safe in the car but keeping up with the latest recommendations can be tricky, especially as your child grows and their needs change. It's sometimes hard to know if you're doing everything you can to keep children as safe as possible.

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Tuesday 11/19/2019
How to find a bucket list worthy sailing adventure
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:49 am

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Monday 11/18/2019
5 easy ways to save during the holiday season
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is a time of family, friends and … spending. In the process of hosting and attending large or intimate holiday gatherings, the inevitable costs of travel, presents, decorations and food tend to stack up. With thousands of Americans celebrating holidays in November and December, it is no surprise that according to the National Retail Confederation the holiday season is the largest consumer spending time of the year. So, instead of starting the New Year with a nasty credit card bill, here are five simple tips to protect your finances during the holiday season:

  1. DIY festive wrapping paper: Use the brown paper from grocery store bags when wrapping gifts by cutting the bag at its corners and removing the handles to become a flat piece of paper. If you feel the minimalist kraft paper look is too plain for your liking, decorate the paper using markers or cotton swabs dipped in paint. For a more festive touch, try stringing a pinecone or stick of cinnamon to the package using twine.
  2. Use the NEW Exxon Mobil Rewards+™ app: Before making the trek to your holiday gathering, download the new Exxon Mobil Rewards+ app to start earning points on your journey over the river and through the woods. By paying through the new app, you avoid having to battle the elements at the pump and from now to February 2020, you can earn 5 cents per gallon when you pay through the app to be used at later fill-ups. If you are an existing Exxon Mobil Rewards+ member with Premium Status, you can earn up to 10 cents per gallon!
  3. Shop holiday décor at a thrift store: Over the past few years there has been an uptick in online thrift stores, such as LetGo or The RealReal, that sell high-end secondhand items. Score vintage pieces for your next holiday party or decor to style your home for the season.
  4. Book holiday travel smart: The holidays are one of the most expensive times to fly, but if your holiday feast is waiting for you a plane ride away don’t fret, as there are still ways to save on travel. While there is speculation around savings on the day you book, it is true the day you fly can drastically change the price tag. According to CheapAir’s 5th annual Airfare study, you can save if you fly in or out on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Apps like Hopper monitor and track trends in flights prices, with helpful notifications of when the best time to buy is.
  5. Make your Friendsgiving a potluck: Instead of catering or cooking your Friendsgiving feast, invite your pals to participate in the fun. Potluck dinners take out the pain of hours of preparation, giving you the chance as the host to spend more time with your guests. You can even make it themed by having each person bring a dish they grew up eating around the holidays, which can spark interesting conversations about family history and sentimental story telling.

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