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Winter is coming: Be prepared for costly, damaging storms

(BPT) - Winter weather is difficult to predict. Use these tips to help protect your home from the costly damage winter storms can bring.

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Thursday 10/03/2019
Are you protecting your digital house from cybercrime?
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - As the pace of technology advances, cybersecurity threats do, too. Data breaches, identity theft, phishing and malware make headlines seemingly every day. Internet-connected devices, social media, digital assistants and mobile apps have become indispensable in our everyday lives, but their connectedness makes us increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. Recent reports estimate that damages relating to cybercrime are expected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021.

Thursday 09/26/2019
Simple steps to keep your second home safe from costly repairs
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Whether it's a cabin up north, a villa down south or a quaint cottage near family, many people in the United States own second homes. You spend time at these vacation properties during some seasons, but for much of the year they remain empty. That's why it's important to take precautions to ensure your property and belongings stay safe even when you're not there.

Do’s and don’ts for a successful road trip
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - When it’s time to hit the road for a vacation, to visit friends and family or just to get away, you’re looking for fun and relaxation — and the last thing you want is to waste time or money.

Top 5 exciting reasons to visit Baltimore this fall
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Baltimore is a city with a rich history, thriving culture and eye on the future. Quickly becoming one of the top destinations for travel enthusiasts, visiting this vibrant city satisfies wanderlust any time of year, but it’s the upcoming fall season that really has travelers enthused. Here are five reasons to visit Baltimore this autumn and embrace all the excitement kicking off on Oct. 1.

Friday 09/20/2019
Tips for keeping kids safe on the road
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - With all the distractions on today's roads, parents are feeling increasingly anxious about keeping their children safe while driving. According to a new study by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll, more than six in ten American parents believe roads today are more dangerous than ever, and are actively seeking guidance on how to properly protect their loved ones when they’re on-the-go.

Monday 09/16/2019
6 great reasons to visit Pittsburgh with your family
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Seeking a great vacation spot? Look no further than Pittsburgh, an ideal destination for an unforgettable family getaway. Pittsburgh has plenty of entertainment options for kids of all ages — and their parents. Pull up a chair (and maybe a highchair or two) and book your perfect Pittsburgh adventure.

The country's favorite fair foods, region by region
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Perhaps the main reason most people go to the fair is for the food — delicious, over-the-top savory and sweet items you just can’t get anywhere else, whether on a stick or not. In fact, most people are willing to put up with the heat, crowds, expense, and even long lines just for a taste of their favorite fair foods.

Wednesday 09/11/2019
How green are your car’s tires?
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Did you know tires could be green?

Monday 09/09/2019
3 things you didn’t learn in driving school
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - If you had to go back to driving school today, would you pass the parallel parking portion? What if the instructor tested your knowledge of car maintenance?

Thursday 09/05/2019
Start your cruise vacation with some home port adventure
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - It’s said life is a journey, not a destination. That should especially be true when you and your family are planning your next cruise vacation.

Wednesday 09/04/2019
4 tips to prevent and treat health issues on vacation
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - It’s the night before your long-awaited vacation. You’ve triple-checked your suitcase, checked into your flight and notified the bank of your travel plans. Everything is ready to go, but even the most experienced travelers can’t predict the unexpected health hiccups that might arise along the way.

Wednesday 08/28/2019
How sweet cherries can help with 5 common health concerns
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - According to a recent AAA Travel survey, nearly 100 million Americans will take a vacation in 2019. While vacations are fun, traveling can be hectic, making it that much more important to have healthy on-the-go snacks to keep you energized throughout your trip.

The United States of Streaming: Road trip trends across the U.S. [Infographic]
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Windows down, volume up. It’s summertime and Americans are hitting the highways in droves for road trips, weekend drives and cross-country treks in the car. And the most important part of any road trip? The music. There are over 2 million road trip playlists on Spotify, and streaming of road trip playlists bumps up more than 40% in the summer months.

How To Save On Your Next Family Getaway
Updated: August 31, 2019 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—The travel industry uses the term “shoulder season” to talk about the slower, cheaper time after school is back in session. The savings are real if you can get a group together not bound by the school calendar or just sneak out of town for one more quick weekend at the beach.

Monday 08/26/2019
5 essential car safety tips for pets
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Face it, everyone loves their pets. And they often want to take their pets wherever they’re going. In fact, a recent survey by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll found that 39% of pet owners would rather go on a road trip with their dog than a family member.

Sunday 08/25/2019
Stretch your summer in Myrtle Beach
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Has summer just flown by? Did you run out of time to take a vacation, or just can’t stand to see summer end? Maybe you want to use up the year’s vacation days before they expire.

Wednesday 08/07/2019
Which is more important to recognize, emojis or road signs?
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - If you were to take a quiz to test your ability to identify common emojis and road signs, how do you think you’d fare?

Thursday 08/01/2019
Trips that transform: How airline miles can transform a child’s life
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Maksim was just a few months shy of 2 years old when his parents rushed him to the emergency room for severe flu-like symptoms, only to find that their little boy was suffering from kidney failure. Since that day, Maksim has spent most of his six years in and out of hospitals, doctors' offices and dialysis treatments.

What you need to do before traveling abroad
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Planning a trip abroad? That’s exciting! But you have lots to do and less time than you think to get it done. What do you need to accomplish before leaving?

Tuesday 07/30/2019
The economic cost of failing to modernize public transit [Infographic]
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

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Top wildfire prevention tips
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Everyone who loves the outdoors knows the impact humans can have on their environment, and this is especially true when it comes to wildfires. According to researchers from Swansea University's College of Science, wildfires destroy 4% of the Earth’s surface each year. It has also been estimated that 84% of all wildfires are caused by humans, according to researchers from the University of Colorado. Rising worldwide temperatures and weather extremes have further increased the incidence of fires. From campers who get outside and explore our forests and parks, to backyard chefs tending the open flames of their grills, responsible use of fire is critical to preventing accidents like those seen around the world in recent years.

Monday 07/29/2019
5 tips for taking the road less traveled
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - You’re planning your next vacation with your spouse or family, and you know one thing: You don’t want to keep revisiting the same old places you’ve always gone for a little R&R. What could be more fun than going someplace new, changing up your route, and seeing some new sights for a change?

Friday 07/26/2019
Savvy suitcase: 5 versatile jewelry styles to define your look and minimize packing
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Do you have an upcoming trip planned? Whether you're going for a relaxed beach look or heading downtown to dazzle in the city lights, you want to plan outfits that make you feel great and fit the occasion. Jewelry is the go-to for defining your look, but you can only bring so many pieces. What's the best solution?

Tuesday 07/23/2019
5 advantages of traveling on a small cruise ship
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

Monday 07/22/2019
Summer Adventure Ideas for the Whole Family [Video]
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

Thursday 07/18/2019
Pointers On Moving To A New Home By Rental Truck
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—Moving yourself to a new home by renting a truck can be easier than you may realize, if you heed these five facts and tips.

Wednesday 07/17/2019
4 affordable bucket list trips for the summertime
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - The country is filled with adventures to check off your bucket list this summer. From road trips to unique vacations, there’s something for everybody! With the help of your smartphone and dependable wireless service, you can stay connected and share the special moments along the way with family and friends. Here are four must-do summer endeavors that won’t break the bank.

Monday 07/15/2019
5 ways to stretch fuel economy for the perfect summer road trip
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - There is nothing better than a summer road trip to the beach or to visit loved ones as we approach the dog days of summer! But with millions of Americans taking to the roads, getting from point A to point B can be quite stressful if you are stopping constantly for delays or to refill your gas tank. If you are looking for a quicker arrival and fewer trips to the gas station, consider these five tips to maximize your fuel economy:

Splash Through Summer in The Natural State
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Whether you enjoy cruising around on a jet ski or soaking up the sun on the shore, you won’t need to travel all the way to the coast to experience the endless benefits of spending time on the water this summer.

Wednesday 07/10/2019
The best U.S. resort towns to visit this summer
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

Friday 07/05/2019
More Major Artifacts Added As National Army Museum Takes Shape
Updated: July 07, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—Two historic helicopters, a WWI-era Liberty Truck, and an anti-aircraft weapon were the latest macro artifacts installed in the National Museum of the United States Army now under construction at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Saturday 06/29/2019
Suffering from vacation deprivation? 7 tips to master the microbreak
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

Thursday 06/27/2019
Sun’s out, snacks out: It’s festival season
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - It is the height of festival season, themed around everything from music, food and drinks to culture and more. Preparation is key to having a healthy and happy summer. Keeping up your energy levels throughout the day with cleverly planned snacks can help control hunger levels.

Wednesday 06/26/2019
7 great road trips for you and your pet
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

Delicious summer eats: 5 moments to munch on almonds this season
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Americans are increasingly enjoying new flavors and textures in our meals and snacks.

Tuesday 06/25/2019
5 must-haves to pack for a fun holiday weekend
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - It’s finally here! Independence Day weekend! A time to celebrate with friends and family while eating good food, dancing to music and best of all — enjoying the fireworks! You can’t wait for the long weekend and all the fun you’re going to have as you celebrate together. But what should you pack? You’ll want to be practical and also think of easy ways to turn the weekend get-together into a real party, so here are some ideas for essential items to put on your list.

Monday 06/24/2019
5 tips on preparing your home for summer travel season
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - According to AAA Travel, nearly 100 million Americans — four in 10 U.S. adults — are planning to take a family vacation in 2019, with two-thirds of all families embarking on a summer getaway. As families across the country take time off to travel and spend quality time together, the last thing they want to worry about is if their homes and belongings will be the victim of theft or break-ins. Luckily, there are several ways that can help summer travelers keep their homes safe — even from miles away.

Wednesday 06/19/2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Having Fun in the Sun
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Spending time outside is what makes summer so enjoyable. Whether you plan to spend a day at the pool, mill about a music festival or relax at a family barbecue, everyone looks forward to a beautiful, sunny day.

Tuesday 06/18/2019
Summer 2019 travel: How to avoid online scams and cybertheft
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - The summer vacation season is in full swing and you're looking for the right escape at the right price. You do some online research and suddenly there it is: the vacation of your dreams at a price you can't ignore. However, before booking, it's important to take a moment to make sure you're not falling for a scam conducted by savvy cybercriminals looking to take advantage of your wanderlust.

Saturday 06/01/2019
Make the Most of Your Camping Trip This Great Outdoors Month
Posted: June 01, 2019

(StatePoint) Great Outdoors Month, celebrated in June, is the perfect opportunity for a camping expedition.

Saturday 03/16/2019
Get Geared Up for Fishing Season
Posted: March 16, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a serious angler or you only dabble with the sport, the right gear can make your next fishing trip a success.

Monday 02/25/2019
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Are You Ready for the Next Season?
Posted: February 25, 2019

(StatePoint) As outdoor enthusiasts know, there are important preparations to make for extreme weather conditions. However, having gear that easily transitions between seasons means that you will always be organized and equipped to hit the road for an adventure whenever the mood strikes.

Thursday 01/31/2019
Great Tools for Winter Adventures
Posted: January 31, 2019

(StatePoint) It may be winter, but that’s no reason to put your outdoor adventures on hold. When you’re properly equipped, you may find you can brave all kinds of weather.

Thursday 11/15/2018
Holiday Tips for Houseguests and Hosts This Season
Posted: November 15, 2018

(StatePoint) Planning for the holiday season? Whether you’re a guest or a host, there are easy ways to ensure that everyone enjoys their time with family and friends. Check out these tips for a joyful holiday season:

Monday 11/12/2018
Great Tips for an Outdoor Winter Adventure
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) There’s no need to resign yourself to the gym all winter long. Outdoor adventures are the perfect way to stay fit and have fun, even during the chilliest months of the year.

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