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(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.

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Tuesday 06/18/2019
Summer 2019 travel: How to avoid online scams and cybertheft
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 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.

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Thursday 06/13/2019
These 6 summer travel tips will save you money
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re one of the nearly 100 million Americans planning to take a family vacation this year, according to a March 2019 AAA report, or embarking on a solo trip this summer, traveling can take a toll on your wallet. From transportation to accommodations, planning ahead can save you time and money on your much-deserved vacation.

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Tuesday 06/11/2019
4 ways to celebrate the Apollo 11 mission’s golden anniversary
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - For those of us who were glued to the television during the launch of the legendary Apollo 11 mission that first landed man on the moon, it may be hard to believe that it’s been 50 years since mankind’s greatest leap.

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Friday 06/07/2019
Take the quiz: What kind of travel companion are you?
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

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Explore a different side of Myrtle Beach this summer
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - No matter what you yearn for when you imagine your dream vacation, you can make it happen in one of the 14 distinct communities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. You may think you know Myrtle Beach — with 60 miles of beautiful coastline, exciting nightlife and family-friendly attractions — but there’s lots more to explore.

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Thursday 06/06/2019
Tips for the perfect cross-country move
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Summer is back and that means Americans are on the move. Whether it’s spending some time at the cabin or going to visit relatives, travel always picks up when the weather gets warmer. But with a stable housing market and a strong economy, lots of people are planning more than a weekend outing — they’re moving across the country. Taking on a cross-country move is never a walk in the park. But there are things you can do to avoid the major headaches and even make it a fun adventure. So whether you’re a family looking to make a change or a new graduate getting your start in a new city, here are some tips to make your cross-country move a successful one.

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Wednesday 06/05/2019
Survey: Volunteering on vacation is a fast-growing travel trend
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Looking for a vacation that’s fun and meaningful? Wish you had more time to volunteer in a way that really makes a difference? There’s a simple solution: Plan your next vacation around a great volunteer opportunity.

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Whiskers Welcome: Top 10 Cities for Guys with Facial Hair
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Wondering where to put down whiskered roots? Look no further than the sixth annual ‘Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America’ study from men’s grooming leader, Wahl. While there’s a flurry of follicular support up and down the West Coast, a Midwestern jewel secured the No. 1 spot this year. Check out the top 10 cities boasting beard bragging rights in 2019.

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Pittsburgh: Pull up a chair. You are welcomed here
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

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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.

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Friday 05/24/2019
Summertime adventure in Arkansas
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - The warm months have arrived, bringing with them longer days and the promise of new family memories to be made.

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Thursday 05/23/2019
How to prepare for your next road trip
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

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Wednesday 05/22/2019
Tires keep America rolling
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Off to work. Heading to the gym. Going to see the latest superhero movie … again. Taking the kids to soccer practice. Road trip! Wherever you’re driving to, the last things on your mind when you jump into your car are the tires.

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3 reasons to go fishing on your next day trip
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - When the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to spend a day casting on the water. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman, a novice or a family looking for a fun, all-ages activity, fishing is an easy and enjoyable choice.

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Facts On Fuel From An Expert Boater
Updated: May 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

by Don Onken, Onken’s Incorporated

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Tuesday 05/21/2019
Tire blowout 101: What to do when your tire fails on the road
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - As seasons change and temperatures rise, so do the number of tire blowouts around the country. The truth is a blowout can happen anywhere and at any time. Tire failures put drivers in an unexpected, frightening and dangerous situation. And, while it’s an experience no motorist wishes to endure, it’s important to understand how to react when and if it happens.

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Tuesday 05/14/2019
Florida’s Space Coast is a vacation destination that’s out of this world
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - For the science, technology and sci-fi enthusiasts in your family, there’s no better way to truly experience the excitement of the modern-day space race than to view a rocket launch in person during the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which in 1969 landed humans on the moon for the first time.

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7 easy travel snack ideas for diabetics
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Do you have diabetes and stress about finding healthy and convenient snack options while you’re traveling?

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Thursday 05/02/2019
The future of commercial trucking: Your favorite goods now delivered using alternative fuel
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Think about it: The food you purchased at the grocery store and cook for dinner tonight might have come from other locations around the world. Your clothes bought online might come from a manufacturing plant across the country. That package sitting outside in your entryway when you get home from work could have traveled coast-to-coast before arriving at your door.

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Wednesday 04/24/2019
Tips for an epic summer road trip
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - The heat is almost on so now’s the time to plan for a cool summer road trip. Whether you’re going with friends or family, near or far, there’s nothing like hitting the road for an epic summer trip. National parks, the coast, big cities, Main Street USA and fun/silly tourist destinations are all waiting. The road is yours.

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Tuesday 04/23/2019
5 tips for drivers hitting the open road this spring
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Americans are ready for spring weekend getaways and road trips. According to the latest Gauge Index survey from Hankook Tire, most of us are planning an outdoor getaway. The beach (51%) is the top vacation Americans are planning this spring, followed by a national park (39%) for the outdoorsy type and an amusement park (31%) for the thrill seekers.

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Tuesday 04/16/2019
Tips for the ultimate vacation with your pet
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - With the warmer weather, you’ve likely kicked your travel plans into high gear. From a tropical getaway to an adventurous excursion, dream destinations are a staple of the season. Whether your dog is coming along for the trip or staying behind, here are four ways to be fully prepared for a family vacation, keeping your furriest family member in mind.

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Tuesday 04/09/2019
Explore the American Evolution: Virginia as the gateway to modern America
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - While we often think of history as being so — yesterday, the truth is that the America of today wouldn’t be what it is without the events of the past that shaped our country. And there is no better way to connect with the roots of modern America than to return to Virginia, where so many of our vital institutions, traditions and movements first began.

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Monday 04/08/2019
5 tips for a great trip to celebrate Pride this year
Posted: April 08, 2019

(BPT) - How badly do LGBTQ travelers want to attend Pride this year? A recent survey by Orbitz found that 80 percent of LGBTQ travelers would give up their cell phone during Pride in exchange for free tickets, meals and hotel accommodations for the weekend. And nearly half (42 percent) of respondents said they plan to travel more than 50 miles to Pride events this year.

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Going Away? Tips To Keep Your Home Safe While You’re On Vacation
Updated: April 10, 2019 - 2:37 am

(NAPSI)—Peace of mind is important to just about all homeowners, including when they’re away on a hard-earned vacation. When warm weather arrives, however, crime rates increase, according to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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Thursday 04/04/2019
Stress-Free Group Travel Planning
Updated: April 06, 2019 - 2:50 am

(NAPSI)—Most people would agree that there are few things better than taking a trip with friends or family members, dropping the distractions of everyday life and simply being together. Staying in vacation rentals is a popular option for families and groups of friends because these accommodations offer ample space and privacy, many have unique amenities such as a backyard or pool, and guests can split the cost several ways.

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Friday 03/29/2019
Family safety: Public transportation is 10 times safer than traveling by car
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

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Ten Tips On Leaving School
Updated: April 04, 2019 - 2:46 am

(NAPSI)—Once your college years are behind you and your future before you, the first step into that future is to move out of your dorm or college apartment.

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Friday 03/22/2019
After a cold winter, what’s in store for spring and summer?
Updated: May 01, 2019 - 3:48 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re heading to the beach or hitting the slopes this spring, the weather just may be on your side.

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Thursday 03/21/2019
5 reasons a river cruise is the ideal way to see Europe
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

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Tuesday 03/19/2019
Celebrate life's major milestones in Myrtle Beach
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - From birthdays and weddings to anniversaries and retirements, life is all about celebrating those special moments with the ones we love. What better way to make the occasion unforgettable than to travel to an amazing destination?

For any important milestone, find the perfect way to celebrate by traveling somewhere special. Whether you’re looking for unique entertainment and fun for a group of friends on your birthday or a bachelor/bachelorette party, a quick getaway with your spouse to mark an anniversary, a romantic honeymoon destination or a family trip with the kids, everything you want can be found in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Happy birthday to you!

Whether you’re bringing the entire family or rounding up your besties for a weekend to celebrate a birthday, look for activities you know everyone will enjoy.

For the kids, take a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, check out the sharks and stingrays at Ripley’s Aquarium or, for adventure and a little learning, wander through the interactive experience known as WonderWorks. After a morning relaxing on the beach with the kids, you can all head out to one of the area’s dozens of mini-golf courses for a friendly game or make a trip to The Track Family Fun Park for a go-kart race.

With your friends, charter a boat for a cruise or fishing excursion during the day, then enjoy dinner at one of the dozens of great seafood restaurants, followed by a show at the GTS Theater or The Carolina Opry. For the more adventurous, visit Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure for an unforgettable experience among the trees.

Romance your sweetheart

To surprise your special someone, celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary, or even pop the question, spring for a getaway in Myrtle Beach to spend quality time together.

Enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings by strolling through the gorgeous, 9,000-acre Brookgreen Gardens, which include an incredible sculpture garden and zoo.

Then take a sunset cruise or book a couple’s massage at a local spa. Make a reservation for an intimate dinner at one of the area's fine restaurants, like Aspen Grille or Thoroughbred’s Chophouse and Seafood Grille.

Celebrate with your wedding party

Plan the best bachelor or bachelorette party ever with the members of your wedding party.

You and your girlfriends will find plenty of exciting shopping at The Market Common and Barefoot Landing. For adventurous bridesmaids, rent jet skis at Action Water Sportz for an awesome day on the water. At night, toast the bride-to-be with craft cocktails at The Chemist, then dance the night away to live music at the historic Bowery.

Entertain the groom-to-be by hitting the links. Myrtle Beach is one of the country’s premier golf destinations, with 90 unique, challenging golf courses. Then get your adrenaline going by parasailing with Express Watersports, or take the wheel at the NASCAR Racing Experience at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Cap off the night by sampling local beers at New South Brewery and listening to live music at Tin Roof.

Babymoon

Sure, you’ve heard of honeymoons, but why not take a last chance at a peaceful few days with your partner before your new little one arrives? Look for restful, relaxing environments to enjoy your peace and quiet ... while you still can. Stretch out and catch some sun along the area's 60 miles of beaches, enjoy the natural beauty of the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk or stroll along the historic Conway Riverwalk.

Then you can catch the stunning view from the SkyWheel. This spring, Visit Myrtle Beach is giving away a Babymoon vacation package, which will include three nights of accommodations for two adults, airline tickets and more — complete with the lighting up of the SkyWheel in blue or pink to reveal the gender of your new baby.

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Monday 03/18/2019
RV popularity taking off with younger audience [Video]
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

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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.

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Monday 03/11/2019
Enjoying the benefits of living life on the edge
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

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Monday 03/04/2019
Auto insight: Smart guidelines for buying a used car
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Buying a used car can be a great decision. Oftentimes, that's where you'll find a deal. On the other hand, you've got to make sure there won't be any surprises.

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Wednesday 02/27/2019
10 Tips to Prep for a Wisconsin Dells Family Waterpark Adventure
Posted: February 27, 2019

(StatePoint) You don’t have to wait until summer to pack up the family for a fun waterpark adventure. The indoor waterpark concept was first pioneered in Wisconsin Dells and the region is now chock-full of both indoor and outdoor parks. Here are some great tips to prepare for and enjoy a family getaway in the Dells, the self-proclaimed “waterpark capital of the world!”

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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Thursday 07/26/2018
Top Ways Air Travel is Changing for Passengers
Updated: December 21, 2018 - 2:48 am

(StatePoint) At any given time, up to 5,000 aircraft are in American skies. Ten million passenger flights took place in 2016. The “Golden Age” of air travel may feel like it’s long gone in a time of heightened security and since the advent of mass affordable flight, but experts say that consumers can expect flying to be more comfortable and convenient in the coming years -- even when you’re riding coach.

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Wednesday 06/27/2018
4 Vacation Destinations for Wine Lovers
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:39 am

(StatePoint) Love wine? Build your next vacation around it! Wine regions have delicious food, beautiful views and amazing history.

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Monday 06/25/2018
Must-Know Health Tips for Summer Vacation
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) More than half of Americans are planning to take a vacation this summer, according to a Bankrate survey. While these excursions are meant to be fun and relaxing, road trips and long flights can lead to health risks that you know about, like jet lag, and some you may not be familiar with, such as leg swelling and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Experts advise travelers to take precautions for a healthy travel experience.

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