(StatePoint) Traveling this season? You’ll be in good company. Of the 43.4 million estimated Thanksgiving travelers who journeyed 50 miles or more, 90 percent were expected to do so by automobile, according to 2013 AAA projections. But if your budget is tight, you’re probably looking for ways to cut back on travel expenses.
Kids love dinosaurs, and with the new 3-D motion picture “Walking With Dinosaurs” in theaters nationwide for the holidays, parents of precocious paleontologists everywhere are scrambling to find the perfect dino-themed gift to put under the Christmas tree.
Winter’s dark nights are for more than just regular dreaming: They’re for conjuring up pleasant images of that satisfying cold-weather escape we all envision. But just where are Americans’ winter travel dreams landing these days?
(BPT) - Traveling over the holidays to visit family can be a bit stressful. As you travel during this time of year, consider the following tips to help you reduce your stress and better enjoy the time spent with family while away from home.
(NAPSI)—Indonesia will choose its next president in a few months and the historic presidential race is heating up. The strategically important archipelago nation of 17,000 islands in the heart of Asia shuttered a dictatorial system in the late 1990s and continues to build its fledgling democracy. Home to the largest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia maintains its moderate Islamic views as it chooses to focus its attention on emerging as a potent economic player on the global stage—and this focus is paying off. Indonesia has the world’s fourth largest population and boasts an economy currently ranked 16th but is projected to move up past Germany and the United Kingdom and to seventh by 2030. With a respectable 6 percent growth in 2012, the country’s longer-term economic outlook remains strong. So with this type of potential, who leads this rising star matters to the world, and one candidate is emerging as the odds- on favorite: Prabowo Subianto.
(NAPSI)—Here’s a look at three of the most popular ideas moving travelers today:
(BPT) - Now that frigid temperatures and stormy days have come back in earnest, it’s time for car owners to think seriously about the road conditions ahead and take the simple but important steps to ensure safe winter travel this year.
(BPT) - Nearly 150 days separate the last day of the winter holidays from the first unofficial day of summer – Memorial Day. After holiday decorations get packed away, and winter sets in, it’s not uncommon to experience a touch – or more – of winter boredom.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “the Earth laughs in flowers,” and there’s a good chance this thought came to him while he was touring England, a country filled with spectacular gardens. London itself has many beautiful gardens, from royal parks surrounding the palaces to small green spaces maintained by volunteer groups. These gardens help to bring out the beauty of the city’s landscaping.
Visiting Europe in the weeks before Christmas adds a whole new character to the holiday season, one that’s quite different from what is celebrated in the United States. Decorated to the hilt with greenery and lights, the towns and villages in Austria, Germany and France will delight visitors with traditional Christmas markets that each year overflow with unique holiday gifts, decadent Christmas goodies, and endearing holiday customs.
(NAPSI)—For over 200 years, the U.S. has experienced the benefits of decentralized government. Such an approach keeps control over many local matters in the hands of locally elected officials.
(BPT) - As many Americans get ready for holiday travel, one of the biggest decisions beyond the destination is deciding how to get there: to fly or drive. Factors like fuel or flight prices, dependability of the family vehicle, room for gifts and luggage as well as distance, inevitably come into play.
(NAPSI)—Many Americans have a warm spot in their hearts for a warm spot on the map—the Caribbean island of Aruba—especially during wintertime.
(BPT) - Traveling Europe may seem like a distant dream; tourists inundate cities during peak season, driving prices up. But your European dreams are attainable – if you travel during winter months. Europe can be much more affordable in winter and the quiet cities offer a more intimate and authentic experience.
Understanding the past can help us better appreciate the present and look toward the future. If you want a more meaningful vacation, an excursion to one of America’s most significant sites can be a step straight into history. Why not celebrate the Gettysburg Address’ and Yosemite National Park’s 150th anniversaries by delving into the rich landscape that hosted each monumental achievement?
No traveler can truly say they know Europe if they haven’t thoroughly explored two of its classic cities London and Florence. Between exploring everything royal and Renaissance, eating delectable foods at little cafes tucked on every corner, and touring the museums, these two world cities have so many sights to see, you’ll want to immerse yourself fully in the culture, history and “off-the-beaten-path” delights of each.
When it comes to traveling with family members, you really want to get it right. When done properly, family travel can bring different generations together and leave everyone with memories they’ll treasure for the rest of their lives. Given that potential, and considering the fact that family travel can involve substantial expense, it’s a smart idea to rely on experts in the field to make your family travel plans a reality.
While time alone can be refreshing and liberating, more often, people crave company. That’s especially true when it comes to traveling. In addition to providing the comfort and assurance of numbers, traveling with others can be deeply enriching, as we share experiences and view new sights through others’ perspectives.
Only a handful of people around the world are old enough to remember World War I, yet as the 100th anniversary of the first truly global war approaches, its impact on the world can still be felt today. In many ways, WWI set the stage for all world-wide conflicts to come; it was the first war that truly affected almost all the world, the first in which aircraft played a role, and the first conflict in which modern weapons created casualties in the millions.
(NewsUSA) - Most Americans believe that before Europeans settled the New World, the continents were largely uninhabited. But when Columbus arrived in the Americas in 1492 there were at least 56 million people living here.
(NewsUSA) - Remember when you thought flying was fun?
(NAPSI)—Coordinating group travel—whether it’s with loved ones, good friends or new acquaintances—may be easier than you realize.
(NAPSI)—When it comes to leaving work behind, not everyone vacations the same way. That’s a key finding of a recent survey that revealed that boomers (individuals approximately 48−66 years of age) and millennials (individuals approximately 18−31 years of age) have very different approaches when it comes to what they want from a vacation. These differences can be seen in various areas-from how they approach social media while on vacation to how they maintain a work/life balance.
(NAPSI)—America’s veterans’ organizations can now receive the recognition they deserve in a new and intriguing way.
(NewsUSA) - Vacation only comes around once a year for some folks, so it has to be both relaxing and rejuvenating. Finding that balance, however, can be a tall order to fill -- unless you focus on the basics that make vacationers happiest.
(NAPSI)—As the nation commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the penning of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” one city will take center stage.
(NewsUSA) - Don't be surprised if you get an unexpected e-mail or postcard from someone you know - or possibly don't know - in Ireland in the coming months asking you to "come home to visit."
(NAPSI)—From world-class cities to natural wonders, Australia is home to stunning landscapes, immersive nature and the friendliest locals around. With a country as big as Australia and with so many travel options, most can’t wait to visit, but get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start planning.
(NAPSI)—When it’s time for that long-planned vacation, whether you’re going big—say, the London Olympic Games—or keeping it a bit more modest—the cabin by the lake—or you plan to just stay at home and relax with your family, you’ll want to remember the times with great photos.
(NAPSI)—More and more brides and grooms are discovering a delightful new twist on an old wedding tradition.
(NAPSI)--The revitalized National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) opens in Cedar Rapids, IA, in July 2012 with three world-class art exhibits that will draw and captivate visitors from around the world.
(NAPSI)—Whether you#8217;re planning a weekend getaway, family vacation or a quick business trip, traveling is easier when you travel smarter. Here are a few tips to help simplify the travel process, while helping to save time and money and reduce stress while you#8217;re away.
(NAPSI)—When 35 people tragically lost their lives in the wake of street protests in Bahrain, its rulers decided to deal with the disaster promptly and truthfully.
(NAPSI)—At a recent high-level conference in Washington, D.C., leading Middle East expert Tom Mattair warned of the challenges of reform in the tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain. Dr. Mattair, executive director of the independent Middle East Policy Council, said there was a real risk of strengthening the hand of forces in Bahrain that would use the democratic process to introduce “illiberal, intolerant, anti-democratic” policies and be hostile to the U.S. and Bahrain’s neighbors in the region.
(NAPSI)—Many Americans may be surprised—and pleased—to learn that one of the leading countries in culture, tourism, business and standard of living is situated in the heart of the Middle East.
(NAPSI)—There’s exciting news for the discerning traveler seeking an exclusive, one-of-a-kind experience.
(NAPSI)—When thinking of Detroit today, images of abandoned buildings and urban decay may come to mind. That’s what many folks think Detroit has become in the face of escalating unemployment, rising poverty and increasing crime. But there is a growing community of creative individuals who are undaunted by the stereotypes and are banding together to revitalize this once-great city.
(NAPSI)—For U.S. workers, holding a series of jobs with multiple employers is replacing the traditional, decades-long career with a single company—and that can be good news for you. To win these positions in a global market, workers must embrace new technology and skills and become lifelong learners.
(NAPSI)—From amazing adventures to zip-line roller coasters, some of this season’s most entertaining experiences can be found in sun-splashed Orlando, Florida.
(NAPSI)—Travel can improve a student’s odds of success, says a recent report.
(NAPSI)—If you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary vacation, consider these attractions: an innovative roller coaster, a 72-foot-tall balloon, plus Hollywood stars in wax and a salute to the Titanic.
(NAPSI)—Investing a little time and effort when preparing for your next trip can pay big dividends when it comes to safety and convenience.
(NAPSI)—Sharing traditions can help families stay strong. Whether it’s meeting for a weekly dinner, celebrating birthdays or taking vacations together, sharing enjoyable experiences is a great way to strengthen bonds.
(NAPSI)—There’s a lot to see at the newly renovated John Deere Pavilion in downtown Moline, Ill. The completely transformed pavilion offers an up-close look at the company’s global business and products, its rich history, as well as solutions to meet the challenges of providing food for the world’s growing population. The pavilion features interactive displays, original artifacts, product simulators and a variety of media to engage visitors in a fun and exciting learning environment for the whole family.
(NAPSI)—Calling all Korean War Veterans. Mark your calendars and make plans to join Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and the Defense Department’s Korean War Commemoration Committee for a special program commemorating the 59th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice.
(NAPSI)—A museum has taken on the urgent task of preserving the history of World War II airmen. Many of the “greatest generation” signed up to fight and fly when they were only in their teens or 20s.