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    Road trips and rodeos: 2021's top travel trends focus on good old-fashioned fun

    (BPT) - After altering travel plans for over a year, families across the country are ready to satisfy their wanderlust again. With an eye on safety, road trips and traditional family activities are making a comeback as people are hitting the highway to visit states that offer good fun and plenty of room to roam. That's why heading to Wyoming to experience the best of the West, like rodeo, hiking and fishing, is topping travel itineraries.

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    Must-Have Gear for Your Outdoor Trips and Adventures

    (StatePoint) If you’re like many Americans, your family has spent the past year discovering -- or rediscovering -- the joys of vacationing in the great outdoors.

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    The hospitality industry is hiring: Here's what to look for when job searching

    (BPT) - As vacation destinations reopen across the country and the busy summer travel season approaches, the hospitality industry is poised for significant growth. According to the latest jobs report, there were 280,000 new hires in the leisure and hospitality industry in March alone. Many experts expect this momentum to continue to grow as travelers resume their typical vacation habits.

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Monday 04/26/2021
8 reasons why this summer is the perfect time to visit NYC
Posted: April 26, 2021

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Thursday 04/22/2021
Understanding The Tradition Of ‘Trooping The Colours’
Updated: May 05, 2021 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Imagine if you had to celebrate your birthday not on the actual day but on one decided by the government.

Surprisingly, that’s just what happens to one of the most celebrated women in the world: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Although she’s 95 years old as of April 21, her “official” birthday celebration is not until June. Why? Well, blame the unpredictable English weather. If you’re going to celebrate with thousands of well wishers, it’s certainly better to do so in the sunshine of June than in the middle of April showers.

At least Her Majesty gets a delightful ceremony. Each year, the Queen’s official birthday celebration is marked with a 260-year-old tradition known as “Trooping the Colours.” This simply means that the various regiments of the British Army—distinguished by the different color flags and insignia representing each of the units—go on parade in tribute to the monarch. 

Historically, the principal role of a regiment’s “colours” was to provide a calling point on the battlefield. Without modern communications back in the earliest days of the British Army, it was easy for troops to become disoriented and separated from their unit during conflicts, so the distinctive color associated with each regiment’s unit provided a key identifier. Young officers would march in between the ranks of troops formed up in lines with the colours (flags) held high. This is the origin of the term “trooping.” Therefore, the great traditional parade we see every June began as a vital and practical exercise designed to aid unit recognition before a battle commenced.

The ceremony of Trooping the Colours is believed to have been performed first during the reign of King Charles II (1660-1685). Then, in 1748, it was decided this parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign and it became an annual event after George III became King in 1760.

In modern times, over 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians participate in the Trooping the Colours parade. 

Before the global pandemic struck, the streets were lined with crowds waving flags along the parade route, which starts at Buckingham Palace and travels down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade with members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages and on the famous balcony at The Palace. Unfortunately, the parade is canceled this year, as it was in 2020; however, the Royal Family will no doubt find other ways to celebrate in June.

You can learn all about the colours and other fascinating facts in the history of the British Royal Family and monarchies around the world on a subscription service called True Royalty TV. Visit www.trueroyalty.tv for a 7-day free trial and over 400 royal documentaries to discover.

 

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Top travel trends for U.S. travelers this season
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - After a devastating pandemic kept us in our homes for over a year, wanderlust is at an all-time high and more Americans are starting to get back out there. In fact, one-third of us plan to travel out of town this spring, while a little over another third plan to do so this summer.1 With that in mind, Priceline looked at how travel has changed and what trends are emerging as we enter the spring and summer peak travel season.

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Need a financial checkup? Try these 4 tips
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Springtime has finally arrived and for many that means engaging in a little spring cleaning. Traditionally, this entails a deep home cleaning — scrubbing the windows, dusting the furniture, steam-cleaning the carpets, storing winter boots and outerwear, sorting and donating unused or old clothes. One area that is often overlooked is our wallet. Cleaning your wallet to identify items you’re overspending on and learning new ways to save will serve you year-round, not just in the spring.

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Wednesday 04/14/2021
6 tips for hitting the road again
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Not surprisingly, Americans sharply reduced the overall number of trips they took in 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. While a certain level of travel has been necessary throughout the pandemic, many travel vendors are seeing increased reservations going into the spring and summer and are expecting business to continue to rise in the second half of 2021 as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely administered.

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Thursday 04/08/2021
How to Keep Life Spontaneous: Travel Adventures at Home and Beyond
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - We’ve spent the past year bookmarking the travel excursions of our dreams and now our next flight finally seems to be in sight. We’re all yearning for more spontaneity and adventure — to connect with the people we love while revisiting all the places we miss. This year we hope to lean into spontaneity like never before and embrace a change of scenery. Once we are ready to make plans and book trips, travel rewards cards like the new United QuestSM Card help to earn miles on all our adventures along the way and provide travel perks that make getting to and from your destination even more enjoyable.

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Wednesday 04/07/2021
Panama Invites Travelers to Experience the Destination’s Heritage
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Panama has long been regarded as the ‘Bridge of the World’ connecting the Americas, and its unique location provides visitors with the experience of a lifetime. The Central American country is gifted with having a wide range of rainforests, a desert, beaches on both of its coastlines, the Caribbean, and the Pacific all within driving distance of a cosmopolitan, modern city. Due to its small size and snake-like geographical shape, visitors can travel from one coast to the other in a matter of hours, making it the only place on Earth where you can see the sunrise on the Pacific Ocean and see it set on the Atlantic.

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Monday 04/05/2021
Drug-free Ways To Deal With Morning Sickness
Updated: April 13, 2021 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—The National Center for Health Statistics estimates 4 million babies will be born this year. If you’re having one of them, congratulations. If that one is causing you morning sickness, you’re far from alone—almost 80% of pregnant women suffer morning sickness at some point—and, fortunately, you can do something to ease it. 

Take Care, Take Control

Here are hints on how:

Food: Avoid raw or lightly cooked eggs, soft and blue-veined cheeses and pate or liver products.

Beverages: Drink lots of water, milk and juice. It’s best to avoid alcohol and keep coffee and tea to a minimum.

 

Hygiene: Be scrupulous about cleaning food, particularly if you have pets. 

Exercise: Swimming, yoga and walking can help.

Smoking: Give it up as soon as you can for your own and your baby’s health.

Acupressure: Understandably, most women are wary of morning sickness treatments in case it harms their unborn child. Fortunately, there’s an easy, natural way to combat morning sickness without taking drugs. Sea-Band acupressure bands harness the natural effect of acupressure by applying continuous pressure on the P6 point on each wrist using a plastic stud. The bands are available on Amazon in sets of two and in a special “Morning Sickness Kit” including the wristbands, ginger lozenges and aromatherapy oil, all aimed at safely relieving nausea without drugs. 

Studies Show

A recent study in Italy found that morning sickness was reduced in 70% of women who used Sea-Bands and a study conducted by an American midwife showed that women wearing Sea-Bands also reported less anxiety, depression and hostility.

Learn More

For further facts and tips, visit www.sea-band.com.

 

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8 steps to an epic national park vacation
Updated: April 07, 2021 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Summer vacation planning is already in full swing and it appears the great outdoors are calling. According to travel site Expedia.com, national parks and other outdoorsy destinations are among the most popular for the upcoming travel season. Making up more than 84 million acres, national parks throughout the United States offer plenty of room to experience nature at its most beautiful. But where exactly should a would-be park explorer begin? Take some advice from the experts at Expedia.

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Wednesday 03/31/2021
How to vacation responsibly this year? Try these 7 tips
Updated: May 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - After months of cautionary travel and shelving vacation plans, people, especially those with families at home, are researching how they can indulge their wanderlust safely again. The goal is to enjoy a vacation in a responsible manner, creating memories while keeping yourself and others safe.

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