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October 23, 2014

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Celestial Bodies Come Alive At 'Great Balls Of Fire'

(NAPSI)—Good news for anyone who has ever wondered how astronomers track objects like comets or what it would be like to study an asteroid belt up close. The new Great Balls of Fire interactive exhibit at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex lets you do that and much more, while discovering the risks that asteroids, comets and meteorites present to the planet. The exhibit explores how to keep track of near-Earth objects while examining the effects of possible impacts. It includes the Asteroid Encounter experience that lets you climb aboard a “spaceship” and blast off to the asteroid belt and Jupiter while compiling data about asteroids and comets. You can also explore what would happen if one of these celestial bodies were to hit close to home, determine Science Fact or Science Fiction of Hollywood movie clips and take part in many other activities. While at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you can also see the historic Atlantis spacecraft, a Saturn V moon rocket, IMAX 3-D space films, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and tour Kennedy Space Center itself. Further facts and fun can be found at (855) 378-0167 and www.KennedySpaceCenter.com. You may even win a bit of space all your own. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Astronomy magazine have partnered to host the Great Balls of Fire Sweepstakes, giving away a 9.6-pound authentic meteorite collectible and a space adventure trip for four to the Visitor Complex. You can enter the sweepstakes online at www.astronomy.com/KennedySweeps until midnight on Nov. 30.

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Tuesday 10/14/2014
What do business travelers like to do while on the road? [Infographic]
Posted: October 14, 2014

(BPT) - Homewood Suites by Hilton’s Workstyles Study reveals how biz travelers live when away from home, specifically examining how members of America’s workforce immerse themselves in the local fabric of their destinations.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Turning High School Travel Into Job Search Success
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Traveling internationally as a student can be a great way to gain independence, get used to being away from home and learn something about yourself and the world. Those are some of the reasons so many college-bound students first find themselves exploring Europe or signing up for an adventure Down Under. That very popularity, however, can mean it’s not easy to make it stand out on your résumé.

Get A Head Start Planning Your Ski Vacation
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—When cooler temperatures set in, many Americans start thinking about winter travel plans.

Friday 10/03/2014
Negligence is the rust of the soul ... and the car
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s the anxiety of looking at a bank statement after a big purchase or waiting for news from a doctor, facing harsh realities can be nerve-racking. The same mentality applies when dealing with your car discrepancies, be it routine maintenance or even skirmishes with other drivers on - and sometimes off - the road.

Wednesday 10/01/2014
High-tech monitoring of digital information keeps America secure
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The digital age has made online information widely available both for good and bad purposes. When it comes to the nation’s security, monitoring, tracking, securing and analyzing digital data is a key factor in defending intelligence networks.

Monday 09/29/2014
Space? Ocean Depths? Experts Predict the Future of Travel
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:58 am

(StatePoint) As you book your next vacation, it doesn’t hurt to think ahead -- way ahead. Technology is changing everything about the way we live, work and play, and travel is no exception.

Thursday 09/25/2014
How Students Can Get Ahead: What Colleges And Companies Want
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:55 am

(NAPSI)—If your family is like most, you want a college education for your children—today, 75 percent of Americans have their eyes set on a college education. That's a good thing. Over a lifetime, college graduates average about a million dollars more than high school graduates.

Friday 09/19/2014
How to avoid crowds in Rome
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - Rome has been a starring city on the world stage throughout history. Art is all around you in this cultural center where pieces by Bernini, Raphael, Caravaggio and Michelangelo are daily decor. The city surrounds you with masterpieces from throughout the ages, making it a highly coveted destination with plenty of crowds. DreamPlanGo has provided some tips to help you avoid long lines and enjoy the city in peace:

Thursday 09/18/2014
Getting The Most From Your Fall Travel Dollar
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:42 am

(NAPSI)—From smaller crowds and lower prices to a bounty of festivals and beautiful seasonal foliage, there are many reasons to vacation in the fall.

Travel Prepares Students For Success With Personal Growth And Character Building
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:42 am

(NAPSI)—The keys to your child’s success in school, college and beyond may be the ones that fit the locks on his or her suitcase.

Football Fans Get Bright New Look At Energy Innovation
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:42 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you catch a football game, while you’re admiring the energy expended on the field, you might give a thought to how the sport is helping America save energy.

Thursday 09/11/2014
Students Are Filling A Gap With Travel
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:39 am

(NAPSI)—Increasingly, students and those just out of school are using international travel as a productive way to make the most of the gap of time between high school and college or between college and starting a career. That’s why this type of purposeful travel has come to be known as gap travel.

Fall in love with a trip to the Lone Star State
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - With the summer season winding down, the onset of fall foliage with the cooler temperatures, and a variety of events and festivals, fall presents one of the best times of year to visit the Lone Star State. Fall in Texas means plenty of fairs, outdoor music events, cheering crowds, wine harvests and more.

Monday 09/08/2014
Just south of the usual: Tips for enjoying a South America vacation
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - Colorful is the best word to describe Latin American, thanks to its varied history, cultures, historic sights, natural attractions and wildlife opportunities. From vibrant Rio de Janeiro to the intriguing Amazon Jungle; from the enigmatic Machu Picchu to the fascinating Galapagos Islands and scenic beauty of Costa Rica, adventure awaits any traveler planning a trip to Central or South America.

Thursday 08/21/2014
Floridas Cultural Scene
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—The sandy beaches of Sarasota County, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, are just the tip of the iceberg for visitors craving cultural attractions.

Wednesday 08/20/2014
Korea offers undiscovered beauty, romantic spa getaways
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - Daydreaming of a lush spa getaway? How about an exotic change of scenery? South Korea offers all of this and more. Boasting world-class spas, stunning views, and topnotch shopping, South Korea is the ideal destination for those searching for a unique vacation destination.

Monday 08/18/2014
Travel secrets revealed: How to experience a destination like a local
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Travelers today want more from their vacations, including authentic experiences that are off the beaten path. Knowing where the locals go and what they like to do is key to discovering the hidden gems of any destination. Fortunately, finding this seemingly secret information is easier than you think if you just follow a few tricks of seasoned travelers.

Friday 08/15/2014
3 tips to keep technology safe and accessible while traveling
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Are you dreaming of a vacation? Whether you’re planning a family trip, a romantic getaway for two, or a solo adventure, technology will likely be by your side. But using technology while away often requires some advance prep to reduce potential disruptions to your personal services, including Web-based email, apps and cloud storage, and to reduce the risk of criminal activity.

Thursday 08/14/2014
River cruising news: Room innovations and hot itineraries from the 'World's Best River Cruise Line'
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - For decades – and thanks in no small part to the success of the TV show “The Love Boat” – it seemed that in the minds of most travelers, a cruise vacation automatically implied a languid ocean voyage aboard an oversized ship shared with hundreds, if not thousands, of other passengers.

Tuesday 08/12/2014
A different kind of godmother: River cruise godmothers stay with ships, cruise line
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - Throughout the history of cruising, cruise lines have traditionally called upon celebrities, royalty, heads of state, or others with little or no ties to the cruise industry to serve as godmothers to their ships.  For most cruise ship godmothers, the role is thus largely ceremonial – their involvement with the ship and cruise line ends when the bubbly is cleaned off the bow.

Monday 08/04/2014
Teenagers not driving safe cars, study shows
Updated: August 11, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - Taking the driving test and earning a license is a cherished rite of passage for teenagers across the country. With their license in hand, they view the road as their gateway to independence and they eagerly look forward to what’s around the next curve. In order to do this, however, a teen must have access to a car.

Friday 08/01/2014
Providing national defense from the air and the sea: An exciting opportunity from America's Navy
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:44 am

(BPT) - When it comes to protecting America, a group of highly trained Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers are ready to serve from the air and the sea. This world-class team maneuvers the most sophisticated airplanes and helicopters to electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles.

Thursday 07/31/2014
Deal Month In Orlando
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:50 am

(NAPSI)—If making nearly half the cost of your vacation disappear sounds like magic, then Orlando just might cast a spell on you this September.

Wednesday 07/30/2014
Little known facts about vacation time
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 3:47 am

(BPT) - While many Americans are enjoying or planning their last big hurrah for the summer – the beach, music festivals, campfires and time with family and friends – some may not be quite so lucky. Here are some facts you should know about your prized vacation time.

Tuesday 07/29/2014
5 packing tips to make the back-to-college move easier
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school season has thousands of college students packing their childhood rooms into cars, vans and moving trailers to transport into dorms and off-campus apartments. While college students usually don’t have a lot of belongings that need to be moved, the process can be exhausting and overwhelming.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
Home on the road: Insight and advice about America's driving habits
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 3:49 am

(BPT) - Our homes may be our castles, but as we do more and spend more time in our vehicles, our four-wheeled chariots are not too far behind.

Tuesday 07/22/2014
Religious guidance, moral support and more roles filled by Navy Chaplain Corps
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 3:45 am

(BPT) - When serving domestically and overseas, Sailors are away from home, family, familiar settings and traditions. Many use their beliefs and faith to help them understand and manage the unfamiliar surroundings they’re experiencing. Guidance, moral support and worship opportunities are critical services provided by the Navy to help Sailors through the challenges of the job while maintaining relationships with family and fellow military members.

Thursday 07/17/2014
Plan A Fall Foliage--Or Spring Flowers--Bike Tour
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:46 am

(NAPSI)—While any time of year can be a good time for a bike trip, two of the best are spring and fall, when the highways and byways are both comfortable and colorful.

Planning The Perfect Family Reunion
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:46 am

(NAPSI)—If you are like most people in America, you’ve probably been to a family reunion.

Wild About Wildlife
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:46 am

(NAPSI)—Ecotourism’s growing foothold in the tourism industry is driving travelers to seek out destinations for exploration rather than just escape.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
Take a drive through road trip history [Infographic]
Posted: July 16, 2014

(BPT) - Some things have changed over the years, but our love for the road has not. According to a recent survey fielded by Jiffy Lube International, today, 78 percent of Americans think a road trip is the best type of vacation. With more drivers on the road than ever before, let’s take a trip down memory lane and see how road trips have transformed over time. 

Wednesday 07/09/2014
Safety essentials so you can enjoy the great outdoors
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:35 pm

(BPT) - The great outdoors begs to be explored this summer. From week-long camping trips to spending an afternoon at the park with the kids, there’s so much to see and do during the warm weather months that it may be hard to choose where to start.

Tuesday 07/08/2014
Conquer road trips with a kid-friendly, entertainment checklist
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - Road trips can be tough. From the Cleavers to the Kardashians, being stuck in a crowded car for hours can be hard for any family – and while vacations are fun, surviving the trip is easier said than done. This year, as you haul the family on your annual road trip, remember the key to success lies in the ultimate entertainment toolkit.

Thursday 07/03/2014
Win A Game In Jamaica
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NAPSI)—One golfer, along with a buddy, and one golf blogger may soon be swept away to play the same courses as are in the Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am “Annie’s Revenge” in Montego Bay when they win a sweet sweepstakes.

American Space Heroes Join Astronaut Hall Of Fame At Kennedy Space Center
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NAPSI)—Space Shuttle astronauts and American heroes Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross recently joined the ranks of legendary space pioneers Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Jim Lovell, Sally Ride and John Young with their induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame during a moving ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Lucid is the only American woman to serve aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, and Ross is the first human to complete seven space shuttle missions. The setting for the induction, underneath the Atlantis orbiter in the new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction at the Visitor Complex, was fitting because Atlantis carried Lucid to Mir for her historic 188 days on the space station in 1996, and five of Ross' seven flights were on Atlantis. The Astronaut Hall of Fame, part of the popular Visitor Complex, features fascinating and historic spacecraft from the U.S. Space Program and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia.

Wednesday 07/02/2014
Keep your car cool on the road this summer
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - Summer temperatures can be notoriously hard on your car. Whether it’s a summer road trip or your daily commute to work, you could potentially find yourself stranded on the side of the road with an overheated engine or driving with no air conditioning. While you can’t prevent normal wear and tear on your vehicle, it is possible to take preventive measures to protect your car from unfortunate and inconvenient break downs. Here are some simple maintenance tips for you to keep your car cool before the temperatures get any higher.

Tuesday 07/01/2014
Smart Tips for Summer Getaways
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) Summer: six tiny letters that conjure memories of catching fireflies at dusk, barbeques, running barefoot through the sprinkler and last but not least -- vacation.

Friday 06/27/2014
Move safely by packing smart [Infographic]
Posted: June 27, 2014

(BPT) - Packing a moving truck is about more than what goes into the truck. It’s all about how you pack the vehicle as well. Learn these tips from Penske to ensure your possessions arrive safe and secure at your new home.

Packing for your summer trip: wardrobe essentials
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - Summer vacation is here and with it, the frustration of packing a suitcase to cover a trip’s worth of activities. But with careful planning and reuse of key items, it’s easy to look fashionable no matter where your travels take you.

Thursday 06/26/2014
Savvy Planning Can Help You Save on Summer Travel
Updated: June 26, 2014 - 3:43 am

(StatePoint) Despite steep transportation costs, domestic leisure travel is expected to rise 1.7 percent this year, to more than 1.6 billion trips, according to U.S. Travel Association projections.

Wednesday 06/25/2014
What's standing in the way of your weekend down time? [Infographic]
Posted: June 25, 2014

(BPT) - Americans look to the weekend for a break from the work week, but most people aren’t getting that respite these days. What’s keeping people from fully enjoying their weekends? To answer that question, Hampton Hotels launched its Embrace Your Weekend Self campaign and conducted an extensive survey.

Thursday 06/19/2014
Take A Great American Road Trip
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 3:59 am

(NAPSI)—The American highway system is now over a century old: In 1913, the Lincoln Highway became the first hard-topped, graded road across the continent.

Keeping your eyes (and tires) on the road
Updated: June 26, 2014 - 3:43 am

(BPT) - Have you ever thought about all of the distractions associated with driving? Weather, kids, pets, eating, cell phones, billboards, the radio and even a friend riding shotgun all compete for the driver’s ever-shrinking attention span.

Thursday 06/12/2014
Get Away And Save
Updated: June 14, 2014 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)--It’s not always where you’re going but who’s by your side that can create some of your best vacation memories. According to a recent PhoCusWright study, 70 percent of travelers said vacations are more about spending time with the people they care about rather than the destination.

Wednesday 06/11/2014
The road to a stress-free vacation is as easy as 1-2-3
Updated: June 12, 2014 - 4:41 am

(BPT) - Following what was known as the “Polar Vortex” for millions of Americans, the summer travel season is finally here. This year will be the second highest traveled year since 2000, with the vast majority of people – more than 80 percent – traveling by car, according to research by AAA. 

Tackling Your Summer Travel with Ease
Updated: June 11, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) The warm weather and long summer days offer the perfect opportunity to take a break from the daily grind. Ironically though, many find vacation planning to be a source of stress.

Saturday 06/07/2014
Five Essential Tools for Summer Travel
Updated: June 07, 2014 - 3:56 am

(StatePoint) Vacation is supposed to be relaxing. But travelers frequently let the details get the best of them. This summer, travel smart by stocking up on new technologies and accessories that can make the experience the breeze it was meant to be.

Friday 06/06/2014
Seeing the USA? Summer travel that includes unique hardwood hotspots
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 3:53 am

(BPT) - Finalizing your summer travel plans? Thinking outside the box to find destinations that combine history, architecture and nature can make travel that much more memorable.

Prevent theft from being the story of your vacation with these security tips
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Your school days are finished and that summer vacation is within your sights. This year you’ve planned the trip down to the last detail and made all of the final arrangements, but even if you’ve given your destination extensive thought, you may not have considered what you’re leaving behind. And that could be dangerous.

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