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Hilton Head: An Amazing Island Adventure

Hilton Head, South Carolina, lighthouse at twilight.

The eco-friendly community of Hilton Head is a paradise nestled along the South Carolina coast. There is so much to see and do, no matter whether you’re dropping in for an extended family vacation or making the jaunt for a quick romantic getaway.

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David Abolafia

OktOBERfest in Gatlinburg: September 25 to November 2

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Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating OktOBERfest with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun. This beloved event is now in its sixth year, and celebrates some of the time-honored traditions of the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. There are plenty of activities and lots of fun to be had by visitors of all ages.

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David Abolafia

Gatlinburg: A Hot Time in the Smoky Mountains

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a dynamite vacation destination for nature lovers, resting on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is home to the state’s only ski resort, and is filled with numerous specialty shops, most of which are designed with a rustic, mountain theme. But for travelers making the trek to Gatlinburg, these attractions are just the beginning.

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David Abolafia

Travel Checklist: What To Do Before You Depart

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While a vacation may pose a romantic notion of simply dropping everything and taking off for a relaxing, exotic getaway, reality doesn’t always work that way. We are simply too connected, too hard-wired to our day-to-day routines that it’s virtually impossible to cut ties and disappear at a moment’s notice. Not only that, but there are more practical considerations that must be addressed ahead of time. Otherwise, your dropping off the grid could lead to a serious mess upon your return.

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David Abolafia

Fort Lauderdale: Going Beyond the Beach

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While it’s known primarily for its beaches, its boating canals and its popularity as a Spring Break spot for college students, Fort Lauderdale offers much more as a travel destination for visitors looking to take advantage of the weather and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

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David Abolafia

Tips on Traveling with Children in Tow

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A family vacation is supposed to be an enjoyable adventure for the entire family. However, when you’re traveling with children, there is an added challenge – one that threatens to turn your trip into more work and less play. Taking a few considerations into account – both before and during your trip – can go a long way toward making the experience exceptional for everyone.

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David Abolafia

Don’t Pass Up These Opportunities in El Paso

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With its location on the Mexican border, its relationship with its “sister city” of Juarez and thousands of years of human habitation, El Paso is a city rich in heritage, culture and history. It is one of the 20 most populous cities in the United States, and is frequently ranked as one of the safest big cities in America. A hidden gem itself, behind the bigger metropolitan areas of Texas, “The City with a Legend” has many treasures to discover.

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David Abolafia

Lost Luggage: What You Should Know

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For vacationers and businesspeople who travel by plane, checking a bag means more time getting through the airport on both ends. Depending on which airline you’re using, it may also entail paying a fee. And, of course, there’s the age-old concern of your luggage simply getting lost or damaged.

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David Abolafia

Daytona Beach: Much More Than a Pit Stop

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Daytona Beach, Florida, is known the world over for the annual Daytona 500, the auto race that kicks off the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and is widely regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar. But beyond that, Daytona, a principal city in the state’s “Fun Coast” region, offers at least 500 other reasons to visit – for a vacation adventure that might inspire you to do your own victory lap.

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David Abolafia

Eating Healthy While On Vacation

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Just because you’re traveling, that doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation from a healthy diet. Yes, many travel destinations have an abundance of wonderful food choices for you to savor, but your journey shouldn’t include a guilt trip because you over-indulged. You want to be able to look back on your voyage fondly, not with regret about your dietary decisions. That means taking steps to ensure that your itinerary includes thoughtful food stops along the way.

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