David Abolafia

Going Beyond the Bright Lights of the Vegas Strip

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Whenever Las Vegas is presented on film and television, the most common image is the Strip, a collection of glitzy hotels, casinos and other businesses, bathed in a rainbow of neon lights. It forms quite a picture, especially at night, but it isn’t the complete picture. There are many off-the-beaten path places to explore on a trip to “Sin City” – and these are the kind of adventures that, when they happen in Vegas, they don’t have to stay in Vegas.

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David Abolafia

The Great Reno Balloon Race: September 11-13

For visitors to Lake Tahoe and Reno , one of the year’s most uplifting events takes place up the road a little ways, but is worth the drive because it can truly make your spirit of adventure soar. And that’s not just a lot of hot air.

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David Abolafia

Rediscover the Great Outdoors in Lake Tahoe

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Given that it’s named for the giant body of water it borders, it’s not surprising that many of the top attractions in Lake Tahoe are of the outdoor variety. Blending superlative scenery with active adventures, there is much to do and see on the Nevada-California border. For example:

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David Abolafia

Discover the Music That Houston Made Famous

While many cities have a music scene – and are heralded as the birth of a particular kind of “sound” – few can claim as diverse and eclectic a musical landscape as Houston. From country and pop to R&B and hip-hop, Houston has seen – and heard – it all.

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David Abolafia

Hilton Head Public Art Exhibition: October 1 – December 31

By planning your vacation to Hilton Head this fall, you can show off your artistic side. That’s the time of year when the island not only explodes in all the colors of nature, but thanks to a special biennial event, the colors of artists’ imaginations, as well.

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David Abolafia

Hilton Head: An Amazing Island Adventure

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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

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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