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Two Travel Contests Worth Mentioning

People all around the world dream of traveling to exotic destinations, and on any given day, the list of available travel contests could go on and on. Author Laura Martone introduces readers to two new travel contests that caught her eye.

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Celebrating the Marvel of Hot Air Ballooning

Throughout the year and around the world, spectators can watch vibrant hot air balloons take flight at a wide assortment of annual festivals and events. Laura suggests some festivals across America and resources for balloon enthusiasts worldwide.

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The Coolest Traveling Coat Ever

Laura Martone is no stranger to the topic of trip essentials. In this article she reviews the stylish and practical Penny Coat by travel apparel company SCOTTEVEST.

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Top 10 Gifts for Road Trippers

With the winter cold at our doorstep and the holiday season in full swing, now is the perfect time to start dreaming of all the fun spring and summertime travel possibilities the New Year will bring. Jamie Jensen, author of the best-selling Road Trip USA, offers his top 10 gift ideas for road trippers.

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How the Travel Industry Has Changed Since 9/11

Since the September 11th attacks, for most travelers, much has changed, including an increase in costs, inconveniences, and security measures. Laura Martone interviews travel industry veteran Bob Diener for more insights into fees and changes to expect in the future.

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Top Ten Must-Pack Items

While the contents of your luggage will vary considerably if you’re planning a weeklong backcountry excursion to Yosemite National Park versus a romantic weekend in New York City, no matter where you intend to travel in the United States, there are certain items you’ll almost always want to pack. Besides obvious essentials – such as proper identification, currency, maps, toiletries, underwear, a camera, and the like – here are 10 items Laura Martone never leaves home without.

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Helpful Advice from the “Pickpocket King”

Given such desperate times, skillful pickpockets can come in all shapes and sizes, from small, nimble children to beautiful, distracting women. So, whether you’re embarking on a business trip, a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a solo escape, or an excursion with friends, check out these vital tips from a pickpocketing expert.