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This Road Trip Is A Labor Of Love

This Road Trip Is A Labor Of Love Oct 7th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Flickr/MSVG Common road trip themes include stopping at small town parks for touch football on a sports focused journey, eating at only hole-in-the-wall barbecue places, collecting tacky souvenirs from truck stops and more. But how about a focus on love? That's exactly what two former strangers are doing, trying to document 100 love stories as they drive from coast to coast. Nate Bagley and...

105 Years of Road Tripping: A Slideshow of Car Travel Through the Decades

105 Years of Road Tripping: A Slideshow of Car Travel Through the Decades Oct 1st, 2013 at 1:00PM: 1950s Unlimited, Flickr Today marks the 105th birthday of the Ford Model T. It was on October 1, 1908 that the vehicle was introduced, and how we travel has never been the same since. Between 1908 and 1927, Ford would build some 15 million Model T cars, making it the longest production run until the Volkswagen Beetle came along. The car was meant for ordinary people to be able to drive every...

New York Highways Get Texting Zones For Safety

Sep 24th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Taking a road trip and want to send a text with your ETA? In New York, you'll have to wait until you see signs for the next "texting zone." Part of an initiative to crack down on distracted driving, New York has designated more than 90 rest stops and parking areas along state highways as safe places to stop and send text messages. Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled 300 signs with the message "It...

Elon Musk Plans Cross-Country Road Trip In Electric Tesla Model S

Sep 9th, 2013 at 12:05PM: Just finalized the LA to NY family road trip route in Model S. 6 day, 3200 mile journey with only 9 hrs spent charging. - Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 5, 2013 The man behind the electric vehicle company Tesla Motors (and the recently hyped Hyperloop idea) tweeted that he, his five kids and network of superchargers are ready for a cross-country road trip. The trip -- stunt, if you like --...

AAA Says Labor Day Weekend Travel Will Be Highest In Five Years

AAA Says Labor Day Weekend Travel Will Be Highest In Five Years Aug 22nd, 2013 at 11:45AM: Eric Polk A report by the American Automobile Association shows a bright spot in the nation's economic news. The AAA predicts that 34.1 million people are planning to take a trip of more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day weekend, up from 32.7 million last year and the highest in five years. The rise is due to increased consumer confidence, with one poll saying it's at a six-year high. A...

The Best Travel Book You've Never Read

The Best Travel Book You've Never Read Jul 19th, 2013 at 9:00AM: "These beaten and vandalized towns are the bloodshot eyes of America. ... This is America muttering to itself late at night in the kitchen before stumbling off to bed. The allure of places like Two Guns is that they feel like prophecy: this is how the world might look if civilization ever came undone. But it hasn't. Not yet. So you look around and wonder what the hell happened here, how it got...

Four Down Two Across: The Sterling Highway Out Of Anchorage

Jun 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: The weather here in Alaska has been gorgeous -- sunny and warm. Friday's high was around 70. Robert and I were told this isn't normal, especially the clear skies. We started the morning in Anchorage, where I taped my weekly NPR puzzle at KSKA, for airing nationally on Sunday. It involved a game of Categories based on the name HOMER, the town where we were headed. The player did pretty well,...

Four Down Two Across: The Alaska Table Tennis Club And Mendenhall Glacier

Jun 7th, 2013 at 2:00PM: It's almost midnight in Anchorage as I write this, and the sun is just setting. Dawn is only a few hours away. The sheer length of a June day here takes some getting used to. Robert and I started the day with a 9 a.m. meet-and-greet at KTOO, the public radio station in Juneau. About 60-70 listeners showed up. The station manager interviewed me on a small stage, and I ended by presenting...

Photo Of The Day: Exploring Glacier National Park

Photo Of The Day: Exploring Glacier National Park May 19th, 2013 at 6:00PM: JasonBechtel, Flickr It's almost summer, and you know what that means? Road trip season. Sure, you can take a road trip any time of the year, but there's something about warm air drafting through the windows as you drive down an unexplored road, twisting and winding towards a new and tempting destination. JasonBechtel's photo, taken on the iconic Going to the Sun Road from the front of a...

Summer Travel Infographic: Scenic Highways And Byways

Summer Travel Infographic: Scenic Highways And Byways May 9th, 2013 at 2:00PM: It's almost that time of year again – road trip time, that is. From a long-haul, cross-country road trip adventure to a weekend warrior trek, planning a road trip takes more than just great company and a killer soundtrack. The scenery must be equally impressive. We're fans of this new infographic detailing some of the country's most scenic highways and byways. ...

Drive Nacho Drive: Bloggers Navigate China By VW Bus And Kickstarter Campaign

Drive Nacho Drive: Bloggers Navigate China By VW Bus And Kickstarter Campaign Apr 23rd, 2013 at 1:30PM: We've heard of camping excursions and perhaps the occasional extended road trip in retrofitted buses, but what about an around-the-world adventure? That's exactly what's planned for Brad and Sheena Van Orden, an Arizona couple who has already trekked from the United States to the southern tip of Argentina and are now somewhere in Southeast Asia, plotting their journey west towards Greece in their...

Route 66 Polaroid Project Aims To Capture The Mother Road The Old-Fashioned Way

Route 66 Polaroid Project Aims To Capture The Mother Road The Old-Fashioned Way Apr 19th, 2013 at 4:00PM: There have been a lot of cool Kickstarter Projects in recent months, but this one will warm the heart of anyone who likes a good old-fashioned road trip. The Route 66 Polaroid Project is just what it says on the tin: a plan to drive the length of the famous highway taking Polaroid snapshots all the way. Eric and Sarah are getting married in June and they're heading down The Mother Road for...

New Spring Road Trip Options Save Money And Time

New Spring Road Trip Options Save Money And Time Mar 10th, 2013 at 5:00PM: March 20 is the first day of spring and for those in the northern plains of the United States, the day just can't get here fast enough. Battered by late winter storms, spring road trip thoughts were put on hold as attention was drawn to record snowfalls. Spring will eventually get here. When it does, plans for a road trip might be just to get out of town with the destination unknown or a...

Save On Road Trip Expenses With The Right Credit Card

Save On Road Trip Expenses With The Right Credit Card Mar 2nd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Planning a road trip anytime soon? Odds are the price of gas is a consideration if not a major concern. As gas prices continue to rise, travelers are looking for new ways to save. Tuning up the car, using smartphone apps to find the lowest price around, inflating tires properly and other money-saving measures can help. Using the right credit card can gain big savings too. The current national...

Budget Travel In The Midst Of Luxury: Exploring Monaco In One Afternoon

Budget Travel In The Midst Of Luxury: Exploring Monaco In One Afternoon Feb 8th, 2013 at 9:00AM: "I have a crazy idea ... lunch in Monaco?" It was the end of a two-week documentary film production in France and we were spending the last night in Nice, so our director deemed it only fitting to grab lunch in the world of casinos and Formula One racing. When in Nice, drive to Monaco. Opting for the scenic Basse Corniche route as opposed to the autoroute, we drove along the coastline...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: A Guys Road Trip To Transylvania

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: A Guys Road Trip To Transylvania Jan 24th, 2013 at 10:00AM: In the Foreign Service, it's easy to calculate who your best friends are. They're the people who will come visit you in places like Khartoum, Yekaterinburg or Bujumbura. Diplomats who get posted to London, Paris, Rome and a handful of other cushy places find themselves running informal bed and breakfast operations, as marginal friends and distant relatives come out of the woodwork to claim a free...

Photo Of The Day: Ghost Town Gas Station

Photo Of The Day: Ghost Town Gas Station Jan 11th, 2013 at 5:30PM: The road trip: that iconic form of travel that lets us explore at a different pace. If you have ever crossed the country on four wheels, you know the role that gas stations play, both for keeping your vehicle going, and for strong black coffee and snacks. If you are lucky, there's even a good diner attached. But as more and more people fly to complete their trips, is the iconic...

Winter Road Trip? You'll Need This Stuff To Survive

Winter Road Trip? You'll Need This Stuff To Survive Dec 28th, 2012 at 1:00PM: If a winter road trip is in the works and reports of major winter storms have not scared off the idea yet, we have some hard-learned tips. Unlike a summer road trip, winter road trippers have some different challenges. Besides the obvious (snow, rain, sleet and hail), simply not being able to roll down the window or pull off the road to visit some place not on the planned route can add a different...

Travel By Car Driving Obesity Epidemic, Say Researchers

Travel By Car Driving Obesity Epidemic, Say Researchers Dec 20th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Holiday travel by car might be less expensive than flying, a train trip or a Christmas cruise to festive destinations, but new research urges caution while driving – not for safety's sake, but because of a direct relationship suggested between body mass index (BMI), calories consumed and automobile travel. A new study by University of Illinois researchers suggests that both daily...

Holiday Travel, By The Numbers

Holiday Travel, By The Numbers Dec 19th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Holiday travel is almost upon us and that has a greater than ever number of people in the air, at sea and on the road for Christmas. Call it what you will; an improving economy, declining unemployment, pent-up travel lust or just that time of the year; travelers nationwide have plans for the holidays. "The year-end holiday season is the busiest travel time of the year," said Jessica Brady,...

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