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January 23, 2009

Top Destinations for a Healthy and Active Trip

Adventure-Travel-DestinationsNow is the ideal time to set annual fitness goals, so pack your bags, head out and get moving! Besides, travel is about opening your eyes and seeing the world - not hiding the comfy confines of a guestroom.

Kenai Peninsula, AK
Hike, pedal, paddle, float and walk your way through Alaska's Kenai Peninsula where vast mountains, abundant wildilfe and dazzling glaciers provide stunning scenery everywhere you turn. Backroad's Alaksa MultiSport trip is ideal for adventure-seekers and wraps the package up in a pleasant six days. Families that are interested should check out the Family Deluxe Camping and Family Casual Inns version of the trip.

San Diego, CA
California oufitter Hike Bike Kayak San Diego is the city's first and largest multi-sport tour operator offering year-round outdoor adventures like surfing, snorkeling, walking and those that are title-worthy as convenient weekend getaways. Special fitness vacations for families, singles, women and couples are available and include cool options like the Pedal & Paddle Family Special, La Jolla Plunge bike tour and 3-Day Adventure Camp.

Click here for more destinations where you can have an active and healthy getaway.

January 22, 2009

Best Outdoor Winter Activities

Woman-Skiing From California's rugged snowcaps to the smooth snowmobile trails of the Wyoming, we've compiled a list of the best and most outrageous winter adventures offered across the United States.

·         The Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail runs from Wyoming to Montana and through some of the most majestic and wildlife-rich terrain in America. Excellent food and lodging options, snowmobile rentals, guide services and shuttles make this trail widely coveted by avid riders.

·         Colorado’s vast open bowls and steep chutes are only yours to enjoy when you take on the spectacular San Juan range of the Rockies with Telluride Helitrax, offering the highest helicopter-accessed terrain in North America. Various terrains suit beginners and advanced skiers and professional guides ensure a safe and secure experience.

·      Pennsylvania offers some true die-hard winter time activities, and there is nothing that warms up the wintertime blues like iceboating. Pennsylvania is home to plenty of frozen-solid lakes in the winter and offers up its smooth, crystal clear glass for all levels of enthusiasts.

Click here to view a complete list of outdoor wintertime activities.

Saftey Tips for the Road

Driver-Safety Safety and peace of mind extends far beyond the suggestion to "park your car under a street light when it's dark at night." Below are a few common sense tips on how to stay safe, and assertive on the road:

1. Don't be a "damsel in distress."
Educate yourself. The following might sound elementary, but the best way to stay oriented, safe and focused while driving is to "know" your vehicle. Know how to open your trunk or the hood of your car, check which side your gas tank is on before driving, and learn how to jump-start your car and where the spare tire is located in the vehicle.

2. Be prepared.
Always pack a blanket, bottled water and snacks (dried fruit, nuts, crackers, etc.) when taking a trip. Perfect for emergencies or if you're stuck in traffic.

3. Know where you're going.
Have a sense of how to get to your destination before leaving. Always have a map or if you a navigation system in your car.

4. Beat the heat.
Always carry a baseball cap/hat and sunscreen with you, in case you get caught on the side of the road in the blistering sun. Same goes for extra clothing and blankets for cold weather.

Click here for a full list of saftey tips for the road.

January 21, 2009

Tips to Get Through Airport Security

Airline-security In an era of heightened security awareness, it is more important than ever to be a savvy and prepared traveler who can efficiently navigate airport security checkpoints - and get on with your trip.

Here are some helpful tips to get you through airport security without a hitch.

1. Pack your laptop so you can easily remove it and send it through in its own plastic tray. Make sure you label your laptop; these are the most frequently forgotten items.

2. Store all undeveloped film and cameras containing film in your carry-on baggage. Ask for a hand inspection if you want to ensure that your film is not damaged by the X-ray machine.

3. Avoid over-packing to prevent personal articles from spilling out of your bag if it is opened for inspection. Think carefully about the personal items you place in your carry-on baggage as screeners may have to examine its contents.

4. If you are bringing a gift, wrap it after you arrive at your destination. Otherwise, you might have to unwrap it to get through security.

More tips to get through airline security.


January 20, 2009

Warning Signs of Pothole Damage

Pot-hole-damage We’ve all done it, especially in the winter months when roads are at their worst, and that is hitting a pothole. And little do we know that hole in the road can cause some serious damage to your car. So next time you clench the wheel and pray for the best when hitting one of these craters, check for these warnings to see if any serious damage has been caused.

Check your vehicle for these warning signs of pothole damage:

  • The vehicle rolls or sways on turns
  • The vehicle’s front-end dives when braking
  • The vehicle’s rear end squats when accelerating
  • The vehicle bounces or slides on a winding, rough road
  • The vehicle “bottoms out” or thumps on bumps

Learn more about the warning signs of pothole damage.

January 15, 2009

Continental's Intelligent Saftey Systems

Continental-intelligent-saftey-systems It's happended to most, all it takes is one distraction and before you know it you've collided with the vehicle in front of you. Over 90 percent of all accidents are due to driver error, all it takes is one blind-spot or spike of the breaks and you are in a dangerous situation.

Sure all vehicles come with airbags and seatbelts that protect us during and after an accident, but wouldn’t it be better if you could prevent them in the first place?

International automotive supply company, Continental, has developed new technologies with its ContiGaurd Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems that take an active safety approach to help prevent accidents. A variety of these innovative Active-Passive Integrated Safety systems are already on the road and saving thousands of lives. 

Read more about Continental's Intelligent Saftey Systems.

January 10, 2009

2009 International Car of the Year Awards' Winners

The votes are in, and the 13th Annual International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) jury have announced the winners of 2009 International Car and Truck of the Year.

Icoty-car 2009 Nissan GT-R: International Car of the Year

"The ICOTY Awards are not about power and performance, but rather personality and passion," said ICOTY Executive Producer Courtney Caldwell. “The awards are based on lifestyle compatibility and how well automakers achieve that goal.”

Icoty-truck 2009 Dodge Ram 1500: International Truck of the Year

The ICOTY jury, made up of 16 nationally-renowned automotive journalists, selected the 2009 vehicles as the best for the new model year with final ballots tabulated by J.D. Power and Associates to ensure accuracy and credibility.


Click here to view a buyer’s guide of the ICOTY Winners.

Most Environmentally-Friendly Car and Truck of the Year

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Honored as Inaugural Earth, Wind & Power Car of the Year


The mission of the Earth, Wind & Power (EWP) Awards is to recognize vehicles driven by a power source that help reduce global warming, are conducive to promoting a cleaner environment and support the mission to achieve energy independence through alternative sources, the inaugural EWP Awards honored the Most Environmentally-Friendly Car and Truck of the Year.

The 2009 eco-friendly automobiles that took top honors were the fuel efficient Volkswagen Jetta TDI as the EWP Car of the Year and the hybrid SUV favorite, the Ford Escape Hybrid, as EWP Truck of the Year.

Ford Escape Hybrid Named Earth, Wind & Power Truck of the Year


“With global warming and foreign oil dependence a mainstream concern today, more people are turning to fuel-efficient or alternative fuel vehicles,” said Courtney Caldwell, ICOTY creator and producer. “It’s become of vital interest to consumers, automakers, and the future of our planet to produce vehicles that are compatible with our environment.” 

Visit EWP Winners’ Page for more information on these eco-friendly vehicles.

Honda Motor Company Wins 2009 Earth Angel Award

Eearth-angel-logo In response to the growing concern for global warming and the fluctuation of gas prices, the 2009 International Car of the Year Awards awarded Honda Motor Company with the second annual EARTH ANGEL Award as the automaker demonstrating the most significant progress with environmental initiatives and partnerships on a worldwide basis.

"At Honda, we are working to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations with the same passion and purpose as our commitment to develop new technologies that reduce the environmental footprint of our products," said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.


Michigan Congressman Gary Peters provided opening remarks for the award citing the importance of recognizing the automotive industry for the remarkable strides being taken within the environmental arena.


Visit Earth Angel to read more about Honda’s win.

RTM Announces 6th Annual Lifetime Legend Award

Veteran automotive journalist Warren Brown, automotive writer for The Washington Post, became the sixth recipient of ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine's (RTM) annual Lifetime Legend Award. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, RTM honored Brown during the 13th annual International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) on January 10, 2009 at the MGM Grand Detroit.

For nearly 30 years Brown has been writing his “On Wheels” automotive column in Washington D.C., giving readers the benefit of his wisdom and firsthand experience behind the wheel of vehicles from around the world. He also performs regular video test drives and weekly radio reports, leaving listeners with no excuse for not having the answers they need when it comes to buying a new car.

“Warren is one of the most gifted and loved journalists in our industry,” said ICOTY Producer Courtney Caldwell. “We are honored to present this much-deserved Lifetime Legend Award to him.”

Read more about RTM's Lifetime Legend Award.