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June 30, 2010

How Do You Feel About Your Car?

Huggingcar Drivers everywhere depend on their vehicles to get them to and from places but the bond often travels deeper, as vehicles become not only a source of transportation but also a source of pride, affection, love and sentiment. We polled Road & Travel readers to ask them how they felt about their cars. Do they love their car? Hate it? Wish they had a new one? Use it to impress others? Use it to run over a husband? Oops, I mean use it as a bargaining chip in a divorce settlement? Ever made love in one? You'll be as surprised as we were to learn just how many ways we use our cars for more than just transportation.

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June 28, 2010

Powerful Haunches Launch the 2010 Camaro SS

by Martha Hindes

Chevrolet_10camarocoupe_frontview The crimson 2010 Camaro SS sniffs the evening air with its snarly hood scoop. It smells a competitor, and seeks it with halo-encircled headlamps -- the piercing gaze of a predator freeze framing its prey. The rumble of its 6.2-liter, V-8 announces its intentions. Behind the wheel we're along for the hunt, victims of a seductive spell that builds excitement with every shift of the leather-wrapped six-speed manual spurring its 426 horses.

This sports coupe brings back the six-pack abs and bulging biceps muscle car wars after a lengthy abandonment by its Chevy parent. They scored with this sultry revival. (Think of the drool factor of Bachelor Jake showing off his toned and tanned physique while hunting a mate.)

This baby runs on raw nerve and adrenaline. Premium sound with nine speakers and plenty of tech can blow your mind. Hunky 20-inch aluminum wheels over burning rubber have no backup spares, but an air kit for a flat. Despite a few imperfections (a huge rear blind spot), being mesmerized by its sexy bod and the peak performance of a twenty year old makes the $36K price tag worth every penny.

For more information on the new Chevrolet Camaro: drive here.

For more new car reviews by RTM: Visit our 2010 new car review archives.

June 24, 2010

Stress Stripping Your Soul? Get Spa'd!

Floweringalmondpic3_3 Stress. Who doesn't have it? In fact, who doesn't have a lot of it in today's insanely hectic world of traffic jams, long lines and juggling family and work schedules?

There seems to be little to no escape starting from the minute we get up with the mad dash of getting the kids off to school and yourself ready for work. After battling rush hour traffic we then spend the better part of our day dealing with our job, our boss, our staff and co-workers. It's enough to drive us into the loony bin. Who says we want it all?

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June 23, 2010

How to Treat Women at Work - In 1943 That Is!

Rosie_5 The following is an excerpt from the July 1943 issue of Transportation Magazine. This was quite serious at its time and written for male supervisors of women in the work force during World War II - a mere 67 years ago! Obviously, the intent was not to be "funny," but by today's standards, this is hilarious!

For those of you with efficiency issues, pay attention to #8.

There is no longer any question whether transit companies should hire women for jobs formerly held by men. The draft and manpower shortage has settled that point. The important things now are to select the most efficient women available and how to use them to the best advantage. Check out these 11 tips on how to treat a female worker. We've come a long way, baby!

June 22, 2010

Hey Slow Drivers... Get Out of the High Speed Lane

Angry_woman_500_5 Why do so many people drive 50 miles per hour in a 70 mile lane? What is their problem? Don't they understand the basic concept of fast and slow? Does it frustrate other people as much as it does me? It just makes me crazy sometimes!

It's one of the most basic concepts taught in driver's ed. Slow traffic stays to the right. Faster traffic uses the high-speed lanes. What's not to understand?

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June 21, 2010

More Women Taking Girlfriend Getaway Vacations

Women camping Like the ladies of the new “Sex and the City” sequel, data from a survey released by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) shows women are taking girlfriend getaways more than ever.  Thirty-eight percent of women have taken a girlfriend getaway with female family and friends, and 63 percent plan on taking one in the next two years. This is a trend that has been seen over the past several years as more women in their 30s and 40s opt to spend some of their vacation time bonding with the girls rather than taking a traditional family vacation.

To support these Girlfriend Getaways, the ARDA offers “how-to” travel options to help make Girlfriend Getaways fun, affordable and stress-free.

The phenomenon of women traveling together on vacation has exploded because there are more career women with expendable income.  They are b
usy, stressed out and tired from the multiple roles they perform at work and at home and a Girlfriend Getaway gives them the chance to recharge their batteries. This husband–free and children-free time is a way to reconnect and focus on their own well-being.

“Making the Girlfriend Getaway special starts with selecting the right place,” said Howard Nusbaum, ARDA president and CEO.  “Timeshare provides spacious accommodations in fabulous locations and are a terrific option for these girls-only vacations.”


ARDA’s “Girlfriend Getaways” Guide provides women with everything they need to plan that once-in-a-lifetime adventure including reasons for considering this kind of getaway including planning tips, types of vacations to consider and how to make the most of your time away. 

The Guide is available for download at

For more girlfriend getaway articles, visit Road & Travel Magazine's Adventure Travel section.


June 18, 2010

Get Nomimated for a Free Smokey Mountain Vacation

Smokey mountainsHas the economy made you cut back on vacation plans, or even skip vacation altogether?

It¹s unfortunate, but family vacation is one area many people have trimmed as budgets have gotten tight. Experts have proven that vacations, even short ones, have long-term advantages that can strengthen families and your health.

One family-friendly destination, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in the Great Smoky Mountains is fighting back with the launch of a campaign called 'Taking Vacation Back.'

Its idea is to invite people to nominate friends, neighbors or relatives who really deserve a break to win a Smoky Mountains vacation and some substantial cash. Those nominated secure online votes, and five winners in June receive a Pigeon Forge vacation and $6,600 to help with a year¹s car payments.

The big event is in July, when one family wins a vacation and $15,000 to help with mortgage or rent payments for a year. A bonus is that anyone who nominates a winner also receives a vacation.

'Taking Vacation Back' stories can be found at this link: That's also where you can nominate someone or simply vote for someone whose story strikes you as deserving a "break."

For more vacation ideas and destination reviews from Road & Travel Magazine, click here.


June 17, 2010

2010 Cadillac CTS: The Bold Lure of Luxury

by Martha Hindes
2010_Cadillac_CTS Lithe, lean and athletic, we adored the 2010 Cadillac CTS sedan delivered to our door for an all-too-brief late spring test drive. This handsome heart stopper is smooth and teasing with the "A List" sophistication of a slightly wicked Ashton Kutcher in prime time. We knew just looking that it would caress corners and tame straightaways with naughty abandon. It did.

For those who felt American DNA was an intender pretender, we beg to differ. There are solid performance credentials under this smart, rakish hood as its 304-Horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 (or base 3.0-liter six) chase down Euro yearning yuppies for a refined smack down, with six-speed equilibrium. Here's a perfect case for smoking the road on hunky tires while basking in a classy chassis designed for barely controlled excitement. Of course that's punched up when AWD replaces standard rear drive.

Inside, a supple, purposeful dash balancing tactile technology with smart styling anchors its affluent look. High safety ratings and fuel economy averages in the low 20's (on regular), anchor the practical side. With prices starting in the breathe-easy, mid-$30K range we're convinced: Attaining tantalizing luxury status never felt so satisfying.

For more 2010 New Car Reviews from Road & Travel Magazine, click here.

June 16, 2010

Top Rated Beach Resorts in Mexico by Isabella Olsen

Mexico beach resorts Are you interested in planning your next vacation in Mexico? If you are, you are not alone. Each year, a large number of tourists make the decision to travel to Mexico. Most are interested in vacationing at some of the most well-known beaches in the world.

While Mexico is home to a number of well-known beaches, there are many individuals who are unsure which beach they should visit. If you are interested in scheduling a beach vacation, the best way to choose a destination isn't by beaches, but by beach resorts. Beach resorts typically offer overnight hotel accommodations and private beaches. Below is an overview of five of the most popular beach resorts found in Mexico.

(1)Le Meridien Cancun Resort and Spa is one of the most popular beach resorts in all of Mexico. Le Meridien Cancun Resort and Spa is located in Cancun. The resort differs from other resorts in that it does not have a Mexican theme. Instead, the theme is French.

If you are interested in vacationing at the Le Meridien Cancun Resort and Spa, you will find a wide range of on and offshore activities. Popular resort activities include swimming, golfing, and beaching. The onsite spa is ideal for travelers who just want to pamper themselves.

(2)La Jolla de Mismaloya is located in Puerto Vallarta. Similar to the above mentioned Cancun resort, La Jolla Mismaloya has a French theme. La Jolla de Mismaloya is most well-known for being a resort that caters to children of all ages.

The resort is popular for its beach front activities. These activities may include relaxing by the spa, swimming, or boating. As with most other beach resorts, La Jolla de Mismaloya has an unlimited number of activities that are geared towards adventure lovers. These activities often included guided tours that require horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, or biking.

(3) The Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach is located in Cancun. It is known as one of the most top rated beach resorts in the Cancun area. The resort's topnotch service is often hard to find at other area resorts.

Aside from traditional beach activities, the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach is most well-known for its amazing, unique, and exciting adventures. These adventures often include snorkeling, scuba diving, boat tours, sailing, and jet skiing.

(4) The Fairmont Acapulco Princess is located in Acapulco. The Acapulco area is most well-known for its wide range of landscape sceneries. Beaches, jungles, and deserts are all located within a sort distance of each other in the Acapulco area.

The Fairmont Acapulco Princess is most known for its unique, but intriguing structural designs. The hotel is stocked with modern accommodations, but the structural designs of the hotel takes you back into time. Onsite resort facilities include multiple pools, multiple tennis courts, a day spa, fitness center, and shopping center.

(5)The Westin Regina Beach Resort is located in Puerto Vallarta. While the resort is most known for its golf accommodations, the beach area is just as spectacular.

Aside from a golf course, onsite facilities include swimming pools, tennis courts, and amazing restaurants. If you are looking for an adventure on or under the water, the Westin Regina Beach Resort may have just what you are looking for. Popular water activities include swimming, boating, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

The above mentioned beach resorts are just a few of the many that can be found in Mexico. With so many beach resorts to choose from, you may find it difficult or impossible to choose. You may want to consider obtaining feedback from friends, family members, or coworkers who recently vacationed at a Mexico beach resort. In addition to asking those that you know, you can easily read online reviews posted by travelers.

While examining and researching multiple resorts may seem like a time consuming process, you may find that it will payoff in the end. Taking the time to select the perfect beach resort in Mexico is the best way to ensure that you will enjoy your Mexico vacation.

About The Author

Isabelle lives in Nerja Spain and runs a rental website. Isabella is a writer for various travel magazines who has been to global tourist destinations like Mexico. To book or learn more about, visit

June 15, 2010

How to Make Your Pet Travel More Friendly

Dog in car In the adult cartoon series Family Guy, one of the running jokes is that Brian, the level-headed family dog who frequently drinks martinis and attended Brown University, can't stand up in the car.

Brian can run a marathon, solve the family's problems and even drive a taxicab, but when it comes to staying on his feet in the back of the family sedan, he's all thumbs — er, paws.

If you're reading this and you have a pet, you might be nodding in understanding. Pets — whether they went to college or not — sometimes have trouble traveling in a car. No matter which animal you own — the barking kind or the meowing variety — it requires daily care. This means you have some planning to do if you want to bring your pet along for a vacation.

Before you even think about putting pets in the car, book lodging that allows them. Find a hotel, condominium or bed & breakfast spot by visiting sites such as:, or

The next step is to get each animal a collar and ID tag. You might think your pet would never run off, but thousands of animals end up in shelters each year simply because they got away from their owners.

Of course, pack everything your pet would need on your trip — food, bowls, leashes, toys, medications, treats and a copy of its medical records, just in case. From there, pet travel instructions are a little more specific based on each species' needs.

Carpooling with Cats
For cats, the problem-solving involves less maintenance but possibly more expense than for some other pets. Cats typically feel most comfortable in their own environment, so your first resort might be to hire a pet sitter instead of boarding your cat at a local kennel.

If you decide to take your cat along for the ride, put him or her in a pet carrier or crate in the backseat, and cover it with a breathable blanket. Unlike dogs, "scaredy-cats" feel calmer when they can't see the road whizzing by out the window. Plus, the constant visual motion might actually make them carsick. If possible, buckle up your cat in its carrier as you would a child in a car seat.

If you so choose, talk to your vet about getting a prescription for "kitty Valium," a smaller dose of the human tranquilizer that relaxes cats and lulls them into a gentle slumber for the course of your trip. Some might be reluctant to medicate their animals, but in this case, it could provide for the least amount of stress on your cat — and you.

Driving with Dogs
As with cats, put small dogs in a crate or pet carrier with some sort of padding on the bottom, and buckle them up. For bigger dogs, use a special restraining harness that you can purchase from your local pet store. This wonderful pet safety belt can be fastened into regular seat belts.

On that note, make sure there's plenty of room for your animals if they're riding amongst your luggage. Also, securely fasten your luggage so it won't fall on your pets.

As with children, activate the safety locks for your car's doors and windows. Some dogs have actually strangled themselves by stepping on and off the automatic window control.

Make sure there are no small objects scattered around your car, and throw out your leftover food immediately. Some dogs will eat anything — including leftover human food, trash and even coins.

Finally, and most importantly, stop frequently for doggie bathroom, feeding and exercise breaks. Just as you need to get out and stretch your legs, your dog does, too, so take it out on its leash (which should be fastened before you exit the car) for a quick run at intervals along the way.

Passage for All Pets
If your pet usually gets car sick, give it a small meal a few hours before the trip and keep feeding it minimal amounts of food along the way. Offer small amounts of water as well — large gulps of water can contribute to your pet's illness.

Of course, be careful about leaving pets alone in the car, especially during the summer months. Always be conscious of heat buildup inside a car, since the temperature inside a car can rapidly increase up to 40 degrees higher than outside it.

If you and your pet are often on the road, think about getting pet insurance. Some auto insurance companies offer additional coverage for our furry friends, which is available for free, or for a nominal fee.

Now that you've got your paws on the knowledge of how to travel comfortably with your pet, the only thing that might stand in your way for a great pet-and-family vacation is how many bathroom breaks Fido will need to take along the way. And, well, we just can't help you there.

Reprinted with permission from For more pet friendly travel ideas, visit RTM's Pet Travel section.