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Europe travel: Best money-saving tips

Europe travel: Best money-saving tips

March 28, 2012 · , , ,

American travelers may have felt betrayed by their national currency over the past five years, but the dollar is finally gaining some ground. Its value against the euro increased 9.2 percent between January 2010 and January 2012. Pair a stronger dollar with unsteady European economies, as well as growing tourist markets and emerging destinations, and [...]

How to identify any blossom

How to identify any blossom

March 28, 2012 · ,

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than blossom season, and while cherry trees tend to get all the love this time of year, there are plenty of other arboreal displays to admire. The problem — for those of us who aren’t particularly savvy about these things — is figuring out exactly what kind of tree [...]

On Passport Day, no appointments necessary

On Passport Day, no appointments necessary

March 12, 2012 · ,

Need a passport or some extra pages for the one you’ve got? To show up at most of the country’s 25 regional passport agencies you typically need a weekday appointment, plans to travel within two weeks and an extra $60 for the expedite fee. But no appointments or travel plans are necessary this Saturday at [...]

Step up to the world’s coolest staircases

Step up to the world’s coolest staircases

March 12, 2012 · ,

It looks like any old roller coaster with curves and heart-stopping loops. But instead of zooming by, those people are walking — on inclines fitted with steps. German architects pushed the staircase into new territory in 2011, creating Tiger & Turtle — Magic Mountain purely for enjoyment. While staircases are fundamentally a means to get [...]

Hike a national park without leaving home

Hike a national park without leaving home

March 11, 2012 · ,

No doubt you’re familiar with Street View, the Google Maps technology that lets you travel along city streets via your computer or smartphone screen. Now, for those looking to get off the pavement, there’s Trail View, a new program that lets you “walk” the trails of three national parks without taking a step. Created by [...]

Best places to mark Women’s History Month

Best places to mark Women’s History Month

March 8, 2012 · ,

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements — and take stock of the work for women’s equality still to be done. The celebration continues beyond today as March is Women’s History Month, and a great time to visit one of these sites marking important milestones in [...]

Vacations that connect kids with nature

Vacations that connect kids with nature

March 7, 2012 · , ,

Families are so busy juggling science projects, carpools and after-school activities that we often don’t take enough time to connect with nature, or with one another, in our daily lives. Nature-focused vacations enable parents and children to unplug from technology and everyday stresses while using all of our senses to create lifelong memories. Richard Louv, [...]

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