Archive for July, 2012

Today’s Daily Escape is South Beach in Miami, Florida. More »

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The Best of the Road RV continues to make its way across the country searching for America’s best small towns. Our road warrior,  Allison Otto,  is capturing the wonders of Small Town America.

Check out Allison’s latest dispatch from the road, where she meets Joplin’s celebrity cat that’s survived nearly nine lives:

When the Best of the Road RV stopped in Joplin, MO, I had the great fortune to film Percy Katz, a Russian Blue cat and former stray who is the official greeter at the Joplin Museum Complex and has gained a bit of celebrity status. Since Percy, who has greeted visitors from around the world for the last 12 years, is the unofficial mascot of the town, his cancer and a subsequent kidnapping episode made front-page news in Joplin.

Percy, Joplin’s celebrity cat, poses for his close-up.

I was a bit nervous to film Percy, as cats aren’t always interested in posing for the camera. But Percy was wonderful, and with the help of museum director Brad Belk (and a bag or 2 of cat treats) we got some fun shots for a web video. It was obvious how much Percy means to the community. Percy even “wrote” a regular history column (with the help of the museum staff, of course) for the children’s section of the local paper, and every year he donates to Joplin’s humane society.

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If you live in a major metropolitan area, you probably already know that the traffic in your city is pretty bad, so seeing your home make it on a list of cities with the worst traffic isn’t too much of a surprise. But maybe you’re planning on renting a car in Miami or taking a family road trip to San Francisco. In that case, TomTom’s North American Traffic Congestion Report might come in handy.

According to the report, the cities that saw an increase in traffic over the last year were Seattle, Houston, Ottawa, Ontario, San Francisco and Miami.

The cities that saw a decrease? Edmonton in Alberta, New York, Boston, Minneapolis and Toronto.

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Today’s Daily Escape is Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa in Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic. More »

Photograph by Oyster.com

On the July 19th episode of Trip Flip, 2 unsuspecting North Carolina moms will get the chance of a lifetime: an all-expenses-paid dream vacation to San Diego. But wait … there’s more! Their trip includes a private jet to San Francisco, where they’ll attend a Train concert at the Independent, followed by dinner with the band.

Want in on the action? Enter to win 2 tickets to the Train summer concert closest to you, plus a meet and greet with the band! Be sure to tune in July 19 at 9|8c to watch the ultimate Trip Flip.

Tomorrow at 10|9c, tune in for the premiere of an all-new Travel Channel series, Top Spot. In each episode, travelers will take a whirlwind tour of 3 different hotels in their chosen vacation destination. They’ll test out the beds, sample the food, sip the hotel’s cocktails, explore the grounds, swim in the pools … all in an attempt to decide where they’ll spend their hard-earned vacation dollars.

In the premiere episode, a Pennsylvania family heads to Miami, FL, with a $2,500 budget for a 5-night Sunshine State getaway. Will they choose the kid-friendly Trump International Beach Resort, the trendy Shelborne South Beach or the historic Biltmore Hotel? See our photos to learn more about their 3 options, and tune in to find out the family’s Top Spot tomorrow night! READ MORE

By Mommy Points

If you’re anything like me and don’t have quite the athletic ability to make it to the Olympic Games as a competitor, then the closest you can get to the experience is as a cheering spectator in the stands. The good news is that being a spectator at the Olympics is an absolutely amazing experience, and the even better news is that it still isn’t too late to get tickets to events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London!

Olympic Tickets Still Available

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As recently as early July I had success purchasing tickets to gymnastics finals at face value via the official ticket source in the United States.  (More on that later). READ MORE

Need a nakation? Then throw aside your modesty and shed those sweaty clothes, because we just happen to be in the midst of Nude Recreation Week. Created by The Naturist Society 37 years ago, it couldn’t have come at a better time, with the summer heat wave making its way west.

There’s no better way to celebrate Nude Recreation Week than by relaxing on a beach and soaking in the sun, sans tan lines. Not sure which beaches welcome your birthday suit? We’ve listed some of the best nude beaches around the world.

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Today’s Daily Escape is from Bishop, California. More »

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For a truly harrowing experience, take a nighttime flashlight tour of the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary. More »

 

Photograph by John Salvino, flickr

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