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Travel by car, truck, van, or RV . . .know the road ahead! You may even have to fly first but roads will follow all over the world!
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18 Travel Tips For Planning A Road Trip

18 Travel Tips For Planning A Road Trip | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
18 travel tips to help you plan your next road trip. From the practical to the fun, make the most of your next driving vacation.
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Anticipating fun, adventure, quality time and newly formed memories… what could possibly go wrong? Ummm trust me… lots can go wrong if not planned well.

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Five odd things we carry

Five odd things we carry | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
I'm sure every traveller has something a little odd in their bag. (There's a new Five odd things we carry at http://t.co/9Q6iBwBPak #travel)

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While 4 out of 5 of the items mentioned do seem odd, I would say the umbrella is a necessity! Weather can be very fickle, especially when one is on vacation!

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I have carried some strange things but these gave me even more ideas! Check them out.

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15 Best Vacation Ideas or Road Trips in America

15 Best Vacation Ideas or Road Trips in America | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
15 great American trips, including New England coasts, Napa Valley food and wine, Florida beaches, Chicago architecture, Washington DC history, Palm Springs golf, and natural wonders of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls...
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Ready for a vacation? Check out these possibilities! Perhaps the one just right for you is on the list :-)

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America's Coolest Small Towns, 2013

America's Coolest Small Towns, 2013 | Road Tripping | Scoop.it

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 Travel plan to small towns are always delightful filled with nostalgia!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, March 20, 2013 9:26 PM

I love small towns. Check out this list of great ones in the U.S.

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National Capital Barbecue Battle 2013 - BBQ Newsroom

National Capital Barbecue Battle 2013 - BBQ Newsroom | Road Tripping | Scoop.it

The National Capital Barbecue Battle is an annual competition between top BBQ restaurants from the Washington, DC area and around the country. If you love barbecue you’ll love the food samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays and children’s activities at this sizzling summer festival. The nation’s best barbecue teams cook-off for over $40,000 in cash and prizes in two major contests.

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Traveling this summer? Love BBQ? Check out the National Captal Barbecue Battle.

 

Dates and Times
June 22-23, 2013
Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Hear Now Festival

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"All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players." From ancient times until today, people have loved nothing more than to listen to a well-told story, a tall tale, a good yarn. Indeed, the sprit of the bards of old is still thriving. To celebrate this spirit, the National Audio Theatre Festivals proudly presents HEAR Now!

HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for contemporary audio story-telling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more. This four-day Festival will offer a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and sound art storytelling in theaters and other “listening” venues. The Festival will present audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic and technological innovation. 

The 2013 HEAR Now Festival will be a gathering place where the work of master storytellers is celebrated and shared. In addition, the Festival will expose its audiences to recent developments in audio preservation by showcasing newly restored and archived award-winning audio dramas. The Festival will offer live and recorded programming at local theaters and other venues in Kansas City. HEAR Now will also offer moderated discussions and panels for conversations and the exchange of new ideas -- an immersive experience in all aspects of the art and craft of audio fiction and sound art story-telling.

Audio drama, audiobooks, recorded, and live story-telling -- sketches, poetry, spoken word -- alongside academic papers, juried competitions, and presentations on the physics of sound, as well as performance workshops, will round out this intensive listening event for the 2013 Hear Now Festival.

We invite you to come and share your stories, your tales, your yarns.  All the world’s a stage, and next June 2013, the main stage is in Kansas City, MO! 


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Plan your summer vacation. You are invited to come and share your stories, your tales, your yarns.  All the world’s a stage, and next June 2013, the main stage is in Kansas City, MO!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, March 3, 2013 3:41 PM
The National Audio Theatre Festivals (NATF) presents HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival in Kansas City, MO.
Festival Premieres:  June 20th – 23rd, 2013
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Why Travel Makes Us Better Designers (and Chefs and Scientists)

Why Travel Makes Us Better Designers (and Chefs and Scientists) | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
Why Travel Makes Us Better Designers (and Chefs and Scientists)

 

This is what happens when you cross the border from Akçakale, Turkey, into Syria. Specifically, Syria in the Summer of 2010, not long before things fell apart.  The first thing you should know about is the heat. It is incomprehensible heat. Impossible heat. As you queue, there will be surprise that you are American. Border Guard #1 will ask to speak to Border Guard #2, and Border Guard #2 will ask to speak to his supervisor, who will ask his supervisor and his supervisor’s supervisor to examine your passport. There will be intense scrutiny over every stamp. You will reassure them. These reassurances will be in vain because the guards will, of course, not understand anything you say. It’s best just to smile and be patient. Your belongings will be under constant threat of search, but they will not be searched. A presidential portrait will loom. An old fan will spin slowly, pointlessly. When you do finally cross, insha'allah, it will be to no fanfare. There will be no exotic fruit stands. No taxi taunts taunting. It’s not that kind of border, see.

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Not so much the location that is of interest in this article but the reflections on momen-to-moment happenings are priceless! Threshold moments, you might say.

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Twitter / Fascinatingpics: Beautiful Moss Bridges, Ireland. ...

RT @Fascinatingpics: Beautiful Moss Bridges, Ireland. http://t.co/g0K16Jac

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Dream vacation...anniversary celebration!

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Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, February 12, 2013 2:26 AM

Beauty in Ireland never fails.  Another site to visit.

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Havasu Falls - Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona

Havasu Falls - Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
This picture of Havasu Falls was taken during one of the most memorable trips of my life. I have dreamt to visit Havasupai waterfalls for a long time and the dream...
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Planning a road trip? Enjoy one of nature's natural wonders - Havasu Falls – Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona. Breathtaking!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 13, 2013 11:49 AM

We continue to hope we'll get out west just once more. So much to see and we loved it when we were there some years ago.

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India in One, Two or Three Weeks

India in One, Two or Three Weeks | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
Three insider itineraries for visiting one of the world’s most compelling and confounding countries.
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Road tripping among other modes of travel across the world to India...

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Family travel: Overlooked spring break destinations

Family travel: Overlooked spring break destinations | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
Popular spring break destinations book up fast and attract crowds, but families willing to think outside the family vacation box still have plenty of time to plan that perfect spring break trip.
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Time to think vacation! Spring is just around the corner!

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Karen Dawson's curator insight, January 21, 2014 11:35 AM

In case your spring break plans are still up in the air here a few options to consider even at the last minute. Be advised booking sooner rather than later will give you a fighting chance at flights

and venues on the top of your list.

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What is a "calving" glacier? - danfossuniverse.uk

What is a "calving" glacier? - danfossuniverse.uk | Road Tripping | Scoop.it

What is a "calving" glacier?

The coastal glaciers in Greenland, Chile, Alaska and the Antarctic come to a spectacular end, in a process called "calving".

 

As the glaciers flow towards the ocean they push over uneven ground.

This can create cracks, and crevasses are formed. Reaching the sea, the ice breaks off at the crevasses.

 

If the glacier or ice stream is still intact when it reaches the sea it doesn't break up immediately.

 

The waves hollow it out from below. The higher parts loose their support and fall into the ocean. This is how icebergs are created.

 

Icebergs are dangerous hazards for shipping and are therefore closely monitored

 

In the Antarctic and in Greenland, these icebergs are often the size of skyscrapers - if measured from base to top.

Did you know?

An Arctic iceberg of this kind proved to be fatal for the Titanic in 1912.

Even today, icebergs are dangerous hazards for shipping and are therefore closely monitored.

 

They are so massive that they can easily damage ships, and what's more, about 9/10 of their volume is under water - only the tip of the iceberg is visible. 

 

The birth of an iceberg

The winter of 1912 was an unusually warm one, so in April there were large numbers of icebergs from Greenland floating about in the Northern Atlantic.

The wireless operator had received several ice warnings, but the Titanic did not slow down - it was considered unsinkable.

 

When an iceberg was sighted, it was too late: the Titanic collided with it and sank. About two and a half hours later 1,517 lives were lost in the freezing cold sea.


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Wasn't sure in which topic this should be posted...just new it was GOOD information, interesting and educational. Since it is very possible for one to vacation or take a trip to a glacier-laden area the decision was made to place it under Road Tripping. Would make a wonderful sight-seeing experience! Um-m-m? Maybe I need a new topic!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:54 PM

To me, this is fascinating stuff. I'm adding a great video I got of the actual calving of a glacier caught on time lapse cameras. I can only imagine what the world was like when most of the earth was covered by glaciers. It boggles the mind, or at least it boggles mine. Feel free to be boggled too.

Marilyn Armstrong's comment, February 7, 2013 6:40 PM
I'm out of topics so I've just made the topics broader to cover "and so on!"
Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, February 12, 2013 2:20 AM

NATURE-So AMAZING and a wonder like no other.  Check out this story.  Learning never has been so delightful.

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Awakenings: The 1935 Stout Scarab

Awakenings: The 1935 Stout Scarab | Road Tripping | Scoop.it

Scarab? I thought that was a beetle...remember, like in The Mummy. Of course, when I was younger, a friend gave me a scarab bracelet but that was way after the year 1935 and this article is not about beetle bugs or special jewelry. It is about an automobile claimed by some to be the precursor to the mini-van: The 1935 Stout Scarab!

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Amazing how the automobile actually looks like a scarab.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:35 PM

Precursor of the mini-van dates back to 1935.

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Ireland's History

Ireland's History | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
Ireland lies west of Britain. It was inhabited continuously from the 6th century BC by Celts and Picts. Celt kings and chiefs rules over the Ireland till the Middle Ages.

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When traveling abroad, it is definitely worth knowing a bit of history behind the country being visited.

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Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, April 17, 2013 12:43 PM

Irish history-A must before traveling to Ireland so you can truly appreciate the land you visut and understand the hardships this country once faced.

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27 sights that will remind you how incredible Earth is

27 sights that will remind you how incredible Earth is | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
These amazing spectacles may not change your life, but they should change your vacation plans

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Listed among the 27 are four from the United States: Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico; Monument Valley; Electrical storm, Tornado Alley; Yosemite peaks, California.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, April 17, 2013 11:57 AM

So much beauty to be found in this world. Let us celebrate the joy of life and the gorgeous views that we can find.

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WARNING: Vacation Destinations That Can Kill You

WARNING: Vacation Destinations That Can Kill You | Road Tripping | Scoop.it

15 vacation destinations that a traveler just might want to avoid...

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Planning a vacation is all about knowing where NOT to go, as well as choosing the most desired, most exotic, most beautiful, most relaxing, etc.

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Why We Go to the Met Every Sunday (and Have for 60 Years)

Why We Go to the Met Every Sunday (and Have for 60 Years) | Road Tripping | Scoop.it

To constantly inspire breakthrough conceptual thinking, my wife and I go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, religiously, every Sunday. Lou Dorfsman, design chief for CBS Radio and later the CBS Television Network for over 40 years, once said, “In reality, creativity is the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.”

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Going on a vacation? Plan on visiting a museum...walk in the footsteps of history!

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Fur Flies: Behind the Pet Airline Class Divide

Fur Flies: Behind the Pet Airline Class Divide | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
Fur Flies: Behind the Pet Airline Class Divide
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Moving? Don't look forward to traveling 3,000 miles with your pet to a new home? Check out Pet Airways! Yep, fly your pet first class in a temperature-controlled main cabin specifically designed to securely hold up to 80 animal carriers.

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10 New Coasters for 2013

10 New Coasters for 2013 | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
For all my friends who share a love of roller coasters, here are some new ones to dream about. Related articles Life is like a roller coaster (humorunstoppable.wordpress.com) I'm up and down on thi...
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Life is already filled with ups and downs...why not add a few more? This time for fun!!!!!

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An Irish Honeymoon

An Irish Honeymoon | Road Tripping | Scoop.it

It seems like a dream after almost 23 years. Even while we were there, driving the twisting country roads -- inevitably lost -- Ireland had a dreamlike quality that made it perfect for a honeymoon....

 

Friends were surprised at our plans to honeymoon in Ireland. “But you aren’t Irish,” they said, foreheads wrinkled with puzzlement. Why do people assume the only reason to go to Ireland is to look for roots? In Ireland, everyone asked if we were Irish. When we said we weren’t, they would say “Are you sure?” We said we were sure. It turned out one of us was wrong.

 

Ireland was wonderful. From Dublin to Sligo, through Shannon, Galway, Cashel and all the lovely cities and villages in between, everyone we met was friendly and welcoming. When folks learned we were honeymooners, we were treated to free rounds of drinks, desserts, and upgraded accommodations — at no charge. Even on the airplane, we were moved up to first class. Way to go.

 

We stayed in bed and breakfasts. Using the National Tourist Board

guidebook and a road map, we’d zero in on a destination and phone ahead. Every place we stayed was spotlessly clean and comfortable, although often tiny by American standards.

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One day I will go to Ireland!

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Galway Getaway + Steak Dinner: Garveys Inn Hotel

Galway Getaway + Steak Dinner: Garveys Inn Hotel | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
52% savings: The beautiful city of Galway has lured many individuals to its streets throughout history. From Christopher Columbus's visit ...

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Everyone likes savings...check it out!

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Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, February 12, 2013 2:29 AM

Galway is a city of treasures.  This is a go to destination.

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How to avoid germ-ridden travel hazards

How to avoid germ-ridden travel hazards | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
From unsanitary conditions on airplanes to close quarters in hotels and on cruise ships to questionable food preparation, vacationers come i...
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Things to know you may not have thought to ask.

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The Aurora Borealis (The Northern Lights) – Everything you need to know | Natalia Robba's Blog

The Aurora Borealis (The Northern Lights) – Everything you need to know | Natalia Robba's Blog | Road Tripping | Scoop.it

After several years of research, kilometers travelled, multiple destinations visited, dark drives down foreign icy roads, snow storms, disappointment, exhilaration, several failures but more successes, here is my two cents on everything Aurora Borealis

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Want to see the Northern Lights? Questions and answers here...

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Travel destinations: New England, United States - by Victoria Rose Perkins - Helium

Visiting the six New England states, comprised of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Conneticut and Rhode Island, will offer the visito..., Victoria Rose Perkins
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Nothing like road tripping across the good ol' USA!

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Leaf-Peeping Journeys on Land, Air, & Sea

Leaf-Peeping Journeys on Land, Air, & Sea | Road Tripping | Scoop.it
The spectacular Hudson Valley leaf-peeper display beckons people from far and wide. There are so many ways to observe that pop of color�from climbing the mountainsides to touring the waters, and from hiking and biking to skyrides and ziplines.
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Fall is behind us you say...we are in winter in hopes of an early spring. Ah-hah! That also means another beautiful autumn is just ahead. Ever plan a vacation in advance?

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