Archives for 2013

The best gifts for family travel

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by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 1:48 p.m. December 17, 2013 Families on the go have special needs. These products either cleverly engage kids, making travel time fly by, or the items offer simple solutions to big worries. BANISH BOREDOM: KIDS’ TABLETS Polaroid Kids Tablet 2 For the product’s second generation, kid critics pointed Polaroid toward […]

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The best gift for families? A trip together!

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by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 3:02 p.m. December 15,2013 Forget flat-screen TVs, robotic toys and even tablets. The trendy gift this season is a trip together, especially for families. “Materialism is taking a backseat to experiences, ” says Darren Humphreys, owner Travel Sommelier, a safari and gastronomic travel company.  “The giver — the grandparent or […]

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Who are the most annoying fliers? Survey says

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Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 6:58 a.m. December 14, 2013 Sky misdemeanors continue with the audio insensitive who speaks or cranks his music up too loudly, 19%, and tying for seventh and eighth place with 13% each are the seat-back guy who reclines his chair full tilt, and the carry-on baggage offender who totes too much […]

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Former Robben Island inmate leads memorable prison tour

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by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 6:19 p.m. December 6, 2013 We stood in the yard of Robben Island Prison, looking at the tennis court that some prisoners were allowed to use for exercise. “We would take a tennis ball, cut a small opening in it, put a note inside and hit the ball over the […]

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Best Caribbean resorts for families

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by Candyce Stapen The Caribbean has some of the best sands and the friendliest family resorts. At these six diverse properties, you and your children can encounter dolphins, ride horses in the surf, snorkel through schools of tropical fish, learn sailing and simply sit and chat. The Bahamas: Atlantis Paradise Island This mega-resort has 3,414 […]

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Coolest travel gifts for Christmas

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This season’s best travel gifts creatively prevent or solve problems. After all, lost luggage, looming pickpockets, dead cellphones or sleeplessness in seat 15C can sabotage your trip. USA TODAY’s Candyce Stapen found the items here to conquer these and other common travel challenges. They were all launched or became available in the USA in 2013. […]

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Should pets fly on jets?

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by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 8:04 a.m. November 26, 2013 Candyce Stapen offers tips for airline travel with your pets. Millions of people travel over the holidays to visit relatives and friends. But if you must board a plane to see grandma or your best buddy, should your dog or cat come along? Only if […]

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Stress-free family holiday travel

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by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 1:04 p.m. November 25, 2013 Along with seeing friends and family, the holidays mean crowded airports and packed roads. The American Automobile Association predicts that 43.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from their homes to celebrate this Thanksgiving. Millions more will be flying and driving over the […]

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How to buy tickets for the Sochi Olympics

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by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 2:49 p.m. November 10, 2013 Good tickets are still available for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Feb. 7 – 23, 2014. Through CoSport, the only authorized Olympic Games reseller for the U.S. and Canada, you can purchase tickets as well as hotel and hospitality packages. But tickets aren’t enough […]

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Which U.S. airports serve healthy food?

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by Candyce Stapen, USA TODAY 11:38 a.m. November 8, 2013 More healthy food lands at  U.S. airports. That’s especially good news for the 100 million, often hungry, travelers expected to traipse through the passenger terminals during the coming holiday season. According to a survey performed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 76% of restaurants […]

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