Thursday, May 23, 2013
AAA: Despite lower gas prices, sequestration is affecting family travel budgets.
Fewer Maryland motorists are expected to travel this year, but Memorial Day weekend 2013 will still be one of the busiest of the past 12 years, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. “It appears changing current economic conditions as a result of sequestration, which has impacted the wallets of many, may be influencing some residents’ uneasiness to travel this Memorial Day holiday,” said Ragina C. Averella, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. More than 718,000 Marylanders are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this weekend—down 1.2 percent from Memorial Day weekend 2012. AAA estimates 91 percent of those traveling will go by motor vehicle, with the average roundtrip totaling 737 miles—up from 570 miles last …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Spring break is the time for adventure! The only problem is figuring out where to go.
This week is spring break for Montgomery County Public Schools students. All too often for my family, spring break turns into a long slog through an unexciting week wherein my kids desperately want to just play video games and I desperately want my kids to just do anything other than play video games. This year, I decided to get ahead of the game and make plans to keep us busy for much of the week. Step one? Plan an adventure! Because I am really good at thinking ahead, I started planning for our overnight Monday adventure on Sunday. The hardest part was finding a destination. With my three kiddos, once we have a place to go, we automatically have an adventure. The problem was finding a location within a couple of hours of DC that all …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
A guide to Transportation Security Administration rules.
If you have kids flying home or headed out on spring break—or if you are planning a summer vacation, make sure you know the latest do’s and don’ts of flying. The Transportation Security Administration recently announced changes to what is allowed aboard airplanes as carry-on luggage. Small knives and some sports equipment will be permitted—but not until April 25. If your spring break plans include a trip to see baseball spring training games, make sure to either check you mini-bat souvenir or buy a hat instead. Headed to Myrtle Beach for a few rounds of golf? You’ll need to check your bag of clubs. After April 25, you’ll be able carry on up to two clubs. What about goodies from Key West, a popular spring break destination? A souvenir …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Planning a Labor Day getaway? You're not the only one—33 million Americans are heading out for the long holiday weekend.
If you’re planning to shop sales at the mall or get tickets to the University of Maryland’s first home football game this Labor Day weekend, you may be one of the few sticking around the region. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, 33 million Americans will choose to vacation 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day—a 2.8 percent increase from those who traveled last year. The number of holiday travelers this Labor Day signals a new post-recession high, and is following a trend in increased holiday travel. AAA reported that Memorial Day and Independence Day travel also increased this year. “Despite a sluggish economy and recent rises in gas prices, the increase in expected Labor Day holiday weekend travelers is driven by improving consumer …
Monday, August 6, 2012
City of Takoma Park offers simple tip for child safety.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Ben Gross
Monday, August 6, 2012
August tends to be one of the busiest months for travel, both to local and out-of-town destinations, as families strive to enjoy the final month of summer vacation. The City of Takoma Park issued a consumer advisory Friday with a simple and common sense tip for using technology to keep your children/grandchildren safe when travelling or attending events this summer (although it applies to the rest of the year as well): Before departing with children/grandchildren/kids to any event, take a second, pull out your cell phone and take individual pictures of each child. That way, if the unthinkable happens and a child gets lost, you have a picture of how they are dressed and what they looked like that day. The photo can then be immediately sent…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
AAA projects more than 34 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles away from
home this weekend.
As families gear up for the official welcome of summer, AAA is projecting that more than 34 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home Memorial Day Weekend. The travel club says the number of travelers increased by more than 500,000 from last year. More people will be on the roads instead of the air this year, according to AAA. More than 30 million people plan to drive to their destination, up 1.2 percent from the 30.3 million whodrove last year. According to The Washington Post, retail gas prices dropped by a penny to anational average of $3.71 per gallon on Friday after a spike in April and the weaker demand is also helping to push down prices. “The overall domestic economic picture continues to improve slightly, …