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Always Wanted to Drive the 'Top Gear' Test Track? This is Your Lucky Day

August 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: BBC's Top Gear is the most popular automotive show in history, broadcasting in about 170 different countries. Hundreds of millions of people tune in and watch the ragtag trio of presenters race, destroy cars, and chide each other in the process every week, so there is a pretty good chance you're one of those fans. If so, good news! The Top Gear Test Track is now open to the public, for a price of course.

That’s right. You can drive on the same track at Dunsfold Park (near Guildford in Surrey) where they do most of their tests and challenges, visit the Top Gear TV Studio, and catch a glimpse of that looming Boeing 747 in the process. The Top Gear Track Experience, as it's called, offers 8 different options ranging from the “Star In a Reasonably Priced Car” timed laps to off-roading in a Land Rover Defender.

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Fraser Island Field Trip: Where Life is a Beach AND a Highway

July 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

No silly sayings or Tom Cochrane references here! Just the fact that Australia's Fraser Island has some pretty cool things to see and do.

While most activities revolve around nature, fresh air, and enjoyment of the outdoors, we couldn't pass up the chance to rent a 4x4 and head onto the Eastern Beaches for the island's most popular activity: speeding up the coast, on the coast. Yep, you've heard correctly; not only is driving on the beach legal, but it's actually encouraged and one of the best ways to see a huge portion of this island off Queensland.

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Hertz Pinky Swears They'll Give You a Car That's Clean and Safe

July 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s nothing worse than a dirty, smelly, or otherwise not up to par rental car. We always get a little thrill getting in our rental for the first time, and that’s especially the case if we’re doing a good chunk of driving. Thankfully Hertz understands our passion for an awesome set of wheels, and they’re introducing a new set of promises and certifications.

In a way this just sounds like they’re putting a new spin and marketing angle on something they should—and might be—already offering; however, we’ll try to give them the benefit of the doubt here. Basically the new Hertz Certified Clean & Safe program is a 35-point checklist to ensure the car you’re picking up is truly good-to-go.

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Skip the Chips and Dip for These Healthiest Road Trip Snacks

June 27, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

School's out and it's time to hit the road and partake in the Great American Road Trip. For those moments when hunger tries to take control of the wheel, we can't stress enough how important it is to skip the Bob's Big Boy or the Waffle House. It might be easier to reach for the Fun-yuns or Cheet-ohs, but after a few hours in the car, these high fat, sodium-laden nibbles have a negative effect on your body's metabolism and energy levels.

Eating healthy on the road is more than packing a cooler full of fruit and granola bars to keep the sing-alongs going, so today we're sharing our own ultimate healthy road trip snack box:

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11 of the Best Airshows Yet to Come in 2014

June 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Summer is pretty much here, and that means it’s airshow season. Slap on some of the SPF and take to the fields, airports, and waterfronts across the country to check things out. Vintage aircraft to modern war machines are all out to show off their stuff, so here’s a few events not to miss this summer and beyond:

· American Heroes Air Show – June 21 – Lakeview Terrace, CA

· Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival – July 2 to July 6 – Battle Creek, MI

· Tacoma Freedom Fair Airshow – July 4 – Tacoma, WA

· National Cherry Festival Air Show – July 5 to July 6 – Traverse City, MI

· EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – July 28 to August 3 – Oshkosh, WI

· Chicago Air and Water Show – August 16 to August 17 – Chicago, IL

· Rocky Mountain Airshow – August 22 and August 23 – Greeley, CO

· Cleveland National Air Show – August 30 to September 1 – Cleveland, OH

· Oregon International Air Show – September 19 to September 21 – Hillsboro, OR

· Memphis Airshow – October 18 and October 19 – Memphis, TN

· NAS Pensacola Airshow – November 7 to November 9 – Pensacola, FL

[Photo: MebS09]

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Road Trip to These 5 Historic US Ghost Towns

June 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember that real ghost town in Wyoming we told you about earlier the week--the one Amelia Earhart loved? Well, we know the U.S. has plenty more abandoned and spooky towns to offer up for an ideal summer road-trip.

The abandoned towns that exist in American today were primarily mining towns, once living high-on-the-hog before the local industry turned. Others were decimated by natural disasters, sending remaining residents to greener pastures. Regardless of the reason for their dilapidation, these ghosts towns need to make it to your list of things to do over the next few months:

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'National Lampoon's Vacation' and the Great American Road Trip

June 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Whether you like it or not, we are quickly approaching the thick of family vacation season. This time of the year typically involves packing up the car, filling an Igloo cooler, and hitting the great American highway system to see a new part of this wonderful country. For the silly side of the tradition, there's no better film than 'National Lampoon's Vacation' to show the good, bad and the ugly...in a stationwagon. In the 1980s.

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One Weird Trick for Staying Alert While Driving on Long Summer Road Trips

June 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Classic candy is quickly coming back into style. The return of Sugar Daddies, Pop Rocks, Bazooka Bubble Gum and Ring Pops means an old fashioned sugar high never really goes out of style, but we're most interested in that last one: the Ring Pop. We've recently discovered that enjoying one of these treat gems can be handy for keeping alert and awake during long drives.

For example, we drove from Palm Springs, CA to Tucson, AZ in spring, and entertained ourselves on the 4-hour desert drive with a Ring Pop and some loud music. It wasn't until this last weekend that we discovered the true power of the Ring Pop, however, as we faced 9 hours of solo road tripping across the Northeast, into the Midwest. After loud music failed to keep our focus on the road and drowsiness (combined with the monotony of middle of Pennsylvania scenery) threatened, we reached for a Ring Pop.

Beyond the addition of sugar into our system, the act of enjoying a Ring Pop engages another sense (taste) into activity. It goes without saying that, if you're truly tired, it's time to stop at a motel for the night. A Ring Pop is no substitute for a good sleep, but it has its uses.

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Wish You Were Here: The Most Infamous Icelandic Volcano of All

Where: Vik, Iceland
May 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been four years (already!) since the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted and wreaked havoc on international travel. Although volcanologists ranked the eruption low in severity, it was the hulking ash cloud that made headlines. Now, thanks to its having cancelled hundreds of thousands of flights, impacted millions of travelers, and necessitated the development of ash-detection aviation technology, a small parking area with a scenic lookout sees a steady stream of tourist traffic.

Finding the volcano on a map, or viewing some of the seriously humbling photos of the eruption make it seem as though it's in a remote location, far from civilization.

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Why Drive When You Can Fly? We Can Think of One Really Good Reason

April 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Scenery along I-70 in Kansas. No, that's not a UFO.

To say we're obsessed with air travel would be an understatement, but keeping in line with our budget-friendly, small town travel recommendations for the summer, we have to give the good old-fashioned road trip some love.

There are obvious benefits to flying over driving. Time, for one, and the amount of options that it opens up (you can't drive across the Atlantic). We often hear people complain when they have to drive long distances, and for this writer, that used to be the case as well, until I realized how much perspective you can gain on a region when you travel via car.

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Don't Sleep on Small Towns as You Plan Your Summer Trips

April 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

We know how tempting large-scale trips to sexy-sounding destinations can be. The thought of summer in Paris or a weekend in New Orleans is totally understandable and, if you can swing it, we support you hundred percent.

But for those of you whose budget and time allowance clash head on with your wanderlust, we offer a friendly reminder: Don't forget about the small towns hiding all across the country that are typically cheaper, require less time to fully explore, and often provide just as many unique experiences as mass tourism destinations.

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Five Great Dive Bars Between the Florida Keys and Miami

March 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Dive bars are a place you can go without needing to dress up and drench yourself in cologne. Each has its own character which makes the casual wanderer-in want to be him/herself. While in the Keys recently, we found a few such dive bars worth mentioning.

· Green Parrot Bar - 601 Whitehead St. Key West - Open Daily 10am - 4am
This dive bar is a long time favorite among locals and tourists. Formerly called The Brown Derby Bar during WWII, it was a favorite among the submariners and sailers stationed a few blocks away. Now called Green Parrot bar, some of the retired sailers still come back to the bar to find it virtually unchanged. I’m sure it can get very busy during the summer but the bartenders are quick and knowledgable so you won’t be waiting for your drink for too long.

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