How Women Are Reshaping the Traditional Golf-Buddy Trip

(NewsUSA) -The buddy trip is a time- honored golf tradition -; but it’s not just for the guys anymore. Women are increasingly booking these getaways to relax and reconnect with their gal pals, and, of course, enjoy a little camaraderie on the golf course. In the process, they are redefining the buddy trip."We’ve hosted women’s groups of all sizes over the years, and we see distinct differences and similarities between what women and men want from a trip," says Richard Mogensen, general manager of central Florida’s Streamsong Resort. "The women are just as serious as the men about their golf, but while the guys tend to stick to golf and sporting activities, women’s groups want a broader experience with a strong emphasis on exploring unique dining options."According to Mogensen, women’s buddy groups have some key items on the getaway agenda:* Great Golf –; This is still a buddy trip after all, and golf is undeniably central to the experience. "Our women’s groups choose us for the same reason the men do -; Streamsong is a bucket-list golf destination," Mogensen says.* Unique Activities and Amenities -; Men’s groups typically play 36 holes in a day, while women often stick to 18 a day, leaving time for other activities. For example, Streamsong’s guided bass fishing excursions and sporting clays course have become popular among women’s groups who want to learn something new or extend the friendly competition beyond the 18th hole. Of course, the spa is a favorite for women as well as men.* Tailored Dining –; Burgers and beer or steaks and bourbon won’t cut it for a more refined palette. Women’s groups seek signature dishes with the perfect wine pairing and group dining when they travel. "Private dining at our Chef’s Table and custom pairing menus are in demand with women’s groups," Mogensen says. "It’s a unique, personal way to cap off the day."* Unexpected Settings -; Women’s groups want the memorability factor in their buddy-trip destination. At Streamsong, it stems from the land’s previous life as a phosphate mine, a period that reshaped the resort’s 16,000 acres and punctuated it with dramatic sand dunes and deep lakes. "Our guests simply can’t believe they’re in Florida," says Mogensen.For more information about Streamsong, go to www.streamsongresort.com or call 1-866-849-8582.

Fall in Love with Greater Fort Lauderdale

(NewsUSA) – Travelers may think of summer and beach activities when they think of Florida, but Greater Fort Lauderdale takes its relaxing vibe into the fall season.With options for off-season savings, visitors can enjoy a VIP experience for less and make the most of a fall visit to the destination, including deals on fine dining, outdoor activities, and indulgent spa experiences, just before heading into winter.-Food: Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month is back by popular demand with a new name and improved dining deals. "Crave GFL," Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month, is back by popular demand with a new name and improved dining deals. "Crave GFL," which runs through the month of September with many restaurants extending until October 15, celebrates the distinctive fusion of flavors that Greater Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The promotion includes a series of tasting events, and more than 45 area restaurants offer specially created three course meals priced at $37. celebrates the area’s distinctive fusion of flavors that Greater Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The promotion includes a series of tasting events, and more than 45 area restaurants offer specially- created three-course meals priced at $37."The natural beauty of our seaside community inspires chefs to create meals that are fresh and palate-pleasing," says Stacy Ritter, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau."Our restaurants and cafes are taking their rightful place not only on the global-cuisine stage, but also among our abundance of visitor attractions," she adds. For more information, visit sunny.org/cravegfl for more details.-Fun: The Vacation Like A VIP program, offering packages at a number of upscale hotels through October 15, allows visitors to Greater Fort Lauderdale to enjoy a buy-one-get-one free deal on activities, including Everglades airboat rides, visits to Sawgrass Recreation Park and Everglades Holiday Park, scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing the FlowRider at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, along with other water-sport activities and water-taxi tours.Visit sunny.org/vip for additional information.-Feeling good: Greater Fort Lauderdale’s popular spa promotion is back through October 15.During "Spatember," the promotion includes specialty services for $99 at select spas in the area, with many extending to October 15. Treatments range from organic facials and eye treatments to therapeutic manicures and pedicures, as well as unique hot stone massage sessions.The Spatember deals may be a welcome opportunity "to find some much deserved ‘me time’ to restore the mind, body, and soul without breaking the bank," Ms. Ritter says.Visit sunny.org/spatember for more information. 

Real Talk — When Was The Last Time You Enjoyed Your Business Trip?

(NewsUSA) -It’s hard to believe that 2017 is more than halfway over and that fall is in the air.With that, life starts to speed up as kids head back to school, holidays loom just around the corner, and you may find yourself traveling for work a bit more in the coming months as companies try to wrap up end-of-the-year projects.Welcome to real travel.What does that mean exactly?While we would all like to plan trips to exotic locations for weeks at a time, the truth is that people travel for life reasons, such as visiting relatives, meeting with clients, and for children’s sports.Just because these types of trips are practical does not mean they can’t also be enjoyable. And one travel blogger has some ideas on how to inject some fun into your real life trips.Danielle Smith, wife, mother, and creator of the Pretty Extraordinary website, "A place where you can ditch perfection, embrace the juggle and come away celebrating the small victories," believes there are some simple ways to get the best out of real travel.* Make Practical Trips Fun and Fun Trips Practical: Whether you are obligated to visit a family member or simply travel for business, seek out a few opportunities to enjoy the time away. Find a new restaurant that serves your favorite type of food, take in a show or visit a local treasure. Alternatively, if you have the opportunity to steal away for vacation, take the time to do a college tour with your kids: even if they aren’t looking yet, you never know what doors you may open.* Seek the Perks: For any type of travel, always look for hotels that offer the amenities that will make your stay both more comfortable and affordable. When traveling for business, chances are you’re visiting clients in various cities, so it’s important to find a hotel brand that consistently offers what you need. Hampton by Hilton, for instance, has more than 2,240 properties around the world and offers free amenities to make your stay more pleasurable. To help fuel up for those long days on the road or endless meetings, the hotel provides On the Run breakfast bags as a perk. Need to stay up late working into the evening? There’s free Wi-Fi for that.* Plan for Disruption: We all know that real travel involves real life moments — lost luggage, delayed flights, rainstorms when you were planning on a sunny day. So take the time to monitor the weather before you head to your destination, and keep a few extra items in your carry-on or purse (such as a rain hat, sweater or umbrella).While travel can be stressful, if you are prepared and plan ahead, it doesn’t have to be. You may even be able to enjoy a few moments.So don’t forget to book your next getaway at Hampton.com, where Hilton Honors members get a guaranteed discount.  

Prep Your Ride for The Ultimate Summer Road Trip

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The weather is heating up, school is out and that means it’s time to hit the open road on a memorable summer road trip! Road trips can be a fun, inexpensive, and even educational way to enjoy and explore new places, or return to favorite spots.
Wherever your road trip takes you, the key to having a great experience starts with proper preparation; that means taking care of the driver, passengers and your ride.
Here are some easy tips to help you plan a road trip and make your summer adventure one to remember:
* Safety first: The driver focuses on driving. If the driver needs to check the phone, take a break, have a snack, or anything else, wait for a rest stop, or pull over to the side of the road.
* Check your ride: A complete car check before a road trip should include checking the fluid levels, wiper blades, lights (including brights) and tires.
* Optimize your engine. After only a short period of time, you might see changes in your vehicle’s performance and this shouldn’t be ignored.
Before you hit the road, a simple way to troubleshoot performance issues is to use a fuel injector cleaner such as 104+ Fuel Injector Pro.
Fuel Injector Pro is a fuel system cleaner formulated to break up heavy carbon deposits that can keep your car’s engine from working its best. To make sure your car is at its top performance and getting the best fuel economy before you hit the road, pour the product into your gas tank and you’ll see an immediate improvement.
* Ride in style. A clean car makes any trip more pleasant, especially a summer road trip. Spills are inevitable on a long ride, so make sure to prepare your ride for the unknown. Simply spray 303 Automotive Stain Guard to help protect the carpet and car seat fabric against messes caused by coffee, soda, pets, dirt, mud and more. The product is easy to apply, non-flammable and safe for car seat upholstery, carpeting and fabric floor mats.
* Resist the elements. On your trip, you may hit some inclement weather or encounter other elemental irritants, so make sure to protect the metal areas of your car and trailer with a coat of rust prevention spray. STA-BIL Rust Stopper is a rust treatment designed to help protect any exposed metals from rust and corrosion, and help prevent water erosion and markings.
Visit goldeagle.com for more information about keeping your car clean, comfortable, and performing at its best this summer and year round.

Central Florida’s Hidden Gems Shine in the Summer

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Florida may be best known as a winter- and spring- break getaway, but savvy travelers will tell you that the Sunshine State is most certainly a summer destination as well.
Florida is home to many diversions perfect for lazy summer days, especially when you head inland and away from the crowds.
Streamsong Resort, located between Tampa and Orlando in central Florida’s Polk County, is one off-the-beaten-path destination that truly shines during the summer.
Known for its nationally-ranked golf, the 16,000-acre property is home to soaring sand dunes, wide open fields, dense woods, deep lakes, and a lone palm tree, giving it a distinct “anywhere but Florida” look.
“Out-of-staters think Florida is just crowded beaches and theme parks,” says Richard Mogensen, Streamsong’s general manager.
“They’re shocked when they travel inland and experience a destination like Streamsong that’s more about relaxing and savoring their time off.”
While golf may be in the resort’s DNA, it has become known as a prime spot for outdoor enthusiasts.
In fact, Streamsong’s guided bass fishing tours routinely pull in fish weighing more than six pounds, and it’s not unusual for guests to reel in a catch north of eight pounds.
The property’s sporting clays course — located about 15 minutes from the Lodge, but, amazingly, still on the property — challenges guests to shoot over a variety of ravine landscapes from multiple stations, all the while being surrounded by local flora, fauna and wildlife. And, the adjacent archery range lets guests perfect their marksmanship in a serene natural setting.
Of course, you don’t have to be the outdoorsy type to enjoy Streamsong.
The lakeside infinity pool is prime for lounging and the resort’s grotto-style spa beckons guests seeking a slice of serenity.
“At Streamsong, relaxation is whatever you want it to be — whether it’s playing 36 holes of golf or spending the afternoon stretched out in a cabana,” Mogensen says.
For more information, go to www.streamsongresort.com or call 1-866-849-8582.

Have a Blast This Spring Break With These Must-Have Necessities

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -Spring is right around the corner, and after months of being locked inside from the cold winter weather, it’s time to get out and have some fun in the sun! Whether it’s at the beach, traveling somewhere new, or just spending time with family and friends, spring break is the perfect time to get out and enjoy yourself in the warm weather.
To make sure you capture every moment and have a blast while doing it, these must-have items have got you covered:
* Enjoy the ride. Get pumped up for the warm weather with Vivitar Bluetooth Earbuds, perfect for streaming and listening to music wirelessly while you travel to your spring-break destination. Compatible with iPhones, iPads, smartphones, and tablets, these earbuds also feature a built-in mic to manage phone calls on the go, and a rechargeable battery to allow for up to five hours of talk time. Removable ear gel fins are also included, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes during sporting activities, sunbathing, your morning run, and more!
* Shoot in any conditions.
With the Polaroid iS048 Waterproof Digital Camera, you can take photos of your adventures anywhere, including up to 10 feet underwater, something your smartphone can’t do. The camera features a 2.4-inch preview screen and has 16 megapixel resolution with high-quality still images and video recordings. It’s available at www.polaroid.com
*Rock out. Who needs an 80s boom box when you have an Altec Lansing Boom Jacket2 Bluetooth Speaker to listen to your jams? The speaker’s Bluetooth interface and NFC (near-field communication) technology lets you stream music from select devices from up to 50 feet away. And if you’re worried about water or sand getting in the way of enjoying your tunes, don’t be. This speaker is water-, sand-, and shock-proof. It also accepts voice commands and features spoken caller ID, with a lithium-ion battery that provides up to 40 hours of battery life on a full charge. The speaker even doubles as a power bank, so you can charge devices while you’re on the go.
* Stay charged up. No matter where you go — be it on spring break in Cancun, a day at the park, or a simple barbeque in your own backyard — you won’t want to miss a moment, which means you’ll need to keep all your electronic devices charged. To that end, consider a reliable and durable charger such as the Altec Lansing Rugged Apple Lightning Cable. This cable is directly compatible with all Apple devices, and is engineered with protective material that shields it from the usual wear and tear, including six feet of spring coil that ensures that your cable never breaks or frays. It provides fast and easy connection when plugged into any USB wall and/or car charger.
* Catch some waves or hit the slopes. So whether you’re heading to the beach to ride some waves or taking one last run down the mountain this season, you don’t have to worry about your phone. The Lifeguard Waterproof Universal Pouch fits a variety of different iPhones and Android models. This pouch fits comfortably around your neck, guarding your phone from any possible damage caused by water, snow, dust, or dirt, leaving it working like new no matter how tall the waves, or how high the mountain.
With spring break just around the corner, rest assured that wherever your trip takes you, these products will be just what you need to have the best time possible.

Why Pam Anderson Says She Won’t Use Uber

Don’t expect Pamela Anderson to be using her fame to endorse Uber or any other app-based, ride-hailing service any time soon.

The former “Baywatch” beauty is out with a new public service announcement (PSA) called “The Driving Game!” that slams the ride-hailing industry. As an homage to the classic TV game show, “The Dating Game,” Anderson plays a passenger grilling three male contestants vying to drive her home, and — given the slew of Uber and Lyft drivers who’ve been accused of rape, murder, and other crimes across the country — you can understand why the two identified only as “Ride Hail App Drivers” come off as something akin to dates from hell.

¿Desea tomar el camino menos transitado? Aquí le explicamos cU+00F3mo

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – En las rutas con paisajes puede haber caminos complejos divertidos, pero es totalmente diferente a navegar por la vía; no olvide estos consejos para mantenerse seguro y evitar quedar atrapado.
–ObstU+00E1culos simples: cuando estU+00E1 pensando conducir en arena, nieve o lodo, desinfle sus neumU+00E1ticos para mejorar la tracciU+00F3n, disminuyendo las huellas de los mismos. Mantenga el momento y si sus ruedas comienzan a girar en la arena o en la nieve, disminuya un poco la velocidad. Si estU+00E1 en el lodo, mantenga las ruedas girando para ayudar a limpiar el lodo de los neumU+00E1ticos.
–ObstU+00E1culos complicados: cuando se acerca a grandes rocas, troncos o zanjas durante su viaje en rutas externas, tU+00F3melos en un U+00E1ngulo, para que solo un neumU+00E1tico esté en el obstU+00E1culo, mientras los otros tres se mantienen al nivel del piso para maximizar la tracciU+00F3n. Coloque un neumU+00E1tico en el obstU+00E1culo, luego conduzca despacio para ayudar a proteger el chasis de su vehículo.
–Colinas: siempre piense en un plan de escape en caso de que su viaje no resulte según lo esperado. Sin embargo, puede aumentar sus probabilidades de conducir de manera segura en las colinas, si se aproxima recto hacia ellas para obtener mayor tracciU+00F3n en las cuatro ruedas. Utilice la velocidad mU+00E1s alta posible para subir la colina cU+00F3modamente.
Pearse Umlauf, Presidente y Gerente General de Jeep Jamboree, dice que tener los vehículos y neumU+00E1ticos correctos, permite tener experiencias incomparables en la carretera. “Las Jeep Jamborees son para fines de semana de aventura en rutas externas que hacen que las personas pongan los pies sobre la tierra, para que disfruten de sus Jeep 4×4 al aire libre”, dijo Umlauf, quien trabaja en la coordinaciU+00F3n de operaciones para el uso seguro y mantenimiento de los vehículos para rutas externas en EEUU y el mundo.
SeñalU+00F3 que los neumU+00E1ticos BFGoodrich serU+00E1n los neumU+00E1ticos oficiales de la Jeep Jamboree en el 2017.
Cuando estU+00E1 listo para ir al campo, Del Albright, salU+00F3n de la fama de los deportes de motor todo terreno, y BFGoodrich Performance Team Expert, tienen 50 años de experiencia en manejo con neumU+00E1ticos en caminos. “El neumU+00E1tico todo terreno T/A KO2 es mi favorito, con un diseño fuerte y duradero que lo hace ideal para los conductores todo terreno que desean probar sus vehículos o que solo disfrutan el campo”, dijo. Albright también es un defensor a tiempo completo de la conservaciU+00F3n y preservaciU+00F3n de los caminos para el uso de los conductores todo terreno. Uno de sus caminos favoritos, el camino Rubicon en Lake Tahoe, California, estuvo en riesgo de cierre debido a la erosiU+00F3n; sin embargo, Albright liderU+00F3 a un grupo de voluntarios para que repararan los lugares con problemas y preservaran el camino para los conductores todo terreno y otras personas que disfrutan del aire libre. Algunos de sus otros caminos favoritos incluyen: el Rausch Creek Off-Road Park (Pennsylvania), el San Hallow State Park (Utah) y el camino Hatfield-McCoy (Virginia occidental).
Para obtener mayor informaciU+00F3n sobre BFGoodrich y de aventuras en ruta, visite www.bfgoodrichtires.com

Water Testing for Household Well Owner Easy as 1-2-3

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Testing one’s drinking water can be intimidating to a household well owner, but it can be easy if you know a few basic steps, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).
Following these three steps can help the well owner get appropriate tests for contaminants that might present a health risk — or create taste, odor, or appearance problems:
1. Determine what you should test for in your water
2. Obtain a reliable water test
3. Get an interpretation of your test results so you can take any appropriate action.
An excellent place to start in learning more about these three steps is the NGWA website, www.WellOwner.org.
What to test
NGWA recommends that well owners test annually for bacteria, nitrate, and anything of local concern. Contaminants of local concern can be naturally occurring, such as arsenic, or manmade, such as chemicals or heavy metals from industrial or waste sites.
Most county health departments do some water testing, and many well owners are within reasonable distance of a drinking water testing lab. Both are good places to start in finding out what might be of local concern.
Getting a water test
Knowing where to start in getting a water test need not be difficult. Go to www.WellOwner.org and click on the “Water Testing” tab near the top of the page.
Next, use these buttons:
* “Click for county health department contact info” — This takes you to a webpage where you can access contact information for local health departments nationwide. Ask your health department if it tests water, and, if so, for what and how much it costs.
* “Find a certified testing lab”
— This takes you to a map where you can navigate to your state agency webpage to obtain information about certified drinking water testing labs.
Interpretation of your water test results
For an interpretation of test results, start with the agency or lab that did the testing. If you need additional help, www.WellOwner.org links to an online water test interpretation tool located under the “Water Testing” tab. Type the values from your water test results into the appropriate fields in the online tool and it will provide an explanation of the results — usually including the risks to health, any warranted actions, and appropriate water treatment technologies.
Visit www.WellOwner.org to learn more about water testing, well maintenance, water treatment, and groundwater protection.

How Safe Is Uber? It Depends on Gender

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It’s shorthand for the potential danger faced by women using app-based, ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. And if you’re already dismissing how dangerous it can be, you’ve obviously missed the rash of headlines like these from across the country.

• “Uber Driver Charged With Rape Ordered Held After Dangerousness Hearing” (Boston Globe, August 2016)

• “Police Had Tip That Lyft Driver Charged With Sexual Assault Planned To Flee Country” (Dallas Morning News, November 2015)

• “Police: Uber Driver Returns to Rape, Burglarize Passenger at Her Home” (FOX-TV New Orleans, January 2016)