Published 11:05 pm, Friday, May 11, 2018 WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Bobbie Smith knew right away what she would do with the money she found tucked inside a pocketbook she purchased at Wilson's Belk store. First, she would secure it in a little box at her Pikeville home and then she would search for its owner. "I said I'm going to put it up and I will keep it for six months to a year," Smith said. "If I didn't hear from anybody, I'm going to pay my 10 percent (to the church) and then I was going to have a little fun." But a little detective work and prayer led Smith to 85-year-old Catherine Slade, who had originally purchased the same pocketbook in Wilson, but decided to return it because it was too large. Slade left her belongings inside, including a light blue change purse filled with cash she was saving for a trip. When she discovered she had lost it, she went back to Belk, but the pocketbook was gone. Little did she know at the time, Smith had purchased the same pocketbook. … [Read more...] about Repurchased pocketbook contained woman’s $255 vacation fund
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“This is the lowest point on Earth, we’re hiking to today,” Usama says. We’ve just passed the last Bedouin settlement—a cluster of makeshift homes and farm animals belonging to the nomadic tribespeople—we’ll see for the next nine miles of our downhill trek. Leading us to the East Bank of the Dead Sea, our Intrepid Travel guide is sharing something the guidebooks didn’t: With the steep drop in elevation will come an oppressive spike in temperature. Ungluing my eyes from the blue expanse of water below, he points out Jerusalem and Jericho on the horizon. It’s our first view across the Jordanian border into Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Face to face with a conflicted state that’s dominated the news alerts streaming through my phone all week, though, the only thing I’m concerned about is whether or not I’ll be able to change into shorts before the heat takes over. This is why I came to Jordan: to hike the … [Read more...] about In Jordan Travel, a Window to the New Middle East
So it’s the start of a new year, and you’ve decided that you’re going to travel more. Amazing. Nothing makes us happier than seeing people add travel to their bucket list. Travel can be the most enriching, soul-soothing, confidence-building experience you can give yourself. So, if you’ve decided to pull your list together, and are going to add more countries to your list. Or you’ve decided to go back to the place that you fell in love with, and can’t wait to return. What do you think the number 1 issue most people run into when planning to travel more? Beside the limited vacation that most North Americans have? You guessed it. It’s not knowing how to find cheap flights to their destination. Let’s be real, airfares tend to use up most of our vacation budgets these days- but, they don’t have to. Knowing how to find insanely cheap flights is one of those easy to learn things that can open up so many different possibilities. Here are … [Read more...] about How to find insanely cheap flights so you can travel more!
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Screen addiction is destroying travel. Here's how to stop it Travelers are tied to their devices 24 hours a day. The travel industry wants it to be that way. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 4 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Christopher Ellliott, Special to USA TODAY Published 6:00 p.m. ET Feb. 4, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Tips and tricks all travelers should know Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. How to book a hotel the smart way: 1. Start with a thorough search. Check an online travel agency like Expedia or Booking.com or call your travel agent. Check the rate against the … [Read more...] about Screen addiction is destroying travel. Here’s how to stop it
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest How to stay safe in your 2018 travels You can take the right precautions and make smart plans that'll keep you safe on the road, no matter where you go. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 5 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Christopher Elliott, Special to USA TODAY Published 6:00 p.m. ET Dec. 24, 2017 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Tips and tricks all travelers should know Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. How to write an airline consumer complaint: 1. Be precise. Include details such as your confirmation code, flight number and travel date. 2. Cut the drama. When you claim that your … [Read more...] about How to stay safe in your 2018 travels
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Travelers, here's what to expect in 2018 With next year's travel season just around the corner, travelers and experts are assessing the 2018 travel landscape. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 2 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Christopher Elliott, Special to USA TODAY Published 6:00 p.m. ET Dec. 10, 2017 | Updated 12:22 p.m. ET Dec. 15, 2017 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Tips and tricks all travelers should know Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. How to write an airline consumer complaint: 1. Be precise. Include details such as your confirmation code, flight number and travel date. 2. … [Read more...] about Travelers, here’s what to expect in 2018
Seniors, take note — traveling just might extend your life. According to a report in USA Today, geriatrician and author Dr. David Lipschitz believes that travel helps senior citizens live longer lives. Whether the travel bug has always been abuzz or happened to bite a bit later in life, your senior years are an excellent time to travel. Because many seniors are retired, unusually flexible schedules are the norm. You may be excited to see the world (or at least the items on your bucket list) now that children are out of your hair — or maybe you’re simply looking forward to visiting loved ones. Experiencing new cultures and exploring new places is food for the soul, if not the elixir of youth. The good news: That soul food doesn’t have to eat up your entire nest egg, and deep travel discounts are not relegated solely to the hostel-hopping crowd. These six tips will get you out on the road for less green. 1. Ask and ye shall receive. Never book anything without … [Read more...] about 6 Savings Secrets for Senior Travel
I’m not ashamed to admit it. When it comes to travel—and life in general—I’m cheap. I drive an eight-year-old Corolla (which I bought used), I’ve never even considered paying for an airline upgrade, and the last suitcase I purchased cost a mere 40 bucks on Amazon. After all, the more frugal I am, the more travel I can afford. But I’m old enough to have discovered a few travel luxuries that I am willing to spend my hard-earned money on. Which Travel Luxuries Are Worth Paying For? A Good Laptop Bag As noted above, I’m perfectly happy to buy cheap carry-ons and replace them as necessary. (My last one, bought at Target, served me just fine for about 10 years.) But when it comes to the precious cargo I stuff into my personal item, it’s worth spending more on a bag that will protect my laptop and other valuables. The ideal laptop bag is sturdy, well padded, comfortable to wear, resistant to rain, and cleverly designed with useful pockets and … [Read more...] about 8 Travel Luxuries Even Cheap People Should Splurge On
During a recent trip I took to Portugal, there was a moment when my body was sitting in a park in Cascais, but my mind wasn’t present at all. Ducks paddled on a pond in front of me, children’s laughter echoed from a nearby playground, and a warm breeze drifted through the trees, but I wasn’t aware of any of it. Instead, I was staring at my phone—practicing the complete opposite of mindful travel. What Is Mindfulness? “Mindfulness is paying attention to our present-moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is,” says Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. “[It’s] the capacity of our mind to not be lost in the past or future, but to be more present, to be less reactive.” While most people associate mindfulness with meditation, it can be as simple as catching yourself when you’re zoning out and redirecting your focus onto the here and … [Read more...] about 7 Mindful Travel Tips for a More Meaningful Trip
Author: Ben ShakmanDate of Trip: March 2006 This is a four part trip report that covers our drive from Illinois to Dover, some missteps with flights, our trip around Europe (Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland), and our return travel. Of note: I traveled both ways with our daughters (age 5 & 7) while my wife made her way to Germany from Iraq in order to join us for this adventure. There are more pictures from this trip on our website at smugmug.com. March 17th (Day 0) March 18th (Day 1) March 19th (Day 2) We arrived at the PAX terminal and a very nice member of the Air Force Reserve on his Annual Training from Arkansas gave us a ride back from the long-term parking (wouldn’t it be great if there was a better way when one flies out of Dover?) so that we could drop off our vehicle. With the truck in long-term parking, our baggage in the terminal, and a minor sign-up glitch fixed — we were all set to fly. I had a little bit of time … [Read more...] about Operation Iraqi Freedom vacation – in Europe!