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Pigeon Point CA lighthouse ecbc

Chelsea Amaio

The blaze of Summer will soon die down and Fall is peeking around the corner, no matter how much local temperatures try to defy this fact. What better way to celebrate our changing seasons than planning some fantastic Summer and Fall adventures? Visiting picturesque lighthouses is a perfect activity for the occasion. This week, ecbc explores some of the world's best lighthouse destinations.

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Kenai Fjords Alaska ecbc

Donna Marie West

If you’re looking for a refreshing vacation away from the bustle and hum of the city, Alaska is the perfect destination for you. 

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Donna Marie West

Paris, Venice, and Niagara Falls are obvious choices, but they’re far from the only options for a romantic getaway you and your sweetheart will remember forever.

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Donna Marie West

What better way to relax than lying on a sandy beach, waves lapping lazily at the shore? Pack your beach vacation essentials in any one of ecbc’s water resistant back packs, featuring self-repairing, water-sealing zippers to keep your electronic devices safe from the elements, our portable power pack to keep those devices fully charged and head for the beach of your dreams.  Take a look at these 5 unique destinations that are among the best beaches in the world.

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Chances are if you’ve been to New York State you went to the Big Apple, yet the state is home to many other unique places.  Here are some of our favorites...

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If you are looking for an unusual, fun and educational destination for a family vacation, one of these just might fit the bill...

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“Go Wild” is the theme for 2015’s National Park Week, from April 19 – 27. Take advantage of free admission the first weekend to visit any one of America’s 59 national parks, including these magnificent locations...

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View From Top of Eiffel Tower

Donna Marie West

A trip to Paris necessarily requires visits to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre Museum, but what else is there to see? The answer is lots, including these fascinating sites for tastes ranging from the academic to the macabre.

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Fascinating Florida - ecbc

Aside from its famous beaches and palm trees, the sunshine state offers visitors many fascinating destinations, including two unique and mysterious sites.

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The New Seven Wonders of the World

If you are a history buff, or if you just want an amazing destination for your next vacation, why not see one of the “New” Seven Wonders of the World, as elected by global vote on the website 7wonders.org?  Accommodations are readily accessible in nearby cities, but keep in mind that several of these unique sites are in somewhat hard-to-reach locations. Prepare to be away from modern amenities with sturdy shoes, suitable clothes, and a well-stocked backpack.

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Winter Sports With ecbc

If your idea of a great escape is a day spent gliding down snow-covered slopes with fresh mountain air in your face, chances are you will love a weekend at one of these Forbes and Snow Magazine top-10 rated ski resorts:

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The Snowy Road Traveled_with_ecbc

Chelsea Amaio

With the holidays upon us and the winter blues prompting people to begin dreaming about vacations in warmer climates, it is important to take a moment to prepare for the unique travel that is winter travel.

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Quebec Carnival with the ecbc Pegasus

Donna Marie West

The 61st annual Quebec Winter Carnival – also known as the Carnaval de Québec – will be held from January 30 to February 15, 2015. The Quebec carnival is the largest winter carnival in the world, and third on the list of all top carnivals behind Rio and New Orleans.

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Equestrian Holidays In California with the ecbc Hercules

Donna Marie West

If a holiday combining the warm California sun, wide open spaces and one of man’s most beloved companions sounds good to you, you might want to consider an equestrian holiday. A quick Google search will turn up dozens of options offering everything from weekends on a dude ranch, to a week or more exploring the coastline, the Sierra Nevada Mountains or the Inyo National Forest. Just imagine yourself spending your days on horseback on one of these exciting excursions, only four of the many equestrian holidays available in the continental U.S.

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Future of Air Travel

Chelsea Amaio

Recently, we took a stroll down memory lane to look at the past 50 years of air travel. Much has changed in that time, and looking ahead, we can only assume a similar scale of drastic changes will happen over the next fifty years.  Here is a peek at what some say the future of airline travel will look like.

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Travel With ecbc - the gift we make to ourselves

In the introduction of this series a reference is made to the concept of Holistic Travel which embraces the practical aspects as well as attitudes and philosophies affecting us during travel. As this series develops, please remember that central to this view are these overlapping aspects. Although each aspect of the journey is important, the total experience is determined by everything simultaneously – practical and conceptual. It can turn a blind outing into an amazing expedition. Having traveled the world most of my life, military and civilian, I’ve garnered a wealth of experience. Meeting people and experiencing diverse cultures has the potential to enhance your life. It certainly has mine.

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Vintage Airline Experience

Traveling via an airplane is getting more and more common with the increase in flight routes, and society’s desire to step beyond their backyard. Statistics from the International Air Transport Association, or IATA, show that around 3.1 billion people flew in 2013, surpassing the 3 billion mark for the first time ever.  Originally however, airplane travel was strictly an extravagant luxurious privilege. Airfares were set by the Civil Aeronautics Board and were quite pricey, though with that price came perks that are long gone in today’s air travel. At the same time, we’ve seen improvements to the industry so extreme that travelers today couldn’t fathom it any other way. It’s amazing to realize all of the changes that have occurred in the last 50 years of airline travel. Below are some of the major changes.

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It's About The Journey

It's About The Journey - Part One 

 Life is a journey. During this journey, we travel. It can be a hard journey or it can be made a lot easier through a little forethought, planning and preparation. The word travel originated with the term travail. The journey was once extremely difficult. With advances in travel, technology and comfort afforded by ergonomics, it can now be an experience of pleasure and wonder. Often in our modern age, humanity forgets the beauty and enjoyment that travel can be due to the fast-paced mentality we’ve acquired. Whether we’re traveling for business or pleasure, we’re in a hurry. The journey needs to be pleasant. We need to pay attention. We need to stop and smell the flowers. If we’re wise or skilled and understand how to be in tune with the world around us, the journey can be absolutely memorable.

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Voluntourism - ECBC Travel With Impact

Ever have one of those self-evaluation moments where you wonder if all of the time and effort you’re putting into your daily activities is really worth it? Will the rewards pay off? How long down the road do you need to go before you begin seeing the benefits? One way to combat this feeling is to step back, take a vacation and recharge your body and spirit.  Feel even better after your vacation by embarking on a travel volunteer program (popularly called voluntourism.)  

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TSA checkpoint ecbc FastPass

On July 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security directed TSA to enhance security measures. As a result, on July 6, TSA sent out a press release stating “During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones.  Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.”

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Chelsea Amaio

The person who travels for business is often envied by outsiders. It's imagined they're seeing lots of exotic destinations, experiencing new cultures, trying new foods and having far more vacations than the average person. Sounds glamorous, right?

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Air Travel

Chelsea Amaio

 

Vacations are fun, but booking one is often another story. How do you know you are getting the lowest price on airfare? As a result of relatively recent  US. Department of Transportation rules concerning tax-included airfare advertising, tried and true flexible search engines where one can see an entire month's matrix of options have become quite limited. Similarly, with the plethora of search engines available and weekly specials flooding your email inbox with “Today Only!” specials, the piece of mind knowing you are locking in the best deal possible when booking is becoming a feeling of the past. Below are some tips on how to land the cheapest airfare possible.

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TSA

Chelsea Amaio

We are all quite familiar with the fact airline companies are increasingly finding ways to charge customers beyond the initial ticket price. Gone are the days of free checked luggage on most domestic flights. Here, and likely to stay, are the days of packing all belongings into an appropriate carry-on sized bags, all while meeting the ever-increasing stringent limits by Transportation Security Administration on what can and cannot be permitted in a carry-on bag.

In an attempt to reduce costs and frustrations, here are tips on purchasing the most travel-smart carry-on bag to make your travels  fee and hassle-free.

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Feel at Home Travel- ECBC

Chelsea Amaio

Adventurous travelers get the reputation of having an uncanny ability to detach themselves from the comforts they know and love and become completely malleable and adaptable to their surroundings. The truth is, however, even the most rugged traveler has comforts they consider unbearable to live without. Below is a list of essential items to pack on your next trip to make things feel a bit more like home, no matter how luxurious or rugged your travel will be.

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Chelsea Amaio

Traveling is fun. Traveling safe keeps it fun. Check out these tips from ECBC's Chelsea Amaio how to stay safe while traveling about the globe.

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ECBC Travel Tips

Chelsea Amaio

It's the middle of winter. As back-to-back snow storms seem to be relentlessly pummeling even the most unlikely locations across the U.S., we begin to feel like we're never getting out of the deep dark depths of these wintery months.

Now is a good time to to think back to those varied New Year's resolutions made and actively try to accomplish them, breathing hope back into us that there are brighter days ahead—literally!

 

Of the many new year's resolutions people make, this should always be one of them:

ECBC Travel Tips          

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Happy Holidays

Rhonda Mazurek

Planning a trip to Grandma’s for Christmas? Traveling over the holidays can be notoriously busy, expensive and stressful, but doesn’t have to be this at all. There are still travel deals to be found, provided you shop carefully and plan ahead.  Here's 10 tips for holiday travel and find some joy this holiday season.

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