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February 01, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 12: Take a Cold Weather Vacation

Frolic in the snow on your winter vacation!

Maybe you live in one of those more temperate climates -- like Hawaii, Arizona, Florida, or California -- where the weather doesn't actually get cold enough for snowy fun. Whether you want to participate in the annual running of the reindeer in Anchorage, sleep in Sweden's famous Ice Hotel, or go skiing in Aspen, has gathered up some of the best “snow-cations” you can take this winter.

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January 29, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 11: Take a Warm Weather Vacation

Consider the beaches of Florida to Puerto Rico to Hawaii -- not to mention tropical islands that stay warm all year.

Want something to keep you warm this winter? The Travel Channel has found some great places to warm up during winter. Check them out here.

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January 27, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 10: Take a Winter Cruise

Whether you want to travel to warm or cold weather, you can find a cruise line to take you there.

Once the temperature starts dropping, some people want to escape to sun and sand in popular destinations such as the Caribbean and Bahamas. Others sail on exotic adventures to the Southern Hemisphere (including Australia, New Zealand, southern parts of Africa, and most of South America), where our winter is their summer. Find your warm weather cruise destination here at USAToday.

On the other hand, if you want to trade sand for snow, these cold-weather cruises suggested by Conde Nast Traveler can take you to places like Antarctica and Alaska, and will have you seeking out penguins, fjords, and even the Northern Lights.

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January 15, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 5: Go Ice Sculpture Viewing


Pay a visit to an ice and snow festival to experience the frozen magic of ice carving.

Originally a skill taught in culinary schools, the art of ice carving has moved out of the kitchen to the great outdoors where teams of ice and snow sculpture artists from around the world come together to compete in sculpting events with the resulting artworks put on display for the rest of us to enjoy.

These frozen displays are carved from solid blocks of ice and snow by a variety of tools including chisels, handsaws, and even chainsaws. Whether you want to visit gorgeous sculpture displays, walk through entire castles built of ice, visit a music festival where all the instruments are made from ice just hours before each concert, or play on a playground constructed entirely from ice with slides, rides, and mazes, these ice and snow festivals elevate ice carving into magnificent works of art.

Learn about some of the top 10 ice and snow festivals around the world, gathered by

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January 13, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 4: Go Ice Fishing

Ice fishing has long been a favorite winter sport.

Though some might think the idea of sitting over a hole in the ice waiting to catch a fish might seem a bit crazy, the activity can be quite a bit of fun -- from the planning to the party atmosphere your family can have once there -- making it a favorite winter sport all across the northern reaches of this country.

Drive The Nation has gathered a few of the top spots in the U.S. to get out and try ice fishing, so check them out here.

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January 11, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 3: Go Sledding

A winter tradition for both young and old to enjoy.

If you'd like something with the same amount of speed but without the noise of the snowmobile engine, then consider these great sledding locations suggested by USAToday that offer specially groomed courses with ramps and hills for urban sledding, snowboarding, and tubing.

Sledding can be great fun, but it can also lead to serious injuries. Research shows over 20,000 emergency room visits per year were a direct result of sledding injuries in patients 19 and younger, so don't let injuries get in the way of your family's winter fun. Make sure you all wear helmets and proper sledding gear. And NEVER sled head first!

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January 08, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 2: Go Snowmobiling

If you’re looking for high-speed thrills and don’t want to spend your whole vacation on a mountain resort (and half of it in a chairlift), go snowmobiling.

This fun sport can be a great way to explore new places, but with the added bonus of an engine. Here are 10 great snowmobile destinations, courtesy of

If you're new to snowmobiling, be properly prepared for your ride: The Snowmobile Safety Awareness Program has an entire "Safe Rider" website, where you can learn the importance of proper riding apparel starting with under layers, eye protection, and headgear along with boots and outer layers; gear to pack including personal items, safety equipment, tools, and emergency kits; good trip planning practices; a pre-ride checklist; and much more.

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January 06, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 1: Go Skiing Or Snowboarding


Whether the kids are bunny-slope-bound or ready for snowboard tricks in the terrain park, you'll want to find ski resorts that are perfect for families to enjoy.

The Travel Channel has carefully evaluated these destinations to be especially family friendly for their easy access from the airport to the quality of their ski schools to how well a mountain is suited for little skiers.

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January 01, 2016

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 12: Don't Drink and Drive.


Be even more aware of other drivers, especially during the holidays.

The reason is obvious: Holidays mean parties and drinking, which means more alcohol-impaired drivers. Officials with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) cite alcohol as a contributing factor in roughly 52 percent of all deadly accidents on Christmas Day and 57 percent on New Year’s Eve.

#HolidayResponsibly: If you will be enjoying cocktails at a holiday party, check your blood alcohol content (BAC) with a portable breathalyzer (like this one from Floome) to make sure you are safe to drive. According to 63 percent of Americans do not know that the legal limit for drunk driving is 0.08 BAC, which is the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. If you're not safe to drive, use a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft, or call a taxi to get you home.

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December 30, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 11: Buckle Up for Safety.


All passengers should be safely restrained by seatbelts and child safety seats or boosters.

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 in the USA? In 2013, a child under 13 was involved in a crash every 33 seconds. Sadly, many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

Make sure your car seat fits your child: As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure your car seat is designed to fit your child’s current size and age and allows some room for growth. Get more information on the right safety seat for your child here at AskPatty.

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