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AAA: Christmas travel to increase

AAA is projecting that 92.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the year-end holiday travel period, an increase of 3.1 percent from the 89.5 million who traveled a year ago. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Dec. 23, 2010 to Jan. 2. “It’s great to see so many Americans taking to the roads, rails and skies this holiday season, especially since this is the fifth consecutive holiday period this year

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Ga. troopers participating in National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend

ATLANTA — Georgia state troopers will be stepping up traffic enforcement this weekend as part of a nationwide effort. As part of National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend, troopers will engage in so-called “high visibility patrols” and road checks aimed at reducing traffic deaths. “We are joining this nationwide effort because it focuses on driving behaviors that kill across the nation and this is not just a local problem,” he said. “This time of year is especially dangerous

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Tips to keep in mind when traveling this Christmas

ATLANTA – The Christmas travel season is here. For many, that means delays or an overall frustrating airport experience. But, the experts agree, there are a number of precautions vacationers can take to improve the overall traveling experience this Christmas. Leading up to Thanksgiving, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials recommended that travelers arrive in enough time to make it to their gates – that’s 90 minutes before domestic flights and two hours before international flights.

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Continental Airlines introduces ‘FareLock’

Continental Airlines introduced an option that allows customers to hold reservations and lock-in ticket prices for 72 hours or seven days without a commitment to purchase a ticket. The new FareLock feature, offered for a fee on certain domestic and international itineraries, allows to plan their travels and avoid the risk of price increases or sold-out flights, the airline said. Customers can choose FareLock when booking reservations at continental.com and opt for a 72-hour or

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Survey: 2011 travel plans looking up

Eighty-seven percent of respondents intend to take the same or more leisure vacations in 2011 compared to 2010, according to a new survey from Travel Ticker. In addition, when asked if they would fit more travel into 2011 if good deals were available, 94 percent of respondents answered yes. "It's great to see that, after quite a bumpy year, consumers feel ready to start taking their long awaited dream vacations, especially if presented with inspiring

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A one-stop guide to Athens, Ga.

Athens is home to a lot more than the University of Georgia. The Classic City is a wealth of attractions, culture and history. What’s more, Athens is the perfect one-tank trip from Atlanta. Yet, it offers enough that it could also be a nice weekend getaway.

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Take The Travel Trolley 2011 Travel Survey

ATLANTA – The Travel Trolley has launched a trends survey to gauge travel plans for 2011. The brief survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete and asks 10 questions ranging from the number of leisure trips planned for 2011 to the preferred method of travel. Results are expected to be released by the beginning of February. Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading questionnaire tool.

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History is a short drive away from Athens

ATHENS, Ga. – There’s a lot of history in Northeast Georgia within a short drive of Athens. About 25 miles from downtown is the Crawford W. Long Museum in the Jackson County city of Jefferson. On March 30, 1842, Long stepped into the history books when he used Ether as a surgical anesthesia. His legacy lives on at the museum that bears his name, which can be visited Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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State patrol receives H.E.A.T. Grant

ATLANTA — The Georgia State Patrol has been awarded a traffic safety H.E.A.T. grant of almost $1.8 million from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The grant provides funding for GSP to continue the Nighthawks DUI Task Force as well as the department’s Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Program, according to state officials. The ALS program and the GSP Nighthawks were created in 2004.  Under the ALS program, Georgia state troopers receive training, legal assistance and, in some cases,