Your AAA Magazine August 2018

Celebrate the dog days of summer with this issue of Your AAA Magazine. We have all kinds of ways you can pamper your pet – from gourmet treats to travel ideas to DIY games. You’ll also find useful back to school topics for preschool through college and beyond. And, of course, we have all of the travel, automotive and money pieces you expect.

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Barcelona Bound for Gaudi Architecture and Gastronomic Delights

One of Europe’s most stylish cities, Barcelona is a paradise for architecture lovers and foodies alike.

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Pets and Vacation Planning: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

Most animals will enjoy a family vacation, but a small percentage are not cut out for traveling. Before packing a bag for your pet, consider carefully whether it’s a good idea. When in doubt, check with your veterinarian. You probably should leave your pet at home if … It is very young or old, pregnant,...

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Vermont is for Animal Lovers

Belle was sprawled on the bed, pawing through Four Legs & a Tail magazine, after a long day enjoying the pleasures of Vermont’s great outdoors. Her sister, Sadie, was already under the covers, snoring, when there was a knock at the door. Belle and Sadie made it to the door before I could stand up...

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Tips for Taking a Car Ride With Your Critters

Traveling with pets can be a fun-filled experience – or utter insanity. Here are some directions from AAA for driving with your four-footed passengers. Get Ready To help prevent car sickness, feed your pet a light meal four to six hours before departing. Do not give an animal food or water in a moving vehicle....

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Please Your Pet’s Palate With These Paw-some Recipes

The saying goes that our pets are like our children, and we always want the best for our children, right? Whether you want to introduce healthier snacks into your pet’s diet or give a reward for good behavior, preparing a homemade treat may do the trick. Try one of these recipes at home and you’ll...

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A Spin on Harley Quinn Spinsanity at Six Flags New England

For your viewing pleasure, watch our writer take on the new Harley Quinn Spinsanity ride at Six Flags New England.

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Mix Food and Play With These Purr-fect Pet Toys

Pets need a lot of things from their owners, like food and exercise. Food puzzles – feeding stations that require your pet to solve a puzzle in order to get food or a treat – provide a bit of both. Pet stores often carry such enrichment toys, and some can be found online. But you...

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Here’s What To Expect From That First College Tuition Bill

Tips to get mentally prepared for your first college payment.

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Dog-Friendly Beach Vacations in the Northeast

My dog’s absolute favorite place to go in the summer and fall is the beach. If you’re looking for a romp on the beach with your favorite furry pal, exploring the Northeast coastline is a must-do. Cape Cod, Long Island and Maine offer some great places to play. Cape Cod Parts of the Cape Cod...

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10 Tips for Tackling Your College Commute

Suggestions to save money, time and headaches as a college commuter.

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Be Prepared for Pet Emergencies While on Vacation

It's important to plan for emergency situations involving your pet just as you would for yourself.

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2018 Pet Directory

From health care to pet security, the 2018 Your AAA Pet Directory will help you to find quality pet care resources.

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Make a Healthy Atmosphere for Your Animals

Our pets spend a lot of time indoors. Why not try to make your home into a healthier, happier environment for them?

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Follow These Tips To Help Keep Teens Safe Behind The Wheel

Teaching your teenager to drive can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. Follow these tips to ease your anxiety. They’re from Keys2Drive – the AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety. Practice, practice, practice. Plan for as much supervised practice driving as possible. It’s the key to helping your teen develop safe habits. AAA...

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AAA Roadside Technician Rescues Elderly Couple From Home Fire

Every day, AAA Northeast’s expert roadside technicians demonstrate a dedication to helping and serving people. Some days, their efforts are downright heroic. May 30 was one of those days. That’s when Norman Strom helped save an elderly couple from a fire in their Grafton, Mass., home. Strom was passing their house on his way to...

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A Few Lessons for Driving in Foreign Lands

The Mediterranean sparkled, and the smell of cypress trees warmed by the summer sun filled the air as I cruised around the Greek island of Paros on my dual-sport motorcycle. Find and book a hotel in Paros. It was paradise. Until an oncoming tour bus entered my lane around a blind cliff-side turn. I avoided...

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LL Cool J Raps on His 1987 Audi 5000

Raised in Queens, N.Y., this rapper, actor, author and television personality has released 13 studio albums, which feature hip-hop hits like “Going Back to Cali,” “I’m Bad” and “Mama Said Knock You Out.” He stars in the CBS crime drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and hosts “Lip Sync Battle” on Paramount Network. Check out his new...

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AAA Opens Branches in Farmingdale and Yonkers, N.Y.

AAA Northeast recently opened new branches at 915 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, and 2349 Central Park Ave., Unit C, in Yonkers. Book a vacation with a knowledgeable AAA travel agent. Speak to an expert insurance agent about your coverage needs. Pickup discounted attraction tickets, maps and TourBooks and find out about all of the perks of...

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Katie Linendoll’s Nissan Altima

The Emmy winner, tech expert, avid traveler, TV personality and all around social and tech influencer tells AAA about her first car.

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Research is Key to Autonomous Car Safety

I bought my first car, a 1982 Ford Escort, after graduating from college. It had a four-speed manual transmission, AM radio and manual steering and brakes. It got me where I needed to go, but it didn’t drive itself. In 1982, the closest thing to an autonomous vehicle was KITT on the television show “Knight...

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Feeling Tired and Cranky? You Might Be Dehydrated

Staying properly hydrated during travel isn’t always easy, but it is important. If you find that you're not feeling well, you may just need a glass of water.

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Dodge Durango Packs Full-Size Features Into Midsize Model

The Dodge Durango three-row SUV comes in five trim levels, rear or all-wheel drive, and a V-6 or V-8 engine. My road test was in the high-performance SRT version with a 475-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 engine. The cabin of the Durango was comfortable, featuring heated and cooled seats and a heated steering wheel. Combined with a...

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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Couples Extensive Features, Great Warranty

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport – not to be confused with the larger Santa Fe – is a five-passenger SUV that comes in two trim levels: base and ultimate. The base model is equipped with a 2.4-liter engine that develops 185 horsepower while the ultimate model has a 2.0-liter 240-horsepower turbocharged engine. My road test was...

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What Does It Mean To Be Financially Literate?

What does financial literacy mean? The definition of financial literacy can vary a bit depending on the source, but it almost always centers on having the skills and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions regarding your financial resources. For the average consumer, knowing how to maintain a balanced checking account and understanding interest, credit ratings...

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Laughter Yoga – No Joke

Ho-Ho-Ha-Ha-Ha! Laugh off your stress in a laughter yoga class.

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Enjoy the End of Summer in the Pocono Mountains

Six must-do activities for the last few weekends of summertime sun and fun.

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When Should You Replace Your Heating System?

Keep this guide handy if you’re considering repairing or replacing your heating system.

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Must-Have Apps for College Students

It's almost time for classes to start. Make sure you are prepared with these helpful apps.

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Top 5 Waterfront Foliage Views in the Northeast

Ready for a fall adventure? By the water is where you'll find some of the Northeast's most stunning foliage outlooks.

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Before You Rent a Car, Know Your Refueling Options

There are several ways you can gas up your rental car. We highlight the different options so you can choose what works best for you and enjoy your road trip without any worries.

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Turn Your Hotel Room Into the Perfect Vacation Hub

A totally stress-free vacation starts with a decluttered hotel room. Keep your home away from home organized with these seven tips and tricks.

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Where to Eat in US National Parks

These fine dining restaurants located within national parks offer a welcome change of pace after a long day of exploring.

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