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Summer Travel Plans?

NASA has you covered…

 

 

…space is open for business!

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What’s The News?

  • The Trip: NASA won’t fly you to the moon *yet* but you might be able to visit the International Space Station (ISS) by next year.
  • How It *Might* Work: Private companies could fly you to the ISS & reserve access for up to 30 days.
  • How much? TBD. One estimate: $50 MILLION per person. NASA says $35,000/night to use ISS.
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Why It Matters:

  • This is a change. NASA used to not allow any projects that didn’t focus on research or education. NASA wants “in” on the party, collaborating with companies to access the “new” economy.
  • Space is expensive. Private industry competition has raised the questions about whether taxpayers alone should finance U.S. space exploration.
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While NASA says it doesn't foresee this limited space travel (2 trips a year of a handful of people) making a profit for the agency, but the money could help it invest in other projects. And, if you want to wait, NASA says moon trips will come by 2024.

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SmartHER Adventure:
Notre Dame Football

 

 

 

 

Jill Frangie of the SmartHER Squad shares her tips for an unforgettable, game day getaway.
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“You don’t need to be Irish, & it doesn’t matter your college team allegiances.A Heck, maybe you’re just a fan of the movieA Rudy. A Notre Dame football weekend is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Most schools call it a "fight song", but Notre Dame calls it a "victory march." Do yourself a favor & learn the lyrics.
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Key to Success: Start Early

“Buy game tickets, hotel rooms & flights as soon as possible. The closer to football season the harder to find & more expensive things get.”

Jill recommends staying at a hotel across from the stadium or in nearby Mishawaka. South Bend has its own airport & is about a 2 hour drive east of Chicago.
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Game Weekend

“A tradition since 1931, every Notre Dame football team has marched down the same tunnel and on to the same field for every home football game. On football weekend Fridays, you can too!”

SmartHER tip: most of the best things to do are FREE!
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Keep Your Camera Handy

 

 

It’s worth heading to the bookstore for any last minute Irish gear because there’s no doubtA you’ll run into a former coach or player or famous fan and get an autograph.

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College football kicks off this Saturday! Notre Dame is ranked #12 (Alabama is #1). Time to pack your bags -- but read on to learn why you should leave your purse at home.

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Diving With Great Whites

 

 

 

SmartHER News Founder Jenna Lee Babin takes you cage diving with Great White Sharks.

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“The world’s largest predatory fish doesn’t show up on cue. If I have one piece of advice? Pack some patience and TAKE MOTION SICKNESS MEDICATION.”

It can take several hours to see just one shark - Jenna says prepare ahead of time!
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“Experience and passion over the fancy boats makes all the difference.”

Jenna says look for an operator that has a ton of experience in the area and also believes in proper conservation because it will make for a better experience all around.
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“I still don’t love swimming in open water (and I am not sure I ever will), but this adventure instilled in me a truly unique respect for the beauty, grace and power of Great Whites. And if nothing else, it made me realize how little they are interested in us!”

While 'Jaws" is seared into our collective consciousness, Jenna says seeing sharks up-close provides a completely different picture than the one presented by Hollywood.
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Read more about Jenna's adventure cage-diving with Great Whites in South Africa.

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SmartHER Positano

 

 

 

 

 

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“I thought no exotic destination could ever match our Honeymoon in Bora Boraa|. until we arrived on the Amalfi Coast, and Positano literally took my breath away.”

SmatHER reader, Kit Schumaker shares her tips for a romantic getaway to Positano on Italy's Amalfi Coast.
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Getting There

“My husband can drive anywhere, on the wrong side of the road, in the middle of Paris – but he was very glad that we hired a driver from Naples.”

Kit says the road to Positano is an adventure all its own! Speaking of "traffic," the ideal months to visit the Amalfi Coast are May & September when the weather is good, crowds lighter and prices less expensive.
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“After climbing up and down steps all day, there is no guilt in the evening as you enjoy the best homemade pasta and fresh fish you have ever eaten!”

Kit gave us a list of "not to miss" cafes on our source page but also this great tip: Pasquale Volpe, an amazing Impressionist artist, can be found most days on the beach painting.
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In Nearby Capri

“…hike up to Mount Tiberius, at the very top of the island – you are literally on top of the world! A This is where the Emperor Tiberius used to toss people he didnat like off the cliff into the sea, so itas much more enjoyable to visit Capri today.”

Kit didn't want to leave Positano but says a quick day trip to the island of Capri is a must.
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We asked Kit how she looked so glamorous while traveling - Her response? "When in Italy all you need is to wear white and sunglasses and a man in a fedora doesn't hurt." Love it! Have a SmartHER Tip? Email us: Info@SmartHERNews.com

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SmartHER Adventure:
DISNEY WORLD

 

 

 

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie gives us her take on how to “survive” the happiest place on the planet.

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“I am firmly convinced that Disney World pumps Oxytocin into the air. While youare there, there are moments you swear ‘We ARE NEVER DOING THIS AGAIN!’ And then on your way home, you say ‘We should probably start planning our next trip…’a

Dr. Darria on taking her 4 & 1-year-old to Disney World. (P.S. oxytocin is a natural hormone that causes you to forget the pain of childbirth.)
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The Key To Happiness

“…we confuse thirst with hunger, which leads everyone to overeat (and whatas always in reach at Disney? CANDY and sugary drinks = meltdowns later).”

Dr. Darria suggests stroller hooks for water bottles and water breaks every 20-30 mins for kiddos & parents.
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“…sometimes getting in lines for a Disney ride will feel only marginally less pleasant than standing in line for TSA and probably closer to the DMV…That said, hearing your child squeal with laughter…makes it all worthwhile.”

Dr. Darria opted for a FastPass, but says avoid over-scheduling.
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“…the only people who say ‘My family is going to eat healthy at Disney’ have clearly never been to Disney.”

Dr. Darria suggests making one meal an "anchor meal" where your child gets a lean protein and fiber (fruit, vegetable, and whole grains) and then have fun in the park!
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“Donuts are absolutely required. Doctoras orders.”

“Stop by Joffreyas for donuts some mornings. Just do it. You have to ask where the stand is in each different park, but after youare handed a warm donut the size of your head, you will thank me.”

Dr. Darria shares more of her tips on our source page. It's a must-read!
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Take a trip recently? Have tips to share? We'd love to hear them and feature you on SmartHERNews.com & across our social media platforms. Email us info@smartHERnews.com - with subject line: Travel Tips! We can't wait to hear them!

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Girl “Injured” By “Support Dog” On Flight

  • On Feb 21, an incident took place involving a young girl (6-7 yrs old) while boarding plane.
  • Southwest says dog “scraped” girl’s forehead with teeth (AP).
  • Dog reportedly “support” pet of another passenger.
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Consider The Context

Drama-Filled Month

  • In late January, a United Airlines passenger made national headlines when she tried to bring a peacock named Dexter on a flight as a “support” pet.
  • United denied the peacock a seat and a debate about “appropriate” support animals ensued.
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Why This Is Important

“United had been reviewing its policy since late last yearA afterA a 75% increase in emotional-support animals on flightsA and aa significant increase in onboard incidents.a

Charlie Hobart, United Airlines spokesman, USA Today, Feb 1, 2018
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Why Is This Happening?

Possible Explanations

  • Support pets, like service animals, fly free.
  • Support pets do not receive the same rigorous training as a “service” pet, which can lead to more “incidents.”
  • No hard firm rules about acceptable “comfort” animals on flights.
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Airlines: Reviewing Rules

  • Stricter regulations on “comfort” animals resisted by some who say increased documentation unfair to the truly disabled.
  • Current rules purposefully very broad; spiders are clearly NOT considered comfort pets, but did you know miniature horses are included in The Americans with Disabilities Act as “service pets”?
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Just For Kicks: Dexter, the peacock, may not have "frequent flyer" miles but he has his own instagram account.

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