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2:09 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

A Pen-Pal Friendship Changes Two Lives

Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda met as pen pals in 1997 and are still best friends today. (Courtesy of Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda)

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 3:37 pm

When Pennsylvania schoolgirl Caitlin Alifirenka was offered a pen pal in a foreign country, she chose Zimbabwe because she liked the sound of it. But as she began to correspond with Martin Ganda, who lived in Zimbabwe with his family, she had no idea the extent to which that correspondence would change both of their lives.

As Alifirenka began to learn more about the poverty that Martin faced on a daily bases, her perceptions of her own world began to change.

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World
1:41 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

22,000 Miles Later, Adventurer Prepares For 3,000-Mile Solo Row Across Atlantic

Sarah Outen kayaks off the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, June 2014 (Courtesy of Sarah Outen)

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 1:32 pm

For most transatlantic travelers, a trip from London to Cape Cod takes about nine hours, including getting to and from the airport. For 29-year-old Sarah Outen, the journey has lasted nearly four years. But it was hardly a direct route! Outen has so far traveled 22,000 miles on a self-propelled round-the-world voyage.

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Travel
4:46 am
Tue December 2, 2014

‘Pride Of The Plains’: National Geographic Calls Oklahoma City ‘Best Trip’ Of 2015

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Last month National Geographic Traveler unveiled its annual Best Trips list online – 20 places editors say travelers have to see next year.

Oklahoma City and three other American locales appear in the December/January issue on newsstands Tuesday – alongside destinations as diverse as Choquequirao, Peru, Esteros del Iberá, Argentina, and the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar.

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Retirement
3:28 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Couple Embraces Nomadic Retirement

Four years ago, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell everything they own and start a global journey together. (homefreeadventures.com)

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 2:57 pm

Living out of a suitcase may not be your ideal type of retirement, but for two retirees, it’s paradise on earth.

Four years ago, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell everything they own and start a global journey together. They sold their house, gave away their belongings and set out on an adventure that has led them from California to Portugal, Mexico, Morocco and beyond.

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Travel
2:47 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Peter O'Dowd's Cross-Country Road Trip

A shot of Gallup, N.M., where Peter O'Dowd stopped off on his cross-country trip. (Peter O'Dowd/Here & Now)

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 11:03 am

On July 19, Peter O’Dowd left his job as news director of KJZZ in Phoenix, Arizona, packed up his things into a two-door Honda Accord and embarked on a six-day journey across the U.S. to start his job as assistant managing editor of Here & Now.

He joins hosts Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young to discuss some of the people he met along the way, during the 3,000-mile trip.

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Travel
8:11 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Spring Break Travel Delays Possible At OKC, Tulsa Airports

A concourse at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
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Officials at Will Rogers World Airport inOklahoma City and at Tulsa International Airport say airlines are expected to be busy through the weekend because of students who are out on spring break.

Passengers are advised to arrive at least 90 minutes before their flight — especially for flights scheduled to depart before 8 a.m.

Officials also note that many airlines now close flight check-in, both online and at the ticket counter, 25-30 minutes prior to departure to ensure on-time departures.

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Travel
9:06 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Holiday Driving Numbers Up In Oklahoma

More Oklahomans are expected to drive to their year-end holiday destinations in 2013.
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A record number of Oklahomans are expected to hit the roads and the skies during the end-of-the-year holiday season.

AAA Oklahoma says 862,000 Oklahomans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the last two weeks of December.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai says the number of Oklahoma travelers marks a 1 percent increase over last year's numbers.

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Travel
9:38 am
Thu November 21, 2013

AAA Expects Thanksgiving Travel Drop For Oklahomans

More than 574,000 Oklahomans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving. Most will drive to their destination.
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Fewer Oklahomans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving, and most will be getting to their destination by driving.

That's according to AAA Oklahoma. The agency says more than 574,000 Oklahomans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving, and of those, 90 percent will be getting there by car. More than 47,000 are expected to fly. That's down about 3 percent compared to last year.

AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday week. That's a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to last year.

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Travel
9:38 am
Thu November 21, 2013

AAA Expects Thanksgiving Travel Drop For Oklahomans

More than 574,000 Oklahomans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving. Most will drive to their destination.
Credit timo_w2s / Flickr Creative Commons

Fewer Oklahomans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving, and most will be getting to their destination by driving.

That's according to AAA Oklahoma. The agency says more than 574,000 Oklahomans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving, and of those, 90 percent will be getting there by car. More than 47,000 are expected to fly. That's down about 3 percent compared to last year.

AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday week. That's a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to last year.

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U.S. Commutes: The Way We Get To Work
7:14 am
Thu October 31, 2013

For A New Kind Of Commute, Some Eye The Sky

Orangutans can get exercise and look down their noses at zoo visitors, thanks to cables that stretch from one side of the primate habitat to the other.
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Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 1:21 pm

This story is part of a series on commuting in America.

Orangutans Kiko, Iris and Batang have a short commute — only about 500 feet between the buildings at the National Zoo where they sleep and pass their days. But it's a tricky trip.

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