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The Pros and Cons of Public Transportation

Americans took 9.7 billion trips using public transportation in 2001(American Public Transportation Association), an increase of three percent from 2000. This begs the question: is there something about taking public transportation you...

Controlling Road Rage

Controlling Road Rage Quick test: Do you weave in and out of traffic, cutting other cars off as you try to get home from work? Do you tailgate? Do you shout obscenities at other drivers? Do you think all other drivers are idiots? Do you feel compelled to pay...

Ten Top Wineries to Visit in the USA

Ten Top Wineries to Visit in the USA There's something distinctly romantic about wine. In fact, what better epitomizes a SharpMan’s romantic intent than the term "wining and dining" — especially for St. Valentine's Day. Now before you think I'm crazy for mentioning Valentine'...

Cheap Road Trips Thru "Drive-Away" Companies

Cheap Road Trips Thru "Drive-Away" Companies Been workin’ too hard? Haven’t been working at all? Maybe it’s time for a vacation. If you’ve ever awakened and said to yourself "Hey…I feel like jumping into a car and seeing the country," this article is for you. Never had that thought?...

Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways

Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways The Appeal of the Romantic Getaway If you’ve been keeping up with our SharpDating tips, you know how much women love it when you make an effort on their behalf. Be it an unexpected gift, a delicious meal, or simply changing her oil, you...

How to Travel Wrinkle-Free

You’re in your hotel room with 20 minutes to get ready for a meeting. Of course, the one clean shirt you’ve been saving has been knocked to the floor by the housekeeping staff — "wrinkled" is too subtle to describe it. What ya gonna do?...

Ten Reasons Why Taking a Bus Is Better than Flying

Congested airports, frantic people, delayed flights and bad food. Count these among the not-so-sharp attributes of traveling by airplane. Throw in rising ticket prices, increased safety concerns and shrinking leg room, and many SharpMen...

Flying Cheap as an Air Courier

It’s vacation time at last! Unfortunately, between rent, your car payment and that SharpWoman you’re dating, you’ve barely got anything left to vacation with. Or do you? How about jetting off to Paris (yes, in France), London, Tokyo or...

The Ultimate Road Trip Survival Guide

The Ultimate Road Trip Survival Guide It's 2,886 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it. "Sometimes, there's nothing better than a road trip." You, a few buddies or your Sharpgal and not a care in...

Part-Time Cowboy: Taking a Dude Ranch Vacation

Thinking of taking a vacation with your buddies? Think about a trip to a dude ranch. For a whole weekend (or week) you can finally fulfill those dreams of riding the range, roping cattle and sleeping rough. Now, before you knock it, just...

Deep Into Miami

Deep Into Miami Would you like to swim in Tarzan’s favorite pool? Or visit an upscale hotel where the ghost of one of Al Capone’s body guards walks the hallways? Or stroll in an open-air mall that offers free live Latin music, trendy shops, ethnic...

Banff, Canada: Traveling CHEAP in the Canadian Rockies

If you’re an adventure seeker who loves to unwind in style at the end of your day, Banff, Alberta - nestled deep in the Canadian Rockies - may very well be the perfect getaway for you. From outdoor pursuits to gourmet dining and luxury...

Ultimate Arizona: A Week of Adventure and Multi-sport Fun

Ultimate Arizona: A Week of Adventure and Multi-sport Fun Your assignment: seven days of vacation. Your destination: the Grand Canyon state. Your mission: so much fun and excitement, you’ll need a second week just to recover. Arizona is truly incredible, the variety of its terrain unmatched in...

Consumer Tips for Getting & Using E-Z Pass

Consumer Tips for Getting & Using E-Z Pass Now that the votes have been cast for greatest invention of the twentieth century, I would like to put in my two cents. While the invention of the airplane is up there, the cure for polio was pretty special, and plastic is high on the list...

Checklist for a Winter Road Trip

Checklist for a Winter Road Trip So, you’re going to brave the holiday traffic and winter weather? Even with fuel costs up from a couple of years ago, road tripping can be an affordable travel option. But don’t leave your garage without reading — and following — these...

The International Spy Museum: A Last-Minute Planner’s V-Day Date Destination

Mission: Pull a decent Valentine’s Day date out of your ear — without dropping a bundle. Code Name: Save-Your-Hide Daytrip or Weekend Classification: You’d-Betta-You’d-Betta-You-Bet (highest classification) WARNING: Failure may result in...

Ski Bum for a Season (or More?)

Ever fantasized about being a ski bum for a season? So have we. Here’s a SharpMan Ski Bum Plan from writer Ray Bangs, who’s been there, done that. In 1994, SharpMan writer Ray Bangs headed west from Wisconsin in a fixed-up $100 car and...

SharpVacations: Hiking the Appalachians

Ready for a hike? Consider the Eastern seaboard’s Appalachian Trail. Completed by volunteers in 1937, you’ll find that the trail’s 2,167 miles are perfect for a short hike or a week in the backwoods on a SharpVacation. Want the SharpTravel...

Portland, Oregon: Brewpub Heaven

Everyone knows that if you want great coffee, Seattle’s the place to go. For world class wines, it’s the Napa and Sonoma valleys in California. But for good beer, pick another stop on U.S. Interstate 5: Portland, Oregon, where you’re never...

High Flying: Getting the Most Out of Airline Miles

Frequent flyer miles are great. You fly, you rack them up, and then you fly free. But is it ever that simple? No way. How many times have you boarded a plane realizing that you’re not getting credit for the flight you’re on, or that you’ve...