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Trump to escalate campaigning as Biden steps up own travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to intensify an already breakneck travel schedule in the final full week of the presidential campaign, overlooking a surge of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and a fresh outbreak in his own White House.



President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump is expected to hit nearly a dozen states in his last-ditch effort to recover ground from Democrat Joe Biden, including Sunday’s trip to Maine and Tuesday’s to Nebraska. Both states award electoral votes by congressional district and could be crucial in a tight election. He will hold 11 rallies in the final 48 hours alone.



Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves St. Joseph On the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, right, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves St. Joseph On the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, right, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden, too, plans to pick up his travel schedule, aiming to hit the six battleground states the campaign sees as key to his chances, some with socially distanced in-person events and others with virtual events. On Tuesday the former vice president is traveling to Georgia, a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in more than a quarter-century but where polls show a tight race.



Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves St. Joseph On the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves St. Joseph On the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The final week of the campaign is colliding with deepening concerns about a public health crisis in the U.S. Trump is eager for voters to focus on almost anything else, worried that he will lose if the election becomes a referendum on his handling of the pandemic. Biden is working to ensure the race is just that, hitting Trump on the virus and presenting himself as a safer, more stable alternative.

The stakes were clear this weekend as the White House became the locus for a second outbreak of the virus in a month. Several close aides to Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for the virus, including his chief of staff, Marc Short. Pence, though, was insistent on maintaining his aggressive political calendar, even though he was deemed a “close contact” of his adviser, claiming the privileges of being an “essential employee.”

The latest outbreak has served as a potent metaphor for the divergent approaches the Trump and Biden campaigns have taken to the virus. On Sunday, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that “we’re not going to control the pandemic” and the focus should be on containment and treatment. Trump aims to pack thousands of people, most without face coverings, across some of the upper Midwestern states bearing the brunt of the surge.

“We want normal life to resume,” Trump said Sunday. “We just want normal life.”

Meadows, pressed to explain why the pandemic cannot

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Save Money on Vacation by Following These Steps

save money on vacationThere is no getting around it – a great vacation comes at a high cost. For a family of 4, you can sometimes spend in excess of $5,000 for 5 or 6 days away from home.

How Much Money Should I Save for Vacation?

The amount you can save is going to vary greatly depending on where you want to travel, how thrifty you are and how much research you do.

The different areas you can save some money include Transportation, Accommodations and staying on top of any hidden fees that could end up costing you a tremendous amount of money extra that you haven’t budgeted for.

TRANSPORTATION

There are a number of ways to save on transportation when you are going on vacation.

Plane Travel

Save Money on Tickets – You can save a lot of money on airline tickets if you’re flexible with your travel dates. A day or two earlier or later can make a huge difference in the cost. Tuesdays through Thursdays are usually the cheapest days to travel by air.

Consider alternate airports – Sometimes, flying into a different airport can save hundreds of dollars per ticket per flight. Larger cities typically have multiple airports.

Consider the cost of travel to and from the airport as well – Try to save money getting to and from the airport. If you take your car, you will need to pay for parking at the long-term car park. There might be cheap transportation to and from the airport, but it might be cheaper and less hassle to take your car if you have a lot of people and/or a lot of luggage.

Don’t overpack – Airlines can charge a small fortune these days for checked baggage. Pack each carry on for each family member carefully for maximum usefulness in the minimum amount of space.

Watch out for fuel surcharges and airport taxes – These should usually be included in the price of the ticket, but if you are booking online, that “cheap fare” might actually end up giving you sticker shock.

Book packages if possible – A flight, hotel and car rental for one inclusive price can be a good deal.

Collect air miles – Air miles can all add up to a big savings on your next vacation as long as there are no high fees for booking. Charges will usually be highest for last-minute travel, such as less than two weeks prior to departure.

Go in the off season – Avoid flying at the height of the holiday and summer. Try spring and fall getaways instead.

Going by Car

Make sure you have the car serviced before you go. You don’t want to end up with breakdowns and/or any costly repairs on the road. Check the tires, especially in warm and cold weather. The state of the tires can have a significant impact on fuel mileage.

Look for good gas prices – If you have more than one option, shop around. Pay cash for your gas. 

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How to Book a Hotel Room: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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Before you book a hotel room, decide what your budget is and what accommodations you need, like the number of beds or free Wi-Fi. Once you know what you need, use a hotel search engine to find hotels in your preferred price range. After you find a room you like, reserve the room online by filling out your name, your dates of travel, and entering your credit card information. You can also call the hotel directly to see if they can provide a better rate and then reserve the room over the phone. To learn how to compare hotels using discounted search tools, read on!

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