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Five Ways To Change Your Travel Life In The New Year

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NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report on five ways you can change your travel life in the new year.

Getting into shape in the New Year can easily turn into a broken resolution. Your chances of sticking to a routine are better when you understand the logic behind the lifting.

One such place for that is the Pritikin Longevity Center in South Florida. For the first time, it is condensing its successful two-week educational program into three nights, four days. The 'taste' of Pritikin takes place six times in 2014 from January through November.  All-inclusive rates are $1,590 single occupancy and $2,340 double occupancy. For more information, visit

Traveling overseas can be transformational. So, make this the year you do something worthwhile with a selfie. Turn it into your first passport photo. On National Passport Day, taking place in March, you may apply directly at passport agencies without prior appointment. For more information, visit

Getting a passport is one thing, but acing the customs line is another. That's where Global Entry comes in. This one pays off mostly if you're a frequent international traveler. Pre-approved travelers can skip the customs line and head right to the kiosks for a fingerprint scan and automated declaration. Another perk of Global Entry is a free pass to the TSA PreCheck program that expedites screening at security checkpoints. For more information, visit

If you're strictly a domestic traveler, you can buy your way into PreCheck for an $85 fee per adult for five years. That includes expedited screening for all your kids under 12. For more information, visit

There's constant chatter about the hot spots for travel in the New Year, so I'm going to chime in with one. The most rewarding trip you can take, in my opinion, is a visit to the country of your ancestors. It will never go out of style, no matter where in the world that might be.

Finally, do something that scares you. Only you know what that is.

As is common practice in the travel industry, Travel With Val often receives complimentary travel or reduced "media" rates at hotels, resorts and attractions, including those that may be featured in these reports. Such consideration is not taken in exchange for any express or implied promise or understanding of any nature, particularly regarding the content of these reports. These reports only feature travel providers personally recommended by Valarie D’Elia in the exercise of her independent editorial judgment, and do not represent the endorsement of Time Warner Cable or any third party. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP