Summer 2014 Issue | RTX Traveler Magazine

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
― John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

Even long after most of us leave behind our school days and the much anticipated summer vacations by which they are measured, the change in seasons from spring to summer often brings a restful, relaxing feel to the air. Whether it’s the blooming of so many colorful flowers, the warmer days or the lingering evening light, there’s something about summer that coaxes us to slow down, relax and enjoy ourselves.

Our featured destination in this issue of RTX Traveler Magazine, Hilton Head Island, S.C., is an idyllic setting for any summer vacation. Pristine beaches are the perfect playground for bike riding, building sandcastles or simply relaxing and playing in the surf. Share the island’s nature preserves with birds and marine life while on a hike or kayak tour. Learn about the area’s rich history through museums, guided tours, historic homes and art galleries. Shop in local boutiques and dine on low country cuisine prepared by world-class chefs and tee off on some of the best golf courses in the country. Explore our articles on Hilton Head Island and you’ll see how you can plan a restful RTX vacation that will by no means be idle.

In this issue of RTX Traveler Magazine, we’re introducing a new format. Previously, each issue highlighted two featured destinations where RTX members can travel. We’ve changed our format to feature just one destination per issue, but we’ve also included articles that spotlight several different destinations based on certain characteristics of our featured destination. Check out our articles about bike-friendly destinations, favorite vacations for golfers, eco-tours in different destinations and more.

We hope that you enjoy this Summer 2014 issue of RTX Traveler.

Destination IconSummer 2014 Issue | RTX Traveler Magazine Featured Destinations

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

We are excited to feature Hilton Head Island in the Summer 2014 issue of RTX Traveler Magazine. RTX members, contact a Travel Consultant to book your exchange to Hilton Head Island today! One of the most popular vacation destinations in the South, Hilton Head has a lot to offer anyone looking for a great vacation to the beach and so much more.

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Destination IconSummer 2014 Issue | RTX Traveler Magazine Member News

Love Lighthouses? Check out these RTX destinations:

Love Lighthouses? Check out these RTX destinations:

Some lighthouses are preserved as historic landmarks and may also have a museum, gift shop or park adjacent to them while some are more rustic and make an interesting addition to vacation photos on the shore. Here are a few lighthouses RTX members can visit using an exchange, getaway or discounted hotel stay in these seaside destinations.

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Summer Health Tips and Hints | First Aid Essentials | RTX Traveler Magazine

Summer Health Tips and Hints | First Aid Essentials | RTX Traveler Magazine

It’s always good to keep a first aid kit handy any time of year, whether you’re on a weekend road trip or a weeklong vacation. The summer months mean more time outside, increased activity and a higher probability of actually needing to use the first aid kit, especially if you have kids. Check out our suggestions for items to stock up on and keep handy to keep your family safe and healthy this summer.

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Top Beach Gear for Summer

Top Beach Gear for Summer

It’s time to dig out those bathing suits and beach towels, and get ready for sun, sand and surf! Summer days on the shore can be some of the best memory making moments, and being prepared with the right gear for your family can help enhance the experience for everyone. Check out some of our favorite items to make your beach trip go without a hitch.

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RTX Getaways | Summer 2014 | RTX Traveler Magazine

RTX Getaways | Summer 2014 | RTX Traveler Magazine

RTX members have access to RTX Getaway Weeks that are ready to be booked right now, without having to deposit your week or pay an exchange fee. With amazing low prices, Getaways are a great way to save on your vacation. Log in to www.RTX.travel to start exploring Getaways available to you right now. Read on to find out more about some of our current popular destinations for RTX Getaways.

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Weekend Escape | New Orleans |RTX Traveler Magazine

Weekend Escape | New Orleans |RTX Traveler Magazine

New Orleans is one of the most popular cities in the South, and for good reason. While it has a long history of being known for jazz music and the huge street parties that seem to never stop, there is much more to explore beyond Bourbon Street including world-famous cuisine, a music scene that explores a variety of genres, and fascinating and lively cultures that have deep roots in New Orleans.

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Weekend Escape | New Orleans |RTX Traveler Magazine

Weekend Escape | New Orleans |RTX Traveler Magazine

New Orleans is one of the most popular cities in the South, and for good reason. While it has a long history of being known for jazz music and the huge street parties that seem to never stop, there is much more to explore beyond Bourbon Street including world-famous cuisine, a music scene that explores a variety of genres, and fascinating and lively cultures that have deep roots in New Orleans.

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Amazing Exchange Vacations Summer 2014 | RTX Traveler Magazine

Amazing Exchange Vacations Summer 2014 | RTX Traveler Magazine

Still looking for ideas for your 2014 exchange vacation or planning ahead for 2015? With so many options for fantastic destinations through RTX, we asked our Travel Consultants to share some of the top spots members can exchange for their next vacation right now. Here are their current picks:

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Bike-Friendly & Car-Free RTX Vacation Ideas

Bike-Friendly & Car-Free RTX Vacation Ideas

This issue’s featured destination, Hilton Head Island, is a fantastic place to see by bicycle. With its extensive and accessible bike paths that can take you just about anywhere you need to go on the island, it is easy to leave the car parked and explore the area on two wheels. Plus, the area’s ideal weather will make you want to spend as much time in the fresh coastal air as possible.

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Beyond the Beach: Sand-free summer vacation spots

Beyond the Beach: Sand-free summer vacation spots

While many folks can’t wait to get their toes in the sand each summer, the beach is not the ideal vacation experience for everyone. Some may prefer the mountains or a trip to a lake, while others may yearn for amusement parks or an urban escape. When the beach is not your bag, check out these three destinations that pack a sweet punch when it comes to summer fun.

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Hit the Green: Where to tee off on your next RTX vacation

Hit the Green: Where to tee off on your next RTX vacation

Hilton Head Island, featured in our Summer 2014 issue, is one of the most popular golf destinations in the country. If you are a golf enthusiast who chooses your vacation destination based on the best courses worth traveling for, check out some of RTX’s picks for top golf vacation spots. Not only do these places offer incredible golf, but there’s plenty to see and do off the green as well.

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Love Lighthouses? Check out these RTX destinations:

Love Lighthouses? Check out these RTX destinations:

Some lighthouses are preserved as historic landmarks and may also have a museum, gift shop or park adjacent to them while some are more rustic and make an interesting addition to vacation photos on the shore. Here are a few lighthouses RTX members can visit using an exchange, getaway or discounted hotel stay in these seaside destinations.

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Eco Tours in RTX Destinations

Eco Tours in RTX Destinations

It’s quite common to see Eco Tours advertised in many popular RTX vacation destinations, especially those where nature is a driver of tourism or economy in the area. Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people” on www.ecotourism.org. In other words, an Eco Tour is an experience that educates visitors about an area’s ecosystem, providing interactive and educational experiences without bringing harm to the environment.

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Get Cultured

Get Cultured

While historical tours and attractions can be found in many popular RTX vacation destinations, some places have fascinating cultural backgrounds that may not always be found in history books. Like the Gulllah Tour on Hilton Head Island, tours that explore the heritage of the people in a specific area can often give a better understanding of what makes a destination special. Whether it’s a dialect, food, craft or tradition that helped shape an entire country’s history or one that is becoming rarer as time goes on, tours that focus on culture – however mainstream or unconventional – can be a highly entertaining and educational vacation experience. Here are a few cultural tours in other RTX destinations that give a glimpse of the life of people from these areas.

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RTX Getaways | Summer 2014 | RTX Traveler Magazine

RTX Getaways | Summer 2014 | RTX Traveler Magazine

RTX members have access to RTX Getaway Weeks that are ready to be booked right now, without having to deposit your week or pay an exchange fee. With amazing low prices, Getaways are a great way to save on your vacation. Log in to www.RTX.travel to start exploring Getaways available to you right now. Read on to find out more about some of our current popular destinations for RTX Getaways.

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