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Travel Takes Toll on Children’s Eyes



Now that summer travel is over, take a few seconds to think back on how much time your kids may have spent gazing into their tablets and/or smartphones. These boredom zapping digital devices can put strain on young eyes. In fact, a recent survey of more than 1,000 parents of children aged 2-17 identified how screen time and sun exposure can impact eyesight and how children’s eyes should be checked before they enter school.

From the survey conducted by Think About Your Eyes:

Nearly half (47%) of parents surveyed said their children would spend four or more hours using screens while traveling to and from their vacation destination and one third of parents said their kids will spend more than 6 hours with screens during the vacation itself.

THE REALITY: Sustained digital device use actually puts kids at a higher risk for childhood myopia (nearsightedness). Once you get to your destination, encourage your kids to spend time outside to prevent the onset of myopia.

Children’s eyes should also be protected from UV rays whenever outside. The survey results show that parents are more than twice as likely to wear UV eye protection when they leave the house as compared to their children (33% to 13%).

THE REALITY: Everyone should wear proper UV eye protection when they go outside. Without it, ultraviolet rays may cause serious eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration or vision loss, so adults and kids need UV eye protection – even when it’s overcast.

Remember, soon it will be time to book holiday travel, so it’s always a great time to plan ways to protect our children’s vision whether they’re in school, at play, or in flight.

Photo: Mael Balland

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Amtrak Offers BOGO Valentine’s Day Tickets



Amtrak has announced a Valentine’s Day Buy One Get One Free Sale. From Thursday, February 13, through Monday, February 17, customers can buy one coach ticket and get the second free for nationwide travel between March 9and August 30, 2020, with no blackout dates. Customers can receive discounted tickets by using the code V214 at checkout or at

Amtrak is offering a great way for customers and their loved ones to travel for a weekend away or on a leisurely vacation. From couples to moms, to friends, to every loved one, Amtrak encourages individuals to give more than chocolates, flowers, and valentines this year. Instead, consider gifting a trip on Amtrak with a two for the price of one, Buy One Get One Free Sale.

The discount is valid for travel across the national network including most long-distance routes as well as the AcelaAdirondackCarolinian/Piedmont,CascadesDowneasterDownstate Illinois Services, Empire ServiceEthan Allen ExpressHeartland FlyerMaple LeafMichigan ServicesMissouri River RunnerNortheast RegionalSan JoaquinsValley FlyerVermonter and reserved sections of the Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service. Two customers can travel together in coach for as low as:


New York – Washington, D.C (Acela) $183

Los Angeles – Seattle $126

Washington, D.C. – Boston (Acela) $192

Seattle – Portland, OR $36

Washington, D.C. – Chicago $105

San Francisco – Denver $149

San Francisco – Los Angeles $66.50

New York – Atlanta $164

New York – Washington, D.C.$98

Chicago – St. Louis$31

Los Angeles – Albuquerque $86

St. Louis – Kansas City $36

Portland, ME – Boston $29

Richmond, VA – Charlotte $54

Detroit – Chicago $40

Washington, D.C. – Orlando $139

Fares will vary by train

Being able to easily travel to/from city centers, Amtrak has one of the most generous baggage policies in the travel industry, applicable for two personal items and two carry-on bags. Amtrak also offers the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious seats with ample legroom and no middle seat.

This sale is valid for one free companion rail fare traveling on the same reservation as one full adult coach fare. This offer is valid for travel on all reserved service except the Auto Train. Adults must travel together and be booked in the same reservation. Valid for coach seats only; no upgrades allowed. This offer is not combinable with any other discount offer. All prices will be automatically discounted from the standard fare when accessing this promotion at or by using the discount code (V214) when booking their trip. Other terms and conditions apply.

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