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Your stroke is just as important as the golf course you’re putting on. And for many novice and more seasoned players who want to get a hole in one, ambiance is everything. Golf is what draws golfers to the crème de la crème in courses stateside and abroad, but when they want to organize a family staycation, a getaway for two or fun business outing, it’s something a little more like the spa services or exclusive perks for being a luxury car driver that seal the deal. BlackEnterprise.com spoke to the founder and president of Golf Quests, Inc. Ty DeLavallade about today’s top golf resorts. See if your favorite made the list!

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7 Stellar Golf Resorts in the U.S. and Abroad

Golf concierge Ty DeLavallade reveals his top golf locales

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to the founder and president of Golf Quests, Inc. Ty DeLavallade about today’s…

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5 Boutique Hotels Worth Checking Into

When you're looking for a unique experience in a cozy setting, go off the beaten path and opt for a boutique hotel

Summer travel is about more than just where you go, but where you stay. Boutique…

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Last-Minute Family Vacation Deals

It’s never too late to get a great price on a vacation. You just have to know where to look

Timika Lane wanted to take a last-minute trip with her 10-year-old daughter, Tori, “for some…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Airline Passenger Rights Updated

New regulations strengthen protection for fliers

Philippa V. Ellis logs 60,000 to 80,000 miles per year in air travel as a…

By Leslie E. Royal

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With summer in full swing, most people are in search of a destination getaway—a place to kick back and relax, while enjoying all that their temporary home away from home has to offer. But sometimes you can accomplish the same goal by taking advantage of the signature sites of your own city. Why not save up for the next getaway by opting for the convenient (and often more affordable) staycation?  It’s an option Tanya Hall, executive director of the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC)—a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau—urges locals to explore.  “We want to make sure we have our own footprint in terms of a destination for African Americans,” says Hall. That very footprint includes various city sites, from the history housed at the African American Museum to down home southern cuisine offered at Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar & Lounge. BlackEnterprise.com packed up and explored the northeast domain, suggesting fun ideas for families, couples and solo travelers in the City of Brotherly Love. —Janel Martinez

9 Staycation Ideas for Philadelphia Enthusiasts

These staycation musts make The City of Brotherly Love a backyard luxury

Some of the best vacations happen in your own backyard. using Philadelphia as an example…

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Black Travel Bloggers Say: Don’t Be Afraid to Get Away

Bloggers Kiratiana Freelon, Vaughn Richardson and Renee King encourage you to take flight and help you get started with their insider travel tips

Kiratiana Freelon, Vaughn Richardson and Renee King encourage you to take flight and help you…

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5 Best Island Destinations

Life's a beach—here are five you need to visit on your next vacation

Island vacations make for a true getaway in that you leave the mundane routine of…

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Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or lounging poolside, while you're traveling is the perfect opportunity to put a dent in your reading list. The staff here at Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com compiled a few of our top summer reads to help whittle down your choices. Over the course of the next few pages, you'll see books that range from autobiographies on Black history icons and manuals for success to financial guides and examinations of our social media culture, all aimed at giving you some food for thought. —Kahliah A. Laney

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17 Books to Add to Your Travel Reading List

Summer is here and for many that means it’s time for a break, so grab a great book and just relax

Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or lounging poolside, summer is the perfect…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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9 Must-Have Apps for Travel

Heading out of town? There's an app for that—several, actually

Whether it’s a business trip or a summer vacation, mobile apps come in handy for…

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Bring instant glam and gorgeousness to your next leisure or business trip with a special piece of luggage and amazing travel accessories that show off your personal (and professional) style. Summer travel never looked so chic.—Daisy Lewellyn 

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Travel Luggage Guide: 12 Best Accessories for Her

Bring instant glam to your next leisure or business trip with luggage and travel accessories that show off your style.

Bring instant glam to your next leisure or business trip with luggage and travel accessories…

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Travel Luggage Guide – 8 Necessities For Him

A few essential luggage and travel accessories for the businessman who's on-the-go

When men travel in the summer they need luggage options that are stylish and sturdy,…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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For those looking to trade in that old automobile for a hot new ride this summer, automakers are unleashing a bevy of cool new car features. With the rapid growth of technology, car makers are improving more than just the rideability and exterior design, but also complete interior functionality. So if you plan to shop around for a new ride, here are seven high-tech and alluring car features that will make your purchase a real upgrade. —Jeff Fortson

7 Must-Have Features for Your Car

Give your car a major upgrade this summer with these savvy tech features

Buying a new car is only step one. Personalize your ride with the latest automotive…

By Jeff Fortson

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While a vacation is always a great excuse for seeing the world and dusting off that passport, limited finances and days off may sometimes put a damper on those globetrotting plans. But, that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy some R&R within US borders. Weekend getaways can be just as therapeutic and relaxing to give you that mental boost you’ve been craving. Here are five untapped Stateside vacation destinations along with a list of interesting things to do and explore when you get there. —Teri Johnson, Travelista TV

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5 Weekend Getaway Destinations Within the US

Not every vacation has to be abroad, here are a few domestic destinations worth seeing

Domestic trips can make for a great weekend getaway when your finance prohibit you from…

By Teri Johnson

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How to Get the Most For Your Dollar When Traveling Abroad

Smart travel tips to help you save before and during your trip

Money columnist Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives you smart travel tips that will help you save before…

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How to Score a Summer Vacation Deal!

Kick off the summer travel season with a sweet deal

You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a fun, satisfying summer vacation. There…

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Not Your Typical Guide to Black New York

A list of nontraditional sites to see the Big Apple's black history

The Root discovers the vast and diverse offerings of New York’s black history that reaches…

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Prominent figures in  business, sports, media and philanthropy came out for the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Gala Luncheon at the Lewis Estate in East Hampton on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Event chair Leslie Lewis Sword, Lewis' eldest daughter, announced that this year’s gala raised more than $665,000 toward a $1 million endowment challenge grant from The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation, in support of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. Harvard Law School Bussey Professor Emeritus Frank E. A. Sander, who taught and mentored Lewis at Harvard Law, received the Millennium Member Award. Profit Investment Management CEO Eugene A. Profit received the Reginald F. Lewis Award, presented to an African American entrepreneur who has broken barriers to become internationally successful before the age of 50. —Alfred A. Edmond Jr.

Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Fundraiser Exceeds Million-Dollar Match Goal

Star Jones, former Mayor David Dinkins, NFL Star Dhani Jones among notables present as Eugene Profit receives Reginald F. Lewis Award

Prominent figures from the business, sports, media and philanthropic arenas came out for the Reginald…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Buyer’s Guide: BMW X5 Brings More Swag to the SUV Market

Providing more legroom and nifty features, BMW's stylish SUV carves out its own lane

BMW’s latest SUV delivers both style and innovation with several luxurious features that give you…

By Jeff Fortson

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Buyer’s Guide: Hyundai Packs Luxury & Comfort in New Compact

Hyundai's new Elantra proves that good things (and deals) come in small packages

The 2011 Hundai Elantra Limited provides consumers with a compact sedan that fuel efficient and…

By Jeff Fortson

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Buyer’s Guide: Chevy Drops the Top on Low-Priced Camaro Convertible

The 2011 Chevy Camaro offers a sporty convertible at an affordable price

Chevy crafts an affordable convertible with the 2011 Camaro that a great looking vehicle with…

By Jeff Fortson

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6 Smart and Sexy Eco-friendly Cars

When it comes to fuel-effficient vehicles, you no longer have to sacrifice style for smarts. These cars offer the perfect balance

Toyota’s Prius v, the Chevrolet Volt, Mercedes’ S400 HYBRID Sedan, the Fiat 500, Volkswagen’s Touareg…

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Buyer’s Guide: Toyota’s Sienna Adds Some Style to the Minivan Market

Toyota looks to make minivans cooler with its spacious 7-passenger Sienna XLE

Toyota Sienna XLE adds luxury to the minivan market for the 2011 model year. This…

By Jeff Fortson

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WATCH: The High Life – Exploring the Little Luxuries of Paris

In this episode, our host travels to the City of Lights and gives us a peek inside of chic places to shop, stay, dine and unwind

In this episode, our host travels to the City of Lights and gives us a…

By Elayne Fluker

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Buyer’s Guide: Honda CR Z EX – A Sporty Hybrid with a Manual Transmission

A ride that looks good and makes you feel better about the environment

A ride that looks good and makes you feel better about the environment

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Customizing The Car

Auto enthusiasts specialize in creating the ultimate ride

A passion for driving coupled with automotive and lifestyle experiences around the globe inspired fraternal…

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Traveling abroad can bring about great memories, eye-opening experiences and lucrative business connections. But without the proper research and planning, it can also mean memorable faux pas that could inadvertently bring offense or embarrassment, specifically when it comes to a major part of one's trip: dining. Many of the most important business deals and social connections are made over a meal, so knowing the nuances of dining abroad can serve as both an added plus and a necessity. Malla Haridat, CEO of New Designs for Life, a development and training company for entrepreneurs, knows a thing or two about dining globally, having traveled to many countries both for leisure and pleasure. She shares her insights on the do's and don'ts: 

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How to Eat Well While Traveling Abroad

A Black global traveler tells you how knowing the nuances of eating abroad can help you avoid awkward moments

Black entrepreneur tells her experiences dining abroad, from China to Morocco

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GROUP BUYING TO SAVE CASH: More companies are predicted to jump on this bandwagon in 2011, ushering in sales and steals for you—whether you’re looking for a helicopter ride over New York City, a great spa, or tickets to your favorite game. Websites such as Groupon and Living Social have made offering discounts a team effort, where daily deals are redeemable only after a certain number of people buy into them. Even companies such as Wal-Mart and Zagat have offered group-buying deals. And more Websites, both with regional and national deals, are gaining traction, including Tippr, Juice in The City, and Crowdsavings.

4/11: 11 Life-Altering Trends to Watch for 2011

Travel, leisure and technology trends to upgrade and balance your life for 2011

<strong>GROUP BUYING TO SAVE CASH:</strong> More companies are predicted to jump on this bandwagon in…

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POLL: Pat-Down or Enhanced Scanning?

If you're traveling any time soon you'll have to choose. Do you prefer one method over the other?

Many of us felt victimized enough when we stepped cautiously through a metal detector and/or…

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SLIDESHOW: The New TSA Pat-Down

Here's what to expect during your next trip to the airport

Beefed-up airport security might keep us safe, but some fliers are very unhappy about the…

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Traveling? Know Your Rights When it Comes to Pat-Downs and Body Scanners

Know what should and should not happen at airport check points

The reality of terrorism in the United States has resulted in tighter airport security procedures.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Intelligent Performers Take to the Track

Black Enterprise and Porsche team up to rule the road and reward excellence

Power, agility and speed are the traits that many executives exemplify in solidifying deals that…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Chase Waives Foreign Transaction Fees

Planning a trip overseas? You might want to take one of these cards with you

If you have a specialty credit card with Chase and you’re a frequent overseas traveler,…

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A Black Businesswoman in China: Life Online (Part 6)

Be prepared for limited access to Facebook, Google and other web sites

This final post will focus on the role of Big Brother in China. I was…

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A great resource for preparing to deal China's huge bureaucratic system.

A Black Businesswoman in China: Dealing With the Government (Part 5)

Be ready to deal with huge bureaucracies and lots of red tape. These resources can help.

This post will focus on navigating business with the Chinese government. Bottom line: You need…

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A Black Businesswoman in China: Getting Around (Part 4)

The trains allow you a real sense of daily life

I highly recommend taking public transportation in the three metropolitan cities of Shanghai, Beijing and…

By Malla Haridat

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A Black Businesswoman in China: Learning The Language (Part 3)

You must study Mandarin and Cantonese if you really want to compete in the global marketplace

In our third installment of Doing Business in China, I am sharing my experiences on…

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It's a good idea to have your cards printed in Mandarin, Cantonese or other Chinese dialect before you leave the States.

A Black Businesswoman in China: Don’t Skimp on Business Cards (Part 2)

In America, they are important. In China, they are critical to doing business.

One of the first things that any good cultural guide will share about doing business…

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A Black Businesswoman in China: Traveling as a Foreigner

During a recent trip to China, Malla Haradat gained valuable insight into Chinese business culture

If you’ve read about the recent successful trip that the National Urban League hosted in…

By Malla Haridat

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Social Media Insider: Major Airline Carves Out Niche for Black Travelers

Tools, tips, and information from social media experts and the people and businesses who use it.

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Monte Ford, American Airlines’ senior vice president and chief information officer, about…

By Renita Burns

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Find the Best Summer Travel Deals for Your Family

Vacations don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here's how one family saves and still has fun

Summer vacations–whether for families, couples, singles or groups– don’t have to be expensive to be…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Hey! Someone Stole My Luggage!

Five ways to protect your stuff from airport thieves before they strike�and what to do if they do.

I’m sure you’re ready for that much-needed summer vacation. You’re longing for sun, sand, and…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Hold On To Your Wallet

Airlines impose holiday surcharge for winter flights

With domestic holiday airfares as much as 15% lower than last year, carriers are making…

By Renita Burns

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Investing in Africa and a New U.S.A.

Senegal president pushes for global recognition

While strife and instability may mark much of world’s perception of Africa, the continent is…

By Renita Burns

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9 Tips to Help You Cut Your Vacation Costs

Smart tips to help you save money on your summer travel plans

It’s hard to escape the news about prices at the pump. But with all the…

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Women of Power: 4 Boss Moves to Get Salary You Deserve

As the pay gap for women and men is highlighted today for Equal Pay Day,…

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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