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Safeco Insurance has announced the redesign of, a website designed to inspire RV enthusiasts (along with boaters, motorcyclists and road-trippers) with thousands of ideas for places to go and things to do with their favorite vehicles.

“Nobody buys an RV to simply keep it in the driveway,” said Matt Nickerson, president, Safeco Insurance. “RVs are the gateway to a lifestyle that allows people to get out and do the things they love. LiveLifeLocal connects people who are passionate about their vehicle and the life it provides with the activities, resources and network to get the most out of them.”

The site features a new photography-heavy format and enhanced content that encourage users to explore everything they can do with their vehicle of choice. This may come in the form of a scenic highway, a campground with all the right hook ups for an RV or great vistas and unique sites to stop at during the family’s next road trip.

To further enhance the user-experience, LiveLifeLocal has partnered with several experts to showcase their insider knowledge of these vehicles and lifestyles. This roster of lifestyle experts includes authors like Brad Herzog, road trip aficionado and author of multiple books, including Turn Left at the Trojan Horse and Small World: A Microcosmic Journey. These partnerships will give users access to tips, featured activities and regular blog posts from the folks who have the inside scoop on it all.

Some significant site developments include:

  • Personalized experience: Visitors to the site can sort content by vehicle type and keyword, giving them highly tailored content, images and more.
  • National perspective: Whether looking to travel thousands of miles or planning to stay close to home, users can instantly view activities that are relevant to any geographic location, plus suggestions for activities that are nearby.
  • Social connections. Users can now like and comment on individual posts to connect with users who share similar lifestyles and interests. The site also features easy ways to share content across several social networks.

“The ability to drill down to a specific lifestyle based on your vehicle, plus easy ways to share and connect through social media, make Safeco’s LiveLifeLocal a one-of-a kind resource,” added Nickerson.

To become a part of this new community and for more information, visit: has developed a new camping trip planner tool to connect nature lovers with the great outdoors. Users can plan a road trip by plotting their route on a map and overlaying it with all nearby state, federal and private campgrounds in the directory. Campgrounds can be filtered by location, facilities, nearby activities and other criteria. Within the camping planning tool, users can check the availability of camp sites, select and add them to their planned route, and make reservations via a link to sister media property, Users can print their trip itinerary and driving directions as well as share their trip details with friends and family via Facebook and Twitter.

Campers wanting to go off the beaten path or catch some wildlife in action this summer can take advantage of a new list of “Hidden Gems” State campgrounds published in early summer.


Amy and Rod Burkert hopped in their tricked-out Winnebago this weekend and set out with their two best friends in search of the country’s best vacation spots – for people with pets.

The couple’s traveling companions are Ty, a 5-year-old Shar-Pei, and Buster, a 2-year-old German shepherd. And trying to find hotels to accommodate them and their dogs on a fishing trip to Canada two years ago led to a new career path and way of life for the Foster Township couple.

“We sat down that July and started to make travel plans and determined we needed to stay in seven different hotels on our circular road trip. It took me two full days to find the seven hotels we would stay in because of the way the Web sites were,” Amy said.

Web sites that advertised hotels as “pet friendly” didn’t necessarily indicate if they charged extra for pets, if there were weight or breed restrictions or if they allowed two dogs in one room.

“I kept saying to Rod, ‘This is crazy. People aren’t going to take the time to do this. They’ll just take their pet to a kennel because it’s just not easy enough to plan a trip with their pets.’ So, we got home, looked at other Web sites, did more research on what was out there for pet friendliness and we just decided we were going to make it easier for people to travel with their pets,” Amy said.

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