Member Connection Blog

The Member Connection Blog is here to provide advice, tips, off-the-beaten path ideas, savings, and to gab about travel and attractions that Western and Central New Yorkers love.
Some savings can cost you in the long run. Sure, you might save money on your premium with a high deductible policy, but you’ll have to pay more out of pocket if you need to make a claim. Talk to your insurance agent to make sure you are comfortable with your deductible....
Whether you need an end-of-summer escape or a fall getaway, there are plenty of places to explore in and around New York State. We asked 12 AAA insiders to share their perfect weekend getaway. Get inspired, and start planning your road trip today! 1. Sipping Around Seneca Lake...
If you’ve been anywhere near Canalside in Buffalo recently, you’ve no doubt noticed the vast amount of activity happening along the waterfront. The hustle and bustle is such an enormous change from the way things used to be! One of the things you must try out at Canalside is BFLO...
The back-to-school season is a busy time for every parent. You’re shopping for supplies, arranging a new schedule and trying to get back into a routine. If you have a young driver in your family, it’s also important to find some time to talk about safety behind the wheel. These tips from...
Without a doubt THE most anticipated theme park addition in the United States in 2014 is Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley attractions.  When the original Wizarding World debuted at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park four years ago, massive crowds...
By: Emily Anderson Although the weather has recently cooled down, July 31st is National Heatstroke Prevention Day and it’s important to recognize the dangers that come with summer temperatures. Particularly, the dangers that come with extremely overheated cars due to the rising...
I’ve been to Niagara Falls more times than I can remember. Somewhere around 50? Maybe even closer to 100? Being able to stare at such an incredible natural wonder so often is definitely an ignored benefit of growing up in Buffalo, at least for me. On my last visit to Niagara Falls, I...
No matter your age, safety behind the wheel starts with knowing the basics. Test your “street smarts” with these 10 questions from the online New York State Driver's Manual: 1. What are the colors of warning signs that indicate hazards ahead? a. Black letters or symbols on a yellow...
Looking for a fast getaway that’s a little different? Grab your passport, backpack and bike and head up to the northern border for a visit to Wolfe Island and Kingston, Ontario. Who Should Go Adults and older kids (10 and up) with a bike who can ride at least 7 miles at a time on...
Whether you’re looking for a day hike or just a walk in the woods, Western New York has got it! Lakes, waterfalls, wetlands, farmlands and forests - this region boasts a wealth of hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. Here are just 10 close-to-home trails in and around...
Gas prices have decreased a bit over the past week, but that doesn't mean drivers can’t save even more money! Here are 10 tips to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency: Accelerate gradually. Avoid jackrabbit starts. Anticipate your stops. When approaching a red light, let...
By Maggie Zuffranieri Nothing is more exciting - or potentially overwhelming - than planning a Walt Disney World vacation. There are endless amounts of activities and adventures to discover, but only days to do so. Therefore, as an expert, advocate, and enthusiast for all things Disney...
Are your kids are begging to visit Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley? Do you fear the crowds of Potterheads descending on the exciting new 20-acre theme park expansion, opening today? Never fear, I received a special sneak peek first look of Diagon Alley...
AAA projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend. That’s up slightly from the number of people who traveled in 2013, so it’s going to be a busy weekend on the roads! With eighty-five percent of travelers heading...
By: Emily Anderson In a world of constant connection, asking drivers to put down their phones while behind the wheel can sometimes be like pulling teeth. Emails from work, texts from the BFF about lunch plans and calls from mom about picking up some groceries on the way home keep cell...

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