Europe’s Museums Are Open, but the Public Isn’t Coming Due to Pandemic

Attendance at some major institutions is a third of what it was last year. Their ability to cope depends almost entirely on how they are funded.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #europe, #hermitage-amsterdam, #museum-ludwig, #museums, #rijksmuseum, #travel-and-vacations

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A 30-Mile Canoe Trip Through Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

The Honker Divide Canoe Route draws intrepid travelers through the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest. But the lifting of logging restrictions may indelibly alter its character.

#alaska, #canoes-and-canoeing, #forests-and-forestry, #geese, #islands, #juneau-alaska, #roads-and-traffic, #tongass-national-forest-alaska, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

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Postcard-Perfect Scenes, Constructed From Memory and Scraps of Paper

The photographer Vik Muniz creates elaborate views of the world’s most famous tourist spots, building the details with thousands of pieces cut from postcards he collects.

#agra-india, #brazil, #muniz-vik, #new-york-city, #paris-france, #photography, #postcards, #travel-and-vacations

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How United Airlines Is Trying to Plan Around a Pandemic

The airline has to figure out which planes to stash in the desert and which ones to park at airports without knowing when demand will recover.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #travel-and-vacations, #united-airlines

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Will a Half-Step by Macron Be Enough to Blunt France’s Second Wave?

The imposition of a curfew in several major cities underscored a difficult choice: further dampening the economy or risking more lives.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations

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The Future of Hotel Design

Mobile guest rooms, enhanced contactless room controls, robotic servers and pop-up dining areas are just a few of the ideas hotel designers are considering for the post-Covid travel world.

#hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #robots-and-robotics, #travel-and-vacations

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Iceland Tourism Prepares for a Comeback

The country hopes that when people book their first post-pandemic flights overseas, Iceland will be the top choice. It also aims to learn from the recent past, when tourist numbers soared.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #iceland, #travel-and-vacations

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After a 7-Month Wait, This Tourist Got Machu Picchu All to Himself

Jesse Katayama, a Japanese tourist, didn’t let Peru’s pandemic lockdown keep him from completing the journey of a lifetime.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #japan, #machu-picchu-peru, #peru, #travel-and-vacations

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A Glance at Daily Life Among the Caretakers of Britain’s Small Islands

Stationed off the coast of Britain, island wardens manage the preservation of their small speck of land — while coping with extreme weather and limited access to the mainland.

#birds, #birdwatching, #boats-and-boating, #bristol-england, #great-britain, #travel-and-vacations, #wales

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Airline Miles Programs Sure Are Profitable. Are You the Loser?

United and Delta have been boasting to lenders about fat margins in frequent-flier mile programs. Time for customers to pay a bit more attention.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-express-company, #content-type-service, #credit-cards, #customer-loyalty-programs, #delta-air-lines-inc, #frequent-flier-programs, #travel-and-vacations, #united-airlines

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‘If No Tourists Come, I Have No Business’: New York’s Tourism Crisis

International arrivals to New York are down as much as 93 percent, and the people and businesses of the city’s tourism industry are on the brink.

#broadway-league, #coronavirus-reopenings, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mark-hotel-manhattan-ny-hotel, #nycco, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #taxi-and-limousine-commission, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #united-states-travel-assn

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The Island Brokers Are Overwhelmed

The wealthy want to escape the pandemic to a private, isolated paradise. The people who sell islands have to explain: It’s complicated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #real-estate-brokers, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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Pandemic Travel, With Another Family or Maybe Three

If vacationing with other families was complicated in Before Times — splitting costs, calling dibs on bedrooms — the coronavirus has only doused the fire with more fuel.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #intrepid-group, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #virtuoso-ltd

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Lumberjack, Tailor, Counselor, Host: A Hotel Owner Does It All During the Pandemic

The head of a family business is trying to keep eight hotel properties afloat despite fewer travelers and worried lenders. He may not succeed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #credit-and-debt, #federal-aid-us, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #montu-patel, #small-business, #travel-and-vacations

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Sizing Up the Rural-Urban Travel Divide: Who’s Up and Who’s Down

Remote U.S. destinations, where social distancing is easier, are generally faring better than cities, which are trying hard to get a bigger share of the leisure crowd.

#business-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denver-colo, #florida-panhandle, #las-vegas-nev, #new-york-city, #rural-areas, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations, #urban-areas

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A Portrait of a Market in India Run Solely by Women

Nupi Keithel, or Women’s Market, a 16th-century bazaar in which all of the vendors are women, is a fountainhead of social and political activism in the Indian state of Manipur.

#imphal-india, #manipur-state-india, #travel-and-vacations, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Help! I’d Like to Ride the Train. Is it Safe?

Our columnist finds that rail companies, both regional systems and Amtrak, are undertaking major coronavirus efforts. But they can’t thoroughly disinfect every seat in every train at every station.

#amtrak, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #george-washington-university, #long-island-rail-road-co, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #railroads, #southeastern-pennsylvania-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems, #travel-and-vacations

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Leaf Peeping Is Not Canceled: 6 Drives and Hikes to Try This Fall

From the Berkshires to the Rockies, the vibrant colors of fall are popping, and nothing, not even a pandemic, can stop them. Six writers in six states reveal their favorite drives and hikes.

#appalachian-region, #autumn-season, #berkshires-mass, #cuyahoga-valley-national-park-ohio, #denver-colo, #maine, #nashville-tenn, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #road-trips, #travel-and-vacations, #trees-and-shrubs, #west-virginia

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Cycling Helped Our 52 Places Traveler Fall Back in Love with N.Y.

Here’s what he appreciates about leaving behind flights and taking up biking.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #modak-sebastian, #new-york-city, #travel-and-vacations

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Airlines, Facing a Slow Recovery, Begin Furloughing Thousands

With few people traveling and lawmakers deadlocked on a stimulus package, American Airlines and United Airlines are cutting more than 30,000 jobs.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-airlines, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #delta-air-lines-inc, #law-and-legislation, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #southwest-airlines-company, #stimulus-economic, #travel-and-vacations, #treasury-department, #united-airlines, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Covid Forces China’s Tourists to Spend ‘Golden Week’ Closer to Home

Chinese travelers are expected to fan out across the country in droves, even as anxiety about the virus and the economy lingers.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #shopping-and-retail, #travel-and-vacations

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Now at the Boarding Gate: Coronavirus Tests

Airlines and airports are offering the tests as a way for travelers whose results are negative to avoid quarantines at their destinations, and to revive travelers’ faith in flying.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hawaii, #hawaiian-airlines-incorporated, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #united-airlines

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Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight

The World Health Organization said open borders would help fight disease. Experts, and a global treaty, emphatically agreed. But the scientific evidence was never behind them.

#alpine-skiing, #austria, #bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #world-health-organization

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Hit First by the Coronavirus Pandemic, Arline Workers Seek New Paths

Pilots, flight attendants and other staff are retiring early or taking buyouts and leaves of absence in anticipation of a slow recovery.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-airlines, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delta-air-lines-inc, #flight-attendants, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #pilots, #recession-and-depression, #seniority-systems, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states, #us-airways-group-inc

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American Could Face Prison in Thailand Over Negative Reviews of a Resort

The man was arrested under Thailand’s criminal defamation law, which has been used to silence critics and stifle dissent. The hotel that brought charges acknowledges that using the law might be “excessive.”

#consumer-reviews, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #libel-and-slander, #thailand, #travel-and-vacations

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Glimpses of the Isolated Communities Along a Remote Siberian River

Once a vast prison ground for political exiles, the banks of the Ket River are now home to a range of solitary settlements.

#freedom-of-religion, #railroads, #russia, #russian-orthodox-church, #siberia, #stalin-joseph, #travel-and-vacations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #weather, #wood-and-wood-products

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The Long Road to Fatherhood

I took my surrogate son on a cross-country road trip to open his mind. Along the way, he taught me about conflict, forgiveness and trust.

#families-and-family-life, #road-trips, #travel-and-vacations

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The Future of Airbnb

Home-sharing’s challenges aren’t only about social distancing and hygiene. Overtourism, racial bias, fee transparency and controlling the party crowd are also in the mix.

#airbnb, #chesky-brian, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #travel-and-vacations

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When the Classroom Comes With Room Service and Poolside Cabanas

With the pandemic ongoing and millions of school-age children learning remotely, the travel industry is beckoning families with lures of “schoolcation.”

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #four-seasons-hotels-ltd, #kimpton-hotelrestaurant-group, #muse-hotel, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations, #tutors-and-tutoring, #waldorf-astoria-hotels-and-resorts

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In Montana, the Art of Crafting Fly-Fishing Rods

“One thing about Montana,” says Matt Barber, an owner of Tom Morgan Rodsmiths, a custom fly rod shop in Bozeman, “is if there’s a moving body of water, there is probably a trout in it.”

#bozeman-mont, #fishing-sport, #photography, #portugal, #travel-and-vacations, #trout

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Cuba’s Economy Was Hurting. The Pandemic Brought a Food Crisis.

The island was able to control the coronavirus, but the dearth of tourists in the pandemic’s wake strangled an economy already damaged by mismanagement and U.S. sanctions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuba, #shortages, #travel-and-vacations

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The Flight Goes Nowhere. And It’s Sold Out.

People who miss flying are rushing to buy tickets for flights that land in the same place they depart from.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #antarctic-regions, #australia, #brunei, #eva-airways, #qantas-airways, #starlux, #taiwan, #travel-and-vacations

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Cruise Ships Can’t Sail. But the Behemoth Vessels Are Still a Draw.

Empty cruise liners idling in the English Channel have become a tourist destination of their own, drawing cruise fans temporarily stuck on land.

#cruise-lines-international-assn, #cruises, #dorset-england, #international-maritime-organization, #princess-cruises, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #royal-caribbean-cruises-ltd, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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‘Humility Is What Drew Me to Him’

I thought my father was the only one with secret desires. Then my mother asked me to go for a walk.

#love-emotion, #marriages, #pakistan, #travel-and-vacations

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Fall’s Almost Here. Can We Still Go Apple Picking?

Wandering through corn mazes, picking pumpkins and visits to wineries and haunted houses are still on the calendar, but social distancing and face masks are part of the plan.

#agriculture-and-farming, #apples, #autumn-season, #halloween, #labyrinths-and-mazes, #pumpkins, #travel-and-vacations, #wines

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Help! My Very Direct Flight Added a Stop and So Many More Passengers

Sarah Firshein tries to resolve how a nonstop with seat selection became a packed “split flight,” with concerns over proper cleaning and an arrival two hours later than expected.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #allegiant-air, #american-airlines, #content-type-service, #delta-air-lines-inc, #flint-mich, #international-air-transport-assn, #orlando-fla, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rebates-and-refunds, #transportation-security-administration, #travel-and-vacations, #united-airlines

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New Development Tests Madrid’s Preservation, and Coronavirus Response

The Canalejas project, a showcase for the city’s growth as an attraction, is opening amid concerns about protecting cultural heritage and a rise in coronavirus cases.

#architecture, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #four-seasons-hotels-ltd, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #madrid-spain, #real-estate-commercial, #travel-and-vacations

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How Gibraltar Became Europe’s Pandemic Wedding Hot Spot

The tiny British territory at the tip of Spain, with its open border and lack of restrictions, has become the go-to place for couples looking to wed.

#gibraltar, #lennon-john, #marriages, #ono-yoko, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #weddings-and-engagements

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Vivid Street Scenes From Salvador, Brazil

After living for nearly half a decade in the capital city of the Brazilian state of Bahia, a photographer offers an intimate look at a city where the act of celebration is indelibly ingrained.

#bahia-brazil, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #carnival-pre-lenten, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #politics-and-government, #salvador-brazil, #slavery-historical, #travel-and-vacations, #world-heritage-sites

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Hotel Housekeepers Say New Cleaning Protocols Put Their Jobs at Risk

The hotel industry says doing away with daily room cleanings keeps guests and staff safe. But housekeepers say it is a step toward cutting earnings and job security.

#american-hotel-and-lodging-assn, #building-service-employees, #cleaning-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hilton-worldwide-holdings-inc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #marriott-international-inc, #organized-labor, #san-francisco-calif, #sheraton-hotelsresorts, #travel-and-vacations, #unite-here, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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On the Packing List This Year: Masks, Sanitizer and a Very Good Boy

Neither house sitters nor jetting off for the weekend are possibilities for most dog owners who want to travel right now. So these furry friends are increasingly curled up in the back (or front) seat, enjoying the ride.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #pets, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations

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Summer Jet-Setters Turned Sardinia Into a Coronavirus Hot Spot

Silvio Berlusconi was there in August. So was his friend, the club owner Flavio Briatore. Now both are among hundreds of Covid-19 cases linked to the Italian island, a favorite of rich partygoers.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #berlusconi-silvio, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #flavio-briatore, #high-net-worth-individuals, #politics-and-government, #sardinia-italy, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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How Quarantine Killed the Weekend

With work changed and play curtailed, what does “time off” even mean anymore?

#leisure, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seasons-and-months, #telecommuting, #travel-and-vacations, #working-hours

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What Month Is It? Pandemic Scrambles the Travel Calendar

With more families working and studying remotely, resorts are dangling attractive rates, enhanced Wi-Fi and the charms of autumn as reasons to forget summer is ending.

#autumn-season, #cannon-beach-ore, #cape-cod-mass, #cape-may-nj, #charleston-sc, #hamptons-ny, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #lake-michigan, #sag-harbor-ny, #travel-and-vacations

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Capri, Famous Vacation Spot, Touched by Coronavirus

Visitors from the United States make up the largest share of foreign tourists on the Italian island, and this year their absence is denting local businesses.

#beaches, #capri-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fashion-and-apparel, #italy, #knowles-beyonce, #luxury-goods-and-services, #onassis-jacqueline-kennedy, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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A Nostalgic (if Isolating) Road Trip Along Route 66

Driven by an early fascination with the American West, a photographer set off to travel part of America’s most celebrated highway.

#albuquerque-nm, #antique-and-classic-cars, #arizona, #automobiles, #gallup-nm, #holbrook-ariz, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #new-mexico, #photography, #roads-and-traffic, #travel-and-vacations, #winslow-ariz

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A Pit Stop and a Pause to Reflect on a Summer That Wasn’t

After a summer marked by hot spots, lockdowns and travel restrictions, Labor Day was a last chance to get back on the open road.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-day, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #pennsylvania, #road-trips, #travel-and-vacations

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To Many Travelers, 2020 Was the Summer of 1965

Driving over flying. Domestic destinations. Though the conditions and causes were different, certain midcentury travel preferences experienced a revival this year.

#adirondack-mountains-ny, #american-automobile-assn, #boulud-daniel, #bureau-of-transportation-statistics, #camps-and-camping, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #federal-highway-administration, #gere-richard, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #howard-johnsons, #mohonk-mountain-house, #recreational-vehicles, #relaischateaux-co, #road-trips, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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Glamping for First-Timers

A novice camper needed a vacation. What are the options during the summer of Covid-19?

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #budget-travel, #finger-lakes-region-ny, #germantown-ny, #girl-scouts, #grilling-cooking, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #ithaca-ny, #kennebunkport-me, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #portland-me, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tents, #travel-and-vacations

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Do Safari Companies Really Want African Travelers?

During these lean times for tourism, travel companies are appealing to residents with special rates. But locals ask: Why didn’t you reach out before?

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #kenya, #local-tourism, #safaris, #south-africa, #tanzania, #travel-and-vacations

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