Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flash Point

A world divided between the vaccinated and unvaccinated promises relief for economies and families, but the ethical and practical risks are high.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #income-inequality, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Farther, Faster and No Sweat: Bike-Sharing and the E-Bike Boom

Social-distancing, sustainability and accessibility helped accelerate e-biking during the pandemic, and the trend is showing up in urban bike-sharing programs.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #transit-systems, #travel-and-vacations

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Surf’s Up. The Temperature Isn’t.

Growing numbers of surfers are taking to the Great Lakes — even when the weather is well below freezing.

#canada, #great-lakes, #lake-huron, #lakes, #snow-and-snowstorms, #surfing, #toronto-ontario, #travel-and-vacations

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Maldives Courts Influencers Amid Covid-19

By urging travelers to visit, the Maldives is reviving its luxury resorts. It’s also risking new outbreaks and courting controversy on social media.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #instagram-inc, #maldives, #social-media, #travel-and-vacations

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For Travel, a Sustainable Comeback?

From a newly certified Whale Heritage Site to scenic byways for electric cars, five new initiatives suggest the travel industry may be envisioning a more responsible future.

#africa, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #california, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #colorado, #eco-tourism, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Travel Quarantines: Enduring the Mundane, One Day at a Time

Running a half-marathon in your hotel room. Hearing the sea, but not seeing it. Fixating on food. Here’s how some travelers passed the time during their mandatory quarantines.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations

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How Plagues Shape the Landscape

From cholera to AIDS, epidemics have given rise to landmarks around the world, be they sculptures, churches or feats of engineering. In this dire moment, their histories resonate.

#cemeteries, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #plague, #travel-and-vacations

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On Horseback Among the Eagle Hunters and Herders of the Mongolian Altai

Deep in the Altai Mountains, where Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia meet, Kazakh people have for centuries developed and nurtured a special bond with golden eagles.

#children-and-childhood, #eagles-birds, #horses, #hunting-and-trapping, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #mongolia, #photography, #rural-areas, #travel-and-vacations

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Airbnb Is Driving Hosts Elsewhere With Costly Pandemic Policies

Hurt by refunds, some are trying to cut the site out of bookings or taking legal action. The company says it is working to reduce tensions.

#airbnb, #chesky-brian, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #rebates-and-refunds, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #travel-and-vacations

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Airlines Still Don’t Know When Passengers Will Return

Experts say that tourists could come back in the spring or summer but that more profitable business travelers could stay away for a year or longer.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airlines-for-america, #alaska-airlines, #american-airlines, #business-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delta-air-lines-inc, #jetblue-airways-corporation, #southwest-airlines-company, #travel-and-vacations, #united-airlines

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Getaway Planning Tips: How to Prepare for Your Next Escape

Right now, pulling off a getaway to the great outdoors requires extensive planning. Here’s what to keep in mind.

#content-type-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

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Ted Cruz’s Trip to Cancún Draws Fire Amid Texas’ Deep Freeze

The Texas senator faced fierce blowback for fleeing his state as a disaster unfolded. Text messages sent by his wife revealed a hastily planned trip away from their “FREEZING” family home.

#cancun-mexico, #cruz-heidi-nelson, #cruz-ted, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Different Early-Bird Special: Have Vaccine, Will Travel

People over 65 have been among the first in line to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. And they are leading a wave in new travel bookings.

#aarp, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Meet America’s 63rd National Park

The New River Gorge in West Virginia got the federal government’s highest protection, thanks, in part, to the latest pandemic relief bill.

#capito-shelley-moore, #coal, #geology, #hunting-and-trapping, #land-use-policies, #mines-and-mining, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parachutes-and-parachute-jumping, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #west-virginia

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The Wedding Is Postponed. Again.

Couples who put off their destination nuptials a year ago at the start of the pandemic are facing the prospect of delaying for another year.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #honeymoons, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #weddings-and-engagements

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Spring Break’s New Look: Older and Socially Distant

Beach parties in Florida, Texas and Mexico made headlines a year ago for ignoring virus safety advice. Here’s how the travel ritual will look different in 2021.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #spring-season, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations

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In Canada, Americans Are Missed, With Limits

U.S. visitors usually mean big business for Canada’s tourism industry. But the pandemic has blunted lonesomeness for the country’s best friend.

#airbnb, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #joe-beef-montreal-quebec-restaurant, #musee-dart-contemporain-de-montreal, #museums, #music, #restaurants, #stratford-shakespeare-festival, #theater, #travel-and-vacations

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Beauty, Serenity, Stillness: An Ode to the Final Miles of the Mississippi River

Stark and minimalist in their beauty, the landscapes and communities in Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish exist in a state of constant change.

#floods, #gulf-of-mexico, #gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill-2010, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #louisiana, #mississippi-river, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #photography, #plaquemines-parish-la, #rivers, #ships-and-shipping, #travel-and-vacations

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The $6,753 Super Bowl Ticket and Other Roadblocks Won’t Stop Some Fans

For these ticket-holders, the allure of seeing their team in the Super Bowl overrides other considerations: “On my deathbed, this will probably be one of the top five days I remember in my life, you know?”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #kansas-city-chiefs, #super-bowl, #tampa-fla, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #travel-and-vacations

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Travel and the Art of Anticipation

For most people, going on vacation during the pandemic has been the stuff of dreams. But as vaccination becomes a reality, it’s time to start nurturing your travel imagination.

#happiness, #psychology-and-psychologists, #travel-and-vacations

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Its Borders Shut, New Zealand Prods Local Tourists to ‘Do Something New’

A viral ad campaign urges New Zealanders to find new ways to look at their own backyard — and to stop posting hot-tub vacation photos.

#advertising-and-marketing, #ardern-jacinda, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-zealand, #photography, #shutdowns-institutional, #social-media, #travel-and-vacations

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Coming Soon: The ‘Vaccine Passport’

In the near future, travel may require digital documentation showing that passengers have been vaccinated or tested for the coronavirus. Answers to your questions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #passports, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Help! I’m Vaccinated, But What Do I Need to Know to Protect Others?

A reader plans to hop on a flight two weeks after her second shot of the coronavirus vaccine to see much-missed grandchildren, but wonders what health and safety precautions she still needs to take.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

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To Get on This SpaceX Flight, You Don’t Have to Be Rich, Just Lucky

Jared Isaacman, 37-year-old founder of Shift4 Payments, is chartering a trip to orbit and raffling a seat to a random winner to raise money for childhood cancer research.

#axiom-space-inc, #contests-and-prizes, #high-net-worth-individuals, #isaacman-jared-1983, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #shift4-payments-llc, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #st-jude-childrens-research-hospital, #travel-and-vacations

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Glimpses of an Ancient Fire-Walking Ritual in Northern Greece

Each May in the small Greek village of Lagadas, a group of celebrants upholds a three-day tradition that incorporates a range of age-old rites.

#churches-buildings, #greece, #greek-orthodox-church, #organizations-societies-and-clubs, #thrace, #travel-and-vacations, #walking

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So You Want to Open a Hotel? Now?

Some new hotels and inns are thriving during these trying times by doubling down on the local market, creating escapist atmospheres and employing other, almost unheard-of tactics.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #four-seasons-hotels-ltd, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #hyatt-hotels-corp, #marriott-international-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #zingle-inc

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While You Weren’t Looking: Revised Airline Policies May Make Flying Better

Four years after a man was dragged from a plane, amended rules regarding involuntary bumping and oversold flights are about to be enacted. And there are more changes to come.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #consumer-protection, #consumer-reports, #transportation-department-us, #travel-and-vacations

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Testing Requirement Is the Latest Curveball for the Travel Industry

The United States now requires a negative coronavirus test for all arriving international travelers, which has hotels adding testing suites and airlines enhancing mobile apps with health features.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #bahama-islands, #caribbean-area, #casa-de-campo-la-romana-dominican-republic-hotel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delta-air-lines-inc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #mexico, #mobile-applications, #tests-medical, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #turkish-airlines, #united-airlines

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Meet a Family Who Spent 9 Months Traveling the Globe, Pre-Plague

In “We Came, We Saw, We Left,” Charles Wheelan shares the highlights — and lowlights — of exploring the world with three teenagers.

#adventure-travel, #books-and-literature, #families-and-family-life, #travel-and-vacations, #we-came-we-saw-we-left-a-family-gap-year-book

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Monitoring the Weather at the Edge of the World

Marsibil Erlendsdottir runs a farm and provides weather reports from a remote outpost in eastern Iceland. The job requires vigilance and an unfailing resolve.

#agriculture-and-farming, #iceland, #sheep, #snow-and-snowstorms, #travel-and-vacations, #weather

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Covid-19 Kept Tourists Away. Why Did These Seabirds Miss Them?

When travel restrictions stopped bird-watchers from visiting a Swedish island, hidden ecosystem dynamics were revealed.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #research, #shutdowns-institutional, #sweden, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Traveling With a Purpose: For Some, It’s a 2021 Resolution

The crises of 2020, particularly the pandemic and violence against Black Americans, have caused many travelers to rethink how and where to travel.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #road-trips, #travel-and-vacations

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American Woman to Be Deported From Bali After Calling It ‘Queer Friendly’

Indonesian immigration officials detained the woman overnight Tuesday and said she was being deported for “spreading information that could unsettle the public.”

#bali-indonesia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deportation, #race-and-ethnicity, #travel-and-vacations, #twitter

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Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated medical tourism, but pent-up demand remains for affordable treatment in foreign lands.

#budget-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costa-rica, #istanbul-turkey, #medical-tourism, #medicine-and-health, #mexico, #pandemic, #surgery-and-surgeons, #thailand, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #united-states

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Finding a Foothold for Nordic Skiing in Rural Alaska

The harsh wind-hammered tundra sometimes complicates the prospect, as do the polar bears. But the children are enthusiastic pupils.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #arctic-regions, #kaktovik-alaska, #nulato-alaska, #photography, #polar-bears, #rural-areas, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

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Disneyland as a Vaccination Site? Airports as Test Centers? The Travel Industry Pitches In

Devastated by the pandemic, many travel companies have become part of an ad hoc relief effort.

#airports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Australia’s States Are Feuding Like Siblings. What Else to Do but Laugh?

Australians are facing a messy patchwork of border restrictions that lock out both the coronavirus and fellow citizens. A new ad offers a biting, if humorous, commentary on the state of affairs.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #morrison-scott-1968, #roads-and-traffic, #travel-and-vacations

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An Inn or Bike Tour of Your Own: How to Make Buyouts More Affordable

Savvy travelers intent on staying in their bubbles are finding that what was once a luxury option can actually be attainable.

#camps-and-camping, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations

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How to Pretend You’re in Tunis Tonight

The Tunisian capital beckons with white-sand beaches, the medina, cafe districts and Roman ruins that speak to its place in history. Luckily, there are ways to capture its spirit at home.

#art, #beaches, #food, #music, #national-bardo-museum-tunis-tunisia, #sidi-bou-said-tunisia, #travel-and-vacations, #tunis-tunisia, #tunisia

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52 Places You Cherish

Instead of its traditional list of destinations, the Travel desk asked readers about locales with special meaning to them.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-york-times, #photography, #road-trips, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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Canadian Politicians Face Ire After Taking Trips During the Holidays

Some members of Parliament have lost government posts after traveling out of the country on tropical vacations and family visits, when people were asked to stay home.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations, #trudeau-justin

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Joanne Michaels, Who Sketched the Hudson Valley in Words, Dies at 69

Ms. Michaels found material for her books and public access talk show in the region she loved. She died of Covid-19.

#books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #michaels-joanne-1950-2020, #travel-and-vacations

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Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Founder of Sandals Resorts, Dies at 79

Mr. Stewart turned a rundown beach hotel in Montego Bay, in his native Jamaica, into the flagship of a chain of luxury resorts.

#air-jamaica, #caribbean-area, #deaths-obituaries, #entrepreneurship, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #jamaica-west-indies, #sandals-resorts-international-ltd, #stewart-gordon-butch-1941-2021, #travel-and-vacations

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How to Pretend You’re in Cartagena Today

The Colombian port city, home to the trademark sounds and dances of the region, is so full of magic that it has inspired entire books by Gabriel García Márquez.

#books-and-literature, #cartagena-colombia, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #garcia-marquez-gabriel, #love-in-the-time-of-cholera-book, #music, #travel-and-vacations

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The Man Who Turned Credit-Card Points Into an Empire

Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, has created an empire dedicated to maximizing credit-card rewards and airline miles. What are they worth in a global pandemic — and why are they worth anything at all?

#airlines-and-airplanes, #budget-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-cards, #customer-loyalty-programs, #dubrovnik-croatia, #frequent-flier-programs, #travel-and-vacations

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Missions to Mars, the Moon and Beyond Await Earth in 2021

Here’s a preview of what to expect in space and astronomy in the year to come.

#astrobotic-technology-inc, #china, #emirates-mars-mission, #international-space-station, #intuitive-machines-llc, #james-webb-space-telescope, #jupiter-planet, #mars-planet, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #tianwen-1-mars-mission, #travel-and-vacations, #united-arab-emirates

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Alone in a Fancy Hotel Bathroom

Parents’ solo-vacation fantasies, hopefully realized in 2021.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations

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Austrian Lockdown Covers Schools and Stores, but Not Ski Hills

A sunny holiday weekend drew a crush of skiers to Austria’s slopes, with crowded lift lines and parking lots making a mockery of social distancing rules.

#alpine-skiing, #alps-mountains, #austria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #great-britain, #quarantines, #skiing, #switzerland, #travel-and-vacations

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Did You Miss Out on Vacation This Year? You’re Not Alone

Employers are struggling to deal with the unused days that have piled up during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #employee-fringe-benefits, #human-resources, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states, #workplace-environment

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Revisiting the Unseen Corners of the World

During a year with limited travel possibilities, our World Through a Lens series offered Times readers a weekly escape. Here are some of the highlights.

#ecuador, #forests-and-forestry, #georgia, #great-britain, #islands, #karbala-iraq, #maine, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #nuns, #photography, #quebec-province-canada, #road-trips, #rural-areas, #safaris, #sea-lions, #travel-and-vacations

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