Florida could see boost of spring break visitors

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Every March Central Florida welcomes tens of thousands of spring break visitors. In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, lockdowns and travel restrictions meant a dismal spring break. This year travel analysts say things should start looking up.Travel experts say the rollout of the vaccine and pent-up demand should bring a welcomed boost in visitors next month.”Right now we’re probably up to about 75 or 80% of hotel rooms that are open and available and as we approach spring break I expect more to open,” Daryl Cronk with Visit Orlando said.Cronk is the market research analyst for Visit Orlando. … Read More

Evolving restrictions have travelers on edge

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It is difficult to imagine how the government would impose the stricter travel measures. Experts say new testing requirements or travel limits could harm the travel industry. But for now the prospect of further restrictions is doing little besides adding uncertainty to an already uncertain situation.

Some people doubt that federal interstate travel bans would ever be imposed. “It’s hard to see how federal restrictions on interstate travel could be enforced outside of air travel and, I suppose, Amtrak,” says Michael Montgomery, a frequent traveler who teaches in the Department of Health and Human Services at the University of Michigan

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As travel rebounds, now may be best time to buy an airline ticket

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As vaccines continue to roll out across the country, the travel industry is expecting a big comeback in the second half of this year. If you’re looking to get the cheapest airline ticket with the most flexibility for a trip down the road, the best time to buy might be right now. Travelers reentering the market will find a lot of changes in cancellation policies, especially with the airlines, and many of them have shifted substantially in favor of travelers. American, United and Delta all eliminated change fees which used to eat up hundreds of dollars of a ticket’s value. … Read More

Why now could be the best time to plan travel

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Why now could be the best time to plan travel



CHEAPEST TICKET, THE TIME TO BUY MIGHT BE RIGHT NOW. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE MILLIONS WHO CAN’T WAIT TO TAKE OFF AGAIN, YOU MIGHT BE IN LUCK LATER THIS YEA VACCINES MIGHT MEAN VACATIONS ARE BACK, AND WE’RE NOT TALKING JUST ROAD TRIP >> ONE OF THE BIG TRENDS WE’RE SEEING FOR 2021 IS THE RETURN OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL. >> TRAVEL EXPERT ELIZABETH MONAHAN AT NEEDHAM-BASED TRIP ADVISOR SAYS THEY ARE SEEING AN INCREASE IN TRAVELERS LOOKING

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World Travel, Personal Stories, Witty Tips

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Accomplished globetrotter, chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain died in 2018, yet his heartfelt, soul-stirring travel stories live on, continuing to inform and inspire. Now a posthumous new Bourdain book — World Travel: An Irreverent Guide — hits bookstores on April 20, 2021. Published by Ecco (an imprint of HarperCollins), World Travel is available for preorder now. As Bourdain began brainstorming the manuscript, Laurie Woolever, his assistant and friend for almost a decade, signed on as co-author. After Bourdain’s untimely death, Woolever skillfully stitched together his unique words and wisdoms, perceptions and notions, acid wit and

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Ethics board dismisses complaint against Denver mayor for travel

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30 minutes before he boarded a flight to Houston, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s Twitter account told people to avoid traveling for Thanksgiving.

DENVER — While the Denver Ethics Board said it was “troubled” by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s decision to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday while publicly telling people not to, it has unanimously dismissed the complaint against him.

This decision came down on Wednesday morning. The board said the complaint against the mayor ultimately did not rise to the level of an ethics violation. 

In an interview with 9NEWS, Hancock called his decision to travel over the holiday “hypocritical”

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How the Maldives became the biggest 2020 international tourism success story

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(CNN) — In most destinations, being a million tourists short over the previous year would be a huge cause for concern, the result of a horrible natural disaster. But that was before 2020, and before the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we travel forever.

The Maldives, an Indian Ocean island archipelago practically synonymous with romance, normally sees north of 1.7 million visitors per year. In 2020, it had around 500,000. And despite the significant decrease, it marks one of the most successful tourism stories amid the pandemic.

While many other destinations slammed their borders closed, the Maldives chose to fully
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New York Times suspends student travel program with Putney company

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Putney Student Travel director Jeff Shumlin appears in a webinar describing the company’s opportunities for students in 2021. YouTube/Putney Student Travel

The New York Times has suspended a pricey program led by Putney Student Travel, the southern Vermont company that sends young people on trips around the world.

The partnership has played a minor role in a major media story that has played out since the Daily Beast reported in January that star New York Times reporter Donald McNeil Jr. used racist and sexist language during a 2019 trip to Peru. The expedition was part of the Times’ Student Journeys

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Stitt Defies Highway Patrol, ODOT, CDC Warnings Against Travel, Vacations In New Mexico

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On Friday, Gov. Kevin Stitt declared a state of emergency for all 77 of Oklahoma’s counties, warning of dangerous conditions from an approaching severe winter storm. He activated the National Guard, posted a video message warning of “dangerous cold,” and in a news release asked Oklahomans to “please heed the recommendation of public safety and transportation officials.” 

Then he and his family left the state for the ski slopes of New Mexico.

As first reported by The Lost Ogle and confirmed by a spokesperson, the governor spent the weekend out of state.

“Like many Oklahomans, Governor Stitt worked remotely this

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Travel may be hazardous Monday night, people asked to stay home

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JAY: THIS WINTER STORM IS NOW WINDING DOWN. IT’S GOING TO BE THE SO-CALLED CLEAN UP LATER ON TONIGHT THROUGH TOMORROW. GETTING ALL THE SNOW AND ICE OFF THE ROADWA READ THAT’S GOING TO BE A JOY — CHORE. YOU CAN SEE DOWNTOWN LOUISVILLE. THE SNOW, SLEET HAS REALLY DIMINISHED IN INTENSITY. THAT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT. 19 DEGREES THE CURRENT TEMPERATURE. THE FEEL LIKE. IT’S ALMOST FIVE ABOVE IS THE WINDCHILL BECAUSE OF THE NORTHWEST BREEZE. THE WINTER STORM WARNING DOES CONTINUE, NOT NECESSARILY FOR FALLING PRECIPITATION. THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS — IF YOU HAVE TO OUT, ALLOW … Read More