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Antigua & Barbuda
Two Little Island in the Sea
The tropical islands of Antigua and Barbuda are located in the heart of the Caribbean about a thousand miles to the east of Jamaica and half that distance from Trinidad on the coast of South America. We are at 17- N latitude, about the same as the Cape Verde Islands and Bombay and 61- W longitude.
The island of Antigua was born out of the sea by a volcano about 30 million years ago. A young island in geologic time. On the northern flank of this volcano, reefs were formed, hence the greater part of Antigua is low lying and is composed of limestone rock.
The highest point of Antigua is 1,319 ft in the south-west and is called Boggy Peak, but the limestone Highlands of Barbuda rise to only 125 ft. The area of Antigua is 108 square miles, while Barbuda is 62 square miles. The population of the former is approaching 80,000, but the latter is relatively unpopulated at 1,300. Days and nights are refreshingly cooled by the gentle trade winds.
Barbuda became separated from Antigua by about 28 miles, when the sea-levels of the world rose considerably at about 10,000 BC. Today parts of Barbuda are geologically flooded to form interesting lagoons. Here may be seen the largest breeding and nesting colony of the Magnificent Frigate Bird in the world. Barbuda supports a tremendous diversity of native habitats, as yet unthreatened by development. Reef-fringed Barbuda may be one of the best kept ecological secrets in the West Indies. Her rugged scenery, beautiful beaches, (one at least 12 miles long), lagoons and abundant wildlife may be a resource as valuable as its fisheries.
Escape 2020 and visit Antigua and Barbuda, where we’ve got the sun, the sea and plenty of much needed space.
Antigua’s shoreline is washed almost exclusively by the Caribbean Sea, and is hugged by 95 miles of superb coastline. Her sister Barbuda, is surrounded by protective reefs, and features a large lagoon and Frigate Bird sanctuary. The islands are best-known for their friendly and welcoming people, pink and white-sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and the most satisfying and enjoyable climate in the world.
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Is Your summer road trip spreading the CoronaVirus?
The coronavirus has not killed off the summer road trip.
New travel data shows that nationwide, Americans are taking more long trips than they were before the pandemic struck -- a trend that has experts concerned these travelers could spread the virus.
Uptick in trips
During the week preceding the July 4 holiday, Americans made 32.2 million trips of more than 50 miles, according to data prepared by the Maryland Transportation Institute for the federal government. That's slightly more than the 31.9 million long trips made during the same period in 2019.
American did a good job during March and April staying home, but it seems that when we reached the Fourth of July, we’re getting back to traveling where it was before the pandemic.
We expected to see more travels during the holidays, but getting back to where we were before the pandemic-was a bit surprising.
The institute uses anonymized cell phone location data to chart how people move. The data includes all trips, including those by train and plane.
Travel by car
But the numbers suggest many of the trips are by car. The measure of ultralong trips (those over 500 miles) is one third of what it was last year. Amtrak says its bookings are down significantly, and security checkpoint data shows airports are seeing about a quarter of last year's foot traffic.
The trends are really concerning, we know that if a person from a region goes to another region that has the disease, it may start a new outbreak in a new region.
Only about three in 10 people in several hot spot states -- Arizona, California, Florida and Texas -- did not venture out during the holiday weekend, according to the Maryland Transportation Institute data.
Luisa Franzini, Ph.D. and professor and chair at the University of Maryland, said in an interview she doesn't think there is widespread understanding of the risks of traveling to a gathering.
"Even outdoor events like barbecues or a party outdoors -- they still can be super-spreader events," she said.
Car travel does not carry the same risks as sharing a crowded aircraft cabin or train car with other people, she noted.
"But that doesn't mean it's without any risk," Franzini said. "There is still the risk during the trip when they stop at the gas station to get gas, or go to the restaurant. That's certainly risky. And then once they arrive to their destination, there are risks, too."
Dr. David Damsker, who leads the health department in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is also concerned about what happens when travelers return home from places such as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina -- a vacation destination and a coronavirus hot spot.
"We're seeing about half of our new cases are people that are infected while they're traveling," he said.
"It's very important because without those cases, we'd obviously have a better prevalence here in Bucks County. Citizens that are traveling are now increasing our numbers by getting infected in other places."
A measured approach
Damsker told CNN he understands that "people are feeling a little bit bottled up," and believes a call for eliminating summer vacations would flop. So, his approach is to urge returning travelers to stay home and avoid public places.
"People are going to travel. You can't keep people in their homes forever," he said.
When they do go out, Damsker said he hopes they wear a face mask, avoid bars and practice social distancing.
And he's urging travelers to carefully consider the rate of coronavirus cases at their destination.
"If you don't have to go to a state where there's high prevalence, don't go."
5 Reasons to choose Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals Instead of a Hotel
Are you trying to decide between renting a cabin or staying in a hotel for your next vacation in the Smoky Mountains? We can help! Read below to find all of the reasons why we know you and your family or group will be more comfortable staying in a Smoky Mountain cabin rental during your next getaway.
1. Added Privacy
The biggest appeal of staying in Great Smoky Mountain log cabin rentals is the added level of privacy these rentals offer. Not only do you not have to worry about sharing a thin wall with another family or group, but you also don’t have to worry about strangers walking past your door at all hours of the night because you get to stay in your own private vacation home during your stay.
That’s right! Just as if you were in your own home, area cabins give you and your loved one's complete privacy throughout your vacation. The only people you have to share this space with are the ones you invited to enjoy a getaway with.
2. Space to Relax
Another benefit that comes with staying in Smoky Mountain cabin rentals instead of a hotel during your vacation is the extra space you and your family or group will have to stretch out and relax. Unlike cramped hotel rooms, cabins give you more than just a single room with a couple of beds and an attached bathroom. Instead, you have the option to choose a cabin with as many private bedrooms as you need to feel comfortable.
The space is even more impressive when you factor in the extra sleeping capacity that the sleeper sofas and loft bedrooms give you. It is easy for your family or group to stay together inside these cabins without having to divide up into separate rooms during your stay.
3. Pet-Friendly Options
As you know, a family vacation isn’t a true family vacation unless you get to bring all your loved ones with you to share in the experience, including your dog. That is why we are pleased to say another perk you get with renting cabins over hotel rooms is you can easily bring your pet to join you for your trip. No longer do you have to scramble to find a kennel or a dog sitter before you can enjoy your vacation. Instead, you can simply load everyone into the car and head to the mountains!
Even though many hotels offer pet friendly accommodations, you and your pet will be much more comfortable with the extra space and comforts of a pet friendly cabin.
4. Fully-Equipped Kitchen
Even though vacations are meant to be a time for you and your family to relax and unwind, there is just something about a delicious home-cooked dinner when you are away that makes the meal even more enjoyable. Maybe is is the scenic views surrounding you or maybe it is having access to a fully-equipped kitchen during your vacation makes this experience memorable. Either way, we promise you will not be disappointed in having the ability to prepare meals for your family when you choose to stay in a cabin.
Now, instead of having to eat out every meal or confine your food choices to only things you can fit in a mini-fridge, you can choose to stay in comfortably and save money!
5. Extra Comforts and Amenities
The kitchen is not the only added comfort you and your family or group will enjoy when you stay in Smoky Mountain cabin rentals during your vacation. In fact, you may be amazed by just how many extra luxuries you and your loved ones will be able to enjoy when you are here. From an outdoor hot tub to a cozy fireplace to a home theater room, these cabins have everything you need for a fun and memorable vacation experience.
Call Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362 to start planning your Smoky Mountain vacation today.
How Just Planning A Vacation Can Help You Mentally
With the country reopening, travel industry experts say people are planning short trips to destinations relatively close to home. By driving they can control the number of people they interact with, how many stops they make on the way and whether to take a detour or not — all things they can’t control on a plane.
Now, more than ever, when we are allowed to travel again, we expect to see families, friends, and couples jumping into their cars and hitting the open road.
But, did you know looking ahead to your next adventure could benefit your mental health. Even if you’re not sure when that adventure will be.
Planning and anticipating a trip can be almost as enjoyable as going on the trip itself. Studies show the anticipation of an experience (like a trip) can increase a person’s happiness substantially—much more so than the anticipation of buying material goods. Travelers will talk more about their experiences than talking to people about material purchases. Experiences make for better story material.
One of the many challenges of the pandemic is that quarantine measures greatly reduce our ability to create new experiences and connect with other people and today we need those connections and their social benefits more than ever.
While we may not be as physically close to others as usual, we’re still able to interact with each other socially through voice and video chats. But you still need something to talk about—and plans for the future can serve as the perfect talking points for enhancing social relationships.
Trip-planning encourages an optimistic outlook. We spend a lot of our time dreaming about the future. Our dreams can be a source of joy if we know good things are coming, and travel is an especially good thing to have to look forward to.”
The post-pandemic future of travel is still unmapped. But try planning a vague itinerary (where to go, what to do)—without getting attached to taking the trip at any specific time. Then, start booking flights and hotels once experts say it’s safe to travel again. If the experience becomes more stressful or depressing than fun, file it away for another time.
Learn about a new destination like Gatlinburg Tennessee. You may learn enough about the trip to imagine it and look forward to it-but there will be enough novelty and uncertainty to keep your mind interested.
The pandemic can stop our travel plans, but it cannot stop our travel dreams. Planning for travel—thinking about it, talking about it, imagining it—may in fact be the best thing you can do to stay optimistic and, when this is all behind us, be ready to embark on your trip of a lifetime.
Ready. Set. Let’s Go!
As of Monday, June 15, Jamaica has reopened its borders to international travelers. The past few months have been hard on all of us and we must now find ways of “living with COVID-19” which will allow us to remain safe and responsible. Jamaica is ready! Their phased reopening plan, Ready. Set. Let’s Go!, will kick into gear immediately. In Phase 1, which runs from June 15 – 30, all travelers should be aware of changes in the entry requirements.
All persons intending to travel to Jamaica will now be required to secure a Travel Authorization online at www.visitjamaica.com. Additionally, as part of Jamaica risk management measures, and to ensure that residents and visitors stay safe, Jamaica will require all high-risk passengers, upon arrival, to submit to a mandatory PCR/swab-test.
For more information visit http://bit.ly/2FQXvO5.
HOW TO TRAVEL WITH A THEME
I think I’ve become a “typical tourist.” Ya know, the kind that hits the major tourist sites and a few off-the-path attractions, Yelps a few local restaurants, and moves on. I get my basic overview, learn how to save some money, and continue to the next destination.
And that’s left me feeling that my travels have become too vanilla lately. There’s a spark missing. I mean, I don’t think I go to boring places, but there’s just a part of me that feels there’s been less adventure and pizzazz in my travels, that I haven’t done anything really cool, interesting, or off-beat for a long time.
So, I had an idea:
What if I traveled with a theme?
Instead of just trying to see the usual well-known sites, what if I went with a specific focus in mind? What if I went to see only the jazz clubs of a city or the modern art museums? Or only hiked trails that begin with the letter M? Or went to learn about a destination’s wine industry? Or decided I’d only eat at Japanese restaurants with a local food expert?
Really, it could be anything, as long as it hyper-focused my travels around one idea that forced me to look at a destination in a different light.
(I’m sure I’m not the first person to think about this, but it’s something I’ve never done before.)
For example, I’ve been to Paris countless times. I’ve hit all the big sites multiple times over. When I returned to Paris recently, I wanted something different and new. I wanted a purpose. So I decided to experience Jazz Age Paris. I wanted my own private Midnight in Paris. I wanted the spirit of the 1920s: jazz, cocktails, and literature.
As a result, I spent time in Montmartre, ate at Les Deux Magots, enjoyed jazz in the Latin Quarter, drank in speakeasies and wine caves, wandered the bookshelves of Shakespeare and Company, and got lost in the streets of the Left Bank. It might not have been the ’20s exactly, but I ate at restaurants I’d never been to, went to music venues I’d never heard of, and saw parts of Paris I didn’t know existed (including a wonderful cobblestone street filled with tiny cafés in a 1900s covered market).
It was the most fun I had had in the City of Lights in a long time… because it was different. Designing my travels around one theme forced me to plan differently.
And it’s something I plan to continue. After being consistently on the road for a decade, I need to spice things up a little bit.
You develop a routine after traveling for a long time. Like everything else, you fall into a certain complacency. Sure, you’re in cool destinations doing cool things — but it’s often the same type of things.
So from now on, instead of just going to places, I’m going with purpose.
(Besides traveling with a theme, I’ve also decided to use only the sharing economy for transportation (when I can), as well for meals on EatWith as a way to have more unique and interesting experiences and meet more locals.)
If you’re in a destination for the first time, of course by all means see all the main sites and attractions — but try to add a little theme to your trip that forces you off the beaten path toward some different or unusual attractions, sights, and events.
How to Travel with a Theme (in Five Easy Steps)
So how do you do this? It requires a bit more research than opening up a guidebook! Here’s how I planned my trip :
Step 1 – Pick a Theme
This is an obvious first step. You can’t do any of the other steps without it. For me, I had 1920s Paris on my mind, so I decided I’d try to relive that era. But it could be anything: learning about cheese or wine production, the vegan food scene, jazz culture, the modern art scene — whatever suits your fancy! And, if you’re not sure what theme to pick, think of things that interest you the most and see that destination has stuff related to it or just Google “What is (x) famous for?” and see what comes out!
Step 2 – Research Online (use multiple keywords)
After picking your theme, go more in depth on your search. Local blogs, general travel blogs, our forums, Lonely Planet, Time Out, Yelp — these are all websites I use in my research. Then I go to Google and type in a number of keywords to cover all my bases. For my ’20s trip, for example, I typed in “books on 1920s Paris,” “how to see 1920s Paris,” “1920s Paris sights,” “Paris speakeasies,” and “best jazz clubs in Paris” and found a number of references to consult and various places where I could experience that ’20s vibe. This allowed me to compile a list of potential places to visit.
Step 3 – Plan Your Itinerary
While I didn’t want to overplan any trip, I kind of wanted a plan of attack. There was a lot to see in Paris and I didn’t have much time, so I prioritized what appealed the most. First came the food, then the bars, then the sights. This allowed me to come up with a general framework for my trip. Tagging sites on a Google Map can help you see how far apart things are and then plan your optimal route!
Step 4 – Contact Locals and Experts
Couchsurfing groups and Meetup.com are incredible places to find locals who share your interest. They are going to know the ins and outs of the city and probably have lots of suggestions. Additionally, the group meetups are a fun way to meet locals who share a similar passion, making conversation easier and breaking down that awkward language barrier.
Step 5 – Read a Book (or Three)
To get context, read a book on the subject. While I already knew a lot about the ’20s Jazz Age, I ended up picking a few more books on the subject :
• When Paris Sizzled by Mary McAuliffe
• Everybody Was So Young by Amanda Vaill
• Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach
• The Crazy Years: Paris in the Twenties by William Wiser
Books also might clue you in to some other attractions too!
When you do something for a long time, it can become sort of stale. It can lose its luster. When it comes to travel, sometimes that just means sitting down, relaxing, and watching Netflix until you gain your mojo back. Other times, it means bringing back the spice and excitement of those first moments, trying to get that first high back.
I know travel so well that it’s become too easy. I’ll be traveling with a theme much more often, so more of my upcoming posts will be like this Paris post, trying to hunt down cool and unique things about destinations. I already have two new themes in mind for my return to NYC: the best swing dance clubs and the best Japanese izakaya bars. And, for my return to Portland this summer, I’m thinking food trucks only (there’s even a food truck tour!).
Because, as much as I love the popular things (they are popular for a reason), I want to add something a little different and unique into my trips that spices them up in a way I never would have thought about before.
Walt Disney World Is Planning To Reopen July 11, 2020
We’re pleased to share the plans for the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, Resort Hotels and Disney Stores.
Walt Disney World® Resort plans to welcome Guests back to the theme parks as part of a phased reopening beginning July 11, pending state approval.
When Walt Disney World® theme parks reopen, they will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system on DisneyWorld.com that will require all Guests to make a reservation in advance for theme park entry. Over the coming weeks, Walt Disney World® will be making some necessary updates to prepare for the launch of this park reservation system. Here’s some important information to help you plan ahead:
• New Ticket Sales and Hotel Reservations: At this time, Walt Disney World® are temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so we can focus on Guests with existing tickets and reservations. Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make a theme park reservation before new tickets are sold; Walt Disney World® will be reaching out to those Guests soon to provide additional details. Walt Disney World® will resume new sales of tickets and Disney Resort hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability.
• Dining and Experiences: In order to foster physical distancing during this time, upon reopening, Walt Disney World® offerings, restaurants and other experiences such as behind-the-scenes tours will be limited in capacity, and other experiences may remain closed. As a result of limited capacity, Walt Disney World® have made the difficult decision to cancel all existing dining reservations and experience bookings, including Disney dining plans included in packages. Walt Disney World® will reopen dining and experience bookings with more limited numbers closer to when the parks reopen. Walt Disney World® will also shift from a 180-day booking window to a 60-day booking window for dining and experience bookings going forward to allow Guests to make their plans closer to their visits.
• FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours: As a result of the COVID-19 impact, the FastPass+ service will be suspended for the time being as Walt Disney World® plan to use additional queue space to manage capacity at our attractions and maintain physical distancing. Walt Disney World® will automatically cancel existing FastPass+ selections and share any future updates on the service at a later date. Also, please note that upon reopening, Extra Magic Hours will be temporarily suspended.
Walt Disney World® will be reaching out to Guests affected by these updates with additional information and details on options, including refunds. We understand how much excitement, thought and time goes into planning a Disney vacation and realize some of these changes may be disappointing. Please know we will be here to help you, as we remain focused on delivering a wonderful experience for everyone who visits.
You can visit a new “Know Before You Go” hub at DisneyWorld.com/Updates, where you can find the latest updates on our operations and offerings, including details on how to modify your plans. If you booked through a third party, we recommend you reach out directly to your travel professional or ticket seller.
We appreciate your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to keep the wellbeing of Guests and Cast Members in mind. Stay tuned for more information over the next few weeks on how to use the theme park reservation system and other tips to be aware of prior to your visit.
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