Travel in style: luxury RVs include all the comforts of home
CNS-LUXURY-RVS:PT – TAMPA, Fla. – Americans have long been in love with the open road. There was John Steinbeck touring the country in “Travels With Charley.” Buz and Tod are heading west on Route 66. Clark Griswold takes the family on a “National Lampoon vacation”.
Today, however, motorists are increasingly traveling in style.
Over the past few years, sales of luxury recreational vehicles, better known as RVs, have exploded. Why stay in a tent or hotel room when you can bring all the amenities of home when you go? French door refrigerators, granite counter tops, flat screen televisions and even king-size beds – all of this and more is right behind the driver’s seat.
950 words from Susan Taylor Martin, Tampa Bay Times. MOVED
Colorado’s rundown and forgotten motels get another chance to be cool
UST-COLO-OLDHOTELS: GT — COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In the series premiere episode “Schitt’s Creek,” a suddenly broke family must leave their lavish mansion to reluctantly live in a run-down motel.
In late April 2020, the remodeled motel became something the fictional family — and viewers of the hit show — loved.
The motel’s takeover story reflected a trend happening beyond the television screen: forgotten roadside stays were getting a second chance in the spotlight.
1039 words by Amanda Hancock, The Gazette. MOVED
Tourists are returning to Alaska this summer. Will there be enough workers to handle them?
UST-ALASKA-TOURISM-SURGE:AC – ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Faced with a potentially record tourist season, hotel companies in Alaska say they are struggling to find enough workers, even as they try to entice them with wages and higher premiums.
Their struggle is part of the nation’s pandemic-related labor shortage. But employers in Alaska face unique challenges, such as finding a massive and in-demand temporary workforce in the United States, industry watchers say.
1236 words by Alex DeMarban, Anchorage Daily News. MOVED
In Central Oregon, Visit a Forbidden Lava Cave – with Cocktails
UST-OREGON-LAVA-CAVES:SJ — DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — We’re in one of the darkest, quietest places on earth: an ancient underground cave in the high volcanic, sage-clad desert of central from Oregon. Just then, 30 feet underground and about 3,000 feet deep, our naturalist guide asked us to turn off our headlamps and be quiet for a minute.
We hiked and made our way through this cold, rock-filled cave, one of 600 in the 1.6 million acre forest. But that part – the sensory deprivation – is more difficult. I try to name the feeling that invades me. Is it calm? Fear? Boredom? Courtney Braun of Wanderlust Tours, the only guide company allowed in this enclosed cave, tells us to wave our hands in front of our faces.
Yes, and I swear I can see it. “You didn’t,” she said. “It’s your brain telling you you did it.”
752 words from Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News. MOVED
Honolulu will require 3-month minimum stays for Oahu vacation rentals
UST-HONOLULU-RENTALS:TPU – Controversy over the impact of short-term vacation rentals in Hawaii lingers, as the state of Aloha continues to battle post-pandemic overtourism and re-evaluates the impact of out-of-town travelers of the region about the communities they visit.
The Honolulu City Council recently passed new legislation, which extends the minimum length of stay required for guest stays in short-term rentals on Oahu to three months, from the current 30 days.
337 words by Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse. MOVED
What’s the best way to get around Key West when visiting? (Hint: it’s not while driving)
UST-KEYWEST-TRANSPORTATION: MI — Welcome to Key West. You arrived here, either by air or by land. But what are you doing now to get around the island?
Key West is crowded with tourists. So choose wisely, not only based on your budget, but also based on your driving skills, wallet, and level of patience.
2897 words by Gwen Filosa, Miami Herald. MOVED
What it’s like to visit San Francisco now
UST-SANFRANCISCO: BLO — At tables overlooking the San Francisco Bay on an unusually hot recent Saturday afternoon, diners gobbled down oysters, cut into pancakes and shared bottles of ice-chilled rosé. The stalls at the Ferry Plaza weekend farmer’s market were overflowing with fresh artichokes, leeks and oranges; the empanada vendor was sold out by 1pm. Between the foodies was a sea of baseball fans rushing to a Giants game at Oracle Park.
Watching the bustling scene, it’s easy to forget that San Francisco had one of the slowest recoveries of any U.S. city emerging from the pandemic and was the nation’s worst-performing tourist market last year. Much of its tech workforce continues to work remotely, tourism from Asia has yet to rebound, and business travel has all but evaporated.
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TRAVEL TIPS AND TRENDS
Newly Updated Travel Books Offer Florida Staycations and Day Trip Ideas
UST-FLA-DAYTRIPS: PT – TAMPA, Florida – If you’re still uncomfortable getting on a plane or cruise ship (or paying the high prices), maybe it’s time for a trip to Florida.
Two recently updated travel books – “Visiting Small-Town Florida” and “100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die” – offer great ideas for getaways and day trips, so you can enjoy life in a place where tourists flock. Most of their suggestions eschew the big, well-known attractions, offering local gems off the beaten path.
1108 words by Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tampa Bay Times. MOVED
Viking Ocean Cruises reveals details of 2 new ships
CRU-VIKING-NEWSHIPS:TPU – Viking Ocean Cruises has announced that the next two added ships will run on hydrogen and carry more guests than other ships in the fleet.
According to Cruise Critic, chairman and founder Torstein Hagen said the cruise line’s unnamed ocean-going ships will be longer than existing ships in the fleet to carry hydrogen.
273 words by Donald Wood, TravelPulse. MOVED
Summer camps threatened by wildfires, smoke and heat waves
SUMMERCAMPS-ENDANGERED: BLO — As California parents enroll their offspring in summer camp amid predictions of another potentially catastrophic wildfire season, an existential question looms over the annual ritual: Will the camp be- is it still up in July?
Weather megafires in recent years threaten the future of summer camps, jeopardizing a century-old tradition of spending school vacations in the pristine, pine-scented air of the state’s lush mountain ranges. Since 2013, wildfires in California have destroyed historic summer camps from Malibu to Tahoe. Urban camps, meanwhile, are adjusting to a new climate of uncertainty as heat waves and toxic smoke from distant fires disrupt their activities.
1690 words by Todd Woody, Bloomberg News. MOVED
Mask or no mask, FAA takes tough stance on unruly fliers
FAA-UNRULY-PASSENGERS: BLO — Violent and unruly airline passengers will continue to face steep fines and potential criminal charges, even if mask-wearing rules are lifted.
The US Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday its zero-tolerance policy against unruly passengers will become permanent as it tries to deter bad behavior. The move came two days after most major U.S. airlines eliminated policies requiring passengers to wear masks, an issue that has contributed to thousands of attacks on airline personnel since the FAA began. its repression in January 2021.
224 words from Ryan Beene, Bloomberg News. MOVED
(Moved to Wednesday as a Washington story.)
CDC’s top COVID-19 doctor explains how travelers can reduce risk in a mask-optional world
CORONAVIRUS-MASKS-TRAVEL:LA — Your bags are ready, you are ready to go. You are standing there, in front of your door. And you think, “If I catch COVID-19 on this trip, I could get seriously ill or die.
You have a new N95 respirator for the trip. And you relied on most of your fellow travelers to cover their noses and mouths too: your carpool driver, the people at the airport, and the passengers crammed inside the plane.
1241 words by Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times. MOVED
(Moved Friday as a national story.)
Gilroy Garlic Festival canceled indefinitely, marking the end of a California summer tradition
CALIF-GARLIC-FEST-CANCELED:SA – SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association announced Thursday that it will no longer hold its annual food festival that celebrates the locally grown harvest, ending the 42-year-old summer tradition .
The organization cited “the continuing uncertainties of the pandemic” as well as expensive insurance premiums as reasons to cancel the festival during which people ate foods with the pungent taste and smell of garlic.
301 words from Noor Adatia, The Sacramento Bee. MOVED
(Moved to Saturday as a national story.)
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