Tag: Travel and Vacations

17 Learning Tools For Your Next Outdoor Excursion

Some of the most engaging and meaningful vacations have long been entwined with learning, be it visiting museums and libraries or touring historic properties. Nowadays, though, many vacations are outdoor excursions. Yet that doesn’t mean learning is strictly about survival skills. Rather, an outdoor vacation is an opportunity to explore the wonders of ocean life, […]

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On the Shores of Cape Cod, Where the Oyster Is Their World

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Randy Harris shares a collection of images from the shores of Cape […]

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Water, Sand and Plenty of Elbow Room on 8 Wild, Protected Coastlines

The grandmother of American conservation, Mardy Murie, once called the national parks our “best idea.” And this year, with foreign travel all but canceled, some of these celebrated domestic destinations have reached new heights of jam-packed popularity — and that, of course, presents challenges during a pandemic. Despite the breathing room offered by the Great […]

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Canada to U.S. Visitors: Please Don’t Sneak Across the Border

I was packing for my road trip from Colorado to Alberta, Canada, when the text came in from a gentleman I’d been helping with groceries during the pandemic. “The Canadians are actually doing damage to vehicles with United States plates on them,” he cautioned, giving me my first inkling that it wasn’t just public health […]

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Coronavirus Leads Japan to Lock Borders, Shutting Out Foreign Workers

TOKYO — When Jeff Mazziotta, a director of a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization, left Japan for South Africa in early March, he planned to spend a month training park rangers on emergency field medicine before returning to Tokyo. Nearly five months later, Mr. Mazziotta is still stuck abroad. He is one of nearly 100,000 foreign […]

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Welcome Back to Germany. Now Take Your Free Coronavirus Test.

BERLIN — When she returned to Germany last week from a vacation in Serbia, one of the first things Snjezana Kirstein did was to stop at a pop-up coronavirus testing center at Berlin’s Tegel Aiport. Whereas such tests can be hard to find in the United States, with unpredictable costs and results two weeks in […]

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See for Yourself: How Airplanes Are Cleaned Today

Move over, on-time performance. The new key standard for airlines and passengers is: “How clean is it?” The airlines are busily fine-tuning their cleaning procedures — where they clean, how frequently and with which tools. To get a sense of what’s changed, I recently witnessed the disinfection and cleaning process performed from start to finish […]

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Forget Spas and Bars. Hotels Tout Housekeeping to Lure Back Travelers.

When Beau Phillips checked into a hotel near Toledo recently, a table in front of the counter barricaded him from getting too close to the clerk, who wore a mask and stood behind a plastic window. “The key is gently tossed at you from three feet away,” said Mr. Phillips, a public affairs executive who […]

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A Visit to 5 of Patagonia’s Most Remote Schoolhouses

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Andria Hautamaki shares a collection of images from rural Patagonia. Known […]

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Food Tourists Trickle In to New York’s Pandemic Dining Scene

In early July, Bruna Borelli, along with her husband and two other couples, drove a minivan for 12 hours from Sterling Heights, Mich., to New York City for a vacation. Before they left, the friends watched the news carefully, making sure that Michigan hadn’t been added to the long and growing list of states whose […]

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Time for a Literary Road Trip

In a typical year, when the thick summer heat descends, you might plot an escape from everyday life. But this is not a typical year, and whether you’re trapped in your home office or on your couch, the urge to get away from it all is likely stronger than ever. A road trip — one […]

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Coronavirus: U.K. Quarantine Order Attacked by Spain’s Prime Minister

MADRID — Spain’s prime minister said Britain had made “an error” by imposing a quarantine on everyone arriving from his country, a decision that blindsided British holidaymakers and has dealt another serious blow to Spain’s crippled tourism industry. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, in an interview with the news outlet Telecinco on Monday night, also said […]

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Hotels Are Promoting the Nostalgia of the Family Road Trip

As the United States slowly, haltingly reopens, hotels are trying to persuade Americans to make this the summer of the road trip. Although some hotels have kept a trickle of guests coming through the doors by catering to essential workers, people seeking a change in scenery and willing to drive to a vacation spot are […]

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On the Lookout for Moose on Michigan’s Isle Royale

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Tony Cenicola, a New York Times staff photographer, shares a collection […]

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Slowly, Italy Is Waking From the Coronavirus Nightmare

ROME — Streets are quiet, squares are empty, you can hear the gurgling of the city’s ubiquitous fountains in the daytime. The platoons of Chinese tourists are nowhere to be seen; the American travelers — their hats, their sandals, their holiday shorts — have disappeared. Only a few German families with young children brave the […]

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Making the Most of a Pandemic Staycation

It started as a simple text in June from a neighborhood friend: “Walk to Little Red Lighthouse this weekend?” “That would be fun!” I responded, with a level of excitement that now accompanies nearly every offer of social interaction. “Would Sunday work?” he asked. “It’s not like we have anywhere else to be!” I replied. […]

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Quarantine Order Blindsides Britons Returning From Spain

LONDON — Often criticized for a slow response to the coronavirus, the British government moved quickly this weekend to impose a quarantine on anyone arriving from Spain, after a spike in Covid-19 cases there. But this time speed brought disarray to thousands of Britons, blindsiding those who have already gone to Spain and embarrassing Britain’s […]

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How to Move During the Coronavirus

I am an extreme planner. But I’ll admit that the task of planning a cross-country move during a pandemic with a suppressed immune system (and a sassy cat named Brünnhilde) was a daunting one. It was a plan born of necessity; I have Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the intestinal tract, as well […]

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Coronavirus Flushed Tourists From New York City. Will They Ever Come Back?

Broadway theaters and museums that tourists would flock to are still closed. The United States has banned travel from China, Brazil and much of Europe. And Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has ordered a quarantine for visitors from 31 of the country’s states. Four months after New York City shut down to combat the coronavirus, its […]

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Road Trips are Great. Except for the Driving.

I am in the Catskills in a charming, tucked-away treehouse of an inn. My room, walking distance to hiking trails, overlooks a waterfall. Morning coffee and evening vodka-tonic are taken on the deck where the temperature clocks in at a marvelous 75 degrees. Owls hoot. Birds chirrup. Wind tickles my legs. During the coronavirus lockdown […]

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5 New Yorkers Escaped the City for Fresh Air and Space. Was It Worth It?

For the past 100-plus days it’s been just me, and all of my personalities, living in my Manhattan apartment. I knew I was in trouble when a pigeon landed on my windowsill and I seriously considered letting it in. “Finally, some company,” I said to no one. Like many New Yorkers, I’ve been desperate to […]

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A High-Tech Array of Travel Tools: ‘Smart’ Health Cards,Temperature-Reading Glasses and More

Three weeks into Israel’s lockdown to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Rafi Kaminer decided to get creative with his cabin fever. The chief executive of Pangea Group, an Israeli company that builds infrastructure for biometric identification and digital analytics, Mr. Kaminer was used to flying abroad several times a month. But with global air […]

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Help! My Ship Is Supposedly Still Sailing, and I Don’t Want to Be On Board

Dear Tripped Up, I’m booked on a Cunard Line trans-Atlantic cruise in May 2021. The reservation was made using credit from an April sailing that was canceled due to Covid-19. Because I canceled my reservation a week before Cunard itself canceled the sailing, I was not given the opportunity to get a refund. But I […]

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65 Million Tourists, Gone From N.Y.C.

ImageCredit…September Dawn Bottoms/The New York Times They walk a bit too slowly, crowd Times Square and gobble up street vendors’ hot dogs. No, not pigeons: tourists. Before the pandemic, in 2018, the city welcomed a record 65 million tourists from around the world. Those visitors spent $44 billion — money that was crucial to keeping […]

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Worried About Crowded Planes? Know Where Your Airline Stands

As air travel has ticked up in the last month, airlines have divided into two camps: those blocking strategic seats to offer more space, and those willing to fill planes to capacity. In the latter camp, United Airlines never instituted limits and continues to sell all available seats as demand allows. As of July 1, […]

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Hotels Nix Mints and Breakfast Buffets. Hand Sanitizer, Anyone?

Those hotel amenities you took for granted, like throw pillows, turndown service and free coffee in the lobby? They’re gone. Housekeeping is by request or eliminated during your stay. And don’t even think of finding a self-serve breakfast buffet. The coronavirus pandemic “shellshocked” hotels, said Chekitan Dev, a professor of marketing at Cornell’s School of […]

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A Glimpse Inside the Workshops of the World’s Finest Panama Hat Makers

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Roff Smith shares a collection of photographs from the workshops of […]

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Southern Europe Opens Its Doors to Tourists. Not Many Are Coming.

ADEJE, Spain — Music blared from a beachfront cafe along the normally bustling southwestern coast of Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. But several tables sat empty, a month after a Covid-19 lockdown had ended, and the doors to many resorts remained shut. Though tourism is returning to southern Europe — stretching from Portugal […]

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