Tag: Travel and Vacations

‘God Knows How Many People We Infected’: New Protocols Aim to Get Cruise Passengers Home

KEY WEST, Fla. — Days after a harrowing journey to escape a trans-Atlantic cruise where two passengers came down with fatal cases of Covid-19, Jim Nevis is back home in Arizona, fighting the virus in a hospital intensive care unit. A Canadian family evacuated from the same Italian ship, the Costa Luminosa, traveled through three […]

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T’s Most Transporting Travel Stories

At a time of global crisis, it can be comforting to remember that, in Los Angeles, waves still break on the Santa Monica beaches, though the usual beachcombers are staying home. In Beijing, the Forbidden City still blankets dozens of acres at the heart of the Chinese capital, despite remaining closed to visitors. And in […]

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Snowbirds Ask: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Travel and travel planning are being disrupted by the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s Covid-19 coverage here. Laurie and Rick Vant Hoff have spent the last six winters in a rented property in Cape San Blas, Fla. This year, the retired couple, who live in Wisconsin, […]

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The New Travel Document: Photograph of an Empty Plane

The story of air travel’s shutdown can be told in numbers. Helane Becker, managing director and senior airline analyst at Cowen, an investment bank, estimates between 40 and 60 percent of United States domestic flights have been canceled. Cancellations of international flights are even higher, about 85 percent, she said. But photographs will do just […]

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‘None of Us Saw It Ending This Way’: Peace Corps Volunteers Evacuate Abruptly

The urgent update from the Peace Corps landed abruptly in the email inboxes of volunteers on March 15: It was time to evacuate. Miguel Garcia, a 27-year-old volunteer leader for the corps in the Dominican Republic, had just reassured someone that the corps would be staying on the job. With a sinking heart, he read […]

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Governors Tell Outsiders From ‘Hot Zone’ to Stay Away as Virus Divides States

MIAMI — Florida has a message for New Yorkers: Please don’t visit. And if you do, prepare to sit in quarantine or risk jail. Hawaii, which also thrives on tourism, is asking visitors to stay away for a month. And Alaska is requiring a 14-day quarantine for anyone entering from, as Alaskans put it, Outside. […]

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Big-Name Hotels Go Empty and Smaller Owners Are Hurt

It all started to fall apart for Vinay Patel about a week ago. The occupancy rates at the nine hotels he owns in the Northern Virginia area plummeted from about 50 percent to only a handful of rooms each night because of the coronavirus pandemic. He scrambled to cut costs. Floors were shut down. Bar […]

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The Wealthy Flee Coronavirus. Vacation Towns Respond: Stay Away.

People with second homes in the Catskills region of New York are being warned to stay away in venom-laced Facebook posts and blunt messages from county officials. Boardwalks and beaches in some Jersey Shore towns are barricaded and residents are urging the closure of coastal access bridges to outsiders. In the Hamptons, the famous playground […]

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Voices From Travel’s Frontlines: ‘Fasten Your Seatbelts’

Across the globe, workers in the tourism industry — from pilots to tour guides to chauffeurs — are worrying about their livelihoods as governments close borders, prohibit large gatherings and implement strict quarantines on entire regions and countries. A flight attendant feared that with ever-changing border rules, she might become stranded during an overnight layover […]

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As Tourism Plummets in Thailand, Elephants Are Out of Work, Too

BANGKOK — More than a decade ago, it was common for elephant owners to take their animals into Thailand’s cities and beg in the streets. Other elephants were put to work by illegal loggers along the border with Myanmar to harvest timber and haul it out of the forest. Gradually, Thailand succeeded in reducing such […]

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At Least 13,500 Americans Abroad Need Help Getting Home, State Dept. Says

WASHINGTON — An estimated 13,500 Americans abroad have asked the State Department for help returning to the United States as the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in closed borders and suspended commercial flights, two senior officials said Monday. About 5,700 additional U.S. citizens and legal residents have already been brought back on flights organized by the […]

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The Plastic-Hunting Pirates of the Cornish Coast

The Cornish coast — with its high cliffs and inlets, lining the peninsula that juts out from England’s southwest corner — has a long association with pirates. Its rocky coves, secret anchorages and long winding creeks have historically been a haunting ground for seafaring scoundrels and salty sea dogs. Today, it is the home of an […]

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Coronavirus Makes Daily Life Confounding. Here Are Some Answers.

How to stay safe. How to protect others. How much risk to take when the smallest act can be a risk: touching a doorknob, buying milk. Whether or not the virus has reached your neighborhood, what’s swept into everyone’s lives is a set of confounding dilemmas. So send your questions to us, at dilemmas@nytimes.com. There’s […]

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Fee Waivers, Virtual Art Shows and Online Cooking Lessons

With flights canceled around the world, and bars and restaurants shutting down as efforts to control coronavirus cases accelerate, some hotels, cultural institutions and car rental companies are extending a helping hand with efforts that range from community outreach to fee waivers. Others, including museums, are coming up with virtual offerings. Fee waivers from Enterprise […]

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State Department to Help Americans Stranded in Morocco Fly Home

The United States Department of State and the U.S. Mission to Morocco said that they have arranged for American citizens and permanent residents who have been stranded in Morocco to fly home. The travelers had been stuck in the country since Sunday, when the kingdom announced that it was suspending all flights into and out […]

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Brawling Monkeys. Wandering Deer. Blame Coronavirus.

In a video posted last week, a mob of monkeys runs around a city plaza in Thailand. Something gets thrown in the macaques’ midst and they break into a giant brawl. This horde of animals lives in Lopburi, home of the country’s Phra Prang Sam Yot monkey temple. The macaques, which are usually fed by […]

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‘Do Not Touch the Flowers!’ One Family’s Eco-Adventure in the American Southwest

We sustained our first cactus injury right after we got out of the car. My 10-year-old daughter was skipping around the garden of indigenous plants at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center in Southern California and then, a minute later, “MOMMMMY!” from somewhere behind a catclaw acacia. It was not a promising beginning. We […]

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A Portuguese Hideaway That’s Part Refuge, Part Shrine

VIEWED FROM THE end of a long, dry dirt driveway on an October morning, the house looks like nothing special: a decommissioned military bunker, maybe, though barely recognizable as that, a pair of one-story, sand-colored rectangle structures nestled against a 45-degree dune like a set of dresser drawers. But once you get closer, you see […]

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Tourists Make Plan B As Coronavirus Closes New York’s Sights

Patty Schlafer flew in late Thursday from Wisconsin, and her sister, Kathy Coughlin, flew up from Atlanta the same night, for a trip of a lifetime that had been a year in the works. Along with Mrs. Coughlin’s daughter, Beth Coughlin-Leonard, 32, who lives in Nashville, the women were meeting in New York City to […]

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