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As Governors Lock Down, Millions of Americans Are Booking Thanksgiving Travel, Planning Parties

With COVID cases surging across the U.S. and officials rolling out lockdowns and restrictions to stop the virus spreading, ahead of Thanksgiving some Americans plan to flout the rules and celebrate as normal.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to only celebrate with members of their household or virtually, and urges those who plan to mark the occasion with others to try to stay safe.

In an attempt to ease pressure on hospitals caused by a virus that has already killed more than a quarter of a million people in the U.S., officials around the country have imposed restrictions and lockdowns that affect Thanksgiving.

Some of the toughest are in Washington state, Oregon, New Mexico and Michigan, where businesses are mostly closed. New Mexico also has a stay-at-home order, as does Ohio.

Other states like Oregon have limited social gatherings to six people from no more

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  • November 19, 2020
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Planning travel becomes more complicated during pandemic

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FILE – In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020, file photo, Arkansas coach Eric Musselman reacts on the sidelines against LSU during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fayetteville, Ark. This season, a host of newcomers will have opportunities for second-year coach Musselman.

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Planning travel for college basketball teams can be complicated. Flights and hotels have to be booked, buses rented, meals planned. Schedules have to be worked around practices and games.

Planning amid the COVID-19 pandemic makes it exponentially more difficult.

Coaches and administrators have to consider ventilation systems, vendor testing protocols, shifting state requirements, airport policies, bus layouts and meal service options.

“You’re trying to balance logistics, but you also trying to balance a budget and health and safety in a pandemic,” Arkansas director of basketball operations Anthony Ruta said. “It’s not always easy.”

The NCAA set the college basketball start date

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  • November 15, 2020
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Planning to ski or snowboard at Bogus Basin this winter? Buy your lift tickets in advance

Due to the pandemic, the mountain recreation area is limiting the number of lift tickets sold each day.

BOISE, Idaho — Bogus Basin is preparing for a ski season in high demand while operating at a shrunken capacity. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mountain recreation area will operate at a maximum capacity of 60%. On peak days, season pass holders will have priority on the mountain. For those looking for day passes, it is first-come, first-served. 

Bogus Basin has never sold day lift passes online before, and because of the new change, officials are worried people will not be aware when the mountain exceeds capacity.

“This an ever-changing environment so never say never, but we feel pretty good that if you have a Bogus Basin season pass, for any particular day, you can come up,” said Bogus Basin General Manager Brad Wilson. “We do have concerns that people (who

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  • November 11, 2020
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Planning To Travel Neemrana Fort Anytime Soon? Here Is All That You Can Explore Nearby

It’s been so long that we have been stuck inside our houses due to the pandemic. So many of us have been craving for that one getaway. With things getting back to normal and tourist places following all precautionary measures, we can finally think of planning a getaway. 

Neemrana Fort is one of the favourite weekend getaway destinations, especially amongst the Delhiites. The historical destination is located about 122 km from Delhi. 

Neemrana Fort and Palace was built back in the 15th century as a hill fort where the royal Chauhan family used to reside. Decades later, now the fort has been converted into a hotel that offers you a great day exploring every bit of the royal fort set amidst lush greenery. A trip to the palace is just perfect for a day tour, weekend trip with family, friends, or solo. The fort itself is so huge that you

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  • October 31, 2020
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Rashida Jones on the Joy of Planning Travel, And Her Latest Away Collaboration

Thanks to an academic essay published in Applied Research in Quality of Life in 2010, research tells us that more than half the joy of travel comes before the vacation even begins—in the anticipation and planning portion of the holiday. It’s this kind of research that makes all the ruminating Rashida Jones has done—on where she’d like to go when all this is over—that much more legitimate. The title of that study was “Vacationers Happier, but Most not Happier After a Holiday.”

“I’m really excited to go back to Scandinavia and to Italy—Italy so much,” she tells me. Where in Italy? “Everywhere, everywhere. I love it! Last summer, I went to the Tuscan coast and it was so beautiful. Because it’s Tuscany, there’re all those rolling hills, but then you’re right there on the water.” She reiterates: “I love Italy so much.”

When she does make it to Italy, Jones

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  • October 20, 2020
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I’m fed up of being responsible for every aspect of planning a holiday

Helen Whitaker regretted taking on all the planning on an extended family trip to Bruges  

My moment of relaxation was supposed to come on the Monday morning of our long weekend. In a café on the Markt square in Bruges, my 73-year-old father and I ordered coffee while the more energetic members of our party – my husband, my four-year-old son, my brother and my 13-year-old nephew – climbed the 366 steps of the medieval Belfry overlooking the square. 

Back in February half term, Bruges was bustling and tourists traversed its centre, from monument to museum, café to horse-drawn carriage ride. Allowing for queuing time, I estimated that we had at least an hour of companionable peace. Not so. Minutes later, the belfry contingent trooped in, drenched. We were pre-Covid-19, but we were slap-bang in the middle of Storm Dennis. One of the periodic deluges of torrential rain had

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  • October 19, 2020
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10 tips for planning the perfect car-based getaway

This year may come to be remembered as the moment the great American road trip made its comeback. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are turning to car-based trips to avoid planes during a time when air travel feels riskier.

In July, The Harris Poll found around two-thirds of Americans say they’ll probably be taking more road trips this year to avoid airline travel because of COVID-19. After all, it’s easier to control and sanitize the environment in your own vehicle.

This fall could present the perfect opportunity to get away on a road trip vacation. Head for a scenic drive or go camping to see leaves change colors in bright red and orange hues. Or drive to a new city, but be sure to research the destination’s COVID-19 restrictions ahead of time.

Here are some tips for enjoying an awesome autumn trip by car.

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1. Take care of

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  • October 19, 2020
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In year of pandemic, what to expect when planning Colorado winter fun | Lifestyle

Any dream of Colorado snow this season unfortunately will wake to a world in which COVID-19 still exists. This is a reality of which the state tourism office is acutely aware.

“While on-mountain activities tend to be naturally socially distant,” said office spokeswoman Abby Leeper Gibson, “it’s important that travelers are protected throughout their experience, from renting gear to apres ski.”

Winter, she said, “comprises an important segment for Colorado tourism.” It might take heightened importance now, considering the ski industry’s multi-million-dollar losses from a spring season cut short.

But the usual international clientele is not expected to be nearly as substantial for that industry this winter. Leeper Gibson said the state is marketing only to residents.



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Her office is spreading a new message: “responsible tourism,” she said — “showing care” to residents and visitors alike and abiding by local health guidelines.

Here’s what to expect when traveling

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  • October 18, 2020
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Meet the doctors planning to ski across Antarctica in a world first for the NHS

The men aim to cover 2,600km of snow and ice over 110 days, conquering Antarctica’s two permanent ice sheets, all while pulling a 200kg sled each. 

If completed, they will follow in the footsteps of other great explorers, such as Borge Ousland who journeyed across the region in 1997, albeit with the aid of a sail.

A shorter crossing was achieved by Colin O’Brady and Louis Rudd in 2018, who took on a 1,480km expedition over the duration of 54 and 56 days respectively, journeying across the Antarctic landmass but not tackling the vast permanent ice sheets that make up the wider continent.

But as the world was crippled by the new novel coronavirus, the adventure, which was set for 2021, came to a standstill. 

Dr Stephenson, originally from York, currently lives in New Zealand, while Dr Andrews, originally from Cornwall, had been living in Australia for the last 15

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  • October 15, 2020
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Maine DOT planning chief: ‘It’s time to MacGyver’

The morning sun shines as Jennifer Brickett, the director of planning for the Maine Department of Transportation, speaks during the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce drive-In breakfast at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport in Auburn on Thursday. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

AUBURN — In Maine, vehicle travel is down. Air travel is way down. Ditto for bus.

Against the backdrop of an airplane parked at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport on Thursday morning, Jennifer Brickett shared the latest stark travel statistics and said the state had nearly wrapped a study looking at where it needs to invest in aviation.

Brickett, director of planning for the Maine Department of Transportation, spoke to a sea of people sitting in their cars and watching online at the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

“Right now at the department, we are adapting — that seems to be a running theme of today,” she

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  • October 9, 2020