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How To Reduce Screen Time by Taking a Device Vacation

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Traveling is—in a lot of ways—an escape. And a year like 2020 offers a lot to escape from. But COVID-19 cases continue to climb around the country and people remain out of work, which puts traveling is largely on pause for the foreseeable future. To reap some of the benefits of travel from home, you can take a vacation from your device. During a recent Well+Good TALKS, Susan Santiago, head of lifestyle and Miraval operations at Hyatt Hotels, says that Miraval follows a digital mindfulness policy to let people truly unwind.

“At Miraval, we’ve always been a digital

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  • December 5, 2020
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Ludington offers Up North vacation fun as remote learning for students

LUDINGTON, MI – Vacations to West Michigan beach towns like Ludington are always full of fun things to see, from lighthouses and beaches to maritime history and walking tours.

With more students – and grown-ups – doing their work remotely these days, some of Ludington’s favorite tourist spots have pulled together a large lineup of remote learning and entertainment options. This includes things like lesson plans oriented around Michigan’s lighthouses, at-home craft projects, history-based scavenger hunts and even remote music concerts.

“Our Ludington community has created a variety of remote educational opportunities, plus put together some fun virtual events for plenty of family-friendly options to experience Ludington from home,” said Brandy Miller, executive director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are excited to share more about our beautiful lakeshore community even when people aren’t visiting in person.”

Here’s the information being shared by the Visitors Bureau and

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  • December 2, 2020
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Themed Vacation Rentals: Turning a Property Into an Experience

Differentiation is a key pillar of any short-term rental business. With the rise in Airbnb and vacation rentals, we’re seeing more supply come online. Despite the short-term negative consequences of the pandemic on the industry, this real estate asset class bounced back nicely, thanks to a dramatic rise in domestic travel.

With mass vaccination imminent, many Airbnb and short-term rental managers are starting to think more strategically about their business and properties. For those looking to pivot, turning your Airbnb into a themed rental may be a good differentiation opportunity.

Indeed, Airbnb is all about experiences; tours, classes, hikes, and the list goes on. But with the onset of the pandemic, many had to rethink and retool their offerings. Something to consider: What if you could use a theme to make the property itself feel like an experience? Let’s take a closer look at the Airbnb themed trend and if

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  • December 2, 2020
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The 18 Hap-Hap-Happiest Secrets About Christmas Vacation

6. Per tradition, two new actors were brought in to play Clark and Ellen’s exasperated children. Juliette Lewis took over the role of Audrey, telling Rolling Stone, “The fact that the Griswolds have a new set of kids each time became the thing. Your agents couldn’t explain why it was acceptable; it just is. Of course, I grew up with the Vacation movie with the legendary Anthony Michael Hall. This was this huge exciting opportunity and even at 15, I knew it was a big deal.”

7. Just before production began, Lewis discovered her then-boyfriend was cheating on her. 

“That first trip to Colorado, I took my boyfriend and caught him in our hotel room talking to another girl on the phone,” she revealed to Rolling Stone. “I didn’t even tell him that I heard him, I just asked who he was talking to. He lied and

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  • December 2, 2020
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The 18 Hap-Hap-Happiest Secrets About Christmas Vacation – E! Online

6. Per tradition, two new actors were brought in to play Clark and Ellen’s exasperated children. Juliette Lewis took over the role of Audrey, telling Rolling Stone, “The fact that the Griswolds have a new set of kids each time became the thing. Your agents couldn’t explain why it was acceptable; it just is. Of course, I grew up with the Vacation movie with the legendary Anthony Michael Hall. This was this huge exciting opportunity and even at 15, I knew it was a big deal.”

7. Just before production began, Lewis discovered her then-boyfriend was cheating on her. 

“That first trip to Colorado, I took my boyfriend and caught him in our hotel room talking to another girl on the phone,” she revealed to Rolling Stone. “I didn’t even tell him that I heard him, I just asked who he was talking to. He lied and

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  • December 1, 2020
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Could a Review Aggregator Benefit Your Vacation Rental Business?

Online reviews are an excellent way for property owners to get feedback on their vacation rentals. Reviews from past guests — especially five-star ones — are one of the best ways to attract new renters and keep your rental booked all season.

But there are a lot of vacation rental sites out there, and you’ve likely got your rental property listed on several of them. That means your reviews are scattered across the internet, making it difficult to see at a glance to see whether your property is a hit with renters. A review aggregator can make a world of difference in your vacation property bookings.

What is a review aggregator?

A review aggregator is a digital tool that gathers reviews of a product or service from all corners of the internet. For real estate investors who specialize in vacation rentals, this involves collecting all the reviews left by previous

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  • December 1, 2020
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Airbnb IPO And The Impact Of Emerging Trends In Short-Term Vacation Rentals

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Goldman Sachs: These 3 Stocks Could Spike Over 40%

Expectations of good news on the near horizon are buoying markets right now. Over the past month, both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ are up 11% to new record highs.Investors are excited at the prospect of a COVID vaccine coming before the winter is out. And the electoral results, that Democrat Joe Biden will ascend to the Presidency while the Republicans will emerge strengthened in Congress, promise the avoidance of extremes typical of divided government. In short, investors are looking forward to ‘return to normal’ environment over the next several months. And that has them seeking stocks that are primed for gains. Against this backdrop, Goldman Sachs analysts are pounding the table on three stocks in particular, noting that each could surge over 40% in the year ahead. After running both tickers through TipRanks’ database, we found out that

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  • November 29, 2020
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Light display at N.J. house brings Griswold’s ‘Christmas Vacation’ to life

Griswold fans rejoice, the house on Legends Court will shine very bright once again this holiday season enabling you to have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas.

The popular holiday light display at the Mickleton home of Steve and Gina Harbaugh, that mimics the home in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” will include the same cast of characters as years before, plus a few new ones, but with a pandemic twist.

“We’re definitely having it just because people are starving and yearning for something positive this year,” said Steve, the creative mastermind responsible for the authentic-like display. As early as mid-November, he said, people have been driving by his house looking for any signs of exterior illumination.

The Harbaugh's "Christmas Vacation" movie holiday display

Steve Harbaugh talks to his daughter in the window after adjusting the lights on his Mickleton home, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. For the third year in a row he has recreated a “Christmas

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  • November 28, 2020
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7 ways to earn miles for your next vacation without leaving the house



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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has changed just about every facet of our daily lives, including how we eat, shop and travel. For many people, the extended quarantines and lockdown have also disrupted their normal points and miles-earning strategy, much of which had depended on travel or points earned from shopping in-person.

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Just because we aren’t traveling right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t use this time to pad your points and miles balances. There are several great ways to earn points from the comfort of your home, and learning a new strategy now will be helpful even when things return to

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  • November 27, 2020
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Airbnb and Expedia agree to help Honolulu crack down on illegal vacation rentals

Airbnb and Expedia Group will help the city crack down on illegal short-term vacation rentals under an agreement Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the two online platform giants announced Tuesday.

The agreement is expected to make it easier for the city to track and regulate vacation rentals and ensure operators are properly taxed because Airbnb and VRBO, an Expedia subsidiary, will provide the Department of Planning and Permitting with monthly reports detailing information about the operators advertising on their platforms. That will allow the agency to more easily verify whether a rental is permitted.

The information to be disclosed would include tax map key, unit and transient accommodations tax numbers for each property. If found to be unpermitted, the two companies have agreed to take the ads down. Agreeing to allow ads to be removed “permanently” is a feature unique to the Oahu arrangement, Caldwell said Tuesday afternoon at a video

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  • November 25, 2020