Showing posts with label planning your own trips. Show all posts
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Monday, August 24, 2020

Post-COVID-19 Travel: The New Normal Must Haves

Post-COVID-19 Travel:

The New Normal

TRAVEL MUST HAVES

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As regions around the world alternately quarantine and reopen, travelers are cautiously exploring their regions, in staycations and/or road trips. Safety is still important, so stock up on these must haves:


1. Keep a head start on your health with your own no-touch thermometer.
                   

2. Avoid touching public surfaces such as doors, keypads and screens with a no-touch tool.                      


3. Slip these convenient size hand sanitizers right into your pocket.

                           

4. Face masks have become mandatory in many US states and publuc places. Be healthy and fashionable. Try these, with replaceable filters.

                                

5. Throw a pack of hand sanitizer wipes in the bag to freshen up.

                          

6. Feel a little safer with little ones on the potty with these extra large toilet seat covers.

                            

7. Stay hydrated with a metal water bottle that stays cold all day.


8. Get a metal drinking straw for the each member of the family.

9. Carry your own shopping bags that can double as packing bags.           

10. Always travel with a small first aid kit, even when there isn't a pandemic.



                      

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Reflections: How COVID-19 Affected travel

 REFLECTIONS: 

HOW COVID-19 Affected Travel

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Some CRUISE Information:

Carnival

Norwegian

Royal Caribbean

Princess

MSC

Cunard

Celebrity


Traveling During a Pandemic: 

A NEW NORMAL


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The 2019-2020 COVID-19 worldwide situation united the entire world in way that resembled the World War II allies, the 9/11 NYS attacks or a global economic depression. 








As the virus and its effects circled the entire world, the travel industry virtually came to a standstill. Cruises were suspended, some resumed tentatively only to step back again. Airplanes were empty, flights were cancelled and were reduced. Rush hour for commuters almost ceased to exist for months as the world worked, learned, socialized and played from home. 








Cultural institutions, possible Petri dishes for a virus with close contact for patrons, shut their doors in an unprecedented way. As of this writing New York City’s Broadway district plans to reopen January 2021. Museums, concerts, plays, poetry readings, art galleries and more all shuttered their doors, with some reopening with massive safety procedures and policies in place. 


                                                                            


Sports came to a halt, also, on all levels, which is likely to have a ripple effect. Professional sports recruit from colleges, high schools, traveling teams, tournaments, etc. Like the arts, sports depends on more than just the teams. Vendors, parking attendants, the ticket scanners, custodians, landscapers and maintenance people were all either terminated or laid off. 



                                                                           



All of the above industries affect the travel industry as it is connected with every industry in the world. If you generously include public transportation as part of the travel industry, this means that there was virtually not a single entity that did not affect the travel industry.  


As some states reemerge from a shutdown and as others adopt some quarantine measures, here are some activities you can do while we adjust to, what has become the slogan for 2020: THE NEW NORMAL.


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The NYC Traveler in NYC: 5 Places NYC Locals Visit, Part 1

The NYC Traveler in NYC:

Hang Out in NYC Like a Local 
(Tourist spots we visit but we don't want to admit)

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The Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens



1. The Museums: New Yorkers might belong to museums as members or have free or discounted access with a NYC ID. Having a membership allows great flexibility, you don't have to feel rushed to see everything in one visit and you can attend special members only events. Take advantage of musical events, workshops, lectures and other events. It's like having a community center.


The MoMA: Museum of Modern Art

2. The Highline: take an old elevated train track, make use of the spaces underneath with great restaurants, add the Whitney Museum at one end and the number 7 train hub at the other, mix well and you have a nice way to spend an afternoon in most weather. Currently, you must reserve a timed entry to enjoy the park.


The elevated High Line, viewed from the street

3. The Parks: Tourists head to Central Park but locals hang out in their neighborhood parks which range from a one block square or triangle to acres and acres. Journey to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Cunningham Park, Alley Pond Park, Kissena Park or Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens; Prospect Park or Carnarsie Pier in Brooklyn (along with the entire Coney Island area) and Latourette Park in Staten Island. Golf, swim, bicycle or just sit out under a tree. 


NYC Parks: Places to Go


Check the websites for festivals in NYC Parks

4. Greenwich Village: Below 14th (East and West), Manhattan does not have the square grid design of streets and avenues. Resembling our European city cousins, streets angle in and out, seemingly follow no set pattern and reveal delightful little nooks and crannies such as church gardens, boutiques, small theaters and sidewalk cafes. 



Father Demo Square, Bleecker Street and 6th Avenue

5. Our Street Fairs: Although the most neutral source of information should be the nyc.org website, on its Citywide Events page, it may not always be up-to-date. Searching NYC street fairs on the internet will yield the websites for the companies that seem to sponsor the generic fairs. But, when the real festivals occur, they draw the locals. Check for the latest information about NYC Events.



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The NYC Traveler: Make Mine (Hersheypark) Chocolate

TOP REASONS TO VISIT HERSHEYPARK 
(Besides a chance to buy all the candy you want)

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Get the latest information about visiting Hershey Park during the pandemic:


1. The one-price admission: ride the rides, get wet, see the zoo, all for one price. And, if you choose not to get wet, come after sunset (or during the off season). The price is cheaper when the water park closes. (But, on those heat wave days that can hit Pennsylvania, you're gonna wanna get wet.)



2. The Boardwalk at Hersheypark: hands down, for the price, the most convenient water park fun ever! Smack dab in the middle of the park, there's no way you're not going to want to go there. If you're not into slides, just stand under the giant bucket and wait for it. The factory whistle blast will alert you to either get out of the way or make haste for a waterfall of instant coolness. Chill at the wave pool or take a slow, lazy ride on the Intercoastal Waterway. The Boardwalk is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.



3. It's a park for roller coaster fans. And, as per its website, you will want to ride the two water "roller" coasters: Breakers Edge, the first HydroMagnetic Coaster with Flying Saucer turns (Hershey's 14th coaster) and and Whitecap Racer, the longest mat coaster. Take a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=qS4aLR0zEu8.




4. Despite the amount of roller coasters, it's a family park. Milton Hershey created its predecessor as leisure park for his employees. This theme is retained in the amount of rides families can do together. Measure the kiddies at the entrance, you'll see which candy they measure up to, amusingly named for Hershey's brand of candies, like Kisses and Jolly Ranchers. Look for these icons throughout the park so that you know who can ride what.

5. ZooAmerica is open year round. Normally included as part of admission to the theme park, you can also pay a reduced price when the theme park is closed for the season, or if you just want to go to the zoo.

6. The off-season fun: Springtime in the Park (weekends in April and May), In the Dark (Halloween fun weekends in October and early November) and Christmas Candyland (weekends in November and all through December). 


Check out all of the information at  http://www.hersheypark.com/

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Monday, July 3, 2017

5 More Things to Do in Universal Orlando Resort


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5 More Things to do in Universal Orlando Resort™

See Part 1
The Harry Potter Attractions are a good reason to visit Universal Orlando Resort, but here are 5 more

1. Stay on property. Cabana Bay, with a retro theme, is their economy hotel, but all of their hotels all fun and provide transportation and/or walkways directly to the parks.

Cabana Bay, Universal Resort (editorial use only)


2. Ride the roller coasters, but know that Dragon Challenge™ has been shut down. Get your courage up for Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™ and the Revenge of the Mummy™(Studios side) or The Incredible Hulk Coaster™,  and the Flight of the Hippogriff™ (Islands of Adventure).


The Hulk™, in all its scary glory (editorial use only)

3. See a part of America's past on the Islands of Adventure side. An unfortunate casualty of the decline of newspapers is the syndicated comic strips. But you can feel like it's the Sunday comics all over again as you stroll through Toon Lagoon™and get re-acquainted or introduce yourself to characters from the printed page. Shop and dine yourself silly in saturated color.  


Toon Lagoon™ in Islands of Adventure


4. Ride the simulator rides often and enjoy the technology: must-do rides are The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® (Islands of Adventure) and TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, on the Studios side (in addition to the Harry Potter rides we featured in Part 1). Check out the newer attractions: Skull Island: Reign of Kong™ (Islands of Adventure) and Fast and Furious - Supercharged™. 


Spiderman® in 3D (editorial use only)

5. Get into as much water as you want. If you were a fan of Wet and Wild, know that Universal bought the Orlando location and closed it December 2016. The new Volcano Bay (a separate park) opened in 2017 and combined with the rides on the Islands of Adventure™ side, you're guaranteed to get wet and cool. Splash into Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls®, Popeye and Bluto's-Bilge Rat Barges® and Jurassic Park River Adventure. Plus, the kids can cool off in Fieval's Playland™ on the Studios side.


Jurassic Park splash-down (editorial use only)


Bonus Tip: the app has improved, but still not top notch. But the Virtual Line feature for the Jimmy Fallon experience rocks.


(Did I forget CityWalk? No, stay tuned!)
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cycling and Traveling: Things to do

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On the Road with your Bicycles



Copyright Marcia Crayton

(Note: this blog entry is about traveling with your bicycles. Some people go from city to city or state to state by bicycle. We haven't done that...yet!)

You've probably seen travelers hauling anything and everything to enhance their vacation. What I see most often are bicycles. There's nothing like having your own bicycle, if possible. I've brought mine from Maine to Florida, literally up and down I-95. 

So, if you're new to cycling or if you're new to traveling with your bicycles, here's what you may need to know:


Traveling with your bicycles. Copyright Marcia Crayton


1. Consider your travel lifestyle when you purchase a bike. Also, consider where you go the most: off-road (gravel), road, mountain and even on sand. Be mindful of the weight of your bicycle, you may have to haul it up stairs. Know how to maintain and make minor repairs: the chain, rust-proofing, changing a tire. 
Hitch Bike Rack. Copyright Marcia Crayton

2. Protect your vehicle. Get the bike rack that's best for your car that you can afford. The bike racks that attach to car trunks can be complicated and may damage your paint if you're not careful. If it goes into a hitch, you should be able to lock your rack to your car. Consider racks that swing down (to access the trunk area) or swing away (the entire assembly, bikes and all, can swing like a door) so that you can load and unload the car without taking the bikes off.  Make sure you lock your bikes to each other and to the rack.


Sightseeing with your bicycle. Copyright Marcia Crayton

3. Remember that it rains on the road. Your bikes will get wet. Covers are hard to find and hard to attach. They don't always stay on.


Remember to lock your bicycles. Copyright Marcia Crayton

4. Logistics: Consider your lodging and if you can bring your bikes in or if they will stay on your vehicle the entire trip. This means you're hauling them everywhere: to eat, shop and sightsee. Investigate parking. Some parking garages are tight. (If you have cargo on top, you have to be able to have clearance or be able to remove the cargo, not always easy or practical).



Map out your trip. Copyright Marcia Crayton

5. Stop at the visitors center and get information for bike routes and trails. Also, there are apps that will give directions by bicycle. Cycling on vacation is sightseeing on wheels.  Don't forget your clothing, helmets, gloves and any bags or gear, backpack beach chairs, saddlebags, etc.

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So, mount up, and enjoy!




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