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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Reflections: How COVID-19 Affected travel

 REFLECTIONS: 

HOW COVID-19 Affected Travel

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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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Friday, October 12, 2018

The NYC Traveler: A Big Apple Summer

A BIG APPLE SUMMER:
WHAT TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY

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Summertime in the Big Apple

New Yorkers tend to be divided into two camps for touring their hometown: those who do and those who don't (and may not know how). If you find that you have to spend part or all of the summer in the Big Apple, check out these tips:

1. NYC Residents: Get NYC identification. There are many benefits, such as discounted annual museum memberships, entertainment tickets and park department membership discounts. There are also several companies that sell combo passes for multiple attractions. Click here for a list.




2. Get around town with public transportation. There are car services, but the best deal in town is still the MTA. Most residents already have the current way to pay, a MetroCard. There is a new system coming, OMNY. Check out the website to make sure that you have the one that suits your needs. Street Smart: Only buy a metro card from an official machine or at a ticket booth. Do not buy from anyone who approaches you at a station or on the street.




3. Ask a New Yorker if they have been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building and it is a good bet they may say no. So, New Yorkers, act like a tourist and take a look at the Official Guide to New York. You can pick up the print version in Grand Central or Penn Station or in the Times Square Information center



4. All of the NYC parks have summer activities. As per current COVID-19 restrictions, some annual events are not occurring but the parks are open. Grab a bicycle, and choose a borough (or two) to explore. Get the app or check out the calendar.



5. Explore memberships at the museums, gardens and zoos. Along with admission, you get discounts on dining, shopping and first peeks at new events and exhibits. Museums have too many works to display, so exhibits are changing constantly. Plus, they sponsor great events such as concerts, lectures Here are some of the more popular museums:





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Friday, February 3, 2017

An Intro to...India: Part 2 - Where to Go

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An Intro to...India: Part 2 - Where to Go

Our "limo" from Delhi to Agra

Note: this article is solely for the first time traveler to India from the perspective of a first-timer (me!). Also, take precautions when you are traveling to another country. Check with the state department for any travel warnings and be very much aware of international news. Use common sense and be flexible. You might actually have to change your destination.

The Taj Mahal, in the haze

1. If you normally wing it on your own, you may decide to go with a guide: arranged transportation throughout the trip, guided tours in all cities and luxury hotels. For certain trips or portions of a trip, being chauffeured and guided can actually be a preferred way to go. 


2. To get a good view of the country, fly into Delhi and travel by van or train to other cities. If you've flown straight from the USA, east coast, you may want to stay over in Delhi and get a fresh start the next day.
Fort Agra

3. In Agra, the top sights are: the Taj Mahal, of course; the Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, also known as the Baby Taj; Fort Agra; various artisan shops and one of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. 


Jaipur
4. A journey by train to Jaipur, in the recommended first class, is almost 150 miles further east. The top sights were Amer (Amber) Fort; Jaigarh (Victory) Fort, home to Jaivan Cannon; Jantar Mantar, a fascinating collection of astronomical instruments completed in 1734 that is still accurate in telling time within 2 seconds; City Palace, residence of the current Maharaja of Jaipur, and more local artisans.

5. A van is recommended for the 166 mile trip from Jaipur to Delhi. Other options could have been a domestic flight (inexpensive, but one must be careful about the baggage restrictions) or another train ride.

A chance to make it big in Delhi


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Intro to...Hilton Head, SC

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INTRO TO... 

HILTON HEAD, SOUTH CAROLINA


Hilton Head beach
Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head, South Carolina, can be considered one of the premier East Coast beach areas to visit. It's full of luxurious resorts, noted golf courses and fine dining. In high season, you won't find many lodging specials. But, it may be time to finally visit.


Foundation of Baynard Plantaton
Baynard Plantation Ruins, Harbour Town, Hilton Head, South Carolina
1. Check out the offerings on the major search engines and read the reviews carefully. You'll be able to find something in your price range but be prepared to use your car or other wheels (bicycle?) to get around in case you're headquartered near Bluffton.



2. Make sure the hotel has a pool in case the beach experience gets crowded, a guarantee. Also, after the ocean area has closed, a nighttime dip can be refreshing. 


Red Roof Inn, Hilton Head, So. Carolina
Red Roof Inn, Hilton Head, South Carolina

3. Get used to William Hilton Parkway, a major thoroughfare for the island. A car is definitely required if one wants to take advantage of the sights. For those who would be flying in, I would recommend staying at a beach front resort if you don't rent a car. 

4. Bicycling around the island is also a great option. The flat terrain, bike lanes and bike racks almost command you to park the car for your entire stay. You can bring your own or rent one. 


Cycling in Hilton Head, So. Carolina
Bicycling around Harbour Town, Hilton Head, South Carolina

5. If you're a golfer, you're in absolute heaven. If you just want to sit on the beach, you could do that, too, until it rains. If you want to eat, there are all types of options from fine dining to Dunkin' Donuts. If you want to get in shape, you can jog or bike ride around US 278 for miles. 

6. The relaxing ambience of the island is due to the low-key physical appearance. Town ordinances specify how construction is done resulting in the entire island looking like it was decorated by the same interior designer in varying shades of sage and taupe. Also, some buildings are behind trees to preserve the forest look of the island. 


Lighthouse, Hilton Head, So. Carolina
Harbour Town Lighthouse

7. There are plenty of beaches. Coligny Beach Park, is a public beach. It's clean, yes, popular, but accessible. Parking is not the best and you need to read every single sign. There are paid parking lots, it's better to pay to park rather than to risk a ticket and tow.

Always plan for inclement weather when staying near the shore. Hilton Head, South Carolina, Coligny Beach Park.

8. As ritzy as the place is, one might be surprised to learn it is actually the home to descendants of slaves and those of Gullah background who stayed after the Civil War. The island celebrates its place in U.S. history and you can visit relics of a plantation on the Sea Pines Resort (Stoney-Baynard Plantation). You can pay for a day pass to explore Sea Pines.



Plantation Ruins, Hilton Head So. Carolina
Stoney-Baynard Plantation, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, So. Carolina.

9. If you want Vegas-y style nightlife or a noisy, lit up Time Square-like boardwalk, this is not for you. Hilton Head is a place to relax, retreat, get in some recreation and to refresh. Go on down, it just might do you some good. 

10. No vacation area would be incomplete without shopping. There are the charming boutiques, an actual Piggly-Wiggly and outlets in Bluffton.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kids, Travel and You - Part 1: Planning

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KIDS, TRAVEL AND YOU - PART 1: PLANNING


Central Park Break Dancers (Editorial Use)
5 THINGS TO REMEMBER



Fair in Central Park, NYC (Editorial Use)
1. Be the adults

When you plan a family trip, take charge as the adults. A family vote is nice, but too much leeway towards the kids can lead to issues when they become teens. 

Although each activity optimistically should appeal to everyone, realistically, that may not be possible. Remind kids, "We did something you liked last night, tonight is your brother's choice and we will all be fair and participate." If this is standard procedure in your family lifestyle, this should not be a problem. But if this is something new, then you have to start this policy months before the actual trip. Establish your standards, rules, guidelines and boundaries long before you are on the road.


Bicycling in Cape Cod (Editorial Use)


2. Prep and Plan with the Kids

Prepare your children about the destination. Prep them by eating at a restaurant locally that serves the food you will find; visit a museum exhibit, watch travel shows on TV, cable or the internet; watch a popular movie that has the locations you are going to see. 

Emphasize the financial part of planning a trip. For the big dream trips, remind them that a few sacrifices have to be made. Let them start their own fund. Then they can manage their own spending money on the trip. Set boundaries before they get there: "everyone will get one souvenir in this price range and one treat."
Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, near Colonial Williamsburg, a good family trip (Editorial Use)

3. Plan with the Kids in Mind...

I have found out that kids will embrace new experiences if you are excited about them. But also, I will plan activities with a kid slant. This calls for doing a little homework and research in advance.

4. ...Plan for some Grown-Up Time

Kids should also know that at some point there will be grown-up time. Resorts will arrange for a child sitter. Plan your fun around the kids activities on cruises or at resorts. If you are traveling with more than one family, take turns watching the kids.


Night time in Ogunquit, Maine, complete with trolley (Editorial Use)

5. Pay attention to the lodging

In the USA, it seems as if the entire vacation industry understands you may have children with you. Resorts and hotels have pools, water slides, miniature golf, video games and references for child sitters. Cruise ships have kids clubs and adult only areas. 

Other countries are a different story. For one thing, some European hotels call a child someone under 10. You may have to pay for more than one room. A great option is to rent an apartment while in Europe. Trip Advisor, HomeAway, Condo Direct and AirBnB are good sources. You will have the space at a decent price and the option to prepare meals. However, daily maid service is not an option (sorry!).


Covered Bridge in New England (Editorial Use)

Coming up: Part 2, traveling with 18-21 year olds.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

How to Travel: Part 3 -Electronics 5 Tips +1

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HOW TO TRAVEL: PART 3 -
Travel with Your Electronic Devices
5 Tips +1

Always check with your airline before you travel for the latest regulations about traveling with electronics. Here are some that I find helpful to travel with. 



1. Smartphone: today's mobile phones are nothing short of modern technology gone wild. All you have to do is make a wish and an app will grant it. Smartphones can: record/edit a photo, video, voice memo; take notes; receive emails (with your confirmations for hotel reservations, flights or tickets); be used to take a picture of your parking space (!); contain books, play television shows, music or movies, catch up on the news; be a GPS device, entertain your toddler and more. Invest in a shockproof/waterproof case and you are good to go.




2. Tablets: So, if smartphones can do all that, why carry a tablet? I can't answer for everyone, but for me, it's for a few reasons: books, movies and games on a larger screen. A PDF app will hold my travel confirmations.


3. Cameras: I still see many people carrying cameras on vacation. If you are into better quality photos and videos, invest in a lightweight but high quality camera. As a photographer, I own a few cameras but if you only carry one, I recommend a waterproof photo camera, great for all scenarios.




External Hard Drive: My Passport by Western Digital

4. For road trips, laptop: For heavy duty operations, the laptop beats all. Of course, this is not what you take on day trips. But, when you return to the hotel room, hook up the gadgets and download your data. Invest in an external hard drive and you won't run out of space and you'll back up that precious information.


Multi port chargers/adaptors

5. Multiple charger: To minimize space and weight, use a multiple charger with many ports. At least one port should have enough amps for the full size tablet (very important!!). Check to see that your device's charging system is not proprietary (meaning that you have to carry its specific cord and charger).



Mesh Bag
Cord Wrap by Bobino

6. Mesh storage bags and cord keepers: To get on the plane and to make life organized, carry mesh bags: for the cords and for the charger(s).  



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