Month: July 2020

Wanting to travel? Virtual Reality headsets could help fill the void

VR headsets allow you to explore destinations around the country, or, around the world, in the comfort of your home.

If you planned a big vacation to see the world, you can still go. Well, virtually.

Virtual Reality headsets are starting to trend across social media. They allow you to explore destinations around the country, or, around the world, in the comfort of your home.

There are multiple options to choose from, like the B Next VR Headset, Destek, Hey Time Traveler and Merge, just to name a few. They averaged around $35, but some can go into the $100s or more, according to Amazon.

So, how does it work? We searched “Travel VR” on the app store. There are a ton to choose from, so it comes down to personal preference. After downloading the one you like, you can choose a location you want to visit. You then slip

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What it’s like to stay at a Thailand beach resort right now

For travelers around the world, visiting a tropical beach resort in Thailand feels like a far-off dream right now due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.



a stack of flyers on a table: To make cleaning easier after guests' departure, all remote controls have been wrapped in plastic.


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To make cleaning easier after guests’ departure, all remote controls have been wrapped in plastic.

The country’s borders remain closed to international tourists and plans for an aviation “bubble” with other nations continue to sputter.

Thailand’s tourism sector, which contributes close to 15% of its GDP according to the World Bank, has been severely impacted.

For the moment, domestic travelers are infusing some much-needed cash into the ailing industry. Thailand hasn’t reported a locally transmitted Covid-19 infection in more than 50 days, giving travelers a sense of security as they hit the road.

Though destinations like Koh Samui and Phuket continue to suffer from the lack of overseas visitors, resort towns within driving distance of Bangkok are taking advantage of locals’ urge to

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Here’s Why We Should Fix It

four friend diving into a pool at the same time


PHOTO:
Andrew Itaga

The United States is home to the only advanced economy which doesn’t mandate employee vacation days. One could argue that this broad-spectrum lack of prioritization of employee vacation time contributes to a trickle-down, negative effect, resulting in Americans forfeiting a surprising number of vacation days.

Fifty-five percent of US workers do not use all of their vacation time according to a study completed by the US Travel Association, Oxford Economics and Ipsos (pdf). In 2018, missed paid time off (PTO) equaled 768 million unused vacation days or $65.5 billion in lost benefits already allocated to workers.

Perhaps surprisingly, a similar trend can be found with US remote workers.

While you might assume that home-based employees use all or most of their vacation days due to the schedule flexibility of remote work, Buffer’s 2019 “State of Remote Work” report presented a different picture. The study found that although

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Your Guide for Where to Hike in the Milwaukee Area

YOU DON’T NEED TO TRAVEL far to get a full-on nature experience. Whether you’re looking for a family outing or a solo challenge, we’ve got the destination that will suit your needs, all within an hour’s drive from Downtown MKE.


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Pike Lake Unit

This stand-alone section of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, just east of Hartford, has trails ranging from easy nature paths up to a combined 4.3-mile loop of the entire park. There’s a playground and boardwalk near the lake’s swimming area. Climb the observation tower for a sweeping view all the way to Holy Hill. Hike a short stretch of the Ice Age Trail or follow the Astronomy Trail, which gives perspective on the distances between planets.



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Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve

With gorgeous vistas of Lake Michigan, this oft-overlooked park near Grafton packs a lot of beauty into a small area. To hike the

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Resort offers visitors ‘a room with a zoo’ – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

(CNN) — Ever wanted to wake up to a walrus?

At the Pairi Daiza Resort, visitors can do just that. Named the Best Zoo in Europe by the Diamond Themepark Awards in 2019, the resort is located about an hour’s drive from Brussels in Brugelette.

Those who decide to stay at the park overnight can choose from a variety of accommodations located on the east end of the park, in areas (or “worlds”) called The Last Frontier and The Land of the Cold.

The resort offers 100 rooms with eight different themes and wildlife views.

Guestroom views look upon wildlife such as wolves and bears, sea lions, Siberian tigers, penguins, polar bears and walruses.

The stays in the Land of the Cold include The Walrus House, where the rooms evoke the feeling of sleeping in a snow cave, with a glass partition that looks directly into the walrus’s aquatic habitat.

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Bend to tourists: Stay away |

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said it will consider closing parks if they remain crowded with people not wearing masks.

“We continue to remind people to travel as close to home as possible,” OPRD spokesman Chris Havel said. “If you are traveling, avoid crowds, and wear a face covering when you can’t. We have no plans to close any state parks at the moment, but that could change depending on how people work together to reduce congestion.”

Fewer tourists would impact Bend’s tourism and outfitting economy. In 2017, tourism brought in $903 million in direct spending and supported 9,400 jobs in Central Oregon, according to the Central Oregon Visitors Association.

“It is regrettable the city council felt compelled to implement a travel advisory urging visitors to not come to Bend,” said Dave Nissen, owner of Wanderlust Tours in Bend. “It exemplifies the risk COVID-19 is posing to our community’s

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Intrepid Travel Wants the Post-COVID Tourism Industry to Rebuild Itself Responsibly

For the past 30 years, Intrepid Travel has been taking people on magnificent adventures. The Australian-based company has made a name for itself as a tourism business that prioritizes small groups, off-the-beaten-track experiences, and local guides with an intimate knowledge of their home regions. The high quality of Intrepid’s tours has caused the company to grow enormously, offering more than 2,700 tours in 130 countries on all seven continents in 2019.

Along with such extensive travel, however, comes a significant carbon footprint; and, unlike many tourism companies that choose to ignore this uncomfortable fact, Intrepid has faced it head-on, becoming carbon neutral in 2010 and striving to become carbon positive in the future. It’s a certified B-Corp and a signatory to both the UN Global Compact and Tourism Declares, a collective of tourism businesses and individuals pledging urgent action on climate change. It’s safe to say that Intrepid understands the

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Disneyland Paris Releases Virtual Travel Guides to the Different Worlds of the Paris Resort

On the occasion of its reopening, Disneyland Paris has launched an online collection of free travel guides (in French only) to explore the four corners of the globe – while staying in Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park!

What’s Happening:

  • The USA, India, Australia and even a galaxy far, far away, who would have thought that you could soak up the typical ambience of all these destinations in just a weekend, and a few kilometers from Paris? For all globetrotters at heart, and on the occasion of its reopening, Disneyland Paris is publishing an online collection of 4 travel guides intended to offer its  guests a unique experience. Fun, educational and accessible to all, these thematic guides offer unique access to the most unknown details of the Disney Parks. Follow the guide!
  • Note: The themed guides are also meant to promote “staycations” to locals in the region, and again,
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WATCH NOW: Hard-hit hotels still below 50% staffing levels after ‘worst economic impact the industry has ever faced’ | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

Hard-hit hotels remain below 50% staffing levels nationwide, and are lobbying for COVID relief.

The tourism industry contributes $980.7 million in spending a year to the Lake County economy, generates an additional $695.6 million in annual economic impact, and supports 14,411 jobs, according to a recent study by Rockport Analytics. About 60 hotels operates in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties, offering 4,000 rooms in Lake County alone.

Nationwide, the leisure and hospitality sector has lost more jobs than construction, manufacturing, retail, education and health services combined during the pandemic. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates it has lost 4.8 million jobs since February, making it “the worst economic impact the industry has ever faced.”

“Our industry was among the first impacted by the pandemic and will be one of the last to recover. We are a major economic driver, supporting millions of jobs and generating billions in tax revenue. Getting

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Christina Aguilera shares rare photo of 12-year-old son Max on vacation

Summertime means vacation time, and vacation time means fun photos.

Exhibit A: Christina Aguilera, posing with her son Max, 12, hanging out next to a shiny chrome RV at what we think could be the beach.

“Escaped into nature for a bit,” she wrote in the caption of the photo, which was posted on Instagram Tuesday. She’s got an inside-out shirt reading “Cowboy” on, cleverly knotted at the waist, and a cowboy hat and reflective sunglasses, while Max is also outfitted in a Stetson and striped shirt.

There are two photos (be sure to swipe to see both) and in the second we get the tiniest glimpse of white sand and what might just be the ocean.

Former “Voice” coach Aguilera, 39, has two children, Max and Summer, 5, but doesn’t bring them into the public spotlight very often. Max’s dad is Aguilera’s ex, Jordan Bratman, whom she was married

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