Day: September 4, 2020

New travel guide offers latest destination advice

Grant Shapps explains why Portugal has not been added to England’s quarantine list

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A travel firm has issued an essential guide for holidaymakers heading to a string of popular destinations – even those that the UK government advises against visiting.

The How to Fly (Almost) Everywhere guide provides prospective travellers with clear advice on which countries the UK Foreign Office advises against, whether package holidays are being provided, and which insurance is recommended.

Despite the UK government advising against all-but-essential travel to many destinations – and just a few countries not covered by quarantine restrictions – in reality almost nowhere is closed.

Some countries are easier and safer to travel to than others but ultimately the decision on whether the trip is essential is up to the holidaymakers themselves.

The online guide – produced by HolidayExtras – highlights the risks and inconveniences of travelling to

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How Dallas hotels hurting from COVID-19 are leveraging the new work-from-home normal

Tired of working from home and all the distractions it entails? The Omni Dallas and Statler would like to offer an alternative.

The hotels have recently launched new initiatives, bucking traditional afternoon check-in times in hopes of appealing to workers who are still unable to safely return to their offices.

Workers can book meeting space at the midcentury modern Statler Hotel for as little as two hours in spaces ranging from 425 to 12,000 square feet. The Statler has business conferencing rooms and ballrooms on its second floor available for booking.

It also offers access to hotel Wi-Fi, onsite audio/video infrastructure for business presentations as well as a customizable menu of food and beverages that can be delivered to your workspace.

The Omni Dallas is offering a “Work Away From Home” special for the use of its guest rooms as office space Sundays through Thursdays. It includes similar amenities to

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The Day – Movie review: ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ hits familiar beats of burnout besties’ adventures


It’s been 30 years since Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves charmed audiences as the goofy, time-traveling metal heads Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted “Theodore” Logan in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.” In the third installment, “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” Reeves and Winter revisit their quintessential burnout bestie characters in a film that offers up an easy dose of nostalgia.

In “Excellent Adventure,” Bill and Ted had to pass history to avoid military school, which they did by assembling historic figures using a time-traveling phone booth. In “Bogus Journey,” Bill and Ted escape from hell to win the Battle of the Bands as the Wyld Stallyns. Many, many years later, they’re still holding onto those rock ‘n’ roll dreams. In “Face the Music,” written by original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, and directed by Dean Parisot, Bill and Ted face their

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The Four Seasons at Disney World is offering a ‘schoolcation’ package

Hotels and resorts across the country are pulling out all the stops to make up for lost business during the pandemic. They are offering work-from-home amenities. They are housing college students. They were even offering luxury quarantine packages.

With millions of children going to school remotely this fall because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (and other hotels) is now trying to corner the very stressed-out parent market by tempting them with “schoolcation” promotions.

It’s school, at a luxury resort, with Disney World in your backyard (if you can afford it). Can real school ever feel special again?

“This new offering exclusively for our Resort guests will be both helpful to parents, as well as something really fun for kids to experience,” said Thomas Steinhauer, the resort’s general manager, in a press release.

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WhatsApp Beta Adds A Vacation Mode And You Can Now Also Join Active Group Calls Midway



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WhatsApp Beta Adds A Vacation Mode And You Can Now Also Join Active Group Calls Midway

The newest beta releases for WhatsApp for Android and WhatsApp for the Apple iPhone are sure to cause some excitement. The new beta versions that have now been released for testing include a set of rather interesting features which could eventually make their way to the final WhatsApp versions that we use. WhatsApp beta for Android is now on version 2.20.199.8 while the WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS is now the 2.20.100.22 version. These are available to anyone who has signed up to test WhatsApp beta versions on either platform. As always, the new updates are detailed by the good folks over at WABetaInfo.

The WhatsApp beta for Android 2.20.199.8 is re-adding a Vacation Mode after a gap of a year. During this time in development, it was also called

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Outdoor recreation industry sees some rebound from pandemic, but says future remains uncertain

Business is starting to turn around for parts of the outdoor recreation industry, which has suffered during the pandemic not only from the shutdown of stores and manufacturing plants but also the closure of national and state parks, trails, marinas and other places where people recreate.

In May, the U.S. Bureau ranked the industry as the second most affected by the coronavirus-induced downturn, behind the food and accommodations sector, said Lindsey Davis, vice president of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable.

But Davis said a new survey of the national trade organization’s members shows that the financial impacts are starting to ease as more Americans have turned to the outdoors as options for vacations and entertainment remain limited. Sales of recreational vehicles, boats, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles are setting records, she said during a call with reporters Thursday.

The surging sales and the start of a turnaround for many businesses coincide with

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Classic point and click adventure Secret Files 3 launches on Nintendo Switch

The classic point & click adventure Secret Files 3 from Animation Arts is now available on Nintendo Switch.  This 6th game in the successful adventure series takes players on an adventure of a lifetime through numerous locations, solving puzzles to uncover an ancient secret.

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Secret Files 3 follows the adventure of Nina, a young woman preparing for the happiest day of her life as she stands alongside her fiancé Max Gruber, when suddenly he is arrested for terrorism and disappears without a trace.  The authorities have no record of the investigation or the arrest and Max’ whereabouts are unknown.  Determined to find out where her fiancé is, Nina sets out in search and keeps coming across the number Pi which sets her on course for an ancient secret that appears to have involved Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci and even present day CERN.

Players will need to travel across 80 different

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Hilton Times Square closure may be ‘tip of the iceberg’ for New York hotels

This week’s announcement of the permanent closure of the iconic 44-story Hilton Times Square hotel in the heart of New York City was a wake-up call for the embattled hospitality industry, especially in urban markets suffering from a coronavirus-driven tourism drought.

The move follows a decision earlier this week by Ashford Hospitality to hand over the keys to its recently purchased Embassy Suites in Midtown West to its lender after the real estate investment trust fell behind in debt payments.

In fact, 34% of hotels in New York City alone are currently delinquent, and hospitality investment bank Robert Douglas sees more hotels at risk of closing.

“Most hotels are using capital reserves to help cover interest payments in the near term and the vast majority of hotels in New York City have missed debt service coverage tests that will result in cash flow sweeps and will limit the ability, absent

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Guide to Planing a Trip to Yosemite National Park

Plan Your Trip

Yosemite is about a 200-mile drive east from San Francisco and 300 miles northeast from Los Angeles. Some visitors arrive via airports at Sacramento (175 miles southeast) and Reno (150 miles south).

Access Yosemite from four entrances. The northwest Big Oak Flat Entrance on CA-120 (via Groveland), the western Arch Rock Entrance on CA-140 (via Mariposa), the South Entrance on Route 41 (via Oakhurst and Fish Camp) and the eastern Tioga Entrance on CA-120 via Lee Vining (closed from approximately mid-November through late May). Entry fee is $35 per vehicle (annual Seniors Pass, $20).

Most visitors focus on central Yosemite Valley, which has most of the lodging and facilities, as well as scenic roadside viewpoints of iconic landmarks, including El Capitan, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. Because of this, it can get crowded during the summer high season, with excessive traffic, limited parking and lodging, and packed

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Adventurous Vacations, Dirtiest Hotel Spots, Dropped Airline Fees And More

Why Americans Should Travel to Aruba

A U.S. passport doesn’t take citizens nearly as far as it did when 2020 began, but there are still a few destinations that welcome Americans. Consider Aruba. Located less than 20 miles off the coast of Venezuela, the tiny Caribbean island has a strict requirement for entry—visitors must show a negative test within 72 hours of arrival—but a low number of cases. Once there, the beaches are spacious enough to maintain social distancing. Here’s where to stay and what to do in Aruba.

The Dirtiest Places in Hotels

Even if the world weren’t battling a pandemic, hotels can be full of bacteria and other nasty surprises—and a recent study of hotels and common household items did not do anything to dispel that anxiety. On average, a hotel elevator has nearly 1,500 times the germs of the bathroom door handle in

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